While fans are used to top U.S. developmental organization LFA residing on AXS TV and Fight Network, the promotion headed to Sioux Fall, South Dakota this past Saturday for a non-numbered fight night event offered through streaming provider FloCombat. The marquee event saw entertaining UFC veterans David Michaud and Jake Lindsey go to battle, plus there were apperances from exciting prospects Logan Storley, Deron Winn, and Sid Bice. If you missed the action from LFA read on for all of the results from Sioux Falls.
New Brazilian promotion Fight 2 Night did a wonderful job of bringing in many of the best young talents that the country’s regional MMA scene has to offer for their second event, and @CombatDocket has all the results from the FITE.tv-broadcast card. The show featured exciting undefeated talents Virna Jandiroba, Killys Mota, and Handesson Ferreira plus four quarterfinal bouts from the promotion’s talent-stacked welterweight division. and big show veterans Matt Hamill, Luiz Cane, and Paulo Thiago in the marquee contests.
Check out fight recaps and video clips from Fight Nights Global 64, featuring Ali Bagautinov’s return to the Russian MMA ranks versus Tyson Nam and an international heavyweight battle pitting Alexei Kudin of Belarus against WSOF veteran Derrick Mehmen. Scroll down for a review of the top fights from the show plus videos highlighting the best action from this thoroughly entertaining FNG 64 card.
Lebanon’s Mohammad Fakhreddine (9-1) made his Brave debut at the end of March and he put on a show, beating Anderson Silva’s sparring partner Vinícius Cruz (8-2-1) via second round TKO at Brave 4 in Abu Dhabi. Fakhreddine is predicting a similar result in his upcoming welterweight matchup against former UFC fighter Leonardo Mafra (13-4) at Brave 6 this Saturday, April 29th in Kazakhstan.
LOS ANGELES — A newly announced heavyweight bout featuring Cheick Kongo (26-10-2) against Augusto Sakai (9-0-1) has been added to the already-electric Bellator 179: Daley vs. MacDonald event, which emanates from The SSE Arena, Wembley on May 19. Kongo, the French-born heavyweight, is currently riding a four-fight win streak that includes wins over Oli Thompson and Alexander Volkov, while the 25-year-old Sakai looks to stay unbeaten and make a name for himself in the division. Additionally, preliminary matchups featuring some of the U.K.’s best up-and-coming talent have been finalized for the event.
For a fighter like Cain Velasquez to become the best in the world he needs to have a great sparring partner to sharpen his game against, like Daniel Cormier. And when those elite heavyweights aren’t beating up on each other, they need other supremely talented fighters in the gym to push them to their limits. For Canadian Olympic heavyweight wrestling star and 5-0 MMA pro Arjan Bhullar, the opportunity to learn the MMA game alongside two of the very best heavyweights in the world made his choice of training camp very easy.
When you work in the MMA media it can be a bitter sweet experience, as you may see fighters dominate a bout only to lose due to a simple mistake or you can watch a fighter accept that their skillset is not adequate at the level they hope it to be. But therein lies the beauty of mixed martial arts, the fighter may be despondent in a losing moment, but they will be resurgent as early as a day later! This mentality is an example to all.
Walk with me, fighters and fight fans, let’s see if we can do the impossible; be honest about this game we all love so much. This past weekend brought a familiar topic to the forefront once again. So I, Nino, am here to talk about “boos”. Yes, boos. Not the people we text “good morning” or let be the back spoon. No, no, no. The honest, unrehearsed cry of desperation and disappointment from the choir of unsatisfied fans at any sports event. Those “boos”.
The @MMAWizzard knows prospects, and he’s got his eye on plenty of quality talents across the world who will be stepping inside the cage this weekend. Read on to learn about all of the best under-the-radar talents fighting in Brazil, UK, Finland, Canada, and the U.S. regionals, with plenty of highlight videos to get you hyped for their fights.
After UFC 200, the world was ready for Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov. Yet it just wasn’t meant to be as McGregor took some time off while Khabib failed to make weight for an interim title bout against Tony Ferguson. What the future holds for Conor and Khabib is unknown at this time, but this remains one of the best matchups on the UFC roster and when these two finally meet here is my breakdown of the fight and the best path of victory for both competitors.
