Interview: UFC co-creator Campbell McLaren

Campbell McLaren talks to Kingdom MMA 'I would have never sold the UFC'

Sunday, 31 August 2014

VIDEO: Watch Kickboxing Fight of the Year: Joe Schilling vs Simon Marcus - GLORY Last Man Standing

Joe Schilling vs Simon Marcus is an electric GLORY Middleweight bout

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


Both Joe Schilling and Simon Marcus put it all on the line in their opening bouts of the GLORY Last Man Standing Middleweight title tournament on June 21st.

Both men put everything on the line, with the bout having to go to a sudden death victory round for the decider.

Schilling would advance to the next round where he defeated long time nemesis Wayne Barrett by split decision, before losing out to the technically tough Artem Levin in the tournament final.

Watch "Stitch Em Up" Joe Schilling vs Simon "Bad Bwoy"  Marcus is one of the best kickboxing matches you will see all year.

Friday, 29 August 2014

ONE FC: Reign of Champions Results - Askren and Jadambaa capture gold, whilst Aoki defends in dominating fashion

Two new champions crowned in Dubai for ONE FC

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Credit ONE FC
The Dubai World Trade Centre played host an impressive ONE FC event as Shinya Aoki retained his ONE FC Lightweight World Championship in the event's main event. Elsewhere, both Ben Askren and Narantungalag Jamdambaa emerged as new world champions.

A clinical grappling performance from Shinya Aoki saw him successfully defend his ONE FC Lightweight World Championship against Kamal Shalorus, submitting the Iranian in the first round by rear naked choke.

Ben Askren flourished to take the Welterweight belt away from Nobutatsu Suzuki, taking less than two minutes to finish the fight, by landing an unprecedented amount of strikes on his grounded opponent.

In the only title fight to go the distance, Narantungalag Jadambaa emerged victorious over Kojo Oishi to capture the ONE FC Featherweight World Championship. Jadambaa controlled the fight for the majority, landing the cleaner shots, as well as the some impressive takedowns. Oishi seemed a shell of himself, and was never able to amount any real form of a comeback.

Roger Huerta got his first win in four years, defeating Christian Holley by knockout in the first round. Huerta used his superior grappling skills to take the fight to the ground and finished the fight with a barrage of punches.

James McSweeney continued his impressive run in ONE FC, knocking out Cristiano Kaminishi with a vicious soccer kick to what seemed to be the back of the head.

The main card opened with Herbert Burns grinding out the decision victory against an overwhelmed Hiroshige Tanaka.

Official results for ONE FC: REIGN OF CHAMPIONS

ONE FC Lightweight World Championship bout: Shinya Aoki defeats Kamal Shalorus by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:15 minutes of round 1

ONE FC Welterweight World Championship bout: Ben Askren defeats Nobutatsu Suzuki by TKO (Strikes) at 1:24 minutes of round 1

ONE FC Featherweight World Championship bout: Narantungalag Jadambaa defeats Koji Oishi by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3

Lightweight bout: Roger Huerta defeats Christian Holley TKO (Strikes) at 3:13 minutes of round X
Light Heavyweight bout: James McSweeney defeats Cristiano Kaminishi by Knockout at 1:17 minutes of round 1

Featherweight bout: Herbert Burns defeats Hiroshige Tanaka by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3

Catchweight (76.5kg) bout: Mohamad Walid defeats Vaughn Donayre by Submission (Armbar) at 1:05 minutes of round 1

Flyweight bout: Dejdamrong sor Amnuaysirichoke defeats Ali Yaakub by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:34 minutes of round 1

Flyweight bout: Ann Osman defeats Ana Julaton by Split Decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3

James Irvin forced to withdraw from Bellator 125 fight against Brian Rogers with leg injury, Rogers now faces Brett Cooper

James Irvin out with leg injury, Brett Cooper steps in to face Brian Rogers at Bellator 125

by  Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


An unlucky leg injury for James Irvin, may see him sidelined until 2015, and forces him to withdraw from Brian Rogers bout at Bellator 125 on September 19th. Brian Rogers now gets a tough test in Bellator veteran Brett Cooper.

A highlight reel flying knee knockout of Adrian Miles at Bellator 119, Rogers is a forced to be reckoned with. Meanwhile, Cooper is looking to bounce back from a submission loss to Brandon Halsey at Bellator 122.

With the change, the current fight card for Bellator 125 is listed below:

MAIN CARD:

Middleweight Feature Fight: Doug Marshall (18-7) vs. Melvin Manhoef (28-11-1)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Brett Cooper (20-10) vs. Brian Rogers (11-6)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Martin Stapleton (13-3) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (17-2)
Heavyweight Feature Fight:  Javy Ayala (7-3) vs. Raphael Butler (8-0-1)

PRELIMINARY CARD:

Welterweight Feature Fight: Ron Keslar (11-6) vs. Jesse Juarez (21-9)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Aaron Wilkinson (11-6) vs. Chris Honeycutt (4-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Julio Cesar Neves (29-0) vs. Poppies Martinez (29-10)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Granson Clark (2-1) vs. George Zuniga (2-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (2-0) vs. Sergio Cortez (9-8)
Flyweight Feature Fight: Oscar Ramirez (3-1) vs. Matt Ramirez (debut)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Joe Neal (3-0) vs. Paul Ruiz (5-1)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Rafael Carvalho (9-1) vs. Anthony Ruiz (33-18)

Pannie Kianzad and Agnieszka Niedzwiedz set to collide at Cage Warriors 74 in London to determine first ever Women's Bantamweight Champion

Undefeated bantamweights Pannie Kianzad (6-0) and Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (7-0) clash at CWFC 74 the Copper Box in London for the inaugural Women's Bantamweight belt. 

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


Cage Warriors Fighting Championship will crown their first women’s bantamweight world champion on November 15 as the promotion comes to the Copper Box Arena in London for CWFC 74.

Helsingborg, Sweden's Kianzad (6-0 ) is coming off a TKO stoppage of Megan van Houtum CWFC 71 in Amman. The 22-year-old holds other notable victories over current UFC fighter Milana Dudieva, Bellator’s Annalisa Bucci and fellow CWFC bantamweight contender Lina Akhtar Lansberg.

“I’m really proud and excited to be fighting to become the first ever Cage Warriors women’s bantamweight world champion,” said Kianzad, a Rumble Sports team-mate of current CWFC welterweight world champion Nicolas Dalby.

I’ll be looking to represent my team as best I can, and I look forward to putting on an exciting fight in London in November.”

In her most recent Cage Warriors outing, Poland's Niedzwiedz (7-0) is also coming off a win, with a submission-of-the-night over Gemma Hewitt at CWFC 67 in Swansea in April.

“Pannie Kianzad is a very good fighter and I may need the two extra rounds to stop her. We’ve both earned this chance and we’ll show everyone some world-class women’s MMA in London.

We’re both young and determined, but I’m younger and more determined. Pannie, you asked for this fight, and I’m looking forward to showing you how much of a mistake that was.”

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan commented on the promotion making it's debut at the Copper Box Arena.

“After a number of sell-out London events at The Forum in Kentish Town over the past couple of years, we’re excited to be bringing Cage Warriors to the Copper Box.

The card for Cage Warriors 74 is going to be something special, but I’m really looking forward to seeing Pannie and Agnieszka fight to make history as our first women’s bantamweight champion.

They’re two worthy contenders but one of them is set to taste defeat for the first time on November 15. The eyes of the MMA world will be on this one and I can’t wait for it.”

Contender Promotions officially fly out to Holland for Fight Star Hunt

Contender Promotions have started their Fight Star Hunt

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


Contender Promotions UK have officially flown out to Holland to kick start their Fight Star Hunt at VOS Gym House of Legends. Holland is known for some of the worlds best K1 stars and Bell is confident in finding undiscovered talent.

Contender Promotions will host a preview opening at the new Budo Fight Store - Real Fighters, the official Sponsor of The Hunt. Kamal of Real Fighters has joined forces with Contender Promotions and will provide successful fighters with some new gear to aid their training even more.

With help of Francois Lubber of VOS gym, Garry Bell and his team are looking to uncover some of the best unknown talent in Holland, and to create the stars of tomorrow.

Garry Bell and his team are ready and excited for the road ahead. The Fight Star HUNT is on.

VIDEO: Unibet Inside the Octagon: A Look at UFC 177

Dan Hardy and John Gooden discuss UFC 177 for Unibet

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


Unibet step inside the Octagon with Dan Hardy & John Gooden to take a look at the upcoming rematch at UFC 177: Dillashaw vs Barao. Get involved using #InsideTheOctagon

 

Igor Fernandes injured, Marinjo Moreira da Rocha steps in to fight Paul Daley at BAMMA 16

Daley gets a new opponent for his BAMMA bow-out

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


After suffering a tibia fracture in training last week, Igor Fernandes has been forced to pull out of his fight with Paul 'Semtex' Daley at BAMMA 16.

He will be replaced by fellow Brazilian, Marinho Moreira da Rocha, confirms BAMMA matchmaker, Jude Samuel.

BAMMA matchmaker, Jude Samuel, commented: "Marinho Moreira da Rocha is also a striker and has a knock out ratio as big as Paul's. Sparks are going to fly."

Marinho Moreira da Rocha flies in from Conceicao Do Araguaia, Para in Brazil fighting out of Coalizao Fight Team. The 31 year old boasts a professional MMA record of 28-6 with a 75% KO/ TKO victory rate. Only 3 of his wins, clocked up over a decade, have come by way of the judges' score cards.

Keep your eyes out for some exclusive Kingdom MMA content on Paul 'Semtex' Daley.

