Steelers vs Raiders

Steelers vs Raiders : The Pittsburgh Steelers travel well, going 4-1-1 straight up and 3-2-1 against the spread on the road this season. The Oakland Raiders, meanwhile, are gracious hosts, going 1-5 SU and 2-4 ATS at home this campaign. Can the Steelers cover double digits when they visit the Raiders on Sunday afternoon?

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NFL point spread: The Steelers opened as 13-point favorites; the total was 49.5 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)

NFL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 31.4-15.2 Steelers (NFL picks on every game)

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Not long ago Pittsburgh won six games in a row, but it now seeks to stop a two-game losing skid, after falling at home to the Chargers last week 33-30. The Steelers scored touchdowns on their first two possessions of the game and led 23-7 at the half. But they blew that lead in the second half and eventually lost on a Los Angeles field goal at the buzzer.

Pittsburgh, among the favorites on the Super Bowl 53 odds, might have fared better but fell victim to a missed referee call that cost it one Chargers touchdown and gave up another score on a 73-yard punt return.

Before last week the Steelers had out-gained their previous seven opponents and out-rushed five of them. They also went 5-1-1 ATS over that span. At 7-4-1 overall Pittsburgh leads Baltimore by a half-game for both the lead in the AFC North and the No. 4 spot in the AFC playoff standings.

Oakland is actually coming off a decent performance, albeit in a 40-33 loss to AFC West-leading Kansas City. The Raiders fell down to the Chiefs 13-0 early and trailed 33-16 through three quarters, pulled to within 33-30 with six minutes left but could get no closer.

However, that late rally garnered Oakland a back-door cover as a 14-point dog. On the afternoon, the Raiders racked up 442 yards of total offense, including 171 on the ground. But they lost the turnover battle 3-1, resulting in a minus-16 point differential.

Two weeks ago, Oakland only trailed the Ravens by a field goal into the fourth quarter before fading into a 34-17 defeat. And just before that, the Raiders beat Arizona 23-21. So perhaps Oakland is making some progress late in this first season under the new coaching regime.

The Steelers will probably be without running back James Conner, but they have other ways of putting points on the board and should survive. And despite last week’s second-half performance, Pittsburgh owns the better defense. Smart money here gives the points with the Steelers.

The total has gone under in five of the Steelers’ last seven games on the road vs the Raiders.

The Raiders are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games.

The Steelers are 7-1-1 SU in their last nine games after a loss.

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Broncos vs 49ers

Broncos vs 49ers : Both the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers enter play this weekend with banged-up offenses. Will that led to the under cashing for bettors when the teams meet at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday?


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123 Denver Broncos at 124 San Francisco 49ers

1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, December 9, 2018

Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Public Betting Trends

According to oddsmakers from online sports book, the 49ers are 3.5-point favorites to beat the Broncos. The total, meanwhile, sits at 45.5 points. As of this writing, 74% of the public betting tickets are on the Broncos to cover the point spread.

Denver Broncos

Broncos placed WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) on injured reserve. An MRI confirmed Sanders has a torn Achilles. Sanders will be nine months removed from surgery for Week 1, making him a candidate to open the season on reserve/PUP. Entering a contract year, the Broncos can save $10.2 million from releasing Sanders this offseason, but his injury guarantees will likely keep him in Denver. Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick, and DaeSean Hamilton will close out the year as the Broncos’ top three wideouts.

San Francisco 49ers

Matt Breida (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 14 against the Broncos. Breida aggravated his preexisting ankle injury in pregame warmups ahead of Sunday’s game in Seattle and touched the ball just eight times while Jeff Wilson worked as the lead back. Breida has been playing hurt much of the year, but it finally caught up to him. Wilson will be an RB2.

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The under is 3-0-1 in the Broncos’ last four games after allowing less than 15 points in their previous game.

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The over is 10-2 in the 49ers’ last 12 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.


I don’t trust the 49ers to move the ball enough against this Broncos defense for bettors to cash the over. The under is 4-1 in the 49ers’ last five games coming off a loss and 4-1 in their last five games following a loss of more than 14 points. The Broncos pound the ball on the ground with Phillip Lindsay and they’ll need to do so again on Sunday without Sanders. The under is 4-0-1 in Denver’s last five games overall and is 5-2-1 in its last eight road games.

