The Hard Knocks 365 is a training camp where life is good. Led by the very famous Henri Hooft, we find a spirit of camaraderie outstanding among all the famous athletes who train there. Luke Rockhold, Volkan Oezdemir, Michael Johnson, Kamaru Usman, Robbie Lawler, Michael Chandler, here are the most famous athletes that you will have the opportunity to meet if one day you push the doors of this room.
If this beautiful little group gets along perfectly, there is a small change of mood on the day of sparring. Indeed, during these oppositions, no question of giving gifts to his opponent. The combatants are put in a combat situation, we do not joke anymore, we hit hard. The latest video shows Luke Rockhold, former UFC middleweight champion, sending a few courtesies to Jason Jackson, a Bellator fighter.
Very strong exchanges between the two men, who do not want to let go, even in training. Images relayed to Rockhold’s Instagram account, with a little message for the UFC: “You have to renew yourself from time to time, offer Jason Jackson a fight, he’s been waiting a long time.”
Michael Chandler made history in Hawaii.
The Hard Knocks 365 representative became the first-ever three-time Bellator MMA champion, as he reclaimed the lightweight crown with a lopsided unanimous decision over the previously unbeaten Brent Primus in the Bellator 212 headliner on Friday at the Neil S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. The judges awarded Chandler a clean sweep on the scorecards: 50-45, 50-45 and 50-45.
Primus — who had beaten “Iron Mike” in June 2017 — never seemed comfortable outside of a second-round exchange in which he advanced to the back and threatened to cinch a rear-naked choke. Chandler executed takedowns in the first, third, fourth and fifth rounds, maintained advantageous positions for minutes at a time and applied his ground-and-pound whenever possible. By the time it was over, there was little doubt regarding the outcome.
Meanwhile, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane kept her perfect professional record intact and retained the women’s flyweight championship in stirring fashion, as she submitted Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Valerie Letourneau with a triangle choke in the third round of their Bellator 213 main event on Saturday at the Neil S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. Letourneau tapped 3:19 into Round 3, submitting for the first time in her 17-fight career.
American Kickboxing Academy has long been considered one of the best gyms in the world, but a track record of injuries often left the gym as a target of more criticism than praise. This past year saw that dynamic shift.
Between the success of team captain Daniel Cormier – who in 2018 became the second man to simultaneously hold two UFC titles, and also the first man to defend them both – but also Khabib Nurmagomedov, who finally fulfilled the championship potential long bestowed upon him, destroying the sport’s biggest superstar in the process, the gym has reached new heights, even by the team’s own admittedly lofty standards.
Rarely do two fighters from the same team present such a strong case for “Fighter of the Year,” but it’s hard to deny the attention that the performances of both Cormier and Nurmagomedov earned under the direction of head coach Javier Mendez.
Sure, Cain Velasquez remained sidelined throughout the year, and yes, Luke Rockhold transitioned to Florida and Henri Hooft’s Hard Knocks 365, but both longtime pillars of the AKA squad remain passionate with their loyalty to the crew in San Jose, Calif.
After a successful international Titan FC 51 fight card in Kazakhstan this past weekend, Titan Fighting Championship officials have announced their first card of the 2019 calendar.
The organization returns to its home at Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with Titan FC 52 on Friday, January 25 and will broadcast live on UFC Fight Pass.
Two titles are on the line to include the organization’s bantamweight and featherweight titles.
“The Speciman” Jason Soares defends the Titan FC featherweight title for the very first time when he meets challenger, Caio Uruguai. Soares, undefeated at a 11-0, won the title in April with a rear-naked choke over Luis Gomez. Caio Uruguai, 7-1, is coming off a win over Juan Villaseca, also on that April Titan FC 49 fight card.
The vacant bantamweight title is on the line when Edir Terry and Rudson Caliocane meet in the evening’s co-main event. When former champion Jose “Shorty” Torres was signed to the UFC earlier this year the title was vacated. Caliocane, 6-1, is new to the Titan organization. The Brazilian mixed martial artist is riding a six-fight win streak. Terry, 6-2, has one win and one loss with Titan. His most recent, a victory over Irwin Rivera in Febraury.
Luke Rockhold is done killing himself to compete at middleweight.
The former 185-pound champion has declared his intention to move to the light heavyweight division after teasing that same decision throughout 2018 but then ultimately booking a fight against Chris Weidman at UFC 230 in New York.
Unfortunately, Rockhold’s body couldn’t hold up and he was forced to pull out of the fight and that was the final straw to tell him it was time to move up to light heavyweight.
According to Rockhold, he had already plotted a move to 205 pounds but when the UFC came calling with an opportunity to compete on the card at Madison Square Garden in November, it was too good to pass up.
He tried to get through a full training camp while still nursing a shin injury that had hampered him for much of 2018 but the strain was just too much.
