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Author: Daniel Vreeland

The Livest Dog at UFC 255: Brandon Royval

May 30, 2020; Las Vegas, NV, USA Brandon Royval (blue gloves) punches Tim Elliott (red gloves) in their flyweight fight during UFC Fight Night. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa via 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: Brandon Royval Opponent: Brandon Moreno Odds: +160 (bet $100 to win $160) This is the third time in the last six months that Royval has been featured in this column. Despite two submission wins, here he still sits as a sizable underdog. Some of this is due to the...

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UFC 255 Prelim Breakout Star: Sasha Palatnikov

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.   On a card with a ton of flyweights, I feel as if I’m almost betraying my favorite child by not highlighting one here. However, how can we pass up a look at a fighter with only seven fights from an area with...

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The Livest Dog at UFC Felder vs dos Anjos: Antonio Arroyo

Nov 16, 2019; Sao Paolo, BRAZIL; Antonio Arroyo (red gloves) fights Andre Muniz (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ginsasio do Ibirapuera. Mandatory Credit: Jason Da Silva-USA TODAY Sportsh Watch live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! Name: Antonio Arroyo  Opponent: Eryk Anders Odds: +138 (bet $100 to win $138) Eryk Anders comes into this fight as the favorite and I would assume some of that is due to the name value. Anders was the main event twice in his first five UFC fights, falling to both Lyoto Machida...

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UFC Felder vs dos Anjos Prelim Breakout Star: Roque Martinez

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 (as Dana put so eloquently on Contender Series this past week) always needs a name or two. However, we tend to write off heavyweights who don’t instantly impress us as worthless. This week, we look to one who had a...

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The Livest Dog at UFC Santos vs Teixeira: Khalid Taha

Oct 5, 2019; Melbourne, AUSTRALIA; Khalid Taha (red gloves) defeats Bruno Silva (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: Khalid Taha Opponent: Raoni Barcelos Odds: +270 (bet $100 to win $270) In his last fight Raoni Barcelos was able to neutralize the striking of the very impressive Said Nurmagomedov and win a clear cut decision. He mixed in some takedowns, but ultimately it was his ability to stay away from the big strikes of...

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UFC Santos vs Teixeira Prelim Breakout Star: Ramiz Brahimaj

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. If you’ve been following this column for the last couple years, you know I’m a sucker for a good prospect out of a few of my favorite gyms. Today, I lean into one of my go-tos as they roll out one of my...

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The Livest Dog at UFC Hall vs Silva: Cole Williams

Aug 3, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Cole Williams (blue gloves) fights Claudio Silva (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-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 Williams Opponent: Jason Witt Odds: +128 (bet $100 to win $128) This weekend’s prelim bout between Cole Williams and Jason Witt is likely going to be a slugfest. Both guys love throwing big shots and aren’t afraid to take one if it means dishing one out. In that kind of fight, you...

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UFC Hall vs Silva Prelim Breakout Star: Dustin Jacoby

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 very often that this segment takes a look at someone who debuted in the UFC nearly a decade ago. However, a unique set of circumstances brought this week’s Prelim Breakout Star right back into our wheelhouse. Stream live sports and ESPN...

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Anderson Silva Scouting Report

  Anderson Silva Scouting Report Vitals 6’2″ 185 lbs (Middleweight) 77.6″ reach, Southpaw April 14, 1975 Record 34-10, 1 NC (UFC: 17-6, 1 NC) Current Streak 2 straight losses Training Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt in Judo Black Belt in Taekwondo Yellow Rope in Capoeira Championships Held Shooto Middleweight (168 lbs) Champion: 2001 Cage Rage Middleweight Champion: 2004-2006 UFC Middleweight Champion: 2007-2013 (10 successful title defenses)   Strengths – greatest striker in the sport’s history (knockout power in feet/hands/elbows,accurate,versatile,creative) – extremely experienced – expert in a number of martial art disciplines – great chin – preternatural ability...

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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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