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Devin Powell Looking to Prove His Place in the Sport at WSOF 31

MMAWeekly - Thu, 2016-06-16 17:00

Following his lone loss in 2013, lightweight prospect Devin Powell has managed to go on a four-fight winning streak, with finishes in three of his wins.

Powell believes it’s the adjustments he’s made since his loss that has helped him put together his recent string of wins.

“I feel like I’ve been performing really well,” Powell told MMAWeekly.com. “I feel like everything’s coming together. I’m kind of really coming into my own with everything (and am) putting all the pieces of the puzzle together.

“I lost a decision a few years back when I was only 2-0 and I kind of re-evaluated stuff. I changed a lot of stuff with my training and style, and I feel like I’m a lot more complete package now and am pretty hard to figure out.”

In addition to his career inside the cage, Powell has opened his own gym, Nostos MMA, and he believes it’s kept him from slipping in his training.

“It’s definitely difficult, but it has its pros at the same time,” he said. “Every night I teach and I do the drills and roll live at the end, so I never stop training. I’m pretty much forced to train every single night.

“I do have to travel to do some work with the guys, and that’s not always easy having a four-year-old and teaching seven days a week, but I make it happen.”

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Powell (6-1) will see his hard work pay off with his step up to World Series of Fighting this Friday against Tommy Marcellino (7-4) in a preliminary 155-pound bout at the Foxwoods Casino and Resort in Connecticut.

“I think that he’s a tough guy,” said Powell of Marcellino. “He has a good pace and he can keep up. I think he likes to control people on the ground and try to soften people up there and grind people out.

“I feel he’s going to try to put me on my back, but I don’t care too much either way. I’m just excited to get in there and get into a fistfight, and wherever it goes, I’m happy to play along.”

For Powell, getting a chance to compete in WSOF is not only a big step for his career, but an opportunity to prove that anyone can fight at the top level of MMA with enough hard work and perseverance.

“I think there’s kind of a halo-effect around certain leagues, as far as people feeling they couldn’t compete with them, so I think this is an opportunity to prove a kid from Maine can go up and fight against a veteran in one of the biggest leagues in the world,” Powell said.

““I think it’s a good chance to prove my place in the sport. I think I’m going to do well and really prove that I deserve to be there for as long as I choose.”

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Jordan Johnson Looking to Remain Undefeated at RFA 39

MMAWeekly - Thu, 2016-06-16 16:00

Unlike many fighters who can spend the majority of their career with one team, light-heavyweight up and comer Jordan Johnson has bounced around a bit over his first couple years in MMA.

“I started my amateur career and my pro career out of MMA Lab in Arizona, and then I got the opportunity to train at Alliance for a year in California, but I had some pretty difficult times finding fights out there,” Johnson told MMAWeekly.com. “I decided to come back to Arizona and work at Power MMA and my career has picked up. I’ve picked up two wins at Power this past year with the RFA.”

It’s his experience working with various training partners and coaches through his multiple teams that Johnson feels has had a positive impact on his career so far.

“At each gym I’ve been at, with all the training partners I’ve had, I’ve done a pretty good job at learning how to train and be a professional and doing at this highest level,” he said. “I’ve learned what it takes to get on top and be the champ. I’m trying to pick up as much as I can from them and just trying to create the most complete fighter I can.”

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Johnson (4-0) seeks to remain undefeated when he faces veteran Shaun Asher (11-2-1) in a main card 205-pound bout at RFA 39 on June 17 in Hammond, Indiana.

“He’s got a pretty good record and he’s got a lot of finishes, so he seems like a pretty game dude who is going to show up to fight,” said Johnson of Asher. “When I get in there, I try to go for finishes and beat the hell out of them. I think it’s a good match-up, but I’m planning on whipping this dude’s ass.”

Having picked up finishes in all four of his pro fights, there comes a bit of expectation when Johnson fights, but it’s not something he lets get to him.

“There’s no pressure,” said Johnson. “I just go in there and fight. I’m always looking to put a finish on them. It’s one of the things that makes me a special fighter – that I’m not out there wasting time.”

Now that he’s been able to be more active in 2016, Johnson hopes to keep things going and have a busy second half of the year and build his way towards bigger opportunities.

“Getting into the UFC is a goal, but that comes with achieving these smaller goals, which is winning each fight,” he said. “I always want to win my fights, and that’s what I’m doing. Then it’s the same thing: I get another fight, and my goal is to win that fight.”

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TBT Video: Brock Lesnar Admits That He’s a Sore Loser at UFC 100 Press Conference

MMAWeekly - Thu, 2016-06-16 15:50

Former heavyweight champion and WWE superstar Brock Lesnar will return to the octagon at UFC 200 on July 9 against Mark Hunt. Take a look back at Lesnar admitting that he’s a sore loser during the UFC 100 post-fight press conference at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in July 2009.

