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Knoch grad Mowry climbs MMA ladder

Mowey is part of the Hard Knocks 365 club in Fort Lauderdale and is one of 35 professional MMA fighters in that organization. “Bellator is one of the …

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Two-weight ONE Championship world champion Aung La N Sang is set to return to the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon once again for his latest world title defence.

Aung La will put his middleweight world title on the line when he takes on undefeated Lebanese challenger Mohammad Karaki at ONE: PURSUIT OF GREATNESS on October 26 in Myanmar.

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Myanmar-born “The Burmese Python” trains out of the Hard Knocks 365 camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in the US and has become arguably the biggest star in ONE Championship, capturing both the middleweight and light-heavyweight world titles for the Asian organisation.

Both title wins came during his current four-fight win streak, with all four wins taking place in Myanmar’s Thuwunna Indoor Stadium.

Aung La is Myanmar’s first sporting world champion and is afforded the sort of reception that is rarely seen in the world of sport, with his walkouts inside the country’s national indoor stadium becoming an iconic part of ONE Championship events in Yangon.

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Since returning to lightweight after trying his hand at featherweight a few years ago, Nik Lentz has alternated between wins and losses, but it hasn’t perturbed his mentality regarding fighting. After all, he’s done this for well over a decade and his going through a lot in the sport, but there is something new emerging in ‘The Carny’ and he’s looking to showcase that come Oct. 6.

After a frustrating unanimous decision loss to David Teymur at UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes, Lentz looks to get back into the win column with a win over an unexpected opponent. At UFC 229, Lentz will be taking on former lightweight title challenger Gray Maynard in what appears to be his return to the lightweight division. Maynard dropped down to featherweight in 2016, going 2-1 in competition.

Ahead of his upcoming fight, Lentz spoke to FanSided MMA’s James Lynch about his previous fight, the matchup against Maynard and his thoughts regarding the newest Nike ad featuring former NFL player Colin Kaepernick.

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Logan Storley is quickly becoming impossible to ignore.

The 25-year-old Bellator MMA welterweight transitioned to MMA after a storied NCAA wrestling career at the University of Minnesota, and the results have been nothing short of impressive.

Most recently, Storley upped his professional record to 9-0 with a mauling of AJ Matthews at Bellator 204 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Watch the Hard Knocks 365 product’s work at that event, courtesy of Bellator MMA, below.

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Mammoth heavyweight Steve Mowry will make his Bellator debut at September’s Bellator 205 event.

MMAjunkie today verified with a Bellator official that Mowry (4-0 MMA, 0-0 MMA) will make his promotional debut at Bellator 205 against another debuting fighter in Ben Moa (4-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).

The heavyweight matchup will air on the preliminary portion of the Sept. 21 card, which streams on MMAjunkie prior to the Paramount-televised main card at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.

Mowry, 25, is just over two years into his professional MMA career. He’s off to a hot start, winning all four of his fights by stoppage, with each victory coming via a different method.

Training out of Hard Knocks 365 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Mowry has fought all of his bouts under the Titan FC banner. His most recent fight was a second-round TKO of Said Sowma at Titan FC 49 in April.

He meets Moa, 37, who made his promotional debut in July 2017 and had won all his bouts by stoppage due to strikes, including three finishes in the first round.

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UFC fighter Desmond Green was involved in a five-vehicle crash early Saturday morning, according to authorities in Davie, Florida.

Green suffered minor injuries, but two people — Emelina Morfa, 67, and Emma Suarez Hernandez, 76 — were killed.

Alvaro Feola, a spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol, told reporters that Green lost control of his Dodge Durango just before 6:15 a.m. on Interstate 75. The SUV veered into the path of a tractor-trailer, causing a chain-reaction crash with three other vehicles.

The driver of a Toyota Yaris, in which Morfa and Suarez Hernandez were passengers, was seriously hurt and is being treated at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. Armando Alvarez, 23, was driving an Acura 3.2TL and also suffered minor injuries.

Feola told reporters the Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating why Green lost control of his vehicle.

Green (21-7) trains in Florida with Hard Knocks 365. He has won six of his past eight fights and was set to face Mairbek Taisumov in Moscow on Sept. 15.

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Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale is filled with enough games and activities to keep you busy for days. Their latest addition will put a sweaty smile on the faces of every gym rat in So-Flo. Deco’s Chris Van Vliet has all the deets on the new workout destination.

We’ve been to Xtreme Action Park a few times over the last year or so. Actually, the last time I was there, I was reporting live 20 feet above the ground on their ropes course. Now, they’ve got something that lets you train like a pro athlete — while training with pro athletes.

Xtreme Action Park is the largest indoor entertainment venue in Florida.

You name it, and this Fort Lauderdale fun factory has it — go-karts, roller skating, tons of games, and now they’ve added a mind-blowing new space called “Hard Knocks 365.”