NFL Week 14 Prediction: Broncos/49ers under 45.5

Bengals vs Chargers

Bengals vs Chargers : The Los Angeles Chargers are making some decent scratch as of late, going 6-2 against the spread over their last eight games. The Cincinnati Bengals, on the other hand, are proving costly to their financial backers, going 1-6 ATS over their last seven games. Maybe that’s why Los Angeles is favored by so many points for Sunday afternoon’s battle with the Bengals.


NFL point spread: The Chargers opened as 14.5-point favorites; the total was 54 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)

NFL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 43.9-5.2 Chargers (NFL picks on every game)

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Why the Bengals can cover the spread

Cincinnati is a tough case to make at the moment, after losing for the fourth time in a row last week, 24-10, to Denver. The Bengals played the Broncos to a scoreless tie late into the second quarter, only trailed 7-3 at the half but gave up the first touchdown out of the locker room and could get no closer.

On the afternoon, Cincinnati actually held a 20-16 edge in first downs and a 31-29 edge in time of possession. But the Bengals lost the turnover battle 3-1, resulting in a minus-13 point difference.

Quarterback Jeff Driskel was serviceable in his first NFL start in place of the injured Andy Dalton, hitting on 25 of 38 throws for 236 yards and a touchdown. But he also threw one pick and lost a fumble at a time when Cincinnati still had a chance to rally. Perhaps another week of practice will help.

At 5-7 overall, the Bengals trail Baltimore by two games in the fight for the second AFC wild-card spot.

The Chargers are 2-0 both SU and ATS the last two weeks, after coming from behind to beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh last week 33-30. Los Angeles fell down to the Steelers 13-0 early and trailed 23-7 at the half. But the Chargers scored the first 23 points out of the locker room to take a lead and eventually won it on a Michael Badgley field goal with no time left on the clock.

On the night, Los Angeles out-gained Pittsburgh 371-336, while the special teams unit chipped in with a 73-yard punt return for a score.

The Chargers have now out-gained eight of their last nine opponents and out-rushed six of their last nine foes. Los Angeles is also 2-0 ATS the last two times it’s been lined as a double-digit favorite.

At 9-3 overall, the Chargers, second on the NFL gambling odds to win the AFC West, only trail Kansas City by one game in both the division and the battle for the best record in the AFC.

These teams are headed in opposite directions this season. Also, Los Angeles already owns five wins this year by double digits, while Cincinnati has lost five games by double digits. Smart money here gives the points with the Chargers.

The total has gone under in the Bengals’ last four games vs the Chargers.

The total has gone under in eight of the Chargers’ last nine games in December.

The Bengals are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games on the road vs teams with winning records.

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Giants vs Redskins

Giants vs Redskins : The New York Giants opened the week as 1.5-point road underdogs against the Washington Redskins, but that has taken a pretty substantial turn throughout the week despite safety Landon Collins landing on injured reserve (IR). They now go into Sunday at -3.5.

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Although most experts picked the Giants, there were a small few who went against them and picked the Redskins.

How does the Giants Wire staff see this Week 14 battle shaking out? Here’s a look at our picks and score predictions:

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Last week I said I must have been crazy for picking the Giants to win, but cited their long history of playing up or down to the level of their opponent. And a week removed from a stunning overtime victory against a Bears team they really shouldn’t have beaten, I find myself pondering the exact opposite side of that equation.

The Giants should beat these Redskins, led by long-idle quarterback Mark Sanchez, and that’s exactly what worries me and a lot of older Giants fans. We’ve seen this story play out a time or two.

With all of that having been said, and even with Collins on IR, the Giants would have to try to lose this game. Right? …Right.

John Fennelly: Giants 23, Redskins 16

It’s hard to pick Washington the way they’ve been playing. They’ve lost three of four and appear to be sinking fast. With Mark Sanchez under center, it becomes even harder. He is capable of playing well at times, but will he? Last week was the first time he took a snap since the end of the 2016 season when he was with Dallas. The Giants will be without safety Landon Collins (shoulder), but should still have enough to skate past this injury-riddled version of the Redskins.

After last week’s thriller over the Bears, the Giant seem to be playing with a lot more confidence and believing in themselves.

