Jury Trial Date Set for UFC Fighter Volkan Oezdemir

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, at which a date was set for the fighter to face a jury trial on a count of battery causing great bodily harm, a third-degree felony.

Oezdemir pleaded not guilty to the charges, which stem from an altercation the 28-year-old Switzerland native was allegedly involved in outside Capone’s bar in Fort Lauderdale, Fl, on Aug. 12, 2017.  He was initially arrested Nov. 18, 2017 on a second-degree felony charge of aggravated battery causing serious bodily harm or disability.

Felony battery causing great bodily harm in Florida carries a maximum sentence of 5 years incarceration.

In a hearing Nov. 19, Oezdemir’s attorney, former federal prosecutor Bruce A. Zimet, described the incident as a “bar room altercation” in which his client was not the aggressor and acted justifiably pursuant to Florida law.

According to court records, the alleged victim left the bar after hearing a friend had been knocked unconscious following a verbal altercation. When he asked what had happened, he said he “looked up and was hit in the face” by what the state prosecutor described as a “sucker punch.”

The victim claims he lost consciousness for approximately 14 minutes, was treated at a local hospital for concussion symptoms, and received multiple staples for lacerations. Witnesses at the scene allegedly told the victim it was Oezdemir who hit him.

Oezdemir’s trial is set for 6/18 at Broward County Courthouse. MustLoveMMA.com will continue to follow the story as it unfolds.

By | 2018-05-10T16:23:44+00:00 May 10th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Jury Trial Date Set for UFC Fighter Volkan Oezdemir

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

MustLoveMMA.com’s Susan Cingari Named PG Sports MMA Reporter of the Year

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MustLoveMMA.com’s Susan Cingari was honored to be named PG SportsMMA Sports Journalist Reporter of the Year. Susan was named alongside athletes and influencers from a variety of fields, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and MMA’s Conor McGregor and Lynch on Sports.

2017 was a dramatic year for MMA, and MustLoveMMA and Susan Cingari were there for every step. From the May/Mac superfight to GSP’s return, and a host of new title holders — the UFC saw Tony Ferguson take the interim lightweight belt, Max Holloway win the featherweight title, TJ Dillashaw reclaim his bantamweight belt from old rival Cody Garbrandt, Cris Cyborg took her place at the head of the women’s featherweight division, Nicco Montano was crowned women’s inaugural flyweight champ, and Rose Namajunas took the UFC strawweight belt. And of course GSP defeated Michael Bisping to take the middleweight belt, only to vacate the title. Interim titleholder Robert Whittaker was promoted to undisputed champion on Dec 7.

Bellator MMA also welcomed a host of new champions — Ryan Bader as light heavyweight, Brent Primus won the lightweight title, Patricio Freire took the featherweight belt, Darrion Caldwell won the bantamweight crown, Julia Budd became women’s featherweight champ, and Ilima-Lei Macfarlane claimed the women’s flyweight title.

Susan and the MustLoveMMA.com team are excited to see what happens in 2018, and can’t wait to bring you all the breaking news through weekly episodes of The Cage & Screen Report! Every Fighter Has A Story!

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:02+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|News|Comments Off on MustLoveMMA.com’s Susan Cingari Named PG Sports MMA Reporter of the Year

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for #MMA Fans

Stuck for a last-minute present for that special someone? Have a friend who can’t get enough of the latest UfC and BellatorMMA  action? Check out these MMA-themed books for thoughtful gifts and stocking stuffers for the fight fan in your life!

And because they’re all from Amazon and available with 2-day shipping, they’ll still arrive in time for Christmas Day.

Chael Sonnen — The Voice of Reason: A V.I.P. Pass to Enlightenment

“Like all men of myth and legend, Sonnen strives for the betterment of the human race. Prometheus brought us fire; Dana White brought us the modern-day gladiator; and Chael P. Sonnen now brings us the step-by-step guide to being a great human being and patriot.”

Urijah Faber — The Laws of the Ring

“Urijah Faber offers an unconventional and enlightening guide to mental dominance and personal success… The Laws of the Ring is, at once, a celebration of physical and mental toughness, a serious reflection on success and failure, a colorful account of Faber’s rise to greatness, and a fascinating look at life inside the cage.”

Sam Sheridan — A Fighter’s Heart: One Man’s Journey Through the World of Fighting

“An extraordinary combination of gonzo journalism and participatory sports writing, A Fighter’s Heart is a dizzying first-hand account of what it’s like to reach the peak of finely disciplined personal aggression, to hit—and be hit.”

Georges St-Pierre — The Way of the Fight

“A compelling memoir that offers an intimate, gritty look at a fighter’s journey, told through inspiring vignettes, GSP is a moving account of commitment and power, achievement and pain, dedication and conviction from one of the world’s greatest champions.”

John Kavanagh — Win or Learn: MMA, Conor McGregor and Me: A Trainer’s Journey

“Kavanagh’s portrait of McGregor is a revelation. What emerges is a remarkable portrait of ambition, discipline, and persistence in the face of years and years of disappointment… A must read for every MMA fan.”


