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November 14, 2014

The ‘Hunt’ for gold: Will Mark Hunt be MMA’s ‘Rocky’ story?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — The Fight Nerd @ 2:25 PM


It was almost a pipe dream when fans were calling for a potential title shot for Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt after he had knocked out Roy Nelson in Japan. One injury to Cain Velasquez later though and the reality is right on our doorstep. UFC fans around the world rejoice. There are a plethora of reasons that these fans, old and new, are firmly behind Hunt at UFC 180 in Mexico City this weekend.

For some it’s nostalgia; Hunt was a Pride FC regular, defeating Wanderlei Silva and Mirko Cro Cop in their prime, and facing the best heavyweights in the world consistently. For others it’s a tale of becoming a champion against the odds. Not just any champion, but UFC champion. Hunt entered the Octagon at 5-6, losing his debut to the unheralded Sean McCorkle, and has since gone on to pave his way towards the interim championship with some big performances. For many though, it’s just the fact that Hunt seems like that regular dude anybody could know, the everyman, and he just so happens to a violent, crushing 265lb behemoth in the cage.

The chiselled physique of Georges St-Pierre earned him legions of admirers, but people always had a soft spot for the soft-around-the-middle – yet freakishly talented – BJ Penn. He was you, he was me, he was all of us. He was fallible, slightly flabby (and at some points more than slightly), and he was human. That’s part of the attraction of Mark Hunt. He isn’t a glamorised TV persona or an unattainable adonis – he’s a laid-back family man with a penchant for separating some of the best fighters in the world from their senses.

If you’d have presented his current UFC resume to any discerning fight fan back in 2010 they’d have told you to take your delusions elsewhere (probably filed in the ‘Impossible Ideas’ section, along a successful Shine Fights PPV). However, four KO wins against high-level opposition, two Knockout of the Night awards, two Fight of the Night awards, and one new-fangled Performance of the Night award later and you’re genuinely looking at one of the best heavyweights on the planet. This is no longer being endeared to a man who did the ‘atomic butt drop’ because, you know, that’s always awesome. He is beating the best fighters in the world, and usually emphatically.

When he comes up against Fabricio Werdum this weekend, betting lines will have him as a big underdog, but there seems to be an air that this Rocky story hasn’t reached its peak just yet. There’s a feeling that he just might do it. He hasn’t had the time to prepare, but he could just find a way. The rocks he has for fists are a great equaliser, and he sees them as plenty enough to negate the grappling advantages of his opponent. Legitimate one shot KO power will always keep him in the game, long enough for him to nonchalantly walk off with his opponent face down on the canvas at least.

He may not win, and the fact that he is even in contention for the gold is a monumental achievement regardless, but if he did it’d be hard to find a narrative in MMA to rival this one. Let’s do it, Super Samoan. Make history.

November 2, 2014

Can Bernard Hopkins Secure Victory in Atlantic City this Weekend?

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Fight Nerd @ 11:01 AM

This weekend is a pivotal one for fight fans, as light-heavyweight legend and veteran champion Bernard Hopkins compete in a unification bout against Sergey Kovalev. The American WBA and IBF champion Hopkins, who celebrates his 50th birthday in January, is engaging in his 66th fight and searching for a 56th victory. He is also hoping to unify the division against his undefeated Russian opponent, although many bookmakers make him the slight underdog against a man who drove Welshman Nathan Cleverly to the brink of retirement in 2013.

The fight will be held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City New Jersey, the spiritual home of pugilism, online blackjack and Caesars Casino. It would take a brave gambler to bet against the American Hopkins, however, especially when you consider the level of experience, confidence and ring craft that he brings to the table. This is befitting of a man of defended his world middleweight title on a record twenty occasions during the 1990’s, and since losing it in 2005 he has risen up the divisions and secured titles in each and every one.

Currently the oldest world champion in history, Hopkins would also become the most experienced unified champion of any division. This would be another landmark achievement for the self-assured American to celebrate, although the latest bout may also prove to be his toughest since he was outpointed by Joe Calzaghe in their controversial encounter of 2008. Russian Kovalev boasts genuine power in both hands and has an extremely capable record, while he stunned the majority of onlookers when he ended the unbeaten run of Nathan Cleverly with a fourth round stoppage.

So while it is always difficult to imagine Bernard Hopkins losing, the robust and physical challenge of Kovalev may be too much for the American to withstand.

October 29, 2014

Crowd Excitement Blamed for Aldo’s Late Punches

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Fight Nerd @ 1:30 AM


UFC President Dana White has blamed the excitement of the boisterous crowd at UFC 179 for the referee’s failure to hear the buzzer at the end of the first round.

A crowd on fire

The joy of the Rio de Janeiro crowd on Saturday night was apparently too much for referee Marc Goddard. It seems that he failed to hear the buzzer at the end of the first round, allowing featherweight champion José Aldo to land two significant punches against challenger Chad Mendes after the round should have finished.

When you know that a bonus of $50,000 is awarded to the winner, it’s not difficult to see how this could raise controversy. José Aldo is already among the top ten earning featherweights but would probably not turn his back on a bit of extra cash, and may have already been tempted by the casino lights like his boss, UFC President Dana White.

