Susan Cingari

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Susan Cingari is an Emmy award-winning journalist with over twenty years of experience in newspapers, radio and television broadcasting.

Guilty Plea in DUI Death of Bellator MMA Fighter Jordan Parsons

More than two years after the crash that claimed the life of promising Bellator MMA featherweight Jordan Parsons, the driver of the vehicle that fatally struck him pleaded guilty to three counts: DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crashing involving death, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

It was just after midnight on May 1, 2016 when Parsons was struck by Dennis Michael Wright’s 2013 Range Rover while crossing the street at the intersection of South Federal Highway and Lindell Boulevard. Police estimated the vehicle was traveling between 100-120mph at the time of the crash. Wright fled the scene and tried to get the vehicle repaired. When a bodyshop turned him away, he hid it in storage. Thanks to an anonymous tipoff, police located the vehicle and arrested Wright almost a week after crash.

Parsons was treated at Delray Beach Medical Center and underwent multiple surgeries, but died on May 4.

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Parsons had a 12-2-0 MMA record. He trained with the Blackzilians and joined Bellator MMA in 2014. He was 2-1 with the promotion, with a fight against Adam Piccolotti scheduled for Bellator 154, two weeks after the crash.

Fighters who mourned Parsons’s passing included Jeremy Stephens, who posted on Facebook: “It’s no mistake the impact you made on everyone and the positive messages about life you left us to read.” Frankie Edgar said he was “sending prayers to him and his family. Terrible news.” And Anthony “Rumble” Johnson posted, “We miss you already! Say hi to my pop for me and all of the other legends in heaven. Keep that smile glowing.” Amanda Nunes, Colby Covington, Cris Cyborg, and many others took to social media to mourn the popular and talented fighter, who was only twenty-five.

Wright is due to be sentenced on Aug. 29. As part of his plea deal he will get 10 years incarceration if he “tells the truth about his alcohol consumption and actions on April 30/31, including the speed he was driving when he struck and killed (Parsons) and his actions from the time he struck (Parsons) until the time he turned himself in.” In addition, once released he will be required to to carry around a photo of Parsons at all times, and speak at local schools about the dangers of drinking and driving.

By | 2018-08-09T15:00:25+00:00 August 9th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Guilty Plea in DUI Death of Bellator MMA Fighter Jordan Parsons

Greg Hardy’s Coach on Why He’s Unstoppable

MustLoveMMA.com’s Susan Cingari recently caught up with NFL star turned UFC hopeful Greg Hardy at his gym at American Top Team, Coconut Creek. While there she had a chance to speak to Hardy’s coach, MMA legend Billy Padden. Coach Padden explains why Hardy’s such a great athlete to train, and why he thinks Hardy’s got what it takes to go all the way.

Don’t miss Greg Hardy’s second appearance on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass.

By | 2018-08-06T15:18:00+00:00 August 6th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Greg Hardy’s Coach on Why He’s Unstoppable

Exclusive Greg Hardy Interview: Part 2

Don’t miss the second part of MustLoveMMA.com’s exclusive interview with NFL star turned MMA heavyweight Greg Hardy. Hardy trains out of American Top Team, Coconut Creek, which is where Must Love MMA’s Susan Cingari caught up with him.

Hardy is hard at work training for his second appearance on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. 1-0 in his pro career and 3-0 as an amateur, all Hardy’s fights have ended with spectacular first round knockouts. Let’s see if he can do it again on Tuesday!

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series airs 8:00 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass.

By | 2018-08-05T17:48:30+00:00 August 5th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Exclusive Greg Hardy Interview: Part 2

Greg Hardy Interview: MustLoveMMA Exclusive

Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy sat down with MustLoveMMA.com’s Susan Cingari this week ahead of his second appearance on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.

Hardy, who has a 3-0 MMA amateur record and 1-0 pro, has won all his bouts so far by first-round knockout. In this video, shot at American Top Team gym in Coconut Creek, FL, Hardy talks about his training schedule, his whirlwind start in MMA, and what it means to him that Dana White has given him a chance to prove himself.

MustLoveMMA has been there since the beginning of Hardy’s MMA career, when he debuted at Rise of a Warrior 21. Don’t miss the video of his incredible knockout finish!

Greg Hardy made his professional MMA debut on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in June this year, where he defeated another former NFL player, defensive end Austin Lane, again by first-round knockout. It’s becoming a signature move for Hardy, who puts his massive 80″ reach to devastating use inside the cage.

That performance earned Hardy a UFC development contract. Now Hardy’s hoping for another repeat performance when he makes his second appearance on the show on Aug. 7. After that, White has hinted Hardy will cut his teeth on the online-streamed “Looking for a Fight” series. From there, Hardy will be hoping for a UFC shot, but for now he tells Susan he’s just happy to be working hard and learning the ropes. Watch the interview now!

By | 2018-07-31T09:52:37+00:00 July 30th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Greg Hardy Interview: MustLoveMMA Exclusive

Steve “Put ‘Em To Sleep” Walker Defends Title at Lion Fight 45

There are four titles on the line next Saturday at Lion Fight 45. Cruiserweights Chip Moraza-Pollard and Mark MacKinnon duke it out for the world title, Rose Amorim faces Angela Whitley for the women’s World Super Lightweight Title, the North American Cruiserweight Title sees a face-off between Brett Hlavacek and Tibor Nagy, and Steve Walker and Joshua Todd go head-to-head for the Lion Fight North American Super Cruiserweight Title.

Muay Thai is a booming martial art, one Lion Fight President Scott Kent intends to take global. In a recent interview with Must Love MMA, Kent spoke about his passion for Muay Thai and his plans for the future of the promotion.

