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UFC 266: Volkanovski vs Ortega Results

UFC 266: Volkanovski vs OrtegaSept 25, 2021T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas, Nevada   UFC 266: Volkanovski vs Ortega Results   Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) 14,599 – stacked   UFC PPV cards range between 15,450-4,700 points, with an average card ranking 10,800 (click on fighter’s name for detailed scouting report) (fighter ranking based on our exclusive Performance Based Ranking system – click fighter’s rank to check out the list)   Main Card (PPV  10:00 pm Eastern) UFC Featherweight Championship:Alexander Volkanovski   (22-1, #1 ranked featherweight) vs Brian Ortega   (15-1, 1...

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Bellator 266 Fighter Salaries

Despite putting in a lackluster effort on Saturday and coming out on the losing end in his Bellator debut, Yoel Romero was the top earner at Bellator 266. Here are the fighter salaries, released by the California State Athletic Commission and first reported by MMA Junkie. (click on a fighter’s name for their career earnings) Yoel Romero:   $150,000 Phil Davis:   $100,000 Neiman Gracie:   $100,000 Saul Rogers:   $80,000 ($40,000 to show, $40,000 win bonus) Mark Lemminger:   $40,000 Anthony Adams:   $40,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 win bonus) DeAnna Bennett:  $38,600 ($27,000 to show, $17,000 win bonus, $5,400 fine for missing weight) Alex Polizzi:   $36,000 ($18,000...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women’s Flyweights: Sept 22/21

ANAHEIM, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Liz Carmouche gets Ronda Rousey in a neck crank during their UFC Bantamweight Title fight at Honda Center on February 23, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) There is constant debate about fighter rankings, which are normally based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on a voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or not.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has come...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker: Sept 21/21

May 15, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Charles Oliveira reacts following his championship victory against Michael Chandler during UFC 262 at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports As Ferris Bueller said: “Life in the MMA world moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”  Or something like that.   But fight announcements do come fast and furious these days, so it’s easy to miss them.  But don’t worry, The MMA Manifesto has got you covered.  Our  MMA  Fight Announcement Roundup will let you know what fights have been announced recently.  You’re...

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Invicta FC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Strawweights: Sept 21/21

There is constant debate about fighter rankings, which are normally based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on a voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or not.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has come up with a performance based ranking system, solely based on how a fighter has performed in the cage, this time for Invicta FC.  We’ll roll out a new weight class every Tuesday. Next up: Strawweights....

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Video: ‘Mighty Mouse’ Protégé James Yang Talks Pro Debut At ONE: Revolution

Video: ‘Mighty Mouse’ Protégé James Yang Talks Pro Debut At ONE: Revolution Demetrious Johnson protege James Yang sat down with the MMA Manifesto team ahead of his pro debut, against Filipino veteran Roel Rosauro in the opening bout of the stacked ONE: Revolution card on September 24th (Singapore time). Yang talks about his background, including years spent living and training in a Shaolin temple, training with ‘Mighty Mouse’, his debut, and more. Revolution takes place at the promotion’s home arena, the Singapore Indoor Stadium, and will air live on the ONE YouTube channel.   View the original article on...

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Lauren Murphy Career Earnings

Ariane Lipski Career Earnings (UFC fights only – doesn’t include PPV bonuses) denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event UFC Fight Night: Bader vs Saint Preux – Aug 16/14 – L (McMann) – $8,000* UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs Lamas – Apr 4/15 – L (Carmouche) – $8,000 UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs Oliveira – Feb 21/16 – W (Faszholz) – $68,500 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)* UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs Lineker – Jul 13/16 – L (Chookagian) –...

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UFC 266: Volkanovski vs Ortega Fight Card

UFC 266: Volkanovski vs OrtegaSept 25, 2021T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas, Nevada   UFC 266: Volkanovski vs Ortega Fight Card   Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) 15,408 – second strongest fight card in past four years UFC PPV cards range between 15,450-4,700 points, with an average card ranking 10,800 (click on fighter’s name for detailed scouting report) (fighter ranking based on our exclusive Performance Based Ranking system – click fighter’s rank to check out the list)   Main Card (PPV  10:00 pm Eastern) UFC Featherweight Championship:Alexander Volkanovski   (22-1,...

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UFC 266 Pick ‘Em Contest

So you think you know your MMA? You think you can predict who is going to win a fight and how?  Time to prove it. We present to you The MMA Manifesto Pick ‘Em contest.   This week’s winner wins a $70 gift card from our sponsor – Engage! Engage is a premium brand offering a wide range of products that are custom designed for those who have an interest in Combat Sports. From fightwear to high-quality fight gear, apparel and activewear, there are options for everyone through the engageind.com online store. The thorough research and development of every single product...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women’s Flyweights: Sept 20/21

Dec 1, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Lauren Murphy (blue gloves) celebrates after defeating Barb Honchak (red gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports There is constant debate about fighter rankings, which are normally based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on a voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or no.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has come up with...