The offense is starting to find ways to put points on the board and everything runs behind Saquon Barkley, who continues his progress towards another 100-plus yard game and 2,000 total yards on the season.

The last time the two met, the Redskins took it to the Giants, but injuries have decimated Washington and they’ve been in an utter free fall since surrendering the NFC East lead.

With the Giants believing in themselves and winning three of their last four since the bye week, they storm into Washington and get a victory to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

The Giants lost Landon Collins for the season and this will be their first game without him. You can bet the defense will miss him, but going up against the Redskins led by Mark Sanchez might be exactly what the doctor ordered for Big Blue.

Sanchez was signed less than a month ago and if that weren’t enough, the Redskins are also dealing with a slew of injuries, including some across the offensive line.

The Redskins’ passing offense is much weaker than what the Giants saw in Week 8 back when they had Alex Smith under center. As a result, the Giants should be able to focus on stopping Adrian Peterson and the ground game this Sunday.

The Redskins’ defense was solid in the early part of the season, but have struggled in four of their last five games. Meanwhile, the Giants’ offense has found its way during their recent stretch, winning three of their last four games.

I expect Eli Manning and the receivers to have their way early and often, maybe even conjuring up something from the rivalry of Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr. That could bring some true excitement.

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. Despite being on the road, the Giants should be able add another win against the Redskins, continuing the torment of a fan base trying to decide whether they want a high draft pick or a competitive team now.

The Redskins offense is so depleted, they are turning to Mark Sanchez under center and the wide receiver corps is absolutely decimated. Big Blue’s defense should be strong as long as they stop Adrian Peterson, which they couldn’t do in Week 8. The offense should be able to do enough against a Redskins defense that is allowing the fourth-highest third-down conversion rate at 44 percent.

Christmas is coming early for the Giants this week, as the Redskins will start Mark Sanchez behind center in Week 14. Even if Sanchez is able to avoid the rear-ends of his offensive lineman, he didn’t show much in Week 13 to encourage enthusiasm about his starting prospects the rest of the season. The Redskins defense can be tough, but Eli Manning and company won’t need to do much with Washington’s offense looking dead in the dirt. Expect plenty of turnover opportunities for the G-Men with Sanchez throwing the ball, which should lead to some great field position and easy scores for New York.

Patriots vs Dolphins

Patriots vs Dolphins : The New England Patriots wiped the floor with the Miami Dolphins back in Week 4, rolling to a 38-7 victory in what still stands out as their most complete performance of the season.

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Now, can they recreate that success down in Miami, where the Dolphins are 5-1 this season and where New England has won just once since 2012? We’ll find out this Sunday.

Time: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.

The 9-3 Patriots currently are pegged as eight-point road favorites over the 6-6 Dolphins, who have dropped six of nine after beginning the season 3-0. Miami is 5-1 in their home stadium, however, and New England always seems to struggle in South Florida.

The Patriots are just 1-4 in their last five road games against the Dolphins (including a 27-20 loss to Jay Cutler in Week 14 last season), and quarterback Tom Brady’s career record in Miami record is a mediocre 7-9.

A win or tie Sunday would give the Patriots their 10th consecutive AFC East title and their 15th in the last 16 years. The only outlier during that span was the Matt Cassel season in 2008, during which New England missed the playoffs despite finishing 11-5.

The Patriots also are battling with the Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers for playoff positioning in the AFC. The Chiefs sit atop the conference at 10-2, followed by the Patriots, Texans (9-3) and Steelers (7-4-1), with the 9-3 Los Angeles Chargers looking like a very dangerous wild-card team.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, remain alive in the playoff hunt despite losing twice as many games as they’ve won since late September. They’re one of four teams that entered this week with a 6-6 record, just one game back of the 7-5 Baltimore Ravens for the second and final wild-card spot.

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore (ankle) and tight end Dwayne Allen (knee) both are listed as questionable for the Patriots.

Gilmore, who’s started every game this season, was added to the injury report after being limited in practice Friday. Allen hasn’t played since injuring his knee in New England’s Week 10 loss to the Tennessee Titans, but he participated in all three practices this week.

Over on Miami’s side, the Dolphins will be without NFL interceptions leader Xavien Howard, who has been ruled out with a knee injury. Howard struggled in these teams’ first meeting put dominated when the Patriots visited Miami last season, erasing Brandin Cooks and intercepting two Brady passes.

