Month: October 2019
Matthews outstruck the Hard Knocks 365 representative across three rounds, as he laid claim to a unanimous decision in the featured UFC 243 prelim on Saturday at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. All three judges cageside just struck 30-27 scorecards for Matthews (15-4, 8-4 UFC), who recorded his fourth win in five appearances.
Neither man offered much in terms of meaningful offense, especially Akman (6-2, 0-2 UFC). Matthews turned up the heat in the latter half of the fight and sped past the Swede with occasional jabs to the head and body, overhand rights and an active kicking game. Akman never shifted gears and showed no sense of urgency, even as the match slipped away from him.
Located near ATT’s headquarters, Hard Knocks 365 is a relatively new gym that replaced the famous Blackzilians gym. Some of the Blackzilians have joined Hard Knocks 365, but the facility has made a new name for itself, too.
The head coach of Hard Knocks 365 is Henri Hooft. Although Hard Knocks is a UFC gym, the Dutch kickboxing coach specializes in training his fighters on striking. As a result, some of the best UFC strikers, including current welterweight champ Kamaru Usman, practice with Hooft at Hard Knocks 365.
At 41-years-old, ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera is closer to the end of his professional career than the beginning. However, this weekend, the veteran athlete intends to show the world he is not about to hang up his gloves just yet when he attempts to capture Myanmar’s Aung La N Sang ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship.
The pair will face off in the main event of ONE: Century part II, which takes place inside Tokyo’s Ryōgoku Kokugikan. The bout between two of the promotion’s most popular athletes is expected to generate a viewing audience in the millions. Aung La, is perhaps Myanmar’s most well-known sporting figure, while American-born Filipino and Manila resident Vera also has a sizeable fanbase.