Mairbek Taisumov puts Felipe Silva down with incredible one-punch KO at UFC Rotterdam

A matchup between explosive lightweights Mairbek Taisumov and Felipe Silva was hyped as one that could end with a single blow, and that’s exactly what happened on Saturday.

Waiting for the perfect moment, Taisumov caught a charging Silva with a ridiculous counter right hand that completely shut the Brazilian down. Taisumov (and everyone watching) knew that the fight was over and he didn’t throw any more strikes, instead simply waiting for the referee to officially wave off the bout.

This was the fifth straight knockout win for Taisumov, tying him for the best current stoppage streak in the UFC with heavyweight sluggers Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou. Post-fight, he called for a bout with a top-10 opponent, but any potential opponent will probably be thinking twice about that matchup after seeing this finish.

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Chris Eubank: Conor McGregor should have run at Floyd Mayweather ‘like a madman’

Chris Eubank was one of the most memorable guests throughout The MMA Hour special editions from Las Vegas last week.

After his spirited preview for the event, the esteemed former middleweight and super-middleweight champion joined Ariel Helwani on the latest episode of The MMA Hour to give his thought in the aftermath of Floyd Mayweather’s tenth round win over Conor McGregor.

While many boxing analysts discredited McGregor’s early showing in the fight to Mayweather carrying him, Eubank claimed that the Irishman should have brought the same spirit we saw in the pre-fight amble into the contest itself.

“It’s not so much that he carried him…think about the physicality of the two combatants. Think about their spirits,” Eubank said.

“Beforehand, you had the spirits at play. You can see that Conor McGregor absolutely crushed Floyd Mayweather’s spirit.

“He shouted him down. He antagonized his spirit. He pushed his spirit around – he out shouted him, he out stressed him, he out thought him. His energy was so vibrant it was scary. He had dented the spirit of Floyd Mayweather.

“We saw it in the press conferences, even at the weigh-in…especially at the weigh in when he was shouting him down. You saw that the spirit within Mayweather was quiet because he couldn’t compete with it. That’s usually half the battle”

Eubank believes that McGregor should have “run at him like a madman”, in the same that Steve Collins approached their rematch in Cork back in 1995.

“What he needed to do on top of that was run at him like a madman,” he explained.

“Again, that approach can be seen in Eubank vs. Collins 2. When your viewers actually watch that fight, I think you’ll get a ground swell of comments – ‘I see now what you mean’.

Earlier in the interview, Eubank claimed that the polarizing bout evolved both MMA and boxing. He also commended McGregor for contesting the bout in the first place.

“It engaged the globe in terms of martial arts. Boxing and MMA have evolved as a result of the fight. The tactics used in the fight, in the future this will be looked upon by MMA fighters if they should contend against boxers. They will have to better it again, there are no two ways about that. That also proves the fact that we are evolving as fighters.

“I’m more looking to look at the positivity of the fact that Conor was, in this fight, our Rocky.

“We imagined that he would step up to the plate, as he did, to fight the best possible with the best possible tactics to have a competitive fight. It turned out that it went the boxer’s way.

“How ever you viewed the fight, I would like to concentrate more on the fact that he stepped up to the plate. The tactics, as I’ve said before, if he boxes him it’s not going to be much of a contest. If he fought him – I’d urge your viewers to watch Eubank/Collins 2 – you’d see the blueprint.

He added: “No one knows of the blueprint to beat McGregor, but the closest anyone has ever been to that blueprint is that particular fight.”

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Demetrious Johnson responds to Ray Borg’s career-ending threats: ‘He ain’t retiring sh*t’

Demetrious Johnson will look to make UFC history on Sept. 9 when he seeks to defend his flyweight title against Ray Borg in the main event of UFC 215.

A win over Borg would put “Mighty Mouse” at 11 consecutive title defenses, an extraordinary mark that would eclipse the hallowed UFC record currently held by both Johnson and Anderson Silva. After that, many observers believe Johnson will look elsewhere for his next pursuit, perhaps signing on for a superfight against the UFC’s 135-pound champion. But Johnson isn’t in a hurry to flee the division he has reigned over since its inception, and if the money isn’t right for a superfight, he would be more than willing to continue propelling his title defense record to unimaginable heights.

