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Author: Luke Irwin

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 want the best possible at that division in that promotion. Excitement: How exciting will...

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The Betting Window for November 20-22

  Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice, and you too, can teach the self-defense art of a quick suicide! As usual, we’ll take a hundred dollars and divide it among five fights. Let’s make some cashola.   Deiveson Figueiredo -310 over Alex Perez ($50) Jennifer Maia +750 over Valentina Shevchenko ($5) Conor Benn -190 over Sebastian Formella ($30) Katlyn Cookagian +205 over Cynthia Calvillo ($5) Mike Perry -155 over Tim Means ($10)   Perez seems very rushed to this spot. Whether it’s that they want to push the...

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Your Weekend in Combat Sports

  As always, programming is listed in EST Live 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 November 20 7:30am: ONE: Inside The Matrix IV (ONE App/BR Live)11:55am: UFC 255 Weigh-Ins (ESPN+)4:00pm: 2020 WOW Kickoff Classic (FloWrestling)4:30pm: UFC 255: On The Line (UFC Fight Pass)5:00pm: Max on Boxing (ESPN2)5:30pm: UFC Live (ESPN2)8:00pm: UFC 255 Countdown (ESPN2)8:00pm: Invicta Fighting Championship 43 (UFC Fight Pass)9:00pm: Legacy Fighting Alliance 95...

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The Monday Bulletin

  A quick snapshot at the week that was.   Biggest Upset: Jack Cullen +500 over John Docherty   Notable New Champions: Interim WBC World Female Junior Featherweight Champion: Rachel Ball Fight To Win Black Belt Masters Super Heavyweight Champion: Chad Fields BBBofC British Middleweight Champion: Denzel Bentley WBA Continental Bantamweight Champion: Ukashir Farooq   A Few Storylines Going Forward: Nevada!: In the mere span of a few hours, in two separate locales in Las Vegas, the Nevada State Athletic Commission was exposed with their pants around their ankles. First, in the main event of UFC Fight Night from...

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UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Felder Picks

  Lightweight Bout: Paul Felder (17-5) vs. Rafael dos Anjos (29-13) Luke Irwin: Like Jerry Lawler removing his crown from behind the table, Paul Felder comes out from behind the announcing desk to do battle. Felder is as tough as it gets, but fighting someone like RDA, even in this latter stage of his career, on a few days’ notice is very tough sledding. dos Anjos via R2 Submission.   Welterweight Bout: Abdul Razak Al-Hassan (10-2) vs. Kalinn Williams (10-1) Luke: No bullshit here. 20 combined wins, 15 by knockout. All ten of Al-Hassan’s wins have come by T/KO,...

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Top Rank on ESPN: Crawford vs. Brook Picks

  WBO World Welterweight Championship: Terence Crawford (c) (36-0) vs. Kell Brook (39-2) Luke Irwin: Brook is still a big name, but what was his last big win? Shawn Porter. In August of 2014. Six damned years and change ago. When he stepped up in competition? Back to back knockouts at the hands of GGG and Errol Spence. This is still a stay-busy fight for Bud against a name before a possible unification bout once Errol Spence and Manny Pacquiao are available. Brook’s hands are still decent, and there’s a chance he could land a Hail Mary, but there’s...

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The Betting Window for November 13-15

  Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice, and you too, can put together enough cash to bring Urban Meyer back to his first head coaching gig! As usual, we’ll take a hundred dollars and divide it among five fights. Let’s make some cashola.   Terence Crawford -1400 over Kell Brook ($60) Andrew Moloney +160 over Joshua Franco ($10) Rafael dos Anjos -190 over Paul Felder ($15) Sean Strickland -115 over Brendan Allen ($5) Louis Smolka -140 over Jose Quinonez ($10)   Brook is still a big name, but...

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

  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 promotion. Excitement: How exciting will...

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Fighters of the Week

    1. Junto Nakatani: We might have a new Japanese phenom during a great time for Japanese phenoms in boxing. Nakatani is the new WBO flyweight champion, a post formerly held by Kosei Tanaka, as he moves up to become a world champion in four weight classes. The 22-year old Nakatani is now 21-0 with 16 T/KOs and a blindingly-bright future.   2. Devin Haney: In an absolute snoozer against a beyond shot Yuriorkis Gamboa, Haney retained his WBC lightweight crown in the main event on DAZN, and has already started to call out “Little Fatboy” Gervonta Davis....

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