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The Betting Window for January 19-20

By: Luke Irwin | January 18, 2019 Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice, and you too can play if safe, play it cool, and start off with what should be a fairly simple betting weekend, where not much out of the ordi–JESUS FUCKING CHRIST! As usual, we’ll take a hundred dollars and divide it among five fights. Let’s make some cashola. Alexander Hernandez -200 over Donald Cerrone ($15) Glover Teixeira -130 over Karl Roberson ($35) Manny Pacquiao -300 over Adrien Broner ($30) Badou Jack -185 over Marcus Browne...

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Your Weekend in Combat Sports

By: Luke Irwin | January 10, 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 January 11 2:00am: 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam: Abu Dhabi (FloGrappling)10:40am: 2019 Eastern States Tournament (FloWrestling)2:00pm: Cleveland State vs. Rider (ESPN3)6:00pm: Purdue vs. Maryland (BigTen)7:00pm: North Carolina vs. Princeton (ESPN+)7:00pm: Drexel vs. Rider (ESPN3)7:00pm: Missouri vs. Ohio (ESPN+)7:00pm: Wisconsin vs. Rutgers (FloWrestling)7:00pm: Michigan State vs. Illinois (FloWrestling)7:00pm: Indiana vs. Ohio State (FloWrestling)8:00pm:...

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The Betting Window for January 11-13

By: Luke Irwin | January 10, 2019 Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice, and you too can one day become so powerful and liberal that you can donate life to an ancient judge who should have retired a decade ago! As usual, we’ll take a hundred dollars and divide it among five fights. Let’s make some cashola. Ryan Karl -175 over Kevin Watts ($10) Moises Flores +750 over Brandon Figueroa ($5) Jose Uzcategui -165 over Caleb Plant ($15) Ahmed Elbiali -650 over Allan Green ($20) Ivan Redkash -5000...

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UCS's Best of 2018: Fight of the Year

By: Luke Irwin | January 3, 2019 Greetings and Happy New Year! With there being absolutely nothing on the immediate horizon in the fight business, Luke, Nolan, and a couple of old friends give out our awards for the best and worst of 2018. Today, we’re looking at which fights across the combat landscape made you rise off of your couch, spill your beer, and scream your face off. Luke Irwin 3. NCAA Division I Heavyweight Finals: Adam Coon vs. Kyle Snyder: This was an ugly, grinding, exhausting matchup, and the exact kind of fight that Snyder is trying...

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UCS's Best of 2018: Fighter of the Year

By: Luke Irwin | January 2, 2019 Greetings and Happy New Year! With there being absolutely nothing on the immediate horizon in the fight business, Luke, Nolan, and a couple of old friends give out our awards for the best and worst of 2018. Today, we take a look at which men and women had the best 2018. Josh Hall Men: Daniel Cormier: We are nearing the end of his great career, but 2018 might have been the best work yet from DC. He successfully defended his 205lb title against the dangerous Volkan Oezdemir in January, and followed that...

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UCS Best of 2018: Promotion of the Year

By: Luke Irwin | January 1, 2019 Greetings and Happy New Year! With there being absolutely nothing on the immediate horizon in the fight business, Luke, Nolan, and a couple of old friends give out our awards for the best and worst of 2018. Up first, which promotion killed it in 2018? Luke Irwin: 3. Fight To Win Promotions: Grappling is our most overlooked and underrated fight sport, and while striking sports get the glamour, F2W is consistently putting out high-level grappling cards amost every-damned week. IBJJF and Mundial champions, UFC veterans, grappling legends, up-and-comers, women, and kids, almost every...

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UFC 232: Gustafsson vs. Jones II Picks

By: Luke Irwin | December 29, 2018   Vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship: Alexander Gustafsson (18-4) vs. Jon Jones (22-1) Nolan Howell: I think this is mostly Jones’s fight to lose, despite how some people scored the first fight. As Connor Ruebusch of Bloody Elbow put it earlier in the week, a lot of the first fight was surrounded in awe of an underdog performing so well against the soon-to-be greatest of all-time. Gus will still have to keep things moving and that doesn’t favor him over five rounds, especially when he will have to take all sorts of...

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The Betting Window for December 28-29

By: Luke Irwin | December 28, 2018 Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice, and you too can show yourself as a colossal dickbag at every turn after your company was sold and you truly don’t give a shit anymore! As usual, we’ll take a hundred dollars and divide it among five fights. Let’s make some cashola. Alexander Gustafsson +215 over Jon Jones ($5) Michael Chiesa -170 over Carlos Condit ($15) Megan Anderson +120 over Cat Zingano ($40) Alexander Volkanovski +125 over Chad Mendes ($10) Petr Yan -350 over...

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Fighters of the Week

By: Luke Irwin | December 26, 2018   1. Josh Warrington: Despite entering the fight as the ever-rare underdog champion, mostly due to barely sneaking by Lee Selby, he was facing his toughest test ever in former champion Carl Frampton, and I said in the preview that this was Warrington’s chance to cement himself as a true champion and earn tons of respect, and he did just that. He and Frampton put on a hell of a bout that saw Warrington taking a small, but consistent unanimous decision.   2. Charlie Edwards: At the age of 25, Edwards is...

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Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Picks

By: Luke Irwin | December 22, 2018 WBC World Junior Middleweight Championship: Jermell Charlo (c) (31-0) vs. Tony Harrison (27-2) Nolan Howell: Harrison is a similarly tough, but not nearly on the same level type of opponent for Jermell Charlo and is a bit more of a rebound after Jermell struggled a bit and stunk up the joint against Austin Trout. This card seems designed to get the Charlos some highlight reel material on a major network and they should both deliver. Jermell Charlo by ninth-round TKO. Interim WBC World Middleweight Championship: Jermall Charlo (c) (27-0) vs. Matt Korobov...

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Top Rank on ESPN/SKY Sports Picks

By: Luke Irwin | December 21, 2018 IBF World Featherweight Championship: Josh Warrington (c) (27-0) vs. Carl Frampton (26-1) Nolan Howell: After taking a few tune-up fights following his brutal split series with Leo Santa Cruz, Carl Frampton takes a much tougher fight here against IBF Featherweight Champion Josh Warrington, who won the title from Lee Selby last time out. Frampton will be at a height and reach disadvantage against the taller Warrington here, but that really shouldn’t matter too much after Frampton found a way to get inside on Leo Santa Cruz. Warrington also doesn’t have the power...

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The Betting Window for December 21-22

By: Luke Irwin | December 21, 2018 Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice, and you too can be in charge of a high school and design the dopest helmets ever! As usual, we’ll take a hundred dollars and divide it among five fights. Let’s make some cashola. Jermall Charlo -2500 over Matt Korobov ($50) Josh Warrington +160 over Carl Frampton ($10) Dereck Chisora +265 over Dillian Whyte ($5) Jermell Charlo -1800 over Tony Harrison ($20) David Price -400 over Tom Little ($15) Nothing gets overhyped more than a...

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

By: Luke Irwin | December 20, 2018 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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