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Welcome to Lootmeister's MMA picks section! Here you'll find fight predictions with analysis for all major televised bouts as well as articles (left menu) offering you tips, strategy and advice that will help you increase your odds of knocking out the bookies! This includes free UFC picks with detailed analysis. We also report noteworthy news involving the sport as well as bio's of famous fighters. Lastly, we list reputable betting sites where you can place wagers on Ultimate Fighting Championship, Bellator, and World Series of Fighting bouts and know that you're going to get paid upon requesting your winnings. Got questions? Email admin@lootmeister.com and we'll be happy to help you out! Enjoy!

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July 29: UFC 214 is topped by the return of former champion Jon Jones, as he tries to reclaim his belt from Daniel Cormier in the main event. These two fought before about 2.5 years ago when Jones won a unanimous decision in defense of his belt. But since then, it's been mostly problems for Jones, while Cormier keeps racking up the big championship wins. And with Jones not looking all that great in his last outing, some rightfully feel that things could look a little different in the rematch. In this article, Loot breaks down the fight and explores whether things will appreciably change or if Jones is ready to get back to the business of being champion again. Take a look! UFC 214 Picks - 7/29

July 8: The UFC 213 card from Las Vegas on July 8 should be a good one. In the main event, UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes defends her title against top challenger and kickboxer-extraordinaire Valentina Shevchenko. Nunes has been on a roll, but these two had a close fight before she won the title and it should again be a good and well-contested match-up. Also on the card, 185-pounders Yoel Romero and Robert Whitakker battle for the interim middleweight title in what should be a high-impact war between streaking middleweight contenders. Check out Loot's breakdown and picks here! UFC 213 Picks - 7/8

July 8: UFC 213 is such a stacked card that we needed two separate write-ups to really cover it. In this piece, Loot handicaps and picks the winners of two really big fights that are in the middle of the main card. First, he breaks down the heavyweight rubber match between former UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum and dangerous Alistair Overeem. These two have a history that goes back over a decade and with one win apiece in the rivalry, this will settle issues between the two. Loot also breaks down the pivotal welterweight bout between ex-champ Robbie Lawler and popular longtime contender Donald Cerrone. Check it out, as we get geared up for a big betting night on UFC 213! UFC 213 Main Card Picks - 7/8

June 3: UFC 212 features a main event where supremacy at 145 pounds will be at stake, as UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo takes on interim champ Max Holloway. Aldo has been a championship mainstay at featherweight other than one hiccup on a long road of success. But there are some who feel he is due to be unseated atop the perch at 145 pounds. Max Holloway, a 25-year old on a run of ten straight wins, appears to be a frontrunner of the new wave of featherweights who look to take over the division. Loot breaks down the main event and offers his pick in this article. Take a peek! UFC 212 Pick - 6/3

Dealing with Styles - One of the more-common traps MMA bettors fall into is failing to account for the fact that this sport revolves around the concept that "styles make fights." In other words, your appraisal of a fighter's overall worth might not mean all that much if you're not accounting for how his style will mesh with that of his opponent. In this article, Loot helps us understand how important it is to not place all the stock on how sharp our analysis is on the individual fighters, but rather on what situation the two fighters will create once they step into the cage. Take a peek!

Noticing Troubling Signs - When handicapping MMA matches, many of us focus on what a fighter does well. And certainly, we try to look for weaknesses and account for that when we place our bets. But there are any number of different warning signs that we sometimes neglect to properly account for in our handicapping. In this article, Loot explores some of those warning signs and gives us greater insight in how to negotiate these red flags when betting on mixed martial arts fights. Check it out!

Timing an Upset Pick - We notice over time that no one gets a free ride in the sport of MMA. Even the greatest fighters of all time eventually peter out and when they do, those who saw it coming often profit very handsomely. It's a young sport and as a result, the sport is constantly evolving. And what that happens, it means that what worked great five years ago might not be effective anymore. In this article, Loot illustrates the constantly-changing nature of the sport and how we need to act accordingly as bettors.

Wagering on Moderate Underdogs - If looking to make a buck at MMA betting, you're going to need to hit some underdogs now and again. And that's especially true for smaller underdogs. Those fighters are sometimes not favored for the right reasons. Other times, these fighters are not getting respect for a variety of different causes. In this article, Loot tries to get our betting headed in the right direction by discussing the inherent value in smaller-sized underdog fighters. Take a look!

Timing Your Bets - When betting on MMA, it comes down to more than just picking winners. With odds ruling the day, it's important that we pinpoint fighters who are really good, but before everyone else realizes that fighter is really good. That makes timing a key element when betting on MMA. In this article, Loot pulls our coats on how to incorporate the dynamic of timing to our betting profile. Check it out!

