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October 5, 2014

UFC 178 Quick Results: When the MGM Grand Met MMA

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Fight Nerd @ 2:38 PM

BY JOHN SMITH

The MGM Grand is one of the most renowned and lavish entertainment venues in the world,and one that is home to a diverse range of events. Located at the heart of the Las Vegas strip, it is the second largest hotel in the world and embodies the unique spirit of its surrounding area.

It is therefore fitting that the MGM recently hosted a spectacular night of fighting and pugilism, as MMA fans from all over the U.S. gathered to watch a series of compelling championship fights. In the space of a few glorious hours on September 27, 2014, some of the sports toughest competitors met in a no-holds barred bid for glory.

While the MGM Grand is synonymous with high profile MMA events, the most recent bill certainly captured the imagination of the fans. Leading the way was the highly anticipated battle between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, which saw the confident Irishman continue his inexorable rise to the top of the MMA charts. Against his capable and durable opponent, McGregor started strongly and succeeded in ending the contest during the very first round.

After landing a short, chopping left hand behind his opponents’ ear and staggering him, McGregor moved in for the kill and forced the referee to call of the fight following a barrage of shot. This left McGregor was in typically ebullient mood. “I don’t just knock them out, I pick the round,” he said of his performance, suggesting that he could have delayed the outcome and toyed with his opponent if he had wished too. “What the other featherweights don’t understand is that it’s a whole other game when they get hit by me.” This is certainly true, as the power and aggression showcased by the Irishman sets him apart in the division.

In the main event, Demetrious Johnson retained his flyweight title against Chris Cariaso in the second round, while lightweight Donald Cerrone engineered a potential title shot thanks to a unanimous decision over Eddie Alvarez. Cerrone’s powerful leg kicks won the day, impressing the judges and taking their toll on his opponent.

Yoel Romero defeated Tim Kennedy by TKO in a controversial bout. Kennedy almost beat Romero in the closing seconds of the second round, but managed to be saved by the bell. In between rounds, Romero’s corner was given an excessive amount of time to clean up their fighters, giving him more time to recover, and possibly enough to rebound and beat Kennedy in a fight that he nearly won.

In the women’s bantamweight division, Cat Zingano returned to the octagon for the first time in over a year, beating Amanda Nunes in three rounds by TKO, and earning a shot at Ronda Rousey at UFC 182. Zingano was supposed to fight Rousey last year as well as coach during season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter, but after she injured her right knee in training, the bout was cancelled and Zingano has been recovering since then.

On a night such as this, the appeal of the MGM Grand is obvious. Whether you attend the event itself or watch at home while playing at Royal Vegas the Australian online casino, you are able to experience the magnificence of the occasion and feel as though you are a part of the night. With more events to come in the future, the relationship between the grandiose MGM Grand and the MMA looks set to become even stronger.

August 26, 2014

Understanding MMA odds

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Fight Nerd @ 10:48 AM

UFC and MMA betting has become hugely popular over the last few years and online wagering is atan all-time high. Whilst there is plenty of money to be made when accurately predicting what’s going to happen in the cage there are bettors who may not understand the way odds work, so the basics are all explained here.

Money line odds

The majority of bettors will place their money on money line odds as these are the easiest to understand. Money line bets are simply wagers on the fighter that will win, with odds displayed like this:

Thiago Alves +185

Anderson Silva -240

The negative number is indicative of a fighter being a favourite to win, whilst the positive indicates a contender is least likely to be victorious. If a bettor wagers $100 on Alves and wins, they will receive a payout of $285 and anyone wanting to wager on Silva must risk at least $240 to win $100. Thus the + indicates how much a bettor will win by wagering $100 and the – for the favourite shows how much needs to be wagered to win $100.

Fighter’s odds can change as more wagers are placed or the public’s opinion of fighter’s chances change and sports books will keep odds updated to reflect their current status. If you see great odds. it’s always a good idea to bet, especially as MMA is such an explosive sport with its outcome not always being very predictable or if you prefer to stick to a game of luck you can try out the fighting themed games at sites like http://www.mobilecasinoaustralia.com.au/

Total Rounds odds

Apart from picking a winner, another very common wager is to bet on how many rounds the fight will reach before a winner emerges. Generally a sportsbook will provide an over/under for the number of expected rounds and bettors can wager on whether they think the fight will have less or more rounds than given. If a fight runs 3 rounds and a bet on an over/under of 2.5 has been made and the fight lasts more than 2, a bet would be a winning one, but if the fight runs less than 2 an under bet would win.

