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The Livest Dog at UFC 259: Kyler Phillips

Feb 29, 2020; Norfolk, Virginia, USA; Gabriel Silva (red gloves) fights Kyler Phillips (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Chartway Arena. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports Watch live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! Name: Kyler Phillips Opponent: Song Yadong Odds: +130 (bet $100 to win $130) The reason for Kyler Phillips to come in as an underdog here is obvious – he has yet to face a step up in competition to the level of Song Yadong. Yadong, on the other hand, has faced a lot...

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UFC 258 Prelim Breakout Star: Mario Bautista

January 19, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Mario Bautista brings down Cory Sandhagen during UFC Fight Night at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports 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. At the rate of late replacements coming in for fights in the UFC during this crazy era,...

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The Livest Dog at UFC Rozenstruik vs Gane: Vince Cachero

Watch live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! Name: Vince Cachero Opponent: Ronnie Lawrence Odds: +145 (bet $100 to win $145) The odds came out on this fight even a little wider largely due to what the bookmakers were expecting the public to think. One fighter is 0-1 with a 30-27 unanimous decision loss. The other fighter impressed Dana White immensely on Contender Series and comes in with a fair amount of hype. However, if you watch each of those contests, you’ll see the path to victory for Cachero....

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UFC Rozenstruik vs Gane Prelim Breakout Star: Thiago Moises

May 13, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Michael Johnson (red gloves) fights Thiago Moises (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports 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. It isn’t often that the prelims has a guy riding a nice win...

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The Livest Dog at UFC Blaydes vs Lewis: Andrei Arlovski

Jul 20, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; Andrei Arlovski (red gloves) fights Ben Rothwell (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at AT&T Center. Arlovski won by unanimous decision and set a new record for most UFC heavyweight wins, surpassing Frank Mir, with 17. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports Watch live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! Name: Andrei Arlovski  Opponent: Tom Aspinall Odds: +220 (bet $100 to win $220) The last time Andrei Arlovski was a favorite in a fight was September 5th of 2015 when he fought...

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UFC Blaydes vs Lewis Prelim Breakout Star: Aiemann Zahabi

MONTREAL, QC – OCTOBER 25: Aiemann Zahabi addresses members of the media during the UFC Media Day with Georges St-Pierre at Tristar Gym on October 25, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) 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. In the COVID-era, long layoffs have become...

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The Livest Dog at UFC 258: Maki Pitolo

Oct 5, 2019; Melbourne, AUSTRALIA; Callan Potter (red gloves) and Maki Pitolo (blue gloves) during UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasmin Frank-USA TODAY Sports Watch live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! Name: Maki Pitolo Opponent: Julian Marquez Odds: +160 (bet $100 to win $160) There’s two things to like here if you are looking for the upset. The first is the inactivity of Julian Marquez. After bursting on to the scene with a big KO on Contender Series, Marquez took out Darren Stewart in his UFC...

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UFC 258 Prelim Breakout Star: Mallory Martin

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. The run of cards is now in full force with seemingly no end in sight. So while you might be struggling to keep up with all the bookings and some of the hottest prospects on the card, let us take your attention to...

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The Livest Dog at UFC Overeem vs Volkov: Alistair Overeem

Nov 24, 2018; Beijing, China; Alistair Overeem (red gloves) defeats Sergei Pavlovich (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Cadillac Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports Watch live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! Name: Alistair Overeem Opponent: Alexander Volkov Odds: +160 (bet $100 to win $160) On first sight these odds perplexed me. I thought for sure that I was seeing things because I had Overeem pegged as the favorite. Since losing back to back fights against Curtis Blaydes and Francis Ngannou, Overeem has gone 4-1. The...

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The Livest Dog at UFC Blaydes vs Volkov: Clay Guida

By Daniel Vreeland | June 19, 2020 2:21 pm Nov 11, 2017; Virginia, VA, USA; Joe Lauzon (red gloves) fights Clay Guida (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! Name: Clay Guida Opponent: Bobby Green Odds: +225 (bet $100 to win $225) Fun fact #1: Clay Guida has not lost a fight by decision in almost eight years. His combination of high output, forward movement, and controlling wrestling makes it really hard to edge him on the judges scorecards. Fun fact #2: Bobby Green hasn’t finished anyone in six and a hlaf years. Once a fighter who could seemingly put anybody out in a minutes notice, Green’s punches don’t seem to have the same zip on them anymore, and his ground game hasn’t ever taken out a high level opponent. Knowing these two things makes it very easy to imagine a path to victory for Guida. With odds at 2-to-1, there’s really no reason not to get some money down on him. 20-20 Record: 6-8Earnings (based on $100 bet/event): $154Return on Investment: 10% 2018-19 Record: 31-47 (+1.5%) Shop all things UFC at Amazon! (The MMA Manifesto is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to...

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