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Daniel Cormier Scouting Report

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto Daniel Cormier Scouting Report Daniel Cormier Scouting Report Vitals 5’10” 205 lbs (Light Heavyweight)71″ reach, OrthodoxMay 24, 1979 Record 19-2 (UFC: 8-2) Current Streak 1 straight loss Training NCAA All-American wrestlerOlympic wrestlerMultiple international wrestling medalsBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Held XMMA Heavyweight Champion: 2010 (one successful title defense)KOTC Heavyweight Champion: 2010 (no title defenses)Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion: 2012UFC Light Heavyweight Champion: 2015-present (two successful title defenses) Strengths – world class wrestler – best in the sport possibly– looks like a man among boys in terms of wrestling – tosses elite wrestlers with...

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Stipe Miocic Scouting Report

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto Stipe Miocic Scouting Report (Matt Ryerson-USA TODAY Sports) Stipe Miocic Scouting Report Vitals 6’4″ 246 lbs (Heavyweight)80″ reach, OrthodoxAugust 19, 1982 Record 18-2 (UFC: 11-2) Current Streak 5 straight wins Training NCAA Division 1 wrestlerGolden Gloves champion boxer Championships Held NAAFS Heavyweight Champion: 2011 (no title defenses)UFC Heavyweight Champion: 2016-present (two successful title defense) Strengths – great athlete – collegiate wrestler, MLB baseball prospect, champion boxer– one-punch knockout power– finishes fights– 6’8″ wingspan– very quick for a heavyweight– constantly pushes the pace – great workrate– very good boxer – good footwork, precise punching– mixes in...

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UFC 220 Pick ‘Em Contest

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC 220 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.  We are now sponsored by McBryde Mats! We are McBryde Mats, a sports mat manufacturer that’s based out of Lubbock, Texas. Our CEO, Clayton McBryde, founded the company in 2014 after plenty of research and consideration into the mat market – Today we pride ourselves on making the best quality mats at affordable prices to keep...

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UFC 220: Miocic vs Ngannou Fight Card

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC 220: Miocic vs Ngannou Fight Card UFC 220: Miocic vs NgannouJan 20, 2017TD GardenBoston, Massachusetts UFC 220: Miocic vs Ngannou Fight Card (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 Heavyweight Championship:Stipe Miocic – champion (17-2, #1 ranked heavyweight) vs Francis Ngannou (11-1, #4 ranked heavyweight) UFC Light Heavweight Championship:Daniel Cormier – champion (19-1, 1 NC, #2 ranked light heavyweight) vs Volkan Oezdemir (15-1, #7 ranked light heavyweight) Featherweights:Calvin Kattar (17-2, #46 ranked featherweight)...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Middleweights: Jan 15/18

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Middleweights: Jan 15/18 LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 9: Robert Whittaker celebrates after his victory over Yoel Romero in their interim UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 213 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 9, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) 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 voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to...

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UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs Choi Pick ‘Em Results

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs Choi Pick ‘Em Results Congratulations to Jon Doe for winning our UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs Choi Pick ‘Em Contest!  Next Pick ‘Em action of will be UFC 220 on Jan 20th.  Thanks for playing! Consensus Picks Doo Ho Choi – 72%Paige VanZant – 69%Kamaru Usman – 90%Michael Johnson – 66% Consensus Overall Record in 2017: 1-3 (25%) UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs Choi Pick ‘Em Results 1 Jon Doe 9 2 Matt G. 8 3 The MMA Manifesto 7 4 Matt C 6 4 Brandon Kaplan 6 4 SternFan74 6 4 Vladimir Kramarenko...

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Michael Johnson Career Earnings

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto Michael Johnson Career Earnings Michael Johnson Career Earnings UFC fights only, *denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event TUF: Team GSP vs Team Koscheck Finale – Dec 4/10 – L (Brookins) – $8,000 UFC Live: Kongo vs Barry – Jun 26/11 – W (Faaloloto) – $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)* UFC Live: Cruz vs Johnson – Oct 1/11 – L (Sass) – $10,000* UFC on Fox: Evans vs Davis – Jan 28/12 – W (Roller) – $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus)* UFC...

