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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, 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, 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.

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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...



By Brian Edwards
Posted 05/11/2017 at 12:28 PM

Former welterweight kingpin Georges 'Rush' St. Pierre will not face Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight title. Instead, No. 1 contender Yoel Romero will take on Bisping for his 185-pound belt.

Dana White broke the news in an interview Wednesday night with FOX Sports Australia.

Since winning the middleweight strap with a shocking upset win over Luke Rockhold on short notice at UFC 199, Bisping has defended his title once with a controversial unanimous-decision win over Dan Henderson at UFC 204 in Manchester, England.

After more than three years on the sidelines, GSP informed the promotion earlier this year that he was ready to make a comeback. The UFC announced plans for Bisping and GSP to collide at a to-be-determined date sometime late in the summer or the fall. The delay was based on GSP getting into the USADA program for four months before being able to compete.

"We're not waiting around for GSP," White told FOX Sports Australia last night.

Bovada opened Romero as a -300 'chalk' versus Bisping, who was +230 on the comeback (risk $100 to win $230). However, shortly after noon Eastern on Thursday, the number was adjusted to -260. Bisping is now the +200 underdog.

The 38-year-old Bisping has won five straight fights while bagging three fight-night bonuses.

Romero owns a 13-1 career record and is 8-0 in the UFC. The former Olympic wrestler from Cuba has victories over the likes of Jacare Souza and a pair of former UFC champs in Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida.


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2015-2016 NCAA FB #3 Guaranteed Leader: +856
2014-2015 NCAA BK #3 Money Leader: +764
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2012-2013 NCAA FB Percent Leader: 63%
2011-2012 NFL #2 Percent Leader: 60%
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2010-2011 NCAA BK #3 Money Leader: +1,461
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14-3 all-time record in BCS Championship Games
9-2 Super Bowl record since 2009
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2006-2007 NFL Member Leader: +1,155
2006-2007 NBA #2 Money Leader: +1,415
2006-2007 NBA #2 Percent Leader: 54%
2004 MLB Money Leader: +5,760
2004-2005 NCAA FB #3 Percent Leader: 57%

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