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Jeremy Stephens Career Earnings

By Jeff Fox | May 10, 2020 Jan 14, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; Jeremy Stephens (red gloves) celebrates after defeating Dooho Choi (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports (UFC fights only, doesn’t include undisclosed and/or PPV bonuses, Reebok sponsorship/fight week incentive pay started July 2015) * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event UFC 71 – May 26/07 – L (Thomas) – $3,000 UFC 76 – Sept 22/07 – W (Saraiva) – $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 win bonus)...

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Tony Ferguson Career Earnings

By Jeff Fox | May 10, 2020 Tony Ferguson Career Earnings * denotes an estimated purse, UFC fights only Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event TUF 13 Finale – Jun 4/11 – W (Nijem) – $56,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus, $40,000 Knockout of the Night bonus) UFC 135 – Sept 24/11 – W (Riley) – $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 win bonus)* TUF 14 Finale – Dec 3/11 – W (Edwards) – $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 win bonus) UFC on Fox: Diaz vs Miller – May 5/12 – L (Johnson) – $15,000* UFC 166...

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Fabricio Werdum Career Earnings

By Jeff Fox | May 10, 2020 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 19: Fabricio Werdum of Brazil waves to the crowd as he prepares to enter the Octagon before facing Marcin Tybura of Poland in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena on November 19, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images) Fabricio Werdum Career Earnings * denotes an estimated purse, Strikeforce & UFC fights only Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event UFC 70 – Apr 21/07 – L (Arlovski) – $80,000 UFC 80 – Jan 19/08 – W...

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UFC 249: Ferguson vs Gaethje Results

By Jeff Fox | May 9, 2020 UFC 249: Ferguson vs GaethjeMay 9, 2020VyStar Veterans Memorial ArenaJacksonville, Florida UFC 249: Ferguson vs Gaethje Fight Card Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) UFC PPV cards range between 15,450-4,700 points, with an average card ranking 10,400 (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) Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Pound for Pound: May 8/20

By Jeff Fox | May 8, 2020 Feb 9, 2019; Melbourne, Australia; Israel Adesanya (red gloves) gestures to Anderson Silva (blue gloves) during UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasmin Frank-USA TODAY Sports Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! 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...

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UFC 249 Prop Bets With Masks, Blood and Fast Finishes

By Jeff Fox | May 6, 2020 Got this e-mail today: American sports fans will finally get some live shots Saturday night as UFC 249 is set to go down in Florida. Gamblers are eager for the action as well, and outside of the main fight odds, SportsBetting.ag has rolled out a Super Bowl-size set of prop bets for the event. Will Bruce Buffer wear a mask, which fighter will bleed first, the quickest fight and who the victors will call out afterward are just some of the props available to bet on. You can see a select set...

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UFC 249 Pick 'Em Contest

By Jeff Fox | May 4, 2020 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. This week’s winner wins a $70 gift card from our sponsor – Engage! Engage is a premium brand offering a wide range of products that are custom designed for those who have an interest in Combat Sports. From fightwear to high-quality fight gear, apparel and activewear, there are options for everyone through the engageind.com online store. The thorough research...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Strawweights: May 4/20

By Jeff Fox | May 4, 2020 Apr 7, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Rose Namajunas (Red Gloves) and Joanna Jedrzezjczyk (Blue gloves) react to the fight during UFC 223 at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-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...

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Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza Scouting Report

By Jeff Fox | May 3, 2020 (Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports) Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza Scouting Report Vitals 6’1″ 185 lbs (Middleweight)74″ reach, OrthodoxDecember 7, 1979 Record 26-8, 1 NC (UFC: 9-5) Current Streak 2 straight losses Training Black belt in JudoBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-JitsuNumerous submission grappling and jiu-jitsu gold medals Championships Held Strikeforce Middleweight Champion: 2010-11 (one successful title defense) Strengths – elite, elite, elite BJJ skills – among the best all-time– very physically strong– extremely aggressive fighter– extremely experienced– has fought & beat many top fighters– experience being a champion in a top promotion– has been extremely successful at the top of the sport for a long time– amazing submission skills– also developing KO power– finishes fights– very hard to finish – only stopped twice in career– good ground and pound– solid striking defense– lands lots of takedowns– very active looking for submissions Weaknesses – old for a fighter– can be knocked out– doesn’t land many strikes– inaccurate striker– very inaccurate with his takedowns– poor takedown defense– inconsistent in UFC – win one, lose one Synopsis The Alligator has always been a feared BJJ expert, but his newfound striking power (old man strength?!) makes him even more dangerous. MMA Manifesto View the original article on MMA Manifesto: Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza Scouting...

