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Kelvin Gastelum reveals all from UFC injuries and the relationship with Dana White

»Posted by on Jul 19, 2018 in General | Comments Off on Kelvin Gastelum reveals all from UFC injuries and the relationship with Dana White

Kelvin Gastelum reveals all from UFC injuries and the relationship with Dana White

Kelvin Gastelum has been on the news lately and the fighter revealed all during one of his interviews. For starters, he admitted he was initially disappointed that he would have to wait a bit longer before he got his shot at winning a title. This follows the news that Gastelum was originally supposed to challenge the current middleweight champ, Robert Whittaker after both fighters finish up their coaching season for the 28th season of The Ultimate Fighter, a reality TV show.

While no official dates were released, Gastelum did reveal that there was some unofficial chatter of the match happening in December. Although, any chance of that happening fell through as Whittaker publicly announced his broken hand hasn’t gone through the stages of rehab. While Gastelum was understandably disappointed, he understood completely. This means that Whittaker wouldn’t be able to return to the floor until sometime in the early months of 2019.

In the meantime, Gastelum is still active and will just have to find something else to d while he waits for his opponent to make a full recovery. This is something he is openly supportive of as he rather fights someone who is in their healthiest state before his first UFC title shot match. Even during one of his interviews with TUF 28, the anticipating fighter has even gone as far as to say that he wants to make sure Whittaker takes care of his hand injury first. Tn the brighter side of things, Gastelum won’t just be idly waiting until his match as he has another six weeks of TUF schedule tapings to deal with while he’s in Las Vegas.

Gastelum has a history of knowing how to put in the work to achieve something. Which was clearly seen during season 17 of TUF, where he was a competitor and eventually became the winner. Even though he knew the title is his ultimate goal, he’s winning to out in the work no matter what. Although Gastelum has admitted that it’s going to be a bit hard to take time for himself to train and prepare for his match next year as being a coach on the show is a full-time job that requires him to be on the clock constantly. As the fighter said it himself – he is putting 110% into his priority at the moment, which is the TUF competition.

This admission follows one of the most interesting turns of events this year as Gastelum was supposed to fight Whittaker during the latter previous match against Romero, which was a non-title fight. The presence of the UFC, Dana White admitted that Gastelum was supposed to serve as a backup fighter for Romero but had to withdraw due to personal issues that were not disclosed. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to note that White didn’t say the last part with glee.

Despite his small issues with the UFC brass, Gastelum chopped it up as constant miscommunication issues with himself, his manager, and the other team. It does appear that all is well considering he is a coach for TUF and his on the line of being a title fighter soon. As Gastelum put it himself, White allowed him to be a coach and partake in the big match – so all is well between the two.

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Easter Shows His Confidence Against Mikey Garcia as He Calls the Latter an “Easy Win”

»Posted by on Jul 12, 2018 in General | Comments Off on Easter Shows His Confidence Against Mikey Garcia as He Calls the Latter an “Easy Win”

Easter Shows His Confidence Against Mikey Garcia as He Calls the Latter an “Easy Win”

In boxing, there are a countless number of elements that are incorporated. For starters, there are winners, and then even above the winners are champions. The champions are known for an array of reasons, mainly for having incredible skill sets due to excessive training, having more strength, and the biggest hearts and willpower to help them get through any challenges they may face in the ring.

Though each fighter may have some added ideals on this idea, such as Robert Easter Jr., who believes that something else will be needed when he has his highly anticipated match on July 28th. That something else? Easter says it is being focused. Easter is a 27-year-old Ohio based fighter who believes that his lightweight match against Mikey Garcia will have other factors in play which will determine who will be coming out on top. Other than his own strength, determination, courage, or even skill – instead, Easter is leaning heavily on having single-mindedness more than ever before in this upcoming match.

During his most recent interview, Easter expressed his delight as training and camp for the upcoming match was going tremendously. Which is great news considering that Garcia is a fan favourite and has been for a while. While the physical aspect is going without a hitch. Easter emphasised that he is trying to sharpen his mental state- especially his focus. Which in his words, has been going great as he is not distracted by the extra activities going on in the world while he’s in camp. Training is part of the focus, but it is also something that online boxing betting sites use to determine a boxers value and set odds.

Toledo is the Hometown of Garcia

While Garcia, a native of Toledo, will be fighting against Easter who has out his IBF title on the line. This fight will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and has the grace of being the main event during the showdown event, which will be aired at 10 pm. This is a break from Easter’s typical hometown routine as he travelled over 1,00 miles south to visit a gym which has grown in prominence. He is known mainly for being the brainchild of the high-profile trainer that many big names, such as David Diaz and Sakio Bika, have trained with, Kevin Cunningham – who was originally based in St. Louis before packing up and creating a nest in Florida.

22 months ago, Easter received his first championship win after winning an attention-grabbing selection against Richard Commey. After his initial win, he defended his title with three other scorecard victories, which includes a few unanimous nods over popular fighters, such as Luis Cruz and Javier Fortuna. While Garcia has him beat as he has 38-0 score, while Easter only has 21-0 with a recorded number of 14 K.O’s in the ring. In addition to that, Easter has a height advantage over his opponent as he is standing a solid five inches over Garcia’s 5’6 frame.