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Marcos Galvao Waited Patiently Through ‘Disappointing’ Delay for Eduardo Dantas Rematch

Sherdog News - Thu, 2016-06-16 15:45
Marcos Galvao Waited Patiently Through ‘Disappointing’ Delay for Eduardo Dantas Rematch
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1998 Fight Between Pete Williams and Mark Coleman To Be Inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame

MMAWeekly - Thu, 2016-06-16 14:56

UFC today announced that the classic 1998 fight between Pete Williams and Mark Coleman will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame’s ‘Fight Wing’ and serve as the final induction of the 2016 class. The event will take place on Sunday, July 10, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, on the final day of the 5th Annual UFC International Fight Week.

“Williams against Coleman was the biggest upset of 1998 and the finish is one of the most devastating knockouts in UFC history,” UFC President Dana White said. “This fight is a forgotten classic that represents everything that’s great about UFC. Williams took this fight on two weeks’ notice and took a beating from Coleman during the regulation period. This was his first time inside an Octagon and once the overtime period started, he had enough left in the tank to deliver one of the greatest knockouts we’ve ever seen. Congratulations to Pete Williams and Mark Coleman!”

As the main event of UFC 17: REDEMPTION, which took place on May 15, 1998 at the Mobile Civic Center in Mobile, Alabama, Coleman was originally slated to face reigning champion Randy Couture. However, after Couture withdrew from the card due to injury, Williams was named as Coleman’s new opponent just two weeks before the event. This matchup would serve as Williams’s UFC debut after securing a 7-1 record competing in both Pancrase and SuperBrawl organizations.

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Coleman landed more strikes and recorded a UFC career-best number of takedowns while dominating Williams with his ground and pound during the 12-minute regulation period, before advancing to overtime. As the three-minute term began, Coleman, visibly exhausted, survived an initial barrage of kicks and knees before Williams connected and made history with UFC’s first-ever knockout by head kick 38 seconds into the extra frame.

Williams would continue to build off his impressive UFC debut and challenge Kevin Randleman for the vacant UFC heavyweight title at UFC 23: ULTIMATE JAPAN 2, losing by decision. The Lion’s Den trained heavyweight’s time inside the Octagon was cut short due to reoccurring injuries, as he finished his career in 2002.

Coleman would continue his mixed martial arts career following the upset, competing in both PRIDE Fighting Championships® and UFC through 2010. His legacy cemented as UFC’s first heavyweight champion, he would also win the 2000 PRIDE Grand Prix, becoming one of only two athletes to win tournaments in both UFC and PRIDE (*Dan Henderson). This is his second UFC Hall of Fame induction, as he was enshrined as a Pioneer in 2008.

This fight joins the 2005 bouts, “Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar I” and “Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg 2”, which are also preserved in the UFC Hall of Fame’s Fight Wing.

UFC 17 was also a notable event that featured the debuts of former UFC light heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell, former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton and current UFC middleweight Dan Henderson.

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Joseph Gigliotti Hoping RFA 39 Leads to a UFC Debut

MMAWeekly - Thu, 2016-06-16 14:37

Following a nearly year-long layoff, middleweight prospect Joseph Gigliotti returned to MMA this past January and picked right up where he had left off in 2015.

In bouts against Nick Salantri and John Poppie, Gigliotti was able to not only keep his undefeated record, but continue his streak of six straight finishes to start his career.

“I got the win in January and got another win in April, so it’s definitely been a good year thus far,” Gigliotti told MMAWeekly.com. “I’ve been training hard and have been sticking with my regiment and schedule, and haven’t changed too much, but I’d like to stay active and get a few more fights in this year and keep it rolling.”

Having begun his career on such a good note, Gigliotti has a lot of people looking at him as one of the top up and comers in the sport. Still, even with all the attention, Gigliotti is able to put it aside and focus on fighting.

“There’s always a little bit of pressure and anxiety and nervousness,” he said. “I just take every fight one at a time. I don’t really think about winning or losing. I think about my technique and what I need to do to be successful. I just try to go out and implement my game plan as best I can.”

Gigliotti (6-0) will look to keep his winning ways going when he takes on Ultimate Fighter 19 tryout fighter Daniel Vizcaya (9-3) in a 185-pound main card bout at RFA 39 on June 17 in Hammond, Indiana.

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“I’m not going to say that he’s totally like John Poppie, but they are similar in a lot of ways,” said Gigliotti of Vizcaya. “He’s experienced. I’m going into hostile territory. It’s going to be a good scrap and I feel just as good as I did against John. I feel just as prepared and as anxious to get in there, and we’ll see how it goes off.”

While Gigliotti is open to any possibilities that would come his way with a win on June 17, he would like an opportunity to fight on the biggest stage of MMA in his home state this year.

