Score Fighting Series 7 weigh-in results: Mein and Petz cleared for tonight’s headliner

All fighters are on weight for tonight’s Score Fighting Series 7 event.

On Thursday the event’s 20 fighters successfully made weight, including headliner/UFC vet Forrest Petz (170.6 pounds) and borrowed Strikeforce fighter Jordan Mein (170.4).

Score Fighting Series 7 takes place at Hamilton Place Theatre in Ontario, Canada. The main card airs live on AXS TV in the U.S. (and The Score in Canada) at 10 p.m. ET.

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After successful surgery, mess in Macau, David Mitchell primed for UFC victory

More than two years after dropping his UFC debut, things haven’t exactly gone David Mitchell’s way.

Injuries, surgery and rehabilitation have left Mitchell out of action for more than 15 months – a streak he had hoped to end earlier this month.

Left without an opponent and some 7,000 miles from home, Mitchell admits it was a frustrating plight. Now he’s aiming for a January return, and he’s anxious to show the world what he can do when fighting at full strength.

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Coach says UFC’s Conor McGregor could be three-division champ

Rising UFC featherweight Conor McGregor and his team are confident heading into their UFC 178 fight against Dustin Poirier this Saturday. McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh is looking way past this fight, however, and toward all-time greatness for the “Notorious” one.

?It?s hard to put in words why I think he will be remembered as the greatest of all time,” Kavanagh recently told SevereMMA. “I do think that he will definitely be a two-weight world champion, that?s a given, and I think with a certain set of circumstances he will be the first and only three-weight division UFC champion. That would be at featherweight, lightweight and welterweight.”

Whoah. 

All right. Three fights in, McGregor certainly appears to be the hottest prospect in the featherweight division, but he’s also in one of MMA’s most talent-rich classes, which is ruled by longtime king Jose Aldo.

So, to take for granted that the Irishman will become the 145-pound champ is a stretch. Of course, that’s why everyone is in the game, and they have to possess that type of confidence to train and get in the cage.

But for Kavanagh, winning the featherweight belt will be just the beginning for McGregor. Dan Henderson, BJ Penn and Randy Couture have all won world titles at two different weight classes.

Can McGregor become the first to win titles in three? ?It?s not hard for me to imagine that scenario,” Kavanagh said.

“I think two people have already done it in two weight classes and even then they did in a time that was a little different ? the skill set was a little bit lower.”

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Demetrious Johnson submits Chris Cariaso at UFC 178

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson took less than two rounds to finish Chris Cariaso and successfully defend his title Saturday night in Las Vegas, but in his opinion he still took too long to do it. “I was just a little bit too patient for my own good,” the champ said in his post fight interview.

The win is Johnson’s seventh straight and it also further solifidied his position atop the 125 pound class. As he looks out on a mostly conquered flyweight landscape, Johnson insists that he doesn’t want to fight anyone in particular next.

Instead, he’ll just be ready to fight whoever the UFC calls and tells him to. “I’m just a man who sits by the phone and answers it, and I go fight,” he said.

The one knock on the well-rounded Johnson used to be that most of his top wins came by way of decision after hard-fought and still-impressive bouts. This finish was the third time in his last four outings that he refused to let his opponent hear the final horn, however.

As he adds nasty knockouts and submissions to dominant decision wins, “Mighty Mouse” seems well on his way to achieving his goals of cleaning out his weight class and becoming the best fighter in the world, pound-for-pound. The loss snapped a three-fight win streak for Cariaso.

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BAMMA 11: Live on Channel 5

As BAMMA nears its tweens with its 11th show they continue to break new ground in UK MMA with their 11h show being broadcast live on Channel 5. The return of UK MMA’s most famous fighter, Alex Reid, to the cage should draw a wide audience of people from fight fans to celeb watchers which can only be a good thing for the growth of the sport in the UK.

Running from 23:00 hours to 00:15 hours, the Saturday night broadcast features Alex Reid vs. Sam Boo live and marks the first time that Mixed
Martial Arts is aired live on Channel 5. The programme also includes Foupa ? Pokem vs. Marshman, which, if you’ve ever seen Marshman fight you know will be an epic battle, plus taped highlights from earlier in the night.

