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Monday, 27 April 2015

Mansour Barnaoui Ready to Defend Title Against Andre Winner

Mansour Barnaoui Ready to Defend Title Against Andre Winner

by Chris Houten - @mrhouts

BAMMA.com
Having not fought since BAMMA 14 back in 2013, France's Mansour Barnaoui is ready to return to defend his BAMMA lightweight title against Andre Winner who last night scored an impressive unanimous decision victory over perennial BAMMA contender Colin 'Freakshow' Fletcher at BAMMA 20 in Birmingham.

Andre Winner, who has previous challenged for the BAMMA lightweight title spoke about a potential bout with Barnaoui in a post fight media scrum following his victory over Fletcher, which you can watch here, he said: 

"I thought it was a title eliminator, so I am assuming I am going to get Mansour."

It appears as if Winner's assumptions were right, with Barnaoui taking to Twitter to say he is ready to face Winner, an opponent he has previous called out in the past:


Widely considered one of the best lightweight prospects in Europe, Barnaoui won the BAMMA Lightweight World Title by defeating Curt Warburton by TKO at BAMMA 13.  He defended his belt with a submission win over Colin Fletcher at BAMMA 14 but has not fought since with rumours of contract disputes, and injuries keeping him out of action.

Barnaoui who is 11-2 in his professional career is scheduled to face Maxim Divnich at M-1 Challenge 57 on May, 2 looks as if he is keen to stay extremely active calling for a fight with Winner on BAMMA 21 which takes place six weeks later. Winner however is scheduled to face Charlie Leary in a K-1 bout at Phoenix Fight Night 26 the same evening as BAMMA 21 so the fight may have to take place further down the line.

Stay tuned to KingdomMMA.co.uk for all your latest BAMMA news.
Charlie Leary at Phoenix Fight Night 26 in a K-1 bout. - See more at: http://www.mmaplus.co.uk/round-up/bamma/bamma-21-mansour-barnaoui-seeks-title-defence-against-andre-winner/#sthash.Ses2Zejz.YyUIfiyM.dpuf

Saturday, 25 April 2015

BAMMA 20 Results: Lazarz and Arthur claim World title's as Winner tops Freakshow

By Alex Dillon @ADillon__


In what was a big night for UK MMA, BAMMA 20 put on a stellar show at the BarclayCard arena in Birmingham which saw two new world champions crowned. In the main event, Marcin Lazarz captured the BAMMA World LHW title as he controlled Brett McDermott with his strong wrestling game to earn him the win. Longtime lightweight standouts Andre Winner and Colin Fletcher engaged in a stand up affair as well as Winner using his wrestling to earn him the win and Ed Arthur became the new World Bantamweight Champion by submitted Alan Philpott in a cracker of a fight.

Full fight results below:

Marcin Lazarz def Brett McDermott via Unanimous Decision to become NEW BAMMA LHW Champion


Andre Winner def. Colin Fletcher via Unanimous Decision


Ed Arthur def. Alan Philpott via submission (RNC) at 0:56 of Round Two to become the new BAMMA World Bantamweight champion


Chris Miah def Daniel Barez via submission (RNC) at 1:46 of Round Two


Regis Sugden def . Ant Phillips via TKO (punches) at 3:51 of Round One 


Jack Grant def Warren Kee via TKO (punches) at 1:04 of Round One


Rick Selvarajah def Jefferson George via Split Decision at 5:00 of Round. 3


Chase Morton defeats Wayne Drake via TKO at 4:07 of Round 1



Harry Marple def. Chris Astley via Submission (Japanese Necktie) at 1:41 of Round 2



Aidan Lee def Adam Jahovic via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at 5:00 of Round 3



Oliver Paske def. Arthur Jakub via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:18 in Round 1

Friday, 24 April 2015

Fight Focus: Mighty Mouse vs Horiguchi

By Alex Dillon @ADillon__



This edition of Fight Focus brings you an in depth break down of the upcoming Flyweight title fight between champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger Kyoji Horiguchi which takes place this Saturday at UFC 186 from the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Champion Mighty Mouse (21-2-1) looks to successfully defend his Flyweight championship this weekend as he takes on Japanese standout Kyoji Horiguchi (15-1). A lot has been said about this match up in regards to the champion being a powerhouse and the challenger not really being much competition as well as the usual 'flyweights are boring' and so forth but this fight has a lot of potential.

