Month: April 2019

UFC lightweight and Brazilian jiu jitsu standout Gilbert Burns (14-3) has a new opponent for his upcoming UFC Sunrise fight following his previously scheduled opponent, Eric Wisely’s, withdrawal.

Burns will now face Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series veteran and Island Fights standout, Mike Davis (7-1), a source confirms to The Body Lock.

Burns, 32, is one of the UFC’s most talented jiu jitsu players. The longtime black belt is an IBJJF World champion both in and out of the gi. Additionally, Burns has picked up wins at both the CBJJ Brazilian Nationals and UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Championships.

In MMA, Burns has continued his grappling successes, and has also added a dangerous striking game to his overall arsenal as a result of his time training under renowned kickboxing coach Henri Hooft at the South Florida-based Hardknocks 365 gym.

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ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion Aung La N Sang last fought at ONE: A New Era on March 31 Tokyo, Japan, when he defended his middleweight strap with a knockout of Ken Hasegawa. On that same night, we witnessed the ONE Championship debuts of two former UFC titleholders in Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson.

The former UFC and Bellator champ Alvarez debuted first, and contrary to the widespread expectation among Western fans, he was stopped in the first round by his ferocious opponent Timofey Nastyukhin.

The former UFC flyweight champ Johnson took to the ONE cage next. While he ultimately earned a victory with a second-round guillotine choke, it did not come easily, as his foe Yuya Wakamatsu put up a very commendable fight until the finish materialized.

Speaking to BJPenn.com, Aung La N Sang discussed the ONE Championship debuts of Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson. He believes that their fights helped legitimize the talent of the ONE Championship roster in the eyes of many Western fans.

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If you visit the Kachin National Manau Park in Myitkyina, Myanmar you’ll find a statue of a man holding two championship belts. The people of Myanmar visit the statue for inspiration and hope, but on special occasions, they get to see him in person.

That’s because the man chiseled in bronze is not a hero of the past, but a legend who’s still fighting today. Meet Aung La “The Burmese Python” Nsang.

Aung La is the current two-division king (Light-Heavyweight, Middleweight) at ONE Championship who celebrated a TKO finish over Ken Hasegawa in Tokyo, Japan last March. When he steps into the ring, Aung La stalks his opponents with menacing body kicks and life-ending chokes. He’s a terrifying man in the ring, but outside?

He’s the most polite dude you could ever meet.

I spoke with Aung La over the weekend to discuss what he did before MMA, the importance of fatherhood, and his thoughts on popular fighters like Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.

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It’s been a rough trot for Martin Nguyen since he was awarded ONE Championship’s Martial Artist of the Year in 2017. “The Situ-Asian” rose to fame after crushing the previously unbeaten Marat Gafurov to win the featherweight title in August 2017. He then backed it up with a legitimately terrifying knockout of lightweight champion Eduard Folayang in November 2017.

Nguyen was a two-division champion and sought more. In his next fight, he challenged Bibiano Fernandes for the bantamweight title but lost a tight split decision. Until that day, Nguyen had never made it to the scorecards. He’d finished all of his opponents and only ever been defeated by Gafurov when he only had four fights under his belt.

Since then, however, the 30-year-old has been tied to decision outcomes in his next two fights. He successfully defended his title against current lightweight challenger Christian Lee before then attempting to earn another shot at Fernandes. Nguyen was matched against tough Team Lakay fighter Kevin Belingon in an interim featherweight title fight in July last year but would go on to lose a unanimous decision after never really kicking into gear.

Now training at Hard Knocks 365 in the United States, Nguyen told The Body Lock that he is ‘hungry again’ and is seeking a stoppage victory this Friday.

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Eddie Alvarez made his much anticipated debut on Sunday for One Championship as he faced off against Timofey Nastyukhin as part of the One Lightweight Grand Prix quarterfinal round.

Nastyukhin shocked the crowd by stopping Alvarez in the opening round to progress to the next stage of the tournament while the heavy favourite Alvarez ponders his next step.

Newly-crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, a longtime teammate of Alvarez at Hard Knocks 365, reached out to the former UFC lightweight champion through Twitter to offer his support.

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Martin Nguyen (11-3) is ready and raring to defend his ONE Championship featherweight title.

The featherweight champion is one of the most exciting figures in the promotion and was the first fighter to hold two belts in two different weight classes. On top of this, he became the first athlete in the history of any major mixed martial arts promotion to challenge for a third title, when he lost a close split-decision to legend Bibiano Fernandes. Not long ago, “The Situ-Asian” made the decision to vacate his lightweight title in order to wipe out his own division.

On April 12, “The Situ-Asian” will defend his featherweight title against former champion Narantungalag Jadambaa at ONE: Roots Of Honor, in Manila, Philippines. He spoke to John Hyon Ko of The Body Lock about his upcoming fight, switching camps and competing in the Philippines for the fourth time.

Martin Nguyen last competed in July 2018, where he battled Bibiano Fernandes for the bantamweight championship. Although the Australian never claimed the third title he was so desperately seeking, the loss to Fernandes has helped refocus his mind onto what’s most important: his featherweight championship.

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MMA veteran Eric Wisely will return to the UFC for the first time in seven years, when he faces Brazilian powerhouse Gilbert Burns at UFC Fort Lauderdale on April 27, first reported by Combate.

Eric Wisely (33-9-1) returns to the UFC on an 11-fight win streak. Wisely fought last weekend at Cage Aggression 24, when he defeated short-notice replacement Will Shutt via second-round TKO. The 34-year-old fighting out of Clinton, Iowa, is not only the #1 ranked lightweight in Iowa, but he is also the #1 ranked lightweight in the United States (that was not signed to a major promotion) per Tapology. Wisely has not lost since Bellator 119 in 2014, and fought four times in 2018.

Gilbert Burns (14-3) is also in good form as of late. The Brazilian has won three of his last four bouts inside the Octagon. Most recently, Burns dominated Canadian Olivier Aubin-Mercier for three rounds to win a unanimous decision last December. Burns also holds wins over Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira, Dan Moret and Christos Giagos throughout his UFC career. Burns will be fighting at home as he fights out of Boca Raton, Florida, and trains out of Hard Knocks 365. The 32-year old is ranked 25th in the world at lightweight per Tapology.

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On Saturday night, on the main card of UFC Philadelphia, former lightweight contender Michael Johnson partook in his latest featherweight bout, taking on the dangerous Josh Emmett.

Unfortunately for Johnson and his fans, this fight did not go as planned, as he found himself on the receiving end of a 2019 Knockout of the Year contender late in the third round.

Despite this undeniably brutal loss, Michael Johnson seems to be in good spirits.

The featherweight fighter issued a quick statement about the loss on Instagram, assuring that he’ll be back soon.

“Great fight and hats off to Emmett,” Johnson wrote on his official Instagram account. “I’ve slipped and fell in the game several times, and I’m always back on feet. See ya guys soon

With this tough setback, Michael Johnson returns to the loss column after a pair of victories over Artem Lobov and Andre Fili. Prior to these wins, he lost three in a row against Darren Elkins, Justin Gaethje and Khabib Nurmagomedov. The Hardknocks 365 fighter is now 19-14 overall.

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