Former Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola is listed as questionable for Miami with an ankle injury.

Josh Gordon, Patriots wide receiver
Gordon’s playing time and target totals have dropped in recent weeks, but his efficiency has improved. He’s caught all eight passes thrown his way over New England’s past two games after hauling in just 42.9 percent of his targets (9 of 21) in the previous two. Howard likely would have been assigned to stick with Gordon throughout Sunday’s game, but with him out, that job could fall to Minkah Fitzpatrick, Miami’s versatile rookie defensive back.

Danny Amendola, Dolphins wide receiver
Amendola desperately wants to play in this game, and he seemed to be trending in the right direction this week, according to reports out of Miami. The veteran slot man has been the leading receiver this season for a Dolphins team that’s lost wideouts Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant to season-ending injuries. If Amendola does play, it will be interesting to see who covers him for New England. The Patriots’ setup of Gilmore and J.C. Jackson on the outside and Jason McCourty in the slot worked wonders against the Minnesota Vikings. This also could be a good week to get rookie Duke Dawson the first regular-season reps of his NFL career.

Kyle Van Noy, Patriots linebacker
One of the Patriots’ most underrated players, the versatile Van Noy has excelled in multiple roles this season, leading the team in tackles through 12 games while playing 88.9 percent of defensive snaps. Dolphins coach Adam Gase on Wednesday called Van Noy “a nightmare” to play against. “If we ever try to run the ball to the edge,” Gase said, “it’s getting to the point where it’s kind of pointless. He shuts down the run to his side.”

Cameron Wake, Dolphins defensive end
The Dolphins’ ageless wonder still is making life difficult for quarterbacks at age 36. Wake leads all Dolphins defenders in sacks, QB hits, hurries and total pressures this season, and he’s always given Brady and the Patriots trouble, tallying 10 1/2 sacks, nine tackles for loss and 35 QB hits in 18 career meetings. He had a QB hit and three hurries against Patriots right tackle Marcus Cannon in Week 4.

Packers vs Falcons

Packers vs Falcons : Predictions for every Week 14 game, including the Green Bay Packers’ meeting with the Atlanta Falcons. Before the season this was a week to circle on the calendar. The Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons have been among the NFC’s top teams in recent years, including their last meeting two years ago with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

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This season has been a different story. Both the Packers and Falcons have underachieved in 2018 and enter Sunday’s game a combined 8-15-1.

A win won’t do much for either team. Can the Packers get a victory in Joe Philbin’s first game as interim head coach?

A late season road game for the Atlanta Falcons places them in frigid Green Bay to take on the Packers. Here are three in-game matchups to closely monitor.

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Nobody truly enjoys playing in the frozen tundra that is Green Bay, Wisconsin in the month of December. In need of a win as the team is in the midst of a four-game losing streak, the Falcons will look to snap that streak against a Packers team that has also underwhelmed this season and is coming off the firing of a head coach. The Falcons have won three straight against the Packers but they have all been in the cozy confines of Atlanta, Georgia. Here are three matchups within the game that will play a crucial part in the outcome.

Quietly, in the midst of the Packers disappointing season, top receiver Davante Adams is having the best season of his career. He tops the Packers in catches, yards, and touchdowns and is fifth, sixth, and second in those same categories among all NFL receivers.

The Falcons have their hands full in this one with this excellent option lined up across from them. In each of the past four games, the Falcons have allowed 216 passing yards or less, which is impressive after allowing over 300 passing yards in five of their first seven games. However, the presence of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his go-to guy in Adams poses a different challenge. The two has shown great chemistry in recent seasons and Trufant and Alford must be disciplined when playing a technician such as Adams.

The run defense has been a crippling feature this season for the Falcons. In nine of 12 games played this season, the Falcons have allowed over 100 rushing yards and in three of the last four games played, they have relinquished over 150 yards. Currently, the Falcons are 27th in rushing defense and 25th in yards allowed per carry. Bottom line, they have struggled in this department all season long.

Luckily, they will be lining up against an offense that is struggling in running the football in recent weeks which coincides with their three-game losing streak. Starting running back Aaron Jones leads the team in rushing but even he has been on-and-off in recent weeks. In the Packers four wins this season, they have averaged a little over 130 rushing yards, which so happens to be exactly how much the Falcons are giving up per game.

