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Premier FC 26 Results

Demetrius Plaza is tended to between rounds. Photo courtesy of Brian Gerson Premier FC 26 took place from the Sheraton in Springfield, Massachusetts. The card displayed a stacked lineup throughout the night. It began with a preliminary card which featured four amateur championship fights. Overall, the prelims held five fights, all amateur competition. The main card had six fights which were all held under the professional rule-set. While the main card held no championship bouts, it did host some of the east coasts best-emerging professional talent. Hannah Goldy impressively dominated Lisa Blaine in a three-round contest which largely saw...

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Brad Pickett signs with ACB for Multi-fight deal

Brad Pickett of England poses for photos during the UFC Ultimate Media Day at Glaziers Hall on March 16, 2017 in London, England. One Punch is back. Earlier this afternoon, a confirmed report by MMAFighting announced that UK MMA veteran, Brad Pickett signed a multi-fight contract with Russian promotion, ACB. The report was confirmed by ACB officials. [embedded content] Pickett’s return to action pulls him out of retirement, one that lasted one year and three months. The 39-year-old last fought for the UFC after successful stints earlier in his career with Cage Rage and the WEC. He ended his...

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Dinis Paiva: From Bitter to Sweet

Photo courtesy of Will Paul and CES MMA Adversity is a well-known adage in life. It’s something that can clog the mind, blocking neural pathways. It makes you want to quit and has no problem bringing you to the lowly depths of shame and prisoner like mental anguish. At one point, we all know this feeling. For some, adversity defeats them, but others don’t allow themselves such a luxury. This is the story of ‘Sweet Bread’, Dinis  Paiva, a man who went from a 3-5 professional record to challenging for a belt while headlining the landmark 50th event for CES MMA....

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Joe Giannetti talks The Ultimate Fighter Season 27 Experience

Joe Giannetti poses for a photo during the The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated Cast & Coaches Media Day inside the UFC Performance institute on February 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. MMASucka got the opportunity to speak with Joe Giannetti at Cage Titans 39 media day. Giannetti is a competitor on the current and 27th season of The Ultimate Fighter. [embedded content] The undefeated fighter spoke about the changes happening with the Cage Titans (CTFC) promotion. Giannetti began his fighting career as an amateur with the promotion. Overall he has made 11 appearances for CTFC, including his amateur and professional debuts....

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Randy Costa talks Professional Debut

Randy Costa kicking his way to a successful amateur career. MMASucka got the opportunity to speak with Randy Costa this past weekend at Cage Titans 39 media day. Costa is veteran of two amateur fights with the Cage Titans promotion. He fought as an amateur three times in total, winning all three by stoppage. [embedded content] On the main card of CTFC 39, he is scheduled to fight Virginia fighter, Stacey Anderson. The Massachusetts fighter speaks about making his pro debut. He then spoke about his training at Lauzon’s MMA, and also his opponent Anderson. Costa makes his professional...

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Kylie O’Hearn talks Amateur Champion Showdown set for CTFC 39

Kylie O’Hearn doesn’t mind a bit of blood. Photo courtesy of Crossface Productions. MMASucka attended Cage Titans media day for the upcoming event Cage Titans 39. At media day, MMASucka got the chance to speak to amateur flyweight champion, Kylie O’Hearn who fights on the upcoming event. [embedded content] O’Hearn talked about growing up with a love of martial arts. The amateur champion spoke at length about playing sports throughout her childhood and how it led to her finding martial arts. She also spoke about the upcoming bout at CTFC 39, which included her opponent, amateur bantamweight champion, Taylor...

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Josue Lugo: Life, Love, and Fighting

JR Lugo gets ready for war. Photo courtesy of his Instagram California has long established a dominant presence in the MMA scene. Some of the world’s best fighters, gyms, and coaches reside on the west coast. The region has also seen many momentous events first hand. Later this month, Bellator returns to California looking to host such a show. The promotion presents Bellator 201, June 29th, and with them comes a life-long Californian, Josue Lugo, a heavyweight Army veteran who is looking to put on a show. The journey to this point for Josue Lugo has come with its share...

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Peter Barrett talks Cage Titans 39 Headlining bout

Slippery Pete is a fighter to keep an eye on. Photo courtesy of Cage Titans and Barrett’s Facebook page MMASucka got the opportunity to speak with Peter Barrett at Cage Titans 39 media day. Barrett headlines the upcoming card when he faces Connor Barry. The Cage Titans veteran Barrett spoke on a few topics. [embedded content] First, he recalled a visit to the UFC Performance Institute, where he trained and utilized all the facilities utilities with a crew of Cage Titans fighters. He also spoke about the new venue for the upcoming Cage Titans show before breaking down his opponent....

