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Contract Contender Week 4: Kevin Syler

By: Daniel Vreeland | July 16, 2019 The contender series brings two levels of excitement; the excitement we see in every fight card, and the excitement of seeing a fighter’s dreams come true on live broadcast. Each week we’ll look at a fighter who we think has what it takes to be one of those receiving the life changing contract.  Name: Kevin SylerOpponent: Lance Lawrence Excuse me for bucking the assertion that Dana is ant-grappler. Sure, he said those things about his disdain for the late takedown. Sure, the “…of the Night” bonuses go to slugfests and big KOs far more...

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The Livest Dog at UFC Sacramento: Darren Elkins

By: Daniel Vreeland | July 12, 2019 Mar 4, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Darren Elkins (blue gloves) reacts after submitting Mirsad Bektic (not pictured) during their bout at UFC 209 at T-Mobile Arena. Elkins won via third round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-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: Darren Elkins Opponent: Ryan Hall Odds: +105 (bet $100 to win $105) In order to beat Darren Elkins, you have to be willing to go to hell with him. He’s going to fight...

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UFC Sacramento Prelim Breakout Star: Sheymon Moraes

By: Daniel Vreeland | July 11, 2019 Nov 25, 2017; Shanghai, China; Zabit Magomedsharipov (red gloves) fights Sheymon Moraes (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Mandatory Credit: David G. McIntyre-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. Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+...

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Contract Contender Week 3: Hunter Azure

By: Daniel Vreeland | July 8, 2019 The contender series brings two levels of excitement; the excitement we see in every fight card, and the excitement of seeing a fighter’s dreams come true on live broadcast. Each week we’ll look at a fighter who we think has what it takes to be one of those receiving the life changing contract.  Name: Hunter AzureOpponent: Chris Ocon Hunter Azure is a perfect example of the type of fighter Dana keeps saying he wants. Similar to Tony Johnson last week, the guy just loves to throw down. Take his fight at LFA 66 against...

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The Livest Dog at UFC 239: Randa Markos

By: Daniel Vreeland | July 5, 2019 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 Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! Name: Randa Markos Opponent: Claudia Gadelha Odds: +225 (bet $100 to win $225) Markos’s career has largely been up and down. She’s lost some fights that seemed to be right in her hand and she’s snatched victory from the jaws...

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UFC 239 Prelim Breakout Star: Ismail Naurdiev

By: Daniel Vreeland | July 4, 2019 Feb 23, 2019; Prague, Czech Republic; Ismael Naurdiev (blue gloves) defeats Michel Prazeres (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at 02 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-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. Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+...

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The Livest Dog at UFC Minneapolis: Anthony Rocco Martin

By: Daniel Vreeland | June 28, 2019 Oct 6, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tony Martin (blue gloves) celebrates beating Ryan LaFlare (red gloves) Tony Martin (blue gloves) during UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-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: Anthony Rocco Martin Opponent: Demian Maia Odds: +174 (bet $100 to win $174) Writer’s disclaimer: I’ve been burnt a few times betting against the grappling of Demian Maia, so enter this article at your own risk. In his...

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UFC Minneapolis Prelim Breakout Star: Dalcha Lungiambula

By: Daniel Vreeland | June 27, 2019 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. Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! The UFC is slowly becoming loaded with people referring to themselves as “champ-champ”, or even “C3” for...

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Contract Contender Week 2: Miles John

By: Daniel Vreeland | June 25, 2019 Photo from fighter’s Twitter page: @milesxjohns The contender series brings two levels of excitement; the excitement we see in every fight card, and the excitement of seeing a fighter’s dreams come true on live broadcast. Each week we’ll look at a fighter who we think has what it takes to be one of those receiving the life changing contract.  Name: Miles JohnsOpponent: Richie Santiago For a bantamweight, Johns has power that will surprise lots in his division. While it may be premature to make a John Lineker comparison, the way he ends his combinations...

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The Livest Dog at UFC Greenville: Allen Crowder

By: Daniel Vreeland | June 21, 2019 Dec 2, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Justin Willis (red gloves) fights Allen Crowder (blue gloves) during UFC 218 at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-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: Allen Crowder Opponent: Jair Rozenstruik Odds: +190 (bet $100 to win $190) The last fights for each of these two tell the story of why I like Crowder here. In his last bout, Crowder proved he could deal with big power shots and navigate...

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UFC Greenville Prelim Breakout Star: Deron Winn

By: Daniel Vreeland | June 20, 2019 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. Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! Prospects come and go, but rarely do we see one pop up as raw as our pick...

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Contract Contender Week 1: Brendan Loughnane

By: Daniel Vreeland | June 18, 2019 The contender series brings two levels of excitement; the excitement we see in every fight card, and the excitement of seeing a fighter’s dreams come true on live broadcast. Each week we’ll look at a fighter who we think has what it takes to be one of those receiving the life changing contract.  Name: Brendan LoughnaneOpponent: Bill Algeo If the name Brendan Loughnane looks familiar to you as a UFC fan, it’s because he’s made it to the show before, albeit, just for a cup of coffee. Loughnane made his UFC debut back at...

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