BAMMA?s director David Green said:

?We are thrilled to see BAMMA 11 going out live on Five and 1st December marks a really big moment for us.  The official figures released from Channel 5 following the BAMMA 10 taped broadcast showed audiences peaking at 275, 000.  Going live on Five is a big step up for BAMMA but a challenge that we feel confident and excited about and we look forward to the opportunity of taking MMA to a broader Saturday night audience.?

Internationally BAMMA 11, presented by Go Daddy.com, will be shown on AXS-TV (US), The Fight Network (Canada), Red Media (RUSSIA), TV Esporte Interativo (Brazil), Setana (Africa) and TDN (Latin America).

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[VIDEO] Tim Kennedy confronts Yoel Romero backstage at UFC 178

Tim Kennedy had good reason to be upset heading into the third round of his featured middleweight fight Saturday night at UFC 178 in Las Vegas against Yoel Romero. After all, he had been pushed around for nearly two rounds before landing monstrous punches to the head of his opponent Yoel Romero at the end of the second period that appeared to have the Cuban out on his feet before the horn sounded and saved him.

Then, once the rest period between the second and third round had ended and referee John McCarthy instructed both fighters to get off their stools and resume fighting, Romero did not rise and was tended to by his corner for a bit longer. Kennedy immediately protested the default extra rest and recovery time the hurt Romero was given but McCarthy allowed the fight to continue and without penalty to Romero.

Then, the former Olympic silver medalist managed to pounce on Kennedy and knock him out early in the third round. Needless to say, Kennedy was furious at the turn of events, and he wasted little time seeking out Romero and telling him as much backstage, afterwards (video above).

“If you can’t get off the stool, that’s the end of the fight,” a frustrated Kennedy told Romero. 

Check out the Vine clip above for yourself and see the brief moment captured on tape. Then, let us know what you think of the controversy in the comments section.

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Conor McGregor: ‘Dustin Poirier doesn’t impress me at all’

Conventional wisdom might hold that Dustin Poirier (16-3) will be a step-up in competition for rising featherweight star Conor McGregor (15-2) when they meet Sep. 27. The brash Irishman, however, doesn’t see it that way.

?He?s a journeyman fighter, and that?s what I see,? McGregor said in a recent interview.

?He doesn?t impress me at all. I believe he?s a basic fighter, he throws basic shots, and in my eyes he?s a journeyman. It?s that simple.?

So, despite his excellent record and three fight win streak Poirier is kinda “basic,” (in club girl parlance) or “standard” (in Brit-speak. Yeah, I know Conor is a Dubliner and not from the North and the UK, it’s the best I could do, ok?).

To those keeping track, that is pretty much the same criticism McGregor levied on 145 pound champ Jose Aldo, for what it’s worth. In addition to his supposedly not impressive skills, McGregor says he saw a flat-out scared man when the two met recently.

?I definitely saw a broken man,? McGregor said.

?I could look through his soul when I looked into that man?s eyes. He?s been speaking his bit, but as I said before: Face-to-face, man-to-man, he was broken. It was as simple as that.”

So, McGregor is talking big, per usual. Thing is, he tends to fight big as well, which makes his matchup with Poirier so intriguing. Despite his audacious and pointed criticism, McGregor says he has nothing personal against “The Diamond,” or any other opponent.

?It can be cruel, it can be ruthless, but it is never personal,” he said.

“I don?t ever fight with emotion. I can enter cold, calm and collected. That is it. He might have a dislike toward me, but ultimately that is not my problem.?

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Coach says UFC’s Conor McGregor could be three-division champ

Rising UFC featherweight Conor McGregor and his team are confident heading into their UFC 178 fight against Dustin Poirier this Saturday. McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh is looking way past this fight, however, and toward all-time greatness for the “Notorious” one.

?It?s hard to put in words why I think he will be remembered as the greatest of all time,” Kavanagh recently told SevereMMA. “I do think that he will definitely be a two-weight world champion, that?s a given, and I think with a certain set of circumstances he will be the first and only three-weight division UFC champion. That would be at featherweight, lightweight and welterweight.”

