MMA Betting on UFC 137

UFC 137 from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada promises to be a card that attracts some of the largest MMA betting activity of the entire year. UFC 137 begins on Saturday, October 29 at 9 PM ET on Pay per View.

The main card will be highlighted by the welterweight matchup of long time MMA betting and fan favorite BJ Penn against Nick Diaz. Penn was a surprise entry for UFC 137 but said that UFC boss Dana White made him an offer that he couldn’t refuse.

There are four other bouts on the UFC 137 main card. In heavyweight action Cheick Kongo will take on Matt Mitrione and Mirko Filipovic will take on Roy Nelson. Scott Jorgensen will matchup with Jeff Curran in a Bantamweight showdown while Hatsu Hioki will take on George Roop in a featherweight match.

Spike TV will have a two-bout preliminary card as Dennis Silver will take on Donald Cerrone in a lightweight bout and from the featherweight ranks Tyson Griffin will meet Bart Palaszewski.

The 32 year old Penn is one of the superstars of the UFC circuit and a MMA betting legend. Penn has a career mark of 16-7 and has been in and out of UFC since 2001. He won the WFC welterweight championship in 2004 and later went on to win the UFC lightweight championship in 2008. In January of 2009 Penn had a shot to recapture the welterweight title but was defeated by another popular legend George St. Pierre. He lost the lightweight title to Frankie Edgar and the rematch that followed. He is coming off a win over Matt Hughes in November of 2010 and a draw against Jon Fitch last February 27. The first loss to Edgar was highly controversial and Penn has never been the same since.

Diaz is 28 years old and has a career professional record of 25-7. He is coming off a win from the Strikeforce circuit over Paul Dailey in a TKO. Diaz was in UFC 5 years ago but went on to the Strikeforce circuit where he became dominant as the champion of the Strikeforce welterweight division. He has won 10 bouts in a row and has not lost in 4 years.

In Diaz and Penn there is a matchup of the new versus the old and an outstanding contrast in style and reputation.

Get fit like a UFC fighter

Brazilian UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) fighter Thiago Tavares attends an official weigh-in in Rio de Janeiro August 26, 2011. UFC Rio, a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) competition will be held in Rio de Janeiro on August 27. The Tattoo reads “Blessed by God”. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes (BRAZIL – Tags: SPORT)

Does the photo above of Thiago Tavares inspire you to get in shape?

This is the time of year when many of us go back to our bad habits. Summer is over and the weather gets bad, and we don’t have the same motivation to stay in shape. Then the holidays come around and we end up feeling sluggish and looking soft when January rolls around.

It’s time to break the cycle. Now is a great time to commit yourself to getting in shape and staying in shape year-round.

Think about starting some new exercises. If you haven’t been doing weight training, then maybe this is a good time to start. Do some research on what UFC fighters are doing to build muscle and get ripped.

Also, if you’re going to try challenge yourself and push hard on your workouts, then take a look at protein powder and bodybuilding supplements. These are important supplements if you’re serious about building muscle and getting that lean look, but keep in mind that overall nutrition and eating habits are equally important. These items should supplement your diet. Do your research and consult your doctor or a nutritionist, but things like whey protein are very popular with people looking to get in shape and look fit. You can have a six-pack, but you have to work at it and also focus on your diet.

You might not be able to get into the Octagon, but you’ll at least look the part!