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Khabib Nurmagomedov Committed To Conor Mcgregor’s Destruction

»Posted by on Jun 22, 2018 in General | Comments Off on Khabib Nurmagomedov Committed To Conor Mcgregor’s Destruction

Khabib Nurmagomedov Committed To Conor Mcgregor’s Destruction

After recent comments from both the McGregor’s coach Owen Roddy, as well as “The Eagle” Khabib Nurmagomedov himself, the possibility of a fight between the controversial “Notorious” Conor McGregor, a former two-division champ and Khabib the current UFC lightweight champion, is becoming increasingly likely towards the end of this year. Khabib previously stated that he was confident he would be able to honour his vow to humble, McGregor. With assistance from his translator Bloody Elbow, Nurmagomedov spoke to Sport saying that despite not knowing in which round it would happen, he would destroy McGregor in their upcoming fight. With his potent track record of 26 undefeated professional fights and being one of the best grapplers in MMA, due to his style, “The Eagle” is considered one of the toughest possible matchups for McGregor in the current lightweight division.

McGregor An Established Elite Striker

Having built a similarly enviable winning track record, in contrast, McGregor established hi
mself as an elite striker possessing undeniable knockdown and knockout power, seemingly presents the greatest hazard to Nurmagomedov’s streak of undefeated fights.
If this fight ever realises, the contrast between the personalities and fighting styles between two of the best combatants could potentially set the stage for one of the greatest rivalries in the history of the MMA. Despite enormous efforts from both camps to turn this lightweight, super fight into a reality, there are still long odds against it ever happening.

Khabib said he does not yet know who his opponent will be, but the fight would most likely happen in Las Vegas. He said he wants to fight McGregor and hopes Conor also wants the fight, while MMA fans also root for the fight to happen. Nurmagomedov also said that Connor previously had a lot to say and now for some reason fell silent at the time real negotiations for the fight should start.

“The Eagle” also revealed that his target date for the first defence of his title is set for September or October this year and will most likely serve as the main event at UFC 228 or 229.

McGregor Camp Still to Reveal Return Date

Owen Roddy, McGregor’s coach, let slip to MMAnytt there might be a strong possibility of the showdown occurring sometime during late fall. He went on to say that Conor wanted the biggest fights he could possibly get and that Khabib would currently present just such an opportunity. Stating that he was certain they were building towards a successful negotiation.

In response, Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaziz tweeted that Conor had lost two out of his last four fights and according to Ali, “The Eagle” believes he “Notorious” does not deserve a chance at the title and is in it after the money.

The McGregor camp has still not revealed his return date to the cage. They would possibly wait till after his court appearance to enter his plea on the pending criminal mischief and assault charges against him on 26 July before making any such revelations, as the MMA currently banned him from competing until the outcome of the hearing.

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CM Punk Did He Deserve MMA Stripes?

»Posted by on Jun 13, 2018 in General | Comments Off on CM Punk Did He Deserve MMA Stripes?

CM Punk Did He Deserve MMA Stripes?

Mixed Martial Arts is a sport in which action takes place without the assistance of teammates or timeouts to stall the pitching momentum of the opponent. Previous victories, mostly or often magnified by current failures and it takes guts, courage and determination to rise to the top.

Courage is something most fans takes for granted in the MMA fighters. CM Punk wasn’t a fighter two years ago, yet the multi-millionaire was out to satisfy his competitive side. Obviously, there are many ways to achieve this, although he decided to step into the cage to face an opponent. He not only wanted to compete, he desired it the hard way, a lesson he might regret now. If he does it is not showing as he remains steadfast in his quest, his persistence is astounding and well worthy of admiration.

CM Punk Most Certainly Earned His MMA Stipes

Despite many believing that CM Punk did not deserve the opportunity to fight in the MMA premier promotion, the fact remains that he has proven himself as a UFC level fighter. The UFC show was bound to draw a much larger audience due to his participation. The question remained how many would be on his side, although he might have won over thousands due to his willingness and courage to try again.

His week of training was everything but focussed since he also had to deal with a multi-million-dollar lawsuit, which he won, although it had a major impact on his concentration that should be purely on cutting weight and training. It is most certainly not how he wanted to spend his time, as the major life event got dangerously close.

Maybe by winning the lawsuit, his week or circumstances improved, the result decided in the hardest way. With the audience being nothing but unforgiving CM Punk faced quite a difficult Saturday. But, would most be wrong as his courage, persistence and never-giving-up frame of mind is what earned him his MMA stripes.

