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Black Beast Second Loss in a Row

»Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Featured Fighter, Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on Black Beast Second Loss in a Row

Black Beast Second Loss in a Row

Heavyweight fighter, Derick Lewis finds himself even further away from claiming a title after being defeated last week at UFC 146, taking place in Kansas.

Considered to be the fighter with the most post-fight regret, Lewis finds himself one step further away from claiming the title he has been hunting for so long. The fight was meant to be his way of forgetting the loss he suffered last year against the same fighter. Dos Santos, which was his first title fight ever.

Even though Black Beast agreed to the fight on short notice, there’s no denying that many were expecting more from the hard-hitting fighter. It would have been the perfect win to set him in line with a title match, but now, he is one step further behind.

How it All Went Down

The first round between Black Beast and dos Santos was somewhat strange for those who’ve come to know the fighting style of Lewis. While getting in a few hits, he seemed to have more focus on the leg strikes than anything else. Fans were hoping to see those powerful punches. Giving Santos a bit an of a wangle within the first round.

However, it seemed as if Santos was the one with all the advantage, hopping around with loads of energy and ready to give Black Beast the fight he wanted. However, in the first round, he didn’t manage to get much more than Black Beast.

Even the beginning of round two showed these fighters seemingly take it easy, but Santos managed to deliver a powerful kick to the midsection of Lewis, making him crumble in pain. Even with that kick, Santos remained careful of the powerful punches his opponent is capable of but decided to go for the kill when Lewis dropped after the kick. To no one’s surprise, Lewis tried to grab hold of Santos and almost delivered one of the punches. He just missed, causing Santos to reconsider his moves and draw back just a little.

With Santos stepping off, Black Beast was able to recover and get back to fighting. However, it wasn’t long into the second round when Santos managed to deliver a dominant right-hander. Once again dropping Lewis to the ground and now have the perfect opportunity to end the fight.

Was Black Beast Ready for the Fight?

The Black Beast team later revealed that the fighter wasn’t ready and suffering from a torn meniscus. This would have had a severe effect on his abilities to perform at his best. However, the short notice fight was accepted, and we’re sure Black Beast would’ve waited if he could do it all over again.

Now, he is has set back his career and opportunity of a title fight, but it’s certainly not the end of the fighter. We expect to see him enter the octagon again soon, possibly taking on Tuivasa.

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What’s 2019 Looking Like for McGregor?

»Posted by on Feb 3, 2019 in Fighter | Comments Off on What’s 2019 Looking Like for McGregor?

What’s 2019 Looking Like for McGregor?

Once one of the biggest stars in MMA and still with a huge fan-base behind him, Conor McGregor remains the topic of choice for many MMA fans. However, the fighter just doesn’t seem to have much of a future in MMA, but that’s mostly due to the suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission, which followed what happened at UFC 229 in October of 2018.

The results of the suspension will be heard this month, which could reveal various options for McGregor. His manager did mention that they’re expecting this to go well with the hearing and that he would be allowed to return to the Octagon without any hassles. However, we haven’t really seen many fights lined up or competitors lining up to take him on, which could be due after the suspension has been lifted.

Focused on Private Life for Now

Dipping into what he has been up to, we see McGregor focusing more on his whiskey called Proper 12. It’s finally ready to launch, which is obviously a major achievement for the fighter and taking up a lot of his time.

Now, with another child on the way, we see McGregor have even less time for the gym and getting back into the desire to get in the Octagon and take on the biggest fighters. In the last two years, we’ve only seen McGregor appear in 1 major fight, which ended terribly and got him suspended.

However, according to his manager, McGregor would want to return to the gym and get his fitness levels back up before even considering a fight. This would be a recommended step of course, but we’ll have to wait and see if he actually manages to make time with everything else happening in his life.

Legend Fedor Emelianenko Says McGregor Needs to Watch His Mouth

Heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko has said Conor McGregor needs to watch his mouth as he delivers his personal opinion of the Irishman.