Let me tell you why, Mighty Mouse is the kingpin make no mistake about it. There are in differences in opinions as to whether he is the current P4P #1 probably due to the legitimacy of the 125lb division for now but many folk see him as untouchable, similar to the other two so called P4P greats Ronda Rousey and Jon Jones. The champion is good everywhere and he makes no mistake of letting his opponents knowing this. Wherever the fight goes he is more than happy to comply and give you a beating there. Has he ever looked out of his depth? maybe against Dominick Cruz but that was at a higher weight. When it comes to 125 he is the king.

So what threat does the challenger bring to the table for this fight? most definitely KO power. If and it's a big if, he is going to win this fight, Horiguchi is most likely going to knock Johnson out. Johnson is too well rounded and conditioned to be beaten by a decision so Horiguchi is going to have to KO him to win the belt. Can he do it? well, his record would suggest so and with two of his nine KO wins coming in the UFC, he can clearly 'bang' at the highest level. He can also grind out wins via decision which shows he has a credible gas tank for a three rounder but it's fair to say even if he was good for five rounds, he is never matching the champions ridiculous pace.

The odds favour Mighty Mouse hugely for this bout as he can win the fight everywhere where as looking at Horiguchi, it would have to be a KO or nothing. If Horiguchi is going to cause any concern to the champion at all, he's going to have to come out and push the pace from the off, not let Johnson work whilst loading up punches and looking to catch him. The problem is, Mighty Mouse has never really looked in trouble. Although many say Horiguchi is a huge prospect, there's being a 'prospect' and there's being an elite level fighter which I don't think many are convinced he is yet.

Will Mighty Mouse be too fast and flawless Saturday? Or can Horiguchi land on him? That's for you to decide but this fight really shouldn't be slept on that's for sure.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Fight Focus: Bisping vs Dolloway

By Ash Cooper @LUFCCooper



Welcome to Fight Focus where instead of offering up a short preview of all the fights, the team at Kingdom MMA will now be individually breaking down the big fights from the upcoming cards.

This first edition focuses on Michael Bisping and C.B. Dolloway who both have a lot on the line this Saturday.  

Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping will look to bounce back from his loss to Luke Rockhold, when he faces number 10 ranked middleweight CB Dollaway at UFC 186. Both veteran middleweights are coming off losses, and will be looking for a dominant performance to regain their position among the UFC’s elite.
Bisping has the highest work rate in the middleweight division and will look to outwork Dollaway and keep him on the outside, using leg kicks and straights. Although not known for his knockout power, Bisping hits hard and will look to wear down his opponent and look for a finish in the later stages of the fight.

Dollaway on the other hand is a big strong middleweight, although BIsping used to fight as a light heavyweight, its expected that Dollaway will have the strength advantage.  The former Arizona State wrestler will look to use his size and push Bisping up against the cage, where he can work his takedowns. He also has some nasty chokes in his arsenal so if he manages to lock his arms around Bispings neck, it’s game over. The Doberman has constantly improving hands which he showcased in his finish of Cezar Ferreira, but I feel Bisping will have the advantage in the striking exchanges.
The winner of this fight will be the fighter who is able to keep the fight where he is comfortable.

If the fight stays standing, Bisping should win comfortably. Bisping will be too fast here for Dollaway and be able to pick him apart with his jab. If Dollaway is able to take Bisping down, I feel he will be able to keep him down and grind out a decision. Although Bisping has strong takedown defence, Dollaway will take confidence from Bisping’s fight with Tim Kennedy, where he was taken down at ease several times. Although Dollaway may hit harder than his opponent, Bisping has shown in previous fight he can be hard to hit, using good footwork and head movement to avoid shots.

This promises to be an entertaining fight, where two veterans will look to prove they are still relevant in the middleweight rankings and not just simply gatekeepers.

Three fights to watch this weekend

By Ash Cooper @LUFCCooper



The UFC returns to action this weekend for UFC 186, where Mighty Mouse Demetrious Johnson will look to defend his flyweight title for the 6th time when he faces KyojiHoriguchi. BAMMA 20 also takes place this weekend, from the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, where Ed Arthur and Alan Philpot will battle to become BAMMA’s new world bantamweight champion. Here are three fights you should be watching this weekend.