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The Statistical Star of UFC St. Louis: Kamaru Usman

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto The Statistical Star of UFC St. Louis: Kamaru Usman Mixed martial arts may not have reached its statistical revolution stage like other sports (and perhaps it never will given its primordial nature), but there is still plenty of good data out there.  So, following each UFC event, The MMA Manifesto will parse the numbers provided by FightMetric and target which pugilist enjoyed the best statistical night. Kamaru Usman (vs Emil Meek) Key Stats:  8 takedowns7 guard passesoutstruck opponent 112 to 86 (50-30 significant strikes)75% significant strike accuracy The Nigerian Nightmare lived up to his nickname...

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UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs Choi Fighter Salaries, Reebok $, Attendance & Gate

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs Choi Fighter Salaries, Reebok $, Attendance & Gate Jeremy Stephens proved he is no gatekeeper in the featherweight division, and was the top earner last night at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs Choi. Before we go any further, we should note that the Missouri 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...

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Whittaker Injured, Rockhold vs Romero New UFC 221 Headliner

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto Whittaker Injured, Rockhold vs Romero New UFC 221 Headliner NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 11: Yoel Romero reacts during UFC 205 Weigh-ins at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) UFC 221 has taken a tremendous hit.  A head kick KO, if you will.  Headliner (and hometown boy) Robert Whittaker has been forced off the card due to injury. Whittaker was slated to defend his UFC Middleweight Title against former champ Luke Rockhold at the event.  With Whittaker’s removal, the UFC has made the new...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Jan 12/18

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Jan 12/18 Dec 2, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Dominick Reyes (blue gloves) reacts to fight against Jeremy Kimball (red gloves) during UFC 218 at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-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 voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or not.  So to try to put a...

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UFC 219 Among 2017’s Top Selling PPVs

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC 219 Among 2017’s Top Selling PPVs In a bad year in terms of pay-per-view buys, at least the UFC ended 2017 on a high note.  The last PPV card of last year, UFC 219 on Dec 30th, was the third-best selling UFC PPV of the year, reports Dave Meltzer.  The only UFC cards that did better business in 2017 was Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones and Michael Bisping vs Georges St-Pierre. Meltzer states that the Cris Cyborg-Holly Holm headlined card sold in the 340,000-380,000 range, a very solid number in these days of...

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All-Time UFC PPV Sales Data

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto All-Time UFC PPV Sales Data NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 12: Conor McGregor of Ireland celebrates his KO victory over Eddie Alvarez of the United States in their lightweight championship bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images ) No need for much of an introduction here – this is a list of the sales totals for every UFC pay-per-view since Day 1.   Now, since the UFC is a private company and doesn’t release sales info, all this...

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Jimmy Smith Joins UFC Broadcast Team

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto Jimmy Smith Joins UFC Broadcast Team This popped into my inbox today from the UFC: VETERAN MMA AND BOXING ANNOUNCER JIMMY SMITH TO JOIN UFC BROADCAST TEAM IN 2018 Las Vegas – UFC® is excited to announce the addition of veteran color commentator Jimmy Smith to the UFC broadcast team. Smith is one of the most respected voices in both mixed martial arts and boxing and will join UFC broadcasts for Fox Sports and Pay-Per-View events, as well as for pre-fight programming. Jimmy Smith had the following to say, “I am honored to join...

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2017 MMA Fight Camp Team Standings – Final Rankings

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto 2017 MMA Fight Camp Team Standings – Final Rankings Dec 16, 2017; Winnipeg, Manitoba, USA; Josh Emmett defeats Ricardo Lamas during UFC Fight Night at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports Mixed martial arts is as lonely, individualistic a sport as exists.  You enter a steel cage, the door gets locked behind you, and all that remains before you is your opponent and the referee.  No teammates, no coaches, no trainers.  You’re alone. However, outside of the cage (and in between rounds), a fighter is very much not alone.  While the...

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