hardknocks365 November 28, 2017

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It’s a star studded list of MMA fighters coming in to Hard Knocks 365 for wrestling practice and Linton “The Swarm” Vassell is all smiles as he bullies his training partners.

Redemption, just like revenge, can be sweet. Silencing all the naysayers with one swift stroke (or in this case, choke) can bring about a sense of euphoria like no other, and that’s exactly what happened at UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura.

There had been a lot to fight for leading up this bout, and almost little to lose. Nik Lentz (28-8-2), was originally scheduled to face the loud-mouthed Will Brooks at UFC 216 on October 7th at the T-Mobile Arena for the prelims, but succumbed to diabetic-like symptoms prior to weigh-ins. There might have been a hint of voodoo during the weigh-ins, as Kevin Lee also didn’t make weight on his first attempt, and looked a dehydrated shadow of himself. Anyways, the fight was scrapped, and the floodgates of criticism opened with next to no mercy or remorse. Lentz was bashed across the board via his social media platforms for botching his weight-cut, when in reality his affliction was something totally out of his control. But as always, the internet can be very unforgiving, particularly MMA fans on the internet. But Lentz was never worried. Why should he have been? He knew he was a UFC vet, and that he’d eventually get rescheduled before the year closed out. Said and done.

It was time for exoneration. For vindication. For redemption. Sort of (since the original fight never took place). Lentz was promptly rescheduled for UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura, and the bout with Brooks was back on. He had much to prove and little to lose, especially given that his former American Top Team teammates did not offer him words of sorrow for his medical mishaps prior to his previous weigh-in. Accompanied by Demarques Jackson, the duo flew to Australia, and lit up the Qudos Bank Arena by submitting Will Brooks in the second minute of the second round via guillotine. Brooks was (wrongfully) touted as the favorite, and after the emphatic finish, the critics and nay-sayers almost immediately turned their attention to the former Lightweight Bellator Champion, who now holds a dismal record of 1-3 with the UFC. Lentz was elated, yet not surprised, as he exclaimed during his post-match interview: “ain’t no one getting away from my guillotine anymore!” It was a typical display of bravado and experience, and Lentz summarized it perfectly, when at the end of his interview he bet $50,000 that he would defeat any of his former ATT teammates. “Line em’ up like Mortal Kombat”.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hard Knocks 365 (HK365), an all-access fitness training center, is pleased to announce it is open for business at Xtreme Action Park, South Florida’s premier indoor entertainment complex. Within the walls of the 30,000-square-foot facility there is an indoor field turf, soccer field (coming soon), two fully-sized basketball courts, heavy bags, fully-equipped weight room, 4,500 square feet of matting for combat training, men’s and women’s locker rooms, showers, and more. All your fitness & sports performance goals can be achieved under one roof!

The venue has three core functions; sports performance training (XPE Sports), combat training (kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu) and basketball (House of Hoops 365). With this instilled variety, there is something for everyone under the Hard Knocks 365 roof. The gym’s already existing roster of professional athletes includes MMA fighters Michael Johnson, Robbie Lawler, Volkan Oezdemir and Michael Chandler, as well as NFL players like Darrelle Revis, Anquan Boldin, Mark Ingram, Pierre Garçon and Byron Maxwell.

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The UFC have just announced all of their events for the first quarter of 2018, and it almost goes without saying that the Hooft army is gearing up for war.

Chronologically, Nik Lentz is up first in what is a reschedule bout. He was due to take on former Bellator Lightweight Champion Will Brooks at UFC 216, but right before weigh-ins, he succumbed to diabetes-like symptoms and the bout was scrapped altogether. Now, the bout will feature in the prelims of UFC Fight Night 121: Werdum versus Tybura on November 19th all the way in Australia.

Next up is Danny Roberts. “Hot Chocolate” will be looking to improve upon his impressive 14-2 record against Sheldon Wescott at UFC on Fox: Lawler versus Dos Anjos on December 16th in Winnipeg. He last KO’d Bobby Nash at UFC Fight Night Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio in Glasgow, and after he crosses Wescott off his list, he’ll be one step closer to the title. Although he will have to wait in line as Dana White has stated that the winner between Lawler and Dos Anjos will get a shot at Tyrone Woodley’s belt.

Which allows me to segue to my next fighter, and that is none other than the ruthless Robbie Lawler. The former champ is taking on former Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos at the previously mentioned event which he’s headlining (obviously). RDA is coming off a win versus Neil Magny at UFC 215, and Lawler off a win versus Cowboy. As aforementioned, the winner of this bout will have the welterweight belt in their crosshairs.