Full fight card for Bellator 125: Marshall vs Manhoef on September 19th has been finalised

Fight card finalised for Bellator 125 on September 19th

by  Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


With a near 40 KO’s between the two, a middleweight clash between Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef and Doug “The Rhino” Marshall at Bellator 125 on September 19th.

California natives face as former welterweight tournament finalist Ron Keslar takes on veteran Jesse Juarez. Two fighters make their Bellator debuts, as Fresno’s undefeated MMA prospect Chris Honeycutt fights against the UK's Aaron Wilkinson on September 19th.

Julio Cesar Neves (29-0) impressed with his TKO win over Josh Arocho bck at Bellator 117, and he returns to the cage to face California native and submission specialist Poppies Martinez.

Both looking to make their mark under the Bellator banner, MMA veteran Anthony Ruiz will fight Rafael Carvalho in a middleweight battle.

Full fight card is listed below.

MAIN CARD:
Middleweight Feature Fight: Doug Marshall (18-7) vs. Melvin Manhoef (28-11-1)
Middleweight Feature Fight: James Irvin (17-10) vs. Brian Rogers (11-6)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Martin Stapleton (13-3) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (17-2)
Heavyweight Feature Fight:  Javy Ayala (7-3) vs. Raphael Butler (8-0-1)

PRELIMINARY CARD:
Welterweight Feature Fight: Ron Keslar (11-6) vs. Jesse Juarez (21-9)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Aaron Wilkinson (11-6) vs. Chris Honeycutt (4-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Julio Cesar Neves (29-0) vs. Poppies Martinez (29-10)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Granson Clark (2-1) vs. George Zuniga (2-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (2-0) vs. Sergio Cortez (9-8)
Flyweight Feature Fight: Oscar Ramirez (3-1) vs. Matt Ramirez (debut)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Joe Neal (3-0) vs. Paul Ruiz (5-1)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Rafael Carvalho (9-1) vs. Anthony Ruiz (33-18)

Paddy Holohan returns to the Octagon against Louis Gaudinot at UFC Fight Night 54

Paddy Holohan vs Louis Gaudinot announced for October 4th UFC Fight Night

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


Impressive Irishman Paddy Holohan will face off against The Ultimate Fighter 14 contestant Louis "Goodnight" Gaudinot on October 4th in Nova Scotia for UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs Saffadine.

The undefeated Holohan gave a brilliant performance in his home of Dublin, and he is looking to progress further up the flyweight ladder with a win over #13 ranked Gaudinot.

“I’m so grateful to the UFC for getting me back in the Octagon” commented Holohan “I don’t care who they put in front of me or where, I’m going to put on the same performance everyone saw in Dublin.

I didn’t even know where the fight was, but now I know it’s in Canada I’m really excited to go there and fight Louis, he’s a tough opponent plus he’s got good hair.

The whole SBG team have fights lined up now and the atmosphere in the gym in buzzing. I’ll be cheering on Conor the weekend before and I’ll definitely be watching Cathal and Gunnar from my dressing room as they fight in Stockholm on the same night.”

Watch UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs Saffadine live on UFC Fight Pass and BT Sport.


Weigh-In results for ONE FC: Reign of Champions

All but one fighter makes weight for ONE FC's biggest ever card

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Suzuki vs Askren - Credit ONE FC
ONE FC have announced that only Mohamed Walid failed to make weight for his bout against Vaughn Donayre at ONE FC: Reign of Champions, and the fight will now take place at catchweight of 76.5kg. The event taking place at the Dubai  World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

MAIN EVENT
ONE FC Lightweight World Championship bout: Kamal Shalorus (69.6 kg/153 lbs) VS Shinya Aoki (70.1 kg/155 lbs)

CO-MAIN EVENT
ONE FC Welterweight World Championship bout: Ben Askren (77 kg/170 lbs) VS Nobutatsu Suzuki (77 kg/170 lbs)

CO-MAIN EVENT
ONE FC Featherweight World Championship: Narantungalag Jadambaa (65.8 kg/145 lbs) VS Koji Oishi (65.6 kg/145 lbs)

MAIN CARD
Lightweight bout: Christian Holley (69.8 kg/154 lbs) VS Roger Huerta (70.3 kg/155 lbs)

Light heavyweight bout: Cristiano Kaminishi (92.8 kg/205 lbs) VS James McSweeney (92.8 kg/205 lbs)

Featherweight bout: Hiroshige Tanaka (65.7 kg/145 lbs) VS Herbert Burns (65.7 kg/145 lbs)

UNDERCARD
Catchweight bout (76kg): Vaughn Donayre (75.5 kg/166 lbs) VS Mohamad Walid (76.5 kg/ lbs)

Flyweight bout: Ali Yaakub (56.1 kg/124 lbs) VS Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (56.5 kg/125 lbs)

Women’s Flyweight bout: Ann Osman (56.2 kg/124 lbs) VS Ana Julaton (56.6 kg/125 lbs)

King Mo signs long-term contract extension with Bellator, faces Dustin Jacoby at Bellator 123

With a new long-term contract signed, and a third different opponent for September 5th, King Mo is looking to fight.

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


King Mo has committed his long-term future to Bellator, but he isn't looking past his new opponent Dustin Jacoby (10-3) for their September 5th clash at Bellator 123.

Mo's two previous opponents, Tom DeBlass and Marcus Sursa were both forced to withdraw with injury problems.

“This was one of the easiest decisions I could have made,” Mo said. “After everything that went down over the last six or seven months, I didn’t think this was something that would ever happen, but when Coker came on board with Bellator, everything changed. This is where I want to be. I don’t care who I fight, when it is, or where it is. I get paid to fight, and that’s what I’m going to do for Bellator. That’s it.”

Mo holds a 4-3 record inside the cage, losing to LHW champion Emanuel Newton twice, as well as a very close decision loss to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at Bellator 120. However he holds notable victories over Seth Petruzelli, Mikhail Zayats, and Jacob Noe. Although a rematch with Rampage is high up on his priorities, King Mo is looking to take out the entire LHW division on his way back to the top.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Tom Breese set for November return at Cage Warriors 74 in London

“I’m back. I want to make my mark on the division as soon as I step into it.”



Following a long-term lay-off due to a serious knee injury, Tom Breese will compete for the first time in nearly two years at CWFC 74 at London's Copper Box on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

Undefeated English welterweight prospect Tom Breese (6-0) has set a date for his highly-anticipated return to competition.

Having endured a frustrating lay-off due to a serious knee injury, Breese will be back in action on Saturday, November 15, when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship visits London’s Olympic Park to stage CWFC 74 at the Copper Box Arena.

A 22-year-old Birmingham native, Breese was rewarded with an exclusive five-fight Cage Warriors deal in April of last year, after clinching the British welterweight title for domestic promotion BAMMA.

However, while preparing for his CWFC debut - which was scheduled for Cage Warriors 59 in Cardiff last September - Breese suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which has kept him on the sidelines ever since.

The former British junior wrestling champion subsequently underwent surgery but is now at the end of an arduous programme of rehabilitation, with his long-awaited Cage Warriors bow finally on the horizon.

A former training partner of ex-UFC champion Georges St Pierre at the renowned Tristar gym in Canada, Breese has also recently returned from California where he was a sparring partner for Tom Watson in the build-up to his UFC win over Sam Alvey earlier this month.

Breese, who has taken all six of his professional wins inside the distance, will join CWFC’s 170lbs division, arguably the promotion’s strongest, but he told Cage Warriors TV that he’s keen to challenge the top welterweight contenders:

“It’s very exciting. There are so many different styles, so many exciting match-ups; I can’t wait to fight these guys. Cage Warriors is growing all the time so it’s going to be great to be part of the journey. I’m ready to fight. I feel great.”

UFC 177 Betting Tips

by Will Martin @BIGBILBAR7MMA


A rematch of the biggest upset of 2014 takes place this upcoming Saturday from Sacramento, California as the UFC Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw tries to defend his belt against the man he dethroned back at UFC 173. UFC 177 has received some heat as the card is not what you would class as a Pay Per View but there are some fun match ups and the odds are very good indeed . Last week was a great week if you followed my bets with two of the three I announced coming in so I'm here to try and continue the momentum and win you all some money.

Note, these tips are for guidance only. Please bet sensible and only if you can afford to lose - I will not be held responsible, if you lose you house, wife, dignity or self respect.

The first bet I'm going to put out is a five fighter parlay

Chris Wade 4/5
Anthony Hamilton 1/2
Anthony Birchak EVS
Bethe Correia 8/11
TJ Dillashaw  8/11

This looks a very good Parlay with in my opinion only one true risky pick, that being Chris Wade. However, I'm hoping his wrestling pedigree comes through against the unbeaten Cain Carrizosa. Anthony Hamilton should have more than enough to put away Ruan Potts while the Anthony Birchak v Joe Soto is a very fun match up of two former champions of other organisations outside the UFC but Birchak should just have the edge everywhere in this match up. TJ Dillashaw and Bethe Correia are favourites but not by much but if it comes down to these last 2 fights I'm extremely confident this bet may come off. A healthy £5 bet gives you a payback of £81 pound which is a decent return so if anybody puts this on...Good luck.

Up next is a pretty risky treble but sometimes you need to take the risk to get the rewards.