Robin van Roosmalen remembers the first time he knew, without question, he eventually had to compete in mixed martial arts.
It’s a pretty simple story, really. An easy memory to recall. The veteran kickboxer knew he had to compete in MMA the first time he hit pads with 4-ounce gloves.
“I didn’t really like the game at first, the wrestling between standup,” van Roosmalen told ESPN. “But the small gloves, that’s what really drew me to it. Sometimes in training, I’ll get lazy with the big gloves. With small gloves, you can’t do that. You don’t want to get hit. It’s a whole different game.
“I was excited and scared at the same time. I put those smaller gloves on and said, ‘Wow. I need to hit somebody with these.'”
Daniel Cormier named ESPN 2018 MMA Fighter of the Year
Daniel Cormier had one of the most dominant years ever for a fighter, going 3-0 while retaining the light heavyweight belt and claiming the heavyweight title.
Earlier this month, van Roosmalen, the only two-weight champion in Glory kickboxing history, announced his departure from the ring in order to pursue MMA full time. The 29-year-old will compete at 145 pounds.
Originally from the Netherlands, now fighting out of Hard Knocks 365 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, van Roosmalen hasn’t signed with an MMA promotion yet, but says a deal could be in place before the end of the year. end of the year.
A top kickboxing star is making the move to mixed martial arts.
Robin van Roosmalen, the first-ever man to win two championships for Glory Kickboxing, will transition full-time to MMA, his new management team Paradigm announced Thursday evening. Paradigm also represents the likes of Conor McGregor, Cris Cyborg and Glory heavyweight star Rico Verhoeven.
Van Roosmalen, 29, has won 10 of his last 12 bouts in Glory, recently losing his featherweight belt in September. The Netherlands native now lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., training at Hard Knocks 365 under decorated coach Henri Hooft.
Van Roosmalen, who has a black belt in judo, is already 2-0 in MMA and boasts a 40-8 record in kickboxing. He will compete at featherweight in MMA, per the Paradigm release.
Michael Chandler was seen as a potential cornerstone the minute he set foot inside the Bellator MMA organization. In the eight-plus years since, he has done nothing to diminish that viewpoint.
Chandler will attempt to reclaim the organization’s lightweight championship when he confronts the unbeaten Brent Primus in the Bellator 212 main event on Friday at the Neil S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. The 32-year-old Hard Knocks 365 representative surrendered the 155-pound title to Primus at Bellator 180 in June 2017, his defeat resulting from a doctor stoppage due to a leg injury 2:22 into Round 1. Now comes the sequel. Chandler enters the rematch on the heels of consecutive victories over Brandon Girtz and Goiti Yamauchi. Should he dethrone Primus, he would become the first three-time champion in Bellator history.
Kamaru Usman entered “The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale” main event on Friday in Las Vegas with one goal in mind: to secure a title shot at the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title. Now that the dust has settled, he appears to have done so. The Hard Knocks 365 product put himself in excellent position with a one-sided decision win over former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.
Usman immediately looked to take the center of the Octagon and began applying pressure on his opponent, walking dos Anjos to the fence for an early takedown. It became a running theme of their fight. “The Nigerian Nightmare” handled his business across five rounds, as he succeeded at stifling dos Anjos at nearly every turn on his way to a blowout on the scorecards. UFC President Dana White indicated that the performance may have put Usman next in line for a crack at the welterweight belt currently in Tyron Woodley’s possession.
When it comes to Aubin-Mercier, he has a preferential style matchup. Yes, Gilbert Burns is an outstanding and legitimately world-class jiu-jitsu player. However, Aubin-Mercier’s losses have come when he’s not able to buy takedowns. He couldn’t take down Carlos Diego Ferreira, and as we found out, Alexander Hernandez isn’t exactly an easy out. However, even with Burns’ continued training under Henri Hooft at Hard Knocks 365, Aubin-Mercier has vastly improved his striking, possesses superior conditioning and should be able to buy takedowns when necessary. This is absolutely his sort of fight to grind out.
As for Katona, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 27 winner doesn’t really have any particular individual skills that stand out above his contemporaries. However, he is dropping down to his more natural weight class at 135 pounds, and opponent Matthew Lopez, while he may be the more dynamic party, has an awful lot of trouble keeping up with opponents and routinely gasses out halfway through 15-minute affairs. I think Katona will work a conservative game. He’s going to pump his jab, land low kicks and be the superior scrambler to Lopez. It’s not going to be a dominant win by any stretch, but Katona should be able to use his fundamentals in every round to not just best Lopez but also tire him out and take a more resounding control over the bout as the fight rolls on to earn himself a tidy decision. That’s three competitive favorites sorted for +355, which is fine money if you ask me.