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.

The Ultimate Fighter 27: Undefeated — Week 2

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It’s the second week of The Ultimate Fighter and for one man, the title of “undefeated” has already been revoked. Last week the captains, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and UFC light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier, chose their teams and Team Cormier’s Joe Giannetti claimed first victory over Team Miocic’s John Gunther, taking him out with a quick submission victory.

This week Miocic gets a chance to even the score. He chose Kyler Phillips to take on Team Cormier’s Brad Katona in the season’s first featherweight fight. MustLoveMMA.com took a closer look at the two men seeking to remain undefeated tonight.

Canadian Katona (6-0) crossed the Atlantic to become a student of SBG Ireland, home to a host of UFC athletes, most famously Conor McGregor.

“I heard an interview with John Kavanagh, and he said he was very happy with Conor winning, but he wanted to prove that his methodology works and he wants to produce more world champions to prove that,” recalled Katona. “I saw that and I thought, ‘Why not myself? You’re looking for someone to make a world champion, I’ll come to you.’”

A successful amateur boxer—he won gold in the Canadian Golden Gloves 2013 tournament—and now one of Canada’s hottest MMA prospects, Katona lives in Dublin full-time, although he’s coping well with the switch to the TUF house in Vegas. For a natural bantamweight, switching up a class has helped with the gruelling preparation for what—if he’s successful—will be three fights over the course of a matter of weeks.

“I could actually stay mentally sane by eating some carbs while everyone else is starving down,” he laughs. “I just tried to go in there with a positive outlook and enjoy everything about the experience.”

Katona faces Kyler Phillips (5-0), a martial artist since the tender age of three, when his father introduced him to Brazilian jiu-jitsu at the Gracie Academy.

The 2012 IBJJF world champion, Phillips is no stranger to UFC reality TV, having been featured on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, where he needed only 46 seconds to triumph over James Gray Jr.

While that appearance didn’t land him a coveted UFC contract, he’s ready to try again. He views fighting for the promotion as “fulfilling my purpose,” the culmination of 19 years spent training, and promises there’s much more to come. “Stay tuned, I’m gonna give you guys a helluva show.”

The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated airs tonight at 10:00p.m. ET on FS1.

By | 2018-04-25T19:12:19+00:00 April 25th, 2018|News|Comments Off on The Ultimate Fighter 27: Undefeated — Week 2

UFC Fighter Volkan Oezdemir Back In Court On Assault Charges

MustLoveMMA.com’s Susan Cingari was at Broward County Courthouse for Cage & Screen

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Representatives for UFC light heavyweight Volkan Oezdemir appeared Broward County’s Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court today for a calendar call in his ongoing court case. (more…)

By | 2018-03-29T14:26:25+00:00 March 29th, 2018|News|Comments Off on UFC Fighter Volkan Oezdemir Back In Court On Assault Charges

Hard Knocks 365 – Free MMA Seminar in memory of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS victims

Fort Lauderdale, Florida — Greg Jones of Jones Wrestling and Hard Knocks 365, put on a Free MMA Seminar with coaches like Henri Hooft, Kami Barzini and Evan Borins, along with fighters Rashad Evans, Kamaru Usman, Linton Vassell, Logan Storley and more , with proceeds and donations going to the Chris Hixon Scholarship Fund, in memory of the 17 victims of the unfortunate events that happened on February 14, in Parkland, Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS.  People from as far as Tampa showed up to meet some of their favorite UFC and Bellator Fighters and was able to learn from veterans on this wonderful occasion, by participating in a full MMA style practice.

By | 2018-03-12T12:24:18+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Video|Comments Off on Hard Knocks 365 – Free MMA Seminar in memory of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS victims

Accused Back in Court in MMA Fighter Aaron Rajman Murder Case

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MMA fighter Aaron Rajman was gunned down in his Florida home in July 2017. Photo © MustLoveMMA.com

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -The three teens accused of the murder of rising MMA star Aaron Rajman appeared in Palm Beach County Court today, where their case was continued until September 5, 2018.

Roberto Ortiz, 19, Jace Swinton, 18, and Summer Church, 17, each previously pleaded not guilty to two counts of home invasion robbery with a firearm, and one count of first degree murder.

On July 3, 2017 a group of men entered Rajman’s home in the 22700 block of Southwest 65th Terrace, Boca Raton, at about 10:24 p.m.  An argument ensued, and Rajman was fatally shot.

“This was no random act of violence,” Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said.  “Mr. Rajman was targeted by these defendants, and we intend to seek justice for the victim and his family.”

Rajman was a well-known figure in the local Jewish community and was the only Orthodox MMA fighter competing in the sport of mixed martial arts.  He trained at the prestigious American Top Team in South Florida.

Rabbi Zalman Bukiet, director of the Chabad of West Boca Raton, called him “a special young man who had a heart of gold.”

MustLoveMMA.com will continue to follow the story as events unfold. Everybody Has A Story.

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:00+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|News|Comments Off on Accused Back in Court in MMA Fighter Aaron Rajman Murder Case

[Video] Live Bellator 192 Weigh-Ins

Don’t miss the Bellator 192: Rampage vs. Sonnen weigh-ins, live streaming Jan 19. at 8p.m. ET.

Bellator 192 airs Saturday, Jan. 20 at 9p.m. ET.

Bellator 192 Fight Card

Quinton Jackson vs. Chael Sonnen
Douglas Lima vs. Rory MacDonald
Michael Chandler vs. Goiti Yamauchi
Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Henry Corrales
Aaron Pico vs. Shane Kruchten

MustLoveMMA — Cage & Screen — Every Fighter Has A Story

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:00+00:00 January 19th, 2018|News, Video|Comments Off on [Video] Live Bellator 192 Weigh-Ins