“One guy, a friend of mine said, ‘10, that’s obtainable; 11, that’s obtainable; 15 is f*cking legendary,’” Johnson said this week on a UFC 215 media conference call. “He goes, ‘why don’t you just go to 15?’ You know what, why not? I mean, I’m 31 years old, I feel good, and you’ve got a lot of new, young, up-and-comer guys coming up in this division, so why not just keep on doing it as long as I can? It’s not like 135 is going anywhere. When I get 35 or 36 or 37 years old, when I’m tired of dieting and not having Oreos the week before my fight, then I’ll go up to 135. But right now, I’m focused on setting the record as high as I can.

“That’s what a lot of people don’t realize,” Johnson added. “A lot of people, they get the belt, they become the champion, and they think that’s the hardest thing to do in the sport. No, it’s very hard to rack up three or four or even 10 consecutive title defenses, and making weight every single time, and making sure you don’t miss your flights, you do all your interviews, et cetera, et cetera.”

Nonetheless, UFC 215 presents an interesting situation for Johnson, who battled hard against the UFC to ensure that Borg, and not bantamweight contender T.J. Dillashaw, received a shot at the title. While Borg supported Johnson throughout his clash against the brass, the challenger also hasn’t been shy about speaking with his own brand of confidence, telling reporters that he will happily grant Johnson an immediate rematch after his victory at UFC 215, and promising just days earlier that he would put an end to Johnson’s UFC career.

To that, Johnson could only laugh.

“He ain’t retiring sh*t,” Johnson said. “I’m just getting started. I’m 31 years old, I’m feeling better than ever. Training is going easy and I’ve fought the hardest-hitting and the most athletic guys in this division. He’s a tough competitor, and we’ll see where his mouth is after the fight night.”

In truth, Johnson’s run as a UFC flyweight is without parallel. “Mighty Mouse” is unbeaten across 13 contests since the UFC introduced the division to its ranks in 2012. Over that time, Johnson has effectively gotten as close as any UFC champion in history to cleaning out his weight class, all the while cementing himself as one of the all-time pound-for-pound greats in the sport.

Johnson is currently ranked No. 2 on the UFC’s official pound-for-pound rankings, behind only Jon Jones, who could be soon facing a multi-year suspension for a potential USADA violation at UFC 214. But as someone who has been called everything from overrated to the GOAT in his time as champion, Johnson knows that labels like that are fleeting and interchangeable, always at the mercy of last weekend’s fight results, so he remains content to continue quietly adding accolades to his trophy case while others argue about the merits of what he has done.

“That opinion’s always going to [change], whether Jon Jones is innocent or guilty, whether GSP comes back and blows the brakes off Michael Bisping, et cetera, et cetera,” Johnson said. “So for me, I don’t care what the public thinks, because like I said, it always changes — their opinions and their perception of the sport and what I have done. But for me, in my heart, I know what I have done.

“I have gone out there, I’m the champion, finished multiple title fights. I’m always going out there looking for the finish, whether the opponent the dangerous or not. I’ve gone five rounds with people and I don’t even have to submit them. I could just coast my way to the scorecards, and I’m still looking for the finish and getting a one-second armbar. So for me, I’m just going out there doing what I do best, and it’s up to the world, the public, to open their eyes and recognize talent, instead of just recognizing the bullsh*t of the drama talking.”

That philosophy will be on display again in Edmonton’s Rogers Place at UFC 215. And while Borg has pinpointed various reasons for why he will pull off the upset of the year — such as having former Johnson opponent John Dodson as a primary training partner in camp — Johnson knows that the best in his division have already tried and failed 10 times to accomplish what Borg is hoping to do, so he is confident in where he stands.

“Anybody can go out there and watch 50 minutes of me and John Dodson,” Johnson said. “Obviously me and John Dodson have shared the Octagon, and [he and Borg] do have different skillsets. I would say I’ve grown from my last John Dodson fight, as you can see from the first John Dodson fight to the second John Dodson fight. Even though they knew what I was going to bring to the table, I was able to shut his whole entire game down. And like I said, after I got done with that fight, I was prettier than a motherf*cker, even though I fought the hardest hitting guy in the flyweight division.

“So I’m not worried about it at all. I’m looking forward to it and seeing what Greg Jackson has come up with this time, and seeing if I can stop what Greg Jackson is trying to do.”