The latest edition of Romanian Xtreme Fighting may not have included the seemingly customary appearance from legendary heavyweight Alexandru Lungu, but RXF 26 still brought fight fans in Brasov, Romania plenty of intense regional action including a pair of RXF title fights and popular RXF heavyweight champ Anatoli Ciumac in the main event. If you missed this rare Tuesday MMA show then check out the results of the featured fights below, with video highlights courtesy of intrepid global MMA video guru @Jolassanda!
This Week in Face Punching #27 – The most comprehensive weekly MMA review on the planet. Featuring GIFs, clips and news from 18 MMA shows worldwide plus links to full fights and event videos. We’ve got Antonio McKee’s highlight reel head kick, an awesome soccer kick KO from Europe, plenty of nasty armbars and choke finishes, plus the best highlights form combat sports of all sorts worldwide.
Join the MMAWizzard as he brings you up to date on spectacularly talented Russian lightweight Khusein Khaliev. A veritable Master of Spinning Stuff, Khaliev is always exciting in the cage and has handled business against the first few top level fighters he’s encountered. Read on for analysis of Khaliev’s first 18 pro bouts, commentary on his fighting tendencies and strengths, and plenty of videos so you can check out his early-career performances for yourself.
When you’re one of the top 50 heavyweights in the world like former WSOF title challenger Josh Copeland, it’s hard enough to find a regional fighter who is willing step in the cage with you. Apparently it’s even harder for “Cuddly Bear” to find an opponent who still wants to throw down after getting a taste of his fists. Copeland (14-4) shoved late replacement opponent Tracy Willis (11-22) to the mat just seconds into their featured heavyweight contest at SCL AVM 8, and all it took was one strong ground strike to the dome for Willis to call it a night by tapping furiously on the mat in classic Bob Sapp fashion.
This Saturday, top Russian promotion M-1 brought fans a slate of quality fights from the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains in southwestern Russia including an explosive bantamweight title fight in the main event. If you missed out on the action read on for a review of all the fights from M-1 Challenge 76, featuring undefeated Movsar Evloev taking on Alexei Nevzorov for the M-1 interim 135 pound belt.
Cage Warriors returns to the capital on Friday June 2 for Cage Warriors 84, as one of London’s most promising rising MMA fighters looks to capture world championship gold for the first time. Nathaniel Wood will face Marko Kovacevic in the main event at Indigo at The O2, with the vacant Cage Warriors bantamweight title on the line, while in the co-main event Norman Paraisy takes on undefeated Kenneth Bergh of Norway.
Before the fights go down this weekend, check in with the @MMAWizzard to learn all about the prospects worth watching at this week’s Alaska FC, ONE, Bellator, ACB, LFA, M-1, and Brave CF events. We’ve got in-depth analysis on each fighters’ technique and tendencies, plus plenty of video highlights to get you up to speed. Which prospects will shine this weekend and take the next step toward MMA stardom?
It is no secret that the UFC has changed a great deal since being acquired by WME-IMG, from top talent being let go to “money fights” taking precedence over having the best fight the best. Now another trend is taking shape: the mistreatment of less marketable non-English speaking fighters, more notably those hailing from Brazil. Whether or not this is on purpose or a matter of coincidence is unknown, but Brazilian fighters have recently been severely underutilized by the world’s top mixed martial arts promotion. There are a multitude of examples to choose from, but we will start with the most notable Brazilian competitors.
Everyone’s favorite perpetually smiling, redheaded middleweight fights this Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 108 from Nashville. Sam Alvey will headline the Fox Sports 2 prelims portion of the card, fighting former title challenger and current #11 ranked Thales Leites. Alvey is on a four-fight win streak, and Saturday’s fight will have him tie the record for most UFC fights in a twelve-month period with six. This morning I had the opportunity to speak with Sam Alvey, and our conversation follows:
Sacramento’s Team Alpha Male is one of the strongest gyms for developing lighter-weight wrestling talent, and the squad’s latest featherweight prospect Tyler Diamond shows many of the traits that fans have come to expect from TAM representatives. Diamond’s intense takedown game sets up the North Dakota State University alum’s trademark ground-and-pound assault, which he’s used to score TKO finishes in five of his seven pro fights. Read on to get to know more about Tyler Diamond and watch footage from some of the 145 pounder’s early-career performances.