Here is where the game is likely won or lost for the Falcons. It has slowly manifested over the course of the season that the offensive line has been inconsistent at best and bad at worst. It did not help when veteran left guard Andy Levitre went down with a season-ending torn triceps injury. It also did not help that veteran guard Brandon Fusco was lost for the season with an ankle injury.

Now the Falcons face a Packers defense that is tied for third in the league in sacks with 38 at this point. While veteran edge rusher Clay Matthews has been a shell of himself this season, his teammate Kyler Fackrell is having a breakout season. Quarterback Matt Ryan has not been comfortable behind this offensive line in quite a while and it has even affected the play calling in recent weeks. The Falcons will have to truly address the line this offseason but for the time being, finding some sense of stability and reliability will go a long way to aiding the offense.

Holloway vs Ortega

UFC 231 Holloway vs. Ortega results, live updates and round-by-round scoring.December 8, 2018 7:02pm EST December 8, 2018 7:02pm EST Mixed Martial Arts Max Holloway defends his featherweight championship against Brian Ortega in the main event of UFC 231.


The second-to-last pay-per-view of 2018 takes place as UFC 231 takes place from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

The main event features Max Holloway defending the featherweight championship for the second time as he squares off with Brian Ortega. The co-main event features a showdown for the vacant women’s flyweight title as Valentina Shevchenko takes on former women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

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Originally, Holloway and Ortega were scheduled to meet at UFC 226 in July. However, Holloway was forced off the card on the week of the fight because of what was described as “unknown health issues.”

Holloway (19-3) competes for the first time in 2018 after defeating Jose Aldo by third-round TKO at UFC 218 in December 2017. “Blessed” was set to face Frankie Edgar at UFC 222, but was unable to compete because of an injury. He also offered to step in on short notice to challenge lightweight kingpin Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223. But Holloway was pulled off of the card by New York State Athletic Commission, as the native of Hawaii was struggling to make weight. Holloway says he’s good to go for UFC 231 and ready to make a statement to close out 2018.

Ortega (13-0, one no contest) last fought at UFC 222 when he stopped Frankie Edgar after stepping for the injured Holloway.

Follow along for Sporting News’ live coverage of UFC 231 beginning at 8 p.m. ET to see who walks out of Toronto the king of the featherweights.

UFC 231 fight card

Main card

  • Max Holloway (c) vs. Brian Ortega for Holloway’s Featherweight title
  • Valentina Shevchenko vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the Vacant Women’s Flyweight title
  • Alex Oliveira vs. Gunnar Nelson; Welterweight
  • Hakeem Dawodu vs. Kyle Bochniak; Featherweight
  • Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago Santos; Light Heavyweight

Preliminary Card 

  • Cláudia Gadelha vs. Nina Ansaroff; Women’s Strawweight
  • Katlyn Chookagian vs. Jessica Eye; Women’s Flyweight
  • Eryk Anders vs. Elias Theodorou; Middleweight
  • Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Gilbert Burns; Lightweight
  • Devin Clark vs. Aleksandar Rakić; Light Heavyweight
  • Brad Katona vs. Matthew Lopez; Bantamweight
  • Chad Laprise vs. Dhiego Lima; Welterweight
  • Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Jesse Ronson; Lightweight

– Brian Ortega explains to Sporting News that he anticipates an all-time classic vs. Max Holloway.

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Lomachenko Vs Pedraza Full Fight

The action spills over into the squared circle later tonight (Sat., Dec. 8, 2018) as Top Rank Boxing presents a lightweight title unification bout between current WBA champion Vasyl Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KO) and current WBO champion Jose Pedraza (25-1, 12 KO) live on ESPN from inside Hulu Theater in New York City.

In preparation for the lightweight title fight, Mania has compiled all the necessary information for your viewing pleasure. Take a look below for details on tonight’s main event competitors, ways to catch the action live on ESPN, and up-to-date betting odds.

Widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the sport today, Lomachenko will look to claim another world title later tonight when he matches up against Pedraza and his WBO lightweight belt.