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Paulie Malignaggi: I’ll fight Conor McGregor for free ‘just to punch him in the mouth again’

Paulie Malignaggi has a proposition for Conor McGregor. He’ll put his purse on the line for the chance to face him in a boxing ring, for real.

“I’m willing to risk fighting him for free just to punch him in the mouth again, again and again,” Malignaggi told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour. “That’s how confident I am he can’t beat me. I’d make it winner take all just for the pleasure of putting my fist in his teeth again.”

Malignaggi and McGregor started as sparring partners this summer. But McGregor obviously wasn’t happy about trash talk Malignaggi had for him last December, long before McGregor’s boxing match with Floyd Mayweather was booked, and the relationship devolved from there.

McGregor, the UFC lightweight champion, and his team posted photos of their sparring sessions and Malignaggi didn’t like it. McGregor’s team was reportedly unhappy that Malignaggi was doing interviews about the training. When a photo was leaked on social media of McGregor appearing to drop Malignaggi in sparring, that was it. Malignaggi left the Irishman’s camp and the two have exchanged heated words — including in person last week — since then.

McGregor, 29, ended up losing his pro boxing debut to all-time great Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26 week in Las Vegas by TKO in the 10th round. He won the first three rounds on the scorecard of one judge and, according to most onlookers, acclimated himself to boxing fairly well for an MMA fighter making the transition. Even Malignaggi said he went further into the bout than he thought.

“As an unbiased commentator, I’ll tell you this: People are shocked at the way Conor started the fight,” Malignaggi said. “He started the fight very well.”

However, that doesn’t change the way Malignaggi, 36, feels about McGregor as a person or a boxer. The Brooklyn native, who retired earlier this year, wants to return to the ring and face “The Notorious” and he believes he will finish him.

“Conor gets stopped by me,” Malignaggi said. “If Conor doesn’t get stopped by me, I should get penalized at least a portion of my purse if I don’t stop this guy.”

Malignaggi seems to believe McGregor will perform, if they fight, in the same way he did against Mayweather. That is to say McGregor will run out of gas in the middle rounds. Malignaggi has said something similar happened when the two sparred.

“After a few rounds, the problem is Conor has no backup plan,” Malginaggi said. “This might just be that he hasn’t boxed for a long time. That’s not so many layers to him. The layers has has are just the ones you see.

“I think once you get the hang of it, once you get the hang of what Conor is doing, you start to break him. And as I’ve said from the start, this guy is not the bravest guy in the world. There’s a lot of punk in this guy. He’s a loud guy, he’s a brash guy. Honestly, in MMA he has the advantage most of the time, because he is talented. You have to give him that, he is talented. But a fighter is a fighter when faced with adversity. Not in round one, not when he’s talking at a press conference.”

Malignaggi said he spoke to Mayweather afterward and asked him why he fought more aggressively beginning in the middle rounds than he usually does in fights. Mayweather, Malignaggi said, told him he wanted to prove a point about himself and about McGregor, coming over from MMA.

“He made his point and in doing so, he made my point,” Malignaggi said. “This guy has no balls. At the end of the day, once you push him to the limit, he will look for a way out of a fight. He didn’t throw a punch [in the final sequence]. As much as he wants to say the referee should have let him go out on his back and all that stuff, he didn’t throw a punch for over a minute in that last sequence, while being assaulted. You leave the referee no choice.”

Malignaggi made it clear that he would want McGregor in boxing, not MMA, since their argument started over boxing sparring. A matchup between McGregor and McGregor would be “sellable,” Malignaggi said. And he’s probably right about that.

But “Magic Man” is not so certain “Mystic Mac” would sign on the bottom line because he said McGregor has been able to make the pubic believe he got the better of Malignaggi in sparring.

“He’s got most of that public perception there,” Malignaggi said. “If he risks fighting me for real, it’s all going to faze out. I think he knows what happens if he fights me for real. He knows that’s me at 35, 40 percent and the trouble he had at 35, 40 percent of me. If I don’t stop him in a 12-round fight, I would be disappointed at myself. That’s not a guy that should go the distance with any world-class boxer. That guy should get stopped by any world-class boxer.”

