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Author: Luke Irwin

UFC 266 Picks

  UFC Featherweight Championship: Alexander Volkanovski (c) (22-1) vs. Brian Ortega (15-1) Luke Irwin: We’re going to see if the Ortega who showed up like a house of fire against the Korean Zombie will be there when he takes the cage against the champion. Volkanovski is almost certainly going to bully the challenger against the cage or keep him at bay with his reach, but Ortega’s grappling and counters are heavy tools in his arsenal. The problem with judging Ortega as new and improved is who his opponent was in his last outing. Chan Sung Jung is a hell...

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Matchroom on DAZN: Joshua vs. Usyk Picks

  WBA Super/IBF/WBO/IBO World Heavyweight Championships: Anthony Joshua (c) (24-1) vs. Oleksandr Usyk (18-0) Luke Irwin: Despite AJ being the clear favorite, buit there’s enough variables in Usyk’s game, the southpaw stance, the gold medal-winning technical brilliance, the game elevation in front of big games, that he’s worth a smart gamble on. However, Joshua is right, when comparing Usyk to another dominant cruiserweight that moved up to heavyweight and became champion, Evander Holyfield, Joshua noted that Holyfield had much more heavyweight experience before challenging for a championship. A 36-year old Dereck Chisora, while a hard out, isn’t a reigning,...

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The Betting Window for September 24-26

  Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice, and you too can be part of the great year of billionaire breakups before the calendar flips! As usual, we’ll take a hundred dollars and divide it among five fights. Let’s make some cashola.   Alexander Volkanovski -175 over Brian Ortega ($20) Curtis Blaydes -325 ovwer Jairzinho Rozenstruik ($15) Jessica Andrade -285 over Cynthia Calvillo ($15) Oleksander Usyk +210 over Anthony Joshua ($5) Lawrence Okolie -2500 over Dilan Prasovic ($45)   Prasovich has never fought outside of central/eastern Europe, and is...

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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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Fighters of the Week

    1. Anthony Smith: I’m not sure if another title shot is in Lionheart’s future, but that makes three wins in a row, all by first-round stoppage. Interesting to see what his next move will be.   2. Phil Davis: Spoiled Yoel Romero’s Bellator debut, by posting a split-decision win in the main event of Bellator 266.   3. Masaaki Noiri: Toppled FUMIYA, Ali Ayinta, and Rukiya Anpo, all by T(KO) in one night, en route to winning the K-1 Welterweight Grand Prix on Sunday.   4. Hyun Mi Choi: Made her eighth defense of her WBA World...

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The Monday Bulletin

  A quick snapshot at the week that was.   Biggest Upset: Ben Parrish +700 over Christian Edwards   Notable New Champions: Cage Fury Fighting Championship Lightweight Champion: Blake Smith CES MMA Lightweight Champion: Matt Bessette CES MMA Bantamweight Champion: Jay Perrin BBBofC British Flyweight Champion: Tommy Frank   Going Forward: Pacquiao para sa pangulo!: Or, translated from Filipino, Pacquiao for president! Manny has accepted his party’s nomination and will officially run for president of the Philippines. Does this mean his fighting career is finally over? He’s not Dead Yet!: I’m not sure if another title shot is in...

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The Betting Window for September 17-19

  Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice, and you too can afford the luxury of TITHING $30,000 and still be “poor“! As usual, we’ll take a hundred dollars and divide it among five fights. Let’s make some cashola.   Mandy Bohm EVEN over Ariane Lipski ($5) Ryan Spann +140 over Anthony Smith ($10) Raquel Pennington -130 over Pannie Kianzad ($10) Kash Ali -600 over Roman Gorst ($50) Tommy Frank -900 over Matt Windle ($25)   Smith was able to get by Devin Clark with a triangle and put...

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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 September 17 5:00pm: Max on Boxing (ESPN2)5:30pm: UFC Live (ESPN2)6:05pm: UFC Fight Night Pre-Show (ESPN+)6:30pm: 2021 Ultimate Club Folkstyle Duals (FloWrestling)7:00pm: 2021 Who’s Number One (FloWrestling)8:00pm: Titan Fighting Championship 72 (UFC Fight Pass)8:00pm: CES MMA 64 (UFC Fight Pass)10:00pm: LUX 16 (UFC Fight Pass)   Saturday September 18 5:00am: 2021...

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The Betting Window for September 10-12

  Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice, and you too can skip the lawnmowing and babysitting, and start up your cryptocurrency mining business as children!   As usual, we’ll take a hundred dollars and divide it among five fights. Let’s make some cashola.   Tony Yoka -1600 over Peter Milas ($40) Angel Acosta +450 over Junto Nakatani ($5) Anderson Silva -1000 over Tito Ortiz ($40) Jono Carroll -115 over Andy Vences ($5) Vitor Belfort -230 over Evander Holyfield ($10)   The thing about Yoka is that even if...

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