MMAMotion Week In Focus #1

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.

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Breaking News: Chuck Liddell vs Tito Ortiz 3 Confirmed

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.

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BRAVE 13: Andy Young Interview – “The mental area is the most important out of anything”

On the 9th of June, Brave Combat Federation makes its European debut when it arrives to the SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland. This is a landmark occasion for the fast-growing promotion as it branches out for the first time into the continent.

Fitting for such a historic occasion, the card is packed with exciting fights as well as fan favorite names. In the main event we see bantamweight champion Stephen Loman (9-2) defend his belt in a rematch against highly touted SBG man Frans Mlambo (5-2), who looks to avenge his loss against Loman, this time hoping to walk away with a championship. In the Co-Main event we see Northern Ireland’s own and former UFC contender Norman Parke (24-6-1) take on Irish man Myles Price (10-6) in a very exciting lightweight match up.

Also on the card, we see two extremely entertaining fighters come head to head when Liverpudlian Bryan Creighton (8-6) takes on Belfast’s own Andy Young (11-10). While Creighton is coming off a 3 fight finish streak, Young is coming off a loss. However, it was to former top 5 UFC flyweight Ali Bagautinov who has beaten top fighters such as Tim Elliott, John Lineker and has fought current UFC flyweight champion Demetrius Johnson. With 11 Finishes between both fighters, this fight will surely live up to expectation and deliver a barn burner.

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The mental area is the most important out of anything, I will beat him there and take whatever I see to get the finish in this fight.”

After fighting one of the very best flyweights in Ali Bagautinov in Russia, Andy will be looking to get back to winning ways with a victory over rising British prospect Creighton. Andy is a dangerous fighter, both on the feet and on the ground, which we seen in an impressive victory over Dominic Wooding, a very hot young prospect, with a record of    3-0 (3 TKO) at BAMMA 28. Andy is currently 5-3 in his last 8 bouts, with 3 finishes. These wins include impressive performances over fighters such as Alexander Barabash and Aaron Aby. I caught up with Andy Young to get his thoughts on his upcoming opponent and how he feels to be fighting on such a huge card in his home town of Belfast.

Eamonn Scott: Andy, this is your first fight under the Brave banner. When exactly did you get the call about fighting for them and was there anything in particular that interested you the most about fighting for brave?

Andy Young: “I was contacted back in March about their plans to run a show in Belfast and to have me on it, I was thrilled to hear that BRAVE was coming to my home town, I heard a lot of great things about the promotion and how it’s run.”

ES: You make your return to your hometown in Belfast, which you have an excellent record in. What is it that’s so special about Belfast which also always seems to bring the very best out of you.

AY: “The energy of the people here is unrivaled! Belfast knows how to make some noise!  I get so much support and feel a real uplift getting to represent and get the win for them.”

ES: Northern Ireland has a thriving MMA scene at the minute. With fighters such as James Gallagher, Rhys McKee and Norman Parke, do you believe that this will only improve and how do you see the MMA scene in Northern Ireland at the minute?

AY: “It is scary to see how good the local scene is getting. The sport is becoming more and more popular and gaining great traction. There is a plethora of  talent, ability and skills in the new breed of upcoming mixed martial artists here, and for sure will only improve.”

ES:  You’re fighting against a very tough opponent in Bryan Creighton who himself is coming off an impressive 3 fight win streak. When this fight was proposed to you, what were your first thoughts on fighting Bryan?

AY: “I was excited to get an opponent who i know brings a great fight, he’s very game. well-rounded and likes to trade, so i know this will be fun!”

ES: You’ve fought top quality fighters in your career such as the former top 5 UFC contender in Ali Bagautinov. Do you thrive off facing the biggest names you can get?

AY: “There are a number of reasons to be in this sport, and one of the main factors is to compete against and be best in the world. I love and jump on the opportunities to do this.”

ES: Bryan has multiple wins by TKO, Sub and Decision, showing that he has skills in all departments. However, is there a particular area that you believe you can exploit and get the best over him in?

AY: “The mental area is the most important out of anything, I will beat him there and take whatever I see to get the finish in this fight.”

ES: How has this training camp gone for you? Is there anything specific that you have focused on in this camp and do you think you have improved it as much as you aimed to?

AY: “It has went great, I have made a few changes and stepped things up. It’s all about getting the right formula, I’ve enjoyed working all areas and getting a bit creative with things, it will all be on show 9th June.”

ES: You’ve been in this game for a while now, do you believe that you still have a lot to accomplish?

AY: “Yes, I want to be the very best version of myself in there and fully realise my potential. In addition, that UFC title will be in my hands by the end of my career.”

ES: Finally, if there’s one message you have for Bryan, what would it be?

AY: “Let’s put on a show and bring your best.”

This fight is surely going to live up to every expectation. With Andy young being the home town fighter, he is certainly going to receive an incredible atmosphere. Bryan Creighton will also be defending the best win streak of career, both fighters have a lot to defend in this epic Flyweight battle. SEE YOU THERE!

Dominic Clark Wants His CXF Title Back!

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.

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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!

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Ryan Cambridge

News: Porn Website hosting MMA Event feat. “Krazy Horse” Bennett

 

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.