The 42-year old is set to take on Ryan Bader in what’s believed to be one of his last fights as he plans to retire soon. However, to ensure he goes out with a great fight, he is taking on Ryan for none other than the Bellator title.

The heavyweight legend tends to be rather held back when it comes to delivering comment and smack-talk before a fight, which is the complete opposite of what McGregor does. Fedor also delivered comment on Khabib for his role in the whole UFC 229 matter what got them both suspended, saying that Khabib should’ve picked up the mic and told McGregor exactly where he should go.

He reckons that professionalism went out the door for McGregor who was unable to keep it in and burst out with everything he said instead, allowing his emotions to take over what should always be professional.  

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Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega Match Results

»Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega Match Results

Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega Match Results

Yet another action-filled fight as Holloway and Brain take to the ring. From the very beginning, it was easy to see Max Holloway trying every possible move, striking as hard as possible and giving every effort of dropping his opponent, but Ortega simply refused to quit or give in.

It wasn’t until the 4th round that the fight ended in a technical knockout in favour of Holloway as the repeated punches and hard knocks filly paid off in battering his opponents face. Despite the efforts to continue fighting from Brian, it was the cage side doctor ending the fight after Holloway got in a punch that completely closed Ortega’s left eye.

As the main event of Saturday’s UFC 231, the featherweight title was sure one not to miss as it was available on pay per view. The event took place in Toronto as the Scotia-bank Arena, which aired just after the UFC fighting past on FS1.

The Fight

From the very beginning, we saw great promise from Holloway. He managed to deliver precise punches, was smooth around the ring and sing knew exactly when to strike. The fight showed a number of aggressive combinations, which worked well and certainly earned him an easier fight as Ortega absorbed the punishment.

Even though it seemed to be Holloway’s fight from the start, there was no question that Ortega wasn’t going to give in easily. He might not have had the same number of strikes or done as much damage, but he certainly managed to deliver multiple hard strikes of his own. From the fight round, Ortega took a hard knock though, earning him a bloody nose, which didn’t stop him, but it certainly influenced the rest of the fight.

Those who know Ortega would see him struggling to take down Holloway and get started on the popular submission tactic that’s earned him a reputation in the past. He almost managed to get hold of Holloway a few times, which certainly had an effect, but just wasn’t enough to tilt the odds in his direction. In fact, throughout the fight, we saw Holloway need a couple of seconds after getting out of the grips, but one of the biggest things that rewarded him a victory was how quickly he recovered and jumped straight in with multiple punches once again.

With these combinations and multiple punches, the 4th round didn’t look good from the start for Ortega as he kept moving around the ring to avoid his opponent. Despite his efforts, Holloway still managed to claim his way to getting in multiple combinations.

Halfway through the 4th round, you could see Ortega’s left eye begin to swell and get surrounded by a dark blue colour, which is when the ringside doctor decided to take action and put an end to the fight, rewarding Holloway with a TKO.

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Two of the Most Memorable UFC Fights in 2018 So Far

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Two of the Most Memorable UFC Fights in 2018 So Far

2018 has certainly been an exciting year with the majority of fights giving us more than enough to talk about the next day. The octagon has certainly been one well-wroth keeping an eye on, special with major fights such as the build up to multiple Conor McGregor fights. However, with so many events in the last year, it’s hard to choose just a single fight.

Jan Blachowicz vs. Jimi Manuwa

On the 17th of Match 2018 during the 127th UFC fight night, spectators were given all the action with a rematch between these light-heavyweight strikers in London. There wasn’t much hope for the fight as the previous match in 2015 delivered a rather unexciting and dull event.

It’s clear that both the men decided this would be completely different as they entered the ring and delivered one of the best 2018 fights that continued for 3 rounds. It all started with Manuwa seemingly having the lead with his shooting style, but it didn’t last long as Blachowicz returned well and eventually go his opponent in a ramrod jaw that gave him the opportunity to throw multiple combinations at the brit who found himself wobbly, even during the first round.