“One thing that I’ve always wanted to do is fight in Ohio, and the UFC has said that in September that they’ll be going to Cleveland, so that’d be the main dream and goal of mine,” he said. “If I was able to get on that Cleveland card, it would be incredible.

“Maybe after this fight, the RFA could give me something else – a title shot or something else – and if I could pick up another win, maybe I can get on that September UFC card, which would be awesome.”

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Free Fight Video: Fedor Emelianenko Submits Kevin Randleman at Pride Critical Countdown 2004

MMAWeekly - Thu, 2016-06-16 12:00

Fedor Emelianenko took on another former UFC heavyweight champion in the muscular form of Kevin “The Monster” Randleman in this never-to-be-forgotten clash. Randleman hits a German suplex/tigerdriver that simply has to be seen the be believed…

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UFC Fight Night Ottawa Video: Sam Alvey – Ready to Throw Hands

MMAWeekly - Thu, 2016-06-16 09:03

Sam Alvey discusses his upcoming Featured Bout on UFC FIGHT PASS against Elias Theodorou and promises it will be the fight of the year.

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Having Made Wholesale Changes, Brandon Halsey Working His Way Back to a Bellator Belt

MMAWeekly - Thu, 2016-06-16 08:00

In suffering the first loss of his career last October to Rafael Carvalho, former Bellator middleweight champion Brandon Halsey reassessed himself and realized that changes needed to be made.

Not only did Halsey alter the way he trained, but he made wholesale changes to the business side of his fighting career, and now he finds himself in a better place than he feels he’d been at before.

“After that fight, I took a long look at my fight career,” Halsey told MMAWeekly.com. “I took a look back on my career and wondered if I’d really done what I wanted to do these past three years? Had I elevated myself to the skill level where I thought I should be at? And the conclusion I came to was: No.

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“It really made me step back and look at the bigger picture and what I wanted to do with my fight career and as an athlete and person. I changed everything from my management, to my nutrition, to my trainers, and it’s been a great success.”

Halsey believes the alterations he has made are more than evident, and that he’s going to fully showcase what he’s capable of doing now.

“I’ve done more in these past few months than I had done in my entire three year career,” he said. “It’s just amazing the amount of improvements. I feel like I just tapped into this true potential that I have, and not only being an athlete, but translating that to fighting.”

Halsey (9-1) will look to rebound and get back on the winning track when he takes on John Slater (11-3) in a main card 185-pound bout at Bellator 156 in Fresno, Calif. on Friday, June 17.

“This fight is about reinventing myself,” Halsey said. “The end game is to get my belt back, but this fight (against Slater) gets to showcase something that the fans haven’t seen out of me – something exciting – something that I’m going to bring to the table that’s going to have them wanting more.”

Halsey has no intentions on sitting on the sidelines waiting for a shot at his former title, but instead he intends to get an opportunity to fight for it sooner than later.

“Right after (the loss) I was ready for an immediate rematch, but everything happens for a reason and maybe this fight is to build up for the next fight,” said Halsey. “I look at it like (this fight) I’m giving the fans a taste of things to come when I fight Rafael Carvalho for the belt.”

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UFC Fight Night Ottawa Video: Stephen Thompson – ‘Here I Am’

MMAWeekly - Thu, 2016-06-16 02:56

Stephen Thompson predicts that his battle with Rory MacDonald in the main event at Fight Night Ottawa on Saturday will be a war. The event airs live on FS1.

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Yair Rodriguez-Alex Caceres Headliner, 5 Other Bouts Set for UFC Fight Night in Utah

Sherdog News - Wed, 2016-06-15 22:04
Yair Rodriguez-Alex Caceres Headliner, 5 Other Bouts Set for UFC Fight Night in Utah
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Pete Williams vs. Mark Coleman to Be Inducted into UFC Hall of Fame ‘Fight Wing’

Sherdog News - Wed, 2016-06-15 21:45
Pete Williams vs. Mark Coleman to Be Inducted into UFC Hall of Fame ‘Fight Wing’
The 1998 bout between Pete Williams and Mark Coleman will be the last member of the 2016 UFC Hall of Fame class, the promotion announced on Wednesday.
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Tallest UFC Fighters Include a ‘Skyscraper’ and Former Heavyweight Champion

Sherdog News - Wed, 2016-06-15 18:34
Tallest UFC Fighters Include a ‘Skyscraper’ and Former Heavyweight Champion
When examining the tallest UFC fighters, it’s best to start at the top — literally.
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Gray Maynard, Robert Emerson Combined for Rare Double Knockout at ‘TUF 5’ Finale

Sherdog News - Wed, 2016-06-15 18:27
Gray Maynard, Robert Emerson Combined for Rare Double Knockout at ‘TUF 5’ Finale
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