May 13: UFC 211 features a stacked card that should attract a lot of attention from fans and bettors alike. In the main event, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic makes the second defense of his title against former heavyweight kingpin Junior dos Santos. Can Miocic continue his big winning run or will dos Santos recapture UFC gold? Also on the card in a fascinating 145-pound matchup, ex-champ Frankie Edgar takes on rising star Yair Rodriguez. Loot breaks down both fights and offers his picks here. UFC 211 Picks - 5/13

MMA Prop Bets, Part I - Most of us are pretty hip to straight bets in MMA, where you simply pick who will win a fight. But in addition to straight bets are a slew of other MMA wagers you can make that fall under the category of "prop bets." In this article, Loot offers an introduction to some of the more-popular prop bets you can make. Read this article and become an authority on mixed martial arts prop bets!

MMA Prop Bets, Part II - In this article, Loot further delves into the world of MMA prop betting. The best way to describe an MMA prop bet is that it's any wager that has to do with the details of a fight, other than simply who will win it. Take a look at this article, as Loot finishes making us all hip to the potentially-rewarding world of mixed martial arts prop wagering.

The Appeal of MMA Betting - There are a lot of things that make a fighting sport like MMA an appealing sport on which to bet. It's really the closest thing we can get to the ancient Roman gladiator fights, which was perhaps the first form of sports betting. There is a certain purity to it, with only two people to account for, rather than an entire roster of players on teams. In this article, Loot breaks down all the things that make MMA stand out for some people as the ultimate form of betting. Take a look!

April 10: UFC 210 features an action-packed card from Buffalo, New York on April 17. Topping the card are two important matchups, with the main event being a title match. In the main event, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier defends his title against fearsome-hitting Anthony "Rumble" Johnson. It's a rematch from a 2015 bout where Cormier barely escaped the power of Johnson to win in the third round. What happens in the rematch? In the co-main event, former middleweight champion Chris Weidman looks to get back on the winning track fighting close to home, as he takes on streaking contender Gegard Mousasi. Loot breaks down both fights and offers his betting picks in this article. UFC 210 Picks - 4/17

New Rules for Scoring MMA: Exploring the Possible Impact - To begin 2017, judges who score MMA fights were instructed to adopt a more liberal approach in issuing 10-8 rounds. What seems like a small tweak in the scoring of MMA fights could have a far-reaching impact. It affects the results of fights and therefore, how we bet on it. In this article, Loot breaks down the change in scoring, while discussing the different affects it can have on the sport and our betting profile, as well. Take a look!

March 4: UFC 209 features a big card from Las Vegas on March 4. In the main event, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley defends his belt against Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson in a rematch from a wild fight that ended up a draw. Can Thompson make adjustments or is Woodley all wrong for him? In the co-main event, top lightweights Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson will duke it out for the interim UFC lightweight belt. These are two potentially great fights, so let's see if we can be on the right side. Loot breaks down both bouts in this full UFC 209 breakdown. Check it out! UFC 209 Picks - 3/4

Randy Couture Biography - "The Natural" was a legend and a pioneer of the sport. Winning 4 championship fights after the age of 40 is incredible. It's especially profound for those of us over 40 who have aches and pains and have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning!

December 30: UFC 207 in Las Vegas features the return of MMA superstar Ronda Rousey, as she tries to come back and defeat the new champion of the division that she once dominated in a battle with tough Amanda Nunes. Rousey, the one time dominant champion, faces a tough test in her return bout with a peaking titleholder that offers a large danger-factor. Who can get the job done in this battle of fast-starters? Also on the card, former champions Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez engage in a rematch from a fight where Werdum beat Velasquez for the title. Who wins the rematch? Loot breaks down both fights and gives his picks here. UFC 207 Picks - 12/30

November 12: MMA makes its long-awaited return to New York, as UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden features a double-title bill. In the main event, Eddie Alvarez defends his UFC lightweight title against Conor McGregor. Can McGregor win his second title or will Alvarez derail McGregor the way he emphatically derailed champion Rafael dos Anjos? In the co-main event, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley takes on Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson. Can the budding superstar Wonderboy ascend to the championship or will he run into a brick wall in the form of Woodley? Loot offers his take on both fights here. UFC 205 Picks - 11/12

October 8: Newly-crowned UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping makes the first defense of his title against former conqueror Dan Henderson. The first fight between these two produced one of the more memorable knockouts in UFC history. Bisping will be looking to avenge that defeat and make his first successful defense. On the undercard, more middleweight action ensues, with Vitor Belfort taking on Gegard Mousasi. In this article, Loot breaks down both fights and offers his betting selections. UFC 204 Picks - 10/8