Damon Jackson 9/10
Lorenz Larkin  EVS
Under 2.5 rounds Nijem v Ferreira 11/10

So this Treble starts off with the former Legacy Featherweight Champion Damon Jackson moving up to Lightweight on 9 days notice to face Yancy Mederios in his UFC debut. Jackson is a former all American wrestler from Missouri valley. He has some fantastic timing and footwork to get his takedowns and then that's when his game really comes to light a purple belt in Jiu-Jitsu "The Leech" lives by his nickname as he just sticks to you and is very hard to move especially from the mount. Jackson has two wins via Arm Triangle and I would not be surprised if this happens again.

Next up a fight I was going to stay away from but went back against my decision as I have taken Lorenz Larkin to beat the very durable Derek Brunson. Brunson who will have the wrestling advantage will look to take this fight to the mat but Larkin has very good takedown defence and if he can stop the takedown he should dominate on the feet.

The final piece of the treble is Carlos Diego Ferreira to stop Ramsey Nijem inside 2.5 rounds Ferreira who is undefeated is a whizz when it comes to the ground game with six of his ten wins coming via submission and he will look to take Nijem there and finish him for his second UFC victory so it is a risky pick but one I can see coming through. A £5 treble pays back £40 so this is a bet I will personally be placing, as I do like the risky bet so good luck with that if you decide to go with it.

I have two bets left to offer, one of them is my choice for the underdog of the card and the second is a pretty sweet looking bet on the method of victory.

My Underdog pick of UFC 177 for me is hometown boy Danny Castillo, who I was a little surprised to see him as such a big underdog although Tony Ferguson has looked very good in his past few encounters i think Castillo is more than capable of stopping Ferguson's weapons and riding out a decision victory and at 7/4 i see some value in this.

My Last bet for UFC 177 is Team Alpha Male standout and UFC champion TJ Dillashaw to beat Renan Barao via KO/TKO and retain his title considering we have already seen TJ do this to Barao before i think a repeat performance is a definite possibility and at 9/2 its time to lump on and win big.

Good Luck

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

KOUNTERMOVE PREDICTIONS FOR OUR UFC 177 TOURNAMENT

Check out how to join our Kountermove “pick ‘em” tournament for UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Barao II

by Connor Hutton - @ConnorHutton94


Kingdom MMA brings you its third Kountermove tournament this weekend following a successful week of double header action, but for any newcomers who have a few questions, here is the essential information. Kountermove is simply a form of fantasy MMA, pick a team of fighters who you think will win and your chosen fighters are awarded points based on strikes, takedowns and rounds won etc.

You can join our Kountermove tournament for UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2 with a chance to win $25 right here: http://www.kountermove.com/join/31528-kingdommmas-25-ufc-177-freeroll-on-ufc-177-dillashaw-vs-barao-2-T-free/

If you want to win a bit of money but you need some guidance then take a look at Kingdom MMA’s predictions, our ‘favourite five’ below, a few fighters who you may fancy picking.

1. T.J. Dillashaw ($5500) - Dillashaw (11-2) is jumping right back into action with the former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao (32-2-1NC), whom Dillashaw beat back in May at UFC 173, the victory for T.J. has been labelled by many as one of the greatest MMA upsets of all time so we can expect nothing but fireworks this time around.

Despite Barao’s former win-streak and numerous accolades, Dillashaw enters the rematch as the slight favourite following his dominating triumph in their first bout. Some believe that this will reignite Barao’s hunger, however the quick turnaround may prove too soon for Barao to form the correct game plan to get the belt back, and considering T.J.’s records for strikes in volume on the feet and ground, Kountermove players can expect nothing but the same and this will pick up a handsome points return from the American.

2. Danny Castillo ($4300) - T.J.’s Team Alpha Male training partner Castillo (17-6) faces off against TUF 13 winner Tony Ferguson (15-3) in the co-main event of the night. Danny ‘Last Call’ Castillo will be fueled by the memory of his most recent outing which resulted in a picture perfect KO victory over Charlie Brenneman, whilst El Cucuy is fresh off an equally impressive KO win against Katsunori Kikuno.

Although Ferguson’s only hiccup in his six UFC bouts was a decision loss to a top lightweight contender in Michael Johnson, you could argue that Tony hasn’t mixed it with the level of competition Castillo has. With notable wins over Ricardo Lamas, Dustin Poirier and Joe Stevenson for the Sacramento fighter, Castillo could bring too much power and experience to the table for his opponent, so we urge Kountermove members to consider Castillo, especially at a cut price.

3. Derek Brunson ($4800) - Headlining the Fox Sports 1 card is a middleweight bout between Derek Brunson (11-3) and Lorenz Larkin (14-3). The Monsoon arrives at the Sleep Train Arena this weekend with his UFC career in the balance after suffering two consecutive defeats, most recently a first round knockout at the hands of Costas Philippou. However Brunson himself has a point to prove after Yoel Romero gave him his first UFC loss.

Whilst Larkin is thought to be the superior striker, the advantage may prove to be minimal as Brunson’s collegiate wrestling experience could be the deciding factor. We expect the 3-time Division 2 All-American wrestler to push the pace early and grind out his opponent. Both fighters are priced the same by Kountermove, but we advise our readers to back Brunson.

4. Henry Cejudo ($5000) - Making his debut in the UFC’s flyweight division is Henry Cejudo, who in fact made history at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when he became the youngest wrestling gold medalist in the 55kg weight class, but after making his MMA debut in 2013, Cejudo has amassed to a perfect 6-0 run. His challenger comes in Scott Jorgensen (15-9), who recently snapped a three-fight losing streak with a win over Danny Martinez.

Jorgensen may come into the fight with a host of experience after consistently stepping into the octagon with the world’s best, but recent performances would suggest he his on the downside of his career and a younger, hungrier Olympic gold medallist in Cejudo could be the final straw for the UFC veteran, Kountermove players would do well to snap up Cejudo who could bring in a lot of points with his grappling skills.

5. Joe Soto ($5300) - Former Bellator featherweight champion Joe Soto (15-2) faces off against Anthony Birchak (11-1) in a bantamweight fight, both guys will be making their debuts in the UFC however Soto will kick off the prelims as the clear favourite for the majority of the MMA community.

The key for Birchak will be whether or not he can handle the storm that Soto threats, with an impressive 14 stoppages in his 15 career victories. Soto’s extensive wrestling background could prove to be the deciding factor and although neither man has suffered defeat since 2011, we feel Soto is by far the higher calibre fighter and a must for your Kountermove team.

So don’t forget to join in with UFC 177 in our exclusive Kountermove tournament: http://www.kountermove.com/join/31528-kingdommmas-25-ufc-177-freeroll-on-ufc-177-dillashaw-vs-barao-2-T-free/

Bellator's women's division gets some Italian attitude with latest signing Annalisa Bucci

Annalisa Bucci makes her way to America to join Bellator's Featherweight division 

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


Bellator continue to bolster their women's Featherweight division, with the addition of #6 ranked Annalisa Bucci (7-3) who will compete in the United States for the first time in her career.

“I feel extremely honoured, excited and thankful to be part of the first group of females, fighting for Scott Coker in the new Bellator MMA Women's Division.

I cannot find the right words to truly express how I feel. This is more than a payoff for years of hard work, love and dedication to this sport. This is a dream come true!”

With a deep background in both kickboxing and Muay Thai, Bucci's relentless pace and aggression has garnered her the nickname "No Fear" within MMA circles.

With this latest signing, Bellator now has a collection of four of the best featherweights in the sport, as Bucci joins the #2 ranked Marloes Coenen, #3 ranked Julia Budd, and #8 ranked Talita Nogueira.

Bellator MMA sign UFC Hall of Famer "The American Psycho" Stephan Bonnar

The American Psycho is coming to Bellator, and he's got Tito Ortiz in his sights

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


Stephan Bonnar (15-8) becomes Bellator's latest acquisition, as the Light-Heavyweight agrees to terms on a new contract.

This signing comes after Bellator went on a huge roster clear out, releasing 13 fighters, which included former Light-Heavyweight champion Attila Végh (29-5-2).

Bonnar is considered a big-name signing, something that Scott Coker has been looking for since his inception as Bellator President.

“Stephan is a guy that has been a huge part of this sport and we are excited have him part of the roster.

He was one half of probably the greatest and one of the most important fights in MMA history, and it happened on Spike.

When you look at our Light Heavyweight division, with names like Rampage, Tito, King Mo, Emanuel Newton and others, there are a lot of fights Stephan can be involved in. Big fights against big names. After talking to Stephan, I know that’s what he wants, and we want to provide that to our fans.”

Alongside fighting Bonnar will also be involved in various components relating to Bellator, including the possibility of an analytical pundit.

Bonnar made a name for himself during the UFC's first The Ultimate Ffighter series, in the finale fight against Forrest Griffin which is largely considered one of the greatest brawls ever.

His last fight came in 2012 against Anderson Silva, however ring-rust aside, he already has a target on the head of his preferred opponent.

"I want everyone to know I'm coming out of retirement because it's time to free the MMA world of the virus that's known as Tito Ortiz.

We've been suffering through his boring fights for too many years, and it's about time that someone beats it out of him once and for all."

Bonnar is expected to make his in-cage debut before the end of the year.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

James Bray vs Sam Ferguson final professional bout added to BAMMA 16 on September 13

The BAMMA 16 fight card has been finalised for September 13

by Andreas Georgiou -@AGeorgiouMMA


The professional card for "BAMMA 16: Daley vs. Fernandes" has been finalised, with the addition of final preliminary fight, an opening Welterweight clash between James Bray and Sam Ferguson at Manchester's Victoria Warehouse on 13th September.

Tickets are on sale at  http://bit.ly/1xZ6u2g.

Amateur fights are still to be announced.

