Month: September 2018

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.

In case you didn’t know…

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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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.

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