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UFC FIGHT NIGHT 121 Predictions: Werdum vs Tybura

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 121 Predictions: Werdum vs Tybura

After an impressive last couple of weeks in the states, UFC moves to Sydney to see two top 10 ranked heavyweights clash in the main event. Fabricio Werdum is always a big draw as many believe that he is the best heavyweight of all time, submitting Fedor and Cain in their primes, something that no one else has been able to achieve. Here are my predictions for all 13 fights.

Rashad Coulter (8-2) vs Tai Tuivasa (5-0): I am expecting a big performance from Rashad after his brilliant effort on short notice against Chase Sherman. Tai Tuivasa makes his UFC debut, and will be looking for that early knockout. I expect Rashad to weather the early storms until Tuivasa gasses out, leaving his weaknesses exposed in the latter rounds

Prediction: Rashad Coulter by KO, Round 2.

Jenel Lausa (7-3) vs Eric Shelton (10-4): Shelton has an effective takedown rate and also a great ground game. For me, Shelton will dominate Lausa, with most of the fight being spent on the floor, a submission victory for Shelton is not out of the picture but Lausa will hang in there.

Prediction: Eric Shelton by Decision.

Alex Chambers (5-2) vs Nadia Kassem (4-0): All of Kassem’s victories have been first round knockouts, against weak opposition but impressive never the less. Chambers doesn’t look a match for Kassem who should continue her streak when she steps into the UFC octagon for the first time.

Prediction: Nadia Kassem by KO, Round 1.

Damien Brown (17-10) vs Frank Camacho (20-5): This lightweight bout starts the undercard prelims, I can not see past Camacho. His stand up game is considerably better than Brown’s who will be looking to take this to the ground, something he will struggle to do in my opinion.

Prediction: Frank Camacho by KO, Round 2.

Anthony Hamilton (15-8) vs Adam Wieczorek (8-1): Respect to Hamilton for stepping in on short notice, but I don’t see how he wins this one. Wieczorek is effective on the feet, and brilliant on the ground. I can see this being stopped early as Wieczorek continues to gain confidence early on in his career.

Prediction: Adam Wieczorek by Submission, Round 1.

Nik Lentz (29-8-2) vs Will Brooks (18-3): Will Brooks is a real talent, a very well rounded fighter who destroyed the Bellator lightweight division, Lentz will look slow compared to Brooks. If Brooks can push the pace, Lentz will not be able to cope.

Prediction: Will Brooks by Decision.

Ryan Benoit (9-5) vs Ashkan Mokhtarian (13-2): This is an incredibly close match up, Benoit for me has the upper hand unless this game goes to the ground. I would not be shocked if Mokhtarian snatched a victory here, but for me Benoit will outstrike Mokhtarian for 3 full rounds.

Prediction: Ryan Benoit by Decision.

Alexander Volkanovski (15-1) vs Shane Young (11-3): Volkanovski is a beast, he will continue his impressive MMA career this weekend, he has sheer power which opponents will struggle to deal with. Young does not have the ability to come into the octagon and neutralize his power in my opinion.

Prediction: Alexander Volkanovski by KO, Round 1.

Elias Theodorou (14-2) vs Dan Kelly (13-2): This middleweight matchup is incredibly even, fight experts will do well to pick the winner of this one as it is straight down the middle. I predict that Theodorou will edge this, a draw would not be a bad bet for money value. Kelly will look to take this fight to the ground where he will fancy himself to have an advantage.

Prediction: Elias Theodorou by Decision.

Jake Matthews (11-3) vs Bojan Velickovic (15-5-1): Both welterweights look in tremendous shape, in what should be another incredibly even match up, the two are exciting well rounded athletes who can finish the fight at any time. The Serbian Steel is slightly the bigger of the two, which could give him the type of advantage that swings a even matchup like this.

Prediction: Bojan Velickovic by Decision.

Tim Means (27-8-1) vs Belal Muhammad (11-2): I can see this being the fight of the night, both fighters will look to keep the fight off of the ground, due to this I can see Tim Means running through Muhammad early on with his sheer strength and knockout power.

Prediction: Tim Means by KO, Round 1.

Bec Rawlings (7-6) vs Jessica-Rose Clark (7-4): Not the most exciting fight on the card, and not worthy of being the fight before the main in my eyes. Both fighters are a long way from the title shot and do not carry any momentum into this fight. Despite this, Bec Rawlings certainly knows how to finish a fight on the ground, which is her most likely option for winning.

Prediction: Bec Rawlings by Submission, Round 3.

Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1) vs Marcin Tybura (16-2): Main event time. This fight holds the most meaning on the card as the winner could stake a claim for a future title fight as long as the UFC resolve the contract disputes they have with current heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. Both fighters are incredible on the ground, with the submission specialist Fabricio Wedrum probably having a slight edge. However, I think Tybura has the better stand up game and will grind his way through the fight in order to come away with the victory, which will place him in the top 5 of this division.

