Month: April 2019
Following back-to-back losses against Jacare Souza and Israel Adesanya, UFC Ottawa’s Derek Brunson has enlisted the help of Henri Hooft and Hard Knocks 365, after being a “superstar” in his own gym wasn’t working out.
Ottawa, ON — Middleweight Derek Brunson is back in action in the co-main event at this Saturday’s UFC Ottawa. And like the weather in the Canadian capital, his career has had its ups and downs of late. Most recently, it’s a two-fight slump, though it’s worth noting that his last opponent, Israel Adesanya, now holds interim middleweight gold.
Facing the media on Thursday, Brunson told media outlets including Cageside Press about how he is adjusting for this fight — and even gave his pick for the winner of Adesanya and Robert Whittaker’s title unification bout.
“I don’t feel the pressure’s on me,” Brunson told reporters in regards to his recent losses. “I always want to perform well, and lately I have not been performing well. Particularly in the bigger fights. So that’s been the focus in my training camp, and pretty much in general.”
On Friday, UFC president Dana White will be in attendance at Titan FC 54 in Florida, and Herbert Burns believes it will be the night he earns a UFC deal.
“My plan is to win this fight in an impressive way, to get a contract with the UFC,” Burns told MMA Junkie. “I believe I have all the necessary weapons to win this fight and go on to the UFC featherweight roster. I know that once I’m in the UFC, I can make it to the rankings in short order.”
Burns (7-2) faces Luis Gomez at Titan FC 54, which takes place at Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale. The card streams live on UFC Fight Pass, and White will be there to film for his show “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight.”
There’s no guarantee a victory will get Burns a UFC deal, but he believes that once the UFC boss sees him compete, the result is inevitable, and he’ll find his way to the UFC roster alongside his brother Gilbert.
Undefeated bantamweight prospect Dustin Lampros (3-0) is slated to meet Colton Minster at Shamrock FC 318.
“I heard he’s a tough, scrappy kid who comes out there and he’ll be in your face,” Lampros told MMASucka. “For me, it’s the same thing. I plan on coming out, touching gloves, putting pressure on the guy and hopefully break him in the first round.”
Marcel Fortuna’s UFC run didn’t go exactly as expected, but after 17 months on the sidelines, the Brazilian believes he’s ready to begin a new chapter of his career.
“During my UFC stint, I didn’t have a proper team structure,” Fortuna told MMA Junkie. “This was an important lesson for me. I made the decision to live in the U.S. again. I’ve been in Florida for one year now. I’m fully dedicated to my training at Hard Knocks 365, Henri Hooft’s academy. Kami Barzini and Greg Jones are our wrestling coaches. It’s great to have such high-level coaches and training partners.
“My striking and wrestling skills are much improved. I’m feeling very confident, heading back to the cage, with a team like Hard Knocks 365 standing behind me. They are my training partners, as well as my friends.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.