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The Betting Window for May 17-19

By: Luke Irwin | May 16, 2019 Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice, and you too can become a billionaire and single-handedly rekindle the Monday Night Wars!….(I know they’re going to be on Tuesdays, don’t @ me.) As usual, we’ll take a hundred dollars and divide it among five fights. Let’s make some cashola. Naoya Inoue -950 over Emmanuel Rodriguez ($35) Deontay Wilder -900 over Dominic Breazeale ($50) Megan Anderson -155 over Felicia Spencer ($5) Kevin Lee -110 over Rafael dos Anjos ($5) Charles Oliveira -360 over Nik...

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Fight of the Day: Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard III

By: Luke Irwin | May 15, 2019 Date: October 8, 2011Card: UFC 136Championship(s): UFC Lightweight Championship (Edgar)Venue: Toyota CenterLocation: Houston, Texas https://www.ufc.com/video/free-fight-friday-frankie-edgar-vs-gray-maynard-3 Combat, MMA, Undercard Superstar View the original article on Undercard Superstar: Fight of the Day: Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard...

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Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Picks

By: Luke Irwin | May 11, 2019 WBA/IBF/IBO World Junior Middleweight Championships: Jarrett Hurd (c) (23-0) vs. Julian Williams (26-1-1) Luke Irwin: At 154lbs, it’s Hurd, Munguia, and, depending on your feelings on Jermell Charlo and Tony Harrison, a pretty sizeable step down. Hurd should roll, here. Maybe Williams gets a round for two. Hurd via UD. IBO World Junior Featherweight Championship: Paulus Ambunda (c) (27-2) vs. Stephen Fulton (15-0) Luke: Betting this is a showcase for the young Fulton. Fulton via UD. Combat, MMA, Undercard Superstar View the original article on Undercard Superstar: Premier Boxing Champions on FOX...

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Top Rank on ESPN: Berchelt vs. Vargas II Picks

By: Luke Irwin | May 10, 2019 WBC World Junior Lightweight Championship: Miguel Berchelt (c) (35-1) vs. Francisco Vargas (25-1-2) Luke Irwin: Nearly two and a half years ago, Vargas was the undefeated reigning and defending WBC World Junior Lightweight champion going up against up-and-comer Miguel Berchelt, who had not yet even become a full-fledged world champion. Then, these two went to battle over eleven rounds before it was stopped. At the time, the cards were 95-95, 96-94, and 96-94. Now, after two wins, Vargas gets his rematch. Yes, these two were neck and neck when they fought in...

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UFC 237: Namajunas vs. Andrade Picks

By: Luke Irwin | May 10, 2019 UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship: Rose Namajunas (c) (8-3) vs. Jessica Andrade (19-6) Luke Irwin: This will be the first time Namajunas has fought for a title with someone different than Joanna Jedrzejczyk, and Andrade is as fine of a challenger as anyone. Andrade isn’t scared of a fight. Four Fights of the Night/Performances of the Night in her nearly six-year UFC career, and Rose never has to prove a thing about her fighting merit after the two beatings she put on Joanna Violence. I certainly see how going more like the second...

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Your Weekend in Combat Sports

By: Luke Irwin | May 9, 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 May 10 7:30am: OneFC: Warriors of Light Prelims (Facebook/Twitter)9:30am: OneFC: Warriors of Light (OneFC App)12:00pm: 2019 Women’s National Wrestling Championships (FloWrestling)12:30pm: PBC on FOX Weigh-Ins (Fox Sports 2)2:00pm: Leigh Wood vs. Ryan Doyle/Enrique Tinoco vs. Jordan Gill (DAZN)4:00pm: Max on Boxing (ESPN2)5:00pm: Rio De Janeiro Beach Wrestling World Series (FloWrestling)6:00pm: Berchelt vs....

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The Betting Window for May 10-12

By: Luke Irwin | May 8, 2019 Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice, and you too can strike it big and buy a nice house on a “colga sack“! As usual, we’ll take a hundred dollars and divide it among five fights. Let’s make some cashola. Jarett Hurd -550 over Julian Williams ($30) Rose Namajunas EVEN over Jessica Andrade ($10) Miguel Berchelt -1800 over Francisco Vargas ($50) Clay Guida -600 over BJ Penn ($5) Alexander Volkanovski +110 over Jose Aldo ($5) As I said in Ecstasy of Gold,...

