International fight week has lived up to expectations once again, we had two great UFC events as two more fighters won The Ultimate Fighter, and the coaches went head to head to decide who would become the baddest man on the planet and obtain the UFC heavyweight title. In this article, I’m going to take you through some of the key highlights of the week and I plan on making this a weekly article to keep everyone updated on whats going on in the world of MMA.
Confirmed via ESPN’s Brett Okamoto only a short time ago, it has been revealed that Golden Boy Promotions’ Oscar De La Hoya has announced that the two former UFC light-heavyweight champions will face off for the third time later this year.
Dominic “All Day” Clark is one of the top fighters at CXF, and April 21st in California at CXF 12 he will get the chance to reclaim the title he lost towards the end of 2016, with a title fight against Darren Smith JR. Prior to the event, I got in touch with Clark to find out more about the man himself and to see what made “All Day” the mixed martial artist he is today.
Clark grew up in Virginia and began wrestling in high school. He immediately fell in love with the sport, as it came naturally to him, he wrestled for three years and won the Virginia state title in his junior year. Trouble wasn’t far behind though, as a string of juvenile offences caught up with Clark, capped off with a driving under influence charge when he was only 16. The judge took a liking to “All Day” and instead of slinging him in jail they decided to send him to the Hargrave Military Acadamy, a boarding school in Virginia. The discipline and structure of the school had the effect on him the judge had hoped it would, as Clark turned his life around for the better and started to impress both academically and in athletics.
Clark ended up procuring a 34-0 wrestling record and won his second state title, as a result, he was invited to the national tournament where he became an All-American placing sixth in the nation. This made Clark’s dreams come true as he was offered a full ride wrestling scholarship with Fresno State University which he happily attended. After three years, the University cut their wrestling program leaving the All American in search of his next adventure, then he came across Brazilian jiu-jitsu. After progressing fast in BJJ Clark was invited to train MMA, and “All Day” was born.
After only six months of training, Clark turned pro with no amateur fights. He went on a three-fight win streak and was signed by Strikeforce all in the first 12 months of beginning to train mixed martial arts. “All Day” then moved to Los Angelas to train full time and to make himself a more complete fighter. Doubt must have crept in though when Clark lost his next two fights. But Clarke came back firing from all cylinders when he won his next three fights back to back all with finishes.
Clark mentioned how beating UFC veteran Chris Saunders was an eye opener for him, as it proved he was more than capable of beating the best in the world on his night, and fully cemented himself as a brilliant mixed martial artist. Clark went on to become the CXF lightweight champion with a first-round submission victory over Emilio Chavez, but he then lost his strap in a close decision to Danny Navarro. However, Clark beat a very tough Chris Cully in his last fight, giving “All Day” the chance to redeem himself and to once again carry the torch for CXF’s lightweight division.
Flash K.O’s, slick submissions, and wrestling that even Daniel Cormier would appreciate, are all tools Clark has in his arsenal. His goals are clear, to win his belt back and to one day fight in the Ulitmate Fighting Championships 155 pound division!
CamSoda, a porn/webcam site, is hosting their inaugural MMA event on April 26th. It is set to have a co-main event of Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett vs Bruce “The Iron Lion” Lutchmedial, and a main event of former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco “Suave” Rodriguez vs Alex “The Spartan” Nicholson.
The company seem to be looking for new and innovative ways to compete with the bigger websites of the porn industry, such as “Bangbros” and “Brazzers”. Whilst still remaining a porn website, the website bosses seem to have decided a venture in to the world of MMA may be a forward step to cater for their predominantly male audience. As they have the means and setup to host a live MMA broadcast, this is certainly a quirky (and somewhat obscure) attempt at finding their hole in the competative market of adult entertainment.
Now let’s take a look at the co-main and main event of the card.
Charles Bennet vs Bruce Lutchmedial
Bruce of Oakland, Florida, is currently 1 – 2 since April 30th 2016, including a run of bad luck which saw three scheduled fights fall through after his opponents dropped out at late notice. “The Iron Lion” will be looking to snap a 2 loss streak against a big name and veteran of the sport. Charles Bennett (also a Florida native) has gained a huge notoriety in Japan whilst fighting for Rizin. His somewhat strange behaviour has amused and baffled fans from around the world, however he is currently sitting on a record of 2 – 7 in his last 9 fights.
Ricco Rodriguez vs Alex Nicholson
Rodriguez (54-25 professional record) will be looking to prove that he can still make use of his knock out power and add another win to his current 1 fight win streak, even though he is 4 – 1 in his last five fights. Nicholson is a more recent addition to the sport, who fought for the UFC as recently as last May, where he was beaten by Jack Hermannson via round 1 TKO. He was subsequently released for not being able to keep his head afloat against a steeper compeitition of top flight MMA. He will be looking to make a statement in his fight against the former heavyweight champ.
The reader’s opinion:
This is a MMA event, even though it happens to be promoted by a camgirl website. Would you laugh at the idea of this, or would you share it with your friends and wait for their laughter? Some people would attend to meet a few MMA legends, some people would be thrilled to be a part of the probable afterparty. Some other people would write strongly worded letters or make angry phone calls voicing their distaste. I know I will be watching, as it is sure to contain something that will entertain.