UFC FN St. Louis: Lewis vs. Nascimento: Nursultan of Swing

From South America to St. Louis, Mo. we track for this week’s UFC Fight Night event.

This fight slate is comprised of thirteen scheduled bouts to be competed in the larger thirty-foot octagon with participants arriving from thirteen differing countries.

Six of the thirteen bouts feature athletes 170lbs or greater.

Finish rates in three round fights comprised of fighters weighing 170lbs and above are 58.3%, so we may witness violent finishes on this card, at least that is the hope!

Last week Alexandre Pantoja -185 earned a close decision victory over Steve Erceg as well my release of big dog Anthony Smith +435 won via first round submission. What was not anticipated was how efficiently Smith would dispose of Vitor Petrino his Brazilian foe as I advised the over 1.5 Rounds. Smith disposed of Petrino some two minutes into the fight.

Digital profit for 2024 now stands 12-8 +7.73 after last week’s success. The task this week is to keep momentum rolling as we search for profitability in this week’s event.

Derrick Lewis -145 vs. Rodrigo Nascimento +125 heavyweight (265lbs.) main event

Brazilian mixed martial artist Nascimento is the fifteenth ranked athlete in the division. The thirty-one-year-old is a blue belt in BJJ and overall, a well-rounded grappler/striker who steps up in level of competition for this his first five round main event.

Derrick Lewis is now thirty-nine and ranked twelfth in the division. Lewis is not a mixed martial artist rather he is a behemoth of a man who stalks opponents down in order to club them into unconsciousness with his singularly dimensioned one strike KO power.

Lewis is short on footwork, take down defense and stamina though early in fights he displays athleticism and explosion though the limit for his explosiveness is around four minutes, after that Lewis is a telegraphing headhunter.

At this stage of his career, when Lewis fights, he’s calculating how best to expend his precious energy as his one way to earn victory is to touch the opponent on the teeth. With one detonation Lewis can put adversaries to sleep with one telegraphed connection.

That is Lewis’ plan of attack in any fight.

Nascimento’s last three bouts have all gone to decision so he can effectively compete for fifteen minutes, and it must be his approach to take Lewis past the first five minutes to burden the ‘Black Beast,’ force him to tire and therefore make any takedown attempt that much easier to execute.

The issue for Nascimento may be his chin. Is his sole loss earlier in his career to journeyman Chris Daukaus who is no longer in the organization, Nascimento was knocked out and Daukaus has fractions of the speed and power that Lewis holds.

Should Nascimento who opened a pick-em against Lewis be ‘chinny’ as that fight against Daukaus indicated then it is fair to say that he is in real danger against a profuse pounder like Lewis.

The total in this fight is lines 1.5 Under -145 which is concerning if one is trying to make a case for the Brazilian traveling to the ‘show me state’ to compete against a pure knockout threat like Lewis.


Joaquin Buckley -170 vs. Nursultan Ruziboev +145 Welterweight (170lbs.) co main event

We last saw eleventh ranked Buckley 18-6 overwhelm top fifteen ranked Vicente Luque with his power striking in New York March 30th. That display put Buckley in the rankings as well put the division on notice that this man is a natural born finisher.

Buckley rarely employs a wrestling base developed in high school as his vicious fighting style was groomed in the streets of East St. Louis.

Besides fighting in his home city, Buckley totes momentum into this fight and he is exuding great confidence. Confidence is one weapon UFC fighters often boomerang into dynamic success.

Ruziboev, 34-8-2 enters this fight with vast experience though there are legitimate questions surrounding the authenticity of his record as well the caliber of athletes he’s faced.

Fighting out of the Renzo Gracie camp in Philly which is known for its cultivation and refining of wrestling/grappling based talent, Ruziboev enters this fight off an impressive KO finish of the modestly talented Sedriques Dumas which he accomplished March 30th on the same card as his opponent Buckley.

Ruziboev will hold seven inches of height supremacy and another four inches of leg reach besides his vast advantage grappling.

To date, we have not witnessed Ruziboev tussle against pedigreed UFC talent nor have we watched him have to endure any form or real trouble. That changes in this fight.

Once this scrap starts Ruziboev will look to distance himself strategically from the aggressive keg of TNT that is Buckley. Buckley will be impatient in his attempt to gain inside access and detonate hooks, crosses, elbows, and kicks on the tall man from Uzbekistan.

Ruziboev has everything to gain in this most intriguing battle. He must weather the furious first five minutes of this fight then find a way to clasp ahold of and press the explosive Buckley against the fence then onto the floor.

Then, after Buckley’s explosiveness is usurped by battle (that is the hope anyway) the fight could well turn to the towering, but well-structured grappler Ruziboev who uses a grinding methodology as opposed to immediate and sudden impact.

‘Styles make fights’ as Angelo Dundee used to chime and I regard this fight as exhibit ‘A’ for that quote.

Buckley opened -150 for this fight and his price has risen steadily early in the week.

The total in this fight is 1.5 over -130 which indicates potential success for the Uzbeki grappler as I do see this fight eclipsing that total.

I am back to an underdog release this week.

Ruziboev +145

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‘Sneak-Teep’ UFC 301 Pantoja vs. Erceg: Rio Bravo

This week’s UFC 301 will be held in Rio de Janeiro Brazil for a card that features a Brazil against the world theme as Brazilian athletes are featured in all fourteen of the fights presented.

The Brazilians will battle combatants from Peru, Lithuania, Wales, Ukrane, the United States and France among other participating athletes shipping in from various other counties.

Last week favorites realized a 7-6 mark making chalk 111-56-4 this year or 64.9%.

My release of Over 4.5Rds in the main event between Alex Perez and Mateus Nicolau lost making profitability on the year for this column 10-7 +6.23 units.

Time to get back in the win column!

Alexandre Pantoja -185 vs. Steve Erceg +155 Flyweight (125lbs.) Championship

Last week we witnessed a top ranked Brazilian flyweight get KO’d in the second round of the main event.

This week’s main event features flyweight Brazilian champion Alexandre Pantoja who opened -250 against challenger Steve Erceg from Australia +210. Since opening we have witnessed a tsunami of money being dumped on the challenger who now sits at +155.

Erceg 5’8”, is huge for the weight class but inexperienced as he arrives just 3-0 in UFC competition. He’s earned decision victories against two lower ranked opponents before finishing a porcelain jawed journeyman in Matt Schnell in his most recent bout.

Erceg’s ranked tenth in the division and makes his appearance in this headliner based on situational need as the UFC was left without a dance partner for Pantoja after Manuel Kape the original opponent dropped out.

