Media Call: UFC’s Holm vs Shevchenko & UFC 201 Lawler vs. Woodley

Two major UFC events still remain in July starting with UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Shevchenko on Saturday, July 23 and UFC 201: Lawler vs. Woodley one week later on Saturday, July 30.

Holly (The Preachers Daughter“) Holm, is the No. 2 UFC bantamweight contender. She is a professional boxer and kickboxer and is the first person to win championships in both boxing and martial arts. She is highly regarded as one of the best female fighters in the world. The 5’8″ southpaw quickly rose to fame after capturing the division’s title from Ronda Rousey in 2015, however Holm lost the belt to Miesha Tate in  her first ever career loss.

Russian born Valentina Shevchenko, nicknamed, “The Bullet”, began training at the age of five. Shevchenko is a decorated Muay Thai Fighter and kickboxer.   A fierce competitor she has won many titles such as the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur World Championships and World Muaythai Council  and is known for her precision, calculated striking and clinch work. Shevchenko most recently fought Amanda Nunes on March 5, 2016 at UFC 196 but lost the fight by unanimous decision. No stranger to competition  Shevchenko has a 56-2 professional record  Muay Thai/K-1  and has defeated Joanna Jędrzejczyk and Caley Reece. Look for this fight to be a chance to see some spectacular stand-up by both  of the ladies.

San Diego native, Robbie Lawler is a professional mixed martial artist and the current  UFC Welterweight Champion. He has been competing since 2001. He is best known for his 2015 title defense against Rory MacDonald, a match some refer to as one of the greatest world title fights of all time. He is a fan favorite and is know to leave it all in the Octagon. This fight marks his third title defense.

Tyron Woodley, nicknamed “The Chosen One”, fought in his first professional Strikeforce fight in 2009 and is currently #3 in official UFC welterweight rankings.  Woodley has a strong wrestling background and is a  NCAA Division I All-American as well as team captain of the University of Missouri wrestling team He also won the Big 10 title in 2003. Woodley hasn’t fought since UFC 183 in January 2015 so ring rust could be an issue. The two fighters both fight out of the American Top Team banner and are friends but will put their friendship aside to see who is the best welterweight is. Look for Lawler to use his experience and grit to grind out the win.

The four fighters had this to say on the UFC media conference call when they were asked about their upcoming fights.

Holly Holm: ” Valentina is definitely a seasoned athlete.” I do know it is just one fight at a time. I’m definitely thirsty right now, I want victory”

Valentina Shevchenko: “My focus is the fight.” and “This is my life, this is what I want to be. My destiny was to be a martial artist.”

Robbie Lawler: “I’m sick of the Fight of the Night. “I am a mean fighter. I just want to take people out and I just want to win!”

Tyron Woodley: “The difference between me then, and me now is that I’m putting everything together and I’m ready to take off! I’m just a mean fighter who is looking to finish people and do what I do.”

You can catch UFC FIGHT NIGHT  Saturday July 23rd, 2016 Holm VS Shevschenko at 8PM/5PM ET/PT as well as a host of other great fight.

Watch Lawler vs. Woodley on July 30th LIVE on Pay Per View HERE

By | 2016-07-18T20:51:31+00:00 July 18th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Media Call: UFC’s Holm vs Shevchenko & UFC 201 Lawler vs. Woodley

UFC 200: Tate vs Nunes Bantamweight Title Fight On The Line

Mixed Martial Arts fans can look forward to a spectacular fight at UFC 200 when Miesha Tate (18 -5) takes on Amanda Nunes for the Bantamweight Title Saturday July 9th on PPV

Miesha “Cupcake”Tate (18-5) has a strong background in wrestling and good standup. A pro for 9 years, she has seven wins by submission and three by knockout. A fan favorite, she’s on a five fight winning streak. She is former bantamweight champion for Strikeforce and has 1 Performance of the Night and 2 Fight of the Night honors.

Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes on the other hand is not a newcomer to the sport. She boasts a (12-4) record and is an aggressive competitor. A pro since 2008, she has nine wins by KO and two by submission. With 9 first round finishes and a 4 inch reach advantage and a 4 inch leg advantage over Tate look for Nunes to come out guns blazing.

The two fighters had this to say on the UFC media conference call when they were asked about their upcoming fight.

Miesha Tate: I think I’m definitely battle tested and I’ve proven that, so I have a great mindset, and a lot of great skills that I bring to the table. I know that no matter where this fight goes that I’ll be prepared. That’s what I’ve trained to do. Every single time that I fight, I’m prepared to go all five rounds, if necessary. But you know, I’m hoping to get these finishes out there faster and faster each time. So that’s my goal.

Amanda Nunes: I’m going to be ready for whatever Miesha’s bringing. Whatever, she’s going to bring it doesn’t matter. We’re going to be ready for her and take the fight. Taking the win is the more important thing. Whatever happens, I’m going to be ready.

