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Invicta FC 32’s Pam Sorenson Feels She’s on “Different Level” Than Felicia Spencer

Photo courtesy of Invicta Fighting Championships. Two of the world’s top-10 featherweights will clash for the Invicta FC vacant featherweight title on Friday at Invicta FC 32. Pam Sorenson (7-2 MMA, 2-1 IFC) will look to hand Felicia Spencer (5-0 MMA, 5-0 IFC) her first loss. And she believes she has the experience and tools to do it. “I think she’s a little bit overrated,” Sorenson told MMASucka. “She hasn’t fought many high-level girls. She’s a nice person but I think I’m on a different level.” Sorenson earned her title shot on back-to-back wins over Helena Kolesnyk and Jan...

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Anthony Avila Says Tachi PF 35 Fight is “Make or Break”

Photo courtesy of Anthony Avila. Anthony Avila (16-5) returns to action on November 9 when he takes on Marcello Cassero (7-1) at Tachi Palace Fights 35. “It’s been a long time coming,” Avila told MMASucka. “We were supposed to fight a couple of times. I’m looking forward to seeing what would’ve happened those other times.” Avila will be looking for his fourth straight win and third of 2018. Meanwhile, Cassero is returning to MMA following a five-year layoff. Avila knows Cassero recently took a Muay Thai fight, so he’s not expecting him to have any ring rust. But “The Shark” does...

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Invicta FC 32’s Ashley Cummins Excited to Show Improvements Since Moving to San Diego Combat Academy

Ashley Cummins lands ground and pound on Stephanie Alba at Invicta FC 27. PHOTO CREDIT: Invicta Fighting Championships. When Ashley Cummins (6-4 MMA, 3-4 IFC) steps into the ring at Invicta FC 32 on November 16, it will be a new version of her. Move to San Diego Back in early August, Cummins moved from St. Louis to San Diego, where she accepted a new police job. As a result, she had to find a new camp for her MMA career. Cummins, 31, who had spent her whole life in St. Louis and spent 11 years training martial arts there,...

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Jesse Finney Discusses All Things Shamrock FC: Title Pictures, Top Prospects, Streaming Deals, & More

Photo copyright: Goodman Image Shamrock FC has had a busy 2018 thus far: They’ve signed a short-term deal with FloCombat to stream their events, emphasized quality over quantity when it comes to fight cards and have seen the emergence of some top prospects. Shamrock FC CEO Jesse Finney discussed the state of his promotion with MMASucka. Next Event The promotion returns on November 2 for Shamrock FC 311. The card features a main event clash between former UFC fighter James Bochnovic and Ty Flores at middleweight. The co-main is a rematch between featherweights Sean Woodson and Rashard Lovelace. Woodson...

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Shamrock FC 311’s James Bochnovic Predicting First-Round Finish Over Ty Flores

James Bochnovic defeated Adam Cella at Shamrock FC 309. PHOTO COURTESY of Shamrock FC. James Bochnovic (9-3 MMA, 1-0 SFC) and Ty Flores (5-2 MMA, 2-1 SFC) will compete in a middleweight main event for Shamrock FC 311. Bochnovic won his debut fight with Shamrock FC against Adam Cella in September with a first-round rear naked choke. The UFC veteran will take on Flores next, a training partner of Cella’s. “I think Adam and Ty are both quality opponents,” Bochnovic told MMASucka. “As far as on paper, I’m pretty sure they’re equal. Adam’s record is not as good a winning percentage as...

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Shamrock FC 311’s Sean Woodson Predicts He’ll Finish Rashard Lovelace in Rematch

Sean Woodson (left) punches Rashard Lovelace in their Shamrock FC 290 bout on June 2, 2017. PHOTO COURTESY of Shamrock FC. Two of Missouri’s best featherweight prospects will battle in a rematch at Shamrock FC 311. Sean Woodson (4-0) will look to defeat Rashard Lovelace (4-1) once again in a rematch one-and-a-half years in the making. Woodson, just 2-0 at the time, took on Lovelace (who was 4-0) at Shamrock FC 290 back in June 2017. Lovelace was a massive favorite, with 92 percent of 38 Tapology users backing him to win. In a big upset, Woodson picked Lovelace apart at...

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Rejuvenated and Sober Louis Smolka Looking for UFC Return

LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 30: Louis Smolka prepares to enter the Octagon prior to his flyweight bout against Matheus Nicolau of Brazil during the UFC 219 event inside T-Mobile Arena on December 30, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) 2018 has been a good year for Louis Smolka. “Da Last Samurai” won the CXF flyweight title this weekend after a second-round TKO victory over Kyle Estrada. Smolka spent over 20 seconds delivering vicious ground and pound from full mount. Estrada survived the round but could not get to his stool,...

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Henry Corrales Wants to Avenge Losses En Route to Title Shot

Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA. The “Henry Corrales Revenge Tour” could be a thing. After Corrales’ knockout win over Andy Main at Bellator 208 last Saturday, he told the media that he has “vengeance on his mind.” Prior to his current four-fight win-streak over Main, Georgi Karakhanyan, Noad Lahat and Cody Bollinger, Corrales found himself mired in a three-fight losing streak. Losses to Daniel Straus, Emmanuel Sanchez and Patricio Freire claimed his undefeated status and bumped him down the totem pole in Bellator’s featherweight division. He now wants those losses back. He took the Freire fight on short notice and lost...

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Carla Esparza Calls for UFC Women’s Atomweight Division on Instagram Post

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JUNE 07: Carla Esparza interacts with media during the UFC 225 Ultimate Media Day at the United Center on June 7, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Former UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza is interested in capturing a UFC title in a second weight class. Esparza took to Instagram on Wednesday to lobby for a UFC atomweight (105 lbs.) division. Carla Esparza’s Post “Women’s MMA has come so far these last few years!,” Esparza wrote. “Since November 2012, the UFC has welcomed 4...

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Video: Ryan Bader Discusses the Fedor Emelianenko Fight

Ryan Bader (left) faces off against Fedor Emelianenko. PHOTO COURTESY of Bellator MMA. [embedded content] Few had a better seat in the house watching Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen than Ryan Bader. It’s fitting, as Bader and Emelianenko will fight in January to decide who wins the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix as well as the vacant heavyweight title. After Emelianenko TKO’d Sonnen in the final minute of the first round, Bader was invited into the cage to face-off with the Russian legend. “It’s kind of surreal but not,” Bader told the media following Bellator 208. “I’ve been in there with...

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Video: Chael Sonnen Likely Returning to “More Appropriate” Light Heavyweight After Bellator 208

Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA. [embedded content] Chael Sonnen said he intends to return to light heavyweight following his elimination from the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix. “The American Gangster” was TKO’d at the end of the first round against Fedor Emelianenko in their semifinals bout. Sonnen defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson via unanimous decision to advance from the quarterfinals back in January, but most of Jackson’s career was fought at 205. Emelianenko, a smaller but natural heavyweight, gave Sonnen issues with his size and power. “I don’t think I’ve ever been ground and pounded like that,” Sonnen said to the...

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