Erceg is a singularly dimensioned power striker. He displays a 77% rate of take down defense though the foes he’s faced in the UFC and prior offered him only pure striking attacks. We’ve yet to see Erceg compete against any real form of grappler/wrestler in his career to date and that all changes Saturday.

In Pantoja we get a Brazilian mixed martial artist who has had to scratch, scrape and claw is way to the title through elite adversaries and a fighter who in his last five bouts has dominated every elite, skilled threat in the division.

Pantoja trains at Florida’s ATT, a renown gym featuring numerous, skilled fighters with diverse body types and fight weaponry. Competing at ATT allows him to refine his fight arsenal on a daily basis against every form of skilled competition.

Pantoja’s a brilliant grappler supplemented with superior striking aptitude and a depth of experience that’s been developed against the ultimate athletes in the division.

Add to this the fact that he competes in front of his Brazilian compatriots Saturday and we have the recipe for a fighter poised to offer his absolute best effort.

It’s my judgement that Pantoja will need to be guarded and evasive early in this fight. He’ll adhere to a strategy of sapping the Australian slugger of his speed, power and ferocity in the first rounds. From there Pantoja will transition into employing his mobility, diversity and experience to out-manuever Erceg, force him against the cage then eventually ground the overmatched Aussie in order to gain top position and dominate.

Pantoja may have to weather early Erceg striking ferocity, but eventually his speed, skill, depth of experience, and championship pedigree will contribute to allowing Pantoja to display his prowess.

It’s my position that Pantoja was a value at the opening number let alone where he is priced currently.

‘Sneak-Teep’ Official Release

Pantoja -185

Total in this UFC 301 main event is 3.5Rds Over -130.

Vitor Petrino -520 vs. Anthony Smith +400 Light Heavyweight (205lbs.)

Unranked Brazilian athlete Petrino, 11-0 professionally and 4-0 in the UFC will arrive to this fight with the favor of the crowd, tremendous momentum, and the seeming ability to finish opponents based on his previous body of work.

However, scrutinizing his career results leaves me with the impression that Petrino is as bloated a favorite as we have seen in the UFC is several months.

Three of the athletes Petrino has defeated in the UFC are no longer with the organization and the other one is of journeyman caliber.

Sure, Petrino’s shown finishing ability, tremendous explosion, and power but in this one he steps up in class substantially.

Petrino’s advantage is that he is nine years the younger man and competing in his home country but in this tussle against tenth ranked UFC veteran Anthony Smith he will be giving away two inches of height besides a busload of experience and fight aptitude.

Anthony Smith does enter this fight after having lost three of his last four fights but let’s not overlook that those losses were against certified top fifteen caliber players in the division. His victory was against fifteenth ranked Ryan Spann.

Smith, a black belt in BJJ, is also a well-rounded striker who uses all four appendages to apply pressure upon opponents, he can wrestle, grapple and compete wherever this fight transitions to and he arrives in Rio feeling disrespected. Here is another case where I believe a fighter is poised to put up a very polished performance.

This line seems completely out of whack so with that said, I will step out and make a nominal investment on Smith based on principle.

Smith .25u to earn 1.0u

Total in this fight 1.5Rds. Over -165

Over -165

This line does not accurately reflect Smith’s fight ability as I look for this one to go to the judges.

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All but two matchups for the 2024 Stanley Cup Tournament have been set and the final two teams awaiting their playoff foes, The Los Angeles Kings and the Vegas Golden Knights will have their adversaries decided Thursday evening after each plays their final game of the season.

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UFC 300 Periera vs. Hill: Anything but silent….Hill

The Monster fight card that is UFC 300 is upon us!

Thirteen matchups comprised with twelve athletes that are current champions or former champions. Each fighter on this card is worthy of headlining any Fight Night or PPV. In this case, we get the benefit of a whole slate of elite matchups.

Last week at UFC90 Chepe Mariscal who was released +105 earned a close decision win that in all honesty I had scored for his opponent.

In the UFC, fights going to the judge’s scorecards become very risky business as the criteria for judging fights has recently been tweaked to take into consideration ‘damage’ over ‘control.’

Compounding matters is the stringent inconsistency by which these decisions have been ruled under the ‘supposed’ new guidelines. At the end of the day, there will be results that are going to be rendered as difficult to understand, some even impossible to figure.

Such is the fight game when it comes to judging.

Heading into this epic UFC 300 fight slate digital results including that Chepe win stand 9-5 +7.27.

Last week’s second release, the first leg of a parlay involving Alex Morono -295 was a winner. He is paired with Jailin Turner -215 who fights in this event. The parlay placed last week returns 1 full unit on an investment of 1.04 units.

Let’s look at a handful of bouts.

Alex Pereira -130 vs. Jamahal Hill +110 Light Heavyweight (205lbs.) Championship

Hill, a brown belt in BJJ is the former champion who vacated the belt because of an Achilles injury suffered last July.

He is a deft boxer/striker with great movement and substantial power, but he is singularly dimensioned and has come into this fight with an abbreviated fight camp choosing to take advantage of being a headliner for this event at the request of the UFC who was struggling to find a banner main event matchup.

Pereira, the current champion, is also a brown belt in BJJ but under the instruction of a more renown Jui-Jitsu head, he is also a black belt in kickboxing where he is regarded as an ultra-elite, world class talent based on his body of work.

Pereira’s utilizes a formidable leg kick attack that immediately compromises opponents then when the adversary’s mobility is compromised, he moves in to inflict harm.

Hill’s decision to take this short notice five round championship off an Achilles injury that was incurred under a year ago coupled with Pereira being the more versed mixed martial artist and the more refined striker makes Pereira a bargain at current pricing.

Total in this fight 1.5 Rds. Over -175

Zhang Weili -485 vs. Yan Xiaonan +375 Woman’s strawweight Title

Yan was the first woman signed to the UFC from China. She is primarily a striker who has recently been awarded a blue belt in BJJ.

Yan’s primarily a boxer who is just becoming more comfortable wrestling at thirty-six years of age. She will be the slightly taller fighter in this bout but her level of competition pales in comparison to her Chinese adversary Weili.

Weili, the current champion is a brown belt in BJJ, a structured wrestler and a profusely powerful striker/kicker who is extremely focused on forcing aggression directly to opponents.

Zhang’s faced and defeated the elite of the division and is currently on her second stint as titleholder. Her five-round experience against a far superior level of competition, her more complete, diverse fighting arsenal and her innate power qualify her a deserving, heavy favorite in these five round championship bouts.