September 10: Heavyweights rule the day at UFC 203 in Cleveland, with hometown boy made good Stipe Miocic making the first defense of his UFC heavyweight belt against top challenger Alistair Overeem. The co-main event features the man Miocic beat for the title in Fabricio Werdum, as he looks to get back on the right track against dangerous vet Ben Rothwell. Fans should expect fireworks-galore, but how will it all shake out? Loot breaks down the fights and gives his picks here! UFC 203 Picks - 9/10

September 3: Heavyweights collide in Hamburg, Germany in the main event of UFC Fight Night 93, as former UFC heavyweight champions Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett tangle in an interesting and potentially-explosive crossroads battle. The stakes are clear and they are high, with the winner staying relevant and the loser facing a possible career change. Who comes out ahead in this one? Click here for Loot's wagering guidance! UFC Fight Night 93 Picks - 9/3

August 27: On August 27, the UFC returns to Fox with a high-stakes 170-pound battle between top contenders Demian Maia and Carlos Condit. The winner of this welterweight throwdown will put himself in great position for a title shot, making the stakes high in this pairing of well-decorated veterans. Will the Brazilan Jiu-Jitsu expertise of Maia win the day or will he fall prey to the "Natural Born Killer?" Click here for Loot's take on the fight, in addition to his wagering guidance. UFC on Fox 21: Maia vs. Condit - 8/27

August 20: In one of the most-awaited rematches in the history of the sport, featherweight champion Conor McGregor looks to get back to the business of being an unstoppable MMA superstar, but first must exorcise the demon known as Nate Diaz. Can McGregor reverse that eye-opening loss or is Diaz all wrong for the Irish star? In this article, Loot examines the options and gives us his wagering counsel. Click here to read! UFC 202 Picks - 8/20

Looking for a Live Underdog - When we look at MMA betting odds, we see underdogs all the time. Why are some considered to be live underdogs, or underdogs who have a better chance of winning than their odds suggest? In this article, Loot examines some different factors that make some underdogs more-compelling options than other fighters who may be receiving similar odds. Click here to read more!

The Power of Scrutiny - A lot of us look at a fighter's record and just tend to accept the results at face-value. That might work occasionally, but for anyone who has watched MMA for a while, they would know that not everything is what it appears on paper. To really gain an enriched sense of reality, we need to delve and look underneath the surface. In this article, Loot breaks down the power of scrutiny and how it can help shine a light on our bets, as opposed to being left to grope in the dark by accepting everything at face-value. Click here to read!

July 30: UFC 201 features a highly-anticipated welterweight title fight between champion "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler and challenger Tyron Woodley. Lawler's rise from the ashes to this position has been breathtaking, having produced some of the best wars in the UFC over the past few years. But Woodley is a well-qualified contender with aspirations of his own. Who comes out on top in this battle? Loot offers his take and wagering guidance here. Click here to read! UFC 201 Picks - 7/30

The Zen of MMA Wagering - There is nothing wrong with those who like to roll the dice and have a little fun with MMA betting, perhaps to enhance their UFC viewing experience and maybe to even win a few bucks. For those who want to be serious about MMA wagering, however, there are a different set of concerns that should guide you. It's not a quest for entertainment, but a patient and calculating journey where we combine our knowledge of the sport and betting with our inner-mechanisms to beat the bookie. In this article, Loot breaks down how to add a dash of thoughfulness and patience to your MMA betting profile. Click here!!!

Steroids in the UFC: Bettor Confidence - With the rash of positive tests pouring in with high-profile fighters in the UFC, it's only fair to start asking if betting on the sport is on the up-and-up. Losing a bet on the basis of a fighter being juiced to the gills somehow stings a lot more and can make us feel that we're not dealing with an even playing field. In this article, Loot discusses the issue and how it affects the betting and some of his conclusions might be a bit surprising. Click here to read more!

Why Being A Super Fan Means Little When Betting - It's good to have a vast knowledge of MMA as a sport when deciding to start betting on the sport. But that form of knowledge can get you into trouble when making the transition from fan to bettor. What you really need to master, beyond the fighters and the styles, is the world that governs betting. Without that element, your knowledge might just get you into trouble more than it's going to help. Click here, as Loot breaks down the real concerns one needs to have when going from a fan to a bettor. Click here to read!

Betting Against UFC Champions: Almost Always a Good Idea - While we will stop short of endorsing blind bets against UFC Champions, it's hard to not notice the typically short reigns of UFC titleholders. In 2016 alone, we've seen a handful of big upsets in title fights, with big underdogs bringing home the bacon. In this article, Loot explores the idea of looking for good value with title challengers, while considering the notion that champions do not reign long enough to warrant laying long odds with them time and again. Click here to read more!!!

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