Whoah. 

All right. Three fights in, McGregor certainly appears to be the hottest prospect in the featherweight division, but he’s also in one of MMA’s most talent-rich classes, which is ruled by longtime king Jose Aldo.

So, to take for granted that the Irishman will become the 145-pound champ is a stretch. Of course, that’s why everyone is in the game, and they have to possess that type of confidence to train and get in the cage.

But for Kavanagh, winning the featherweight belt will be just the beginning for McGregor. Dan Henderson, BJ Penn and Randy Couture have all won world titles at two different weight classes.

Can McGregor become the first to win titles in three? ?It?s not hard for me to imagine that scenario,” Kavanagh said.

“I think two people have already done it in two weight classes and even then they did in a time that was a little different ? the skill set was a little bit lower.”

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Diego Sanchez hints at possible UFC on FUEL TV 8 bout with Takanori Gomi

Diego Sanchez may soon have his first fight in more than a year.

The UFC veteran today tweeted that he may fight fellow lightweight Takanori Gomi at UFC on FUEL TV 8 in Japan, assuming the Japanese fighter takes the bout.

UFC on FUEL TV 8 takes place March 3 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Following Facebook prelims, the night’s main card airs on FUEL TV.

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Andy Ogle Interview

Andy Ogle Interview


 

Andy Ogle, if that’s a name you don’t recognise, then first, shame on you, second, don’t worry about it as you’ll be hearing a lot more about him when he makes his full UFC debut on UFC on Fuel TV 5 on September 29th. An alumni of TUF: Live he reached the semi finals as a member of Uriah Faber’s team and gained an impressive victory in the quarter final when he submitted the heavily fancied Mike Rio with a rear naked choke. Now with the backing of the UK’s top sports supplement company, Myprotein, he is set to take the UFC featherweight division by storm. Ross Edgely caught up with Andy to get the low down on what it takes to reach the UFC and what he thinks it’s going to tke to be a success once you’re there.

MMA found me. As a young boy I started kickboxing to protect myself. I loved it and got hooked straight away. I then started judo because I was seeking more competition. My friend then told me his mate had found a MMA gym and I should give it a go. I went along to try it out and the rest is history.

You?ve trained all over the world but where do feel you?ve learnt the most and why?

Kaobon is the best gym I have trained at hands down. When you’re having a bad day these guys can sense it. They are like predators and are relentless. But when they are having a bad day you make sure to return the favour. At kaobon nobody is above the rest. When I left the TUF show it didn’t matter at the gym. I was still just Andy. When Evander Holyfield came into our gym training didn’t stop. Nobody is the big dog because everybody in the gym is aiming to be the top dog. This place is the best….fact!

Training every day at such a high intensity must take its toll, how do you keep fresh and ready for the next day of training?

Fitness is sport specific. I never run. My joints take a lot of strain through the high demand in competitive rounds in all areas of MMA. I gain my fitness through competition during training, pads and my strength and conditioning.

Can you explain a week?s typical training session?

Monday: Grapple (morning), stand up and pad work (night)
Tuesday: Spar/ drill (morning), grapple (night)
Wednesday: Grapple (morning), stand up/pad work (night)
Thursday: Spar/drill (morning), grapple (night)
Friday: Grapple (morning), run (night)
Saturday: Strength and conditioning

Sunday: Rest Day

MMA and the UFC® are growing rapidly, but there are still doubters who think the sport is too dangerous, what do you say to those people?

I believe MMA is less dangerous than football. MMA competitors know that if we switch off that we can get hurt. There is always a perceived risk of danger whereas in football the players regularly get tackled and blindsided, which results in injury a lot of the time.

If you could fight anyone in the world who would it be?

I think the average man tries his hardest to not get into a fight. If he did have to fight he would pick the easiest fight out there. I just want the fights that are going to teach me the most about myself and let me develop along the way.

You keep a very lean and muscular physique all year round and obviously have to make weight for your fights, any tips for those looking to cut weight?