Lomachenko, 30, is coming off a 10th-round TKO win over Jorge Linares this past May in which he claimed the WBA and The Ring lightweight titles. The finish was Lomachenko’s eighth in a row since the start of 2015 and another instance in which “Matrix” completely dominated his opponent.

While Pedraza is a savvy veteran who understands how to win long distance fights, Lomachenko is expected to walk through the Puerto Rican champion will relative ease. Anything less could be considered a letdown for “Matrix.”

Jose Pedraza

Pedraza, 29, is coming off a unanimous decision win over Ray Beltran back in August in which he claimed the WBO lightweight title. It was Pedraza’s third-straight win since losing his IBF super featherweight title to Gervonta Davis via TKO back in 2017.

As the bigger lightweight, Pedraza will command nearly a six-inch reach advantage later this evening against Lomachenko. Pedraza will have to lean on that size to get past the precision and speed of “Matrix” so it will be interesting to see which lightweight takes control of the action in the early going.

In addition to the lightweight main event, the following collection of main card bouts are scheduled to take place:

Pedraza (25-1, 12 KOs), interestingly enough, also earned his championship in his last outing. The 29-year-old defeated Ray Beltran via unanimous decision in August to become the new WBO lightweight titleholder.

Below is all the information you need to catch Lomachenko vs. Pedraza on Saturday night.

UFC 231 Holloway vs Ortega

In addition to the 145-pound main event, former women’s bantamweight title challenger Valentina Shevchenko will meet former women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the vacant women’s flyweight title, streaking Brazilian finisher Thiago Santos will test his luck against perennial light heavyweight contender Jimi Manuwa, and the always entertaining Alex Oliveira will try to ward off a returning Gunnar Nelson.

But, before the premier bouts get underway on PPV starting at 10 p.m. ET, UFC 231’s “Prelims” action will go down on Fight Pass starting at 6:00 p.m. ET and FOX Sports 1 starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Find out what happened right here as the UFC 231 undercard recaps roll in real-time:

Nelson threw the harder punches in the early going, catching Ferreira with a plethora of counter shots. Ferreira was in trouble and fell to the ground. Nelson let him up. Ferreira regained some momentum with combinations to the body and right hands before landing a takedown. The Brazilian then worked for a kimura but Nelson defended nicely. In Round 2, Ferreira quickly gained top control and worked into full mount. Nelson defended the best he could but Ferreira was relentless with punches in bunches. The referee had no choice but to step in for the TKO stoppage.

Devin Clark vs. Aleksandar Rakic

It took Clark two seconds to land a huge punch that put Rakic on his butt. Rakic regrouped and started to score with whipping leg kicks. Clark found another home for a powerful left hook that dropped Rakic again. Clark followed his efforts up with countless knees in the clinch. Some were illegal, though, as both of Rakic’s hand were on the ground but the referee issued no warning. Rakic once again weathered the storm and ended up catching Clark with a flush back fist that sent the Jon Jones training partner to the canvas. Rakic capitalized with ferocious ground-and-pound before the referee stepped in for the first-round TKO stoppage. will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 231 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.


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— 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Cowboy Christmas – It’s All Here. Las Vegas Convention Center, South Halls. Free admission, open to the public. Co-located with the RMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo.

— 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Junior NFR presented by YETI. Las Vegas Convention Center, South Halls, at Wrangler Rodeo Arena within the RMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo. Bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding.

— 9 a.m.-6 p.m.: South Point Western Gift Show, South Point Exhibit Hall. Free admission, open to the public.

— 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Bob Tallman Wrangler NFR Charity Bowling Tournament. Gold Coast Hotel & Casino, bowling center. To support the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund and Speedway Children’s Charities. Bowling, silent auction and more. Free admission, fee required to bowl; teams and individuals welcome. For more information, contact Paulette Anderson, 702-632-8242.

— 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Cowboy Marketplace Gift Show, Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino. Free admission, open to the public.

— 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Country Christmas, Sands Expo. Free admission, open to the public.

— Noon: All In Barrel Race, Race 1 Showdown Round, Orleans Arena. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit

— Noon-1 p.m.: Outside the Barrel with Flint Rasmussen. Cowboy Christmas, Las Vegas Convention Center, South Halls. Rodeo Live presented by RODEOHOUSTON. Free admission, open to the public.

