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Author: Connor Deitrich

Khama Worthy: “You Have to Be Willing to Die in There”

Photo courtesy of Khama Worthy (Facebook) In every sense of the word, Khama Worthy is a star in the Pittsburgh MMA scene. He will be looking to once again impress a hometown crowd at 247 Fighting Championships‘s upcoming event Steeltown Throwdown. “Deathstar” will be taking on Joey Munoz for the promotion’s lightweight championship. Worthy gave MMASucka a few minutes of his time and talked about a host of topics, including the mindset a fighter has to have, his expectations for 247 FC, and his opinion on some UFC fighters. Fighter’s Mentality Throughout our conversation, Khama Worthy talked a lot about the mentality...

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WNY MMA Amateurs Looking to Stand Out at Steeltown Throwdown

Photo courtesy of Nate Allen via WNY MMA Between its two New York locations, WNY MMA is a martial arts gym that produces some of the state’s top talent. Their most well-known fighter is Patrick Mix, who Tapology ranks as the best bantamweight in the state and a top-five bantamweight nationwide. WNY MMA is also home to Solomon Renfro and Erik Herbert, who are the top two middleweights in the state. But, at Steeltown Throwdown, it’s not about the pro fighters for WNY MMA. Instead, this event is about their amateur fighters. They are sending four fighters to 247 Fighting Championships‘ inaugural event, all of...

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MMASucka’s UFC Fight Night 147 Staff Picks

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 15: Darren Till of United Kingdom poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at The O2 on March 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 147 staff picks are in for MMASucka. The fight card will take place from the O2 Arena in London, England. All of the action will be taking place on ESPN+. The preliminary card is set to start at 1:00 pm ET, with the main card following at 4:00 pm ET. The Fights UFC Fight Night 147 is headlined by...

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Joey Munoz Talks 247 FC, Khama Worthy, WBKFF

Photo courtesy of 247 Fighting Championships Joey Munoz will be fighting at 247 Fighting Championships‘s debut event, Steeltown Throwdown, coming up in April. Munoz is a busy guy between training for his professional MMA career as well as working full time at his family’s construction business in Nebraska. Munoz gave MMASucka some of his time to discuss a whole host of topics. They include his hectic training, his time at WBKFF, and his opponent, Khama Worthy. 247 Fighting Championships Ryan Middleton of 247 FC reached out to Joey Munoz in January about fighting at the promotion’s inaugural event. Since the promotion had never...

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Sarah Kaufman Highlights PFL Women’s Lightweight Announcements

HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 19: (R-L) Sarah Kaufman punches Jessica Eye in their UFC women’s bantamweight bout at the Toyota Center on October 19, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Nick Laham/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) The Professional Fighters League is back with more announcements regarding their upcoming second season. Previously, they announced the defending champions and finalists from season one that will return for season two. Their most recent announcements are the seven other fighters who will be joining Kayla Harrison in the women’s lightweight division. Among the notable fighters are Sarah Kaufman, former champion in Invicta FC and Strikefoce, as well as...

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Three Brazilians Rumored for PFL Season Two

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – MARCH 21: Kevin Souza of Brazil celebrates after defeating Katsunori Kikuno of Japan in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night at Maracanazinho Gymnasium on March 21, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) The Professional Fighters League recently announced some of their fighters for season two. All of the confirmed fighters were either champions or finalists in PFL’s first season. It was reported on Twitter that three Brazilian fighters have signed with PFL for their second season. They will presumably be confirmed when PFL...

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PFL Season Two Welterweight Fighter Announcements

Photo courtesy of PFL. The Professional Fighters League will be returning for their second season, which will begin on May 9th, 2019. After a successful first season, PFL recently announced a broadcast deal with ESPN. ESPN released the first batch of PFL fighter announcements for season two, and the welterweight division really stands out. Magomed Magomedkerimov Magomed Magomedkerimov comes into the second season of PFL as the promotion’s welterweight champion. In the season one finals, Magomedkerimov was the underdog against breakout star Ray Cooper III. The former won the fight via a second-round guillotine, earning the belt and the one million...

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Ethan Goss vs. Elijah Cavendar Announced for Steeltown Throwdown

Photo courtesy of 247 Fighting Championships 247 Fighting Championships have announced their second professional fight for their upcoming event Steeltown Throwdown. Ethan Goss, fighting out of Gorilla House Gym in Altoona, Pennsylvania, will take on Michigan Top Team’s Elijah Cavendar. The fight will be the company’s first professional fight in the featherweight division. These two will be going to war and looking to catch the attention of the Pittsburgh crowd. Ethan Goss Ethan Goss is a well-known name in the western Pennsylvania regional MMA scene. He has fought multiple promotions, including King of the Cage and PA Cage Fight....