Prediction: Marcin Tybura by Decision.

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Are professional footballers criminally underpaid?

Are professional footballers criminally underpaid?

The discussion of footballers being overpaid is something that is often ranted about in the modern era, often comparing their wages to people in the armed forces. So I thought that I would do some research to hopefully explain to those that have no clue on the subject just where the money from football goes. For this post I will use Manchester United as my example, just to show how much the players earn in comparison to how much the club makes.

So in 2016, Manchester United made a total of £515.3m, this is just what they brought in to the club, without spending their money elsewhere on transfers and wages. Obviously, this money was earned from shirt sales, worldwide deals, television revenue and sponsorships. The profit that was made from the £515.3m after it had been invested elsewhere was around £167m. So where exactly does this profit go? The main shareholders of Manchester United are Delaware which is a company based in the USA, it has strong affiliations with the person that officially invested into the club in 2004, Malcolm Glazer. Delaware have about 67% of the shares, and there are six representatives that get the money between them. 67% of £167m is just under £112m, splitting £112m between 6 would equate to an estimated £18.6m that these people get for literally being in the hierarchy of the Delaware. Are these the reason that Manchester United have the reputation that they currently have and the historic national/continental success they have experienced? No, absolutely not! The highest earner at Manchester United reportedly is Zlatan Ibrahimovic who makes £19.1m, the next highest earner comes way below the £18.6m mark that the 6 shareholders will gain. For example, Marcus Rashford who was a main part of Manchester United’s success in 2016 only earned as little as £2.5m.. this makes the figure seem incredibly small.

So in conclusion, the money that footballers actually earn is probably not as much as they should get. Just like Marcus Rashford and many other ‘superstars’ that play for Manchester United. It is not their faults that football is of so much interest, and that their club is a Worldwide business. The lesson from this is that footballers do their jobs, and make great money for their business, therefore their money is either justified, or not enough.

Bet Of The Day 27/04/2017

Bet Of The Day 27/04/2017

After yesterday’s convincing double, I am feeling even more confident with today’s following bets, as I know a lot of people don’t like the shorter odds I will also add a bigger odds bet today for those that like a punt. As always, I believe the bet of the day will come through, but with the longer bet there are no promises due to the bigger odds, read my reasons for why I have picked the bets and make a decision yourself on how much you would like to stake.

Bet Of The Day:

Manchester City vs Manchester United = over 1.5 goals. 2/7

Sevilla vs Celta Vigo = Sevilla win. 1/3

Adding these to a double would account to 0.71/1, so just like yesterday a little bank builder.

Longer odds acca:

Manchester City vs Manchester United = Manchester United or draw (double chance). 5/6

Anderlecht vs Sporting Charleroi = Anderlecht win to nil. 5/4

Sevilla vs Celta Vigo = Sevilla win. 1/3

Atletico Bilbao vs Betis = Atletico Bilbao win. 2/5

If you accumulate all these, it would add up to 6.7/1, which is at a lot heftier price and to be honest looks pretty good odds.

Here are my reasons to why I have chosen these bets…

Manchester City vs Manchester United: So for this game, firstly I have gone for over 1.5 goals, this is a derby which both teams need to win for the top four. I think this game will be an end-to-end game, and without Ibrahimovic, Manchester United will play with more pace on the counter of Manchester City’s possession game which could see a few goals. At home, Manchester City average 2.8 goals, whilst away from home United average 2.67 goals per game. Both teams in 30 appearances have only failed to score 3 times, the earlier meeting this season also saw 3 goals. The next bet in this game I have gone for is Manchester United double chance, I just can’t see them losing to a City side that must be tired both mentally and physically after their extra time defeat in the FA Cup. Manchester City have only managed to win 8 times in 15 appearances at home this season, whilst Manchester United have only lost twice in 15 appearances on the road. To add to this, Manchester United haven’t been beat in the league for a very long time, it was 6 months ago on a run that now stretches over 20 games.

Sevilla vs Celta Vigo: Sevilla have been very impressive at home this year, winning 12 games out of 16, leading to them getting a Champions League spot, on the other hand Celta Vigo have been shaky on the road, conceding 29 goals in 16 games and only winning 4 out of a possible 16. Sevilla beat Celta Vigo 0-3 earlier in the season and with Celta Vigo focusing on the Europa League, you can expect Sevilla to beat them again this season.

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Betis: Athletic Bilbao are very, very impressive at home, this season they have won 12 out of 17 games and nearly averaging 2 goals scored in those games. Real Betis are woeful away from home, they have lost 11 games out of 16, only maanging 1 clean sheet, Bilbao look pretty safe tonight and should come away from the game with 3 points.

