On Saturday 8th September, the Cage Warriors Academy takes over Belfast’s Devenish Complex in what will be an exciting and explosive night of amateur Mixed Martial Arts. Continue reading “Preview: Ones to watch at Cage Warriors Academy: Ireland”
Following the dramatic news that UFC flyweight champion Nicco Montaño () had been transported to a local hospital and wouldn’t be defending her title at UFC 228, her opponent, Valentina Shevchenko (15-3-0) has taken to social media to express her total lack of surprise.
The UFC women’s flyweight champion will not compete Saturday at UFC 228 in a scheduled title fight with Valentina Shevchenko after she was taken to the hospital Friday morning due to kidney issues, per her team. Continue reading “News: Nicco Montaño’s team releases statement after she is pulled from UFC 228 title fight”
“Don’t Sleep on This Fight” is a new segment I’m going to produce leading up to every card about a fighter and/or matchup that should not be missed (a.k.a slept on). This week the UFC returns to Dallas, Texas for two championship fights. Originally on the main card, Tatiana Suarez vs. Carla Esparza will now headline the prelims on FX.
The UFC have officially added a high stakes strawweight battle to an already strong UFC 231 card.
American Top Team’s Nina Ansaroff (9-5-0) will face her biggest challenge yet as she squares off with two time 115lb title challenger Claudia Gadelha (16-3-0) when the promotion rolls in to Toronto later this year.
With Brent Primus already having one up on Micheal Chandler, he is very keen to prove his victory wasn’t a fluke by trying to persuade Chandler to sign on the dotted line for a second bout.
Chandler, who is just after securing a new deal with Bellator, has been pressured by Primus to sign a bout agreement. The expletives were in full flow, as Brent is wanting to jump back in after recovering from a multitude of niggling injuries. This will be his first fight since taking the belt off “Iron” with a 1st round TKO in NYC in June 2017.
In life there are a number of things which are unquestionably linked together. Salt and Pepper. Pen and Paper. Night and Day. Despite everyone’s best efforts to move on, you can add Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones to that list. No matter what Cormier does, no matter how much he achieves, it feels like he’ll never be more than a few words away from Jon Jones.
I think all MMA fans have a similar idea of the strengths both lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor posses and each fighters key to victory is quite clear, Khabib has the advantage on the floor and wrestling and “The Notorious” has an advantage in the striking department.
Kevin Lee has had his say on the upcoming encounter: “I think Conor’s probably going to sleep him,” Lee said on MMAjunkie Radio. “I’m just looking at the matchup and how the styles is, and especially with someone like Khabib. Khabib’s just got the same holes that I’ve been seeing for years and years and years. And I know Conor’s been seeing them, too. So, when you see those holes, and they’re not getting at least a little closed, then he’s going to get slept.”
Lee pointed out that he sees holes in the Russians game which appeared when the champion fought Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. Despite a very dominant performance, the mauling Russian was met with significate criticism with regards to his striking arsenal and how a stand-up fighter could pose significant damage to the champion.
“Khabib misses a lot of shots, too,” said Lee. “(If) you look at his film, his actual stand-up wrestling and transition game is trash.”
Will Nurmagomedov’s weaknesses be used against a striker like McGregor? That is the biggest question right now. Lee doesn’t hesitate to describe what will happen if the champ is successful in taking down McGregor.
“I don’t see him finishing him. He’s going to beat the hell out of him, and he might break Conor’s spirit, because Conor can be broken, but I think Conor might be already kind of expecting that. And when something like that happens and you expect it, I don’t think it breaks you as easily.”
Lee did, however point out how McGregor has not been too serious in MMA recently and training boxing and having holidays but nobody knows what happens behind closed doors.
“There are some x-factors in there, with Conor having just trained for a boxing match and that being his focus for a long time,” Lee said. “That’s a different type of pressure than when someone’s really trying to take you down. You can’t just swing at his head. You can’t just swing all out. But, I don’t know, I still think Conor’s going to catch him at one point.”
We are not far away from getting the answers to the questions every MMA fan in the world has and the biggest fight in UFC lightweight history will in fact finally go down!
Jimi “Poster Boy” Manuwa was scheduled to fight the ever-fleeing Glover Teixeira at UFC Sao Paulo on September 22nd but Teixeira had to withdraw from the fight due to a shoulder injury leaving the fifth-ranked light heavyweight without a dancing partner for the main event. Continue reading “News: Jimi Manuwa had to be persuaded to take Santos fight”
Liverpool Echo Arena, Kings Dock St, Liverpool – Saturday 1st September 2018
CW96, Cage Warriors’ biggest Liverpool card of 2018, hits the Echo Arena on Saturday 1st September with two world titles at the top of a stacked card. In the main event, local hero and former Cage Warriors featherweight champion Paddy Pimblett will bid to become the organisation’s lightweight world champion when he takes on in-form Norwegian ‘The True Viking’ Søren Bak for the vacant 155lb title.
The four-fight main card also features the latest bout in the career of rising English lightweight Jack Grant, who will look to extend his winning streak to six with a victory over Aleksi Mäntykivi. And the main card will kick off with the return of former Cage Warriors welterweight champion Nicolas “Locomotivo” Dalby, who will take on undefeated Italian prospect Roberto ‘Minotauro’ Allegretti.
Results will be updated below and on the @MMAMotion Twitter page:
- Søren Bak def. Paddy Pimblett via Unanimous Decision
- Jonas Billstein def. Mick Stanton via submission
- Jack Grant def. Aleksi Mäntykivi via KO (Round 1)
- Nicolas Dalby def. Roberto Allegretti via submission (Round 2)
- Tim Barnett vs. Matthew Bonner majority Draw
- Mahmod Faour def. Elliot Jenkins via TKO (Round 2)
- Sam Creasey def. Coner Hignett via TKO (Round 1)
- Mehdi Ben Lakhdhar def. Anthony O’Connor via KO (Round 2)
- Liam Gittins def. Kevin Cordero Lopez via KO (Round 1)