Source: mmafighting

Coach: Jose Aldo wants to finish UFC contract and pursue boxing ‘dream’

Andre Pederneiras says Jose Aldo wants to pursue a professional career in boxing. Even before Conor McGregor was booked to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., Jose Aldo expressed his desire to compete in the boxing ring.
“Yes, I think about having a career in boxing, but I want to start from the bottom, start from zero. I want to get ranked and one day fight for a belt,” Aldo said in an interview earlier in January.
And, according to his longtime coach and mentor, Andre Pederneiras, ‘Scarface’ is still very serious about taking up the sweet science full time.
“He’s training boxing because he has this dream of competing in professional boxing,” Pederneiras told MMA Fighting in a recent interview. “If it was up to him, he’d fight all of his UFC fights (left on the contract) in three months and go box. He wants to box professionally.”
Aldo went undefeated in MMA for ten years but recently dropped losses to ‘The Notorious’ and Max Holloway, losing the UFC featherweight title on both occasions.
Pederneiras says the former champion is adamant about finishing his UFC contract and making the switch from the Octagon to the squared circle.
“He doesn’t want to stay inactive for a long time. And there’s both sides: he definitely wants to finish the contract.”
Aldo is not currently booked to fight but is expected to rematch top featherweight contender Cub Swanson in the fall. The Brazilian holds a win over Swanson from his WEC days, knocking out ‘Killer Cub’ with a beautiful double flying knee in the first 8 seconds of the opening round.
“We’re waiting for the UFC,” Pederneiras said. “We’re trying to get this fight done, against Cub Swanson or someone else. He wants to fight (against) someone well ranked, and wait for an opportunity to fight for the belt.”

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Fightweets: Please, no more crossover fights

The fight which just might end up being the biggest-money, most-watched pay-per-view event of all-time is behind us. Needless to say, we’ll talk about the ramifications of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s 10th-round TKO of Conor McGregor and also start the shift back toward MMA business as usual in the latest edition of Fightweets.

More MMA-boxing crossover?

@ThomasTheorema: Lot of talk and call outs, but will more MMA fighters go over to boxing? If so, who are some of the more likely fighters to do so?

Good god, let’s please put a stop to this. MayMac was as big of a deal as it was because a once-in-a-generation event. The fight in Las Vegas featured the biggest stars of their generations in boxing and mixed martial arts clashing, with the former competitor undefeated and coming out of retirement and the latter taking his boldest step in a career full of brash moves.

So the fight went down and ended up being far more entertaining than most honest people will tell you they expected it to be. Then, this week, the “me, too” bandwagon filled in rapid order. Jose Aldo proclaimed he wants to box (I swear, if Conor McGregor announced he wanted to adopt a puppy, Aldo would declare two months later that he, too, wanted a dog). Former boxing champ Andre Berto likewise said he wanted to compete in MMA (in his case, at least, he can lean on brother Edson Berto, a veteran of nearly 30 MMA bouts).

By midweek, fighters declaring they wanted to make the jump, regardless of which side, started to come off like that dude who shows up to the party after most of the guests have already left and most of those remaining have already passed out.

The UFC relented on allowing Conor to box because they wanted to keep their biggest star happy, and because there was so much money to make in this one specific instance that it would be foolish to get in the way. The boxing side did the promotional heavy lifting. The UFC essentially just had to show up and collect their cut, a number which will be as big as any PPV they’ve ever done. Minus someone with Mayweather’s star power as the A-side,, that’s not happening with Jose Aldo. Or Stipe Miocic, who hasn’t yet proven himself an A-list draw in MMA, never mind another sport. The UFC has enough of a task on its hand creating new stars without letting everyone who sniffs a payday wander off to compete in boxing.

Conor’s next fight?

@ndeward: Do you think Conor will ever return to 145?

I mean, never say never. Conor’s going to go where the biggest challenges for the most money lie. Featherweight champion Max Holloway would fit the first half of that bill. McGregor vs. Holloway would be one hellacious scrap.

But Holloway’s not going to make McGregor anywhere near the paycheck a Nate Diaz trilogy fight will, much less a Mayweather-level payday.

And that doesn’t even take into account McGregor looking horrible the past couple times he had to make the cut down to 145. He’s not putting himself through that again unless he absolutely has to or if a featherweight fight is his biggest-money option, and neither of those will be the case any time soon.

(As for the related “Who should Conor fight next?” to me, the Diaz trilogy fight is the answer).

Blueprint for victory?

@ohmar762: Do you think Conor showed the blueprint to defeat him in fighting Floyd by gassing out thus leading to fighters being patient with him now?