The headline bout sees Paul 'Semtex' Daley face Brazilian Igor Fernandes, BAMMA 16 also included three title fights: Mansour Barnaoui returns to defend the World Lightweight belt from American Michael Brightmon; Tom Duquesnoy faces challenger Ashleigh Grimshaw for the BAMMA World Featherweight title; while explosive Leon 'Rocky' Edwards faces Shaun Taylor to defend the BAMMA Lonsdale British Welterweight title.

Other names of note include TUF star and Ronda Rousey training partner, Mike Wootten; and debuting Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Mike Grundy, alongside a host of UK talent.

The latest preliminary bout to be added pits James Bray (0-1) against Sam Ferguson (1-1). Bangor's Pound MMA "Ruthless" James Bray lost his first professional fight to the heavily more experienced Ant Davis.

Competing at amateur since 2008 Sam Ferguson, the Team Colosseum fighter scored a 1:26 TKO victory in his professional debut, however lost to the more established Dan Rushworth in his following fight.

See below for the full professional fight card for BAMMA 16:

WELTERWEIGHT BOUT
PAUL 'SEMTEX' DALEY VS. IGOR 'CHATUBINHA' FERNANDES

BAMMA WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE BOUT
MANSOUR BARNAOUI VS. MIKE BRIGHTMON

BAMMA WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE BOUT
TOM DUQUESNOY VS. ASHLEIGH GRIMSHAW

BAMMA LONSDALE BRITISH WELTERWEIGHT TITLE BOUT
LEON EDWARDS VS. SHAUN TAYLOR

BANTAMWEIGHT BOUT
MIKE WOOTTEN VS. ANTOINE GALLINARO

FEATHERWEIGHT BOUT
SHAY WALSH VS. PAUL REED

LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT
ALEXEI ROBERTS VS. JACK GRANT

LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT
JEFFERSON GEORGE VS. MARC DIAKIESE

FEATHERWEIGHT BOUT
ANDY CRAVEN VS. GREG SEVERS

FEATHERWEIGHT BOUT
ANTHONY PHILLIPS VS. MIKE GRUNDY

WELTERWEIGHT BOUT
JAMES BRAY VS. SAM FERGUSON

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Video: 3 Other Famous Omoplata's That Have Landed in MMA

Video: 3 Other Famous Omoplata's That Have Landed in MMA

by Chris Houten - @mrhouts 


On Saturday night BJJ Black Belt Ben Saunders landed the first Omoplata submission victory in UFC history forcing his opponent Chris Heatherly to tap in the opening frame at UFC Fight Night 49. While Ben Saunders might have landed the first Omoplata in UFC history, his victory over Heatherly certainly wasn't the first Omoplata finish in MMA history with the like of Albert Crane, Gil Castillo, and Mac Danzig landing the rare submission on the local scene before hitting the big time.

While Ben Saunder is the first to do it on the biggest show of them all, below are 3 other famous Omoplata submissions that have landed in MMA. 

Shane Del Rosario Submits Brandon Cash 
Primarily know as a striker the late-great Shane Del Rosario caught Brandon Cash with an Omoplata in the co-main event at Strikeforce Challengers 4. Del Rosario landed the Omoplata at 2:57 of first round after being dropped by Cash. The victory took Del Rosario to 9-0 before moving over to the UFC after his next fight against Lolohea Mahe.



Caio Magalhães Submits Maurilio de Souza da Silva
Things when well for current UFC Middleweight in his MMA debut, really well in fact, submitting Maurilio de Souza da Silva in the third round at Shooto Brazil 13 via Omoplata. The victory would set Magalhães on his way to 4 more victories in a row to earn a place in the UFC's Middleweight division where he fell to Buddy Roberts in his Octagon debut. Since the lost to Roberts, Magalhães is currently ridding a 3 fight win streak in the UFC with wins over Karlos Vemola, Nick Ring, and Luke Zachrich.



Jason David Frank Submits Johnathon Mack
I know what you are thinking, 'who is Jason David Frank, and why is he in this list'. Well my friend, Jason David Frank is a karate hall of fame inductee, better know to you and me as the Green Ranger from the hits kids TV show, Power Rangers. In his MMA debut, Frank submitted Mack via Omoplata in the first round at Lonestar Beatdown: Houston, to show he is pretty good on the ground as well.  



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The Stats Behind The UFC's British and Irish Invasion in 2014

by Ben Heather @benheather


So far this year British and Irish fighters have had a total of 30 fights inside the Octagon. With the two most recent happening this weekend at UFC Fight Night 48. This weekend we saw both Danny Mitchell and Michael Bisping back in action. So after watching them fight I thought it would be interesting to review just how the Brits and Irish have got on so far this year.

If we split the British and Irish fighters out, I will discuss both separately but for now I will start with the Brits.

British UFC Fighters in 2014

In 2014 fighters from England and Scotland have fought 23 times in the Octagon with a combined record of 7-15-0-1 that's a win percentage of 30%. When you then realise that Robert Whiteford the only Scot to have fought so far this year has had one fight which he won it means that English fighters have only managed 6 wins from 22 fights.

If it wasn't for Phil Harris' loss in London being changed to a no contest it would be 6-16 for the year for the English fighters.

The six wins picked up by English fighters have all come from guys who have also lost a fight this year. That being said though it does include Ross Pearson's loss to Diego Sanchez which everyone knows should be a win. If that was rightly called a win then Pearson would be the most successful English fighter in 2014. However, as it goes in the records as a loss it means that Ross Pearson, Tom Watson, Luke Barnatt, Vaughan Lee, Brad Pickett and most recently Michael Bisping have all gone 1-1 so far this year.

The British fighters with the worst record this year are Andy Ogle and Danny Mitchell who have both gone 0-2 but like I said before Phil Harris would have been part of the 0-2 club this year if it was not for Louis Gaudinot failing a drugs test which ruled his first loss of the year a no contest. Ian Entwistle, Brad Scott, Jimi Manuwa and John Hathaway have also all gone 0-1 this year.

Noteable Streaks

Between Jimi Manuwa losing in the main event of UFC London to Alexander Gustafsson on 8th March and Tom Watson winning on 16th August English fighters went on a 0-9 run.

The best run for the Brits has been a 2 fight win streak, which has happened twice, the first during the UFC London event with wins for Luke Barnatt and Brad Pickett. The second occasion happened last weekend at UFC Fight Night 47 with wins for Tom Watson and Ross Pearson.

Thanks to Michael Bisping's dominant victory in China the Brits are currently 1-0 and hopefully the rest of the fighters can pick up where Bisping left off in Macau.

Regional Performance

After realising that the English fighters have not had the best of years so far I thought I would look in to where they have performed better than others. What I then found out shocked me, as you will see below.

Normally you would expect fighters to perform better on home soil or close to home however, surprisingly the fighters who fought in Europe only managed a combined record of 2-8-0-1 that's a win percentage of only 18% with the English guys going 0-5 in the last two European cards in Germany and most recently Ireland.

The region where British fighters have performed best is Asia, where the Brits have a 50% win percentage with Vaughan Lee and Michael Biping picking up wins while John Hathaway and Danny Mitchell both lost.

Irish UFC Fighters in 2014

Now when you look at the Irish fighters and I will include Northern Ireland in this as well its a completely different ball game. This year Irish fighters have competed in seven fights and have an overall record of 5-1-1.

The only loss in that time was Neil Seery, who stepped in as a last minute replacement against Brad Pickett in London. However, for fighters who have had a full camp the only blemish on the record is Norman Parke picking up a dubious point deduction in Brazil which resulted in a draw.

Norman Parke and Neil Seery have fought twice in 2014 with Parke going 1-0-1 and Seery 1-1. Conor McGregor, Cathal Pendred and Paddy Holohan have remained unbeaten after one fight each in the Octagon this year.

Noteable Streaks

As you are all aware I am sure, Irish fighters went 5-0 at UFC Dublin and since then we haven't seen another Irish fighter in action. The Irish fans will certainly be hoping Conor McGregor can make it 6-0 when he faces Dustin Poirier at UFC 178 next month.

Regional Performance

All of the Irish fights bar one have taken place in Europe with the Irish going 5-1, the only exception was the Norman Parke fight in Brazil which ended in a draw.

Manager Orsat Zovko cuts ties with ex-UFC and Pride fighter Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic

Zovko has wished look to Filipovic on his revitalised career outside the UFC

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Zovko and Filipovic - Credit Fight Channel

It has come to light today that long-term manager of Mirko Cro Cop, Orsat Zovko, has parted ways with the ex-UFC fighter.

Cro-Cop has been on a reinvigorated run after his departure from the UFC, including winning the K-1 2012 World Grand Prix, beating rival Jarrell Miller back at GLORY 17 and most recently winning the IGF title, from Satoshi Ishii.


Below is Orsat Zovko's statement on the termination:
"Dear media representatives, partners, combat sports fans and friends,
I hereby would like to inform you that as of August 25 I am no longer manager of Mirko “Cro Cop“ Filipović. The reason behind the termination of a very successful cooperation lies in the fact that I could not accept Mirko Filipović's new business proposal. Without going into more details, I would like to point out that our cooperation was immensely successful and fruitful.
After the cancellation of the contract with the UFC, Mirko's career started to move upwards again when he returned to kickboxing and after the successful Cro Cop Final Fight event in Zagreb, Croatia, which Fight Channel organized exclusively for Mirko. His return to kickboxing proved to be a good decision since Mirko won K-1 WGP title last year also in Zagreb, Croatia, which is, together with his Pride GP belt, the biggest success of his career. Then he signed with Glory, world's best kickboxing promotion at the moment, and he occasionally fought in free fight matches which culminated with his victory and winning the IGF belt last weekend.
It was a great pleasure to manage the career of one of the greatest fighters of all times and to cooperate with all the members of Cro Cop's team. I would like to thank all the media representatives and all the combat sports fans for cooperation and support. I hope we will successfully cooperate again on some projects in the future.
Sincerely,
Orsat Zovko"
As of right now Cro Cop is yet to release a statement on parting ways with his manager Zovko, however here at Kingdom MMA we will keep you updated.