Prop bets, where a fighter’s method of victory is predicted are also popular and there are numerous sportsbooks that offer a wide selection of options for each fight. Now that you understand a bit more about how odds work, you can start placing wagers and stand a chance of winning.

April 11, 2014

Quick Betting Guide to “Ultimate Fighter: Nations Finale – Bisping VS Kennedy”

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Fight Nerd @ 12:19 PM

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All eyes will be on the Middleweight division of UFC on Wednesday 16th when Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping makes his long-awaited return to the ‘Octagon’ to face Tim Kennedy, with the fight set to headline The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale.

The UFC event is hosted in Quebec City, Canada and there is more than a few places to visit in the run-up to, and even after the big fight. For those of you fight fanatics that decide to make the journey to see the fight live and enjoy a gamble, then there is more than a few casinos to visit during your stay, such as the Casino de Montreal and Charlevoix.

Alternatively, for those of you who are watching the fight at home or simply wish to stay close to the fight venue, you can still have a flutter from the comfort of your own home. At the 32Red website for example, you’ll find the biggest range of sports bets available making it easy to have a punt on the game. Many people find it all adds to the excitement of watching. Once the game is over, betting fans will also find a variety of casino and slot games available on 32Red which can be played both on tablet and mobile phone.

Casino de Montreal is conveniently linked to Quebec City’s Info and Tourist Centre by shuttle bus, which makes for easy access if you fancy a quick punt just a few hours before the big fight. Charlevoix however, is a 90-minute drive from Quebec City and while that may seem a long way to go when you are only in Quebec City for a short period of time, the stunning visually attractive backdrop and relaxing atmosphere will surely tip the trip in your favour. What better way to round of a weekend full of excitement and suspense than to enjoy a leisurely day away from the hustle and bustle of the city? The fighters would surely welcome such a rest, with both coming into the bout from lengthy spells away from the April as Octagon.

Bisping has been out of action since his remarkable defeat of Adam Belcher last April after it was revealed he had a detached retina in the build up to his home-coming fight against Mark Munoz in Manchester, for the UFC Fight Night 30 event. After the revelation, it was further discovered that the eye injury was sustained long before the build up to the Munoz fight and he had in fact soldiered on through fights with Vitor Belfort and the aforementioned Belcher. The fact the injury almost forced Bisping into premature retirement is a testament not just to the severity of the injury, but the determination of ‘The Count’ to recover and return to the mat.

Kennedy, who has a 17-4 record in mixed martial arts, is also returning to the ring, although his break was due to a recovery period after the defeat of Rafael Natal in late 2013 and not injury related. The victory over Natal saw Kennedy go 2-0 in UFC since his debut last summer and the confidence of winning in those two bouts could prove crucial, as Kennedy looks to upset the odds against a returning Bisping.

Unbeaten Ronaldo Souza, who is currently recovering from an elbow injury that required surgery, will be watching on in anticipation as he recently declared his intentions to challenge the winner of this bout. With the chance to battle the war-hardened Souza, who is 20-3 thus far in his career, now in the offing, it only adds more reason for both fighters to give their all and walk away with the victory next Wednesday.

Also on the main card it will be the welterweight final between Olivier Aubin-Mercier VS Chad Laprise and the middleweight final between Elias Theodorou and Sheldon Westcott. Other matches include Sam Stout VS KJ Noons, Sarah Kaufman VS Leslie Smith, Ryan Jimmo VS Sean O’Connell, George Roop VS Dustin Kimura and Tim Gorman VS Mitch Gagnon.

April 7, 2014

A quick guide to online MMA betting

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Fight Nerd @ 10:21 AM

BY DAVE BUNN

MMA, or Mixed Martial Arts, is becoming an increasingly popular sport for people to bet on. It is fast and furious bringing some excitement to your TV screens. With companies like the UFC growing each year and running more and more live events internationally, there are plenty of chances to make a few bucks from what goes down in the cage.