Total in this fight 3.5Rds. Over -150

Justin Gaethje -175 vs. Max Holloway +145 (155lbs.) BMF Championship

Gaethje defends the BMF belt he earned when he head kick KO’d Dustin Poirier last July.

Gaethje is a former D1 college wrestler who possesses fight finishing striking power. He utilizes numbing low leg kicks and is as forward pressing and aggressive a fighter as can be found on the whole of the UFC roster.

Gaethje has competed against the class of the division and since 2019 has only had setbacks against Charles Oliveira and Khabib Nurmagomedov both world class grappling/wrestling talents which Holloway is not.

On the Feet Gaethje is a chainsaw.

His opponent Max Holloway is the former champion at the 145lb. division. Holloway wandered up to lightweight five years ago to face the aforementioned Poirier only to undertake an absolute beating in that bout.

It is my position and Holloway’s, that he took that fight without the necessary due diligence required to compete at the 155lb. division.

For this bout Holloway’s eight months to adapt his already structured frame to lightweight as opposed to the three plus months he took previously for this challenge force me to regard him very seriously though it is quite possible his best days have left him.

Holloway is a fluid moving striker who accrues damage over time and with volume for he has little pure punching power. He chooses to sharpshoot opponents with matriculated precision striking and brilliant counters.

From the opening bell, it will be Gaethje who will apply an aggressive forward attack to feast while Holloway must use footwork/movement to maintain distance in his effort to piece up Gaethje with precision, volume fists, kicks, and elbows. The thirty-foot cage is an asset to Holloway.

This fight will be a stylistic masterpiece.

Total in this battle 3.5Rds. Over -165

Jailin Turner -240 vs. Renato Moicano +185 Lightweight (155lbs.)

Brazilian athlete Moicano is a black belt in both BJJ and Muay Thai striking. He is long, lean and can hold his own while fights are waged on the feet. Moicano is lethal in his grappling and his ability to dominate adversaries on the ground, which is his forte.

At thirty-four and after a couple of recent wins, Moicano has become highly marketable in the organization. The fighter has learned English and parlayed it with a heavy dose of trash talking. His newly founded effervescent personality coupled with recent favorable matchups have jettisoned him up the ranks of the division to his current rank of thirteen.

Turner, the tenth ranked athlete in the division is the man who will stand at the opposite end of the octagon from Moicano.

Turner will be the larger athlete in the cage holding a 4-inch advantage in height as well arm/leg reach. He is also six years younger.

Turner is 6-2 in the division since 202 with losses only to ninth ranked Dan Hooker and fourth ranked Mateuz Gamrot who is a chain wrestling machine.

It was that loss experience against Gamrot, a bout Turner took on just a few days’ notice that provides the foundation for my confidence in the handicap for this fight.

Turner will appear to be fighting at a higher weight class when the bell for this fight chimes. His height, length, larger frame, and his take down defense together will allow him to thwart the incoming grappling advances of Moicano.

To be competitive in this fight, Moicano must advance forward to engage. In a larger cage against a much younger, larger more adroit man this is a prescription for damage.

Turner is an ascending athlete in the division, and he is facing a scrapper in Moicano who is made for him when size, age and fighting style are handicapped.

Turner is currently -240 yet because of the parlay applied last week with Morono, digital readers hold Turner at the advantageous price of -104.

*Turner -1.04u to earn 1.0u

Total in this fight: 1.5 Pick-em.

*Those unable to realize the parlay prescribed in last week’s column may consider Turner ‘to win via Finish’ -165 which is available at DraftKings Sportsbook under the tab ‘Winning Method’.

Bobby Green -175 vs. Jim Miller +145 Lightweight (155lbs.)

In July 2009 at UFC 100 Jim Miller defeated Mac Danzig via decision. In July 2016 Jim defeated Takanori Gomi via finish in round one.

Now for UFC 300 the forty-year-old Miller takes on Bobby ‘King’ Green.

Miller 26-16-1 in UFC competition is a well-rounded mixed martial artist who has seen everything the fight game can offer throughout his storied career.

In this fight he finally gets a chance to face an athlete’s he has been scheduled to face three times prior with each of those bouts being cancelled for one reason or another.

Green is no spring chicken himself at thirty-seven, but he is one of few UFC fighters who was competing professionally when Miller competed in UFC 100.

Now these two cagey UFC veterans finally get their chance to ‘get it on.’

Unfortunately for Miller, Green is three years younger, he is the well more athletic combatant and he is a most under rated wrestler though he rarely utilizes his skilled wrestling in fights.

On the feet Green is a slick customer who moves with grace and fluidity. He is an expert counter striker who can damage opponents from any angle moving forward, backward, or laterally and he carries power in the quickness of his strikes.

The knock on Green used to be his lack of preparedness and commitment for bouts but on this stage and with Green coming in off a KO loss against Jailin Turner it is my handicap that Green will overwhelm Miller Saturday.

Bobby Green is simply too fast, too precise with his striking and too athletic for Jim Miller at this stage of Miller’s career.

Green opened -210 for this fight so I will gladly take the discount.

Green 1.80u to earn 1.0u

Total in this fight: 2.5Rds. Over -145

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UFC FN Atlantic City: Blanchfield vs. Fiorot: Last Manon Standing

Favorites roared back to 65% on the year after n 11-2 result in last week’s UFC LV89.

My releases of Justin Tafa +150 and Rose Namajunas in the second leg of a two-fighter parlay split resulting in a 1-1 + .57 profit for the week. That makes digital profitability in 2024 6-5 +3.52u which displays an average win of +143.

Realizing profitability when committed to remaining on the underdog side of UFC results can be challenging which is why I remain ultra-selective with my releases on this platform. It takes little to ‘pick them all’ and the result of that erodes win percentages, gross profit and return on investment which are my sole concerns for this column and why I do not undertake that pursuit.

Into this UFC FN Atlantic City, we march where fighters compete in the larger thirty-foot octagon. Featured on this card are nine area athletes looking to harness the momentum of the home crowd to earn victory and propel their careers.

Erin Blanchfield -185 vs. Manon Fiorot +155 women’s flyweight (125lbs.) main event

We last witnessed third ranked Swedish athlete Manon Fiorot defeat debuting flyweight and former strawweight champion Rose Namajunas last September.

In that three-round affair, Fiorot displayed extreme durability coupled with aggressive power striking/kicking in earning a razor close nod.