Superkombat World Grand Prix V to take place in Almere, Netherlands on September 27

Superkombat is bringing the World Grand Prix series to the Netherlands for the first time in the promotion's history, on September 27th

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


Pre-sale tickets can be purchased online via www.slamm.nl for €35,00 EUR or at the door for €45,00 EUR.

Topsportcentrum in Almere, Netherlands plays host to a blockbuster main event as Catalin “The Carpathian Death” Morosanu (38-8) faces Netherland’s own Brian “Bad Ass” Douwes (31-21).

Morosanu impressed the Constanta, Romania faithful earlier this month, knocking out Giannis “Hercules” Stoforidis in the second round. The Romanian politician and winner of Dancing with the Stars will look to continue his undefeated streak in Superkombat.

His opponent, Brian “Bad Ass” Douwes; riding a three fight win streak, will represent the Dutch fans and is seeking a solid win in his home country, especially with kickboxing legend and hometown retired-fighter Remy Bojansky watching.

The World Grand Prix lands in Almere, as fighters from Morocco, Turkey, Germany and Netherlands clash in the Heavyweight GP, with the winner advancing to the Final Elimination event, on October 25th.

In the first semifinal match, VOS Gym's highly touted Moroccan Tarik Khbabez faces Turkey's Gurhan Degermenci. In the second semifinal match Dutch favourite Patrick Veenstra opposes fierce German Viktor Bugotzki.

Elsewhere, 2013 Superkombat World Grand Prix finalist, Suriname’s Redouan “The Spartan” Cairo, clashes with former Superkombat super cruiserweight title contender, Ali Cenik of Belgium.

Reigning Superkombat New Heroes champion, Clyde Brunswijk drops down from light heavyweight to meet Armenia's Hovik Tikranjan at cruiserweight.

The main card will be broadcast live on Eurosport, from 9:00pm CET (Central European Time) to 0:00am CET (Central European Time).

Main Card:

1. Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal 1 – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
Tarik Khbabez (Morocco) vs. Gurhan Degermenci (Turkey)

2. Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal 2 – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
Patrick Veenstra (Netherlands) vs. Viktor Bugotzki (Germany)

3. Super Fight – Lightweight Bout (-63.5 kg)
Hamza Soesie (Morocco) vs. Cristian Spetcu (Romania)

4. Super Fight – Cruiserweight Bout (-92 kg)
Hovik Tikranjan (Armenia) vs. Clyde Brunswijk (Suriname)

5. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)
Errol Koning (Suriname ) vs. Mohammed El Boulahiati (Morocco)

6. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)
Redouan Cairo (Suriname) vs. Ali Cenik (Belgium)

7. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
Brian Douwes (Netherlands) vs. Catalin Morosanu (Romania)

8. Heavyweight Tournament Final – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2

Saturday, 23 August 2014

A Featherweight encounter - Daniel Straus vs Justin Wilcox set to headline Bellator 127 October 3rd

Also on the bill, Karo Parisyan takes on Marisu Zaromskis and Christian M'Pumbu and Kendall Grove collide.

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


South California fans will receive a dose of featherweight action as Bellator 127 emanates from Pechanga Resort & Casino on October 3rd as former champion Daniel Straus battles Justin Wilcox in the main event.

Straus (22-5) enters the fight coming off one of the most memorable fights of 2014 as the Ohio native suffered a last second submission loss in a Featherweight Title fight against current Bellator Champion Pat Curran. He is widely considered one of the best featherweights in the sport and has won six of his previous seven fights. Straus is well aware that he faces a strong competitor in Wilcox, but knows that a victory means another title shot awaits and Wilcox is the only thing standing in his way.

“I’m ready to get back to work,” Straus said. “I love to stay active, fight as much as I can, and now I have the opportunity to get back on the road to getting my title shot, and Justin is in the way of that goal. I’ve got to focus on myself and what I’m doing, but you better believe I’ll have my eyes on Curran-Pitbull on September 5th as well.”

Veterans collide as Karo Parisyan faces Marius “The Whitemare” Zaromskis in what is being touted as a grappling vs kickboxing style matchup. Parisyan and Zaromskis have combined for 62 professional fights and are ready to put on an exciting fight for the fans on October 3rd.

Dropping down from Light-Heavyweight, the former 205lb champion Christian M’Pumbu takes on Hawaiian native Kendall Grove. Grove has 13 wins by KO or submission, with nine coming in the first round, but will have to hold off a revitalised M’Pumbu.

The full fight card will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

MAIN CARD:

Featherweight Feature Fight: Daniel Straus (22-5) vs. Justin Wilcox (14-6)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Karo Parisyan (24-10) vs. Marius Zaromskis (20-8)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Kendall Grove (19-14) vs. Christian M’Pumbu (18-6)

Tickets for the event are on sale now and are available at the Pechanga Box Office, Pechanga.com or Bellator.com.

Friday, 22 August 2014

UFC Fight Night 49 Weigh In Results

UFC Fight Night 49: Henderson vs Dos Anjos Weigh In Results

by Ben Heather @benheather


All the fighters have now weighed in for the second and final part of the UFC double header tomorrow which takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The fight card tomorrow is headlined by a lightweight match up which has title implications as Benson Henderson squares off against Rafael Dos Anjos. In the Co main event you have the match up between Mike Pyle and Jordan Mein with both men looking to set up a 2 fight win streak. Also, on the card is Carmont vs Leites as well as many more exciting match ups.

Below you will find the full weigh in results for UFC Fight Night 49.

Main Card
Benson Henderson (155.5 lbs) vs Rafael Dos Anjos (155 lbs)
Mike Pyle (170.75 lbs) vs Jordan Mein (170.25 lbs)
Francis Carmont (185.75 lbs) vs Thales Leites (185.25 lbs)
Max Holloway (149 lbs) vs Clay Collard (149.75 lbs)
James Vick (154.75 lbs) vs Valmir Lazaro (155 lbs)
Chas Skelly (145.5 lbs) vs Tom Niinimaki (145.25 lbs)

Prelims
Neil Magny (170.75 lbs) vs Alex Garcia (170 lbs)
Beneil Dariush (155.5 lbs) vs Tony Martin (155.5 lbs)
Aaron Phillips (135.25 lbs) vs Matt Hobar (135 lbs)
Ben Saunders (170 lbs) vs Chris Heatherly (170 lbs)
Wilson Reis (124.75 lbs) vs Joby Sanchez (125 lbs)

UFC Macau Weigh In Results

UFC Macau: Bisping vs Le Weigh In Results

by Ben Heather @benheather


All the fighters have now weighed in for the first of two UFC events tomorrow which takes place in Macau, China. The fight card tomorrow is headlined by a middleweight match which has implications on the top 10 rankings between Michael Bisping and Cung Le. In the Co main event you have an exciting match up between the #4 ranked Tyron Woodley and #10 ranked Dong Hyun Kim in what I expect will pick up the FOTN honours. Also, on the card we will finally see the TUF China featherweight champion crowned and Danny Mitchell will be hoping to pick up a win for the Brits who can watch live on UFC Fight Pass.

Below you will find the full weigh in results for UFC Macau.

Main Card
Michael Bisping (186 lbs) vs Cung Le (185 lbs)
Tyron Woodley (170 lbs) vs Dong Hyun Kim (171 lbs)
Zhang Lipeng (155 lbs) vs Brendan O'Reilly (155 lbs)
Ning Guangyou (146 lbs) vs Jianping Yang (145 lbs)

Prelims
Wang Sai (170 lbs) vs Danny Mitchell (171 lbs)
Alberto Mina (170 lbs) vs Shinsho Anzai (171 lbs)
Roland Delorme (136 lbs) vs Yuta Sasaki (135 lbs)
Wang Anying (170 lbs) vs Colby Covington (171 lbs)
Elizabeth Phillips (136 lbs) vs Milana Dudieva (135 lbs)
Yao Zhikui (135 lbs) vs Royston Wee (136 lbs)

UFC Fight Night 48 and 49 Betting Tips

by Will Martin - @BIGBILBAR7MMA



So after a not so fruitful weekend betting on UFC Fight Night 47 I'm looking to bounce back with the two fight cards we have this weekend. First up in Macao, China we have England's own Michael "The Count" Bisping taking on former Strikeforce champion Cung Le in the main event and later the former UFC champion Benson Henderson takes on dangerous Brazilian Rafael Dos Anjos. The only bet which came through last week was Alan Jouban as a nice underdog however between the next two events there are at least 5 possibilities for an underdog pick so lets get into it.

Note, these tips are for guidance only. Please bet sensible and only if you can afford to lose - I will not be held responsible, if you lose you house, wife, dignity or self respect.

First bet up is a 5 fighter Parlay across both cards with 1 fight from China and 4 from Tulsa they are

Tyron Woodley 4/6
Jordan Mein 1/2
Chas Skelley 11/10                
Beneil Dariush 4/5
James Vick 8/13

A bit of a risky bet with a few close fights especially with Dariush, Skelley and Woodley pays fairly well with a £5 stake the return it would get you is £76... very nice indeed but if you wanted a less riskier bet take Skelley out and pop in big favourite Benson Henderson for a healthy £50 return from a £5 stake.

