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Author: Michael DeSantis

Armchair Matchmaker: UFC 220 and Bellator 192 Aftermath

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: Stipe Miocic celebrates after his unanimous-decision victory over Francis Ngannou of Cameroon in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) This past weekend showcased some exciting MMA fights. Plenty of knockouts, submissions and tightly contested decisions have caught the attention of the MMA world. While those who won celebrate and those who lost go back to the drawing board, fans want to know: what’s next? Armchair Matchmaker takes a look at some potential match-ups that...

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Shamrock FC’s Corbin Howard More than Ready for Pro Debut

Courtesy of Shamrock FC–Corbin Howard celebrates winning the Shamrock FC amateur flyweight title with his brother Jordan and father. Corbin Howard is set to make his professional MMA debut on Saturday at Shamrock FC 301. The 20-year-old will fight Ray Allard (0-2). Howard won’t overlook Allard for his record. “[Allard] has a lot more experience fighting than me,” Howard told MMASucka. “He has some pretty good wins as an amateur.” However, he feels ready to tackle the professional ranks. Howard, a 6-0 amateur, said he comes from a background of point-karate and had an athletic upbringing similar to that of...

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Adam Cella Looking for Confirmation, not Revenge, in Coltin Cole Rematch

Photo courtesy of Shamrock FC–Coltin Cole’s hand is raised after his disqualification win over Adam Cella at Shamrock FC 286. The two are set to rematch on Saturday at Shamrock FC 301. Adam Cella (7-8 MMA, 5-3 SFC) will finally get an opportunity to rinse his mouth of a poor taste that’s been there since March. The taste? A disqualification loss to Coltin Cole (4-5 MMA, 2-1 SFC) at Shamrock FC 286. The mouthwash? A rematch at Shamrock FC 301 on Saturday. Less than 20 seconds into the fight, Cole shot for a takedown on Cella, who landed a couple of elbows...

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Armchair Matchmaker: Early 2018 Featherweight Title Picture

ST. LOUIS, MO – JANUARY 14: Jeremy Stephens celebrates his TKO victory over Dooho Choi of South Korea in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside the Scottrade Center on January 14, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) The last week has showcased some exciting MMA fights. Plenty of knockouts, submissions and tightly contested decisions have caught the attention of the MMA world. While those who won celebrate and those who lost go back to the drawing board, fans want to know: what’s next? Armchair Matchmaker takes a look at...

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Ashley Cummins Discusses Stephanie Alba Fight at Invicta FC 27

Photo courtesy of Invicta Fighting Championships. Expect to see a new version of Ashley Cummins on Saturday night at Invicta FC 27. She’ll look to implement lessons learned from her defeat to Jinh Yu Frey in her last MMA outing and showcase improved striking. She meets Invicta newcomer Stephanie Alba (3-1) in her upcoming fight on Jan. 13. Cummins (5-4 MMA, 2-4 IFC) dropped a close unanimous decision to Frey in July. Frey caught her opponent off-guard with a wrestling-heavy game-plan. Cummins attacked off her back with submissions, but was ultimately unable to sink one. “Smashley” learned a valuable lesson from...

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Get to Know: Ashley Cummins

Photo courtesy of Invicta Fighting Championships. As fans, we keep tabs on fighters before and after they compete. We hear their thoughts on opponents, their place in a weight class or organization, or just their bouts in general. But what do they think of the sport from our perspective and enjoy doing outside of the cage? Get to know Ashley Cummins, who fights Stephanie Alba at Invicta FC 27 on Saturday, Jan. 13. Age- 30Hometown- St. LouisMMA record- 5-4Nickname- SmashleyWeight class- Atomweight Favorite mixed martial artists? “Shayna Baszler growing up.” Mixed martial artists you currently look up to? “Dustin Poirier. The thing...

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Jesse Finney: Shamrock FC is “No. 3 Organization in U.S.”

Courtesy of Shamrock FC. Jesse Finney, CEO and founder of Shamrock FC, said he firmly believes that his promotion is entrenched as the third best MMA organization in the United States. Finney laid out multiple reasons for his assertion, but he also said he won’t get complacent. Shamrock FC has been a staple of the Midwest fight scene for two decades, but Finney also listed multiple facets he’d like to improve regarding his promotion. “I truly feel 100 percent that we are the No. 3 organization in the U.S.,” Finney told MMASucka.  He cited the promotion’s relationship with Bellator...

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MMASucka 2017 MMA Awards

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Rose Namajunas speaks to the media during the UFC 217 post fight press conference event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) With 2017 in the books, another amazing year of MMA has come to an end. It was a year of great knockouts, great submissions and great fights. MMASucka would like to recognize and award fighters and promotions for making 2017 another memorable year for the sport. As a staff, we voted on who the publication should recognize...

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Armchair Matchmaker: Khabib Nurmagomedov Title Fight

LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 30: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia is interviewed by Joe Rogan after his victory over Edson Barboza in their lightweight bout during the UFC 219 event inside T-Mobile Arena on December 30, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) The last couple of weeks have showcased some exciting MMA fights. Plenty of knockouts, submissions and tightly contested decisions have caught the attention of the MMA world. While those who won celebrate and those who lost go back to the drawing board, fans want to know: what’s next? Armchair Matchmaker takes...

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Top 10 Upsets in Women’s MMA History

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 15: Holly Holm celebrates with Team Holm after her second round KO (head kick and punches) against Ronda Rousey (not pictured) to win their UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 193 event at Etihad Stadium on November 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Women’s MMA fights have grown in both quantity and quality over the past few years, which naturally means more amazing underdog tales. Without further ado, this is MMASucka’s top 10 upsets in women’s MMA history. 10. Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Claudia Gadelha- UFC...

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