Ronda Rousey — My Fight/Your Fight

“Packed with raw emotion, drama, and wisdom, this is an unforgettable book by one of the most remarkable women in the world.”

“Big” John McCarthy — Let’s Get It On!: The Making of MMA and Its Ultimate Referee

“In his own words, ‘Big’ John relates his insider’s perspective from the midst of many of the sport’s greatest moments—from Tito Ortiz–Ken Shamrock I at UFC 40 in 2002 to Randy Couture–Tim Sylvia at UFC 68 in March of 2007—along with his account of the birth of the sport in America, its evolution, and MMA’s ongoing struggles for acceptance.”

Chuck Liddell — Iceman: My Fighting Life

“Here, for the first time, is the story of Chuck Liddell inside and outside the Octagon—from his childhood in the poor section of Santa Barbara to the bloodiest battles of his career, to balancing life as a father, a UFC champ, and a superstar. With never-before-seen photos—and an all-new chapter added for this edition—Iceman is the true, no-holds-barred story of Chuck Liddell’s fight to become a champion.”

Bruce Buffer — It’s Time!: My 360-Degree View of the UFC

“I want to tell you about the passion that first led me to bet everything on this sport of ours, way back when MMA was outlawed in half the country and there wasn’t a dime to be made on it. I want to tell you how that passion all started.”

Clyde Gentry III — No Holds Barred: The Complete History of Mixed Martial Arts in America

“Called the bible for MMA, No Holds Barred is the definitive American history of MMA and its rapid rise in the sports and entertainment world… This is the most definitive, in-depth and thoroughly researched book on the history of the sport ever written and a must-have book for every mixed martial arts fan.”


Still stuck for ideas? How about these cute Funko POP figurines. Collect them all — Jose Aldo, Chris Weidman, Ronda Rousey, and Conor McGregor.

Check out more great MMA goodies year-round in my Amazon shop! ~Every Fighter Has A Story

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:03+00:00 December 19th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for #MMA Fans

[VIDEO] Watch Live Bellator 184 Prelims

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Bellator 184 Dantas vs. Caldwell goes down today! Watch the prelims live from 7:00 p.m. ET and don’t miss the main card airing on Spike TV from 9:00 p.m. ET.

Main Card

Eduardo Dantas vs. Darrion Caldwell — Bantamweight Title Fight

Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Daniel Straus

Pat Curran vs. John Teixeira

Leandro Higo vs. Joe Taimanglo

Preliminary Card

Teagan Dooley vs. DeMarcus Simmons

Manuel Muro vs. Emmanuel Rivera

Sean Holden vs. Shakir McKillip

Carrington Banks vs. Steve Kozola

Justin Patterson vs. Chance Rencountre

Ernest James vs. Ray Jones

L.J. Hemreck vs. Westin Wilson

Daniel Carey vs. Kendall Carnahan

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:07+00:00 October 6th, 2017|News, Video|Comments Off on [VIDEO] Watch Live Bellator 184 Prelims

[VIDEO] Valhalla MGL Brings Modern Gladiators to MMA

Valhalla MGL – Modern Gladiators battle with swords, battle axe, mace and shield,  fighting MMA style inside a steel cage in this new combat sport. Fighters punch, kick and grapple with weapons. Win by KO, submission or 10 point must system.

Histories of Europe and Japan show military tournaments were used by Vikings, Romans and Samurai long before the knights of the medieval period. Blood sports are a long tradition for many cultures. Gladiators entertained the populace in the Coliseum even after the fall or Rome. Kings fought for thrones, but a Gladiator fought in the game for honor.

MGL’s debut event, VALHALLA I will take place Sept. 30, 2017 in Monterey, California. Tickets are available from Eventbrite.

Valhalla’s website, http://www.valhallamgl.com features event and fighter information, behind the scenes video footage, fight clips, and live interaction with Valhalla fighters.

Valhalla MGL (Modern Gladiatorial League) is the amalgamation of historical re-enactment combat (SCA, ACL, HMB, HEMA) and MMA mixed martial arts (UFC, BELLATOR), combining Eastern and Western fight disciplines into one professional gladiator organization. Valhalla MGL is full contact fighting, where contests are determined by knock out, tap out or time out (scorecard). Combatants use sword and shield strikes to score points, grappling to attempt submissions, with kicks and pommel punches to gain tactical advantage.

Valhalla MGL consists of 6 weight divisions, drawing top fighters in the tradition of true gladiatorial combat with championships setup in a series of bracketed single elimination tournaments, leading to a final championship round. Fights are promoted throughout the United States in public arenas, civic auditoriums, casinos and sports complexes with ticketed audiences ranging from 1500-14,500 attendees.

Valhalla MGL allows fans the vicarious spectacle of organized violence to escape the struggles and banality of everyday life while embracing the romantic fantasy of knights in shiny armor. Our fans want to see exceptional displays of skill, strategy, character and aggression played out in the arena, but they also marvel at the history, beauty and artistic craftsmanship of the weaponry and armor.

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:08+00:00 September 26th, 2017|News, Video|Comments Off on [VIDEO] Valhalla MGL Brings Modern Gladiators to MMA