Punk Didn’t Have Enough for Mike Jackson

CM Punk failed against Mike Jackson and had a standing ovation from hometown as entered the cage to fight. CM Punk looked out of his league even though he did put a lot of heart in his fight. But as he tired, Mike Jackson had no mercy and turned up the heat. Still CM Punk showed just how tough he is in going the distance, while his opponent showed no urgency to finish and completely controlled the last minutes. Jackson said he was not as relaxed or cool as normal since Illinois doesn’t allow marijuana.

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Bellator 201 – Mixed Martial Artists News

»Posted by on Jun 9, 2018 in General | Comments Off on Bellator 201 – Mixed Martial Artists News

Bellator 201 – Mixed Martial Artists News

Determining the top women MMA fighters was an impossible challenge in the earliest years, the best fighters, separated by weight class, distance and time on paths that never ever crossed. Women’s MMA remained in the dark when it came to television exposure while top male MMA fighters became household names.

Gina Carano and Cris Cyborg put an end to that in 2009 during an appearance on Showtime, a process furthered by Ronda Rousey, which mainstreamed women’s MMA. Since then women’s MMA came a long time in a big hurry, the women’s side rival the men’s side for the biggest names in the popular sport. Best of all fans get to regular updates via news and without further delay here is the latest MMA news on what is currently happening in Women’s & Men’s MMA.

Bellator 201

Bellator announced on the 4th of June that professional kickboxer/ cage fighter Keri Melendez will fight Tiana Valle in the Bellator 201 on the 29th of June 2018. This marks the return of Melendez after she defeated Padilla in November 2016, after she withdrew from the Bellator NYC due to injury last year. The latest line-up in the Bellator 201, after this addition now includes:

Women’s Flyweight Title:
Alejandra Lara vs Lei Macfarlane
Juan Archuelta vs. Robbie Peralta
Ed Ruth vs. Andy Murad
Jordan Young vs. Jamal Pogues
Lance Lee vs. Ricky Furar
Jacob Rosales vs. Joshua Jones
Ryan Couture vs Saad Awad
Kristina Williams vs Valerie Letourneau
Tiani Valle vs. Keri Melendez

The event airs on Paramount streamed from the Casino and Pechanga Resort in Temecula headlined by the 125-pound fight between Alejandra Lara and Lei MacFarlane.

Keri-Anne Taylor-Melendez to make 2nd appearance

The wife of Gilbert Melendez, a Strike force veteran, Keri-Anne Taylor-Melendez makes her 2nd appearance in the MMA in June 2018 when she will face Tiani Valle at the Bellator 201 in a strawweight but on the 29th of June, while the headlight of the event is Alejandra Lara vs Lei Macfarlane battling it out for the Flyweight World Title.

Thousands of fans are super excited to watch Ed Ruth as he makes his first appearance as a welterweight at the Bellator 201 when he faces Andy Murad. Originally, the undefeated ED Ruth was to make his debut at the Bellator 196 when his opponent withdrew. Andy Murad on the other hand enters the event with a nine-bout winning streak which includes his Johnny Cisneros defeat. Another debut at the event is that of Peralta, with eight UFC fights under his belt, as well as WSOF and Strikeforce fights.

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Chuck Liddell May Join Golden Boy Promotions

»Posted by on May 30, 2018 in General | Comments Off on Chuck Liddell May Join Golden Boy Promotions

Chuck Liddell May Join Golden Boy Promotions

In 2010, after suffering multiple knockout losses, the banner child of the UFC, Chuck Liddell retired from fighting. For Dana White, a long-time friend of Liddell’s, it was a relief and one he urged the prize fighter to do and one that saw Liddell leave the cage and head into the management side of the business.

After the sale of the UFC to WME-IMG and the victim of corporate downsizing. Liddell found himself out of a job, one that he loved. Talk began about a comeback, and for Liddell, that meant signing with a new promotion team, one that found him in discussions to fight Tito Ortiz with none other than Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

Liddell, in a recent interview, stated,

“You know, when we had the meeting, I thought[De La Hoya was talking about doing a one-off. And we got an interview with him and he was like, ‘Yeah, no, I want to start an MMA promotion.’ We haven’t had any further talks on that yet, but we will be talking.”

It is that statement that has his long-time friend hopeful that his friend will remain in retirement and that his interest in working with De La Hoys promotional company is one based on business, not sport. White stated that he is hoping Liddell will go into business with De La Hoya, and not fight.