McGregor certainly did his part in amplifying this idea by admitting in his post-fight interviews that he gets fatigued after fast starts. But I’m not convinced that we didn’t learn anything we didn’t already know.

McGregor’s already run into trouble by round two against Chad Mendes and in both Diaz fights. Last weekend, McGregor was boxing against one of the greatest human cardio machines in the history of sports. Nothing in an MMA fight is going to replicate going into the late rounds of a boxing match with Mayweather.

You’d think, given what we already know, that mixed martial arts opponents would be more likely to try to wrestle with McGregor from the outset and wear him down rather than stand and bang with him and hope to ride out the storm until he tires (the latter of which did work for Diaz in his first McGregor fight), but then, if it was that easy, someone would have successfully implemented that game plan now, no?

Liked the fight

@hunt5588: I really enjoyed the spectacle of MayMac….does that make me a bad MMA fan?

Heck no. I’ve been doing this for 11 years, and last week was as fun as any I’ve had along the way. In hindsight, it’s obvious that in the buildup to the fight that we in the MMA world seemed to be the only party even remotely excited about the fight, and even that came with a ton of reservations. Meanwhile, the boxing media did their best “Muppets old guys in the balcony” meets “Grandpa Simpson yells at a cloud” routine in dismissing the fight out of hand; and mainstream sports columnists basically bored us to tears with the usual handwringing about how this means the apocalypse is upon us and won’t anyone think about the purity of sport and the future of children and blah blah blah.

But guilty pleasures are some of life’s greatest, and on MayMac, we’re guilty as charged. MayMac was big, bold, audacious, and delivered. Here’s a crazy thought: Maybe every once in awhile we should just enjoy the ride? So no, unless you came out of that fight convinced that Ronda Rousey should fight Mayweather next, you’re not a bad MMA fan.

Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee

@MacPherson9999: is it concerning that they couldn’t book a “real” main event for UFC 216, or just a scheduling anomaly?

@MMASportsTV: Is Ferguson vs Lee going under the radar?? Could be Fight of the year

So, these questions seem the two sides to a coin, and a fine, rare, totally under-appreciated coin, at that.

In terms of whether or not the UFC 216 main event for the interim lightweight title is “a real main event,” guess what? UFC is going to have to start creating new main eventers sooner rather than later. You know the drill by now: Rousey’s probably done, who knows when McGregor will be back, and for all we know, Jones could be out up to four years, pending his USADA case. The “middle class” of pay-per-view draws, those who could be counted on to bring in a half-million buys a few times a year in between the biggest shows, has basically been decimated.

We’re a year into the WME era. It’s entirely their game now. They’ve pushed out most of the Zuffa regime, brought in their own people, weathered several storms that were of the old ownership’s making, and long since finished the fights the old group booked. Now, for real, we get to see if this vaunted Hollywood starmaking machine is able to use their power to create a new generation of MMA drawing cards. They sink or swim on their own merits from here on out

And Ferguson vs. Lee is as a good a starting point as any to see how WME does at this game. Right now, UFC 216 doesn’t figure to be one of the bigger-drawing UFC events of the year, which is a shame, because it should be a killer fight. But will WME be able to get Ferguson and Lee mainstream attention going in to help build the show? And if it’s a great fight, or if one of the two puts in a great performance, will they be able to build them further from here? Because in this fight, you’ve got one of the most dynamic fighters in all of the sport in Ferguson, a dude who happens to be just crazy enough to be a star in an offbeat way. And in Lee you’ve got a character with the charisma to be a potential superstar, so long as he’s able to hold up his end of the bargain now that he’s going against the elite tier of competition in the cage.

So, don’t worry so much about what the numbers are on UFC 216. They’re not going to be great. Think instead about the winner, and how well they are able to build him from this point on. If the Ferguson-Lee victor is capable of drawing solid numbers (without the help of some guy named Conor) three more fights down the road, then we’ll have an indication WME knows how to build a fighter.

Francis’ chances

@Jowi1046: Do you think Francis Ngannou has the potential to beat Stipe Miocic?

Sure. Anyone with Francis Ngannou’s power has the ability to knock anyone else out. The question is, do you really want to rush him into a title fight this fast? We finally seem to have a legitimate fresh contender at 265, so giving him a couple more fights to build his resume, continue learning his craft, and giving him more time to build his name with the fans would same the prudent course.