White, who has since defended the referee, claiming that he too could not hear the buzzer over the crowd noise, is himself a well-known gambler. So successful in fact that he was banned by a Las Vegas casino after winning $2 million. But not to worry, he may have already turned to online gambling and sites such as My Casino Room to learn where to get high roller bonuses and the best places to keep on playing poker at any time of the day or night.

Feast of UFC

But to come back to the match, perhaps it should come as no surprise that by the time Aldo and Mendes had arrived in the ring the crowd had already worked themselves up into a frenzy. Their headline bout was, after all, the 11th Brazilian fighters to the ring including Glover Teixeira, Wilson Reis and Fabrício Camões before the man from Manaus took on Mendes. on the bill and the crowd had already welcomed several

1. Featherweight José Aldo (c) def. Chad Mendes

2. Light Heavyweight Phil Davis def. Glover Teixeira

3. Light Heavyweight Fábio Maldonado def. Hans Stringer

4. Featherweight Darren Elkins def. Lucas Martins

5. Lightweight Beneil Dariush def. Carlos Diego Ferreira

6. Welterweight Neil Magny def. William Macario

7. Lightweight Yan Cabral def. Naoyuki Kotani

8. Catchweight (128 lbs) Wilson Reis def. Scott Jorgensen

9. Featherweight Andre Fili def. Felipe Arantes

10. Lightweight Gilbert Burns def. Christos Giagos

11. Catchweight (158 lbs) Tony Martin def. Fabrício Camões

Goddard criticised

Aldo’s fight with Mendes, a rematch following a January 2012 contest won by first round knockout by the Brazilian, didn’t hinge on the punches he threw following the buzzer but the knockdown he inflicted will clearly have hit Mendes’ confidence. It is hard to blame Aldo for continuing the fight after the buzzer – it has to be Goddard’s responsibility to ensure that the fight does not continue after the end of the round. If the fighters are forced to concentrate on listening for the buzzer then their attention will not be fully on their opponent and in combat sports that can be fatal.

Aldo v Mendes 3?

With four rounds still to go in the contest, American Chad Mendes did well to regain his composure and take the fight to points but the punches landed after the buzzer will certainly have taken it out of him. Had it not been for the unfortunate incident then he may well feel that he could have gone on to claim the belt from Aldo. He may also now feel entitled to another rematch.

Having waited nearly three years since their last meeting at UFC 142, he may have to bide his time but, after such an incredible fight and a wonderful spectacle at UFC 179, it is certain that an Aldo-Mendes rematch would capture the public’s imagination and deliver similar levels of crowd excitement to those seen in Rio. Only next time let’s hope that the buzzer is loud enough for everybody to hear.

October 27, 2014

“Hayemaker” wants to make comeback for the gold

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — The Fight Nerd @ 12:23 PM



In the world of heavyweight boxing, it has become apparent that the British two-time World Champion David “The Hayemaker” Haye has come out of retirement and is setting his sights on a comeback and eventually a possible fight with heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

The 33 year-old originally planned to have the first fight of his comeback sometime this month, yet no fight has been arranged. After being out of the ring for two years following an injury that originally forced him to retire, Haye plans an assault on the division in an attempt to win either the WBC or WBA titles. He wanted to have at least two fights before the end of this year but that remains to be seen now. He has been back in training for a number of months and believes he still has what it takes to become a world champion for a third time.

With Vitali Klitschko, the brother of Wladimir having now retired, he has targeted the WBC belt that has been vacated before, once again attempting to take on Wladimir in a revenge rematch. Klitschko won the previous encounter in 2011 on a unanimous point’s decision, something that Haye wants to get even on.

Of course, this match will all depend on how things go with his first two matches and then whether he will become a mandatory fight for Klitschko as he believes Wladimir will not fight him voluntarily. He plans on a fairly easy match-up for his first fight as he has been out of the ring for two years and then will take on either Bermane Stiverne or Rusian Chagaev – who hold the WBC and WBA titles respectively – before trying to seal things with a fight against Wladimir.

His last fight was two years ago when he stopped the highly rated Dereck Chisora before the end of the fifth round. However, a bout of injuries led to him canceling his next three fights. It was a shoulder injury that eventually sealed his fate after being advised that he should not fight again by doctors.

Before that injury, it was a hand injury that forced him to withdraw from a fight against Manuel Charr and then after that came a cut that forced him to back out against Tyson Fury. The shoulder injury meant he could not fight Fury again in a rescheduled bout.

Since first retiring, Haye has been flirting a little bit with showbiz, appearing on television, taking small parts in movies and being a pundit, though he has stated on many occasions that he misses the ring and would love to come back if he possibly could.

One such foray into showbiz saw him taking part in the Full Tilt Poker Rush Challenge where he was tasked with having to play poker while being driven around a racing track in a Lamborghini. Also he has been seen on Twitter taking part in what was called the first ever Weather Pawcast, which was recorded to bring awareness to dog safety during hot weather.

However, none of this it seems to have been enough to convince him that he is done with boxing for good, as he is seemingly desperate to get back to the top of the sport he has competed in for most of his life. It remains to be seen if this does come about, but he is certainly suggesting that it is what he wants to do.

October 5, 2014

UFC 178 Quick Results: When the MGM Grand Met MMA

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


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

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


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


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.

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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 are giving you a chance to win a copy of this enormous collection today!

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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.

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