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Daron Cruickshank Predicts First-Round KO Win over Tom Santos at RIZIN 11

© RIZIN FF Daron Cruickshank (20-10 MMA, 3-2 RFF) returns at RIZIN 11 on July 29 to take on Tom Santos (9-5 MMA, 0-0 RFF) in a lightweight match. “The Detroit Superstar” returns to action after a devastating head-kick knockout of Shooto lightweight champion Koshi Matsumoto in May. Now, he draws Santos in a duel of devastating strikers; they have 19 knockouts between the two of them. “I think he’s a decent fighter,” Cruickshank told MMASucka. “I don’t want to say anything bad about him, I’m not that type of guy. I’ve fought a lot tougher guys, all around...

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Adam Townsend Makes Muay Thai Debut for Valor Fights Before Resuming MMA with ACB

Photo by Rich Burmaster, courtesy of LFA: Legacy Fighting Alliance. Adam Townsend (19-5 MMA) is making his professional Muay Thai debut, and he’s coming home for it. He’s fighting fellow Muay Thai debutant Justin Hatcher at Valor Fights 51 in Johnson City, TN this Saturday. The fight marks the first time Townsend will be fighting at home since a March 2016 win over Justin Hartley. Before that, it was January 2015 against Craig Johnson. Townsend’s three previous fights had taken place overseas in Australia, Austria and England. Now, he gets to fight about 15 minutes from where he lives. “It’s...

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Shamrock FC’s Sean Woodson Believes Win Over Dawond Pickney Will Net Him Contender Series Opportunity

Photo courtesy of Shamrock FC. Sean Woodson (4-0 MMA) is set to resume his MMA career on Saturday when he takes on Dawond Pickney (15-10 MMA) in a lightweight main event on Shamrock FC 307. Pickney has five times the professional MMA experience as Woodson. While “The Warrior” acknowledged that Pickney is his toughest opponent to date, the experience gap doesn’t faze him. “He’s got 25 pro fights, here I am with just four. It’s a huge step that I believe I’m more than ready for,” Woodson, 26, told MMASucka. “He has a win over Brandon Davis, UFC veteran. A...

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Jeremiah Wells vs. Jason Norwood Slated for CES Welterweight Title

Jeremiah Wells will get to compete for the CES welterweight title in his hometown of Philadelphia. Photo by Will Paul, courtesy of CES MMA. CES has just announced another title fight. Jeremiah Wells will battle Jason Norwood for the vacant CES welterweight championship at the main event of CES 52. The event will also mark the first time CES touches down in Philadelphia. Jeremiah Wells Wells (5-1-1) enters the bout on a two-fight winning streak. His last win was a unanimous decision win over former UFC fighter Jon Manley. He holds a 57-second knockout over Gary Balletto Jr., and has...

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Chandler Cole: Fighting For His Late Grandmother

Photo courtesy of Chandler Cole. Each mixed martial artist fights for a different set of reasons. Money, fame, glory, competitive drive, family, or perhaps a combination of everything. Sometimes, it’s something personal that motivates a fighter. That’s the case for Chandler Cole. Cole, 23, fights for the memory of his deceased grandmother. When Thelma Marie Cole passed away on March 29, 2015, during the middle of Cole’s amateur career, it gave the word “fighting” a whole new meaning to him. “One thing that always motivates me is that when you actually watch someone fight for your life like my...

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Chandler Cole Enters Valor 51 Title Fight with a Chip on His Shoulder

Photo by Janet Hutchinson Wohler; courtesy of Valor Fights. Chandler Cole will enter his first professional championship bout with a little added motivation. The Coeburn, VA native tried out for Season 28 of The Ultimate Fighter. The roster features heavyweights and will be coached by UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and the next title challenger Kelvin Gastelum. Unfortunately, Cole didn’t make the cut despite his confidence he aced his tryout. “I was bummed out because my tryout was perfect,” the 3-1 pro fighter told MMASucka. “I rag-dolled the guy in my grappling, my striking was on point and my...