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Video: Ben Askren manhandles Kadestam in successful ONE Championship title defense

The undefeated Ben Askren finished his Swedish opponent by TKO in the 2nd round. Ben Askren continued his winning ways overseas today. The ONE Championship Welterweight Champion manhandled Swedish opponent Zebaztian Kadestam, finishing him in the 2nd round at ONE Championship 60 in Shanghai, China.
In the opening seconds of the fight, Askren landed a huge slam takedown on Kadestam. The rest of the round featured Askren smothering Kadestam with his grappling and ground & pound. Towards the end of the round, Askren landed several unanswered shots that could have easily ended the fight.

BAHHHH GAWWWD ASKREN SLAMMED HIM THROUGH THE CANVAS #WATCH LIVE (U.S. Only) ➜ https://t.co/n2FxR72qK9 pic.twitter.com/3EkTFpTTMl— FloCombat (@FloCombat) September 2, 2017

10-0 Askren#ONEShanghai #ONEFightNight pic.twitter.com/brz9dotR7S— Jonnyboy (@Jonnyboy_6969) September 2, 2017

In the second round, Askren did more of the same by staying on top and landing consistent punches. Eventually Kadestam turtled up and the referee stopped the fight four minutes into the 2nd round.

#ONEShanghai #ONEFightNight pic.twitter.com/eRYgqagBvS— Jonnyboy (@Jonnyboy_6969) September 2, 2017

Ben Askren Wins TKO R2.#ONEShanghai #ONEFightNight #ANDSTILL pic.twitter.com/gvskdoYpIf— Jonnyboy (@Jonnyboy_6969) September 2, 2017

If Ben hit harder it would have been over in 90 seconds.#ONEShanghai #ONEFightNight pic.twitter.com/Gv2J92nSmt— Jonnyboy (@Jonnyboy_6969) September 2, 2017

The stoppage win gives the former Bellator Welterweight Champion his 17th straight victory, keeping him at a perfect 17-0 (with 1 No Contest).
Here are the full results for ONE Championship 60. [via MMAFighting]
Ben Askren def. Zebaztian Kadestam via second-round TKO (4:09)
Ma Hao Bin def. Hexigetu via second-round submission (guillotine choke) (4:50)
Amir Khan def. Jaroslav Jartim via first-round knockout (3:46)
Xu Chun Yan def. Eh Ya Nut via unanimous decision
Sagetdao Petpayathai def. Mahmoud Mohamed first-round TKO (1:41)
Jie Miao def. Mona Samir via first-round submission (armbar) (0:49)
Tetsuya Yamada def. Kyle Rozewski via first-round submission (rear-naked choke) (1:56)
Zehao Zhang def. Cheng Chao Li via third-round TKO (2:53)
Xie Chao def. Marc Marcellinus via first-round submission (kimura) (1:28)
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Lifelong coach Colin Heron is the reason Darren Till returned to Liverpool

English welterweight Darren Till struck a big chord with the international MMA fan base when he addressed the Brazilian crowd in Portuguese following his debut win over Wendell Oliveira Marques.

After spending four years in Brazil, Till returned to Liverpool and to his old gym Team Kaobon. Despite the 24-year-old’s great links to his birthplace, he insisted that working with Team Kaobon head coach Colin Heron was the main factor in his decision to return home.

“Colin is the only reason I came back to Liverpool,” Till told MMAFighting.com.

“Obviously my family is here, but the only reason I came back was for Colin and Team Kaobon.

“When I’m around him motivates me, not just in the gym but in life in general. All the things he says are words of wisdom. If he could take them and put them in a pot and sell them, he’d be a millionaire. I love being around him.”

Heron was the man who advised Till to travel to Brazil to fully make the transition from Muay Thai fighter to MMA proponent – an act which gave Till an even deeper respect for the Team Kaobon founder.

“You get a lot of coaches who hold on to their fighters. They’re greedy with them, and sometimes they can’t see an opportunity to help their fighter progress to the next level,” he explained.

“I’ll never forget when I asked Colin what I needed to do and he told me that I needed to go to Brazil. I listened to him, he told me that’s what I needed to do to get to the UFC and now, here we are.

“He’s the most open-minded person you could ever come across. You rarely see other coaches sending their fighters to other places to learn like that.”

Although he has nothing but praise for Heron, he does admit that coming back under his tutelage was a bit of a culture shock coming from Brazil.

