Hey everyone. There was SO MUCH MMA news to discuss that we needed to post a blog for it! The only thing now is: Can everyone stay healthy? we, as MMA fans, have 2 great fights coming up & Let’s discuss them, shall we? Join in the convo on the #ODPH soical media accounts & always use the #ODPH!
*UFC: It has been confirmed, that after his impressive victory over Anthony “Showtime” pettis, Nate Diaz is wasting no time returning to the octogon. Diaz will be headlining UFC 244 on November 2nd. Diaz will be fighting one of the hottest names in MMA right now: Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal!
Parlay Point: MSG, ARE YOU READY?! In the post Pettis speech, Diaz called out Masvidal out of sheer respect. The fight has grwon in hype, largely due to Diaz’s comments saying it’s for “the Baddest MF’er” belt. Classic Diaz. As for ‘Gamebred”, this is all a win-win. After the career changing knockout of Ben askren, Masvidal has become one of the UFC’s biggest stars. While he and the rest of the 170lb’er wait for Usman and Covington to work out a contract, this fight fills a huge void. if he wins, Masvidal becomes the clear cut #1 contender. If he loses, he headlining one of the biggest fights of the year & his stock won’t be hurt long-term.
As for Diaz….a win continues to allow him to call his shot for another big name. Maybe the triology fight with Conor McGregor comes back around? Maybe a title fight should he want it? A loss won’t affect him long term. The only question will become: what happens next? The easy answer is: as long as he’s still moving the needle, Diaz will continue to forge his own way, no matter what the start sheet says.
*UFC - Giving a good run for the BMF title is a fight happening this Saturday, september 14th! Vancouver is the host for UFC Fight Night which features Donald “Cowboy” cerrone (36-12, 1 NC) vs. Justin Gaethje (20-2).
Parlay point: This one will be a striker’s delight! Cerrone is mr. ‘anytime, anywhere, anytime”. Since returning to the 155lb division, Cerrone has been mostly dominant except for a stoppage from Tony Furgeson. Gaethje has been on a tear since being stopped by Dustin Poirier. Both men are known to scrap. This one is highly unlikely to end in any other way than a strike stoppage. That being said, I’m taking Cerrone in this one. UFC is on ESPN this Saturday starting at 8pm EST.
*Bellator - Ryan Bader & Check Congo was a No Contest due to being stopped by an accidental eye poke in the 1st. Nothing really to speak on here.
*NFL - The Jets are in rough shape heading into week 2. Sam Darnold is out vs. Cleveland due to Mono. Le’veon Bell is slightly banged up but no major damage to his shoulder as well. It could be a long MNF game for them.
*MLB - The New York Yankees have some injures to worry about heading into the end of the season. C Gary Sanchez appears to have re-injured his groin, while DH Edwin Encarnacion strained an oblique. No time-table on how severe the injuries are but can the Yanks hang on to the post-season with a healthy roster? Wait & see.
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