For the noob to MMA, betting on the sport is not as niche as it once was – top betting brands such as bet365 and William Hill allow players to place bets on it. Similarly to boxing you need to bet on who you think will be the outright winner of the fight. You will be presented with different odds from different sites, so of course the object is to find the best odds possible and shop around. There are odds comparison sites out there where you can see who is offering what, you will often find similar sites for no deposit mobile casino brands which have become hugely popular. To find out more about that, check out this link.

So, here is the best way to get started on betting on the most explosive sport in the world!

Betting Tips

It’s always a good idea to research the fighters before placing your bet. You can get information on their fight history and what their strengths and weaknesses are. It’s important to also analyse the match up and what one competitor may have over the other. Styles make fights, so keep in mind how the way one fighter works in the cage may affect (or be affected by) the way their opponent will move, strike, wrestle, grapple, or whatever else. After which, you need to see what the odds have in store for you.

How Do the Odds Work?

Generally there is what is known as the “money line”. If a fighter has a negative number next to their name this means that they are the favourite to win. If a fighter has a positive number next to them, then they are the least likely to win. For example, at the upcoming TUF Nations Finale, Michael Bisping opened at -165, while Tim Kennedy opened at + 125, meaning Kennedy is the underdog in this fight while Bisping is favored to pick up the victory.

When is the Best Time to Bet?

Just like with most sports betting the odds will change depending on the number of people betting on each fighter. If you want to bet on the fighter that isn’t the favourite, it’s probably the best idea to do that as close as you can to the fight to get the best odds possible. If you want to bet on the fighter that has been deemed most likely to win, you should do this as soon as you can.

Where to Bet?

You can either go directly to the sportsbook sites, or else you can visit comparison sites. It’s always a good idea to look out for brands who offer no deposit bonuses as you can often bag yourself a free bet which is great for those of you who are just starting out. High welcome bonuses are also something that should be on your radar to get a little bang for your buck.

There we have it folks, you should now be able to make a Mixed Martial Arts bet and be able to come out on top. Start analysing those fighters and look for the best odds you can.

November 13, 2013

Win a Blu-ray/ DVD of Randy Couture & Dolph Lundgren’s new movie, “Ambushed”

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Fight Nerd @ 4:49 PM

Yes, you read that title correctly – former UFC champion Randy Couture and the man who killed Apollo Creed, Dolph Lundgren, have joined forces in the new direct to DVD movie, “Ambushed.”

“Ambushed” charts the dark, seductive underbelly of Los Angeles, told from the point of view of two of its seedier denizens, mid-level drug pushers Eddie (Gianni Capaldi) and Frank (Daniel Bonjour). They want a chance to hit the big time. Unfortunately, they decide to achieve their goal by ripping off their middleman in a murderous bid for greatness, setting off a dangerous chain of events involving a ruthless crime boss, a dirty cop and the Federal agent chasing them all.

Agent Maxwell (Dolph Lundgren) is about to close in on an international cocaine smuggling operation run by criminal mastermind Vincent Camastra (Jones). When Agent Beverly Royce (Carly Pope) goes undercover with the drug dealers, she finds herself in deeper than she can handle. Up against ruthless killers as well as dirty cop Jack Reiley (Randy Couture), Frank and Eddie will soon find that dreams built on corruption sometimes exact a heavy toll.

Want to win a copy of this flick? Of course you do! All you have to do is go on Twitter or Facebook and post about how awesome this site (because you know it is). If you go on twitter, make sure to use my handle, @thefightnerd, so I can see your post, and write something like “Follow @thefightnerd for the best MMA news and videos!”, or whatever else you want to write. Same goes for facebook, just use my fan page located at this link here to tag the site, otherwise I can not see what you wrote.

The contest begins now and ends on December 10th at midnight. Why that date? Because it’s a nice round number, and it deserves some recognition. So, have at it and win yourself a copy of this Blu-Ray/ DVD combo pack with Randy Couture and Dolph Lundgren now!

November 5, 2013

Enter our contest and win the “UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 2013″ 20-Disc DVD Set!