“It’s all of the stand up fighting with all of the weapons without the wrestling, without the jiu-jitsu. And what we’ve found is that most fight fans, that’s the fighting style they prefer. So we prefer to call this the most exciting stand up fighting style in the world.”

Scott Kent on Must Love MMA

Lion Fight 45 is the culmination of a month of fights in London and France in association with Muay Thai Grand Prix. On July 28, the promotion takes the action home to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT, to elevate existing champions and maybe crown new ones.

Fan favorite Steve “Put ‘Em To Sleep” Walker, will be defending his North American Super Cruiserweight belt for the first time since winning the inaugural title in April. A Boston, MA, native, Walker didn’t begin training in martial arts until 2014, when he was 28 years old, using Groupon vouchers to join classes. He found a home with Hyde Park Hard Knocks Muay Thai and MMA, and quickly showed a talent for Muay Thai. Walker was 14-2 as an amateur before turning pro at Lion Fight 37 in June 2017.

Walker has excelled on the professional circuit. On his debut he defeated Lewis Rumsey by TKO in just over two minutes. At Lion Fight 38 he knocked out Robert Morrow in the third round. And at Lion Fight 40 he achieved another stoppage victory, this time over Cole Fetzner in the second. “Put ‘Em To Sleep” certainly lives up to his name. Finally at Lion Fight 42 he faced off against Olivier Fairtex for the inaugural Lion Fight North American Super Cruiserweight Title and won by unanimous decision.

Despite his incredible success, Walker never intended martial arts to be anything more than a hobby.

“My whole background goes back to the inner city. I have been fighting all my life through poverty, life struggles, and stress. When I found this new outlet to let go of stress and pain it felt good to me. I never thought this was going to be a career. I did it to get in shape. Now I am a role model in my community.”

—Steve Walker on The MMA Takeover

As a youth violence outreach worker and full-time father of four, Walker knows the importance of being a positive role model. The spiritual aspect of Muay Thai appeals to his inherent sense of fairness and teaches important lessons about treating others with respect. “You have to be in touch with your spirit. If you come out with an arrogant spirit you will never get to your full potential. If your spirit isn’t clicking with life it will never be great. You could hate your opponent but you will bow before and after the fight. You have to remain humble and respect each other.”

Don’t miss Walker vs. Todd at Lion Fight 45, streaming live on FloCombat on Saturday, July 28, and check out Must Love MMA’s interviews with Lion Fight fighters and President Scott Kent for more in-depth coverage of all the Muay Thai action.

By | 2018-07-24T17:06:57+00:00 July 24th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Steve “Put ‘Em To Sleep” Walker Defends Title at Lion Fight 45

Bare Knuckle FC Announces Second Boxing Event for Aug. 25

On June 2, Bare Knuckle FC made history by staging the first legal, sanctioned bare knuckle boxing event in the U.S. since 1889. The event took place in Cheyenne, WY, and featured a host of talented fighters, from lineal bare knuckle boxing champion Bobby Gunn, who claimed an impressive 73-0 record before the fight, to MMA superstars like former UFC heavyweight champ Ricco Rodriguez and former UFC flyweight “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings.

Streamed live across the States and Canada on PPV, the event proved a—in some circles, unexpected—smash hit. According to BKFC president Dave Feldman, the viewing figures for streaming service FITE TV, which carried the live broadcast, were “historic.” Fighter have queued up to join the promotion, with some 500 new applications since the inaugural event aired. BKFC has signed 75 already, and is in talks with another 125.

Now they’re set to do it all again in Biloxi, MS, on Aug. 25. The BKFC 2 card includes the following fighters and matchups:

Shewmaker vs. Jackson

Both these guys competed in the BKFC1 heavyweight tournament quarterfinals. Sam Shewmaker defeated Eric Prindle via KO in just 18 seconds. Now he advances to the semifinal, where he faces Maurice Jackson, who defeated Dale Sopi via TKO at 1:10 of R1.

Adams vs. Beltran

In the second semifinal fight, BKFC1 veterans Arnold Adams, who defeated DJ Linderman by TKO at 2:00 of R2 in the quarterfinal, faces Joey Beltran, whose unanimous decision victory over Tony Lopez was considered one of the highlights of the inaugural event. Check out Must Love MMA’s post-fight interview with Beltran now!

Other BKFC veterans to return for the second card include:

  • Tony Lopez
  • “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings — another Must Love MMA interview subject! — who triumphed first time around over Alma Garcia, winning via TKO at 2:00 of R2.
  • Johnny Bedford, who defeated Nick Mamalis via TKO at 1:41 of R2.
  • Reggie Barnett, who defeated Travis Thompson via unanimous decision.

New fighters joining the promotion for the second event include:

  • UFC veteran Chris Lytle, who last stepped into the Octagon in Aug. 2011. The 43-year-old retired after defeating Dan Hardy in the event headliner. He made the switch to bare knuckle boxing earlier this year at BKB 9 in England, where he won by knockout.
  • Invicta FC veteran Christine Ferea. Ferea recently spoke to Must Love MMA about her bare knuckle ambitions—check out the interview now!
  • Charles Bennett, a veteran MMA fighter with a checkered record. He last fought at Island Fights 48 in June, where he lost to James Freeman. It was his nineth consecutive defeat.
  • Marcel Stamps, a Bellator Fight Series veteran with a 2-0 pro MMA record.

Visit bareknuckle.tv for more details on tickets and streaming.

By | 2018-07-10T00:02:13+00:00 July 10th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Bare Knuckle FC Announces Second Boxing Event for Aug. 25