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Brock Lesnar Still Expected Back in UFC Soon

By: Jeff Fox | April 10, 2018 LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 9: Brock Lesnar before his fight against Mark Hunt during the UFC 200 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) Despite the WWE announcing yesterday that their Universal Champion Brock Lesnar has re-signed with the company, still expect the former UFC Heavyweight Champion back into the octagon sooner rather than later.  As Dave Meltzer reports on MMA Fighting, Lesnar’s deal is a short one with the WWE (some sources say it could be for only one...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Apr 9/18

By: Jeff Fox | April 9, 2018 Mar 17, 2018; London, United Kingdom; Jan Blachowicz (blue gloves) defeats Jimi Manuwa (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sport 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 fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has...

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UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs Gaethje Pick 'Em Contest

By: Jeff Fox | April 9, 2018 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 athletes in all...

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Nick Diaz Accepts One Year USADA Suspension

By: Jeff Fox | April 9, 2018 Nick Diaz has come to an agreement with the USADA in regards to his missed drug tests.  The UFC star has accepted a one-year suspension due to missing three out-of-competition drug tests within a year (aka “whereabouts” violations), the USADA announced today. However, there is good news for fans of the Stockton bad boy – his suspension is retroactive to April 2017, meaning he is eligible to compete again as of April 19th of this year (yes, one day before 4/20).  Whether he is at all interested in fighting again, however, is...

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Brock Lesnar Has Re-Signed With the WWE

By: Jeff Fox | April 9, 2018 LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 9: Brock Lesnar prepares to fight Mark Hunt during the UFC 200 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) Brock Lesnar’s imminent return to the UFC octagon appears to have been put on hold.  Or the WWE is working us all.  Or he never really was coming back to the UFC, and Dana White is working us all. The wrestling promotion put out a press release today stating that Lesnar has re-signed with them, and will next...

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UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs Gaethje Fight Card

By: Jeff Fox | April 9, 2018 UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs GaethjeApr 14, 2018 Gila River ArenaGlendale, Arizona UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs Gaethje Fight Card Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) UFC on FOX cards range between 7,700-6,400 points, with an average UFC on FOX card ranking 7,100 (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 (FOX/CTV Two – 8:00 pm Eastern) Lightweights (five rounds):Dustin Poirier (22-5,...

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Carlos Condit Scouting Report

By: Jeff Fox | April 9, 2018 Carlos Condit Scouting Report Vitals 6’2″ 170 lbs (Welterweight)76″ reach, OrthodoxApril 26, 1984 Record 30-11 (UFC: 7-7) Current Streak 3 straight losses Training Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-JitsuBlack belt in Gaidojutsu Championships Held WEC Welterweight Champion: 2007-2008 (three successful title defenses)UFC Interim Welterweight Champion: 2012 (no title defenses) Strengths – very experienced– long reach– very well coached– finishes fights– knockout power– great submission artist– great cardio– great at passing guard– solid striking defense– terrific chin – never been knocked out– versatile striker– great at scrambling– very aggressive fighter – pushes pace– kicks...

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Tim Boetsch Scouting Report

By: Jeff Fox | April 9, 2018 Tim Boetsch Scouting Report Vitals 5’11” 205 lbs (Middleweight)74″ reach, OrthodoxJanuary 28, 1981 Record 21-11 (UFC: 12-10) Current Streak 1 straight win Training NCAA Division 1 wrestler Championships Held Reality Fighting Light Heavyweight Champion: 2006-2007 (one successful title defense)Extreme Challenge USKBA Heavyweight Champion: 2007 (no title defenses)Extreme Challenge Light Heavyweight Champion: 2007 (one successful title defense)5150 Combat League Light Heavyweight Champion: 2010 (no title defenses) Strengths – strong wrestler– knockout power– mixes up strikes well– good submission skills– good chin– utilizes wrestling/judo throws effectively– good at passing guard– has fought many highly...

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UFC 223 Pick 'Em Results

By: Jeff Fox | April 8, 2018 Congratulations to Nathan H for winning our UFC 223 Pick ‘Em Contest!  Next Pick ‘Em action of will be UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs Gaethje on Apr 14th.  Thanks for playing! Consensus Picks Khabib Nurmagomedov – 96%Rose Namajunas – 57%Calvin Kattar – 63%Zabit Magomedsharipov – 100%Joe Lauzon – 58% Consensus Overall Record in 2017: 26-22 (54%) UFC 223 Pick ‘Em Results 1 Nathan H. 8 2 CDN420 7 3 Brandon Kaplan 6 3 KurtK26 6 3 Michael J. 6 3 James Weise 6 3 Scott Wilterdink 6 8 Derrick Fling 5 8 Sternfan74 5 8 Ryan A....