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Andre Ewell: A Fight for Family

Photo courtesy of LFA, Andre Ewell’s Instagram. Life has been a constant battle in the case of CES 50 headliner, Andre Ewell. Fighting inside and outside a cage is nothing but normal. The southern Californian fighter battles continue to rage, even well after the most important fire was doused. Respect is one tenant not afforded to Ewell and his past, which many justified by his perceived lack of experience. He has no amateur mixed martial arts fights, and he trains with a small team. These are all familiar criticisms to him. While he has no amateur MMA experience, he...

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UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 Weigh-in Results

Yoel Romero of Cuba interacts with media during the UFC 225 Ultimate Media Day at the United Center on June 7, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its return to Chicago this Saturday. Illinois’ windy city plays host to the highly anticipated UFC 225. The event is quite possibly the deepest talent stacked card of 2018. Asserting that claim is two championship titles being put on the line. In the night’s co-main event, two fighters who contradict each other in more ways than not, face off. Rafael dos Anjos battles Colby Covington for the interim welterweight title....

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Peter Barrett vs. Connor Barry set for Cage Titans 39 Main Event

New England’s much anticipated Cage Titans 39 has its main event. Yesterday, Cage Titans officials announced that Peter Barrett vs. Connor Barry headlines the event. Among other announcements made yesterday via the promotions weekly live show, Table Titans. Another announcement made was a change in venue. Normally, the promotion operates out of Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth, Massachusetts. However, due to scheduling conflicts, the June show migrated to Pinz in Kingston. The change in location represents the beginning of a new series of smaller events for the promotion. Capacity shrinks from 1,500 to around 500. More importantly, the length...

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Michael Bisping to Make Commentary Debut on DWTNCS

Michael Bisping of England speaks to the media during the UFC Gym Press Conference in Glaziers Hall on March 15, 2018 in London, England. Photo courtesy of Brandon MagnusZuffa LLC According to a report by ESPN‘s Brett Okamoto, Michael Bisping makes his commentary debut this summer for Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. The report stemmed from an article published by ESPN early this afternoon. Michael Bisping has kept quite busy in the latter years of his professional fighting career. Of course, he notoriously defeated Luke Rockhold for the UFCs middleweight title on just two weeks notice, admittedly walking off...

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Paddy Pimblett vs. Soren Bak Official for Cage Warriors 96

Cage Warriors announces Paddy Pimblett vs. Soren Bak via the Echo Arena site. A new Cage Warriors lightweight champion will be crowned in Liverpool, England by Summer’s end. Paddy Pimblett makes his return to Cage Warriors when he takes on Soren Bak for the promotions lightweight title. The news was first reported by the Liverpool Echo and later confirmed today by Cage Warriors officials. On the heels of UFC’s first event in the city of Liverpool, comes the news for one of the cities largest fighting stars. Pimblett is among other popular fighting names in the city of Liverpool...

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Mike Ekundayo vs. Ed Arthur Official for Cage Warriors 95

Photo via Bellator MMA Cage Warriors added another exciting match up to July’s Cage Warriors 95 in Liverpool, England. Two rising European contenders face off when London’s Mike Ekundayo faces Ed Arthur. Promotion officials made the announcement early this morning. Ekundayo took little time between booking fights. Less than a week ago, the bantamweight competed at Bellator 200. With around two months between his previous competition and the upcoming CW 95, the Team Titan fighter goes without any semblance of hiatus into his next fight.  At Bellator 200, Ekundayo dispatched top ranked featherweight Tom Mearns in the second round of their contest....

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Jesse Kosakowski: Born for Blood

Photo by Brian Gerson New England is a rising bastion for cultivating young mixed martial arts talent. From Maine to Connecticut, promising fighters are nearly as prevalent as the litter lining the streets in the city of Lowell. One young and rising fighter whom also personifies the tough attitude of this region is undefeated Jesse Kosakowski. Martial arts, fighting and a healthy lifestyle is nearly as prevalent in the young Connecticut fighter as the platelets in his blood. It all began too early for Kosakowski not to be this deeply conjured by the art of fighting. “I started when I...

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Manny Bermudez vs. Davey Grant off UFC Liverpool

The bloody face of Davey ‘Dangerous’ Grant of England and Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera of Ecuador as he competes in their Bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night held at at Indigo at The O2 Arena on February 27, 2016 in London, England. UFC Liverpool lost an exciting main card matchup last night. To the dismay of many, Manny Bermudez vs. Davey Grant has been canceled. The news was first reported by MMANYTT, and then later confirmed by UFC officials. The UFC released the following statement in regards to Grant and his withdrawal: “Due to a medical issue involving bantamweight athlete...

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