Miesha Tate: Everybody seems to think that I’m going to win this fight, which adds a lot more pressure; even more pressure then there was before. You know, other people don’t deal well with that pressure. They just want to fight, they don’t want to have to deal with the media, and they don’t want to have to deal with us. I’m here to do all of it and show that I’m the best in the world. I’m doing everything and I’m really confident, you know in my abilities to deal with this because I’ve been here so many times before. I know exactly what’s going to go down, I know exactly how it all happens, and I’m very comfortable in this position. I think that I was meant to be the champion and I think my destiny will continue with a win on that night.

Amanda Nunes: I came out here early, you know. I’ve stayed here, I’ve been here these last two weekends and I’m going to be staying until the day after the fight. I think this is going to help me a lot, and right now, I feel very good, you know. Since the day I have gotten to Vegas, I’ve been training very well, I’ve been responding to everything, and I’m going to be ready for this fight. Saturday, I will show everybody, you know, everything that I’ve prepared to bring in that day.

You can catch Tate and Nunes Saturday July 9th on PPV as well as a host of other great fights at 10PM/7PM ET/PT.

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:41+00:00 July 8th, 2016|News|Comments Off on UFC 200: Tate vs Nunes Bantamweight Title Fight On The Line

#ICYMI UFC Media Call Dos-Anjos, Alvarez, Aldo & Edgar

UFC’s Rafael Dos-Anjos, Eddie Alvarez, Jose Aldo, and Frankie Edgar on media conference call today!

Although there was what could be considered a great show of respect by all the fighters on the call today, it was not without its interesting moments.

When Rafael Dos-Anjos (24-7) was asked about his upcoming fight with Eddie Alvarez he had this to say:  “I can’t wait to get the win on July 7th.”  Eddie Alvarez (27-4) on the other hand—who seemed a bit philosophical and in a calm, almost zen-like state on the call—was more reflective. “Where I am is I want to fight the absolute best. We are defined by the people we fight.”

Watch their fight go down Thurs. July 7, 2016 at 10PM /7PM EST/PST on UFC Fight Pass.

In what promises to be an epic battle on a stacked , fighter Frankie Edgar (19-4) says he is a much improved fighter and is expecting “a highly motivated Aldo to show up in the Octagon.” Jose Aldo (25-2) commented that he was “ready for 5-round fight” but hoped to finish it much earlier, and said he has not given any thought to his previous fight with Conor McGregor.

Watch the UFC 200 Cormier vs. Jones 2 July 9, 2016 on Fox Sports 1.

By | 2018-04-04T17:07:48+00:00 July 6th, 2016|News|Comments Off on #ICYMI UFC Media Call Dos-Anjos, Alvarez, Aldo & Edgar

UFC 200 Media Call-Jones & DC Trade Barbs, Brock Lesnar Returns & Mark Hunt

UFC 200 rolled out the big guns today during the Media Conference for what promises to be one of the most anticipated and watched UFC cards in a long time.

Daniel Cormier (17- 1) and Jon Jones (22-1) who will be battling it out for the light heavyweight belt and the return  of Brock Lesnar (5-3) who faces New Zealander fighter Mark Hunt (12- 10).

It didn’t take long for UFC’s biggest rivals to get going with Jon Jones insisting he is the same person as before, he just “doesn’t party like that anymore” and that his “Main goal is to make the fight look easier than it did the first time.” DC on the other hand sounding like he could not wait to get into the “octagon” and crush his arch rival seemed to want to make a point to let us know that he was not as emotional as he was when he fought Jones last time saying “Jones can be as much of a loose cannon as he wants to be in his life? Who cares?” and that “All the stuff that happened in the past is in the past. I’m going to fight for Daniel Cormier and my family”.

It quickly turned however into the Brock Lesnar show who at times was heard laughing out loud and sounding rather amused as Jones and Cormier duked it out on the phone. Lesnar who said he had not really ever stopped training in MMA “any chance I got to grapple, do BJJ or hit mitts I did it” said he knew Hunt was a better striker but he was a better grappler. Hunt responded with “I look forward to dancing with Big Brock on July 9th”

Watch Cormier vs Jones and Lesnar vs Hunt -Saturday July 9th on PPV as well as a host of other great fights at UFC 200 10PM/7PM ET/PT

Get your tickets for the July 9 UFC 200 in Las Vegas here!

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:42+00:00 June 30th, 2016|News|Comments Off on UFC 200 Media Call-Jones & DC Trade Barbs, Brock Lesnar Returns & Mark Hunt

Listen to the UFC Hall of Fame media conference call, Bas Rutten, Matt Hughes, Frank Trigg and More

In case you missed today’s UFC Hall Of Fame Media Call here are some highlight from the call as reported by MMA journalist Cain Miller! You can follow Caine at @cainemiller

*BJ Penn experienced a flight delay so he was unable to join in on the call.