The striking Swede realizes a +2.7 significant strikes landed per round as well exhibits 91% take down defense thus far in her career. While she does remain singularly centered upon slugging her durability, toughness and UFC experience make her a justified top five fighter in the division.

In second ranked Blanchfield we have an athlete that is ten years younger than Fiorot which the numbers say provides a 67% advantage historically.

Besides her youth Blanchfield is decorated with a black belt in BJJ and she has ascended the ranks of the division by dominating each challenge she has faced.

Blanchfield steps up in class of opponent for this fight certainly but her well rounded fight arsenal, youth, and the fact that she is competing in her own back yard against a European athlete that is travelling in all spell advantage for the twenty-four-year-old Jersy product.

This fight opened a dead pick-em but by Tuesday of fight week (today) Blanchfield’s been steamed to the current -198 based on the advantages spelled out above.

Though Fiorot has faced a more accomplished level of UFC opponent, the fact remains that this is her first headline event as well five round fight. In her last bout against Namajunas Fiorot slowed substantially in the third round against Namajunas who was making her debut in the division.

In Blanchfield she will face the more versed mixed martial arts athlete that is not only ten plus years younger but one that has already experienced the distractions and pressure of headlining a UFC card.

Though early in the week I believe it is too late to jump on the Blanchfield train now even though I handicap her to be fairly priced. Instead, the advantages lie in the total for this bout which opened 4.5 pick-em and now stand 4.5 Over -135.

This fight will be keenly contested. I handicap Blanchfield’s youth and well-rounded pedigree as well the fact that she is the more conditioned fighter fighting in front of a home crowd to in unison create enough advantage here for her to slay this Swedish threat though I judge that it takes her all five rounds.

Blanchfield/Fiorot Over -135

1.0u to earn .74u

Vicente Luque -120 vs. Joaquin Buckley +100 Welterweight (170lbs.) co main event

Buckley is an unranked mixed martial artist who has a modest wrestling background but is a profusely powerful puncher. He is physically compact and extremely explosive relying on bludgeoning hooks, crosses, and elbows to render opponents’ unconscious.

17-6 professionally and 7-4 in the UFC, Buckley lands slightly more significant strikes per round than he absorbs, sports average take down defense which he should not have to employ in this predicted standup war and he averages 1.51 takedowns per fifteen minutes of fight time which he will not undertake unless he gets stung.

He unrelentingly presses forward and wastes little time attempting to engage opponents in order to compete in a good old fashioned ‘turn your lights out’ throwdown.

In Brazilian and eleventh ranked Vicente Luque we have another relentless warrior raised in the New Jersey area, so he will have family in attendance and will be backed by the crowd.

Decorated with black belts in Luta Livre Esportiva and BJJ, Luque is the more well-rounded mixed martial artist of these two. He hurls a high rate of power punches in all his battles while being more than willing to receive a shot on the schnoz in order to deliver one.

Once the bell rings for this confrontation fans will be treated to a couple of alpha males looking to immediately ring the other up to earn an impressive and quick victory.

I expect there will be little feeling out in this fight by Buckley who will want to stand firm and hurl.

Luque must, in my judgment use tactic in this fight and employ a diversity of attack to sap the slugger from St. Louis of his explosiveness. Patience will be Luque’s ally as he may extol his best damage after his barrel bodied aggressor begins to swell up and slow down. The question is, can he remain focused on utilizing patience?

This issue with planned tactic for either of these men is that they rarely employ it choosing instead to engage in war and finish their opponent.

In this bout, the experienced laden Luque who has battled the more accomplished level of opponent must remain premeditated and on plan to manage this fight past the first five minutes of competition.

Once into the second round, provided this fight arrives there, Luque may be the faster more damaging power puncher of the two.

Luque opened as a -160 favorite in this fight and early money on Buckley has compressed the price down to the current -110.

Buckley’s lure is based on his explosiveness, the belief that Luque is older than he is as well UFC investors are aware that Luque’s experience also translates into attrition for he has been in several debilitating duels.

Total in this fight is lined 2.5Rds Under -165 after opening Under -135.

Few, including myself, expect this bout to go to a decision.

Lupita Godinez-200 vs. Virna Jandiroba +170 women’s strawweight (115lbs.)

Mexican ‘Loopy’ Godinez, tenth ranked in the division displays all the pride, durability, and determination of the Mexican fighter. Her MMA game has drastically improved since she began training with flyweight champion Alexa Grasso at Lobo gym in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

A purple belt in BJJ the undersized Godinez displays complete willingness to engage in the stand-up wars Mexican boxers are renown. She is also apt at the takedown and has been effective stopping take down advances from opponents though in this fight that ability will surely be tested.

Brazilian Virna Jandiroba is decorated with a Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a green/white prajied in Muay Thai.

Seventh ranked Jandiroba will be the taller, larger female in the cage Saturday. She has competed against a level of competition more accomplished than has her opponent.

In this battle of Mexico vs. Brazil we will witness a couple of females fighting to break into the elite of the division. Lined 2.5 rounds with the over -270 this fight has all the makings of being a razor close decision.

At the end of the day Jandiroba’s size, her level of competition faced, and her ground abilities all signify to me the verification that she is the athlete with the more complete skills. ‘Though an underdog I handicap Jandiroba to be the sleeper of this fight card.

Jandiroba +170 .60u to earn 1.02u

Jandiroba via decision price is not yet available but it will be a strong consideration.

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UFC LV88 Tuivasa vs. Tybura: Tai breaker?

UFC 299 was an epic fight card where favorites ran 3-2 on the pay per view main card. Overall, on the slate, chalk realized a 9-5 result making the 2024 total for favorites in the UFC 64-30-3 or 66%.

This week the organization returns to Las Vegas for a fight card which will take place at the UFC APEX where again, the smaller twenty-five-foot cage is used and very few fans are able to attend.

Overwhelmingly the athletes express a desire to compete in front of packed arenas where they can feed off the ferocity of the attendees despite the organization’s zeal to continue to hold events at its own forum.

Last week I hit both underdogs released. Curtis Blaydes was released at a price of -110 but ended up closing a slight underdog, knocked out Jailton Almeida in the second round of their heavyweight bout.

Dustin Poirier +185 was fully disrespected by the betting public in his bout against Benoit Saint Denis. He displayed how critical it is to recognize a professional fighter’s entire body of work as opposed to being blinded by recency and the lack of formidable, elite competition.

Saint Denis was not prepared mentally or physically to step up so aggressively in level of competition this early in his promising career.