However, it seems that Liddell has different feelings and while he may go into business with De La Hoya in the future, this deal is all about coming out of retirement to face Ortiz once again. He even went so far as to say, “I will fight again.”

Liddell also commented during the interview that,

“I miss it. I never stopped missing I, I hadn’t really thought about it much, and when Tito brought it up and we started to get going – I started training, I started doing stuff again, getting ready to try to take this on – it made me go, ‘You know what? What if he pulls out? Am I not going to fight? Am I going to do all this and not fight? Oh no, we’ve got to have somebody to back it up.’ If it doesn’t work out with him, I’m going to give it a shot. It’ll be somebody else. One of the guys from my past, most likely. And we’ll see where I’m at.”

Dana White Not Confident in De La Hoya

While Liddell may have confidence in Oscar De La Hoya, for Dana White, he feels the “golden boy” isn’t the brightest saying,

“I don’t know what he’s thinking. Hopefully Chuck’s going to be his business partner and not fight. The last thing I want to do is sh-t on Chuck Liddell, because I love him, but I asked him to retire 10 years ago for a reason.”

Liddell on the other hand, Liddell and White have not spoken about his intention to return to fighting but White is happy to make his feelings know, as President of the UFC, and as a friend. At this stage, there is not anything firm on the possible bout between Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell.

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Kamaru Usman and Demian Maia – A match that wasn’t anywhere near pretty

»Posted by on May 23, 2018 in MMA | Comments Off on Kamaru Usman and Demian Maia – A match that wasn’t anywhere near pretty

Kamaru Usman and Demian Maia – A match that wasn’t anywhere near pretty

Any fan of Demian Maia knows that watching him in the ring is like watching a determined explorer finally find some hidden treasure that he had to earn through a multitude of trials. Its magical in a sense and it always lead to an amazing match to watch. Though, just like everyone, Maia has his days where he just isn’t on his A-Game. Which sadly enough, was the case last Saturday during his match in Chile. The well-known 40-year old fighter was throwing multiple shots at Kamaru Usman, and after a while, it all seemed fruitless. Even the audience watching looked as if they just had a floating question mark over their heads.

Though many experts are thinking this fight wouldn’t have been as lacklustre if the fighter was someone other than Maia, who took the place of another fighter, who was originally going to fight Usman, who is dubbed in the MMA world as the fighter that nobody wants to face. Initially, the recently injured Santiago Ponzinibbio was set up to fight Usman in Chile – however, with Ponzinibbio being injured and if no other player stepped in – Chile wouldn’t have a match to watch over the weekend. Due to Maia history of destroying men in the ring, he was easily accepted as a replacement candidate for the fight. Though, if Usman wasn’t Usman, this fight would have felt more intimidating.

As the fight entered its first few seconds, Maia tried to lead the fight into a realm where he is more comfortable, though Usman only did the expected: he made himself unbudgeable. Occasionally, fans could’ve seen Maia tossed on the ground as he was gasping for air – as Usman simply watched him, made another punch, and Maia just moved across the floor – almost as if was trying to invite Usman on the ground with him. Though once Usman got down to Maia’s level, he could only get a few punches into the buttocks and feet, both of which are known as common offensive moves. Other than that, though, this fight as the definition of boring in a sense and offered no real challenge for Usman.

Broken Hand on Usman’s Side

After the fight was finished, the intimidating MMA fighter Usman make the statement that his right hand may have been broken early into the fight, before adding on about the possibility of his other hand being broken as well. But I guess that’s understanding when punching Maia recorded hard skull during the duration of the match. Though, the UFC could have at least given Usman a decorative shirt saying something along the lines of “Came to Chile for fun and left with two broken hands”. Either way though, it goes without saying that Usman did beat Maia almost without effort and it was a mundane task to watch.

Even though Usman did not come out in the effort to have a more competitive match, as he stated once handed the microphone that he would leave it to his managers to choose who he fought that night. Even though he did prompt that Tyron Woodley would’ve been an easier fight that Maia, which can easily be taken as fighting words before considering facing the winning of the upcoming Darren Till and Stephen Thompson fight. Despite those fun fights, just having one with Ponzinibbio would have sufficed
While Usman may have come out of the fight with two managed hands, it did advance his standing a bit. He is now considered an 8-0 fighter in the UFC with six decisions. This was the first match he was able to get five rounds in, which is going to help him on his path of getting a title.

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