Quinton Jackson Vs Fabio Maldonado UFC 186

After winning three straight fights in Bellator, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson will make his long awaited return to the octagon.After a legal battle with Bellator Rampage is now cleared to fight, and will fight tough Brazilian brawler Fabio Maldonado.  Maldonado has won four of his last five fights, and looked very impressive in his last outing stopping Hans Stringer, and earning a performance of the night bonus.
Both fighters have explosive knockout power, and will be looking to add another impressive knockout victory to their records. A former professional boxer Maldonado will provide a tough test for Rampage on the feet, and I expect the fight to be a real brawl. Both fighters like to sprawl and brawl so fans can expect the fight to stay on the feet, with both fighters trading heavy shots. Both fighters have granite chins and like to take a shot to give one. Both fighters are rarely finished and I expect this fight to be a 15 minute war, this battle has fight of the night written all over it.

Ed Arthur Vs Alan Philpott 

Undefeated English prospect Ed Arthur will challenge Northern Ireland’s Alan Philpott, to be crowned BAMMA’s bantamweight champion. Arthur has won his first five professional fights, and has finished his three opponents inside the BAMMA cage. Philpot is currently riding a three fight win streak, and will have the advantage in experience having 14 more professional fights than Arthur.
Both fighters will be coming into this fight high on confidence, after putting in the most impressive performance of their careers so far in their last fights. Both fighters are well rounded and skilled on the floor as well as standing.  Both fighters always come to fight and like to push the pace, so I expect a real back and forth battle. Both fighters have been engaged in a war of words on social media, adding to the excitement of this fight. Neither man will want to lose this fight and will do everything in their power to get the victory and the bantamweight title.

Demetrious Johnson Vs Kyoji Horoguchi

Since moving down to flyweight Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson has looked unstoppable. Defending his title six times, and finishing top contenders with ease, Johnson has cemented his position as one of the UFC’s most talented athletes. The fast pace and constant pressure Johnson sets would give any opponent problems, and Johnson is well versed in every aspect of MMA appearing to show no weaknesses.

Japanese star Horoguchi has won his last nine fights, and is currently unbeaten in the UFC. Horiguchi is lightning fast, and throws a variety of shots from all different angles, making his strikes hard to time and a very awkward fighter to face. Horiguchi likes to stay on the outside and pick his opponents apart, if he can keep his distance from Johnson he will fancy his chances.
In the stand-up department is see this fight being fairly even, so Johnson may look to use his superior wrestling and take the fight to the ground. Horoguchi will need to keep this fight standing, and defend Johnson’s takedowns if he is to have any chance of winning. I expect this fight to be a lot closer than people expect, and Horiguchi could provide Johnson’s toughest test to date.

BAMMA Announce Two Title fights for BAMMA 21, June 13th

By Alex Dillon @ADillon__



BAMMA have today announced two title fights for BAMMA 21 to be held on the 13th June at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham. The event will be broadcast on SPIKE TV UK and around the world.

Andy DeVent Vs Cheick Kone (BAMMA World Middleweight Title)

Mark Godbeer Vs. Paul Taylor (BAMMA World Heavyweight Title)

BAMMA World Middleweight Title


Andy "Lions Paw" DeVent Vs. Cheick Kone

The BAMMA 21 Main Event will see a new Middleweight champion crowned in the shape of either Andy "Lion's Paw" DeVent or France's Cheick Kone.

The BAMMA Lonsdale British Champion Andy DeVent most recently fought at BAMMA 19 in Blackpool, where he beat Conor "Da Crook" Cooke via Rear Naked Choke in the first round. DeVent now trains out of the ASW Gym in Atherton, alongside BAMMA Lonsdale British Lightweight champion Marc "Bonecrusher" Diakiese, Scott Askham & Mike Wilkinson. DeVent's record now stands at 12-9.

Frenchman Cheick Kone shocked the world with his 25 second destruction of Chris Fields at BAMMA 18. Following on from an almost identical defeat of feared European middleweight Benjamin Brinsa in 45 seconds, Kone is now looking for his third scalp en route to his first major title. Now on a four fight win streak, the Atch Academy fighter record stands at 11-3.