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

By: Luke Irwin | May 8, 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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Fighters of the Week

By: Luke Irwin | May 7, 2019 1. Saul Alvarez: It wasn’t a blistering performance like against GGG, but it was efficient, and he claimed his third world title. The last remaining one, the WBO, remains with Demetrius Andrade. 2. Jerwin Ancajas: And still IBF Junior Bantamweight champ after a vicious seventh-round knockout of late-blooming veteran Ryuichi Funai. 3. Artur Beterbiev: The ESPN card wasn’t fucking around, as they say. The top four fights all ended in KOs and Beterbiev was no exception, flattening hopelessly overmatched Radivoje Kalajdzic in the fifth, retaining his IBF World Light Heavyweight strap. 4....

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The Weekend Bulletin

By: Luke Irwin | May 6, 2019 A quick snapshot at the weekend that was. Biggest Upset: Anthony Young +700 over Sadam Ali Notable New Champions: OneFC Muay Thai Flyweight Champion: Jonathan Haggerty Invicta Strawweight Champion: Brianna Van Buren IBF World Middleweight Champion: Saul Alvarez Interim WBA World Super Middleweight Champion: John Ryder Fight To Win Black Belt Heavyweight Champion: Erberth Santos Fight To Win Women’s Black Belt Bantamweight Champion: Catherine Fuhro Perret A Few Storylines Going Forward: DAZzzzzzn….: Here’s the thing. Boxing in 2019 has been disappointing. Not business-wise, mind you, you can find boxing on an assload...

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DAZN: Canelo vs. Jacobs Picks

By: Luke Irwin | May 4, 2019 WBA Super/WBC/IBF World Middleweight Championships: Daniel Jacobs (c) (35-2) vs. Saul Alvarez (c) (51-1-2) [Golden Boy on DAZN] Luke Irwin: Jacobs is the kind of high-risk, low-reward opponent that I’m shocked Canelo and De La Hoya took. He’s absolutely the right opponent, but it’s refreshing to see it done right. Canelo seems to really be hitting his stride right now and is probably boxing his best. Jacobs is a fantastic fighter, but I think Canelo can take whatever Jacobs can throw at him and move forward, just like he did against GGG....

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Top Rank on ESPN: Beterbiev vs. Kalajdzic Picks

By: Luke Irwin | May 3, 2019 IBF World Light Heavyweight Championship: Artur Beterbiev (c) (13-0) vs. Radivoje Kalajdzic (24-1) Luke Irwin: Kalajdzic has only fought two ten-round fights in his life, and his only name fight, Marcus Browne, he lost in an eight-round split-decision. Not exactly a prime candidate for a main event ESPN world championship bout. But I will say this for Kalajdzic, the man comes swinging. 17 KOs in 24 wins, and a propensity for ending a fight early. Not saying he will against Beterbiev, but I like the cut of his job. Conversely, Beterbiev is...

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The Betting Window for May 3-5

By: Luke Irwin | May 1, 2019 Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice, and you too can have enough capital to take something that I normally enjoy, dog Twitter accounts, and make me want to hose down my computer in ricin. As usual, we’ll take a hundred dollars and divide it among five fights. Let’s make some cashola. Saul Alvarez -500 over Daniel Jacobs ($25) Donald Cerrone +105 over Al Iaquinta ($5) Derek Brunson -120 over Elias Theodorou ($10) Shane Burgos -175 over Cub Swanson ($10) Artur Beterbiev...

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Fight of the Day: Roy Jones Jr. vs. Antonio Tarver II

By: Luke Irwin | April 30, 2019 Date: May 15, 2004Card: Jones vs. Tarver II: More Than PersonalChampionship(s): WBA Super, IBO, IBA, The Ring, WBC, WBF Light Heavyweight Championships (Jones)Venue: Mandalay Bay Resort & CasinoLocation: Las Vegas, Nevada [embedded content] Combat, MMA, Undercard Superstar, Updates View the original article on Undercard Superstar: Fight of the Day: Roy Jones Jr. vs. Antonio Tarver...

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World Boxing Super Series Picks

By: Luke Irwin | April 26, 2019 WBA World Junior Welterweight Championship/WBC Diamond Junior Welterweight Championship/World Boxing Super Series Semifinal: Kiryl Relikh (c) (23-2) vs. Regis Prograis (23-0) Luke Irwin: Relikh is a legit championship-level fighter, but I’m higher on Prograis than most, I suppose. Relikh has some serious miles on him, despite being a legit top fighter in the division, but Prograis is a level above. I think the line is a little high, but it’s not the usual bloated -5000 or -10000, so I’ll lay hard on him. Prograis via R9 TKO. WBA Super World Bantamweight Championship/WBO...

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