Tony Villani: “Hard Knocks 365 is like a coming together of a lot of sports training and fitness and sports disciplines under one roof.”

If you’re a professional or amateur athlete looking for a place to get a complete workout, your search has ended.

Tony Villani: “We basketball courts here, we have XPE Sports speed and agility and all types of sports training that goes on there. We have a great kickboxing and MMA program.”

And it’s a favorite for top MMA fighters who duke it out in the octagon.

Tony Villani: “Yeah, so we have some top UFC fighters from all over the country that choose this location to train at.”

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Imagine revising for weeks ahead of a history exam, then being told just one week before exam day that you’ll actually be turning in a biology paper.

That’s not too far off what welterweight Danny Roberts (16-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) had to deal with at UFC Fight Night 134 this past weekend in Hamburg, Germany.

Roberts (16-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) had gone through a full training camp at Hard Knocks 365 in Florida, preparing studiously for a bout with fellow hard-hitting welterweight Alan Jouban. But when injury forced the American off the card, the UFC drafted in a late replacement.

The promotion settled on German debutant and KSW veteran David Zawada, who was almost everything Jouban wasn’t. Both had a host of knockouts on their respective records, but Zawada’s fighting style and orthodox stance were certainly different to Jouban’s southpaw kickboxing style. And with precious little footage of Zawada (16-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) floating around on the Internet for Roberts’ team to study, the Brit described feeling like he was “fighting blind” as he was forced to adapt on the fly against a very different opponent.

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Florida is home to many of the best fighters and teams in the sport today. Arguably the best team in the business today is located in Coconut Creek. American Top Team is home to over 100 professional fighters and many world champions. Current UFC welterweight interim champion Colby Covington and UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunez call ATT home. Hayder Hassan, UFC veteran and next up for the Phoenix FCwelterweight title, was born in Fort Lauderdale and calls ATT home as well. Hayder was the driving force for American Top Team on the TUF series pitting ATT vs. Blackzilians.

Another large gym in the state is the somewhat new Hard Knocks 365 gym. The gym is located in Fort Lauderdale and is partly run by former world kickboxing champion and coach Henri Hooft. The gym is home to such UFC fighters as Michael “The Menace” Johnson, Gilbert Burns, and Danny “Hot Chocolate” Roberts.

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Finding reliable treatments for injuries can be difficult in sports, especially mixed martial arts. Surgery can become an inevitability, but once touched by a surgeon’s knife, the human body is sometimes never the same. Yet there may be hope for combat-sports athletes trying to dodge surgeries, heal nagging injuries and avoid fight cancellations. That hope may come in the form of platelet-rich plasma treatment.

MMA can be brutal on an athlete’s body. From its violence inside the cage to the daily grind of a training camp, injuries eventually pile up. As a result, careers are sidetracked and fighters are often forced to drop out at the last minute, much to the dismay of promoters and fans. To avoid or mitigate injuries, fighters and their trainers try all manner of treatments: massage therapists, chiropractors, ice baths, cryotherapy, hydrotherapy, assigned diets, electrical muscle stimulation and even naps. In the last few years, PRP has joined a litany of treatments as fighters seek to repair debilitating injuries in an affordable and healthy way.

PRP entered the sports-fan lexicon in 2013, when NBA great Kobe Bryant used Regenokine treatment to improve his knee arthritis. Bryant’s decision seemed that of a desperate player realizing his sporting mortality after averaging just 13 points per game — the second-lowest mark of his career — during an injury-shortened 2013-14 season. However, when he returned the next year, the 36-year-old averaged 22 points per game and was awarded a spot on the Western Conference all-star team.

From that moment on, the sports world was put on notice regarding these new options to treat physical ailments. However, while similar, Regenokine is different from traditional PRP treatment. Why? Because substances are added to the healing mix being injected into patients. In contrast, traditional PRP does not add anything the body did not already include. As a result, PRP remains a legal treatment option for professional athletes in the United States. Some of the biggest names in professional sports have sought out this therapy. For example, NBA stars Isaiah Thomas (groin) and Stephen Curry (knee), and MLB pitchers Garrett Richards (elbow) and Stephen Strasburg (elbow) have undergone PRP treatment in recent years. The stars of MMA are no different.

Southern Florida’s NovaGenix clinic has specialized in PRP treatment for years, working with fighters and trainers from nearby powerhouse gyms like American Top Team and Hard Knocks 365. As co-founder Tim Bruce explained on a recent episode of the Fight Strength Podcast, PRP treatments consist of drawing 50 cubic centimeters of a patient’s blood and mixing it with an anti-coagulant. The mix is then put into a centrifuge where it is spun. The goal is to separate the platelets from the blood/anti-coagulant mix. Platelets secrete cytokines, or growth factors, and those cytokines help to draw in cells that are used to heal an injury. Once separated, what is left is about eight CCs of a platelet-rich yellowy substance.

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