Poirier awarded Saint Denis his PhD. In MMA but look for Saint Denis to rebound after being knocked out. There is a learning curve in world class mixed martial arts!

Those two underdog releases put my UFC profitability for this column in 2024 to 5-4 +3.05u.

Now let us investigate a fight card that offers thirteen bouts featuring athletes less recognized by most fans than last week’s UFC 299.

This production begins at 1pm PT with preliminary action followed by the main card which drops at 4pm PT.

Tai Tuivasa -115 vs. Marcin Tybura +105 Heavyweight (265lbs.) main event

Number ten ranked Polish fighter Tybura 24-8, is a black belt in BJJ. Tybura’s grappling is the foundation for his fighting. His striking is not overly effective as he carries little speed, precision, or power in his hands though he does offer decent kicking power from distance despite telegraphing his intentions.

When matched against top seven heavyweight adversaries, Tybura’s lack of fluid footwork and precision striking leaves him exposed to being blasted when standing.

The singularly dimensioned Pole, as witnessed in his last bout, a first round KO loss against number one ranked Tom Aspinal, struggles against elite, well rounded heavyweight competition.

In Tai Tuivasa we have an athlete that enters the cage eight years younger than Tybura which is a great advantage.

The fun loving Australian, now training in California at AKA is a brawling Muay Thai based striker who carries an abundance of power in his hands and can end any fight with one pop to an opponent’s chops.

Tuivasa also lacks fluidity of movement and precision striking preferring instead to walk opponents down and engage in leveraged toe-to-toe brawls staged from the center of the cage.

Once the bell to this bout chimes, I look for Tuivasa to be on the hunt for hooks, crosses, knees, and uppercuts. Tybura will attempt to engage on the feet only long enough to clasp onto the Aussie, force him against the fence then try to drag the massive mauler onto the mat then attempt to gain top position where he can reign his own form of damage.

Where this bout takes place will go a long way in determining its outcome for Tuivasa is as ill prepared to grapple/roll as Tybura is to engage in an all-out stand-up fracas.

Total in this fight: 1.5Rds Over -180

Mike Davis -300 vs. Natan Levy +245 Lightweight (155lbs.)

Levy trains at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas. He is only three fights into his UFC career realizing a 2-1 record.

Decorated with a third dan black belt in Uechi-Ryū Karate, a black belt in Kyokushin Karate, a black belt in Kung Fu and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Levy’s resume appears impressive, yet he has shown little ability to apply effective striking in his bouts.

Levy’s grappling/wrestling is much more refined than his striking despite his Karate accolades. Levy needs a victory over a legitimate UFC caliber opponent as the level of his previous UFC competition leaves much to be desired.

Natan steps up in class substantially to take on his opponent Mike Davis.

Davis, 10-2 professionally trains in Florida’s famous ATT. There he is able to train with an array of highly skilled professionals who offer a great diversity of specialized MMA skills.

Davis’s UFC record is 3-1 but he has faced a more stringent level of competition than Levy. His takedown defense, movement and cardio will also be differentiating factors in a fight that I expect could go all fifteen minutes.

After a second-round submission loss to Gilbert Burns in his debut Davis has rattled off three straight victories against very worthy UFC competition.

In this fight he will be challenged by the pressing grappling of Levy, but it is my judgement that Davis’s footwork and effective power striking makes him a legitimate favorite in this confrontation.

While both men have grappling backgrounds, I look for this bout to take place standing and it is on the feet that Davis’s youth, height and reach advantages coupled with his superior athleticism will provide him great advantage.

I normally avoid high priced favorites but in this fight Davis’s advantages are too glaring to overlook. Levy for his part is stepping up in class exponentially.

Rather than risk such a high-priced favorite straight up, I will choose instead to parlay Mike Davis with Rose Namajunas -168 who competes in the main event of UFC Las Vegas 89 next week at the APEX center against Brazil’s Amanda Ribas.

Namajunas, a former strawweight champion is making her second bout at flyweight after an ultra-close decision loss to top three ranked Marion Fiorot in her last outing.

Namajunas trains in Denver at altitude, has championship pedigree and is a fine accompaniment to Mike Davis.

This parlay application allows me to hold substantial price advantage on Namajunas next week provided Davis earns victory as a -310 favorite this Saturday.

Davis -310 to Namajunas -175 1u pays 1.07

Total in Davis vs. Levy 2.5Rds. -210 Over

Jake Filho -185 vs. Ode Osbourne +160 Flyweight (125lbs.)

The smaller twenty-five-foot octagon used in APEX bouts will have negligible effect on these two tiny athletes who enter the cage with differing specialties.

Osbourne, 12-6 is a southpaw striker who will sport a five-inch reach advantage in this fight. He is 4-4 in the UFC displaying skilled striking however his inability to fend off aggressive, forward pressing grappling/wrestling based athletes is extremely worrisome as he struggles mightily if/when grounded.

Osbourne must sell his soul to ensure this fight remains standing and if he can do so, he is in position to get his hand raised.

In Brazilian Filho we have a tough, cagey BJJ artist who is 15-3 professionally and 1-1 in UFC competition.

Despite Filho giving away UFC experience to Osbourne, his dynamic viper-like grappling enables him to engulf opponents then drag them to the dirt for a drubbing. Grappling defines his success.

In a ‘styles make fights’ matchup it is Osbourne who needs to remain standing in order to find success while Filho must find a way to clasp onto the longer striker, ground him, wrap him up, then choke the life out of him.

Total in this fight: 2.5Rds Under -210

Props are not yet released for this card, but I expect Filho to submit Osbourne sometime after a competitive first round.

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UFC 299 O’Malley vs. Vera: Drowned Suga?

This week UFC 299 takes place in Miami Florida. The early preliminary bouts begin at 3pm PT with the main card kicking off at 5pm PT.

This fight slate is stacked from top to bottom with each fight featuring athletes capable of headlining any fight night or PPV card on their own.

Let us break down a few of the dynamic bouts on this card.

Sean O’Malley -275 Champion vs. Marlon Vera +225 Bantamweight (135lbs) title

O’Malley is currently the UFC’s ‘lighting in a bottle’ as he has similar magnetism/drawing power to Conor McGregor and the Diaz brothers when those fighters were at their apex.

‘Sugar’ is wildly popular with the under thirty-five demographic and his fighting style utilizes his height and reach advantages to the utmost degree. O’Malley compliments those physical traits with a fluidity of defensive movement, sharp snapping strikes and elite footwork.