BAMMA World Heavyweight Title


Mark "The Hand Of" Godbeer Vs. Paul "The Titan" Taylor

BAMMA gets ready to crown it's first ever Heavyweight Champion at BAMMA 21. Mark "The Hand Of" Godbeer returns to fight for the belt after his defeat of Thomas Denham at BAMMA 19, and will face off against Birmingham's own Paul "The Titan" Taylor.

Mark "The Hand Of" Godbeer recently returned to his original training camp at All or Nothing. The impact was instant with his dominant display against Denham in Blackpool. Godbeer is undefeated at BAMMA and now looks to add the BAMMA World title to his 9-2 record.

Paul "The Titan" Taylor was meant to make his BAMMA debut against Callum Cooke, but the bout was cancelled due to injury. Taylor now gets the chance to take the biggest win of his career and the BAMMA World Title on the 13th June. Currently on a 4 fight win streak, the West Midlands based Taylor record stands at 8-3.

You can follow Andy DeVent on Twitter at @AndrewP_Devent  @BAMMA

Friday, 10 April 2015

Three Fights to Watch This Weekend

by Ash Cooper @LUFCCooper




This weekend promises to be a great one for fight fans, as the UFC, Bellator and WSOF all have events on with solid fight cards. It’s also a great weekend to see top British talent compete, with Jimmy Manuwa and Rob Sinclair in action as well as many others. Here are three fights you should be watching this weekend.

Rob Sinclair Vs Saad Awad

It’s been one long road to recovery for Manchester fighter Rob Sinclair, but now injury free C4 will step into cage for the first time since 2012 where he defeated Andre Winner. Before a series of injuries, Sinclair was on an impressive five fight win streak, and will be looking to shake off any ring rust and claim a sixth consecutive victory. This is easier said than done though as Sinclair will face the talented Saad Awad, the only man to defeat current Bellator lightweight champ Will Brooks.

Sinclair loves to stand and trade, and has impressive knockout power which he has showcased earning nine of his twelve victories by knockout.  Although also a solid striker, I believe the advantage will go to Sinclair on the feet, so Awad may look to take the fight to the floor, where Sinclair has struggled against grapplers such as Paul Sass in the past. This will be an entertaining fight, and it will be great to see Sinclair back in the cage, doing what he does best.

Jimi Manuwa Vs Jan Blachowicz

Jimi Manuwa will be looking to bounce back from his defeat to Alexander Gustafsson, when he faces the tough kickboxer Jan Blachowicz in his home country. MMA in Poland is rapidly growing in popularity, with Blachowicz one of the leading fighters of the country. With Vicious kicks and a strong wrestling base, he provides a very tough test for Manuwa.

Although both fighters have underrated wrestling skills, I can see the entire fight staying on the feet and I expect to see a real war. Manuwa will be looking for an impressive performance to show he still belongs amongst top light-heavyweights, and Blachowitcz will look to impress him home fans in what promises to be the toughest fight of his career.  Manuwa should have a speed advantage when it comes to striking exchanges, but he will have to be mindful of Blachowicz’s power and devastating body kicks. This has fight of the night written all over it.

Mirco Filipovic Vs Gabriel Gonzaga

It’s nearly been eight years since Gonzaga shocked the world with a brutal head kick knocking ‘Cro Cop’ out cold. Now the two veterans will meet again, with the Croatian looking for revenge. After winning three of his last four bouts outside the UFC, Cro Cop will return to the octagon for the first time since his knockout loss to Roy Nelson. Gonzaga who is also in his second stint with the UFC, will be looking to bounce back from his loss to Matt Mitrione. Although both fighters may now not be at their best, this still promises to be an exciting fight.

Both fighters are excellent strikers, and will both be looking to add another knockout to their impressive highlight reels. Cro Cop claims to be in the best shape of his life going into this fight, and will be looking to prove the first fight was a fluke and that he is the better fighter. This fight will stay standing and with the knockout power they both possess, it could be a case of whoever lands first wins. Both fighters will be looking to land their signature head kicks and the fight could end in the same devastating  fashion as the first one did, I can’t see this fight going the distance.

UFC Fight Night 64: Gonzaga v Cro Cop II preview & predictions

By Josh Hall @josh_hall66



Welcome to Krakow, Poland! This is the UFC's first venture over there, and aim to tempt fight fans with a heavyweight legend returning go fight an old foe in a rematch 8 years in the making & a local favourite in the co-main event.

