UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson Predictions

          Welterweight Bout: Rory MacDonald (18-3) vs. Stephen Thompson (12-1) Luke Irwin: I’m still not sold out Wonderboy. Not yet. As I said in my gambling article this week, KOing a beyond-beyond-shot Jake Ellenberger and a potentially on-his-way and clearly declining Johny Hendricks still isn’t convincing me that he’s ready for […]


UFC 198 Picks

        UFC Heavyweight Championship: Fabricio Werdum (c) (20-5-1) vs. Stipe Miocic (14-2): Man, is this one hard to call. Werdum has been damned close to bulletproof since his return to the UFC. He’s faced the most devestating puncher in the division and TKO’d him, he submitted Cain Velasquez, and he battered Travis […]


Diaz Gets his Moment, but McGregor Loses no Luster

  Contributor: Nolan Howell   Nate Diaz earned perhaps the highest-profile victory in his career in a roundabout way Saturday night at UFC 196, defeating featherweight king Conor McGregor at welterweight. Diaz, who has been streaky at lightweight until recently getting back on track, got a chance to have his moment in the main event […]


A Grinder’s Chance: Why I Like Miesha Tate’s Odds More Than Ronda Rousey’s

(credit: Esther Lin)   UFC 196 is this Saturday night and while the spotlight is singularly focused on the main event of Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, the co-main is a more important bout, the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship between Miesha Tate and Holly Holm, or, as the UFC knows them and promotes them as, […]


The Betting Window: Weekend of February 19-21

  Welcome back to the first installment of The Betting Window of 2016!  Where I take one hundred of my hard-earned American dollars and try to make a profit!  My efforts in 2015 were…. less than successful.  New year, new luck!  That’s what my grandpappy used to say about the opium trade.  So let’s try […]


UndercarDVR: UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson

  Welcome to another installment of UndercarDVR, where we review what you need to see from this week in combat sports. We go fight by fight to see whether it needs to be watched, saved, deleted, or watched in fast forward. The once and former UFC 196 nee, Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson was on basic […]


UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson Picks

      Welterweight Bout: Johny Hendricks (17-3) vs. Stephen Thompson (11-1) -The spinny dream comes to an end here. Hendricks isn’t going to fall for Thompson’s Bloodsport offense and will make him pay for trying it. Hendricks via R2 KO.         Heavyweight Bout: Jared Rosholt (14-2) vs. Roy Nelson (20-12) -Rosholt […]


UFC on FOX: Bader vs. Johnson Picks

        Light Heavyweight Bout: Anthony Johnson (20-5) vs. Ryan Bader (20-4) Nolan: Unless Bader is able to wrestle Johnson down and take advantage of his still relatively questionable cardio, this could be a short night. Bader is a capable offensive fighter, but his defense won’t be enough against Rumble and few can hold […]


UFC 195 Picks

        UFC Welterweight Championship: Robbie Lawler (c) (26-10) vs. Carlos Condit (30-8) Luke Irwin: I can’t do it. I can’t in good faith pick against Carlos Condit. Not here, not now. Not when he has his best chance to be the welterweight champion of the world. It’s been a long time coming, […]


UndercarDVR: Week of November 13-15

  Welcome to UndercarDVR, where we review what you need to see from this week in combat sports. We go fight by fight to see whether it needs to be watched, saved, deleted, or watched in fast forward. This weekend was explosive from top to bottom, whether it be low-level fireworks or military-grade bombs. UFC […]

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Holm KOs Rousey: So What Now?

  The UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship now adorns the waist of Holly Holm. On Saturday night, Holm stifled the previously unbeaten and already legendary Ronda Rousey until stumbling her in the second round. Holm pressed Rousey as she backed up and hit her with a left high kick that sent Rousey to the canvas with […]


UFC 192 Picks

        UFC Light Heavyweight Championship: Daniel Cormier (c) (16-1) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (16-3) Nolan Howell: A good fight for a paper belt. Gustafsson has proven to be adept at stopping the takedown with his range and I think he gives Cormier trouble because of that. However, Cormier will get him down at least […]


UndercarDVR: September 25-28

  Contributor: Nolan Howell   Welcome to UndercarDVR, where we review what you need to see from this week in combat sports. We go fight by fight to see whether it needs to be saved to watch, deleted, or watched in fast forward. This week, three decent cards with minimal intriguing names delivered a fun […]


UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson Predictions

        Heavyweight Bout: Josh Barnett (33-7) vs. Roy Nelson (20-11) Nolan Howell: I think this is where Roy Nelson’s “throw my right hand at a pad a few times a day” training strategy catches up to him. I think Barnett takes him down with no trouble avoiding the second-most predictable right hand in […]


UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Oliveira Picks

Light Heavyweight Bout: Daniel Jolly (5-0) vs. Misha Cirkunov (9-2) -Jolly is such a ridiculous unknown at this point.  Five pro fights, three were early first-round stoppages, two went the entire distance; his latest going 25 minutes.  Coming in on short notice with that track record makes him, even after watching some tape on him. […]