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Fight Nerd @ 12:46 PM

Timed for the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, fans are invited to relive action-packed, history-making moments with UFC: Ultimate Fight Collection 2013 Edition, available as a 20-disc DVD set available November 5 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Luckily for you, we at thefightnerd.com are giving you a chance to win a copy of this enormous collection today!

How do you win this epic contest? Simple, all you need to do is go on Twitter or Facebook and post about how awesome this site (because you know it is). If you go on twitter, make sure to use my handle, @thefightnerd, so I can see your post, and write something like “Follow @thefightnerd for the best MMA news and videos!”, or whatever else you want to write. Same goes for facebook, just use my fan page located at this link here to tag the site, otherwise I can not see what you wrote.

UFC: Ultimate Fight Collection 2013 Edition comes in a collectable box and features over 200 epic fights and 50 hours of action that took place inside the Octagon from July 2012 to June 2013. The collection is packed full of hard-hitting bouts featuring UFC superstars such as Ronda Rousey, Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Cain Velasquez and Georges St-Pierre. History-making moments include the crowning of the UFC’s first-ever flyweight and women’s bantamweight champions. The collector’s set showcases the best fights from every Pay-Per-View, FOX network, and The Ultimate Fighter Finale during 2012-2013, including all main event and championship fights.

The contest starts today and ends on November 15, so get to tweeting! If you want to order a copy of this for yourself, just click on the image below to snag it into your Amazon.com shopping cart.

March 18, 2013

Stephen Quadros on Bellator MMA, rise of women in the UFC, and learning from the past

“The Fight Professor” Stephen Quadros continues his three-part conversation with The Fight Nerd, this time discussing the new gameplan for Bellator MMA on Spike and what they are doing right, as well as learning from the mistakes of companies that have crumbled in the past. We also discuss the rise of women in the UFC and if WMMA can continue to draw numbers with casual fans.

Stay tuned for part three when we discuss classic fights from Pride FC with stories that have never been heard before!

February 19, 2013

Enter our contest and win “Here Comes the Boom” on DVD

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Fight Nerd @ 10:33 PM

Hey fellow fight nerds! It’s contest time! Up for grabs are a few copies of “Here Comes the Boom” on DVD! If you have not seen the movie yet, former college wrestler Scott Voss (Kevin James) is a 42-year-old biology teacher in a failing high school. When cutbacks threaten to cancel the music program and lay off its teacher (Henry Winkler), Scott begins to raise money by moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter. Everyone thinks Scott is crazy – most of all the school nurse, Bella (Salma Hayek). But in his quest, as Scott becomes more and more committed to fighting for the students, he becomes a sensation that rallies the entire school.

The Blu-ray and DVD bonus features include 18 deleted scenes, a gag reel and “Here Comes the Cast,” a featurette on the star studded cast. The Blu-ray also exclusively includes an additional five behind-the-scenes featurettes: “The Pros” gives fans a look at the real MMA fighters that appear in the film; “The Three Amigos” showcases the camaraderie of Mr. Voss’ training team – Rutten, Winkler and DellaGrotte – and the fun they had on set; “Back To School” is a peek at Winkler showing off his classroom; “Learning How To Fight” takes a look at James getting schooled in the world of MMA; and “Gino Vs. Richie” chronicles a fun on-set challenge.

How do you win this DVD? Easy, all you have to do is tweet your friends to follow us on twitter. For example:

“Follow @thefightnerd for the best and nerdiest MMA news!”

Easy as pie! Don’t have twitter? You can do the same thing on facebook, just promote our fan page instead. Once the contest is over, I will randomly choose who wins, as well as who loses and owes me a DVD of “Here Comes the Boom”. Contest ends on February 28, so hurry!

February 6, 2013

MMA Deal of the Day: Fuji BJJ Gi for $70

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December 25, 2012

Boxing Week Sale Begins Now from our friends at “Ring to Cage”

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Fight Nerd @ 3:00 AM

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Christmas may be over now, but that does not mean it’s not a good time to stock up on some gifts for yourself! Our friends at Ring to Cage are having a HUGE Boxing Week sale, which means 20% OFF Entire store + Free pair of Handwraps with every order, PLUS FREE SHIPPING on orders over $99 (pick your choice of handwraps color by emailing them at info@ringtocage.com with your order number).

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