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2013 Betting History

So as not to dissuade bettors of any monetary size, I won’t be attaching dollar amounts to my bets. Instead, I will convert my actual balances over to unit values, and post those so they can be used with any sized bankroll.

My lessons about bankroll management have led me to 1 unit equalling 2% of my starting bankroll. So if your starting balance was $100, one unit would be $2. If it was $10,000, a unit would be $200. Simple, no?

Total numbers accurate as of Cage Warriors 55. Bets after that have been posted, but not tallied in final results.

Starting balance: 50U
Current balance: 66.11U
Pending bets: 8.4U
Total balance: 74.51U
Profit/Loss: +24.51U (+49.02%)
Record: 61-75-1
Single Outcomes: 46-53-1 (+12.955U)
Parlays: 15-22 (+11.555U)
UFC: 40-46
Bellator: 10-14
Strikeforce: 2-2
Regional: 7-8-1
Boxing: 1-0
Mixed: 1-0 Read More…

Rankings Update – February

It’s been a while, but I’ve finally gotten around to overhauling my rankings. Rather than the standard issue top 10, I like to expand my rankings to capture the top 25 fighters in each division. It allows a better picture of the entire scope of divisions, and not necessarily the more top-heavy UFC centric view usually represented in top 10’s. Looking at the top 25 fighters in a division also allows you to watch individuals rise through the ranks rather than just seeing them arrive in the top 10 one day.

The rankings can always be found along the top menu, and will be updated after each main event.

Feel free to find me on twitter @bradtaschuk with any critiques on these rankings.

UFC 155 Takeaways – Velasquez Dominates, Miller & Lauzon Thrill

UFC 155The UFC capped off 2012 with a card that encapsulated the organization’s year as a whole. The first 60% of the pay-per-view was unimpressive, just as the early part of the year netted low viewership and didn’t produce many memorable fights. However, like the last quarter of the year, the event picked up with a thrilling ‘Fight of the Year’ contender between Jim Miller and the most entertaining fighter of 2012, Joe Lauzon. Finally, just as the UFC’s year was capped off with impressive cards that built momentum towards 2013, this card was capped off with a memorable performance from Cain Velasquez, who has now reclaimed his spot as the top Heavyweight in MMA.

Despite the varied results of the pay-per-view portion of this card, there were consistently entertaining fights on the preliminary card that deserved to happen later in the night, but befuddling card construction has been an ongoing theme with the UFC this year. Without further ado, here are some thoughts on all the fights from Saturday’s card, in order of relevance: Read More…

2012 tazmma Moment of the Year

To any MMA fan with even a shrivel of emotion, this choice is a no-brainer. There were some great moments in MMA in 2012, but one clearly has the edge in this category. First, let’s run down some of the memorable sights from the year.

  • Watching Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira make his return to Rio — after a gruesome arm injury suffered last December — to submit a man who claimed that Jiu-Jitsu doesn’t work.
  • Georges St-Pierre returning to the Octagon in Montreal, being badly hurt, but overcoming it to retain his title against Carlos Condit.
  • Jon Jones having his arm nearly broken in half by Vitor Belfort to come back and submit the ‘Young Dinosaur’.
  • Demetrious Johnson becoming the first ever UFC Flyweight Champion, even if the Toronto fans couldn’t appreciate the bout.
  • The weigh-in staredown between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen prior to their rematch, and the shoulder punch that almost blew up MMA forums around the internet.
  • Ronda Rousey turning Miesha Tate’s elbow into Jell-O.
  • Rad Martinez‘s run in the Bellator Featherweight tournament, and the story behind it.

All of these were great fight-related moments, but they were all topped on December 7th, when the inspirational career of Nick Newell reached its peak (at least thus far). Facing the toughest opponent of his career, Bellator veteran Eric Reynolds, Newell finished the bout quicker than both Eddie Alvarez and Jorge Masvidal were able to put him away. Watching any prospect dominate a fighter the quality of Reynolds would be impressive, but given Newell’s congenital amputation it was something far more special. Congratulations to Nick Newell for bringing us the 2012 Moment of the Year.

2012 tazmma Submission of the Year

The MMA scene in Western Canada has been very healthy for a number of years now. We’ve seen both the UFC and WEC visit that part of the country due to the rabid fan base, while the MFC has made Edmonton its home base. All of the higher level MMA found in the area has created a fertile lower tier of regional MMA shows, and those shows have produced some incredible moments over the past couple of years.

Back in 2009, Marcus ‘Lelo’ Aurelio (not to be confused with UFC and Pride vet ‘Maximus’ of the same name) provided one of the most unique knockouts of the year.

This year, another smaller organization out west played host to an amazing submission that got in just under the wire to be considered one of the best in 2012. I have no problem admitting that I have no idea who either Wolfgang Janssen or Aaron Armstrong are. They could be decent prospects or they could be complete bums. What is for sure, however, is that the fashion in which Janssen tapped Armstrong in their December 14th fight is something you’ve likely never seen before. An important part of the submission of the year award is the ingenuity involved in the submission. In the past five years we’ve seen subs like Toby Imada’s Inverted Triangle and Shuichiro Katsumura’s Ninja Choke either win, or get serious consideration for the award. This gem from Wolfgang Janssen is no different. Take a look: Read More…

2012 tazmma Knockout of the Year

As with any year in MMA, 2012 featured its fair share of violence. Noted destroyer of men Anderson Silva was at his best over the year, landing punishing knees to the body in both of his fights which led directly to their stoppages. Less celebrated connoisseurs of the knockout like Cub Swanson, Rick Hawn, Stefan Struve and Glover Teixeira also did their part to keep the violence quotient elevated over the course of the calendar.

There was one particular moment of “la violencia” which stood above all others in 2012 though. It had the aesthetic that any great knockout has from every perspective. The technique was beautiful, the impact was perfect, and to cap it all off the man on the receiving end of the knockout scored a 10 on the ‘Nestea Plunge’ scale. This moment, is of course Edson Barboza‘s perfectly executed Spinning Wheel Kick KO of Terry Etim, all the way back at UFC 142 in January. To refresh your memory, see below: Read More…

2012 tazmma Fight of the Year

UFC on Fox 4One of the biggest narratives of 2012 was the toll that injuries took on the UFC. For the first time in Zuffa history, a UFC card was cancelled when Dan Henderson pulled out of his fight with Jon Jones mere days before the event. Georges St-Pierre only stepped inside the Octagon once in 2012, as did Jose Aldo, both as a result of injuries. Dominick Cruz was completely absent from competition because of his knee injury and ensuing surgeries. Injuries obviously hampered a great deal of what the UFC wanted to accomplish in their first full year with Fox, but I find it hard to hold the bug in too much contempt.

Why? You ask?

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