MMA has become more and more popular, emerging from being seen as a “violent” sport to being recognized as one of the biggest mainstream sports.

Impressive Jon Jones defends his title

Perhaps the world’s greatest mixed martial arts fighter alive, Jon “Bones” Jones is an otherworldly talent who never fails to impress, picking apart his opponents and showing his amazing skills. Jones defended his light heavyweight title one more time in the UFC 172 on Saturday, April 26, winning a five-round unanimous decision on scores of 50-45 across the board against Glover Teixeira.

In case you missed it live, here are highlights of the fight.

Click here for complete UFC 172 results.

Newly crowned UFC welterweight champion Hendricks

The recently crowned UFC welterweight champion Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks hopes to return to the cage possibly as late as November, after he recovers from his recent bicep surgery.

Hendricks claimed the vacant UFC welterweight title by defeating Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision at UFC 171 in Dallas in mid-April.

Although injured, he seems already very determined to come back to the cage as soon as possible and, once he does that, he wants the most deserving contender. “Now that I’m at the top, I know I’m going to have to run through everybody, and that’s what I plan on doing. Whoever the UFC thinks is the No. 1 contender, let’s fight them, get through them, and then move on to the next one,” he said.

St-Pierre leaves MMA behind

One contender Hendricks won’t be fighting anytime soon is former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre, often referred to as GSP or “Rush.” In fact, St-Pierre decided to leave the sport of MMA behind to focus on his own life, a self-imposed break that he felt was much needed. The hiatus followed a split decision win over Hendricks in the headliner of this past November’s UFC 167, St-Pierre’s ninth title defense as welterweight champion.

However, the real reason behind GSP’s decision to step away from the MMA scene is still unclear; from drug testing to OCD, there are different explanations and rumors. Whatever his reasons are, St-Pierre said that “if I ever come back, it’s going to be for the love of competition.”

Makovsky and Assuncao maximize their potentials in MMA

Zach Makovsky and Raphael Assuncao have found their weight class home in MMA, having the chance to fully show their skills and develop their potential. Dropping to a more suitable weight class can help to maximize their chances to win at the elite level.

In fact, “Fun Size” Makovsky was Bellator MMA’s first-ever bantamweight champion and boasts a 6-2 record under the promotion. He has since decided to drop to flyweight, where he has managed to win four straight, two of them in the UFC, which were also his first two UFC fights. He said that he made the decision to move to flyweight because he realized that if he wanted to compete at the highest levels of MMA, he needed to evolve too. Plus, the UFC had just added a flyweight division, giving the weight class more publicity, so he felt it was the right time to do so. His debut was pretty good, although he obviously need to get better and win more fights in the future to keep improving.

Similarly, Assuncao has won six straight since dropping to bantamweight.

Although potentially gifted, they haven’t sparked a huge amount of interest in their performances yet. They have good resumes, but we need to see more bouts before giving them titles.

Manhoef earns victory in 46 seconds, quickest bout in his MMA career

Another name in the MMA world worth a mention is that of Melvin Manhoef. In fact, he needed only 46 seconds to earn the 27th knockout victory of his MMA career against Evangelista Santos in the inaugural Gringo Super Fight welterweight championship on April 26 in Rio de Janeiro. The two fighters met again eight years after their epic war at Cage Rage 15, and the bout was one of the quickest in MMA history, lasting less than one minute, despite the controversy for the potentially illegal knee landed by Manhoef when “Cyborg” Santos was on the ground. Either way, it was nice to see Melvin back in the win column.

This last match shows that it’s not always easy to make predictions on wins and losses; the fights can be unpredictable and even champions get tested. They can lose rounds, get rocked, suffer an injury or some other setback in the course of fighting. Nonetheless, because of their exciting, sometimes unpredictable nature, MMA fighting and events register an impressive spike in betting. Betting on MMA events is thrilling, and UFC odds are now some of the most highly sought-after lines with plenty of ways to bet, various picks available and plenty of participants to wager on. The most common forms of wagering are moneyline odds and props on how many minutes a fight will last, for example.

If you want to bet on upcoming MMA events, have a look at MMA rankings, previous fight results and keep up with the latest MMA news to have an idea of future outcomes.

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