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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.”

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It’s only fitting to start with the guy making his UFC debut. Charles “Air” Jourdain is a very promising 23-year-old fighter, who was already a featherweight champion in his domestic TKO promotion. Won the title in December vs former champion Alex Morgan with a guillotine choke in the first round. That one was actually set up by a great spinning backfist that hurt his opponent and sent him to the mat. Last month he was scheduled to fight the champion of the lightweight division Ronson in an attempt to become a champ-champ. But unfortunately that fight was scratched, so he fought Damien Lapilus instead and won by TKO in the 5th round. Soon after that he signed with UFC and announced that he’ll compete in 155 division.

Desmond Green is definitely more experienced of the two. 29-year-old has 3 times as many fights as Jourdain in his career (22-8) and is on UFC roster for almost two years now. He’s not that unfamiliar with Canada either, as he was working out at Tristar Gym with GSP before he made a move to Hard Knocks 365 in Florida. He’s working with some of the best there like new welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. He is extremely motivated to do well in this Rochester card because he was born here and wrestled for the University of Buffalo which is not far away.

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Ed Herman isn’t done yet, but he’s got a plan for what’s after fighting
For Desmond Green, a short turnaround is worth the effort for the chance to fight in front of a home crowd.

“The Predator” is coming off of a first-round TKO win over the newly-retired Ross Pearson, his first stoppage victory in the UFC. Just a month and a half later, he’ll step into the cage with UFC debutant Charles Jourdain at UFC Fight Night 152 in Rochester, New York on Saturday, May 18.

The Rochester native will be looking to feed off the energy of his hometown crowd in order to put together his first UFC winning streak.

Before his fight, Green talked to John Hyon Ko of The Body Lock about his evolution as a fighter, past issues with opponents and what it’s like to finally enjoy home-field advantage in the UFC.

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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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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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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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