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Fabricio Werdum Scouting Report

By Jeff Fox | May 3, 2020 Fabricio Werdum Scouting Report Vitals 6’4″ 249 lbs (Heavyweight)77″ reach, OrthodoxJuly 30, 1977 Record 23-8-1 (UFC: 11-5) Current Streak 1 straight loss Training Second degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-JitsuBlack belt in JudoBlack belt in Muay ThaiNumerous submission grappling & jiu-jitsu championships Championships Held Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion: 2014-15 (no title defenses)UFC Heavyweight Champion: 2015-2016 (no successful title defenses) Strengths – very experienced– extremely high level grappler/submission artist– very dangerous guard– much improved striker– very hard to finish – only KO’d twice in career; never submitted– finishes fights– career seems to be on the upswing– great at passing guard– extremely accurate striker– diverse striker – mixes punches with kicks well– seems to be like a fine wine – better with age Weaknesses – inconsistent – has already been cut by the UFC once– very old for a fighter – not many over 40 competitors in sport– very poor takedown defense & accuracy– can rely on his ground game too much & refuse to engage on his feet (see second Alistair Overeem fight)– doesn’t land a very high volume of strikes– mediocre striking defense– can become complacent in fights and coast– brutally beat up and KO’d last fight– has been out of action for a long while Synopsis One of the greatest heavyweight jiu-jitsu practitioners in MMA history, it’s Fabricio Werdum’s ever-improving striking...

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Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone Scouting Report

By Jeff Fox | May 3, 2020 Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone Scouting Report Vitals 6’0″ 170 lbs (Welterweight)73″ reach, OrthodoxMarch 29, 1983 Record 36-14, 1 NC (UFC: 23-11) Current Streak 3 straight losses Training Champion Muay Thai fighterBlack belt if GaidojutsuBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Held None Strengths – world class kickboxing/Muay Thai– incredible submission skills – 17 wins via submission– killer leg kicks– very well coached throughout his career– granite chin – never been knocked out (only TKO’d six times)– very active striker– extremely accurate striker– hard hitter – one of the leaders in knockdowns landed for his size– relentlessly looks for submissions– extremely dangerous off of his back– very experienced– exceptional at passing guard on the ground Weaknesses – doesn’t fight very smart– gets into “street fights” in the cage– not much knockout power despite striking prowess & knockdowns landed– seems more interested in putting on exciting fights than winning– takes way too much damage via strikes – more than he dishes out– mediocre striking defense– gets hurt with body shots– doesn’t look to strike much on the ground or in the clinch– never has won “the big fight” – seems to wilt in pressure situations– been busted for PED use (diuretic)– getting up there in years & miles on his body– best years definitely behind him– TKO’d in past three fights Synopsis While the Cowboy is...

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Anthony Pettis Scouting Report

By Jeff Fox | May 3, 2020 Anthony Pettis Scouting Report Vitals 5’10” 170 lbs (Welterweight)72″ reach, OrthodoxJanuary 27, 1987 Record 22-10 (UFC: 9-9) Current Streak 2 straight losses Training 3rd dan Black belt in TaekwondoBlack belt in kickboxingBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu JitsuYellow rope in Capoeira Championships Held Gladiators Fighting Series Lightweight Champion: 2008 (two successful title defenses)WEC Lightweight Champion: 2010 (no title defenses)UFC Lightweight Champion: 2013-2015 (one successful title defense) Strengths – good athlete– still young(ish) despite vast experience– tremendous striker with diverse arsenal– deadly kicks– very dangerous submissions (especially triangle choke)– very well coached– has fought – and beat – some of the best fighters in the world– good striking defense– extremely accurate with his takedowns– solid cardio– active on the ground – passing guard, looking for submissions– can fight comfortably out of either stance– KO power seems to transfers with him to various weight classes Weaknesses – struggles mightily with wrestlers– inaccurate striker– not a very active striker– mediocre takedown defense– can be ‘outpointed’ and lose judges’ decisions– struggles with opponents who push the pace & pressure him– has become injury prone– game doesn’t seem to be evolving– stuck between weight classes– his extreme athleticism seems to have left him– lots of bouncing around weight classes last few years– in a slump Synopsis They don’t call him ‘Showtime’ for nothing. MMA Manifesto View the original article...

