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Rose Namajunas Scouting Report

By: Jeff Fox | April 3, 2018 (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports) Rose Namajunas Scouting Report Vitals 5’5″ 115 lbs (Women’s Strawweight)65″ reach, OrthodoxJune 29, 1992 Record 7-3 (UFC: 4-2) Current Streak 2 straight wins Training Black belt in TaekwondoBlack belt in KarateBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Held UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion: 2017 – present (no title defenses) Strengths – black belt in multiple disciplines– great kickboxer– comfortable fighting from both sides – switches stances often– very good kicker– incredible submission skills – submission savante, despite only being a BJJ brown belt– pulls off difficult, unorthodox moves– dangerous off...

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Anthony Pettis Scouting Report

By: Jeff Fox | April 3, 2018 Anthony Pettis Scouting Report Vitals 5’10” 155 lbs (Lightweight)72″ reach, OrthodoxJanuary 27, 1987 Record 20-7 (UFC: 7-6) Current Streak 1 straight loss Training 3rd degree Black belt in TaekwondoBlack belt in kickboxingBrown 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– has never been stopped in a fight– very dangerous submissions (especially triangle...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Pound for Pound: Apr 2/18

By: Jeff Fox | April 2, 2018 Mar 3, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Brian Ortega lands a kick against Frankie Edgar during UFC 222 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-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...

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UFC 223 Pick 'Em Contest

By: Jeff Fox | April 2, 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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UFC 223 Pick ‘Em Contest

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC 223 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 223: Holloway vs Khabib Fight Card

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC 223: Holloway vs Khabib Fight Card UFC 223: Holloway vs KhabibApr 7, 2018 Barclays CenterBrooklyn, New York UFC 223: Holloway vs Khabib Fight Card Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) UFC PPV’s range between 13,000-7,000 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:Max Holloway (19-3, #1 ranked featherweight)...

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Tony Ferguson Out, Max Holloway In at UFC 223

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto Tony Ferguson Out, Max Holloway In at UFC 223 NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 11: Khabib Nurmagomedov reacts during UFC 205 Weigh-ins at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) Yes, I know the calendar says today is April 1st aka April Fool’s Day, but apparently this is legit – Tony Ferguson is out of UFC 223’s main event.  For the fourth time, Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov will not happen as scheduled. Reportedly the current interim (or maybe real, who knows) UFC Lightweight Champion Ferguson...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Strawweights: Mar 30/18

By: Jeff Fox | March 30, 2018 CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 10: Jessica Andrade prepares for the round to begin before facing Joanne Calderwood during the UFC 203 event at Quicken Loans Arena on September 10, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (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 seep through, whether intentional or no.  So to try to put...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women’s Strawweights: Mar 30/18

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women’s Strawweights: Mar 30/18 CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 10: Jessica Andrade prepares for the round to begin before facing Joanne Calderwood during the UFC 203 event at Quicken Loans Arena on September 10, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (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 seep through, whether intentional...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker: Mar 29/18

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto MMA Fight Announcement Tracker: Mar 29/18 ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – SEPTEMBER 02: Darren Till of England celebrates victory against Bojan Velickovic of Serbia after their Welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night at Ahoy on September 2, 2017 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) 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...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Pound for Pound: Mar 28/18

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Pound for Pound: Mar 28/18 Nov 3, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Ryan Bader (red gloves) walks out of the ring after defeating Linton Vassell (not pictured) during Bellator 186 at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O’Haren-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...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker: Mar 27/18

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto MMA Fight Announcement Tracker: Mar 27/18 UFC Welterweight, Santiago Ponzinibbio (Josh Hodges, Zuffa LLC, Getty Images) 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. (click here for details on all upcoming UFC fight...

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2018 MMA Fight Camp Team Standings: March Update

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto 2018 MMA Fight Camp Team Standings: March Update Jan 20, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Daniel Cormier (red gloves) fights Volkan Oezdemir (blue gloves) during UFC 220 at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-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....

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Flyweights: Mar 26/18

By: Jeff Fox | March 26, 2018 Dec 1, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nicco Montano (red gloves) celebrates after defeating Roxanne Modafferi (not pictured) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-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...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women’s Flyweights: Mar 26/18

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women’s Flyweights: Mar 26/18 Dec 1, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nicco Montano (red gloves) celebrates after defeating Roxanne Modafferi (not pictured) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-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...

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Invicta FC 28 Pick ‘Em Results

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto Invicta FC 28 Pick ‘Em Results Congratulations to SternFan74 for winning our Invicta FC 28 Pick ‘Em Contest!  Next Pick ‘Em action of will be UFC 223 on Apr 7th.  Thanks for playing! Consensus Picks Virna Jandiroba – 52%Karina Rodriguez – 67%Milana Dudieva – 67%Kali Robbins – 57%Minna Grusander – 62% Consensus Overall Record in 2017: 23-20 (53%) Invicta FC 28 Pick ‘Em Results 1 SternFan74 9 2 Jon Doe 7 2 Carlos 7 4 James Weise 6 4 Scott Wilterdink 6 4 Nathan H. 6 4 Creamy Goodness 6 8 KurtK26 5 8 Craig S. 5 8 Ryan...

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