Lori Blatnick (When asked about when Jeff parted ways with the UFC): “He was absolutely devastated. He stayed right with it and kept his hand in the cookie jar throughout it all in other areas, but yeah, he was disappointed and rightfully so, I guess. I don’t know as much as I should know but I’m glad that this has come to be. That he’s getting recognized finally.”

Bas Rutten (When asked about who else should be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame): “I think Frank Shamrock and Don Frye. I think that those are the two guys that pop up for the Pioneer Section.”

Matt Hughes
(When asked about the fight that showcased his best performance): “I would say BJ Penn. My fight where I beat BJ is one of my biggest, for me. I’m a big fan of controversy, or not really controversy, but going up and down a hill. BJ had me in a bad way in the first couple of rounds and I came up and beat him after that. Going against an opponent who had beat me before, that to me is something that I like to show off.”

Frank Trigg (When asked about the fight that showcased his best performance): “The Charuto fight. I was almost blacked out by a triangle. It was a fight that I had to win to get my rematch with Matt”

Bas Rutten (When asked about a fighter that reminds him of himself): “For me, I would like to hope Jose Aldo [or] Mark Hominick, because of their striking. Of course they’re much faster, about 60 pounds lighter. I think that Aldo is a very powerful striker, and Hominick is also. When people see me, they don’t look at the 15 submissions, they look at the ten knockouts (laughs). For some reason I’m still a striker, so I would say those two guy”

By | 2015-07-06T20:15:44+00:00 July 6th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Listen to the UFC Hall of Fame media conference call, Bas Rutten, Matt Hughes, Frank Trigg and More

Bellator: Kongo vs. Volkov Announces Preliminary Lineup Jenkins vs Wilk

Bellator June 26 Jenkins Vs Wilk SANTA MONICA, Calif. (May 18, 2015) – With an incredible four-fight Spike-broadcast main card already locked up for next month’s “Bellator: Kongo vs. Volkov” event, Bellator MMA officials are now turning their attention to the evening’s Spike.com-streamed preliminary lineup.

The first preliminary contest booked features featherweight standout Bubba “The Highlight Kid” Jenkins (8-2), as he looks to build his way back to a title shot against 28-fight veteran Joe “The Nose” Wilk (18-10).

Featuring a heavyweight contest between French striking specialist Cheick Kongo (22-10-2) and former Bellator MMA Heavyweight World ChampionDave “The Caveman” Rickels (24-5), “Bellator: Kongo vs. Volkov” takes place June 26 at Kansas Star Event Center Arena in Mulvane, Kan.

Additional announced matchups include lightweights Dave “The Caveman” Rickels (16-3) vs. John “The Natural” Alessio (35-17), former Bellator MMA featherweight champion Pat “Paddy Mike” Curran (20-7) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (18-2) and a contest between middleweight sluggers with Joe “Stitch ‘Em Up” Schilling (2-4) vs. Hisaki Kato (4-1) on the event’s featured portion.

The night’s main card airs live and free on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. CT, while preliminary bouts stream on Spike.com at 7 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. CT.

Additional bouts will be announced shortly.

Tickets for “Bellator: Kongo vs. Volkov,” which start at just $17 and include cageside seats for just $97, are currently available at Ticketmaster.com.

Jenkins, a former NCAA Division I wrestling champion at Arizona State University, also earned All-American honors during a separate stint at Penn State University. Just 27 years of age, Jenkins has already fought seven times under the Bellator MMA banner and is considered one of the top up-and-coming fighters in the 145-pound division. “The Highlight Kid” was one step away from a shot at the Bellator MMA Featherweight World Title before coming up short against Georgi Karakhanyan at Bellator 132 in January. The Corona, Calif. resident now looks to get back on the winning track at Bellator 139.

Wilk is a 33-year-old Kansas native who already boasts 28 professional contests to his name and made his Bellator MMA debut this past October, where he suffered a TKO loss to fellow Sunflower State veteran Ricky Musgrave. Wilk has been a staple on the Midwestern scene since 2007 and has incredibly fought to a judges’ decision only once in his 28 appearances. He’s at his most dangerous on the mat, where he’s earned a remarkable 15 of his 18 career victories by way of submission.

“Bellator MMA: Kongo vs. Volkov”Friday, June 26, Kanas Star Event Center Arena, Mulvane, Kansas

Main Card (9 p.m. ET)

Bellator Heavyweight Main Event: Cheick Kongo (22-10-2) vs. Alexander Volkov (24-5)

Bellator Lightweight Feature Fight: Dave Rickels (16-3) vs. John Alessio (35-17)

Bellator Featherweight Feature Fight: Pat Curran (20-7) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (18-2)

Bellator Middleweight Feature Fight: Joe Schilling (2-4) vs. Hisaki Kato (4-1)

Preliminary Card 

Bellator Featherweight Prelim Fight: Bubba Jenkins (8-2) vs. Joe Wilk (18-10)

 

By | 2018-03-31T01:38:43+00:00 May 19th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Bellator: Kongo vs. Volkov Announces Preliminary Lineup Jenkins vs Wilk