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Alexander Sarnavskiy’s Title Shot On the Line at Bellator 136

MMAWeekly - Fri, 2015-04-10 12:34

“If I beat Marcin Held, I will fight for the title. My next fight will be a title match,” Bellator lightweight contender Alexander Sarnavskiy (30-2) recently told MMAWeekly.com. “That’s what we were told.”

With a title shot hanging in the balance, Sarnavskiy knows he has to bring his A-game when he faces Marcin Held at Bellator 136 on Friday.

“He’s one of the best fighters at lightweight that Bellator has. What makes him so dangerous is he’s good at everything, although, his specialty is leg locks,” said the 26-year-old Russian about his upcoming opponent. “You don’t know what to expect from him.”

While Held is a leg-lock expert, Sarnavskiy isn’t exactly a fish out of water on the ground. Eighteen of his wins are by submission, but he’s prepared for wherever the fight might go.

“Obviously, we did a lot of defense against leg locks. However, because Marcin is such a good fighter in different areas, we worked on everything,” said Sarnavskiy. “You have to have a full package. You have to be completely prepared.”

SEE ALSO > Marcin Held Not Sitting Idly By, Waiting for Bellator Title Shot

“Tiger” doesn’t know how the fight against Held will end, but he’s going to be looking to finish the Poland native.

“It’s tough to say,” he said when asked if he had a prediction. “It’s going to be a tough fight. Of course, I’d like to finish him. I don’t care if it’s a knockout or a submission. I want to finish him.”

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Sam Toomer Keeping Things in Perspective Heading into RFA 25 Title Fight

MMAWeekly - Fri, 2015-04-10 12:23

Coming into his first fight of 2015, featherweight prospect Sam “Super” Toomer is feeling better than ever.

Since entering the RFA last June, Toomer has won back-to-back fights for the promotion to remain undefeated overall and finds himself on verge of his first major title shot.

“Overall I feel like I did pretty well (last year),” Toomer told MMAWeekly.com. “I was at a steady pace getting fights when I was ready. I was very happy with my performances. I got better and better. My confidence is growing.

“I feel like you can’t help but work on everything or else you’ll get left behind. A lot of people are coming in and are multi-dimensional fighters, so you have to keep working on getting better in every aspect.”

Toomer (9-0) will get his chance to fight for the RFA 145-pound title this Friday when he faces Justin Lawrence (6-2) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

“I’m excited to fight Justin,” said Toomer. “He has all these accolades and experience. I just have to go out there and do what I do best. I can’t fall into his game or his trickiness. I have to go out there and be me.

“Fighting for a title there’s a little bit of pressure, of course, but there’s a lot of motivation. At the same time, I’m just approaching it as another fight, except at the end I’ll get a nice shiny belt.”

While winning titles will be a big boost for Toomer’s career, for him it’s more so important to continue his growth as a fighter and be the best version of himself possible.

“I’ll go fight-by-fight for sure and just make sure I’m performing my best every fight,” said Toomer. “Whenever I fight, against whoever they line up for me, I’m just making sure I show up.”

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UFC Fight Night 64: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2 Weigh-In Video Replay

MMAWeekly - Fri, 2015-04-10 10:44

The 24 fighters competing on the UFC Fight Night 64: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2 fight card in Krakow on Saturday officially weighed in on Friday. See the fighters step on the scales and the customary face-offs.

WATCH > Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop I

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UFC Fight Night 64 Weigh-in Results: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop Rematch Official

MMAWeekly - Fri, 2015-04-10 10:39

It’s been three and a half years since we last saw Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic set foot in the Octagon, but the former Pride and K-1 champion is back for his third tour of duty in the UFC. For his return bout, Cro Cop will rematch Gabriel Gonzaga in the UFC Fight Night 64 main event in Krakow, Poland.

The show marks the UFC’s first foray into Poland, and the promotion signed the Croatian fighter specifically because of his popularity in Europe and Asia.

For Cro Cop, the allure of avenging his past loss to Gonzaga was a large part of his decision to return. When they met at UFC 70 in 2007, Gonzaga “Cro-Copped” Cro Cop, knocking him out in the opening round with a head kick, the Croatian’s signature finishing move.

As heavyweights, Gonzaga and Cro Cop both easily made weight, and both were no-nonsense in their comments after stepping off the scale.

“I’m just ready for tomorrow’s fight and that’s it,” said Cro Cop in his usual stoic manner.

Gonzaga was much the same, adding, “I am here to do my job and fight tomorrow, whatever the UFC puts in front of me.”

ALSO SEE > Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Mirko Cro Cop’s First Fight Video

In addition to Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop, the card is stacked to the hilt with Polish fighters. The most prominent home country fighter on the card is Jan Blachowicz, a former KSW light heavyweight champion, that has amassed a professional record of 18-3. He defeated Ilir Latifi in his Octagon debut, but faces no easy task in Saturday’s main event.

He faces 14-1 Brit Jimi Manuwa, whose only loss came in his last trip to the cage. Alexander Gustafsson derailed Manuwa’s hopes for a title shot, TKOing him in the second round. Manuwa will be looking to make a statement against his Polish foe, so that he can get back into title contention.

On the preliminary portion of the card, Polish fighter Izabela Badurek, who last fought at 141 pounds, had difficulty getting down to the strawweight limit of 116 pounds. She stepped on the scale at 117 pounds looking gaunt and dehydrated. Badurek was given one hour to try and lose that extra pound.

UPDATE: Badurek made weight on her second attempt, tipping the scale at 115.65 pounds.

