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Author: Luke Irwin

Canelo vs. GGG II Picks

By: Luke Irwin | September 14, 2018 IBO/WBC/WBA Super World Middleweight Championship: Gennady Golovkin (c) (38-0-1) vs. Saul Alvarez (49-1-2) Nolan Howell: With Golovkin, the footwork and jab will get you where he needs you to be every time and Canelo doesn’t really have a style that will keep going and going to keep him active enough and off the ropes long enough to avoid another loss. While Golovkin has seemingly fought off aging and there have been no signs that it will hit him anytime soon, that’s always something to be considered against a younger fighter. Still, having...

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UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oliynyk Picks

By: Luke Irwin | September 14, 2018 Heavyweight Bout: Mark Hunt (13-12-1) vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk (56-11-1) Nolan Howell: Oliynyk isn’t quite the level of wrestler that should be able to trouble Hunt with a takedown to his specialty submissions, though it might be over if it does get to the ground. On the feet, we know the score is in Hunt’s favor even if Oliynyk does have a significant reach advantage. Oliynyk’s striking tends to be a little spammy and very loose, though it has some power that could trouble Hunt if it were to land. That said, Oliynyk...

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The Betting Window for September 14-16

By: Luke Irwin | September 12, 2018 Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice advice, you, too can miss the point of criticism and have the self-awareness of an eggplant when enough idiots throw money at you! As usual, we’ll take a hundred dollars and divide it among five fights. Let’s make some cashola. Saul Alvarez +125 over Gennady Golovkin ($5) Mairbek Taisumov -500 over Desmond Green ($15) Rustam Khabilov -700 over Kajan Johnson ($15) Alexey Kunchenko -550 over Thiago Alves ($5) Jaime Munguia -5000 over Brandon Cook ($60)...

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UFC 228: Woodley vs. Till Picks

By: Luke Irwin | September 8, 2018 UFC Welterweight Championship: Tyron Woodley (c) (18-3-1) vs. Darren Till (17-0-1) Nolan Howell: It’s a little hard to pick between the two, given the lackluster outings both have as of late with Woodley fighting safe, perhaps rightfully so, since winning the title and Till showing as little as possible against Stephen Thompson. While both have demonstrated knockout power at moments, both have also proven to not be consistent finishers in their UFC tenures either. Just given the wrestling advantage and championship fight experience, as well as having proven how to win ugly...

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The Betting Window for September 7-9

By: Luke Irwin | September 7, 2018 Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice advice, you, too can own a team that pins its hopes on their MVP quarterback who suddenly forgot how to throw a football after he had a whole year to prepare! As usual, we’ll take a hundred dollars and divide it among five fights. Let’s make some cashola. Yordenis Ugas -300 over Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo ($35) Donnie Nietes -310 over Aston Palicte ($30) Tyron Woodley +115 over Darren Till ($10) Carla Esparza +350 over Tatiana...

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Your Weekend in Combat Sports

By: Luke Irwin | September 6, 2018 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 September 7 1:00am: 2018 UWW World Grappling Championships (FloGrappling)5:30am: Jayde Mitchell vs. Kerry Foley/Kane Watts vs. Kuldep Singh ($12.99 Fite.tv)8:00am: Henry Lundy vs. Zaur Abdullaev/Denis Lebedev vs. Hizni Altunkaya (YouTube)6:00pm: UFC 228 Weigh-Ins (Fox Sports 1/UFC Fight Pass)6:00pm: Brave 15 ($9.99 Fite.tv)8:30pm: Shamrock Fighting Championship 309 (FloCombat)9:00pm: Legacy Fighting Alliance 48 (AXS)...

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

By: Luke Irwin | September 6, 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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Fighters of the Week

By: Luke Irwin | September 4, 2018   1. Virna Jandiroba: Aaaaand still Invicta strawweight champion after a swift armbar put away Janaisa Morandin in the main event of Invicta 31.   2. Soren Back: Well…they can’t all be Conor McGregor, and that’s about it for Paddy Pimblett’s hype train. Back claimed the vacant Cage Warriors lightweight championship in the main event of CWFC 96.   3. Jonas Billstein: The Cage Warriors middleweight crown was also up for grabs and needed a home, and Billstein was more than happy to provide it, taking less than a round to slap...

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UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick Picks

By: Luke Irwin | August 25, 2018 Lightweight Bout: James Vick (13-1) vs. Justin Gaethje (18-2) Nolan Howell: It is hard to say when the mileage is going to start affecting the system of Justin Gaethje, after two KO losses and a KO win against Michael Johnson in a career-altering (for any other fighter, anyway) brawl. Against Vick, Gaethje is running into a fighter suddenly putting together a competent or at least effective striking game, as the formerly submission-based Vick has picked up TKO wins in two fights before his last victory. Vick is the much taller fighter at...

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The Betting Window for August 25-26

By: Luke Irwin | August 25, 2018 Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice advice, you, too, can pull your sponsorship based on something a man’s father said before he was even born! As usual, we’ll take a hundred dollars and divide it among five fights. Let’s make some cashola. Raymundo Beltran -125 over Jose Pedraza ($10) Joanne Calderwood -170 over Kalindra Faria ($15) Mickey Gall -340 over George Sullivan ($20) Bryan Barberena -450 over Jake Ellenberger ($30) Michael Johnson -110 over Andre Fili ($25) God help me, I’m...

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