Month: August 2018

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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