The second round was somewhat the same, both men trying their best, but Blachowicz once again introduced multiple combinations with his jab. By round 3, both men were tired, drawing back the action, but still offering a power fight. However, Blachowicz once again come with a jab attack, leading him to the victory. While no knockouts formed part of the third round and no clear winners were featured, there’s no denying that Blachwicz has the match.

Yoel Roman vs. Robert Whittaker

Yet another rematch, the Yoel and Robert fight seemed somewhat unlikely after Robert beat Yoel in 2017 to claim the middleweight title and was then upgraded. He even signed to defend his title against Luke Rockhold, but due to infection was unable to fight. However, Romano stepped in and beat Robert with a knockout, making the rematch possible.
The first round was rather strange as Whittaker presented his usual game with multiple kicks and jabs. At one point is almost seemed as if it’s working on Roman, but now after the fight he was trying to lure Whittaker in instead.

By the third round, Roman’s plan was laid out and ready for action as the fighter simply came out with a mission to win. A massive right hander almost sent Whittaker down, but despite to power of the punch we say with Rockhold, Whittaker managed to hold on. In fact, he managed to come straight back with power blows of his own, causing quite the commotion with the crowed as a full-blown flight was on happening in the octagon.

The action continued with the 4th and even the 5th round, both fighters making each move count. At the end of the fight, there was no telling who the winner is as the action was just too fast and exciting to keep up with. However, Romero was technically closer to finishing his opponent, which got him the win.

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10 Star Actors Who Kick Ass In Martial Arts

»Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 in Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on 10 Star Actors Who Kick Ass In Martial Arts

10 Star Actors Who Kick Ass In Martial Arts

As martial arts and mixed martial arts are starting to become more and more popular, perhaps one of the reasons this was spurred on due to the many action films that people watch. After all there are many actors in Hollywood who grew up learning how to do a variety of martial arts and even used those skills on the big screen. Here’s 10 star actors who kick ass in martial arts!

Iko Uwais

Iko Uwais is one of the youngest actors that hits this list at 34 years old. Since his career is just getting started, action fans can get excited to be seeing more of this guy. He first appeared in 2009’s Merantau, hand picked by filmmaker Gareth Evans who spotted Uwais in his Silat dojo. That being said, he didn’t make it big until his second collaboration in 2012’s The Raid.

Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly was a multiple time world champion in the early 70’s before he turned to acting. It all started with him opening a Shorin-ryu Kaarate school in LA. From there, Jerry Weintraud, producer of Enter the Dragon, found Kelly and brought him onto the film. Starring with the famous Bruce Lee, the amazing response from this film bolstered Kelly’s acting career, allowing him to star in a few other films like Black Belt Jones, and Three The Hard Way. Because of Kelly amazing performance, he helped pave the road for other black martial artists to enter the scene.

Jean-Claude Van Damme

Jean-Claude Van Damme

Even though Jean-Claude Van Damme may not be getting many awards, the question is does that really matter? He’s starred in many cult classics in the late 80s such a Bloodsport (1988), and Kickboxer (1989). His more memorable roles are his roles in Street Fighter, Universal Soldier, Hard Target, and Double Impact.

Tony Jaa

In the MMA world today, Muay Thai is a pretty popular form among MMA fighters, however that wasn’t the case when Tony Jaa exploded. Jaa appeared on the big screen in 2003 with Ong-BakL The Thai Warrior. Because of his amazing talents, this brought forth two prequels of Ong-Bak, 2005’s The Protector as well as international attention to this fighting style.

Michelle Yeoh

She started off in Chinese cinema and became one of the most celebrated actresses in that area. She eventually became an international star part thanks to her work in some Hollywood productions. Like the famous Jackie Chan, she became known for doing her own stunts in the films she starred in. Yeoh’s appeal cam from her work in Magnificent Warriors, Executioners and Tai Chi Master. That being said, she became internationally known in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.