On the turn of the year, Volkan Oezdemir was expected to face Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 219 on December 30th in Vegas, but it seems now that the main event could mark Conor Mcgregor’s long-awaited return to the octagon. Versus who, is the question. Instead it is all but confirmed now that Oezdemir will get his hands on Cormier’s belt at UFC 220 in Boston on January 20th, in what will culminate in the fastest rise to the title in the UFC, ever.

UFC Fight Night 124 will be held in St. Louis on January 14th. And surprise surprise, Michael Johnson has been officially announced on the card. The Menace, who is a St. Louis native, will relish this fight, as it will be his first competing as a featherweight, and also due to the fact that he’s been thrown a bone by the UFC in a top 10 opponent in Darren Elkins. After losing out to Justin Gaethje in July, this is nothing short of a golden opportunity to return to winning ways.

And finally, born-in-Florida Ben Saunders, could potentially feature at UFC on Fox 28 at the Amway Center in Orlando, as he’s already proclaimed his desire on his social media platforms.

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Sometimes, the script doesn’t play out. One can’t win every battle, and with the defeats that are few and far in between, comes a time of reflection and resolve.

This was the case at Bellator 186 at the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State. Two of Henri Hooft’s finest fighters, Logan Storley and Linton Vassell, were on their quests to further cement their names in Bellator legacy. Vassell was challenging for the Light Heavyweight title that saw him take on Champion Ryan Bader with an 18-5 record going into the fight. Even though Linton displayed grit and tagged Bader numerous occasions, Bader ended up snatching the win after pinning Vassell to the cage and finishing the fight via ground-n-pound. Although he was dejected, Vassell posted on his social media platforms that he had learned from his mistakes and vowed to come back stronger.

However, the other side of the night in the prelims wasn’t so dreary. In fact, it was spectacular. Logan Storley put on a rugged display against Matt Secor, and after cutting him open inside the open round, Storley proceeded to put a beat-down on Secor from all angles. He won via unanimous decision and rightly so, and in the process improved upon his unbeaten record to 7-0. Storley has long been touted as a future household Bellator name. He trained alongside Brock Lesnar in his younger years as they attended the same high school, and beyond high school, he was a 4-time NCAA All-American at the University of Minnesota. With an already impressive ground game, and under the wing of Henri Hooft in the stand-up department, Logan is on course for a title-shot sooner rather than later.

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A fighter’s true character, courage and resolve truly shine when he is called upon to battle with little preparation, and last night, Vicente Luque showed us all of that and more.
In what was an eventful UFC Fight Night in Sao Paolo with Lyoto Machida making his long-awaited return to the octagon, further down the fight-card was a bout that wasn’t in the “original programming”. Niko Price may now well be wishing he could turn the clock back, as he was originally intended to take on Luan Chagas. However, 3 weeks before the fight, Chagas fractured his foot and as such was unable to make it to Sao Paolo.

Vicente Luque was promptly slotted in to take Chagas’ place against Niko Price. Price probably thought he hit the lotto, as taking on an opponent without a full camp is often an advantage, however, Luque, being the dynamic fighter he is quickly quelled that presumption and laid out Price after a flurry of strikes culminating in a submission in the 2nd round. It was nasty, nothing short of filthy, as the crowd went into a frenzy upon seeing their countryman further cement his name in the welterweight division. Luque’s willingness to fight without a full camp, coupled along with his impressive performance, is nothing short of a testament to Henri Hooft’s teachings. Although fighting and training out of Brazil, when he is stateside Luque can be found at Hard Knocks 365 striking pads with Hooft, or rolling with compatriot Gilbert Burns. Furthermore, the Brazilian is only 25 years year of age, and has finished 5 of his last 6 bouts. With a record of 12-6-1, Luque is sure to have a long and successful career head of him.

In other news, Danny “Hot Chocolate” Roberts has hinted that his next fight could be soon with a cryptic post on his Instagram page. The British fighter boasts an impressive record of 14-2, and most recently knocked out Bobby Nash at UFC Fight Night 113 inside the second round in Glasglow, Scotland.
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hard Knocks 365 (HK365), an all-access fitness training center, is pleased to announce it is open for business at Xtreme Action Park, South Florida’s premier indoor entertainment complex. Within the walls of the 30,000-square-foot facility there is an indoor field turf, soccer field (coming soon), two fully-sized basketball courts, heavy bags, fully-equipped weight room, 4,500 square feet of matting for combat training, men’s and women’s locker rooms, showers, and more. All your fitness & sports performance goals can be achieved under one roof!