‘The Suga show’ has evolved into a champion mixed martial artist who is tall, long, precise with his leveraged striking and carries more power than most opponents believe. Further, O’Malley trains diligently on his craft and possesses far more advanced grappling and take down defense than he has been able to display in past bouts.

His opponent, fifth ranked Ecuadorian athlete Marlon Vera is not flashy rather he is gritty, grimy, and dawg-like in his approach to fighting. Vera’s not as gifted physically nor is he as fluent an overall fighter as his opponent but the weaponry Vera totes to the cage is mostly mental. Determination, focus, cardio, and the ability to wear opponents down physically/emotionally by applying unrelenting forward pressure are his assets.

This is a rematch of a 2020 bout that Vera won in the first round by incapacitating O’Malley’s beanpole legs with planned, bludgeoning leg kicks.

In this bout we will see Vera attempt to apply pressure from the opening bell to try to back O’Malley up and force him to use energy in his defense. He will surely work to squelch O’Malley’s ability to move by attacking those legs to incapacitate the champion.

O’ Malley for his part will need to maintain spacing which should not be an issue in the larger thirty-foot octagon. From distance he will then attempt to pepper Vera with jabs, counterstrikes, knees, and elbows as the edgy Ecuadorian presses inward to engage.

O’Malley -200 was the opening price for this fight, he now stands -285 over Vera whose takeback is +245.

Vera’s as or more determined as he was in their first bout, but it is O’Malley whose game has evolved more since these two first met. In that first bout Vera opened the favorite but O’Malley was quickly into the favorite position based on his overwhelming popularity rather than his mixed martial arts acumen.

For those reading, the time to jump the improved O’Malley is now as this price is SURE to rise until the bell for round one chimes.

Vera backers would be wise to remain patient and take every penny of value as Vera who must take this fight into the championship rounds to find success.

One question that still surrounds ‘Sugar’ is his ability to fight at a frenetic pace for more than twelve to fifteen minutes. Vera’s plan will be to drain O’Malley’s gas tank and suck the snap out of ‘Sugar’ then try to dominate him late.

The O’Malley’s plan will be to slice and dice Vera into a bloody pulp by employing constant side to side movement, strike from angles and employ precision counterstriking as Vera attempts to work his way to attack.

Many believe O’Malley is in a favorable matchup here as the UFC takes advantage of his earning power/popularity, but I am not so sure I buy into this.

Vera must be taken seriously in a bout I handicap to be closer than the betting lines indicate.

Total in this fight: 4.5Rds. Over -165

Benoit St. Denis -215 vs. Dustin Poirier +185 Lightweight (155lbs.) co main event

St. Denis is a decorated former French first military paratrooper who is huge for the weight class, he is a black belt in Judo and has torn through the organization by winning all four of his victories via finish. His only blemish in the UFC was in his first bout, a fight he took on ultra short notice.

St. Denis, ranked twelfth in the lightweight division opened as a -140 favorite in this fight and has been pounded to the current -215 based on his destructive performances albeit against athletes ranked outside of the top fifteen in the division.

Poirier, the third ranked athlete in the division is the shorter fighter in this matchup, he will be giving away an inch of reach and is seven years older than the ferocious Frenchman.

Poirier possesses a wealth of UFC experience. He has a sturdy wrestling base, brilliant striking acumen, deft footwork and has been in with the absolute elite of the division.

Poirier trains at Florida’s ATT gym in Coconut Creek so he can compete at home without the complexity of having to travel. As well he will command the crowd in this war.

When this fight opened, I was astonished that St. Denis came the favorite and I am more perplexed that he has been bet into this current price. It is my judgement that recency bias is heavily influencing the current betting line toward the Frenchman.

Based on the current betting line it is my position that Poirier is being massively disrespected in this fight.

Once this bout begins Poirier will have to deal with the ferocity, power and immediate aggression of St. Denis who has never competed in a headline fight, nor has he ever prepared for or fought in a five-round battle.

I handicap Poirier to have superior fight IQ which cannot be overlooked here, the defensive prowess, patience and the deft striking to systematically break down St. Denis over time. Time, I believe, is the fulcrum of this fight and I am certain Poirier understands this.

It is my position that St. Denis is rushing into competition with an elite mixed martial artist well to quickly than is warranted.

I am committed to betting Poirier in this spot but will continue to monitor this number while it is on the rise to capture the best price advantage on the underdog who I handicap to in fact be the favorite.

Saturday night I believe Poirier awards St. Denis his PhD. in MMA!

Poirier +185 or better

Total in this fight: 1.5Rds. -240 Over.

Curtis Blaydes -110 vs. Jailton Almeida -110 Heavyweight (265lbs.)

Seventh ranked Almeida is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu savant who has ascended the heavyweight rankings in abbreviated time.

He is lightning fast for a man that competes at 245lbs, he is extremely durable and has the single-minded approach to haul opponents down to the mat then discover a way to clasp onto an appendage and snap it.

Almeida is shy in size, weight, and UFC experience and as capable as he is with his submission prowess, his offensive/defensive striking is mediocre and in need of much development.

In Blaydes we have the fifth ranked athlete in the division who enters this fight with a complete mixed martial arts arsenal. Blaydes has power and speed in his hands, he is a world class wrestler, and, in this bout, he will own substantial size, reach, and experience advantages.

Blaydes’ challenges in previous bouts revolve around the fragility of his face.

Athlete’s that are able to bash Blaydes beak early in fights often find success but, in this bout, Blaydes height, weight, reach and experience should put him in position to batter Almeida on the feet then transition to wrestling where he the sizable wrestler will reign damage on the smaller grappler from top position.

In the world of mixed martial arts, it is accepted that world class wrestling is kryptonite to excellent BJJ practitioners. It is exactly this formula that puts Blaydes in position to shine come Saturday night.

Blaydes -110

Total in this fight: 1.5Rds. Over -150

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UFC FN Mexico Moreno vs. Royval: Toe 2 Toe in Mexico!

This week the UFC travels to Mexico City, Mexico for its Fight Night production where the main event features a rematch of Flyweight athletes Brandon Moreno vs. Brandon Royval.

This card offers thirteen bouts eleven of which feature Mexican fighters who find themselves in favorable matchups. There are no athletes on this fight card weighing more than lightweight 155lbs. and all but one matchup is lined at 2.5 total rounds.

Mexico City with its altitude, the larger 30’ octagon and smaller statured athletes may make for a plethora of decisions?

Last week Rober Whittaker shrugged off a vicious head kick late in round one to earn a decision win over Paolo Costa in the co main event. Whittaker’s win pushed my results this year to 2-3 + .85u

Let’s enhance that bottom line with this week’s release.