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Carla Esparza Scouting Report

By Jeff Fox | May 3, 2020 Dec 30, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Carla Esparza lands a hit against Cynthia Calvillo during UFC 219 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Carla Esparza Scouting Report Vitals 5’1″ 115 lbs (Women’s Strawweight)64″ reach, OrthodoxOctober 10, 1987 Record 15-6 (UFC: 6-4) Current Streak 2 straight wins Training Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-JitsuTwo-time NAIA All-American in wrestlingMedalist in international jiu-jitu competition Championships Held Invicta FC Strawweight Champion: 2013 (no title defenses)UFC Strawweight Champion: 2014-2015 (no successful title defenses) Strengths – above average reach– finishes fights– strong MMA wrestler– equally capable of submitting an opponent or knocking them out– very experienced– has already faced (and beaten) top competition– very good in scrambles– physically strong– throws punches with bad intentions– relentlessly attacks– strong ground and pound– has championship experience– very tough & durable– on a roll Weaknesses – short for her weight class– can be submitted– has been taken down & dominated on the mat– can get too complacent and only counter strike– can be totally outclassed in the striking department Synopsis That was a quick title reign for Cookie Monster.  Can she reclaim her throne? MMA Manifesto View the original article on MMA Manifesto: Carla Esparza Scouting...

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UFC Fight Night: Smith vs Teixeira Fight Card

By Jeff Fox | May 1, 2020 UFC Fight Night: Smith vs TeixeiraMay 13, 2020VyStar Veterans Memorial ArenaJacksonville, Florida UFC Fight Night: Smith vs Teixeira Fight Card Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) UFC Fight Night cards range between 9,900-3,200 points, with an average card ranking 6,200 (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) Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! Main Card (ESPN?? – 9:00 pm Eastern) Light Heavyweights (five rounds):Anthony Smith   (32-14, #3 ranked light heavyweight) vs Glover Teixeira   (30-7, #10 ranked light heavyweight) Heavyweights:Ben Rothwell   (37-12, #12 ranked heavyweight) vs Ovince Saint Preux   (24-13, #6 ranked heavyweight) Lightweights:Drew Dober   (22-9, 1 NC, #21 ranked lightweight) vs Alexander Hernandez  (11-2, #11 ranked lightweight) Middleweights:Karl Roberson   (9-2, #28 ranked middleweight) vs Marvin Vettori   (14-4-1, #17 ranked middleweight) Bantamweights:Ricky Simon   (15-3, #18 ranked bantamweight) vs Ray Borg   (13-4, #26 ranked bantamweight) Prelims (ESPN+ – 6:00 pm Eastern) Heavyweights:Andrei Arlovski   (28-19, 2 NC, #23 ranked heavyweight) vs Philipe Lins   (10-2) Lightweights:Michael Johnson   (19-15, #34 ranked lightweight) vs Thiago Moises   (12-4, #68 ranked lightweight) Women’s Bantamweights:Sijara Eubanks   (4-4, #21 ranked women’s bantamweight) vs Sarah Moras   (6-5, #12 ranked women’s bantamweight) Bantamweights:Hunter...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker – May 1/20

By Jeff Fox | May 1, 2020 Jun 1, 2019; Stockholm, Sweden; Alexander Gustafsson (red gloves) fights Anthony Smith (blue gloves) at Ericsson Globe. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports As Ferris Bueller said: “Life in the MMA world moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”  Or something like that.   But fight announcements do come fast and furious these days, so it’s easy to miss them.  But don’t worry, The MMA Manifesto has got you covered.  Our  MMA  Fight Announcement Roundup will let you know what fights have been announced recently.  You’re welcome. Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! Canadians – get a free trial of the home of Bellator, NFL & more, DAZN, right here! Americans, click here. (click here for details on all upcoming UFC fight cards) UFC Anthony Smith   (32-14) vs Glover Teixeira   (30-7) – UFC Fight Night Smith vs Teixeira – May 13th Ovince Saint Preux   (24-13) vs Ben Rothwell   (37-12) – UFC Fight Night Smith vs Teixeira – May 13th Karl Roberson   (9-2) vs Marvin Vettori   (14-3-1) – UFC Fight Night Smith vs Teixeira – May 13th Andrei Arlovski   (28-19-2) vs Philipe Lins   (14-3) – UFC Fight Night Smith vs Teixeira – May 13th Sijara Eubanks   (4-4) vs Sarah Moras   (6-5) – UFC Fight Night Smith vs Teixeira...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Flyweights: May 1/20

By Jeff Fox | May 1, 2020 Sep 7, 2019; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Joanne Calderwood (red gloves) reacts against Andrea Lee (not pictured) during UFC 242 at The Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-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 has come up with a performance based ranking system, solely based on how a fighter has performed in the cage.  Next up: The Women’s Flyweights  Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! *stipulations: 1) any fighter currently suspended or 2) inactive for at least 12 months (without an upcoming fight scheduled) are excluded from the rankings  Scoring based on a fighter’s past 10 UFC performances (we use a five year time limit, so if they have fought less than 10 times in past five years, only the fights within that time frame are counted) Points based on a fighter’s opponent’s UFC win/loss record (ie strength of schedule – the more successful a vanquished opponent is, the more points awarded),...

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