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Brian Edwards - About Me

Brian Edwards covers football, basketball and the UFC with a special emphasis on SEC football and SEC hoops. He has handicapped for VI since 2002.

Brian is a 1998 graduate of the University of Florida. After working as a sports writer in the Atlanta area for nearly two years, Edwards joined Vegas Insider in March of 2000.

Brian is a regular guest on radio shows all across the country. During football season, he is a weekly guest on the The Paul Howard Show in Las Vegas, The Sharp and Benning Show on 1620 The Zone in Omaha and the Chris Vernon Show in Memphis. Brian has also made appearances on Chad Millman's podcast on ESPN.com, Mad Dog Radio, ESPN Nashville and ESPN 1100 in Las Vegas

Brian has had by-lines in ESPN the Magazine. In 2011, he correctly predicted the season win totals for four of five SEC teams the publication featured in its preseason Top 25. His articles have also been seen in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, GamecockCentral.com and The Linemakers. His Saturday college football picks in the Review-Journal in 2012 cashed at an incredible 48-18-1 clip (73%).

On Dec. 26 of 2009, Brian beat every member of the national media to the news of Urban Meyer's resignation as the head football coach at the University of Florida. Of course, Meyer changed his mind the next day, but VI was the website that provided that stunning news first. Also, Brian alerted bettors to the pending suspensions of 20 FSU football players prior to the Music City Bowl in '07, suggesting that gamblers immediately play Kentucky -1 because the line was going to be heavily adjusted. As it turned out, Brian advised VI readers to then come back with FSU +9 (the adjusted number) so when the 'Cats won by seven, the perfect 'middle' gave gamblers multiple winners.

Brian hosted VI's radio show, The Power Hours, on Thursday nights from 2005-2012.

Brian is a life-long fan of the Florida Gators, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Falcons.

Brian is also a big fan of Steve Spurrier, Charles Barkley, the Van Gundys, Bill Raftery, Jon Gruden and Matt Brown. On the flip side, Brian is not a fan of Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez, Kobe Bryant, Mark May, Chris Webber and Craig James.

You can check out more of his work at BrianEdwardsSports.com.

For daily sports gambling analysis, you can follow Brian on twitter at Vegasbedwards.

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By Brian Edwards
Posted 07/25/2017 at 10:33 AM

There hasn't been much information out in terms of an update on UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes' condition in recent weeks. However, fellow Hall of Famer, close friend and former coach Pat Miletich appeared on Ariel Helwani's MMA Hour yesterday and he had positive news on Hughes, whose truck was hit on the passenger side by an oncoming train in an June 16 accident in rural Illinois.

"He is surprising the doctors," Miletich said. "He's making great leaps and he's no longer in a coma, and he's improving. It's going to be a long road. Any type of head trauma at that level, there's going to be some rehab."

There's been some confusion about how Hughes was hit by a train and Miletich shed some light on that situation. "The [train] engineer said, Matt had stopped on the gravel road," Miletich said. "It's a hill, goes up, it's a real quick hill that goes up to the railroad tracks. He had stopped, then tried to get across it in time. The train was almost going 50 MPH.

“When you’re out in the country, there’s no crossing guards, there’s no lights,” Miletich continued. “It’s almost like, he saw it, then tried to beat it. What I would say is that, you’re on a gravel road out in country on a hill and you’re trying to punch it and get over, you’re going to swing tires, he didn’t get across in time and got clipped on the passenger side.”

According to Dave Doyle of MMAFighting.com, Hughes has remained at HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Ill. since the accident.

Miletich hasn't been able to visit him yet. He revealed to Helwani that only family members are able to do so at this point. Miletich said, "They want his energy to go to healing and not to anything else."

Nevertheless, Miletich is extremely confident about Hughes's future. "I'm 100 percent sure he's going to make a full recovery."

We're all in that camp in hoping that Miletich is correct. The 43-year-old Hughes is one of the greatest welterweights in UFC history, finishing his career with a 45-9 overall record. Hughes is the two-time 170-pound kingpin who successfully defended his strap seven separate times during his two stints as the champion.

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NEW BLOG UPDATE

By Brian Edwards
Posted 05/25/2017 at 10:15 AM

Cody Garbrandt (back) and Michael Bisping (knee) won't be defending their titles anytime soon.

'No Love,' who won the bantamweight strap by dusting Dominick Cruz at UFC 207 last December, had been slated to defend his belt for the first time against former champion T.J. Dillashaw. However, a back injury has prompted his removal from the UFC 213 headliner. Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) and Dillashaw, the former teammates at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, have been the coaches for Season 25 of The Ultimate Fighter.

Bisping was originally going to take on Georges 'Rush' St. Pierre in the former welterweight champ's return to the Octagon from a 3-plus year layoff. With GSP unable to fight until October, Dana White scrapped those plans and decided to give No. 1 contender Yoel Romero a shot at Bisping's belt. 

But with a knee injury sidelining the middleweight champ from Manchester, England, Romero will now square off against 26-year-old Robert Whittaker for the interim 185-pound belt. This will serve as the UFC 213 co-main event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 8.

UFC 213 will be headlined by Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko. Nunes became the women's bantamweight champion by scoring a first-round KO over Miesha Tate at UFC 200 last summer. Then in her first title defense, the Brazilian striker destroyed Ronda Rousey by KO in merely 48 seconds. 
Nunes has won five consecutive fights, including a unanimous-decision victory over Shevchenko at UFC 196. 'The Lioness's other four wins during her current surge have come by first-round finishes. She has bagged three Performance of the Night bonuses during this winning streak.

Most books have this women's scrap listed as a pick 'em (-115 either way). There are no odds out yet for Whittaker-Romero.

What does the promotion have in store for Dillashaw while Garbrandt is on the shelf for now? Well, White said in an ESPN interview earlier this week that the UFC was trying to book Dillashaw against Demetrious 'Mighty Mouse' Johnson, the long-time flyweight champion. However, Johnson tweeted Tuesday night that he was waiting on a contract to fight Ray Borg rather than Dillashaw. In fact, he went on to send another tweet stating that Dillashaw needed to drop down to 125 and get a win before deserving a shot at his belt.

Ok, the only acceptable motivation for Johnson here is that he's trying to negotiate more money for him to take on Dillashaw. If that's the case, I have no problem with it. Nearly the entire roster is underpaid and Johnson has a legit beef in that regard. But if Johnson wants to increase his street cred, the Dillashaw fight is undoubtedly the way to go and it's not even a conversation. We'll see what happens...

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