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MMA has been a passion of mine since 2004 when I first started practising Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.I subsequently entered amateur MMA events, Wrestling, Judo, BJJ tournaments.I am now too old to compete and therefore prefer being an armchair fan! This page will be a work-in-progress, but I hope to link to some other sites that I have spoken to. 

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Jon Jones UFC 285 Tip

You can also keep up-to-date with UFC tips on my Twitter and Instagram. On both these platforms, I posted a tip, for Jonny Bones Jones to win by Submission.

A 6/1 winning tip above

I really thought Jon Jones had a great started of winning by submission, due to the fact when Cyril fought Francis Gane, both guys looked lost when rolling around on the ground, with poor transitions. I thought back then, “If Jon Jones was in there with either guy, he’d submit”.

first round submission!

And there you have it, Jon got the job done in Round one! Although Cyril did not really get a chance to shine, Jon did say after the fight that this WAS his game plan. I thought the 6/1 was too high odds, and thought it should be 3/1. I look for value with UFC betting, and this indeed provided the perfect option!

The video below shows how I used my free bets to bet Jon Jones and midway in the video explains a detailed view of my selection process.

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MMA Organisations

I believe MMA and it’s UK betting markets to still be in their infancy. I also believe MMA will grow faster than any other sport in the UK within the next 10 years. 

MMA has two major organisations.

UFC – The [football] equivalent to Premiership, if you like.

BELLATOR – same as above, but in this analogy would be the Championship league, although has been improving rapidly since 2017. 

Conor McGregor 

Back in 2013 the UFC President Dana White was looking for “a Superstar” to catapult the UFC. Dana spent many months travelling and searching for the next big star amongst other organisations, such as Bellator and Cage Warriors, it was there he found Conor McGregor. Dana White was amazed with Conor’s natural charisma when he went to visit him in Dublin in 2013. It did not take Dana long to be eager to sign Conor up to the UFC; Knowing that HE COULD make Conor into a star. 

True, Conor was a natural showman, as well as subsequently becoming a double UFC champ. However, it is questionable about the opponents he faced during his career. I believe Conor was not only brave, but stupid taking the Khabib fight that he lost. He should have simply retired after the Floyd Mayweather boxing match. Despite is mad behaviour I still remain a Conor McGregor fan – purely for what he has done for the sport and the UFC. 

In my opinion, he single-handedly increased the UFC’s [ultimate fighting championship] revenue and company worth. The owners (Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta] were quick to waste no time in “cashing in” on this opportunity. They sold their shares for around $4billion  at the height of the Conor McGregor hype era. 

What a Trade! 

As mentioned above the Fertitta brothers sold their $4billion worth of shares, that they originally purchased for around $2million in 2001! The company was [then] pretty much bankrupt – the Fertitta Brothers were prepared to take the gamble on though. They were big Boxing fans and felt MMA would prove popular – and they were right! 


But not everything was plain sailing! Around 2004 things were not going right for the company – they reached-out to contacts and tried to sell UFC, yet no one wanted to know! They were offered well under $1 million – so they felt they’d have one last stab at making it popular … 

The Ultimate Fighter series  

Between them they figured that if they were to make MMA popular – it would be better if the public see a “human” side to these [appearingly] barbaric warriors. So they created a TV reality series – published weekly –  where there would be around 16 fighters – all living in a house together – while they trained to become “the Ultimate Fighter”. 

The tournament was a knockout tournament. The winner would receive a large purse + a UFC contact. The house would be a very plush setting – with all the luxury healthy foods, gym, personal professional trainers et Al! They had everything! … except contact with the outside world! This was similar to the UK TV programme Big Brother. 

So,16 guys living in a house together – no access to girlfriends/outside world, yet access to alcohol – is gonna cause frictions! These frictions would make great TV. You would see them getting drunk, misbehaving, crying, getting evicted from the house sometimes too. But we also saw the emotional side these fighters had to go through. 

The series proved a hit. It is widely believed that if this series did not work – then that would be the end for the company! As no one wanted to buy it! 

The best UFC betting picks

Follow this page for the latest UFC betting picks. The UFC are featuring more fights from 2023 onwards. The UFC are investing more money into the overseas projects, which will created more events worldwide. Dana White said he is opening UFC perfrmamce institute. Read here for more details, however, COVID hd created many delays on this project. It is evident the UFC are rapidly growing quicker than boxing, as they are continuously investing money back into the future of the sport.

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