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Zak Ottow: “I’m Definitely Going to be the Toughest Fight [Sage Northcutt’s] Ever Had”

SHANGHAI, CHINA – NOVEMBER 24: Zak Ottow poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in on November 24, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Zak Ottow is more than ready for the huge opportunity facing him next Saturday at UFC Fight Night 133.  “The Barbarian” (16-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) battles Sage Northcutt (10-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in the co-main event. Ottow’s excited not only for the co-main slot, but being able to fight someone with the popularity of Northcutt. “I really like it because we’re going to get a lot of...

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Jalin Turner: From Backyard Training to Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series

Photo courtesy of Jalin Turner. Tuesday, July 10 marks the biggest opportunity of the young MMA career of Jalin Turner. He’ll fight Max Mustaki on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series and have his chance to earn a UFC contract. Turner is relishing the chance to impress Dana White, Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard first-hand. “I’m very happy and I get to show them I deserve to be in the UFC and I will be their next champion,” Turner, a lightweight, told MMASucka. “It’s something that was going to happen no matter what and it’s the perfect time.” The Backyard Days...

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Jake Shields “Ready to Win Another World Title” Under PFL Banner

DALLAS, TX – MARCH 15: (R-L) Jake Shields squares off with Hector Lombard in their welterweight bout at UFC 171 inside American Airlines Center on March 15, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Jake Shields is gearing up for another championship run. The former Strikeforce middleweight champion and EliteXC welterweight champ will be looking to add Professional Fighters League gold to his collection. His journey starts on Thursday when he fights Ray Cooper III at PFL 2018 #3 in the promotion’s welterweight division. This is the first of two regular season match-ups...

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RIZIN: Daron Cruickshank vs. Tom Santos, Angela Magana vs. Kanako Murata Confirmed

Photo courtesy of RIZIN FF OFFICIAL. RIZIN 11 and 12 have each added a solid bout to its lineups. Daron Cruickshank (20-10 MMA, 3-2 RFF) returns to take on Tom Santos (9-5 MMA, 0-0 RFF) at RIZIN 11 on July 29 at lightweight. Former UFC veteran Angela Magana (11-9 MMA) will make her RIZIN debut opposite Kanako Murata (7-1 MMA, 3-1 RFF) at RIZIN 12 on August 12 in a strawweight fight. Cruickshank vs. Santos Cruickshank, aka “The Detroit Superstar,” is coming off a vicious knockout win over Shooto lightweight champion Koshi Matsumoto. He put an end to “Luxor’s” night...

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PFL Contestant and Family-Man Rakim Cleveland Wants to Buy a House if he Wins Tournament

Photo courtesy of Victory Fighting Championship. Rakim Cleveland (18-9) will fight fellow light heavyweight Rashid Yusupov (9-0) on Thursday night at PFL 2018 #2. All tournament winners will receive $1 million at the end of the year, something that could help not only Cleveland, but also his family. “The Boogeyman” has a wife and two boys, who are one and two years old. The family of four is living in a condo in Florida after they recently moved from Des Moines, IA.  “Winning the $1 million would be huge for us,” Cleveland told MMASucka. “It’d be a nice way to solidify ourselves...

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LFA’s Christian Aguilera on Matthew Frincu Fight: “Someone’s Going to Get Finished”

Photo by Amy Kaplan, courtesy of Legacy Fighting Alliance. Christian Aguilera has a huge opportunity in the coming weeks when he fights Matthew Frincu at LFA 44 on June 29. The welterweight clash is set to headline the card, and a title shot could potentially be on the line. LFA welterweight champ James Nakashima is slated to defend his title against Kyle Stewart at LFA 46. Also in the mix are UFC veteran Erick Silva and Nick Barnes, who are scheduled to headline LFA 45.  Aguilera is hoping an impressive win against Frincu sets him up for a title...

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