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Author: Luke Irwin

PBC on Showtime Picks

The Sports Daily > Undercard Superstar PBC on Showtime Picks IBF World Welterweight Championship: Errol Spence Jr. (c) (22-0) vs. Lamont Peterson (35-3-1) Luke Irwin: Peterson is crafty, a former world champion, and a stiff test for Spence, but eventually, he’s going to wear him down and land a killshot. Spence via R7 TKO. Nolan Howell: Perhaps a few years ago this would have been a winnable fight for Peterson on paper, but the prospect has turned out to be legit in Spence and Peterson has come up short in his big fight outings against Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse....

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Bellator 192 Picks

The Sports Daily > Undercard Superstar Bellator 192 Picks Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals: Chael Sonnen (c) (30-15-1) vs. Quinton Jackson (37-12) Luke Irwin: Has Rampage learned how to stop a takedown yet? No? Ok, then. Sonnen via UD. Nolan Howell: Really hard to imagine how this one plays out against two of the biggest grifters in the sport today. Sonnen’s gameplan will be to take down Rampage and that should be easy once it gets past the first round with heavyweight Rampage, but with Sonnen’s constant lapses in judgement, it wouldn’t be surprising if he got dropped coming...

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UFC 220 Main Card Picks

The Sports Daily > Undercard Superstar UFC 220 Main Card Picks UFC Heavyweight Championship: Stipe Miocic (c) (17-2) vs. Francis Ngannou (11-1) Luke Irwin: Ye of little faiths in Stipe. Jeez, champ can’t get a break. Nobody’s doubting Ngannou’s power, but when was the last time you saw Miocic starched? Even on the occasions he does get rocked, his recovery time is top-notch. I think he drags Ngannou into the later rounds and wears him out. Miocic via R4 TKO. Nolan Howell: Miocic is way too hittable on the feet to survive one Ngannou punch, but really, who could survive one...

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The Betting Window for January 19-21

The Sports Daily > Undercard Superstar The Betting Window for January 19-21 Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice advice, you, too, can lose every shred of credibility with one mere tweet after going full HuffPo! Let’s make some cashola. Chael Sonnen +135 over Rampage Jackson ($20) Stipe Miocic +150 over Francis Ngannou ($5) Daniel Cormier -335 over Volkan Oezdemir ($10) Robert Easter Jr. -500 over Javier Fortuna ($40) Thomas Almeida -130 over Rob Font ($25) I still have no idea how Rampage is the favorite, here. Did Quinton magically...

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The Betting Window for January 12-14

The Sports Daily > Undercard Superstar The Betting Window for January 12-14 Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice advice, you, too, can hand out an absurdly bad take about a 20-year old who was just embarrassed in front of a national TV audience and was a fantastic teammate and young man about it! Let’s make some cashola. Emil Weber Meek +400 over Kamaru Usman ($10) Doo Ho Choi -170 over Jeremy Stephens ($20) Uriah Hall -305 over Vitor Belfort ($30) JJ Aldrich -140 over Danielle Taylor ($20) Michael Johnson -160 over Darren...

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15 Fights to Watch in January

The Sports Daily > Undercard Superstar 15 Fights to Watch in January When: January 12, 10:00pm Who: IBF/WBC World Female Super Middleweight Championships: Claressa Shields (c) (4-0) vs. Tori Nelson (17-0-3) Where: ShoBox, Turning Stone Resort, Verona, New York How To Watch: Showtime Why: Shields, the most successful American Olympic boxer, male or female, of all-time, makes her first of, presumably man, world title defenses against an undefeated Tori Nelson. Sure, Shields will win and probably easily, but it’s worth watching perhaps the best female boxer in the world at work. Dammit, why are Cecilia Braekhus and Katie Taylor so...

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The Betting Window for December 29-31

The Sports Daily > Undercard Superstar The Betting Window for December 29-31 Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice advice, you, too, can live in an area like your humble author and fashion a periscope out of old toilet paper rolls and broken glass to see if the gods have taken your city yet. Let’s make some cashola. Neil Magny +150 over Carlos Condit ($10) Khabib Nurmagomedov -280 over Edson Barboza ($5) Ken Shiro -1600 over Gilberto Pedroza ($50) Tim Elliott -225 over Mark De La Rosa ($20) Marc Diakiese...

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Your Weekend in Combat Sports

The Sports Daily > Undercard Superstar Your Weekend in Combat Sports 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 December 29 1:00am: Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: 2nd Round ($19.99 Fite.tv)8:15am: 2017 Powerade Wrestling Tournament (FloWrestling)8:30am: George Bossi Lowell Holiday Tournament (FloWrestling)10:30am: 2017 Midlands Championships (FloWrestling)11:00am: 2017 Brecksville Invitational Holiday Tournament (FloWrestling)11:30am: The 2017 Prep Slam (FloWrestling)5:00pm: George Bossi Lowell Holiday Tournament Finals (FloWrestling)6:00pm: 2017 Powerade Wrestling Tournament...

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

The Sports Daily > Undercard Superstar The Ecstasy of Gold: 5 Best Title Fights of the Weekend 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...

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Fighters of the Week

The Sports Daily > Undercard Superstar Fighters of the Week   1. Seo Hee Ham: Needless to say, the women’s atomweight division doesn’t always produce a lot of thunderous knockouts, but Ham showed some lightning and thunder in his hands, landing some beautiful counters including one that floored Invicta veteran Jinh Yu Frey and retained her gold.   2. Roberto Soldic: Is the new KSW welterweight champion after champ Borys Mankowski lost it on the stool after the third round.   3. Abdul Aziz Abdulvakhabov: Retained his ACB Lightweight strap with a SD over former OneFC lightweight champion Eduard Vartanyan...

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