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The Statistical Star of UFC 223: Khabib Nurmagomedov

By: Jeff Fox | April 8, 2018 Apr 7, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Khabib Nurmagoedov (Red gloves) reads to fight against Al Laquinta (Blue Gloves) during UFC 223 at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-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. Khabib Nurmagomedov (vs Al Iaquinta) Key...

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk Career Earnings

By: Jeff Fox | April 8, 2018 Joanna Jedrzejczyk Career Earnings (UFC fights only, doesn’t include undisclosed bonuses, Reebok sponsorship started July 2015) * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event UFC on Fox: Lawler vs Brown – Jul 26/14 – W (Lima) – $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus) UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs Miocic – Dec 13/14 – W (Gadelha) – $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus) UFC 185 – Mar 14/15 – W (Esparza) – $100,000 ($25,000 to show, $25,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night...

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Career Earnings

By: Jeff Fox | April 8, 2018 Apr 7, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Khabib Nurmagoedov (Red gloves) reads to fight against Al Laquinta (Blue Gloves) during UFC 223 at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports Khabib Nurmagomedov Career Earnings * denotes an estimated purse, UFC fights only Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event UFC on FX: Guillard vs Miller – Jan 20/12 – W (Shalorus) – $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)* UFC 148 – July 7/12 – W (Tibau) – $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus) UFC on...

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UFC 223 Fighter Salaries, Incentive Pay, Attendance & Gate

By: Jeff Fox | April 8, 2018 Apr 7, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Al Laquinta (Blue Gloves) reacts to the fight against Khabib Nurmagoedov (Red gloves) during UFC 223 at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports The uncrowned king of the lightweights finally has his crown, and Khabib Nurmagomedov was also the top earner last night at UFC 223. Before we go any further, we should note that the  New York State 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...

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Anthony Pettis Career Earnings

By: Jeff Fox | April 8, 2018 Anthony Pettis Career Earnings (WEC & UFC pay only, not including PPV or locker room bonuses, Reebok sponsorship started with UFC 189) * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event WEC 41 – Jun 7/09 – W (Campbell) – $4,000 ($2,000 to show, $2,000 win bonus) WEC 45 – Dec 19/09 – L (Palaszewski) – $3,000 WEC 47 – Mar 6/10 – W (Castillo) – $16,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 win bonus, $10,000 Knockout of the Night bonus) WEC 48 – Apr 24/10 – W (Karalexis)...

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UFC 223 Results

By: Jeff Fox | April 7, 2018 UFC 223: Khabib vs IaquintaApr 7, 2018 Barclays CenterBrooklyn, New York UFC 223: Khabib vs Iaquinta Fight Card Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) UFC PPV’s range between 13,300-6,500 points, with an average UFC PPV ranking 9,800 (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 Lightweight Championship (only Khabib eligible for belt):Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0, #3 ranked...

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Rose Namajunas Career Earnings

By: Jeff Fox | April 7, 2018 Rose Namajunas Career Earnings (UFC fights only, doesn’t include undisclosed bonuses, Reebok/fight week incentive sponsorship started July 2015) * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event TUF 20 Finale – Dec 12/14 – L (Esparza) – $25,000 UFC 192 – Oct 3/15 – W (Hill) – $52,500 ($25,000 to show, $25,000 win bonus, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)* UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs VanZant – Dec 10/15 – W (VanZant) – $106,500 ($27,000 to show, $27,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)...

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Al Iaquinta Career Earnings

By: Jeff Fox | April 7, 2018 LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 31: Al Iaquinta (L) pounds on Joe Lauzon in a lightweight bout during UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Iaquinta won with a second-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images) Al Iaquinta Career Earnings (UFC fights only, doesn’t include undisclosed bonuses, Reebok sponsorship started July 2015) * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event TUF: Live Finale – Jun 1/12 – L (Chiesa) – $8,000 UFC 164 – Aug 31/13 – W (Couture)...

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