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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.

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One of the hardest parts about being a UFC fighter involves the training. To maximize their workouts and techniques, a great UFC fighter needs a great gym so they can train with the best in the sport. Here are some of the most famous UFC gyms in the world.

American Kickboxing Academy, or AKA, is more than just a kickboxing academy; it’s the stomping grounds of four UFC champions. Cain Velasquez, former heavyweight champion; Daniel Cormier, former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion; Luke Rockhold, former middleweight champion; and Khabib Nurmagomedov, current lightweight champion, all trained at AKA.

At AKA, fighters train in every style of the sport. Nurmagomedov and Cormier specifically like to train and improve their wrestling skills at this gym. Of course, as its name implies, AKA also teaches kickboxing, and Rockhold is a great kickboxer as a result. AKA’s head coach, Javier Mendez, often corners the champions he’s trained while they fight in the UFC.

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Sherdog.com confirmed the bookings with a promotion official on Monday. Dutch outlet Babrants Dagblad reported Van Roosmalen vs. Lencioni, while MMAjunkie.com initially brought word of Mix vs. Mazzotta. Bellator 232 takes place at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., and is headlined by the welterweight grand prix final matchup between Rory MacDonald and Douglas Lima.

Van Roosmalen is a former featherweight and lightweight champion with Glory Kickboxing. He owns a 2-0 mark in professional MMA and has been training at Hard Knocks 365 in Florida. His pro kickboxing record is 51-17-3.

Anchored at Gracie Barra Portland, Lencioni halted a two-bout skid with a first-round submission of Adil Benjilany at Bellator 221 on May 11. He is 2-2 under the Bellator banner overall.

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Sherdog.com confirmed the bout following an initial report from MMAjunkie.com. Bellator 231 goes down on Oct. 25 and will be headlined by a heavyweight scrap between Frank Mir and Roy Nelson.

Mowry is 6-0 as a pr, including a 2-0 in Bellator. The 27-year-old trains at Hard Knocks 365 and is a towering 6-foot-8 heavyweight. Mowry owns submission victories against Ben Moa and Darion Abby in his two promotional appearances thus far. The former Titan FC competitor has finished four of his victories by submission and two by KO/TKO.

Saricam is also undefeated at 4-0 and will make his first walk to the Bellator cage against Mowry. The Turkish fighter last competed in February, when he defeated Jose Agustin Jimenez Garcia by TKO at an event in the Netherlands. He has finished all four of his fights inside the distance — three by KO/TKO and one via submission.

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A current two-division world champion and the 2018 Fighters Only World MMA Awards International Fighter of the Year, Aung La N Sang likely remains an unknown to all but the most hardcore of MMA fans.

That doesn’t bother him one bit.

“I respect everybody, and if people don’t respect me, it doesn’t bother me,” N Sang told MMA Junkie. “Obviously, the Western media is not going to cover ONE Championship as much. The fact that I’ve been fighting mostly in Asia doesn’t help, either. But skillwise, I know where I’m at. I’m in the room at Hard Knocks 365. I know what I’m capable of, and I train with Kamaru Usman and the best guys in the world, so it’s not a big deal for me.”

N Sang is the reigning middleweight and light heavyweight titleholder under the ONE Championship banner. A native of Myanmar, N Sang relocated to the U.S. to attend college, launching his professional MMA career shortly after. He registered early appearances with regional stalwarts such as Cage Fury Fighting Championships and Ring of Combat, even fighting once under the Bellator banner.

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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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