Brandon Moreno -250 vs. Brandon Royval +200 Flyweight (125lbs) main event

Royval, who trains at elevation in Colorado arrives at this main event fresh off a five round unanimous decision loss to current champion Alexandre Pantoja last December.

Royval, a southpaw will have height and reach advantages over Moreno, the former champion of the division. Royval’s been able to conquer all the division’s contenders save for the two elite talents in current champion Pantoja and Moreno who just lost his title to Pantoja a few months ago.

To break through and earn a third crack at Pantoja will not be an easy task understanding that the Mexican fight crowd, a voracious one at that will be whole heartedly supporting Moreno, Mexico’s first ever UFC champion.

Royval’s strengths are his unusual lengthy frame, his ability to move in unorthodox, unpredictable fashion and his determination to finally break through and defeat one of the two most dominant flyweights in the division’s history.

It was in November of 2020 when these two first tussled and Royval, a black belt in BJJ had to take a difficult loss because he injured his shoulder and was unable to continue. Royval has improved drastically since their first bout, and he has worked diligently to earn this opportunity realizing a 3-2 record since that defeat with both losses coming at the hands of Pantoja.

In Moreno we have the former champion and the pride of Mexico. Moreno is also a black belt in BJJ but he is also a deft boxer with the standard Mexican granite chin.

Moreno’s coming off a dynamically close split decision loss to Pantoja this past July and it seems clear that the victor here will get another crack at the current champion.

While Moreno’s giving up height and length to Royval, he owns a wealth of championship, five round main event experience. He’s also a year younger than his foe and he’ll have hordes of feverous fans fueling his fury.

Where Royval is unpredictable and flamboyant with his strikes, flying knees and kicks, Moreno is systematic in his approach to working the body then taking the head. This will be a terrific clash of styles.

Both men are competent on the feet, but it is Moreno who possesses the more complete wrestling/grappling attack and I do believe we will see him exercise that ability in this bout. Crowding the longer, taller Royval together with forcing him backwards and into defending takedowns will go a long way in usurping the energy from the Coloradan.

If there is a chink in the Moreno armor, it may be that he has been in numerous wars since these two last fought. Royval’s overall improvement coupled with his ability to compete at elevation will be telling in his chances to get his hand raised in this bout.

In a fight that I believe goes to decision, this week’s release:

Fight starts round 4 -175

Round props selection at DraftKings

Total in this fight: 3.5Rds Over -140

Manuel Torres -185 vs. Chris Duncan +155 Lightweight (155lbs.)

This is the only bout on this slate lined at 1.5Rds with the under is priced -200. From the total we may imply that this fight is going to be a banger and from my handicap that inference would be completely correct.

In this one, Duncan 11-1 ships in from Scotland although he has been training in Florida’s ATT for weeks, a gym where there are at least five top fifteen ranked lightweights in the world for him to take rounds against.

Duncan is tough, durable and possesses wrestling acumen though he prefers to situate himself in the center of the cage, stand wide and zing hooks, crosses, and kicks at opponents with the singular goal of cracking them unconscious.

Duncan’s defensive abilities are my biggest issue with his fighting as takes 3.8 significant strikes per minute which is something extremely dangerous against this opponent.

Torres, 14-2 is the local, he conditioned to training at Mexico City’s extreme elevation and while he is more than willing to trade hooks, his strikes tend to be straighter, then supplemented with damaging elbows and knees right up the middle.

Torres has not seen the second round of a mixed martial arts fight since 2018 as he is a pure cold-hearted finisher yet his ability to compete in a long, tough, grueling battle is a justifiable concern.

Once the fight begins, it is my judgement that it is in Duncan’s best interest to wrestle the Mexican up in this fight to sap him of his energy then take advantage of him in the later rounds.

For Torres, he will attack Duncan from the opening bell, but he MUST control his distance and make certain in his zeal to destroy that he does not rush into a Duncan takedown for Torres has little to no ability to wrestle in any capacity.

In a fight where I expect both athletes to ‘put it on’ their opponent it is the durability and perseverance of Duncan that forces me to believe that this total offers value to the over.

Torres opened -155 in this bout, he dipped to -120 when I released him on my Monday ‘Sneak-Teep’ Podcast and now his price has now escalated to the current -175.

My handicap of this bout is that it goes over 1.5 Rds. while my conservative nature says to use the prop, “Fight starts round 2”, however that prop has not been put up on the DraftKings menu yet, so I will hold off as my deadline calls.

Lean Over 1.5 but will wager “Fight starts round 2”. I expect that price to have a plus sign next to it once released….

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UFC 298 Volkanovski vs. Topuria” Terminally Ilya?

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This week UFC 298 takes place from Los Angeles with an internationally populated fight slate featuring athletes from China to Equator, Australia to Wales, Brazil to Jamaica and all points in between.

Four fights offer us a look at debuting athletes while eight bouts highlight veteran competitors facing off in high stakes bouts with each combatant looking to enhance their career trajectories.

Last week Rodolfo Viera submitted Armen Petrosyan in the first round of their fight. Petrosyan, needed to survive the first round against a fresh, strong Brazilian counterpart in order to have the fight begin to turn his way yet that was not to be.

I stand 1-3 -.15 heading into this week.

Let’s dig right into UFC 298 which kicks off Saturday at 3pm PT with early prelims followed by the main card which starts at 7pm PT and features a handful of highly competitive and potentially explosive bouts.

Alexander Volkanovski -125 vs. Ilya Topuria +105 Featherweight (145lbs.) Championship

Undefeated and third ranked Topuria, of Georgian descent fights out of Spain where he was raised. He possesses a strong Greco Roman wrestling base to go with his black belt in BJJ. Topuria’s striking is serviceable enough to allow him to compete standing until which time he can clasp onto opponents in order to press them against the cage then force then onto the mat. From there his single point of focus is to choke them unconscious or force then to tap from an array of submission attempts which come as second nature to him.

Topuria, 14-0 professionally and 6-0 in the UFC will be two inches taller than the champion and eight years the younger athlete in this title fight. He sports a +1.39 strike per minute ratio and lands 2.2 takedowns per fifteen minutes of fight time. He realizes 1.5 submission attempts per fifteen minutes of fight time.

These numbers, while sound must be deciphered by comprehending the level of competition Topuria has faced.

Topuria is young, he’s overly cocky and has talked his way into this championship fight after defeating only two pedigreed, legitimate UFC featherweights. Many deem Topuria ready for this challenge and he must be respected in this bout as he is aggressive, unrelenting with his forward pressure, and arrives to this fight with momentum.