HK365 offers sports performance and combat training, including kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu.

The venue has three core functions; sports performance training (XPE Sports), combat training (kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu) and basketball (House of Hoops 365). With this instilled variety, there is something for everyone under the Hard Knocks 365 roof. The gym’s already existing roster of professional athletes includes MMA fighters Michael Johnson, Robbie Lawler, Volkan Oezdemir and Michael Chandler, as well as NFL players like Darrelle Revis, Anquan Boldin, Mark Ingram, Pierre Garçon and Byron Maxwell.

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When your trash-talk starts becoming reality, it is a clear sign you’re a fighter of the utmost highest caliber there is.

After Kamaru Usman dispatched Sergio Moraes with ease at UFC Fight Night 116, in his post-match interview he proclaimed that he was “a problem” for the welterweight division with an intent to take the division by storm. Said and done; in being such a dynamic and cunning fighter, Kamaru Usman has not only created problems for the welterweight division, but problems for himself. Yes, the Nigerian Nightmare has vocalized on many occasions that he wants a top 10 opponent, but it seems either the UFC won’t grant it, or his opponents are flat-out ducking him.

Now, Usman is poised to take on Emil Meek at UFC 219. Hardly a top-10 match-up, Meek has only one UFC fight under his belt which he won. Even Meek himself, took to twitter to reiterate that Usman is undoubtedly a problem. “I’m going to bed! Hope I don’t get nightmares”. “This can’t be true, no one wants to fight Usman, he’s a problem”, tweeted Meek upon hearing the news. Although this could be just standard-practice tongue-in-cheek banter to hype up and thus promote the fight, rest assured that there is some shred of truth stemming from Meek’s tweets. Usman’s overall record currently stands at an impressive 10-1, having only ever lost his second fight, years ago.

He is also no stranger to the UFC, making his debut in 2015 by emphatically winning The Ultimate Fighter 21 with a performance of the night bonus, and as such, he is on a 6-fight win-streak and showing no signs of slowing down. Even though his opponent isn’t a headline-grabber, Usman will still draw the spotlight at UFC 219 on December 30th at the T-mobile Arena as the event will be the UFC’s last before the year closes out. And with rumors circulating that Daniel Cormier versus Volkan Oezdemir could potentially headline this event, Usman will surely make waves in both the division and the MMA community.

Not every week can be glorious and you can’t win every fight. Last week was a week to forget with Daniel Straus being submitted at Bellator 184 in the third round, and Nik Lentz succumbing to diabetic-like symptoms before his weigh-in for UFC 216. But then again, as the old, extremely cliché saying goes, “it’s not about how many times you get knocked down, it’s about how many times you get back up”. And Henri and his team are unquestionably on the up-and-up. In more positive news, Robbie Lawler versus Rafael Dos Anjos has officially been announced as the main event at UFC on Fox 26 in Winnipeg. This comes almost as no surprise since Lawler was back on the mat training with Henri pretty much immediately in the wake of his emphatic victory of Cowboy at UFC 214. With Jose Aldo versus Ricardo Lamas co-maining, Glover Teixeira going toe-to-toe with Misha Cirkunov, and Minotauro making his return after a year versus Jared Cannonier, you would think this is a PPV card, but no, the gods have blessed us with a high-stakes fight card that rivals another recent free event in UFC Fight Night 116. In fact, UFC on Fox 26 is so high-stakes, that Dana white announced the winner of Lawler versus Dos Anjos would get a shot at Tyrone Woodley’s belt. After getting the belt taken from him by Woodley himself, this is the sweet revenge that Lawler will be striving for, and Dos Anjos is just one more hurdle in that quest.

And finally, wrestling extraordinaire Logan Storley is also poised for a fight against Matt Secor at Bellator 186 on November 3rd, which coincidentally will also feature another high-profile fighter at Hard Knocks 365 under Henri’s tutelage, Linton “The Swarm” Vassell. Vassell, as written on here many times before (and many more times to come), will be headlining Bellator 186 for a title fight against former UFC vet Ryan Bader.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hard Knocks 365 (HK365), an all-access fitness training center, is pleased to announce it is open for business at Xtreme Action Park, South Florida’s premier indoor entertainment complex. Within the walls of the 30,000-square-foot facility there is an indoor field turf, soccer field (coming soon), two fully-sized basketball courts, heavy bags, fully-equipped weight room, 4,500 square feet of matting for combat training, men’s and women’s locker rooms, showers, and more. All your fitness & sports performance goals can be achieved under one roof!

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