Chuck Norris

The “Facts” meme himself. Setting that aside Chuck Norris is the real deal here. With multiple black belts in a variety of styles, he’s used those abilities to star in many great films. There is the iconic fight between him and Bruce Lee in Way of the Dragon, but Norris has also starred in other great films. Examples are The Delta Force, Firewalker, and Missing In Action. There’s also his long-running TV series Walker, Texas Ranger.

Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen made a name for himself in his native land of China. He’s exceptionally gifted in martial arts, being proficient in several different styles. Yen broke into the business in 1983 as a stuntman in China. While overseas though, he started playing supporting roles and helped a lot in films like Highlander: Endgame, Blade 2, and Shanghai Knights. But what brought him into the spotlight was his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Jet Li

Following behind the work of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, Jet Li has achieved incredible fame in his homeland before arriving to Hollywood. What broke him into Hollywood film was his role as the villain in 1997’s Lethal Weapon 4. Since then he’s been steadily working in other films since then. They may not be as popular as the film Hero, but he starred in films like Romeo Must Die, The One and War, which are still worth checking out.

Jackie Chan

Famous for doing his own stunts, this man is a loveable character both in film and in real life. He had small roles in Bruce Lee’s films before breaking out into stardom. Films that really helped him to shine was his roles in films like the Rush Hour series, Shanghai Noon and The Forbidden Kingdom.

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee, The Dragon, the legend. Although his life was cut tragically short at 32, Bruce Lee accomplished significantly more in that small time than most people would do in a century. He mastered Kung Fu, wrote several books, taught Westerners Chinese martial arts, and most notable became one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Even to this day, the films he was involved in are still very much the standard for martial art action films today.

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Floyd Mayweather Expected to enter Ring in MMA match against McGregor

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Floyd Mayweather Expected to enter Ring in MMA match against McGregor

Floyd Mayweather it seems is never happy going out on top and is taking the steps needed to enter mixed martial arts with the hopes of facing Connor McGregor in the cage.
Mayweather had announced that he was retiring from professional fighting after his win again McGregor last year in a bout that saw both fighters walking away with earnings that would make most people never work another day in their life. Yet it seems Mayweather’s ego is getting the best of him, that or the potential purse is catching his eye.

However, Mayweather has applied for a MMA license and told TMZ Sports recently that is plans to start training in mixed martial arts and will need a minimum of eight months to train and prepare to eventually face McGregor in his own backyard. To help him with training, Mayweather has partnered with Tyron Woodley, a UFC welterweight champion.

The fight between Mayweather and McGregor was an easy win for the seasoned fighter. It was one that saw Mayweather retire with an unbeaten record and one of the all-time greats in the sport of boxing. The pay-per-view earnings saw Floyd earning the incredible sum of $300 million ad McGregor taking home close to $100 million.

Time to consider a Rematch

Yet it was not long before both fighters started to think about a rematch. Mayweather said he is more than willing to enter into McGregor’s turf and change styles. Commenting, Floyd said, I can wrestle, my game is not that bad. He added that on a ten scale, he ranks himself a seven and feels he can get that up to a nine over time. He also commented saying that his hand game is 100%, but kicking is an area that will need much improvement.

The proposed fight could be a real boost to the UFC, who have struggled to capture the mainstream market when McGregor, clearly its biggest star, is absent for any period of time. McGregor took the MMA world by storm after facing Jose Aldo, the reigning featherweight champion, in December 2015 and knocking him out in thirteen seconds. Yet McGregor has not been active in the UFC since November of 2016 preferring to switch his attention to his fight against Mayweather and taking a break from the combat sports arena.

Whether an eventual fight will happen is yet to be announced, but one thing is certain, both fighters stand to make a ton of money by agreeing to enter the cage and battle it out. For McGregor, it is his home turf, for Mayweather, he will be entering a space he has yet to dominate or fight in before, and it could mean a level of disgrace for the esteemed fighter.

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