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World Series of Fighting 23 results

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Lightweight championship fight: Justin Gaethje (C) vs. Luis Palomino

The most anticipated rematch in WSOF history did not disappoint as Justin Gaethje and Luis Palomino put on quite a show in the first round of their lightweight title fight. Gaethje was rocked early by a big right hand, but recovered by slamming Palomino to the canvas twice in the round. The lightweight champion also caught Palomino with an uppercut that dropped Palomino to the canvas.

The second round was just as exciting as the challenger came out firing with combinations, but those combos didn’t last for long as Gaethje knocked Palomino to the canvas with yet another uppercut. After a brief clinch, Gaethje clipped the challenger with a series of knees and punches. The champ then landed a stiff right hook, but missed what would have been a devastating uppercut.

Palomino threw a big hook that Gauthje partially blocked and then the champ landed a HUGE right hook that dropped Palomino to the canvas. Gauthje pounced on the opportunity to Palomino away with a series of ground strikes that forced the referee to stop the contest in the second round.

Watch Justin Gaethje defend his title and remain undefeated here:

 

Light Heavyweight Championship: David Branch vs. Teddy Holder

David Branch became the first person in WSOF history to hold two championships at the same time and the first light heavyweight champion in company history by forcing Teddy Holder to submit via rear-naked choke in the first round.

Branch was aggressive early on as he took Holder down and forced his way into side control. Holder tried to spin out, but Branch stayed ahead of him. Branch was able to gain back control when Holder tried to grab Branch’s feet. Holder was then able to get onto his knees, but Branch quickly sunk in a deep rear-naked choke for the victory.

Watch the highlights of the fight here:

 

 

Timur Valiev vs. Tito Jones

After trading blows early in the contest, Tito Jones landed the first big shot of the match as he punched Timur Valiev right in the face. Valiev stumbled back and fell to the canvas, but immediately rebounded and taunted Jones. Towards the end of the first round, Valiev landed a stiff leg kick that hurt Jones.

Valiev started quickly in the second round as he instantly closed the distance, but just like in the first round, Valiev failed to land any combinations because Jones was selective about trading punches. Towards the end of the second round, Valiev put Jones on the canvas with a takedown and then landed a flurry of punches and elbows.

Jones tries to close the distance on Valiev early on in the third round, but he failed to do so. Valiev drilled Jones to the mat with a vicious takedown and pounded away at Jones for the final two minutes of the round.

Valiev was awarded the victory by unanimous decision. Watch highlights of the fight here.

 

Phoenix Jones vs. Roberto Yong

Roberto Yong’s World Series of Fighting debut was spoiled by Phoenix Jones as Yong was forced to tap out due to a leg scissor choke in the first round of their 160 pound catchweight fight. Yong landed some strong shots to the face of his opponent, but Jones was able to gather himself together and take Yong down to the mat. After transitioning from North-South to Yong’s side, Jones was able to lock in the submission for his first WSOF victory. Watch the highlights here.

 

Larue Burley vs. Brian Foster

It didn’t take long for Brian Foster to make an impact in the opening bout of the WSOF 23 main card. Foster and Larue Burley began trading punches early on in the first round, which suited Foster as he was able to knockout Burley with a big right hand just 34 seconds into the fight. You can watch the highlights here.

Miocic the betting favorite against dos Santos on the UFC 211 odds

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Stipe Miocic lost his previous fight against Junior dos Santos, which gives him a point to prove in the co-main event at UFC 211 on Saturday.

Miocic is listed as the -140 favorite against dos Santos, the +110 underdog, in their UFC heavyweight betting matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The title fight will cap off the card at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

The two went the distance in December 2014, but bettors should keep in mind that dos Santos needed nearly-perfect takedown defense to get the win by decision. Miocic will be conceding some quickness, but his well-honed grappling and ground-and-pound technique give him an excellent chance of avenging that defeat.

Miocic, being the champion instead of the challenger, might also have the psychological edge as the champion; he can pick his spots and avoid the inherent risk of a slugfest with an excellent technical fighter.

