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Khabib Opens as Big Betting Favorite Over McGregor in Potential Rematch

By: Jeff Fox | October 8, 2018 Oct 6, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Khabib Nurmagomedov (red gloves) fights Conor McGregor (blue gloves) during UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov put a beating on Conor McGregor on Saturday at UFC 229, eventually getting the tap in Round 4.  And, with the post-fight ‘festivities’ that kicked off, it is almost certain the two men will fight again (preferably in the cage).  So, not surprisingly, the bookmakers have already started taking bets on the outcome of the rematch. The champ...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Welterweights: Oct 8/18

By: Jeff Fox | October 8, 2018 Sep 22, 2018; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Sergio Moraes (red gloves) fights Ben Saunders (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ginasio do Ibirapuera. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-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 no.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto...

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UFC 229 Pick 'Em Results

By: Jeff Fox | October 7, 2018 Congratulations to J. Stewart Newman for winning our UFC 229  Pick ‘Em Contest.  Next Pick ‘Em action will be for UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs Smith  on Oct 27th. Thanks for playing! Consensus Picks Khabib/Conor – 50%Tony Ferguson – 78%Ovince Saint Preux – 56%Alexander Volkov – 56%Felice Herrig – 56% Consensus Overall Record in 2018: 79-56 (59%) UFC 229 Pick ‘Em Results 1 J. Stewart Newman 11 2 Rodney 10 3 Darryl Fitzgerald 9 4 James Weise 8 4 Wes 8 6 Kevin Wicke 7 6 Neil H. 7 6 ryanC 7 9 Barry Oh 6...

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The Statistical Star of UFC 229: Alexander Volkov

By: Jeff Fox | October 7, 2018 Oct 6, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Derrick Lewis (red gloves) fights Alexander Volkov (blue gloves) during UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports 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. Alexander Volkov (vs Derrick Lewis) Key Stats: ...

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UFC 229: Derrick Lewis vs Alexander Volkov Fight Video, Photos & Instant Analysis

By: Jeff Fox | October 6, 2018 WHAT A FIGHT!!! And it ain’t over until it’s over.  Derrick Lewis grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat, knocking out Alexander Volkov with just 11 seconds left in the fight.  A fight that the Black Beast was utterly dominated and beat up in. Volkov used his length and reach to his advantage early, blasting Lewis with head and body shots.  In fact, it appeared early that Lewis had his orbital bone(s?) broken by some of the Russian’s big shots. Lewis was visibly injured and exhausted most of the fight.  Until that...

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UFC 229: Michelle Waterson vs Felice Herrig Fight Video, Photos & Instant Analysis

By: Jeff Fox | October 6, 2018 Oct 6, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Michelle Waterson (red gloves) fights Felice Herring (blue gloves) during UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports A very evenly-matched, closely-contested women’s flyweight bout kicked off the main card festivities tonight at UFC 229, with Michelle Waterson besting Felice Herrig via unanimous decision. The Karate Hottie did most of her damage via her lightning quick kicks, peppering Herrig upstairs and well as her legs. Herrig countered by trying to bully the smaller Waterson against the cage, without too much effect. ...

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UFC 229 Fighter Salaries, Incentive Pay, Attendance & Gate

By: Jeff Fox | October 5, 2018 Here are the advance payouts, released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Khabib Nurmagomedov:  $2,000,000 Conor McGregor:   $3,000,000 Tony Ferguson:   ($150,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus) Anthony Pettis:   ($145,000 to show, $145,000 win bonus) MMA Manifesto, MMA Manifesto Salary Data View the original article on MMA Manifesto: UFC 229 Fighter Salaries, Incentive Pay, Attendance &...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Middleweights: Oct 5/18

By: Jeff Fox | October 5, 2018 LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 12: Chris Weidman (L) takes a punch from Luke Rockhold in their middleweight title fight during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/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 seep through, whether intentional or no.  So to try...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Oct 3/18

By: Jeff Fox | October 3, 2018 Oct 6, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Darrion Caldwell (blue gloves) fights Eduardo Dantas (red gloves) during Bellator 184 at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports There is constant debate about fighter rankings, which are normally 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 no.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has come up...

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UFC 229 Novelty Prop Bets

By: Jeff Fox | October 3, 2018 NEW YORK, NY – JULY 13: Conor McGregor looks on as money rains down during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour event at Barclays Center on July 13, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images) It wouldn’t be a proper big-time fight without some proper novelty prop bets floating about.  Here are some of the best for Khabib vs Conor, courtesy of BetOnline.ag. Bruce Buffer’s Tie for Main Event American Odds Profit (on $100 Bet) Bow Tie -150 $66.67 Standard Tie +110...

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Valentina Shevchenko vs Sijara Eubanks Set For UFC 230 Main Event

By: Jeff Fox | October 2, 2018 Jun 1, 2018; Utica, NY, USA; Sijara Eubanks (red gloves) after defeating Lauren Murphy (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Adirondack Bank Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports Wow – didn’t see this one coming.  Next month’s UFC 230 in Madison Square Garden finally has its main event.  Valentina Shevchenko will battle Sijara Eubanks for the vacant UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship.  The fight hasn’t been officially announced, but multiple sources are reporting it’s a done deal. Not exactly the blockbuster main event we were all hoping, and expecting, for...

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