Month: September 2018
Glenn Robinson, the founder of the Blackzillians team and MMA apparel brand Jaco passed away due to a suspected heart attack on Thursday. Robinson had endured financial and health struggles in the year prior to his death, which was confirmed by his former publicist Jen Wenk. Robinson was a prominent figure on the 21st season of The Ultimate Fighter, which featured the Blackzillians Team against American Top Team, a Florida-based rival gym. Welterweight contender Kamaru Usman, then a part of the Blackzillians, emerged as one of the show’s winners.
The team most notably featured Rashad Evans, Anthony Johnson, Michael Johnson, Jorge Santiago, Tyrone Spong and several others. In the years following the show, The Blackzillians disbanded and most members ended up following Henri Hooft to a new gym called Hard Knocks 365.
Bellator 205 will mark Hungarian featherweight Adam Borics’ third foray into the Bellator MMA cage. It will be a monumental moment for the young fighter as he lives out a dream and gets to perform on American soil for the first time.
For the former personal trainer and massage therapist, fighting in the United States has been a lifelong aspiration. With this important moment just days away, the Budapest native was asked if he had any nervous feelings going into his bout at the CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.
“I don’t feel the pressure, I’m more excited because I have been waiting for this my whole life,” Borics told Sherdog.com.
In just three years, the 25-year-old has amassed a 7-0 record and growing recognition in the sport, much of it earned after his highlight reel victory over Teodor Nikolov at Bellator 196. Originally, he was set to face Ireland’s James Gallagher in the main event. However, an injury to Gallagher denied Borics the opportunity, a disappointing turn of events as Borics had been looking forward to facing the cocky SBG Ireland fighter. “I don’t like Gallagher, he talks too much sh*t,” Borics said.
Despite losing his main event slot, things turned out well for Borics in the end. In the bout with Nikolov, he landed a perfect flying knee that went viral on social media and left his opponent unconscious before he even hit the mat.
“I like the flying knee when I fight against a wrestler, and Nikilov was [a wrestler],” said Borics.
The technique is a favorite move for Borics even in training, though his teammates are not big fans of being victimized with it during sparring sessions. “Other guys don’t like it,” he admitted with a laugh.
Flying knees aside, Borics credits the training and coaching he receives at his current gym, Hard Knocks 365, for his improving skills. A year ago, he decided the only way he could reach his full potential was to leave his home country and find a well-regarded MMA team. From the start, he knew the country the gym would be located in. “It was always my dream to train in the U.S.,” said Borics.
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“As a kid, I liked to act,” Mowry said “My dad played the piano, I was in plays, we watched musicals. It was something I had a lot of fun with. The more I did it, the more I realized I didn’t want to do it full time, especially when fighting came up.”
Mowry is part of a long tradition of MMA fighters who dipped a toe or dove headlong into acting. It makes sense, after all. They have the combat experience and the chiseled physiques to at least lend a presence to the screen.
Gina Carano has probably enjoyed the most success, having a significant performance in Deadpool and a leading-actress turn in Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire. It’s hard to forget Ronda Rousey’s various performances, as much as one might wish to do so. MMA fans surely chuckled as they watched former light heavyweight contender Keith Jardine take a dive in a bar fight against Breaking Bad’s Hank Schrader. The list goes on.
Mowry, 26, is fairly new to both games. On the MMA side, he turned pro in 2016. All four of his wins have come by stoppage, two each by knockout and submission. Although he points to jiu-jitsu as his base, he’s more of an MMA native, expanding on his high school wrestling and picking up new striking skills as he goes along.
His 80-inch reach doesn’t hurt, either, nor does the fact he trains with the most famous skyscraper in MMA in 7’0″ Stefan Struve, as well as a slew of others at famed trainer Henri Hooft’s Hard Knocks 365 gym in Florida.
Bellator MMA has earned a reputation for scooping up talented fighters in the infancy of their careers, and molding them into promotional stars of the future. In June, the organization added once again to its crop of burgeoning talent with 6-foot-8 heavyweight Steve Mowry. At Bellator 205 on Sept. 21, the Hard Knocks 365 product looks to show why training at an elite gym made the decision for Bellator an easy one.
Mowry is only in the second year of an MMA career that has been a success so far. He is currently 4-0 and has earned finishes in each of those bouts. Making the jump from the ranks of Titan Fighting Championship to the No. 2 promotion in the world could be reason for greater pressure. Yet to him, it’s business as usual.
“That’s every fight,” Mowry told Sherdog on the topic of added pressure. “Every fight you want to win, every fight you want to get better, every fight you want to turn heads and have eyes on you.”
The 26-year-old has a unique perspective on why he shouldn’t fret anymore than usual about stepping inside the Bellator cage for the first time. “I’m not fighting Bellator. I am not fighting the Bellator cage, I’m not fighting the Bellator money, I’m not fighting the Bellator contract,” Mowry says. “I’m fighting human beings.”
WE ARE FINISHING OUR TRAINING CAMP AT HARD KNOCKS 365 WITH HENRI HOOFT BECAUSE OF THE QUALITY OF THE COACHES AND SPARRING PARTNERS, AND ALSO TO GET USED TO THE TIME-CHANGE. TO BE HONEST WE COULDN’T HAVE MADE A BETTER CHOICE.
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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.
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.
A 21-second knockout loss to Chidi Njokuani at Bellator 167 brought along some hard lessons for previously unbeaten Andre Fialho.
Fialho learned, for instance, that he “wasn’t made of iron.” He learned that, unlike what he’d once thought, he wasn’t invincible. He learned that his hands weren’t going to land and get the job done every time.
“I was overconfident,” Fialho told MMAjunkie. “I wasn’t afraid of what others could do.”
It was an important loss for Fialho. And seven months later, at Bellator 181, he had a chance to show he’d learned.
Judging by the fact he came out on the winning end, beating A.J. Matthews via split decision, one could think that’s just what he did. But the reality isn’t that simple.
Official outcome aside, Fialho was “embarrassed” by his display. He admits he underestimated Matthews – who hadn’t won a fight in almost two years. He was upset that he’d been given an opponent that he felt so superior to. And he’d later find out that, for all his first pro loss taught him, there was still a long way to go.