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Another action-packed weekend of combat sports is in the books as we were treated with a lesser-publicized UFC card -- that still delivered -- and then the mammoth boxing match between two goliaths of the sport: the third fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. Let's take a quick look back at the best betting Hits and Misses from these two events.
Saturday 4pm ET, UFC Fight Night 194
• HIT Randy Brown (14-4) wins via Decision over Jarrod Gooden
After Jarrod Gooden’s first-round knockout performance in his last fight, coming in over the weight limit by three pounds and Randy Brown dislocating a toe early in the fight, the odds were in favor of Gooden. Yet Brown, a Queens, NY native, still dominated a three-round decision. Brown was on a mission and was motivated to put his past losses behind him; he was not afraid to engage with the muscular Gooden, using his long limbs to keep space but still land his own offense. It’s one of the biggest wins for the 12-fight UFC veteran, who’ll try to make it three in a row for the first time in his UFC career in his next fight.
• HIT Chris Gutierrez (17-4) wins via Decision over Felipe Colares
The Factory X gym product, Chris Gutierrez remains in the win column in his last six fights (5-0-1) as he's put together an unstoppable game plan. With consistent hard inside calf kicks and outside low kicks aimed at his opponent's legs, he targets his foe's mobility and allows him to land big punches later in the fight. It was more of the same against Felipe Colares as a fire was lit underneath Gutierrez in the third round -- he was screaming at his opponent while flinging bombs with his fists. Slowly but surely, this red-hot bantamweight is climbing the ranks of one of the most stacked divisions.
• MISS Marina Rodriguez (15-1-2) wins via Decision over Mackenzie Dern
This fight between Rodriguez and Dern surpassed the hype tenfold. It was a back-and-forth battle that will certainly be a candidate for fight of the year. The momentum pendulum swung in the opposite direction with each passing round. One round saw Rodriguez in steady control of the action on the feet and then the next had Dern using her world-class jiu-jitsu to dominate the fight. Somehow, each of these warriors survived the others' best attacks. Rodriguez eventually adjusted to Dern's takedown attempts and striking blitzes and was able to keep the fight in her world and implement more of her high-level kickboxing skills. It was a fantastic fight all around but especially for the underdog Rodriguez, who will get a huge fight in her next walk to the cage as she cracks the Top-5 rankings with this win.
• MISS Mariya Agapova (10-2) wins via 3rd Round Submission over Sabina Mazo
A fight that was expected to be one-way traffic in favor of the Colombian Muay Thai specialist, Sabina Mazo, ended up with her opponent, Mariya Agapova, leading the dance. Agapova got very comfortable in range, then landed a huge right cross late in the fight that ultimately led to her snatching up Mazo's neck and surprising sports books. Not only did the Kazakhstani fighter look in the best shape of her career, but she also faced many moving parts in her personal life prior to this fight that she was able to compartmentalize and then delivered in a spectacular fashion. Agapova’s motivated and with a win like that over a dangerous opponent, a fight on a bigger stage almost feels automatic.
Saturday 11pm ET, Fury vs. Wilder III
• HIT Tyson Fury (31-0-1) wins via 11th round Knockout
In one of the greatest heavyweight fights of all time, we saw Tyson Fury completely put the knockout artist Deontay Wilder in his rearview mirror and separate himself from the rest of the heavyweight boxers. Fury proved that it was not a fluke back in February 2020 when he flipped the script on Wilder and became the marauder, hammering the nail. Fury implemented a similar game plan, but was met by a determined Wilder, who wouldn't go down easy. The “Bronze Bomber” gave Fury his money’s worth by not only staying in the fight until the 11th round, but also landing two knockdowns of his own that excited the crowd. This was a huge statement win for the “Gypsy King.”
• MISS Deontay Wilder losses
I am guilty for doubting Fury’s commitment to his boxing career. In the lead up to this fight, I cited how Fury had a long lapse following - at the time - his biggest career victory (Wladimir Klitschko) where he gained 130 pounds and was unmotivated. Now, I didn’t think he’d get to that type of lull following his huge victory over Wilder in 2020. I did think there’d be lapses in his focus, however, leading up to this fight. Man, oh man did I underestimate how focused the “Gypsy King'' was. He developed even more weapons and really outclassed Wilder in exchanges at a distance and really broke down Wilder in the clinch with a continuous onslaught of uppercuts and dirty boxing. While Wilder had a moment of life where he dropped Fury twice in the fourth round, like in their first fight, Fury rose from the dead and continued to batter Wilder until he could no longer take any more punishment. This fight is an instant classic and I will never doubt the “Gypsy King” again.
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