I'm going to be looking at a treble next with 3 fighters with numerous victory's within the UFC

Michael Bisping 3/10
Max Holloway  1/4
Thales Leites     6/5

All three fighters are in dangerous fights here but this looks another good opportunity to cash in. Bisping faces the extremely dangerous Cung Le who has that 1 punch knockout power as we saw the last time Le fought in Macao against Rich Franklin. If Bisping can get through the first 2 rounds and avoid Le's kicking and unpredictable striking his superior gas tank and his underrated striking will come into play.

Holloway will be looking for another finish in the talent rich featherweight division, he is a very well rounded fighter who will take the fight anywhere and I really like a Holloway W in this one.

The toughest fight of the 3 is Thales Leites facing Francis Carmont in a middleweight encounter. I'm kind of baffled how Carmont is considered the favourite in this one as he is coming off 2 loses, while Leites enters with 3 wins in a row since returning back to the UFC which he has looked extremely relaxed and even better than before. In this fight Carmont is going to be looking at using his range and stay away from Leites who will most likely want to try and take this fight to the ground and use his deadly jiu jitsu game even though Carmont is very well versed on the ground and can frustrate you by laying on you but I can see a Leites decision here.

There is so many good underdog bets on these cards but this fighter is the one I like this week and that is Aaron Phillips as he faces Matt Hobar. Phillips is dropping down from Featherweight to bantamweight for the first time in his career. He is a very good kickboxer who likes to throw some great headkicks if he has improved his takedown defence he is in with a fantastic chance to take the victory here and at 13/8 the odds are very good.

So there are a few bets I hope come in and remember closer to the fights to check out the method of victory's that some betting websites will post as there is usually fantastic odds on these.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Video: Phoenix Fight Night - Andre Winner v Ryan Edmunson (Full Fight)

Video: Phoenix Fight Night - Andre Winner v Ryan Edmunson (Full Fight)

by Chris Houten - @mrhouts

Full fight footage from August 16th, Phoenix Fight Night showdown between former UFC lightweight Andre Winner and Ryan Edmunson.

Video: Phoenix Fight Night - Paul daley v Artjom Mironcev (Full Fight)

Video: Phoenix Fight Night - Paul daley v Artjom Mironcev (Full Fight)

by Chris Houten - @mrhouts

Full fight footage from the main event at August 16th, Phoenix Fight Night where Nottingham's Paul Daley took on Latvian Artjom Moroncev.

Roger Gracie and six other fighters signed to Asia's ONE FC

Roger Gracie tops the bill of seven new fighters signed to Asian promotion ONE FC

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


ONE Fighting Championship have announced the signings of seven new additions to the roster, including grappling superstar, and world renowned Roger Gracie on a multi-fight deal.

ONE FC VP of Operations Matt Hume stated, “I am proud to add 7 very talented international athletes to our world class ONE FC roster. These recent additions include undefeated fighters, Rafael Atilho of Brazil, Warren De Reuck of South Africa, and Michal Pasternack of Poland. Also world class champions Timofey Nastyukhin of the famed Russian Top Team, Igor Svirid of Kazakhstan, and the exciting up and comer from Thailand, Anatpong Bunrad.

I'm also very excited to add one of the greatest grapplers in the game, from MMA's royal family, Roger Gracie. I anticipate major excitement in the ONE FC cage as these fresh international stars and seasoned veterans mix it up in the shark infested waters of the ONE FC cage!”

Roger Gracie is one of the greatest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners of all time with multiple world championships in various competitions all across the world. He is the grandson of Carlos Gracie, the creator of BJJ and is a BJJ 2nd degree black belt. He is one of the greatest grapplers to transition to mixed martial arts and is looking to showcase his world-class skills when he competes in Asia for the first time.

Michal Pasternak is a Polish mixed martial artist with an unblemished professional record of ten wins and no losses. Pasternak embraces the diversity of the sport, and his balanced record of knockouts and submissions reflect that. Pasternak will have his hands full with the world-class talent in the light heavyweight division, populated with stars like the aforementioned Gracie, Brandon Vera, James McSweeney and Jake Butler.

Rafael Atilho is an undefeated mixed martial artist who have won six of his seven victories by knocking out his opponent. Atilho is a middleweight who possess devastating power in both his punches and kicks. He has emerged unscathed from the Brazilian mixed martial arts circuit and will now test his skills against the best mixed martial artists in ONE FC.

Warren de Reuck is a South African mixed martial artist who is now based in London, England. He has six victories and no losses. He is trained in Shorin-Ryu Karate and boasts a series of unorthodox strikes in his mixed martial arts arsenal. The South African will now test himself against the likes of Ben Askren and Nobutatsu Suzuki in ONE FC’s stacked welterweight division.

Igor Svirid is a mixed martial artist from Kazakhstan who has competed predominantly in Russia. He has competed nine times in the past fifteen months, winning all of the bouts and racking up an impressive winning streak. The middleweight has both impressive striking and grappling, which he has promised to showcase when he makes his ONE FC debut.

Timofey Nastyukhin is a Russian lightweight with a professional mixed martial arts record of seven wins and one loss. Nastyukhin is an aggressive mixed martial artist who has won all seven of his bouts by first-round finishes. Nastyukhin has developed a reputation as a deadly finisher and will look to continue his string of finishes in ONE FC.

Anatpong Bunrad is a Thai bantamweight currently residing in Belgium. Bunrad’s family moved to Belgium as a child but he maintained his heritage by picking up Muay Thai. He is also a black belt in Shihaishinkai Karate. Bunrad has set his sights on becoming the first MMA world champion of Thai descent and wants to achieve that goal in ONE FC.

ONE FC: REIGN OF CHAMPIONS, will be held on 29 August at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. An unprecedented three ONE FC World Championships will be on the line. Shinya Aoki will defend his ONE FC Lightweight World Championship against Kamal Shalorus, Koji Oishi and Narantungalag Jadambaa will clash for the ONE FC Featherweight World Championship and Ben Askren will challenge current champion Nobutatsu Suzuki for the ONE FC Welterweight World Championship.

Bellator MMA sign 2013 Female Fighter Of The Year Talita Nogueira

The Bellator women's division continues to grow in depth with latest signing

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


Bellator President Scott Coker continues his reinvigoration of Bellator's womens division, and adding to latest signings: Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd, Bellator have announced the addition of undefeated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Talita Nogueira (6-0).

The top 10 ranked Featherweight is a multiple-time jiu-jitsu champion, and will look to make Bellator her new stomping ground.

"Joining Bellator is like a dream come true. Since I began my MMA career I wanted to compete in a promotion like Bellator so I want to thank Scott and Rich for bringing back women’s MMA to Bellator and I promise I will train harder than anyone to put on entertaining fights for Bellator.”

Beginning her MMA career in 2009, “Treta” amassed a 4-0 record before taking time off to focus solely on jiu-jitsu. Nogueira returned to MMA in 2013, picking up two more first round submission victories, and now has the opportunity to compete inside the Bellator cage.

“We are always excited when we can bring in a talent like Talita to the organization,” Coker said. “This is just the beginning for women’s MMA here at Bellator. We want to make a very serious commitment to this division, and this is just the start.”

All 16 fighters make weight for Cage Warriors 71 in Amman, Jordan

Despite recent troubles with fighters making weight, Cage Warriors fighters make a clean sweep in Amman, Jordan

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Jack Hermansson and Deyan Topalski - Dolly Clew for CWFC
Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to the Jordanian capital of Amman for the third time in 2014, with CWFC 71 set to go emanate from the King Hussein Boxing Arena tomorrow.

The main event has the CWFC middleweight world title on the line, as Jack Hermansson (8-2) makes his first defence since beating Norman Paraisy at Super Saturday, against challenger Deyan Topalski (11-2).

Also on the billing, a highly anticipated featherweight clash between former title challengers Martin Svensson (13-5) and Dave Hill (12-3).

All 16 fighters successfully made weight at the first attempt this afternoon at Le Meridien Hotel in Amman.

CWFC 71 takes place tomorrow, Friday, August 22, at the King Hussein Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan.

Middleweight title: Deyan Topalski (184.8lbs) vs. Jack Hermansson (185lbs)
Featherweight: Martin Svensson (146lbs) vs. Dave Hill (145.7lbs)
Welterweight: Jonatan Westin (170.6lbs) vs. Jack Mason (170.3lbs)
Catchweight: Megan van Houtum (136.5lbs) vs. Pannie Kianzad (139.5lbs)
Featherweight: Gaetano Pirrello (145.5lbs) vs. Arnold Allen (145lbs)
Bantamweight: Lina Akhtar Länsberg (134.8lbs) vs. Laura Howarth (134.8lbs)
Welterweight: Ant Davies (168.1lbs) vs. Jarrah Al-Silawi (169.8lbs)
Flyweight: Coner Hignett (125.2lbs) vs. Nawras Abzakh (123.7lbs)

VIDEO: UFC Fight Night Stockholm tickets go on sale tomorrow

Tickets for UFC Fight Night Sweden go on sale 9am on the 22nd of August

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


Gunnar Nelson headlines his first event, as he faces UFC veteren Rick "The Horror" Story in a Welterweight contest. In the co-main event, Sweden's own Akira Corassani faces off against The Korean Zombie Chan Sung Jung at Featherweight. 

Elsewhere on the card, former BAMMA Middlewieght champion Scott Askham makes his UFC debut against Magnus Cedenblad. 