In the co-main event, reigning women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk is a -185 favorite on the UFC 211 betting lines against Jessica Andrade (+150). There’s a distinct possibility of this being a mostly stand-up fight, which would work in favor of Jedrzejczyk, who is taller and has the reach advantage against Andrade.

Jedrzejczyk’s penchant for pace and volume also means she’ll get tougher as a fight progresses. If Andrade is to win, it will likely have to be through a quick submission.

Jorge Masdival (-130) is a slight favorite against Demian Maia (even money) in a welterweight bout. Masdival is a superb striker and his recent TKO victories against Donald Cerrone and Jake Ellenberger put those skills on full display. However, Maia, with his aptitude for Brazilian jiu-jitsu, can take that away from an opponent, as he’s won six matches in a row. The ageless Brazilian has enough in the tank to go five rounds.

Frankie Edgar (-140) is favored against Yair Rodriguez (+110) in a featherweight match. The lines might reflect the boundless respect that Edgar commands among fight aficionados, but both the height (five inches to Rodriguez) and age (Rodriguez is 11 years younger) differences might be daunting for Edgar. Rodriguez’s reach advantage might negate the edge Edgar has in boxing and wrestling. Rodriguez is on an eight-match win streak, with four of his last six wins having come by decision.

Krzystof Jotko (-160) is the favorite against David Branch (+130) in a middleweight tilt that was bumped up due to a withdrawal. Jotko is 6-1 in the UFC. While his only loss was by submission, his most recent win against Thale Leites saw him display excellent sufficient defense, which might be a good omen in a matchup against a grappler such as Branch.

Underdogs have won in 40 of 84 fights, or 49 per cent, so far this year in the UFC.

 

UFC 2010 odds: Cormier slight underdog vs. Johnson on betting lines

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The notion that a knockout artist is generally more appealing than a wrestler in the UFC might play into the shifting odds for the co-main event for UFC 210.

Although he lost in their first light heavyweight title bout, Anthony (Rumble) Johnson has shifted to being the -125 favorite against -105 slight underdog Daniel Cormier, the reigning champion, at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Their rematch will cap off the card  at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York on Saturday.

Cormier opened as a -120 favorite with Johnson at -110, but the latter, as one of the hardest hitters in the Octagon, constitutes the classic irresistible force. Johnson only needs one great shot to decide a fight and the law of averages would dictate that the more he sees of Cormier, the better his chance to land it.

That said, Cormier can get the fight to the mat and to the cage and force Johnson to expend a great amount of his energy getting free.

The co-main event is a veritable toss-up, with Gegard Mousasi listed at -120 on the UFC 210 betting lines against ex-middleweight champ Chris Weidman, who has a price of -110. The lines might be a bit reputation-based, but Mousasi has won four consecutive fights whereas Weidman has lost his last two. Mousasi also has a methodical approach that should serve to keep him out of trouble against Weidman, who in both of his losses fatigued when he wasn’t able to dominate early.

Welterweight Patrick Côté is a -160 favorite against +130 underdog Thiago Alves, who’s something of an enigma due to a 17-month layoff. Both prefer the standup game, but the match might turn on who uses his wrestling effectively, and that’s more likely to be the bigger Côté. Alves, at age 33, still has the speed to deliver devastating kicks.

Coming off a loss in his last bout, lightweight Will Brooks is a -240 favorite against +190 underdog Charles Oliveira. While Oliveira’s failures to make weight as a featherweight are well documented, Brooks has had the strength to go up a weight class to welterweight. The favorite should have a wrestling and strength advantage that will serve to negate the aggression of Oliviera, who is a good striker.

Women’s strawweight grappler Cynthia Calvillo is a -270 favorite against +210 underdog Pearl Gonzalez, who is making her UFC debut. Calvillo, who also won at UFC 209, is a rising prospect who has finished three of her four opponents by submission since turning pro. The 30-year-old Gonzalez’s best qualities are her wrestling and submission game. With Calvillo’s relative inexperience, this bout has upset potential.

Through the first three months of the year, there were 27 underdog victories in 87 UFC bouts, or 31 percent, according to OddsShark.com. Underdogs won at a 36.8 percent rate in 2016 and 38.5 percent in 2017, so one should expect the current rate to rise over the course of the year.