Jon Fitch: “I’ve Never Had A Relationship With Dana White”

Jeff Chlu (AP) Can Jon Fitch claim his third major world championship this weekend at Bellator 220? Last week, I was afforded the opportunity to chat with Bellator 220 welterweight championship challenger Jon Fitch ahead of this weeks clash with fellow former UFC contender Rory MacDonald. The former PFL best and grappling phenom makes his second walk to the Bellator cage this Saturday at the SAP Centre in San Jose, California, fresh from a dominant victory over the highly dangerous Paul Daley. Indiana native Fitch who held the highest honors in the now-defunct World Series Of Fighting and then the … Continue reading Jon Fitch: “I’ve Never Had A Relationship With Dana White”

Fighter Profile: Max Holloway – Champ Champ Footing?:

(Nathan Dennete/CP) Holloway attempts to become just the fourth Octagon star to hold two titles simultaneously.  When it comes to volume striking and forward pressure, UFC featherweight champion Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway is arguably unmatched in the mixed-martial arts world. Saturday night, the Hawaiian favorite looks to achieve ‘champ champ’ status. Running back they’re 2012 meeting, Holloway meets American Top Team striker Dustin Poirier once more, this time for the interim lightweight championship in the main event of UFC 236 in Atlanta, Georgia. Max makes his first appearance at 155 pounds this weekend, and prevailing wisdom suggests we will witness the … Continue reading Fighter Profile: Max Holloway – Champ Champ Footing?:

Dustin Poirier – A True Diamond ?

The narrative for Dustin Poirier ahead of his premier UFC title tilt this weekend, is the storm he has had to batten down for and the immense list of challengers he has had to overcome. At UFC 236, Poirier meets featherweight king and former foe Max Holloway for the interim lightweight championship. The Lafayette striker has made some of the most notable improvements in recent memory, evolving into a dangerous adversary for anybody at 155 pounds. The two youngsters first shared the Octagon back in 2012, with a debuting Holloway losing via triangle-armbar in the premier round. Heavy hands and slick boxing would mean … Continue reading Dustin Poirier – A True Diamond ?

Kelvin Gastelum – Another TUF Champion?

Since he made the dive to 185lbs; Kelvin Gastelum has looked relativity great, Improving  to no end since his move from a scarily depleting welterweight, with poor performances and even poorer weight cut attempts forcing the Californian to really take a realistic view at his faltering career. Still just 27 years of age, the middleweight title challenger has one of the slickest boxing games in mixed-martial arts worldwide, with very clean counter work, angles and maybe most impressively, timing. Facing someone of Israel Adesanya’s kickboxing eminence offers a huge obstacle itself, but at middleweight, his natural boxing skills are arguably … Continue reading Kelvin Gastelum – Another TUF Champion?

Analysis: Israel Adesanya – The Future?

It’s been a hasty rise through the ranks of the shark tank that is the UFC’s middleweight division for the former GLORY Kickboxing star Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya, and next weekend, he is catapulted into his premier promotional championship bout, albeit it is for an Interim belt. The ever charismatic Nigerian-Kiwi exploded into the UFC just last year. Before making his promotional debut; Izzy was being touted by ‘hardcores’ as a future contender and if not a contender – a violent maniac capable of snapping anyones consciousness in an instant. Adesanya has lived up to the hype and then … Continue reading Analysis: Israel Adesanya – The Future?

The MMA Roundup: April 4th. Edition:

Here lies the MMA Roundup for the 4th of April; here you’ll find all the top news stories of the day in a simplified, quick to read format. UFC president Dana White gives his take on the “unacceptable” Twitter feud between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Reaches out to both camps in search for a resolution. Statement from @danawhite on Conor/Khabib situation: — Kevin Iole (@KevinI) April 3, 2019 #1 ranked Middleweight Yoel Romero has been forced to withdraw from UFC Fight Night Fort Lauderdale rematch with Jacaré Souza, after contracting pneumonia. Rising striker Kevin Holland has thrown his … Continue reading The MMA Roundup: April 4th. Edition:

What’s Next For Justin Gaethje ?

Emphatic, it’s the only superlative you can use to describe Justin Gaehtje’s knockout win over Edson Barboza on Saturday night at #UFCPhiladelphia. The remarkably durable striker earned his biggest win to date, on the UFC roster, over a really technical and dangerous striker in Brazil’s Barboza. Entering the contest as a slight underdog, the pressure style which many predicted would result in Edson’s downfall quickly came to fruition midway through the very first round. Trading brutal calf kicks in the opening exchanges, ‘The Highlight’ then circled and stunned Barboza with a counter shot, causing a mouse to form over the … Continue reading What’s Next For Justin Gaethje ?