My best tip for dieting is figure out what works for you. I have found that fish helps me keep slimmer than eating chicken, beef and lamb. Everybody is different. Find what works for you. Also if you do want to have a little treat make a day for it. It tastes so much sweeter when you make a day for it in the week/month. Chocolate isn’t good for you every day. It tastes so much sweeter when it?s well deserved.

What?s been the highlight of your career so far?

The high of my career so far was definitely getting into the house.  It?s the start of something great and marks the beginning of my long and successful career in the big league.

What are your goals in the sport?

My goal is to keep on improving and tackle the obstacles that the UFC put in front of me.

You?ve recently been signed to sports nutrition company Myprotein.com and we hear you?ve got a favourite product of theres that you order by the kg?

Yip most definitely there Almond Butter, it tastes amazing and I love to put it on rice cakes with raspberry jam….oh my god! Good source of healthy fats and very nutrient dense so even good when cutting.

Any other products you use from Myprotein.com?

Yip love ZMA (Zinc and Magnesium) since it helps my recovery and I get the best night?s sleep on it. Of course their multi vitamin Alpha Men to make sure I?m getting all the vitamins and minerals I need. Glucosamine to help the constant pounding my joints take and also I?ve been experimenting with their pre-workout formula Pulse in training which helps give me a boost if I?m low before a tough session.

What would you say gives you the edge over your opponents?

My edge over my opponents is my drive and determination. I love MMA so much. I love it so much it hurts. I am determined to succeed in the UFC and I won’t let anyone get in my way.

Are you doing anything different in your training or nutrition now?

I think the main difference in my training has come from reading a Mike Tyson article before my fight camp. I remember reading that when he was a young athlete growing up he was told to “pretend to love the things you hate”. I now do this with everything. I think it has helped me be even more driven.

What?s going to be your ?walk out? music and why?

I usually come out to Marvin Gaye featuring Tammy Terrel ? ?Ain’t No Mountain High Enough?. It makes me think of when my brother sang that song crying himself to sleep when I was five and my dad was going back to work. He works for the merchant navy and works away for a long time. I remember this one time he was home and he sang that song a lot. It just makes me remember the simpler times and my dad. Sometimes he can’t be at my fights because of work. He can be at Nottingham so maybe for my debut I should start a fresh with something new. We shall see.

What advice would you give to someone starting out?

My advice for starters is that drillers make killers. But to drill something until it is spot on takes a long, long time, which means it must be fun. If you are not having fun you will not last long. So remember that if you love it you’ll train a lot and the skills will come naturally.

Can you explain a week?s typical nutritional routine?

Nutritional routine can be tough. I try to listen to my body more than anything. When competition nears I don’t usually weigh myself too much. I can tell what weight I am by shading and markings on my body.  As long as I feel good for training and my diet is clean I am happy. I do however cheat every tenth day. I feel cheating on the seventh is too short and in three weeks you have three cheats whereas I have 2 in three weeks, which makes me feel happier.

Any favourite dishes?

Aside from Myprotein.com Almond Butter, lol, my favourite food when dieting is peppered mackerel and home-made sweet potato chips….healthy fish and chips. On a cheat day my tastes always change from one fight camp to another. This fight camp I would say I’m in love with almond butter and raspberry jam sandwiches or on rice cakes. I also love chocolate coated Brazil nuts.

Lastly can you talk us through how you prepare for a fight on the day? E.g. do you like to stay calm and listen to music or do you like to get fired up? Any tips, music choices, meal plans?etc?

On the day of the fight I just try to wake as late as possible and have fun. The hard work has been done already. What will happen will happen. Getting nervous uses energy and is pointless. The fight will happen whether you are nervous or not. Enjoy yourself.

Andy Ogle is fuelled by www.myprotein.com , the UK?s number one online sports nutrition brand and supplier to many of Britain?s best athletes such as World 400m Champion Dai Greene, World 100m backstroke World Record Holder Gemma Spofforth, Olympic Taekwondo Gold Medallist Jade Jones and 11-time Paralympic gold medallist David Roberts.

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