“It took some adapting to the way Colin teaches and trains. It’s much harder than it was in Brazil. Brazil is well known for its relaxed environment, and it definitely took me some time to get back into the swing of things.

“I was in Brazil for four years – I had set up my life out there – but I always kept in touch with Colin,” he added.

Returning to his hometown has rejuvenated Till who is soaking up as much he can from Heron, and from one of the UK’s standout MMA talents and freestyle wrestling Commonwealth bronze medalist Mike Grundy.

“You can never stop learning. Don’t ever think you’re too big for the gym. I feel like every minute of every day I’m in the gym, I don’t want to stop,” Till said.

“To be the greatest you have to learn. You won’t here me saying, ‘Oh, I’m the greatest striker’, because I want to be the greatest MMA fighter.

“It was nice to get those takedowns in the last fight. So many people want me to just defend takedowns, but I’m very confident in my wrestling ability now. I’ve been working very hard on that aspect of my game.

“I’m doing a lot of work with Mike Grundy at the moment, a guy who should really be in the UFC.

“I’m always first in for his class and I’m always ready to learn from him. Wrestling is one of those things that’s really hard on your body, a lot of guys who come from striking backgrounds don’t really like working on it. I know you need it to succeed in this game so it doesn’t bother me.”

Till’s Rotterdam bout against Bojan Velickovic marks his second camp since returning to Team Kaoban, and he has promised to steal the show when he takes to the Octagon at the top of the preliminary card.

“I like fighting when people are expecting a show. I like the attention. I feel like the eyes are on me.

“I wanted this fight because I’ve never fought in Holland and I know it’s one of the striking capitals of the world. I think the fans are going to appreciate my skills.”

Source: mmafighting

Ben Askren steamrolls Zebaztian Kadestam in ONE Championship Shanghai title defense

Ben Askren put the ONE Championship welterweight gold on the line Saturday in Shanghai, and it was a one-sided performance.

Zebaztian Kadestam earned a shot at the belt after knocking out Brazilian veteran Luis Santos in May, but “Funky” proved to be too much for the challenger.

Askren quickly slammed Kadestam on the ground early in the opening round, getting to the mount position and landing hard shots. Kadestam didn’t do anything but survive, but made it to the second round.

Askren continued to dominate with his ground and pound until the referee rescued Kadestam from more damage and stopped the contest four minutes into the second round.

Askren successfully defended his belt for the first time, improving to 17-0 in MMA with his fourth finish under the ONE Championship banner. He’s held the title since Aug. 2014, but in his two previously scheduled defenses, one opponent missed weight and spoiled his title opportunity, while the other bout ended in a no-contest after Askren accidentally poked his opponent in the eye.

“I haven’t got hit one time my last two fights,” Askren said after the fight, “So someone please come into this cage who can actually hit me.”

Asked who could be that person, the former NCAA champion simply said “I’m open to a super fight. I’m open to any welterweight on planet Earth. Bring it, baby.”

In one of the highlights of the event, lightweight prospect Amir Khan scored his fifth victory in a row against Jaroslav Jartim. Khan made quick work of his opponent in the opening round, landing a vicious high kick followed by a right hand that drop Jartim unconscious. Khan improved to 8-1 under the ONE Championship banner with the victory.

Click here for the full ONE Championship Shanghai results.

Source: mmafighting

Video: Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin full Countdown show

Watch Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin get previewed in their own Countdown show. After the massive box office spectacle of Mayweather vs McGregor ended, September will now play host to the best matchup boxing has to offer sporting-wise. Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin happens in two weeks, and they’ve since released a Countdown show to preview the contest.
They’re calling it a “throwback fight” and the show was produced and filmed with that vintage feel. It was shot in an old boxing gym, with everyone in vintage outfits. More importantly, it also featured legends from various generations in boxing, from Thomas Hearns, to Roberto Duran, to Bernard Hopkins.
Watch the full episode below.
Take an in-depth look at Canelo Alvarez and Gennady ”GGG” Golovkin leading up to their fight for middleweight supremacy.

Canelo vs GGG happens on September 16, in Las Vegas, and the fight card is as follows.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin [IBF, WBA, WBC, IBO Middleweight titles]
Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Jorge Lara
Diego De La Hoya vs. Randy Caballero
Ryan Martin vs. Francisco Rojo
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