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Fabio Maldonado vs. Stipe Miocic on TUF Brazil

Well, we did not see this coming. Fabio Maldonado has agreed to split up to replace Junior Dos Santos and thus face Stipe Miocic.

Stipe Miocic already has a new opponent ... and be someone no one expected. After an injury force the output of Junior Dos Santos, Fabio Maldonado has accepted the invitation to replace him in the event 3 Finale TUF Brazil next May 31 in Sao Paulo , Brazil .


Despite the short notice , Maldonado insisted that the fight was 5 rounds and not 3 as originally offered it to the UFC. This is what I said in a recent interview for Combat:

Fabio Maldonado : " I live to be a heavyweight . I asked Pat Barry fights conta , Roy Nelson , Mark hunt , a great fight. I've asked Dan Henderson at 205 pounds , but it was not working . Alex Davis (his manager) asked if I wanted to fight ... so I accepted immediately. If you did not take this fight , what could I say to my kids when they grow up ? This is a man , so do not think twice . You have to fight . My only drawback is the short preparation time . Ideally you would have 3 more weeks. Good thing I will not cut weight. "

This type if you have guts. In only 3 weeks warned , Maldonado will face a tough test against a seasoned contender in his prime. Will he be able to surprise in his native Brazil ?

College Football Betting: Week 2 Analysis

After getting their season started off on the wrong foot over the weekend the Georgia Bulldogs will be looking to bounce back quickly this week as they take on the South Carolina Gamecocks in Week 2 college football betting action at TopBet.eu. As well, Notre Dame and Michigan will both get their first tests of the season this weekend as they renew hostilities in marquee gridiron action.

Bulldogs come off loss to face the Gamecocks
Georgia has national championship aspirations this season, but their BCS title hopes took a hit over the weekend as they lost their opener (both SU and ATS) by a score of 38-35 to the Clemson Tigers. Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray completed 20 of his 29 pass attempts for 323 yards in that defeat, with no touchdown strikes but one TD run on the day. Todd Gurley paced Georgia's offense in the losing cause with 154 yards on the ground and two touchdowns in the matchup.

South Carolina picked up a 27-10 win in their opener against North Carolina last week, with Mike Davis rushing for 115 yards and a score while QB Connor Shaw went 11 of 20 for 149 yards and a touchdown. The Gamecocks routed the Bulldogs when the two schools met last season, winning 35-7 as a 1-point home favorite in an UNDER result on the college football betting lines at TopBet.eu. Overall South Carolina is 3-0 both SU and ATS over its three most recent games against Georgia. Kickoff for the Gamecocks vs. Bulldogs matchup on Saturday afternoon is set for 4:30pm ET.

Irish, Wolverines set to clash in Week 2 contest

Both Notre Dame and Michigan cruised to victories in Week 1, with the Fighting Irish getting past Temple by a score of 28-6 and the Wolverines crushing Central Michigan 59-9. Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees was good on 16 of his 23 pass attempts for 346 yards in his team's win over the Owls, with three touchdown strikes in the contest, while Devin Gardner threw for 162 yards and a touchdown while also running for a pair of scores for the Wolverines in their victory versus the Chippewas. Fitzgerald Toussaint also ran for two TDs in that contest for Michigan.

Notre Dame and Michigan met in a defensive battle last season, with the Fighting Irish pulling out a 13-6 home victory as a 6-point favorite on the college football betting lines at TopBet.eu.; that win broke up the Irish's three-game SU and ATS losing streak against the Wolverines that had dated back to 2009. Last year's Notre Dame vs. Michigan matchup was an easy UNDER result for totals bettors. The Irish and Wolverines will get their 2013 meeting underway at 8pm ET on Saturday.

Manziel, Aggies and the rest of the Week 2 slate

Texas A&M didn't get starting quarterback Johnny Manziel into the game until the second half over the weekend, but it didn't matter as the Aggies still topped Rice 52-31. Manziel went 6 of 8 for 94 yards passing with three touchdowns in his limited duty, while rushing for 19 yards on six carries.

Texas A&M will next host Sam Houston State on Saturday afternoon in what should be a gimme game for Johnny Football and company. Top-ranked Alabama is off this week, while Ohio State plays host to San Diego State, Oregon is on the road at Virginia, and Stanford gets a visit from San Jose State. As well, the USC Trojans will open their Pac-12 schedule late on Saturday night as they host Washington State. The Trojans beat Hawaii 30-13 on the road in their opener, and they're 8-0 SU and 6-2 ATS over their last eight games against the Cougars dating back to 2003.

NFL Betting : Broncos at Ravens in Thursday Night Football

The 2013 NFL betting season is set to kick off on Thursday, September 5 when the defending champion, Baltimore Ravens, take on the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
In what has become an NFL tradition, the defending champions normally kick off the new season at home. However, due to a scheduling conflict with MLB’s Baltimore Orioles, this game will take place in Denver. As you may recall, it was only a few short months ago that these two teams squared off for a game that went down as one of the greatest and most exciting tilts in history.

In that Divisional Playoff matchup, the Ravens forced overtime with a miraculous 70-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones, and ended up winning the game 38-35 in double overtime. As most of you already know, the Ravens used that momentum going forward to get to their first Super Bowl Championship since 2001. Peyton Manning and the Broncos were devastated after that overtime defeat, and you can be sure they will be using it as motivation next Thursday when they go for revenge against Baltimore.
The spread for this game opened at around seven points but the line has since shifted with most sportsbooks and is now closer to nine points. While there will be many familiar faces taking the field next week in Denver, both teams have made a few key personnel changes to take note of.

Denver made headlines for all the wrong reasons earlier this offseason, when a fax snafu resulted in a missed contract deadline and forced the Broncos to release star defensive end Elvis Dumervil. While that was a big loss for Denver, they did make some notable additions as well. The Broncos added star slot receiver Wes Welker, and also improved their secondary with the additions of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Quentin Jammer. Willis McGahee is no longer in the backfield for Denver, but the Broncos did spend a high draft pick on Wisconsin running back Montee Ball.

For the Ravens, this season marks a new era for the franchise, as they no longer have team leaders Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. The Super Bowl Champions endured a major overhaul this offseason and general manager Ozzie Newsome is well in control of the team, positioning Baltimore to be much younger and more athletic. While the Elvis Dumervil situation was a disaster for Denver, it worked out well for Baltimore as they were able to snag the coveted defensive player. After re-signing quarterback Joe Flacco to a $120 Million contract, the Ravens were unable to re-sign wide receiver Anquan Bolding. The plan was for tight end Dennis Pitta to pick up the slack on offense, but after he suffered a season ending injury during preseason, Flacco will have to look elsewhere when throwing the ball.

Things change very quickly in the NFL and nobody can be sure of what to expect from either of these teams this betting season. All eyes will be on both teams as they take the field next Thursday, and the one thing we can be sure of is that football is finally back.
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