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Author: Luke Irwin

Golden Boy on DAZN Picks

By: Luke Irwin | July 12, 2019 WBC World Junior Featherweight Championship: Rey Vargas (c) (33-0) vs. Tomoki Kameda (36-2) Luke Irwin: These two actually met as amateurs ten years ago, with Vargas taking the win. Also, Kameda is only 27, but he hasn’t held a world title since he was 23 and has failed in both chances to get it back. 38 professional fights, how many chances will Kameda have left? Vargas isn’t the punishing finisher he was in his early-to-mid 20s, but he’s evolving his game, as great athletes do. Vargas via UD. Interim WBA World Featherweight...

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Bellator 224 Picks

By: Luke Irwin | July 12, 2019 Bellator Women’s Featherweight Championship: Julia Budd (c) (12-2) vs. Olga Rubin (6-0) Luke Irwin: Rubin in a decent-enough striker, but nothing Earth-shattering, and certainly nothing that Budd, who’s been in the cage with Amanda Nunes and Germaine De Randamie, hasn’t seen before. This will also be Rubin’s first five-rounder, which is always an adjustment. I think Budd drags it to the championship rounds, and finishes a tired Rubin. Budd via R4 TKO. Middleweight Bout: Chidi Njokuani (18-6) vs. Rafael Carvalho (15-3) Luke: This should be a hell of a tilt. You know...

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The Betting Window for July 12-14

By: Luke Irwin | July 11, 2019 Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice, and you too can be rich enough to force your tweets to be sponsored and have your only replies be how the fuck she got into their feeds! As usual, we’ll take a hundred dollars and divide it among five fights. Let’s make some cashola. Germaine De Randamie +150 over Aspen Ladd ($10) Ricky Simon -325 over Urijah Faber ($25) Darren Elkins -110 over Ryan Hall ($10) Billy Dib +1400 over Amir Khan ($5) Joe...

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Top Rank on ESPN: Commey vs. Beltran Picks

By: Luke Irwin | June 28, 2019 Catchweight Bout: Richard Commey (c) (28-2) vs. Raymundo Beltran (36-8-1) Luke Irwin: After winning his first world title in February of last year at 36, Beltran just turned 38, and in perhaps in his last chance at a title shot, he missed weight. Ugh. Commey has concrete in his gloves (metaphorically, not literally, Margarito). His last three fights have gone ten rounds…combined. Beltran is as hard-nosed and as scrappy and tough as it gets. Commey will lay a beating on Beltran, but he’s too tough to get finished. Commey via wide UD....

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Your Weekend in Combat Sports

By: Luke Irwin | June 27, 2019 As always, programming is listed in ESTLive fights are in BOLD.Premiere programming is in ITALICS.MMA programming is in ORANGE.Boxing programming is in RED.Kickboxing/Muay Thai/Karate programming is in BLUE.Wrestling/Jiu Jitsu/Grappling programming is in PURPLE.Misc./Combination combat sports programming is in GREEN. Friday June 28 7:30am: M-1 Challenge 102 ($7.99 2019 IBJJF American National Championship (FloGrappling)1:00pm: Colosseum Tournament ( Alessandro Goddi vs. Daniele Scardina/Francesco Patera vs. Paul Hyland Jr. (DAZN)3:00pm: Miguel Vazquez vs. Ohara Davies/Lewis Paulin vs. Ryan Walsh (ESPN+)4:00pm: Enfusion 86 ($11.40 UFC Fight Night Pre-Fight Show (ESPN+)7:00pm: Top Rank on ESPN...

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The Betting Window for June 28-30

By: Luke Irwin | June 27, 2019 Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice, and you too can pander so hard in the debate you come off as a minstrel show! As usual, we’ll take a hundred dollars and divide it among five fights. Let’s make some cashola. Maciej Sulecki +400 over Demetrius Andrade ($5) Junior dos Santos +215 over Francis Ngannou ($5) Joseph Benavidez -185 over Jussier da Silva ($30) Sergio Pettis -150 over Ricardo Ramos ($20) Eryk Anders -350 over Vinicius Moreira ($40) I think Andrade is...

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Fighters of the Week

By: Luke Irwin | June 25, 2019   1. Andrew Cancio: IT WASN’T A FLUKE! Cancio landed a body shot in round three that Alberto Machado had no interest in coming back from. After the stunner early this year, Cancio proved his merit as a legit world champion.   2. Elwin Soto: You can’t blame the fighter for a bad stoppage, but he pulled a tremendous upset by even being in the fight with Angel Acosta, dropping him twice, and while Acosta deserved to fight on, Soto did enough to warrant the ref jump in. Hopefully we get a...

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The Ecstasy of Gold: 5 Best Title Fights of the Weekend

By: Luke Irwin | June 25, 2019 The championship fight. The pinnacle of achievement across combat sports for centuries. A premiere attraction that draws millions every year. But not all title bouts are created equally. So which title bouts every week are the ones to watch? We’ll look over every title fight from across the combat sports landscape and give you the five best based on five criteria: Competitiveness: Is this an even matchup? Or just a warm body to throw at a champion? It’s a title fight, so we want the best possible at that division in that...

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The Weekend Bulletin

By: Luke Irwin | June 24, 2019 A quick snapshot at the weekend that was. Biggest Upset: Elwin Soto +650 over Angel Acosta Notable New Champions: WBO World Junior Flyweight Champion: Elwin Soto Bellator Middleweight Champion: Rafael Lovato Jr. Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship Lightweight Champion: Johnny Bedford WBC International Junior Welterweight Championship: Tyrone McKenna A Few Storylines Going Forward: Not A Fluke: Andrew Cancio has gone from journeyman to entrenched champion, proving it was no fluke in his first defeat of Alberto Machado, by running it back and doing it all over again. There won’t be a third contest,...

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UFC on ESPN: Korean Zombie vs. Moicano Picks

By: Luke Irwin | June 22, 2019 Featherweight Bout: Chan Sung Jung (14-5) vs. Renato Moicano (13-2-1) Luke Irwin: You know KZ is going to show up and put on a HELL of a fight and an effort, but I think Moicano is too technical and sharp. He’s a machine, and KZ puts on a Fight of the Year effort, but Moicano edges him. Moicano via SD. Welterweight Bout: Bryan Barberena (14-6) vs. Randy Brown (10-3) Luke: RUDE BOY! Is about to lose, I think. Both guys are in a win/lose/win/lose trend in their careers, but the way Brown...

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