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UFC 266 Prelim Breakout Star: Nick Maximov

The Prelim Breakout Star is a once-per-event article that helps fans get to know those who will be entertaining them from the undercard. The intention of the article is not to bring attention to the most talented fighter on the preliminary card, but rather one that the common fan may have overlooked or underestimated. Nick Maximov Affiliation – Nick Diaz Academy From – Chico, California Height – 6’0″ Weight – 185 lbs (Middleweight) Record – 6-0 (0-0, UFC) What makes him impressive While he does demonstrate some of the things you’d expect from a Nick Diaz disciple, the heavy...

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The Livest Dog at UFC 266: Cynthia Calvillo

Name: Cynthia Calvillo  Opponent: Jessica Andrade Odds: +220 (bet $100 to win $220) **Odds by FanDuel I expect these odds appeared at this point for a number of reasons. One of the main ones is that Andrade is a former champion and with that comes some gravitas. In addition, she also has a style that is pleasing to watch and particularly dangerous at any moment. However, what I’ve found from Andrade is that when she has been in any weight class other than strawweight (and even a bit at strawweight), she has had some difficulties with getting taken down....

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Rizin 30 Results & Recap

Rizin 30 Results & Recap Rizin Fighting Federation was back in action tonight for the first time since June, with Rizin 30 taking place at the Saitama Super Arena on Sunday, September 19th. The event was headlined by the Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix, which included successful passage through to the semi-finals for former UFC fighter Naoki Inoue and former TUF contestant, Hiromasa Ougikubo. The co-main event was a non-title bout between Rizin Women’s Super Atomweight Champion Ayaka Hamasaki, who took a unanimous decision over Pancrase women’s strawweight champion Emi Fujino. The rest of the card featured four MMA bouts...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker: Sept 19/21

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 14: UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway prepares for a title defense against Alexander Volkanovski during UFC 245 at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images) As Ferris Bueller said: “Life in the MMA world moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”  Or something like that.   But fight announcements do come fast and furious these days, so it’s easy to miss them.  But don’t worry, The MMA Manifesto has got you covered.  Our  MMA  Fight Announcement Roundup will...

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UFC Vegas 37 Pick ‘Em Results

Congratulations to Sen for winning our UFC Vegas 37 Pick ‘Em Contest!  Next Pick ‘Em action will be for UFC 266 on Sept 25th. Thanks for playing! Consensus Picks Anthony Smith – 70% Ion Cutelaba – 72% Ariane Lipski – 55% Arman Tsarukyan – 89% Joaquin Buckley – 83% Consensus Overall Record in 2021: 72-53 (58%) UFC Vegas 37 Pick ‘Em Results 1 Sen 12 2 John Rong 11 2 Luke Smith 11 2 The Ashen Demon 11 5 Birney Lindsay 10 5 Jules Bruno 10 5 Shanks 10 5 The MMA Manifesto 10 5 Zaheer 10 10 Aydin 9...

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UFC Fight Night: Smith vs Spann Estimated Purses & Incentive Pay

Anthony Smith should not be underestimated. He dominated the main event tonight in Las Vegas, and was the top earner at UFC Vegas 37. Before we go any further, we should note that the  Nevada State  Athletic  Commission doesn’t release fighter pay info, so none of the following salary data for the event is official.  However, you can get a fairly accurate picture of a fighter’s pay based on official purse info released from past fights.  So, based on that info, here is the estimated pay breakdown for the 28 fighters that traded blows at the event.  But please remember...

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UFC Fight Night: Smith vs Spann Results

UFC Fight Night: Smith vs SpannSept 18, 2021UFC APEX Las Vegas, Nevada   UFC Fight Night: Smith vs Spann Results   Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) 6,219 – average UFC Fight Night cards range between 9,900-3,200 points, with an average card ranking 6,200 (click on fighter’s name for detailed scouting report) (fighter ranking based on our exclusive Performance Based Ranking system – click fighter’s rank to check out the list)   Main Card (ESPN+  7:00 pm Eastern) Light Heavyweights (five rounds):Anthony Smith   (35-16, #3 ranked light heavyweight) vs...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker: Sept 17/21

Mar 6, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Aljamain Sterling punches Petr Yan of Russia in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports As Ferris Bueller said: “Life in the MMA world moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”  Or something like that.   But fight announcements do come fast and furious these days, so it’s easy to miss them.  But don’t worry, The MMA Manifesto...

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Rizin 30 Fight Card

Rizin 30 Fight Card Rizin Fighting Federation returns to action for the first time since June, with Rizin 30 taking place at the Saitama Super Arena on Sunday, September 19th. The event is headlined by the Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix. The field includes former UFC fighter Naoki Inoue and former TUF contestant, Hiromasa Ougikubo. The co-main event is a non-title bout between Rizin Women’s Super Atomweight Champion Ayaka Hamasaki, who takes on Pancrase Women’s Strawweight Champion Emi Fujino. The rest of the card consists of four MMA bouts mixed and one kickboxing bout. The MMA portion features all Japanese...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women’s Feather/Bantamweights: Sept 17/21

Feb 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Holly Holm (red gloves fights Germaine de Randamie (blue gloves) during UFC 208 at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports There is constant debate about the “official” UFC fighter rankings, which are based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on a voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or not.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has come up with a performance based...

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