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Nohelin Hernandez Believes Improved Takedown Defense Will Hold Against Rolando Velasco at LFA 51

Photo credit: Amy Kaplan, courtesy of Legacy Fighting Alliance Nohelin Hernandez (8-2 MMA) is set fight Rolando Velasco (13-5-1) at LFA 51 on Friday, September 28. Hernandez enters the bantamweight bout on a two-fight winning streak with victories over Josh San Diego and Joe Neal. He said Velasco will pose a great match-up and another name he will add to his resume. Velasco captured the Tachi Palace Fights bantamweight title with his own win over San Diego and defended it over Neal. Hernandez vs. Velasco Hernandez is honing in on Velasco’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt when looking at the match-up....

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Dinis Paiva vs. Tony Gravely Bantamweight Title Set to Headline CES 53; Full Fight Card

Dinis Paiva earns a crack at the CES bantamweight title. Photo by Will Paul, courtesy of CES MMA. CES announced Monday night that Dinis Paiva (11-7 MMA, 11-7 CES)) will fight Tony Gravely (14-5 MMA, 0-0 CES) for the bantamweight title. The bout will headline CES 53. Paiva Paiva had a four-fight winning streak snapped in June when he was submitted by UFC Fight Night 137‘s Andre Ewell for the CES bantamweight strap. Ewell has since vacated the title in order to fight former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao this Saturday. “Sweet Bread” Paiva holds wins over Kevin Barberena, Branden Seyler Sr....

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Randy Patino Trained in Thailand Before Lights Out Championship Debut

Photo courtesy of Lights Out Championship. Randy Patino is more well-practiced in many of the martial arts than you might expect of a 2-0 professional fighter. The Michigan welterweight has a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu base, won a Golden Gloves state championship in boxing and grew up doing Taekwondo. He recently added Muay Thai to his repertoire after a three-month stint of training in Thailand. Patino said he wanted to get a different look at kicking, checking kicks and most importantly, clinch work. In addition to learning Muay Thai techniques, Patino also got to sharpen his Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling while overseas....

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State of the UFC Women’s Flyweight Title Picture After UFC 228

DALLAS, TX – SEPTEMBER 05: Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan works out for fans and media during the UFC 228 open workouts on September 5, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) The UFC women’s flyweight title picture was thrown into a state of disarray following last weekend’s UFC 228 event. Nicco Montano was slated to defend her belt against No. 1 contender Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event. The bout was called off, however, after Montano’s weight cut went awry. The now former champion was hospitalized. Per a statement from Montano’s team to...

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Brave CF 16’s Bubba Jenkins Wants to Become an International Face

Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA. Bubba Jenkins (12-4 MMA) will return to MMA action at Brave CF 16 following a year-long layoff on September 21. He’ll challenge Brave CF featherweight champion Elias Boudegzdame (15-4) in what marks Jenkins’ first professional title shot. “I’m excited about the match-up. He’s a formidable champion on a tap-out winning streak,” Jenkins told MMASucka. “He’s been submitting people left and right. With my background in wrestling and his in Jiu-Jitsu, it’s a classic clash of the two styles.” Jenkins vs. Boudegzdame Jenkins enters the title fight off a knockout win over Diego Marlon at ACB 70 last...

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Shamrock FC’s Adam Cella Eyeing Title Fight With Win Over James Bochnovic

Photo courtesy of Shamrock FC. Adam Cella (9-8) is looking for the biggest victory of his MMA career when he fights James Bochnovic (8-3) at Shamrock FC 309 this Friday. Looking for a Title Shot Bochnovic, like Cella, is a UFC and Bellator veteran with some solid wins on his resume. Cella will look to earn his fourth win in a row, but he’s hoping something bigger could come from a victory: his first title fight. “To be honest, I’ve been talking it over with the guys at Shamrock,” Cella told MMASucka. “I wanted this to be for a...

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James Bochnovic: Adam Cella “Going to Get Ended” at Shamrock FC 309

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – MAY 11: James Bochnovic of the United States poses on the scale during the UFC 224 weigh-in at Jeunesse Arena on May 11, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) It’s safe to say that James Bochnovic (8-3) is pumped for his Shamrock FC 309 middleweight main event bout with Adam Cella (9-8). Bochnovic returns to action for the first time since being released from the UFC earlier in the year. He had an eight-fight winning streak snapped in the promotion, and now looks to start a new...

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Unified MMA 34’s Seth Baczynski Wants to Prevent Teddy Ash from Making a Name Off Him

KRAKOW, POLAND – APRIL 10: Seth Baczynski of the United States weighs in during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Tauron Arena on April 10, 2015 in Krakow, Poland. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Seth Baczynski (22-14 MMA) is back at it on September 28, and he’ll be competing for a world title. “The Polish Pistola” will take on Canada’s own Teddy Ash (11-3) at Unified MMA 34 for the vacant middleweight championship. Baczynski enters the bout having won three of four since being released from the UFC in 2015. He’s seeking his fourth...

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Teddy Ash says Win Against Seth Baczynski Would be “Biggest” of Career

Photo courtesy of Unified MMA. On September 28, Teddy Ash could become the sport’s next champ-champ. The Canadian (11-3 MMA) will fight Seth Baczynski (22-14) for the Unified MMA vacant middleweight strap at Unified MMA 34. Ash enters the bout as the promotion’s light heavyweight champion after defeating Kobe Ortiz via unanimous decision in May. Now, he gets a chance to secure another world title against Baczynski, an 11-fight UFC veteran who won Fight of the Night honors twice. Ash said Baczynski is his toughest test to date. “A win over him improves my record by one more win, so...

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Tuff-N-Uff’s Jordan Leavitt Discusses Balancing Budding MMA Career with College

Photo by Carl Araneta. Jordan Leavitt: college student by day, professional MMA fighter by night. Leavitt, 23, a political science major at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has dreams of getting accepted into law school and pursuing a career in family law. He also has dreams of becoming a UFC champion. The Nevada fighter said it’s been tough to balance trying to bump his grades up while training for fights, his next bout being September 14 under the Tuff-N-Uff banner. He believes he’s got his double-life sorted out ahead of this fight, however. “I’ve had to make some concessions,”...

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Cody Stamann “Ready to Freaking Knock Aljamain Sterling Out” at UFC 228

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 03: (R-L) Cody Stamann taunts Bryan Caraway in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 222 event inside T-Mobile Arena on March 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) The featured bantamweight bout at UFC 228 has some heat behind it. Cody Stamann (17-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) will take on Aljamain Sterling (15-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) in a pivotal bout at 135. Stamann vs. Sterling No. 8-ranked Sterling will look to keep his spot in the rankings against No. 10 Stamann, who’s looking to leapfrog him. In...

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