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The Livest Dog at UFC Fight Night: Covington vs Woodley – Randa Markos

Sep 22, 2018; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Randa Markos (red gloves) reacts after her fight against Marina Rodriguez (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ginasio do Ibirapuera. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-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: Randa Markos Opponent: Mackenzie Dern Odds: +150 (bet $100 to win $150) Everybody knows that Mackenzie Dern can grapple, but she has some pretty bad takedowns. Currently her takedown average (courtesy of FightMetric) is at an abysmal 7%. This means to win, she either needs to...

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UFC Fight Night: Wovington vs Woodley Prelim Breakout Star: Sarah Alpar

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.   We didn’t have much luck with our pick last week in the women’s bantamweight division. However, this week we have a 135er who is even further under the radar and may have a bit better time in the grappling department. Stream live...

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The Livest Dog at UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs Hill – Justine Kish

Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Justine Kish (red gloves) fights against Ji Yeon Kim (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-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: Justine Kish Opponent: Sabina Mazo Odds: +236 (bet $100 to win $236) Sabina Mazo has been the darling of the betting public her whole career. In each of her UFC and LFA bouts, she’s closed as a favorite (and only one did she open as an underdog). Part...

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UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs Hill Prelim Breakout Star: Julia Avila

-fox11 Jul 6, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Julia Avila (red gloves) fights against Pannie Kianzad (blue gloves) at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-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. Women’s bantamweight is a division that is in need of some fresh faces at the...

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The Livest Dog at UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs Sakai: Cole Smith

May 4, 2019; Ottawa, ON, Canada; Cole Smith (blue gloves) celebrates beating Mitch Gagnon (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-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: Cole Smith Opponent: Hunter Azure Odds: +175 (bet $100 to win $175) If you leaf through the record of Cole Smith, you’ll find plenty of guys like Hunter Azure – shorter, overly powerful, aggressive, who like to wrestle. Despite losing his last contest to one of those fighters (Miles...

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UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs Sakai Prelim Breakout Star: Alexander Romanov

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 heavyweight division has seen a shake up recently. A former champion has left and another is on the way. While it may be some time before this fighter gets to that level, he has a lot of tools that make his...

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The Livest Dog at UFC Smith vs Rakic: Anthony Smith

  Jul 22, 2018; Hamburg,Germany; Mauricio Rua (red gloves) fights Anthony Smith (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at BarclayCard Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-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: Anthony Smith Opponent: Alexander Rakic Odds: +265 (bet $100 to win $265) It’s not everyday you get a higher ranked fighter in a main event betting off at 2.5-to-1 or better, but here we are. Undoubtedly, the most recent loss from Smith is part of what is driving the odds here. He had his...

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UFC Smith vs Rakic Prelim Breakout Star: Impa Kasanganay

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’s not often we hit two fighters from the same gym in back-to-back weeks. However, after highlighting Joe Solecki last week, we are going with another Gym-O member this week. Check out who you should see from one of the fastest rising gyms...

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The Livest Dog at UFC Munhoz vs Edgar: Amanda Lemos

Dec 21, 2019; Busan, SOUTH KOREA; Amanda Lemos (blue gloves) defeats Miranda Granger (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Sajik Arena. 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: Amanda Lemos Opponent: Mizuki Inoue Odds: +169 (bet $100 to win $169) There are a lot of reasons why people are low on Amanda Lemos and/or maybe haven’t even heard of her. After a less than impressive debut against Leslie Smith at bantamweight, Lemos had a two-year layoff thanks to a doping violation. However,...

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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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