Anderlecht vs Sporting Charleroi: This is the risky bet, but the stats certainly go in the favour of the home team, I have predicted an Anderlecht win to nil, meaning Sporting Charleroi will not score. They have averaged less than 1 goal a game at the home of Anderlecht and have lost 19 / 22 games throughout the years. This season away from home they have averaged under a goal per game away from home also, whilst Anderlecht have scored 2.35 goals per game and only conceded 0.65 goals per game at home. They look awesome at 5/4, especially with the fact that they have kept 10 clean sheets, in 17 home games, giving them one of the very best defences in Europe. Obviously, this is a slight risk as a goal can come from anything in football.

 

 

Donald Trump – Open Your Mind. (includes conspiracy theories)

Donald Trump – Open Your Mind. (includes conspiracy theories)

I don’t normally write about anything involving Politics and the craziness / corruption surrounding it. But I felt like after spending large amounts of time researching the facts behind US Politics, the media and the new President Donald Trump that there are messages that need to be brought forward for the World to see. You see, Politics is so complicated that it can be so easily twisted and formulated into something that it is not; the government work with the highest people from all around the World and the highest members of the media. As many of you may know, there is a conspiracy theory named the ‘Illuminati’ which is realistically possible and can swing the mind of someone who usually would not be interested in anything that is so deep, this links in with World leaders working together to rule the World. One person who is certainly not part of the alleged ‘Illuminati’ is Donald Trump, this man is so far ahead of the game and has dangerous secrets that he can expose, which leads the media and other leaders such as Hilary Clinton to try and label him as things that he is not. These allegations are then shared around the power that we have in the 21st century which is social media. This leads to the average person who does not take any interest in Politics to break into an outrage over very mediated pieces of fake news.

These leaders are scared of Trump, he knows absolutely everything, and the scariest part is that he is not afraid to release this information. In his reign you can expect to see various conspiracies that have been surrounding the face of the Earth to be revealed in their entirety such as: 9/11 – the government worked with Saudi Arabia, cancer cures and mainly the fact that a lot of members of the government are actually paedophiles. This is where the government’s problems stem with Donald Trump, he has such a high level of knowledge on the fact that many of these World leaders such as Hilary Clinton are part of things such as paedophile rings, As exposed on her emails, you can see disgusting indications towards 9 year olds being used for sexual pleasure. Donald Trump is all for humanity, he will do his best to serve justice to these grim, vile imbeciles and he understands everything that the people stand for in today’s day and age. A big example of this is him trying to pass laws for homosexuals, he has nothing against this sexuality, but the media as tried to label this against him, it’s like a David vs Goliath battle where he constantly has to combat against all the odds. He wants to create a society where everyone has the chance to succeed, there are not many World leaders that care about the people as much as Donald Trump. They say all of this during their speeches before the election, then don’t do things what they include on their manifesto, a part of this is down to how rigid the USA’s codified constitution is, meaning that the law is incredibly hard to change even when in a position of great power. Barack Obama was potentially the most ineffective President to take reign, all he did was double the National Debt (to be fair, he did a decent job with the unemployment rates). Many people believe that he actually was pushed to the position by the CIA, and another conspiracy theory surrounding Barack Obama is that he himself is a bisexual due to the ordering of ‘hot dogs’ to his house. For those of you that don’t know, ‘hot dogs’ are coded to male prostitutes, and I highly doubt that Barack Obama would be spending $65,000 on just normal hot dogs. This is not really relevant but I suppose it’s just another example of Barack Obama not telling the truth. Similar to the time he faked the death of Osama Bin Laden to gain popularity, and also the time he engineered Hurricane Sandy before Election Day in order to create more time for him to get votes as the ballot paper deadline was extended.

The message is, do not form your opinion based on what you see on social media (especially with no research), you are most likely seeing a video that has been forced down your throat and is incredibly mediated towards left-wing activists. As proven recently, Donald Trump is incredibly popular with the US natives. He won the election fair and square, with virtually no political background. In addition to the ‘fair and square’ remark, he also did this whilst Hilary literally stole 5 states from him as the voting was rigged as the system tried anything and everything to stop Donald Trump from winning as they know he is unafraid to tell the truth. Given that the Congress back him, suggesting appropriate amendments then he could become the most effective President the USA ever have.

I know this article has been all about the advantages of Donald Trump, but there is one negative I would like to point out to make sure this is not completely biased. He made a remark a decade ago referring to how woman throw themselves at him due to the money he has. Donald said “I just grab ’em by the pussy”, now I am not defending this statement as it is completely out of order and he received the adequate amount of verbal retribution for it, but yet again it proves the double standards of the World we live in. If Kim Kardashian said she just ‘grabs them by the penis’ referring to her getting any man she wants due to her fame, would the media whip into a frenzy over her disrespecting men? I think not.

Thank you for reading this article, please post comments in the section telling me what you think of Donald Trump and also any of the conspiracy theories that are mentioned.