Joanne Calderwood v Maryna Moroz
Calderwood comes off a dominant performance of Seo Hee Ham last time out after starring on the Ultimate Fighter. She has excellent Muay Thai striking, and puts her perfect record on the line against another perfect record in Maryna Moroz. Moroz has finished all her fights, 4 by submission so i'd expect her to try and drag this fight to the ground. Should be interesting.
Prediction: Calderwood by unanimous decision

Bartosz Fabianski v Garreth McLellan
A typical striker versus grappler battle here. McLellan, the dangerous South African submission fighter has won 5 of his last 6 by tapout. Meanwhile, Fabianski is unbeaten in 4 with 2 Kos in that run. Unfortunately I don't like the chances of the Poland native, and think he'll struggle against the grappling skills of McLellan.
Prediction: McLellan by unanimous decision

Jan Blachowicz v Jimi Manuwa
This is simple: someones getting knocked out! Manuwa comes off a disappointing first career loss to Alexander Gustaffson last time out, but does have a career record of 13 Kos, 1 submission in 14 fights. Blachowicz, meanwhile, comes in on a 6 fight win streak, including a terrific stoppage of Ilir Latifi last time. I think this will be fight of the night. And not just because I'm English!
Prediction: Manuwa by knockout

Gabriel Gonzaga v Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic
Hmm. This is interesting. Gonzaga needs a win after losing 3 of his last 5 including his last 2. Cro Cop, fighting against 'quality' fighters (ignore the Japanese 'fights') is 1-4. I assume the signing and subsequent booking of this main event was to try and get some well loved fighters onto the card (and keep Bellator from adding to their OAP division) and could be an entertaining fight. The bottom line: Gonzaga loses, potentially gets his P45. Cro Cop loses, becomes the gatekeeper. Again.
Prediction: Gonzaga by submission

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 63: Mendes v Lamas Review

By Josh Hall @josh_hall66



Fairfax, Virginia hosted this weekends UFC festivities with two former title challengers in the main event. So, without further ado, let's take a look at the fights...

Dustin Poirier v Diego Ferreira

Poirier got back to winning ways with a stoppage of Diego Ferreira early on. Both men came out throwing bombs, with Poirier clipping Ferreira and knocking him down early. Poirier stayed upright, letting his opponent get back to his feet. After a series of more shots from the 'Diamond', eventually Ferreira fell again to a right uppercut, allowing Poirier to swarm with the ref jumping in for the stoppage.

Result: Poirier by TKO round 1

Clay Guida v Robbie Peralta

This was all about the wrestling of Guida. Time after time he took him down and almost glued himself to Peralta. Granted, Peralta didn't let him advance position or latch onto a submission attempt (apart from a nasty looking arm-triangle choke late on), but he never really had any time to find a rhythm for himself.

Result: Guida by Unanimous Decision

Julianna Pena v Milana Dudieva

This was 18 months of frustration, rage and anger released by Julianna Pena here. Pena started with wild strikes, defending a first takedown but succumbed to the second. It didn't matter, as Pena just unleashed seven shades of fury onto Dudieva, with the ref stepping in mercifully.

Result: Pena by TKO Round 1

Michael Chiesa v Mitchell Clarke

For the majority of the first two rounds, Chiesa used trips and throws to get Clarke to the mat, then lock in a tight body triangle and take the back. This allowed Chiesa to chip away at his opponent via strikes and submission attempts, with Clarke defenceless. In the third round though, Clarke baited Chiesa into a standup fight. Both men slugged it out for the last round, eating numerous crunching blows, but it wasn't going to be enough for Clarke unless he finished the fight.

Result: Chiesa by Unanimous Decision

Al Iaquinta v Jorge Masvidal

Well, this was controversial. Round One consisted of both delivering heavy strikes to each other, Iaquinta noticeably the legs, until Masvidal hit a flurry of punches that knocked his opponent down. The follow up shots badly cut Iaquinta under his right eye. Into the next, and Al looked to diversify his striking to good effect. But those legkicks were starting to take real power out of 'Gamebred's strikes. The final frame became a back and forth affair with both peppering each other with strikes, and by the end Masvidal's legs were purple with welts. When the judges announced Iaquinta got the split decision, the crowd voiced their displeasure and then Al went on a 'WWE' style promo about the crowd. Bizzare.