That stated, he has been yammering into any microphone available announcing to anyone listening that it’s his ‘destiny’ to defeat current champion Alexander Volkanovski. Topuria’s bravado and approach to this substantial step up in class seems quite a risky one to say the least and Volkanovski, a silent assassin has taken note.

In Alexander Volkanovski we have arguably the greatest featherweight to ever step into the cage which is a strong statement considering that list includes Jose Aldo and Max Holloway.

Volkanovski’s 26-3 professional record and his 13-2 result in the UFC does not come close to telling the complete story as both of his UFC losses have come at the hands of current UFC Lightweight champion Islam Makhachev. Makhachev has dominated a division ten pound heavier than featherweight. Volkanovski’s only other defeat came years ago in his fourth professional bout in the welterweight division.

Most, if not all combat sport pundits regard Makhachev as the current pound for pound athlete in the organization so those recent losses come with absolutely no shame rather total respect.

At the featherweight level, Volkanovski has dominated all challengers. He owns decision victories over the aforementioned Jose Aldo as well he’s defeated former champion Max Holloway thrice in closely contested five round battles resulting in decisions.

Volkanovski’s +2.77 strikes landed per minute is impressive but even more so when one considers who he has competed against in the cage.

Volkanovski will be giving away two inches of height and eight years of age to Topuria but his recent domination of Yair Rodriguez clearly displays his ability to dominate any and all forms of challenge from athletes competing at featherweight.

The intrigue in this fight comes by understanding that four months ago Volkanovski took his second bout against the aforementioned lightweight champion Makhachev on teen days’ notice! He was defeated by knockout via head kick in the first round.

After that fight and leading up to this bout, Volkanovski, gave a highly emotional interview where he stated how much he needs to be in training. His demeanor and body language during this interview was disturbing to me. It also came out some time later that he was enjoying the spoils of the layman’s life as he had no fight scheduled leading up to his ten-day notice to fight Makhachev.

Volkanovski opened -175 for this fight and he has been bet down to the current price of just above pick-em.

Usually, I’d be dashing for the betting counter looking to invest in Volkanovski -120. However, his highly emotional interview in early January after the Makhachev bout coupled with the fact that he’s taking on another very dangerous challenger four months removed from being knocked unconscious forces me to hesitate.

This will be Volkanovski’s fourth highly competitive fight in the last calendar year and remember two of those were against an elite champion at a weight class ten pounds higher than his.

Has he allowed his body/brain to fully recoup for this battle at thirty-five years of age? Could he be taking this bout too soon after that KO?

These questions force me to pass on this fight despite the perception that there seems to be an abundance of value on the current champion.

Months ago, I released Topuria +135 on the ‘Bout Business Podcast but that was before he began all the needless yapping. If it were today, I would consider Volkanovski at current pricing or I’d pass all together on a side in this fight.

Total in this fight: 3.5 -125 Over

Robert Whittaker -240 vs. Paolo Costa +210 Middleweight (185lbs.)

New Zealand’s Whittaker is a former champion who has faced the elite of the middleweight division. Since 2014, the divisions third ranked athlete has only lost to current champion Dricus du Plessis and former champion Israel Adesanya.

Whittaker is strong, moves deftly and has power in all appendages. He’s highly decorated with Black belts in hapkido, Gōjū-ryū karate and Brazilian jiu-jitsu making him one truly dangerous fighting machine.

He’s looking to bounce after what he, myself and many in the MMA arena regard as a most dismal uncharacteristic performance in that loss to du Plessis.

At thirty-three Whittaker believes he has much more to prove and he can go a long way in displaying that against his sixth ranked Brazilian counterpart Paolo Costa Saturday night.

Costa 14-2 professionally is a man with a chiseled physique and movie star looks. He’s decorated with a black belt in BJJ and does possess power in his kicks and strikes. Costa, 6-2 in the UFC has been inactive since August of 2022 when he scored an uneventful decision over Luke Rockhold a washed athlete with a balsa wood beak who had come out of retirement to take the fight.

At his best Costa has profuse striking power but he is a front runner whose confidence and swagger grows when competing against lesser pedigreed athletes but who’s momentum wanes when placed against world class fighters with elite MMA acumen who can withstand his early barrage then turn the tables and back him up.

The prescription for defeating Costa is simple, just bully the bully.

How well Costa has used his time away from the cage will be apparent early in this fight. It’s my judgement that while desperate for a win, the inactivity and relative low fight IQ he’s displayed throughout his career will be difficult traits for him to overcome understanding the elite athlete he’s going to be in the cage with Saturday.

Whittaker’s been in LA for a couple of weeks now and he’s focused and determined to end this fight violently and make another run for the division’s championship which is certainly withing his ability to accomplish.

Whittaker -250

Total in this fight: Opened 1.5 Rds. -240 to the over but is now lined 2.5Rds -150 Over.

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GambLou 2023 Profitability report; NFL Championship opening lines

This week the AFC and NFC Championships will be contested. As we close down the end of the NFL year let’s take a look at opening lines for these games and review GambLou.com profitability.

At the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas: Baltimore opened -3.5ev with a total of 45.5 while in San Francisco, the 49ers came -7 and 52.

These prices may not move too much for numerous reasons this week however I will be tracking the line movement for any opportunities.

GambLou.com 2023 NFL Clients stand 61 and 61, +2.94units representing a 2%ROI

Future wagers released at the beginning of the season that have NOT been recorded yet:

Chiefs Under 11.5 season wins +120; 1.5unit W

Chiefs Under 10.5 season wins +220; .5unit L

Washington Over 6.5 wins +100 1unit L

Houston to win AFC South +220 .35unit W

Houston to win AFC 20/1 .15unit L

Baltimore to win AFC +375 .5unit pending

I’ll invest into the Championship round then into the Super Bowl.

Beating the NFL is no easy task but with the Ravens position pending and a strong Championship performance I look to enhance profitability for myself and all clients.


As January ends my focus becomes exclusively UFC profitability while NHL Stanley Cup Due Diligence is in full swing.

Last year NHL profitability: 55-46 +25.20units for a 29% ROI

After two UFC events in 2024 GambLou ‘Bout Business Podcast Members are 3-5 +.23units for 4%ROI with 3 favorites in upcoming cards earning members Plus money (Yes, that’s correct) and two releases holding positive value based on the pricing today. I’m playing a different game than the hordes making ‘picks’ and selling their swag.

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