UFC Fight Night 64: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop II Official Weigh-in Results

Main Card (on UFC Fight Pass)
Gabriel Gonzaga (255) vs. Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic (232)
Jimi Manuwa (206) vs. Jan Blachowicz (204)
Pawel Pawlak (169) vs. Sheldon Westcott (169)
Joanne Calderwood (115) vs. Maryna Moroz (115)

Preliminary Card (on UFC Fight Pass)
Seth Baczynski (170) vs. Leon Edwards (170)
Bartosz Fabinski (184) vs. Garreth McLellan (184)
Sergio Moraes (171) vs. Mickael Lebout (169)
Damian Stasiak (145) vs. Yaotzin Meza (146)
Daniel Omielanczuk (243) vs. Anthony Hamilton (259)
Izabela Badurek (117) vs. Alexandra Abu (114)*
Marcin Bandel (154) vs. Stevie Ray (155)
Taylor Lapilus (144) vs. Rocky Lee (145)

*Badurek was given one hour to make 116 pounds.

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UFC Fight Night 64 Weigh-in Results: Gonzaga and Cro Cop on Target, Ready to Fight

MMAWeekly - Fri, 2015-04-10 10:36

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It’s been three and a half years since we last saw Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic set foot in the Octagon, but the former Pride and K-1 champion is back for his third tour of duty in the UFC. For his return bout, Cro Cop will rematch Gabriel Gonzaga in the UFC Fight Night 64 main event in Krakow, Poland.

The show marks the UFC’s first foray into Poland, and the promotion signed the Croatian fighter specifically because of his popularity in Europe and Asia.

For Cro Cop, the allure of avenging his past loss to Gonzaga was a large part of his decision to return. When they met at UFC 70 in 2007, Gonzaga “Cro-Copped” Cro Cop, knocking him out in the opening round with a head kick, the Croatian’s signature finishing move.

As heavyweights, Gonzaga and Cro Cop both easily made weight, and both were no-nonsense in their comments after stepping off the scale.

“I’m just ready for tomorrow’s fight and that’s it,” said Cro Cop in his usual stoic manner.

Gonzaga was much the same, adding, “I am here to do my job and fight tomorrow, whatever the UFC puts in front of me.”

ALSO SEE > Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Mirko Cro Cop’s First Fight Video

In addition to Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop, the card is stacked to the hilt with Polish fighters. The most prominent home country fighter on the card is Jan Blachowicz, a former KSW light heavyweight champion, that has amassed a professional record of 18-3. He defeated Ilir Latifi in his Octagon debut, but faces no easy task in Saturday’s main event.

He faces 14-1 Brit Jimi Manuwa, whose only loss came in his last trip to the cage. Alexander Gustafsson derailed Manuwa’s hopes for a title shot, TKOing him in the second round. Manuwa will be looking to make a statement against his Polish foe, so that he can get back into title contention.

On the preliminary portion of the card, Polish fighter Izabela Badurek, who last fought at 141 pounds, had difficulty getting down to the strawweight limit of 116 pounds. She stepped on the scale at 117 pounds looking gaunt and dehydrated. Badurek was given one hour to try and lose that extra pound.

UPDATE: Badurek made weight on her second attempt, tipping the scale at 115.65 pounds.

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UFC Fight Night 64: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop II Official Weigh-in Results

Main Card (on UFC Fight Pass)
Gabriel Gonzaga (255) vs. Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic (232)
Jimi Manuwa (206) vs. Jan Blachowicz (204)
Pawel Pawlak (169) vs. Sheldon Westcott (169)
Joanne Calderwood (115) vs. Maryna Moroz (115)

Preliminary Card (on UFC Fight Pass)
Seth Baczynski (170) vs. Leon Edwards (170)
Bartosz Fabinski (184) vs. Garreth McLellan (184)
Sergio Moraes (171) vs. Mickael Lebout (169)
Damian Stasiak (145) vs. Yaotzin Meza (146)
Daniel Omielanczuk (243) vs. Anthony Hamilton (259)
Izabela Badurek (117) vs. Alexandra Abu (114)*
Marcin Bandel (154) vs. Stevie Ray (155)
Taylor Lapilus (144) vs. Rocky Lee (145)

*Badurek was given one hour to make 116 pounds.

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UFC Fight Night 64 Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Forrest Griffin Q&A Video Replay

MMAWeekly - Fri, 2015-04-10 10:35

UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin fielded questions from the fans prior to the UFC Fight Night 64: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2 weigh-in in Krakow on Friday. Check out what the newly crowned champion had to say.

WATCH > Joanna Jedrzejczyk Defeating Carla Esparza Highlights

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Watch the UFC Fight Night 64 Q&A Featuring Joanna Jedrzejczyk Live, Friday at 8:45 AM ET

MMAWeekly - Fri, 2015-04-10 03:05

Watch the UFC Fight Night 64 Q&A featuring women’s strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk and other guest fighters streaming live on Friday from Krakow at 8:45 a.m. ET.

WATCH > Joanna Jedrzejczyk Defeating Carla Esparza Highlights

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Watch the UFC Fight Night 64: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2 Weigh-In Streaming Live, Friday at 10 AM ET

MMAWeekly - Fri, 2015-04-10 03:00

Watch the official weigh-in for UFC Fight Night 64: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2 streaming live from Krakow on Friday at 10 a.m. ET. Heavyweights Gabriel Gonzaga and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic rematch in the fight cards main event on Saturday.

WATCH > Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop I

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