Bellator 179
Posted by Michael Iurato on Friday, May 19, 2017 - 17:01

There are only 3 fights with odds here. There were some card adjustments and the odds never were released for the other 2 main card fights, so either the bookies could care less about them or they feel no one would bet on them anyway.  However there is action so I will break them down if you want to throw a chip or 2 in on these.



Cheick Kongo -275 vs. Augusto Sakai +195

This is actually an interesting fight here. Kongo is a fairly popular name for his stint in the UFC. However now in Bellator he has created a pretty solid name for himself here. I think he finally found his home with Bellator and now he is in a perfect spot to capture a vacated Heavyweight Strap. Kongo was never the most exciting fighter and at times his game can be extremely predictable.

 UFC 211
Posted by Michael Iurato on Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 12:00





 MMA Step-By-Step Tutorial: Part II
Posted by Michael Iurato on Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 17:02

What’s up Elite Mafia? Madlab here with Part II of the tutorial to get us ready for the summer run, so we can all maximize our cashing ability together. If you are reading this then you obviously read part one about game selection, and if you haven’t then I suggest you close the page and read that first. It is very important you read that because it all ties together...

 MMA Step-By-Step Tutorial: Part I
Posted by Michael Iurato on Monday, May 1, 2017 - 16:37

Greetings Elite Mafia… As we await UFC 211, I think it is a good time to dial in our formula in order to maximize cashing and our ability to have a clear picture of what you are actually plugging in. Plugging lineups blindly can be a good sweat, but if they just miss, then there is no way for you to assess what went right and what went wrong...

 UFC Fight Night - Nashville
Posted by Michael Iurato on Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 10:39




 UFC on FOX - Johnson vs. Reis (Fight Night Kansas City)
Posted by Michael Iurato on Friday, April 14, 2017 - 17:55

D. Johnson $9800 vs. Wilson Ries $6400

This fight was supposed to happen a while ago and it was put off until now, but here we go. DJ continues to be arguably the best pound for pound fighter in the UFC, but seems to remain king on Fight Night Cards. Very respected, but yet he just isn’t a huge draw for some odd reason. Anyway, as you can see by his price tag and Vegas lines he hasn’t flown under the radar by everyone. DJ is that guy who does something very rare in which I like to call, “Shifts on the Fly.” What I mean by this is that he has such good cage IQ that he changes and tailors his game plan while he is in the heat of battle. That shows you how mentally calm, stable, and aware he is while he is engaging. That is something that you cannot teach. It is very much like Peyton Manning calling his plays at the line. His ability to read the defense and make his adjustments on the fly is what made Peyton special. Now imagine doing what Peyton does while getting punched in the face and you only have a split second to do so. That should put into some perspective on how special DJ truly is. His style is predicated on Speed and his unpredictability from fight to fight. He has won 11 Fights in a row and 9 of them have been title defenses. 5 of those 11 wins have been by way of stoppage with a decent balance of submissions and KO’s. It is hard to predict how DJ will finish the fight because his ability to “Shift on the Fly” allows him to decide his paths as it starts unfolding.

 UFC 210
Posted by Michael Iurato on Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 13:31

Daniel Cormier $8100 (+110) vs. Anthony Johnson $8100 (-130)

This is the long awaited rematch between 2 men that couldn’t be more on the other side of the spectrum in terms of stylistics. DC is a very well established Olympic Level Wrestler with an extreme grinding mindset, and “Rumble” grooms his resume by finishing as quickly as possible with his devastating and borderline non-human power. Both fighters showed their strengths and their weaknesses in their first match, in which left them understanding what adjustments would need to be made. The biggest gaping hole I did see from both fighters wasn’t so much in either of their fighting styles, but in the lack of heart and desire that AJ put on display. It is clear that if he doesn’t get his way from the bell he mentally weakens to the point where his corner was asking him, “How bad do you want it?” and screaming “Don’t give up.” As a fighter it is easy to lean on sickening power and walk out of a fight unscathed, but when you are in the trenches of war that is when the true spirit of a warrior will rear its head. When you are in the thick of it, a fighter sometimes needs to go to an extremely dark place and pull something out of himself only true champions can. I’m not certain AJ has that within him. That is not taught, that is not something you can just learn, that is in fact something that is hard wired into your genetic code. Daniel Cormier may get booed by fans for his grinding style, but I can assure you that he is wired with a kill or be killed mentality. Against Alexander Gustafsson he showed how deep he can dig when he was almost dead to rights, only to recover, storm back, and retain his title.

 Bellator 175
Posted by Michael Iurato on Friday, March 31, 2017 - 13:04

Because there is no UFC event this week I decided to break down the Bellator Main Card tonight in case any of ya’ll would like to take some action on a handicapping end. Enjoy, guys, and I will see you next week when we get back on track again for a big one!


Marcos Galvao +179 vs. Emmanuel Sanchez -221 (Over 1.5 -230 / Under +170)

Marcos Galvao is a natural 135 pounder and he has done well there. His BJJ is without a doubt unquestioned. A submission against him would be highly unlikely and a pretty damn good accomplishment on your part if you did. The odd thing with his record is that in 18 wins he only has 1 by submission with the majority of them coming by way of decision. One reason for this is he loves to stand and bang which, in MMA, is just so odd to me.

 UFC Fight Night London
Posted by Michael Iurato on Friday, March 17, 2017 - 18:04

Jimi Manuwa $8400 (-148) vs. Corey Anderson $7800 (+124)

Interesting Light Heavy fight here. Both men find themselves in a situation in which winning this fight can springboard them about 1 or 2 fights away from a title shot. It’s odd, due to the fact that both fighters truly aren’t champion-worthy in my opinion. This fight basically boils down to who can freeze the other ones strength, considering both have strengths on the other sides of the fence. Manuwa is a pure striker with very good KO power and in front of a crowd that adores him he will look to finish this one for the fans in spectacular fashion. Corey Anderson, on the flip side, is much more of a grinder who loves looking for the takedown and smothering you with ground and pound any chance he can. Not only are their styles different, but their finishing styles are quite different as well. Manuwa looks for that quick finish while Anderson has the ability to ride you to the horn while accumulating takedowns in the process. S

 The Art of Fighting
Posted by Michael Iurato on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 15:59

People often ask me why I look at the Art of Fighting differently than other sports. They ask me how it changes my outlook on life and how it can change theirs as well. Anyone who knows me knows that I love my Football and Basketball, and to be fair both sports hold a certain beauty to them that I appreciate very much. But fighting is far different… In most sports we watch, we understand that in order for a team to become victorious there is a certain chemistry needed. There is a formula involved that allows coaches to construct ways for players to work in concert with each other, with the hopes to maximize team performance. Mistakes can be lost in the trenches, made up for on the other side of the ball, and even carried by a fellow teammate on any given play. Success is truly predicated on winning together and losing together. It builds leadership and confidence to achieve as a unit and it also makes you a competitor not only in sport but in life. I truly believe that there is a direct correlation with the mindset of an athlete and achieving in what life has to throw at you. I believe we carry over that mindset with a confidence that “impossible is nothing” and that, in itself, is rewarding no matter what level you make it to.