Tickets for the event will go on sale at 9AM BST on August 22nd only on AXS.com

You can watch the official promo video below: 

Andre Winner Takes to Twitter to Refute Claims He's Ducking Mansour Barnaoui

Winner is adamant that the fight didn't happen due to financial reasons

by Chris Houten - @mrhouts


Top 5 ranked British lightweight, Andre Winner has taken to twitter to refute claims he is ducking Bamma's currently lightweight champion, rising French star Mansour Barnaoui.

Earlier in the week a BAMMA press release went out announcing Barnaoui would be fighting at BAMMA 16, September 13. The press release included a statement that the promotion had hope to make Barnaoui vs Winner for the lightweight title, but Winner turned down the fight with Barnaoui saying, "Andre Winner was one of the logical challengers for the BAMMA belt, but he has avoided and then refused this opportunity several times. Winner fears to fight a kid like me."

Winner has now hit back at the suggestion he is afraid to face Barnaoui, citing pay as his reason for turning down the fight:
"@92_mansour has been fed lies,if bamma or any1 else wants to offer a decent deal then the: fight is on!u can fight for slave wages but im not."

"@92_mansour aint no1 bothered bout u,im enjoying my life ,i fought 6 times this year already while ur tryna stir some hype to get a fight."
Former UFC fighter Winner is currently enjoying one of the best spells of his career, riding a 4 fight win streak. He most recently competed in, and won an 8 man, 1 night, winner takes all tournament at AON 6 defeating Jordan Miller, Stephen Martin, and and Artem Lobov to take the £15,000 prize money. He is next scheduled to compete at AON 7 in the promotions welterweight tournament.

KOUNTERMOVE PREDICTIONS FOR OUR UFC FIGHT NIGHT 49: HENDERSON VS DOS ANJOS TOURNAMENT

Check out how to join our Kountermove “pick ‘em” tournament for UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. dos Anjos

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


After the success of our debut Kountermove tournament, it’s time for the next instalment here at Kingdom MMA. If you missed it first time around then here’s how it works, Kountermove is essentially fantasy MMA, pick a team of fighters who you think will win and the fighters are then awarded points based on strikes, takedowns, rounds won, etc.

You can join our Kountermove tournament for Fight Night: Henderson vs. dos Anjos with a chance to win $25 right here: http://www.kountermove.com/join/31205-kingdom-mmas-ufc-fight-night-49-henderson-vs-dos-anjos-25-freeroll-on-ufc-fight-night-49-henderson-vs-dos-anjos-T-free/

If you want a chance of winning some money then have a look at who you might want to pick, here are Kingdom MMA’s predictions, our ‘favourite five’ for this Kountermove tournament.

1. Benson  Henderson ($5800) - With future title implications in the balance, neither Benson Henderson (21-3) and Rafael dos Anjos (21-7) can afford a loss. Henderson is coming off an impressive submission victory over Rustam Khabilov. Dos Anjos has won three of his last four, which include Jason High, Donald Cerrone and Evan Dunham.

Ever since his loss to Pettis, we've seen a different Benson Henderson, much less apprehensive and not afraid to engage with opponents. Dos Anjos has superb Brazilian jiu-jitsu; where he holds a blackbelt, which could prove difficult, however with Henderson's size, he is rarely kept on the mat for very long.

2. Mike Pyle ($4500) - 38 year old Mike Pyle (26-9-1) has cemented himself as one of the toughest guys in the UFC Welterweight division, having only lost twice in three years. Jordan Mein (28-9) has done similar, having been prominent under Strikeforce's banner, and now in the UFC. Both fighters share the commonality of being knocked out by Matt Brown in their most recent defeats.

Arguably the toughest fight to call on the card, both men are very similar in both the standing and ground departments. However, one would have to give the advantage to Pyle, purely through experience. If he can avoid Mein's vicious combinations then he should take the fight.

3. Thales Leites ($4600) - After an impressive win in Abu Dhabi against Trevor Smith earlier this year, Thales Leites (23-4) turns his attention to Tristar's Francis Carmont (22-9). With Carmont on a two fight dead streak, another loss here to Leites could prove one too many for the Frenchman.

In the past, Carmont has struggled when he has failed to push the pace in fights. Leites, although not always the aggressor, is extremely calculated with his attacks, making them count. As well as Leites' extensive BJJ background, Carmont, although likely to take the fight to ground, may not find success.

4. Max Holloway ($4700) - Only 22 years of age, Holloway (9-3) already qualifies as a UFC veteran with eight fights already under his belt. Meanwhile,  13-4 Clay "Cassius" Collard is making his UFC debut. Holloway is coming off back-to-back wins over Will Chope and Andre Fili, as well as holding his own against Conor McGregor in August last year.

Holloway is a safe bet in this fight, although Collard has fierce knockout ability, Holloway's awkward and testing style should see him take this one.

5. Alex Garcia ($5100) - Tristar Gym's very own Alex Garcia (12-1) makes his third UFC appearance facing very tough Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, Neil Magney (11-3). Garcia is currently riding a six fight win streak, with two of those under the UFC banner, recently beating Sean Spencer at UFC 171. Magney is coming off three big UFC wins, including a hard fought decision victory over Tim Means.

Garcia may be a pricey $5100 but he is sure to return in dividend. Although Magney is a grinding fighter, if Garcia can utilise his superior standup, he should get the win.

So don’t forget to join in with UFC Fight Night 49: Henderson vs. dos Anjos in our exclusive Kountermove tournament: http://www.kountermove.com/join/31205-kingdom-mmas-ufc-fight-night-49-henderson-vs-dos-anjos-25-freeroll-on-ufc-fight-night-49-henderson-vs-dos-anjos-T-free/

KOUNTERMOVE PREDICTIONS FOR OUR UFC FIGHT NIGHT 48: BISPING VS. LE TOURNAMENT

Check out how to join our Kountermove “pick ‘em” tournament for UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Le

by Connor Hutton - @ConnorHutton94

Credit UFC media library
After the success of our debut Kountermove tournament, it’s time for the next installment here at Kingdom MMA. If you missed it first time around then here’s how it works, Kountermove is essentially fantasy MMA, pick a team of fighters who you think will win and the fighters are then awarded points based on strikes, takedowns, rounds won, etc.

You can join our Kountermove tournament for Fight Night: Bisping vs. Le with a chance to win $25 right here: http://www.kountermove.com/join/31206-kingdommmas-ufc-fight-night-48-bisping-vs-le-25-freeroll-on-ufc-fight-night-48-bisping-vs-le-T-free/

If you want a chance of winning some money then have a look at who you might want to pick, here are Kingdom MMA’s predictions, our ‘favourite five’ for this Kountermove tournament.

1. Tyron Woodley ($4900) - Woodley (13-3) faces off against Dong Hyun Kim (19-2-1) in a high stakes fight in the UFC’s stacked Welterweight division. ‘The Chosen One’ will be eager to recover instantly from a disappointing decision loss to Rory MacDonald however he has a tough challenge in Kim who enters the fight on the back of a four fight win streak, most recently a ‘Performance of the Night’ victory over John Hathaway in March.

Oddsmakers see this as one of the closest contests of the night but our advice to Kountermove players is to put your faith in Woodley. Kim is an extremely versatile fighter, however he lacks the power to put away some opponents, this is where Woodley will look to expose the Korean. Woodley’s overwhelming physical presence on the feet could be the difference maker, we expect a KO victory for the American.

2. Brendan O’Reilly ($4700) - O’Reilly (5-0) bids for a successful debut in the UFC’s lightweight division against TUF China Winner Lipeng Zhang (7-7-1). O’Reilly made a name for himself in the Australian promotion Fury MMA and will put his undefeated record on the line against Zhang who most recently fought at the Cotai Arena in Macau where he emerged victorious via a controversial split decision over Wang Sai.

Zhang makes the cut from Welterweight and will look to impose a strength advantage, however with O’Reilly fighting out of Gamebred Submission, the Australian will attempt to exploit Zhang’s weakness as the Mongolian has already suffered five defeats via submission. Brendan’s technique on the ground could be the difference and he could prove to be a valuable member of your chosen team.

3. Jianping Yang ($5400) - Kicking off the Fight Pass card is the TUF China featherweight final between Jianping Yang (6-3-1) and Guangyou Ning (3-2-1). Yang rides two first round submission wins into Macau as his opponent Ning looks to build on his TKO victory over Zhouwen Jiang.

Both men were the first pick by their respective coaches, however many believe Jianping to be the favourite going into the fight. Yang has never gone longer than two rounds in his professional career and this may prove to be the deciding factor in the fight, Ning will struggle to deal with the relentless pace Yang possesses, a shoe in for your Kountermove team.

4. Danny Mitchell ($5300) - Heading up the preliminary card is a welterweight matchup between Danny Mitchell (14-5-1) and Sai Wang (6-5-1). ‘The Cheesecake Assassin’ will be in search of his first UFC win after his debut loss to Igor Araujo in March, whilst Sai ‘The Fire Kylin’ Wang will look to avenge his opening UFC loss to Lipeng Zhang.

Wang has alternated from loss to win for his last seven MMA bouts and this could prove to be his downfall when he goes up against the more experienced and consistent fighter in Mitchell. Danny strung together a 5-1 streak before makings his bow in the UFC and with nine of his wins coming via submission, Kountermove players should take advantage of the points he offers, expect a lot of takedowns and a potential submission victory for the Englishman.

You can read our exclusive interview with Danny Mitchell right here.

5. Anying Wang ($4600) - Our wildcard entry could cause an upset as Anying Wang (2-0) bids to spoil Colby Covington’s (5-0) UFC debut. Wang has finished his two professional bouts via TKO (doctor stoppage), whereas UFC newcomer Covington posts an equally unblemished record, with three of his five wins coming via submission.

