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The Hard Knocks 365 is a training camp where life is good. Led by the very famous Henri Hooft, we find a spirit of camaraderie outstanding among all the famous athletes who train there. Luke Rockhold, Volkan Oezdemir, Michael Johnson, Kamaru Usman, Robbie Lawler, Michael Chandler, here are the most famous athletes that you will have the opportunity to meet if one day you push the doors of this room.

If this beautiful little group gets along perfectly, there is a small change of mood on the day of sparring. Indeed, during these oppositions, no question of giving gifts to his opponent. The combatants are put in a combat situation, we do not joke anymore, we hit hard. The latest video shows Luke Rockhold, former UFC middleweight champion, sending a few courtesies to Jason Jackson, a Bellator fighter.

Very strong exchanges between the two men, who do not want to let go, even in training. Images relayed to Rockhold’s Instagram account, with a little message for the UFC: “You have to renew yourself from time to time, offer Jason Jackson a fight, he’s been waiting a long time.”

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After a successful international Titan FC 51 fight card in Kazakhstan this past weekend, Titan Fighting Championship officials have announced their first card of the 2019 calendar.

The organization returns to its home at Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with Titan FC 52 on Friday, January 25 and will broadcast live on UFC Fight Pass.

Two titles are on the line to include the organization’s bantamweight and featherweight titles.

“The Speciman” Jason Soares defends the Titan FC featherweight title for the very first time when he meets challenger, Caio Uruguai.  Soares, undefeated at a 11-0, won the title in April with a  rear-naked choke over Luis Gomez. Caio Uruguai, 7-1, is coming off a win over Juan Villaseca, also on that April Titan FC 49 fight card.

The vacant bantamweight title is on the line when Edir Terry and Rudson Caliocane meet in the evening’s co-main event.  When former champion Jose “Shorty” Torres was signed to the UFC earlier this year the title was vacated.  Caliocane, 6-1, is new to the Titan organization.  The Brazilian mixed martial artist is riding a six-fight win streak.  Terry, 6-2, has one win and one loss with Titan.  His most recent, a victory over Irwin Rivera in Febraury.

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A top kickboxing star is making the move to mixed martial arts.

Robin van Roosmalen, the first-ever man to win two championships for Glory Kickboxing, will transition full-time to MMA, his new management team Paradigm announced Thursday evening. Paradigm also represents the likes of Conor McGregor, Cris Cyborg and Glory heavyweight star Rico Verhoeven.

Van Roosmalen, 29, has won 10 of his last 12 bouts in Glory, recently losing his featherweight belt in September. The Netherlands native now lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., training at Hard Knocks 365 under decorated coach Henri Hooft.

Van Roosmalen, who has a black belt in judo, is already 2-0 in MMA and boasts a 40-8 record in kickboxing. He will compete at featherweight in MMA, per the Paradigm release.

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Michael Chandler was seen as a potential cornerstone the minute he set foot inside the Bellator MMA organization. In the eight-plus years since, he has done nothing to diminish that viewpoint.

Chandler will attempt to reclaim the organization’s lightweight championship when he confronts the unbeaten Brent Primus in the Bellator 212 main event on Friday at the Neil S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. The 32-year-old Hard Knocks 365 representative surrendered the 155-pound title to Primus at Bellator 180 in June 2017, his defeat resulting from a doctor stoppage due to a leg injury 2:22 into Round 1. Now comes the sequel. Chandler enters the rematch on the heels of consecutive victories over Brandon Girtz and Goiti Yamauchi. Should he dethrone Primus, he would become the first three-time champion in Bellator history.

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Kamaru Usman has made himself into a contender in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s welterweight division.

Usman will meet Rafael dos Anjos in “The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale” on Nov. 30 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. A decisive victory over dos Anjos would move the Hard Knocks 365 standout one step closer to the title shot he covets. As Usman approaches his critical showdown with dos Anjos, here are five things you might not know about the 31-year-old welterweight contender:

1. He comes from Nigeria.

Usman was born on May 11, 1987 in Benin City, the capital of Edo State in southern Nigeria. When he was 5, Usman and his family emigrated to America in search of a better life. Despite leaving at such a tender age, “The Nigerian Nightmare” still identifies as Nigerian. Being draped in a Nigerian flag has become a staple of the brash combatant’s walkouts. Usman’s successes in the cage have seen him gain a strong following back in his homeland, where the nascent sport is just starting to take off.

2. He was a talented wrestler.

Prior to becoming a professional MMA fighter, Usman was a wrestler. He initially excelled in the sport while at school. During his tenure at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas, Usman compiled a 53-3 wrestling record. After graduating, Usman went to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. There, he continued wrestling competitively. His college accolades include earning NCAA Division II All-America honors in each of the three years he was at the school. He was also the 2010 NCAA Division II national champion and a member of the University World Team that same year. During his days on the wrestling mat, Usman went by the moniker “Marty.”