Result: Iaquinta by Split Decision

Chad Mendes v Ricardo Lamas

Mendes again proved tonight why he is one of the top fighters in his division with a quick and impressive victory over another former title challenger. 'Money' started fast, not missing a step. Lamas hit him with a couple of shots early on but Mendes walked through them, knocking Lamas down with a right. Mendes stayed patient and stalked him, eventually clipping him with a left hook, and Lamas fell to the floor. Then Mendes just could reign strikes down on Lamas, from various positions until the ref stopped the fight.

Result: Mendes by TKO Round 1

Friday, 3 April 2015

UFC Fight Night 63 Preview: Mendes v Lamas

By Josh Hall @josh_hall66


After another jaunt to Brazil, the UFC return to good ol' USA with an interesting Fight Night card this weekend from Fairfax, Virginia (cheap pop(!)). Let's take a look!

Carlos Ferreira v Dustin Poirier

Both come into this after a loss last time out, Poirier getting destroyed by Conor McGregor and Ferreira losing narrowly to Beneil Dairush. Although that loss was Ferreira's only blot on his record, Poirier has arguably fought and beat a higher quality of opponent recently and I expect him to win this one comfortably.

Prediction: Poirier by decision

Clay Guida v Robbie Peralta

After only winning two of his last six fights, Guida comes into this bout to show us that there is still the man inside that holds victories over Anthony Pettis AND current lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. Peralta has a similar record coming in but his victories have come mostly via stoppage. Losing to Thiago Tavares last time out was a setback but I think the Californian native has more to give and has impressed me in recent performances.

Prediction: Peralta by decision

Milana Dudieva v Juliana Pena

After a horrific injury suffered in training last year, Pena returns to action against a dangerous Russian in Dudieva. On a three fight win streak, the young Russian will be looking to add another submission victory to her resume. But Pena will be motivated to start moving her way up the title ladder. I'm very much looking forward to this fight.

Prediction: Pena by decision

Michael Chiesa v Mitch Clarke

After losing a war to Joe Lauzon last time, Chiesa looks to get back to doing what he does best: submitting people (eight subs in 11 wins). But Mitch Clarke also has a top submission game, and is currently on a two win streak including submitting Al Iaquinta last time out. I hope for a submission war. But I won't be surprised if we don't hit the mat.

Prediction: Chiesa by submission

Al Iaquinta v Jorge Masvidal

Similarity: both have won six of their last seven. Difference? The last three fights Iaquinta has won by TKO. Masvidal, meanwhile has won his last three by decision. Iaquinta is on a tear right now, crisp striking and looks a real prospect in the division. Masvidal could be in for a short night.

Prediction: Iaquinta by TKO

Chad Mendes v Ricardo Lamas

This will be an intriguing fight. Mendes has just two career losses, both to Jose Aldo. With Team Alpha Males great breakout these last couple of years, Mendes will be looking to prove he's one of the gyms standout fighters. But he's got Ricardo Lamas standing in his way. After losing to Aldo a year ago, Lamas finished the year with wins against Hacran Dias and a beautiful submission of Dennis Bermudez last time out. This could be a frantic one!

Prediction: Mendes by TKO

Three Fights to watch this weekend

by Ash Cooper @LUFCCooper


UFC Fight Night 63 will see top Featherweight contenders Ricardo “The Bully” Lamas and Chad “Money” Mendes face off in the main event, live from the Patriot Centre, Fairfax, Virginia. Before they square off to determine the next number one contender for another shot at the Featherweight crown, there’s a night of great fights to watch. Here’s a look at the three fights you should be watching this weekend.

Dustin Poirier Vs Carlos Diego Ferreira

Dustin Poirier will make his UFC lightweight debut this weekend, as he looks to bounce back from his devastating knockout loss to Conor McGregor. Poirier had a good stint at featherweight with an overall record of 8-3, but the weight cut was hard for him and ‘The Diamond’ feels he is now better suited as a lightweight.  Ferreira who has gone 2-1 since joining the UFC, will provide a solid test for Poirier in what promises to be an entertaining bout.