— Noon-2 p.m.: Wrangler NFR Autograph Session, Tie-Down Ropers. MGM Grand, main lobby. Free admission, open to the public. First come, first served; contestants depart at 2 p.m.

— 1:15-2 p.m.: Daryle Singletary’s Keepin’ It Country, hosted by Andy Griggs. Cowboy Christmas, Las Vegas Convention Center, South Halls. Rodeo Live presented by RODEOHOUSTON. Free admission, open to the public.

— 2 p.m.: World Series of Team Roping, South Point Arena & Equestrian Center. Free admission, open to the public.

— 2:15-3 p.m.: Rodeo Recess with Andy Seiler. Cowboy Christmas, Las Vegas Convention Center, South Halls. Rodeo Live Presented by RODEOHOUSTON. Free admission, open to the public.

— 2:30-3 p.m.: Miss Rodeo America Justin Boot Parade. Cowboy Christmas, Las Vegas Convention Center, South Halls. MRA Contestants to showcase new trends in Western fashion. For more information, visit

— 3-5 p.m.: Miss Rodeo America Scholarship Foundation Auction. Cowboy Christmas, Las Vegas Convention Center, South Halls. For more information, visit

— 5 p.m.: Rump’s Rodeo Party hosted by Justin Rumford. The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Honky Tonk Saloon. Free admission, open to the public, 21 and older. For more information, visit

— 6-10 p.m.: South Point Presents Ram Rodeo Tailgate Party. South Point Convention Center. Free admission, open to the public.

— 6 p.m.-midnight: Silverton Casino Presents Cowboys & Indians After Parties, hosted by Justin Frazell. Veil Pavilion, inside Silverton Casino Hotel. All-ages viewing party, followed by live band. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit

— 6:30 p.m.: Gary Leffew’s Bucking Ball, Tropicana Las Vegas Conference Center. Live viewing party, followed by Gary Leffew’s Bucking Ball. Free admission, open to the public.

— 6:30 p.m.-4 a.m.: The Mirage Presents Rodeo Vegas 2018, at The Mirage Race & Sports Book. Official Wrangler NFR After-Party of the PRCA. Free concerts nightly. For more information, visit

— 7 p.m.-2 a.m.: Gilley’s Saloon at Treasure Island. Live entertainment and drink specials nightly. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit

— 8 p.m.-2 a.m.: MGM Grand Gold Buckle Zone, The Central at MGM Grand, near the sports book. Live entertainment, featuring free concerts nightly. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit

— 9 p.m.-2 a.m.: Buckin’ Bash hosted by Justin Rumford. The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Bourbon Street Lounge. Live music, dancing, special guests and prizes nightly. Free admission, open to the public, 21 and older. For more information, visit

— 10:30-11:30 p.m.: National Finals Tonight Show, hosted by Don Gay, Joe Beaver and Dan Miller. The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Honky Tonk Saloon. Recap the NFR with the best crew in town, and win prizes nightly. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit

— 11 p.m.: Wrangler NFR Go Round Buckle Presentations, hosted by Flint Rasmussen and Randy Corley. South Point Showroom. Free admission, open to the public. Free concerts each night, following the presentations: Aaron Watson (tonight-Tuesday); Cody Johnson (Wednesday-Dec. 14); Sierra Black (Dec. 15).


— Florida Georgia Line, Planet Hollywood, Zappos Theater, 866-919-7472,

— Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Caesars Palace, The Colosseum, 888-929-7849,

— Britt Stokes, The Mirage, Parlor Room, 800-374-9000,

— Aaron Watson, South Point, 866-791-7626,

— Casey Donahew, The Mirage Race & Sports Book, 800-374-9000,

— John Michael Montgomery, Golden Nugget, The Showroom, 866.946.5336,

— Chris Heers, Silverton, Veil Pavilion, 702-263-7777,

— Rob Staley Band, Treasure Island, Gilley’s, 702-894-7111,

— George Strait, T-Mobile Arena, 702-692-1600,

— Ron White, The Mirage, Terry Fator Theatre, 800-963-9634,

Brett Rigby Band, Sam’s Town, Roxy’s Honky Tonk, 702-456-7777,

Doublewide, MGM Grand, Gold Buckle Zone, 877-880-0880, Carrington, MGM Grand, David Copperfield Theatre, 877-880-0880,