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247 Fighting Championships to Hold Debut Event in April

Photo courtesy of 247 Fighting Championships. There is a new promotion looking to make a name for itself in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania regional MMA scene. 247 Fighting Championships will be holding their debut event, Steeltown Throwdown, on April 6, 2019. The fights will be a mixture of professional and amateur fights, with some of Pittsburgh’s best prospects participating. Background Owner and promoter of 247 Fighting Championships Ryan Middleton has been working behind the scenes for a while to have the ability to put on this event for Pittsburgh regional MMA fans. “I had worked with a different promotion previously for an event....

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MMASucka Sunday Recap: UFC Fight Night 145

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – FEBRUARY 23: A general view of the Octagon during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on February 23, 2019 in the Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) [embedded content] UFC Fight Night 145 is behind us, but there is still plenty to talk about. At 3:00 PM EST, MMASucka will be going live on YouTube to discuss what went down in Prague. Brian Gerson will be hosting the show and will be joined by Connor Deitrich and Patrick Auger. UFC Fight Night 145 was the first time the UFC...

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Al Iaquinta: What’s Next for Raging Al?

(Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) With the announcement that Dustin Poirier will challenge Max Holloway for the interim UFC lightweight championship, there is an odd man out at lightweight. No, Tony Ferguson isn’t the odd man out. It seems like he was offered the title fight and declined. The odd man out is fan favorite Al Iaquinta. There are a few options that Iaqunita could consider, but his original plans have likely changed. Original Plans Al Iaquinta is an interesting man to follow on Twitter. There’s plenty of comedic content, but he also talks about his career. Recently, there have been...

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MMASucka’s Bellator 217 Staff Picks

Photo via Bellator MMA MMASucka is back with staff picks for the third time this weekend. This time, we have made our picks for Saturday’s Bellator 217. The card takes place from the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland. Prelims will start at 7:00 pm EST with the main card following at 9:00, and will be streamed on Paramount network. Be sure to also check out staff picks for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 145 The Fights In the main event of the evening, returning James Gallagher will take on Steven Graham in bantamweight action. Gallagher, considered to be one of Bellator’s top prospects, returns after being...

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MMASucka’s UFC Fight Night 145 Staff Picks

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) Opponents Jan Blachowicz of Poland and Thiago Santos of Brazil pose for the media during the UFC Fight Night Ultimate Media Day at Prague Marriott Hotel on February 21, 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) MMASucka’s staff picks are back for the weekend, this time for UFC Fight Night 145. We also made picks for Friday’s ONE Championship card, as well as Bellator 217 on Saturday. UFC Fight Night 145 takes place in the 02 Arena in Prague. The main card is set to kick...

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MMASucka’s ONE Championship: Call to Greatness Staff Picks

Photo courtesy of ONE Championship MMASucka’s staff picks are in for Friday’s ONE Championship: Call to Greatness event. This is the third ONE Championship card that we will be doing staff picks for, and it seems to be a card full of exciting fights. The most notable part of the card is the continuation of the lightweight grand prix, which will eventually introduce Eddie Alvarez to the promotion. The prelims will kick off at 5:00 AM EST with the main card following. The Fights The first fight that we will be picking is the preliminary bantamweight bout between Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Masakazu...

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Magomed Ankalaev UFC Prague Breakdown

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 15: (R-L) Magomed Ankalaev of Russia punches Marcin Prachnio of Poland in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Olimpiysky Arena on September 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Magomed Ankalaev is not the typical Dagestani MMA fighter. Though he does have the usual sambo and wrestling backgrounds, he is a striker. The 26-year old light heavyweight prospect looked sharp through his first two UFC fights. Although he did lose his debut, he dominated for 14:59 of the match before getting caught in a...

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MMASucka’s UFC on ESPN 1 Staff Picks

(Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) A long weekend of fights and MMASucka Staff Picks reaches its thrilling conclusion with the UFC’s first main card on ESPN. UFC on ESPN 1: Velasquez vs. Ngannou is stacked with competitive matchups. The broadcast is split between the ESPN network and its streaming service, ESPN +, where the prelims will begin at 5:30 EST. How did the MMASucka staff do in picking Bellator 216? Get familiar with the main event before reviewing MMASucka’s UFC on ESPN 1 staff picks.  The Fights Not long ago, Francis Ngannou looked like the...

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