Ferriera has heavy hands and is very well skilled on the ground, scoring a performance of the night bonus on his UFC debut, by submitting Colton Smith. I believe Poirier will have the technical advantage in the striking department, but Poirier can often leave himself open to strikes and if he gives Ferreira any sort of opening it could be lights out. Both fighters will be comfortable wherever the fight goes and I expect to see wild exchanges, as well as submission scrambles. This fight is a great way to start the main card, and I expect to see a three round war.

Jorge Masvidal Vs Al Iaquinta

In the co-main event of the evening, lightweight standouts Masvidal and Iaquinta will both look to win their fourth consecutive fight. Iaquinta loves to stand and bang and has knocked his last three opponents out, including former Ultimate Fighter winner Ross Pearson. Masvidal is a step up in competition for Iaquinta though and also has great striking skills, winning six of his last seven fights.

Although both fighters have good BJJ skills, I expect to see the fight stay standing, with heavy shots exchanged right from the start. Iaquinta will have a four inch reach advantage going into this fight, so may look to keep Masvidal on the outside and pepper him with counter strikes. Masvidal will look to make this fight as scrappy as possible and keep constant pressure on Iaquinta, pressing him against the cage and wearing him down. I expect fireworks right from the very start of this match, and both fighters will be looking for a performance of the night bonus.

Chad Mendes Vs Ricardo Lamas

After both losing close decisions to champion Jose Aldo, both fighters are looking to regain their place as number one contender and earn another crack at the gold. Lamas has been impressive since his loss to Aldo, winning his last two fights, and he looked great in his last outing submitting standout Dennis Bermudez in the first round. Mendes will return to the octagon for the first time since his second loss to Aldo, and will be looking for a dominant performance to cement his number one featherweight spot.

Ricardo Lamas likes to keep constant pressure on his opponents, take them down and then work his vicious ground and pound to get the job done. This will be a very tough task against Mendes who has never been taken down in his UFC career, and the Team Alpha Male star is also an outstanding wrestler. Working with the likes of Duane Ludwig, Mendes has drastically improved his striking, and was even able to tag featherweight king Aldo several times. Lamas will have to keep his chin down, and control the distance as Mendes likes to leap in with powerful strikes. I feel both fighters wrestling skills will cancel each other out, and we can expect an entertaining stand-up fight. With the fast pace both Lamas and Mendes set, no way will this fight be boring.    

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Jake Bostwick vs. Dwayne Hinds to headline WFS 3

By Alex Dillon @ADillon__



Warrior Fight Series take another step towards solidifying themselves as one of the best up and coming brands in UK MMA as they announce the main event for their next show WFS 3, Jake Bostwick vs. Dwayne Hinds in an international welterweight bout.

Bostwick fights out of Team Titan and Double K Gym, holding a record of 15-8-0 (1NC), coming into the fight on an 8-fight streak. With his last three fights being on Cage Warriors, the man that goes by the nickname “Brutal” is exactly that when he steps into the cage with his 20+ fight experience, so the thrill of fighting at the York Hall certainly wont get the better of him. Also known for his entrance to the cage, when he dresses as Bane, Bostwick not only awes the fans with his fists, but he offers the full entertainment package. Win, lose, or draw, everyone in the UK and worldwide knows that if Bostwick is on the fight card, he’s probably going to be one half of the Fight Of The Night.

Bostwick had this to say about his WFS Debut:
“Fighting on WFS will be a new experience for me. I have been to the last couple shows and the events are well ran and always have a great atmosphere, so I’m looking forward to being a part of this. It’s still a new promotion and making my debut at the renowned York Hall in Bethnal Green just shows what they’re about. When it comes down to my opponent Dwayne Hinds, I am looking forward to fighting him! Dwayne seems to bring it to the fight and I think he will make for an interesting match up. I just know I will be bringing it 100% and hope my international opponent does the same, as I want to make it a night to remember for everyone viewing.”

Relatively unknown to UK fight fans, Dwayne “Punie” Hinds is a very worthy challenger for Bostwick with a record of 10-1. Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, and easily one of the best martial artist to come out of the Caribbean, he has previously fought on ONE FC, as well as Clan Wars where he defeated Henry Fadipe. In his last bout he took the first loss of his career after 10 straight wins, so he is eager to get back to winning ways and what better way to make a statement than to take out one of the most feared welterweights in the UK today on away soil. Unlike his opponent, the former national judo champion had very little to say about the fight other than:
“I look forward to fighting a very game opponent and am always excited about fighting in the UK. Get ready for a war, hope you enjoy the show. Boom bang!”