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To cap off this season of The Ultimate Fighter, welterweight contenders, Rafael dos Anjos and Kamaru Usman will square off in a main event bout with title implications. Dos Anjos, who adjusted beautifully to his transition to welterweight, is coming off a loss to Colby Covington for the interim title. He needs a win in this one to keep his name in the title picture. Usman has been lobbying for a title shot for quite some time now and if he beats dos Anjos, it will be impossible to say he does not deserve it. He is 8-0 in the UFC with a 12 fight winning streak as a professional.

A similar task in front of dos Anjos

Since making the transition from lightweight to welterweight, Rafael dos Anjos (28-10) has looked rejuvenated. He started his welterweight career with three straight wins over Tarec Saffiedine, Neil Magny, and Robbie Lawler before dropping the interim title fight to Colby Covington. At welterweight, we have seen crisp and accurate striking from dos Anjos despite a lack of knockout power. The huge punches have not come against the larger competition but his consistency is there. Dos Anjos has also never looked better on the ground. The black belt blew through Neil Magny to get a submission and is capable of doing so to many more.

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Bobby Moffett was victorious in his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut but not in the manner in which he envisioned.

The MMA Lab standout submitted Chas Skelly with a brabo choke in the second round of their featherweight prelim at UFC Fight Night 139 on Saturday at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Moffett (14-3, 1-0 UFC) brought it to a close 2:43 into Round 2, through the result was not without controversy. Thinking Skelly was unconscious, referee Tim Mills had moved in to release the choke and call for the stoppage. The Hard Knocks 365 representative immediately rose to his feet in protest, to no avail. After several tense moments and multiple looks at replays, Mills’ decision stood.

Skelly (17-4, 6-4 UFC) transitioned from a takedown to a standing back take in the first round, attached himself to his opponent’s back and hunted for the rear-naked choke. Moffett fought through the adversity and pushed the fight deeper. He landed a takedown roughly 90 seconds into the second round, only to be reversed by the cagy Skelly. However, Moffett cinched a brabo choke from the bottom and squeezed until Mills intervened.

Moffett has won four fights in a row.

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Two-division ONE Championship World Champion Aung La N Sang is riding the crest of a wave as arguably the biggest martial arts star in Asia.

The modest 33-year-old known as “The Burmese Python” accredits much of his excellent recent form to his change of gym.

Aung La N Sang made big changes to his career in early 2018, moving his training to Florida-based gym Hard Knocks 365, where his game has improved under the tutelage of head coach Henri Hooft.

The former world and European champion kickboxer has a reputation as one of the best head coaches in mixed martial arts, and the Dutchman has taken Aung La N Sang’s game to a new level.

Since he started training with Hooft, the Myanmar athlete has claimed knockouts in each of his last two World Title bouts.

Now Aung La N Sang is looking to complete a hat-trick of knockouts when he takes on Mohammad “O Lutador” Karaki at ONE: PURSUIT OF GREATNESS in Yangon, Myanmar on Friday, 26 October.

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Andre Soukhamthath has already been involved in four-straight bangers in the UFC. His most recent bout against Sean O’Malley earning him Fight of the Night honors. Heading into the fifth bout of his UFC contract, Soukhamthath has been tasked with welcoming promotional newcomer Jonathan Martinez to the Octagon at UFC Moncton this Saturday night, after original opponent Gavin Tucker was forced off of the card due to health issues.

Before stepping into the cage on Saturday, Soukhamthath caught up with Bloody Elbow to discuss his exciting FOTN outing, as well as his thoughts on O’Malley’s failed drug test. Soukhamthath also detailed the various ways in which the Laotian-American was able to earn thousands of dollars to help aid the flood victims of Laos. The interview wraps up with the “Asian Sensation” giving his prediction for his UFC Moncton main card matchup.

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Andre Soukhamthath hit a setback last time out, but at UFC Moncton, he’s ready to show that he’s still going to be a big problem at 135lbs in the UFC.

Moncton, NB — Andre Soukhamthath heard the critics. Heard plenty from them after his loss to Sean O’Malley at UFC 222. It’s a fight in which ‘The Asian Sensation’ was rocked early, only for O’Malley to later injure his leg. Yet Soukhamthath was unable to turn off ‘The Sugar Show,’ and got an earful for repeatedly taking O’Malley down rather than trying to knock him out. Armchair critics, for the most part. Yet Soukhamthath, who later left Twitter with a pointed message to the media saying “it takes two people to put on FOTN,” (the bout won Fight of the Night honors), is ready to put all that behind him at UFC Moncton this weekend.

“If I can take anything from that experience, it’s growth,” he said at Thursday’s media day, ahead of a fight with short-notice replacement Jonathan Martinez. “I should have did something, I didn’t do it, I got a lot of backlash for it, whatever. Growth man.” Besides not performing the way he wanted in the fight, Soukhamthath also felt he was too distracted by outside influences.

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