Going back to Easter’s original statement that focus will be the greatest determination of who will win – he has admitted that back at home he would’ve gotten distracted while training. Especially regarding that, he would focus on things that he shouldn’t, which is why he made the journey down south to visit the profession trainer and gym to go through a camp where he would be completely focused and dedicated to getting better. Before ending his sentiment, Easter explained how coach Kev broke down the science with winning a big fight such as his upcoming one – by being in a focused state of mind.

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A Recap of UFC Singapore Matches

»Posted by on Jul 7, 2018 in General | Comments Off on A Recap of UFC Singapore Matches

A Recap of UFC Singapore Matches

It may come as a surprise that not many UFC fans were able to catch the Singapore event due to the time difference. While this UFC lacked having the big name fights that are known to draw attention, the matches still had an impressive turn out nevertheless. For starters, three of the fights has fighters who made history for themselves as it placed them in the top-20, or higher for the year. These titles were held by Ulka Sasaki, who was in the lead as he came out with an impressive 134.5 points. Though, Saski was also a part of the team that scored the highest amount of points (643.5). The team was composed of Song Yadong, Shane Young, Jessica Eye, Petr Yan, Sasaki, and Yan Ziaonan.

Leon Edwards was one of the fighters featured in the main event, who also managed to receive the biggest win in his career yet. Once Edwards was in the ring with Donald Cerrone, a former challenger for the title, he showed that his skills and practice has truly paid off.

Edwards vs Cerrone match

During the Edwards vs Cerrone match, the former was in the lead for the first five rounds as he held himself against the welterweight. Despite Edwards having enough pits to defeat the latter, he still couldn’t help but show a bit of concern while the scorecards were being collected and read. Despite Cerrone being the veteran of the match, Edwardes bested him by having 84 to 60 on the main strikes, while plating an impressive 37 on Cerrone during the match.

Another impressive fight that gained a fair share of views happened between Ovince Saint Preux and Tyson Pedro. While Saint Preux is definitely not known for being a submission threat in any of his matches, during this event he shocked views as he focused and managed to take Pedro down, submission style, during the third first-round. Although, once the fight has begun, Pedro did seem to be in the lead – although all he could accomplish was having one of the lowest amount of points in the events, which does not look good for his future reputation.

The Two Jessica’s

The two Jessica’s provided one fiery match for spectators. Jessica Rose-Clark started off with an impressive start over her opponent, Jessica Eye. Clark and Eye were on their toes as they were edging an 18 – 17 in significant strikes. However, Eye managed to come around in the last two rounds against Clark, take her opponent down, all while using wrestling techniques which Eye hoped the judges would take notice of.

The other fights at UFC Singapore followed with similar results as many of the fighters impressed at the last moment or are able to take down veteran fights in an attention-grabbing match-up. Nevertheless, the winners of this event are on their way to increase their UFC rank.

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Bellator vs UFC – Who Will Receive the Most Views?

»Posted by on Jun 30, 2018 in General | Comments Off on Bellator vs UFC – Who Will Receive the Most Views?

Bellator vs UFC – Who Will Receive the Most Views?

It’s an understatement to believe that the UFC is one of the most watched fighting performances worldwide. Since the organisation has a deal with FOX to stream their fights and view them on paper view, thousands of loyal fans have been tuning in for the matches. Although, Bellator, a rival MMA organisation is trying to make waves and become a viewing and rating threat for the UFC.

Bellator’s quest to find a source to stream their fights has gained even more attention this previous Tuesday as the figureheads announced an extremely lavish deal (which is estimated to be near nine figures) and yearly deal with DANZ to stream the upcoming fights.

DANZ is a highly popular sports streaming company that is prevalent in Canada, Switzerland, Japan, Austria, Italy, and Germany. Although, the deal will become active on September 29th with the matches between Gegard Mousasi and Rory MacDonald – the former will be defending his middleweight belt from the latter. Additionally, the highly anticipated match between the well-known heavyweights Wanderlei Silva and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. The opening matches will be the predecessor to the upcoming welterweight Grand Prix that will include at least eight fighters.

Along with the already announced streaming list, DANZ has added in that at least seven exclusive fight cards will be broadcasted on cable as well, meaning that U.S waters may be able to catch a glimpse of one or a few of the fifteen fight cards. U.S fans should not worry as they will be able to see live broadcast as the fights as well thanks to the preexisting contract between Bellator and Paramount Network.

While surpassing the UFC is an ideal goal, a chief executive from Perform Media, the parent company if the rapidly growing DANZ has stated that the current incentive is to become equals with the UFC. If anything, the deal is seen more to benefit Bellator along with DANZ, where Bellator will finally have a chance to truly challenge the UFC and showcase the recently added talent to Bellator, along with DANZ become more prominent.

DANZ is already creating the path for itself as it is striving to be the Next of sports broadcasting. It is assumed that the monthly subscription to use their services will range anywhere from $10 to $15, which would be expensive yet fair as DANZ is waiting on new contracts to stream additional sports, such as boxing along with sports-related television series.

While the prices may steer some viewers away, there has been recent data studies which clearly shows that the will to purchase paper view packages is decreasing, the price seems to constantly rise. DANZ has been poking at the idea of creating a space where loyal sports fans can watch their favourite matches live or previous recordings without having to purchase each one separately.

While the likelihood is Bellator beating or matching with the UFC in regards to ratings is slowly increasing, the help of DANZ along with featuring previous UFC fighters in the upcoming lineup is showing a higher hope that this dream will become a reality and the UFC has met its match.

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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 24.ru 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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