Promoter Harry Shoebridge said of the fight: “Signing ONE FC fighter Dwayne Hinds is a huge achievement for Warrior Fight Series. To have him take on a huge UK name in Jake Bostwick, a Cage Warriors veteran, really shows what direction WFS are heading in. As we have already announced, we have secured London’s iconic fight venue, York Hall and this is just a small statement of what we are about to do on the UK MMA scene. Thanks to everyone who has shown their support on the birth of WFS and what continues to be one of the fastest growing brands in the UK.”

Fight Card:

Professional Rules:

International Welterweight Bout
Jake Bostwick vs. Dwayne Hinds

Welterweight Championship
Nathan Jones vs. Matt Robinson

Featherweight Championship
Daniel Crawford (C) vs. TBA

Light-Heavyweight Bout
Darren Stewart vs. Lloyd Clarkson

Welterweight Bout
Wendle Lewis vs. Adam Boussif

Featherweight Bout
Richie Edwards vs. TBA

Middleweight Bout
Barry Ryan vs. Wayne Bourne

Unified Amateur Rules:
Gregor Jurcic vs. TBA – Bantamweight

Michael Ekundayo vs. TBA – Featherweight

Jake George vs. Jack Duffy – Welterweight

Kemp Salmond vs. Zeki Faulds – Welterweight

Liz Grainge vs. Louise Hiller – Women’s Bantamweight

Freddie Allen vs. Ryan Mairs – Lightweight

Daniel Pearce vs. John Bumstead – Light Heavyweight

Luke Walmsey vs. Louis Scriven – Bantamweight

Jimmy Yardley vs. Rob McAdam – Lightweight

More details will be announced soon regarding other fights on the card including a host of professional and amateur fighters from around the country.

WFS: Warrior Fight Series 3 will take place on  May 23rd  at The York Hall, Old Ford Road, London, Bethnal Green, E2 9PJ.

Please visit  www.warriorfightseries.com  for more info and tickets.

John Hathaway vs Gunnar Nelson Added to UFC 189

by Chris Houten - @mrhouts



A welterweight battle between European standouts John Hathaway (17-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Gunnar Nelson (13-1-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has been added to UFC 189. UFC Officials confirmed the bout earlier today.

UFC 189 takes place July 11 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, where UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his title for the 8th time, taking on Irish superstar Conor McGregor in the main event. Welterweight titleholder Robbie Lawler takes on Rory MacDonald in the co-main event.

Returning to action following a year long lay off, Brighton's John Hathaway looks to bounce back following a stunning, knockout of the year loss to Dong Hyun Kim at The Ultimate Fighter China Finale. At just 27 years old, Hathaway made his UFC debut in 2009 and quickly made a name for himself as one of the best British fighters in the UFC on route to putting together a 7-2 record. Hathaway's career has been somewhat on hold however in recent years as a battle with Crohn's disease seen Hathaway fight once since 2012. Hathaway holds notable wins over Diego Sanchez and Rick Story.


26-year-old submission specialist Gunnar Nelson fights for the first time since the first professional loss of his career, a decision loss to Rick Story at UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story In October. A training partner of Conor McGregor's, the Icelander snapped a 13 fight winning streak with the loss to Story. Prior to the fight, Nelson was 4-0 in the UFC with 2 performance bonuses and widely tipped as a future title contender. A black belt under Renzo Gracie, Nelson has 9 wins by submission an 3 wins by TKO

With the addition of Hathaway vs Nelson UFC 189 now includes:

Champ Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor – for featherweight title
Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald – for welterweight title
Dennis Bermudez vs. Jeremy Stephens
John Hathaway vs. Gunnar Nelson

Stay tuned to kingdomMMA.co.uk for all the latest on UFC 189

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

UFC 189 World Championship Tour Embedded: Vlog Series - Episode 10

By Alex Dillon @ADillon__

On Episode 10 of UFC 189 World Championship Tour Embedded, it's a triumphant homecoming for top featherweight contender Conor McGregor as the trip makes its final stop in Dublin, Ireland. With tensions at their ten-day peak, McGregor takes the belt from reigning champion Jose Aldo -- at least momentarily -- at a raucous press conference.