Month: June 2019
Adam Borics believes fans need to slow down when talking about Aaron Pico.
Borics, an undefeated featherweight who meets Pico at Bellator 222, said Pico is a “good fighter” but people think too highly of him. Bellator 222 takes place Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.
“He has two or three good knockouts, but I think he is overrated,” Borics told Bloody Elbow. “Maybe he got too much hype. Maybe he got the most hype ever. I never saw like this, ‘Oh, he’s the future’ and everything. He got the knockouts and they are pushing him. I just want to show the world who deserves the hype.”
New York, NY – Adam Borics is off to great start in his career. The Hungarian is 12-0 with eight finishes. He’s really showcased his abilities since joining Bellator, winning by rear-naked choke twice, and a flying knee in three appearances. Now he’ll get his toughest test against top prospect Aaron Pico, but the result will be the same in his eyes.
“I’m going to finish him. I’m a finisher, I’m going to finish him.”
Aaron Pico has had the spotlight on him since his MMA career began, and will be looking to recover from a loss at Bellator 222. On the other side, this can be Borics’ coming-out party after quietly amassing his 12-0 record.
“I don’t care about it. He gets a lot of hype, and if I get this hype, I can say that ‘oh, I don’t need this, I don’t want to do this, I don’t want to do commercial, I don’t want to do this.’ But I understand this. I’m just thinking about the fight. Maybe it’s easier if I don’t [have the hype].”
If the hype does come, however, Borics says “I’m ready for that.”
Borics started his run with Bellator in the best way possible, fighting in his home country of Hungary twice before making his American debut last year. While he’s well-known in Hungary, the rest of the world is about to catch up.
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No fighter ever wants to suffer their first loss, but in the world of combat sports it’s not always about winning or losing, more so about what can be learned from both winning and losing. Just a month before he turned 22 years-old, Mike Kimbel suffered his first professional loss in his career to John Douma.
While the fight didn’t go his way, Kimbel now prepares to take on Sebastian Ruiz at Bellator 222 which takes place on Friday, June 14, at Madison Square Garden. Kimbel spoke to MyMMANews about suffering his first loss, the lessons learned from that fight, how he’s going to bounce back at MSG, and why he’s focused on fighting for himself now.
For some fighters, all that matters to them is winning or losing inside the cage, but for Mike Kimbel, who is always focused on winning, every chance he gets inside the cage, is another opportunity for him to learn.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion “Suga” Rashad Evans is making his way to the UFC Hall of Fame.
Over the weekend the UFC announced that Evans, the winner of season two of The Ultimate Fighter, will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame’s ‘Modern Wing’ as a member of the class of 2019.
The 2019 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, will take place on Friday, July 5, at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
“Rashad and I have been close since season two of The Ultimate Fighter and we’ve had an amazing relationship,” UFC President Dana White said.
“It has been fun to see him succeed and grow as a fighter, become a world champion and then a respected coach for up and coming fighters, and then to see him retire last year. I love to see him still involved with UFC. I couldn’t be prouder of Rashad than I am right now with him being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.”
Evans will join Forrest Griffin (2013), BJ Penn (2015), Urijah Faber (2017), Ronda Rousey (2018) and Michael Bisping (2019).
Robin Van Roosmalen, a former champion in two weight classes with Glory Kickboxing, has signed with Bellator MMA.
Bellator President Scott Coker announced the signing via Twitter on Tuesday. Van Roosmalen’s deal is exclusively for mixed martial arts, so he will not compete in Bellator Kickboxing, according to a promotion official. While Coker hinted that van Roosmalen would take part in the promotion’s upcoming featherweight grand prix, the Dutch fighter’s participation in the bracket has not been finalized.
Van Roosmalen was the first fighter two win two titles for Glory Kickboxing, capturing crowns at featherweight and lightweight. He announced at the end of last year that he would be transitioning to MMA on a full-time basis. Van Roosmalen has been training at Hard Knocks 365 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., under the guidance of Henri Hooft and others.
A black belt in judo, van Rossmalen has gone 2-0 in MMA, winning both of his bouts via technical knockout. The 29-year-old last competed in MMA in March 2017. He owns a 51-17-3 mark as a professional kickboxer.
Martin Nguyen has become an international star over the last five years. Training out of Hardknocks 365 with other world champions like Kamaru Usman and Aung La Nsang has done wonders for the 30-year-old Vietnamese-Australian. “The Situ-Asian” is the first fighter in the history of ONE Championship to hold two titles simultaneously. He even famously went for a third title but was unable to pull it off.
Now, seemingly set on building his legacy at featherweight, Nguyen has successfully defended the title twice.
Here are his five most memorable moments in ONE Championship so far.
Nguyen was 3-0 as a professional when he debuted in ONE. His first fight in the new organization would be against Rocky Batolbatol who himself was a perfect 5-0 at the time.
The two undefeated combatants would meet at ONE FC 22: Battle of Lions.
The fight was back and forth affair. Batolbatol landed some solid punches on the advancing Nguyen. Nguyen would have some success with his takedowns and on the ground. He even partially landed an ill-intended soccer kick as Batolbatol was getting up.