Whilst Covington in surrounded by welterweight talent such as Hector Lombard and Robbie Lawler at American Top Team, there is no doubt that Anying ‘Smiley’ Wang will be his toughest test to date. The question over Covington will be his ability to whether Wang’s powerful striking ability, Kountermove players should seriously consider Wang when selecting fighters, he could prove to be a cheaper yet valuable asset to earn you some points.

So don’t forget to join in with UFC Fight Night 48: Bisping vs. Le in our exclusive Kountermove tournament: http://www.kountermove.com/join/31206-kingdommmas-ufc-fight-night-48-bisping-vs-le-25-freeroll-on-ufc-fight-night-48-bisping-vs-le-T-free/

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

All the information you need to watch Cage Warriors 71 from Amman, Jordan

Cage Warriors 71 is a stacked card, and is not to be missed

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Credit Cage Warriors
With Cage Warriors' return to Amman, Jordan imminent, here is all the information you need about the Friday, August 22 event from the King Hussein Boxing Arena in the Jordanian capital of Amman.

the main event sees Jack Hermansson's first defence of his 185lbs belt as he takes on Deyan Topalski, while Martin Svensson and Dave Hill will be aiming to move a step closer to a featherweight title shot in the co-headliner.

The main card is set to begin at 8pm local time (6pm BST, 1pm ET, 11am PT), while four amateur undercard bouts will kick the action off at 6:30pm.

LIVE STREAMING

MMAjunkie.com | USA and Canada only
www.IrishMMA.tv | Ireland only
Viaplay | Scandinavia only
CageWarriors.tv | Rest of the world (excluding France)

LIVE TV

Setanta Ireland | Ireland
Jordan TV | Jordan
The Fight Network | USA, Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Middle East
Viasat Sport | Norway
Fight Klub | Poland
Fight Club | Russia
FOX Sports | Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Malta
FOX Sports 2 | Africa
ESPN International | Caribbean, Pacific Rim

MAIN CARD | 8pm local time (6pm BST, 1pm ET, 11am PT)

Jack Hermansson (c) vs. Deyan Topalski - CWFC middleweight world title bout
Dave Hill vs. Martin Svensson
Jack Mason vs. Jonatan Westin
Pannie Kianzad vs. Megan van Houtum
Arnold Allen vs. Gaetano Pirrello
Lina Akhtar Lansberg vs. Laura Howarth

UNAIRED PRELIMS

Jarrah Al-Silawi vs. Ant Davies
Nawras Abzakh vs. Coner Hignett

VIDEO: Contender Promotions hype Fight Star Hunt and showcase some of their best fights

With Fight Star Hunt just around the corner Garry Bell hypes his latest concept 

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


To read out in depth interview with Garry Bell, where he discusses Fight Star Hunt, Dutch fighters, Daniel Sam, and UK kickboxing click here.





Interview: Jack Mason “As soon as a finish is available I will take it and end his night.”

Kingdom MMA talk to Jack Mason ahead of his fight at Cage Warriors 71 in Amman, Jordan

by Connor Hutton - @ConnorHutton94

Copyright: Cage Warriors | Dolly Clew (www.dollyclew.com)
Cage Warriors 71 takes place in Amman, Jordan this friday, the event was previously scheduled for Stockholm, Sweden before the SMMAF found issues with licensing a number of the fighters. However the card goes ahead and Welterweight veteran Jack ‘The Stone’ Mason (28-13) squares off against Jonatan Westin (6-2). Ahead of the fight, we caught up with Mason to discuss his opponent, his MMA journey and much more.

Connor: This will be your 42nd fight as a professional mixed martial artist, and considering your debut was back in 2005, when the sport was still developing, is it possible for you to summarise your journey over the years? Being a part of the growth must be a fun ride?

Jack: It's been amazing to be honest and being involved in the sport in its growth stages has given me the opportunity to meet some weird and wonderful people and travel the world and experience some great things and achieve some of my dreams.

The sport has grown so much since 2005 and those were definitely the dark ages of the sport, when there weren't really MMA gyms around. There were some occasions where I turned up to a fight having no idea about who I was going to fight and just fight whoever the promoter had found me on the day.

Nowadays the sport is so professional and with promotions like Cage Warriors leading the charge here in the UK the sport is going from strength to strength with CW even securing a deal with Channel 4.

There are MMA gyms in every town now with decent facilities and coaches, which is a far cry from when I first started just training in people's garages or wherever we could find some mats.

The guys entering the sport nowadays honestly don't realise how good they have it!

Connor: Considering the amount of fights you’ve had, do you see yourself as a veteran of the game now? Or do you still feel like you’re constantly learning in your prime?

Jack: Honestly I still feel like a beginner, that's what I love about MMA there is always something new to learn and training just never gets boring, I look forward to every single training session.

Connor: A lot of fighters manage 3-4 fights a year on average, however you’ll be going into your seventh fight in 13 months, how much of a physical strain has the last year taken on your body? And can you see yourself continuing at this rate?

Jack: Physically it's not really a problem for me, I have a great strength and conditioning coach in Laurence Irving and a great physio in Jon McCornish and they keep me relatively injury free and fit all year round. Mentally it can be tough, especially with my demanding day job and girlfriend but MMA is something I love doing and it's my hobby outside of my day to day career so I never see it as a hardship.

Connor: Talk us through the whole SMMAF issue where your fight with Westin wasn’t approved under Unified MMA rules. What went through your mind when you found out that your bout hadn’t been approved, and tell us how Cage Warriors handled the situation for you personally?

Jack: I just found it really frustrating, the SMMAF were just not consistent with their approach to Cage Warriors as they were to UFC bouts that they’ve approved. Their stance just reeked of inconsistency and double standards. Subsequently the existing SMMAF has been dissolved so there was obviously an issue there.

Connor: Your fight with Westin goes ahead still, however you will now meet in Jordan rather than Sweden, do you hold any disappointment about not going to Sweden for this fight?

Jack: Massively! I would’ve loved to fight in Stockholm, it's such a beautiful City and the Swedish fans are amazing and really educated so I'm gutted we didn't get to fight out there. It's a big shame for Swedish MMA as CW is such an amazing promotion.

That being said I love Jordan and the fans out there are crazy and make for such a brilliant atmosphere so I'm really looking forward to getting back out there!

Connor: You have enjoyed great success fighting over in Jordan for Cage Warriors, is the fight being moved almost a blessing in disguise?

Jack: We'll have to wait and see!

Connor: What did you think when you got the call from Cage Warriors and they told you your next opponent was Westin? Did you know who he was at the time?

Jack: No I didn't know who he was but I looked him up and can see that he is a very experienced opponent with lots of MMA, shoot fighting and grappling competition experience not to mention he is from a great gym in Allstars with lots of good training partners. I know I've got my work cut out in this one.


Connor: Your 4-1 in your last 5 with the only loss coming to Benny Alloway in a close decision. Considering you have beat vets like Seck, Vallee, and most recently Carvalho, do you feel or at any stage have you thought Westin is a step back in competition?

Jack: I can see that this is a risky fight in that his MMA record isn't as big as some of the other guys I have fought but I know from experience that these new young and hungry fighters don't need big records to compete with the vets. My team mate Luke Barnatt is a perfect example of this.

I'm not about to duck anyone and I want to be the champ so I'll fight anyone who Cage Warriors ask me to fight. I know that Westin is just a tough a fight as any of my others if not tougher.

Connor: So tell us about Jonatan Westin now that you have had time to watch him. What do you think he does well, and what do you think his weaknesses are?

Jack: Westin is really well rounded, a very good striker and very good ground fighter, he's also a physical specimen. I've absolutely got my work cut out in this fight although I'm confident that I've got all the tools for the job here!

Connor: Seven of your last ten fights have gone the distance, is this ever something that plays on your mind, like you feel you need to finish more or is finishing just a bonus?

Jack: Number one priority for me always is the win and a finish is what I'm always striving for, but because of the excellent matchmaking on Cage Warriors and the high calibre of fighters, that is not always an easy ask! If a finish presents itself I will always take it and the more fights I have the more important entertaining the fans is becoming to me. I'm really working on trying to put on exciting fights nowadays and hopefully I can do that in this one.

Connor: Just one of Jonatan’s fights has gone the distance, with the majority of them finishing in the first round, without giving too much away, are you preparing for a fast paced opening? Or is the trick to bide your time and grind out a fighter who is known for finishing things early?

Jack: I'm ready for anything to be honest, as soon as a finish is available I will take it and end his night.

Connor: You have an impressive 15 first round finishes yourself and Jonatan’s only two defeats have come inside the first round. So it would seem he is susceptible to being caught early himself, and knowing you’ve got it in your locker to stop things quickly, has that played a part in your preparations?

Jack: Westin is from a great camp so I'm not banking on anything. He wouldn't be in this fight if he wasn't confident so I'm preparing for the best version of Westin yet and I expect it to be a tough one but I am sure I will be victorious.

Connor: With 41 fights in MMA, do you feel the amount of experience you have will be a significant advantage against Jonatan, considering he has just eight fights under his belt? Could this play any part in the victory?

Jack: He's had tons of Shoot fighting fights and is very active in other combat sports so to be honest we probably have similar experience in combat sports.

Connor: Finally, how do you see yourself winning next week in Jordan?

Jack: I fully expect myself to be victorious with an impressive finish. Thanks very much for the interview once again! Thanks to all my team mates at Tsunami Gym, BKK Fighters and Tandy Boxing.

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