Scott Coker: Aaron Pico looked great at Bellator 238, but we'll stay cautious with matchmaking
by Danny Segura on January 27, 2020 at 4:45 pm
Scott Coker was impressed with Aaron Pico's performance at Bellator 238 but won't feed him again to the big dogs – at least not yet.
Arnold Allen keeps winning, but not feeling much respect after UFC Raleigh
by Matt Erickson on January 27, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Take a look inside Arnold Allen's unanimous decision win over Nik Lentz at UFC on ESPN+ 24 in Raleigh, N.C.
Bellator 238 winner Jay Jay Wilson aims for busy 2020 after claiming fifth straight finish
by Simon Head on January 27, 2020 at 3:15 pm
Kiwi featherweight Jay Jay Wilson plans on being a busy man in the Bellator cage in 2020.
Fans mourn death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant
by MMA Junkie Staff on January 27, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Fans mourn the tragic death of Los Angeles Lakers and NBA legend Kobe Bryant
Jerome Le Banner vs Vitali Akhramenko full fight video
by Parviz Iskenderov on January 27, 2020 at 11:26 pm
French star Jerome Le Banner is a well-known name in kickboxing circuits. He is one of the first European competitors of the original K-1 in Japan. Over the course of his career the 47-year-old kickboxer earned numerous titles, including the prestigious WKN super heavyweight belt. Le Banner claimed then vacant title by knockout in the The post Jerome Le Banner vs Vitali Akhramenko full fight video appeared first on FIGHTMAG.
Front kick to the face and the fighter is done (video)
by Parviz Iskenderov on January 27, 2020 at 10:12 am
Ricardo Seixas and Dominic Clark squared off at Bellator 238 held this past weekend at The Forum in Inglewood, CA. The scheduled for three rounds bout ended early. Seixas rocked Clark with the front kick to the face and threw in several punches while the latter was on his way down. The referee waved the The post Front kick to the face and the fighter is done (video) appeared first on FIGHTMAG.
Michael Chiesa calls out Colby Covington for UFC fight in July
by Parviz Iskenderov on January 27, 2020 at 8:27 am
Michael Chiesa is fresh off the win against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Raleigh held this past weekend (results are here). After getting a unanimous decision “Maverick” made it short in a post-fight interview with Daniel Cormier, saying “Colby Covington, I’ll see you in July”. Colby Covington (15-2), a former UFC welterweight title challenger and The post Michael Chiesa calls out Colby Covington for UFC fight in July appeared first on FIGHTMAG.
Fighting community reacts to Kobe Bryant death in helicopter crash
by Parviz Iskenderov on January 26, 2020 at 11:53 pm
Basketball legend Kobe Bryant was tragically killed when the helicopter went down in Calabasas on January 26 (Jan. 27 AEDT). A total of nine people, a pilot and eight passengers, were on board, and died in the crash, including Bryant’s daughter Gianna, 13. The helicopter was on its way to the Mamba Sports Academy in The post Fighting community reacts to Kobe Bryant death in helicopter crash appeared first on FIGHTMAG.
Bellator 238 salaries: Budd makes more than Cyborg
by Tim Burke on January 28, 2020 at 2:00 am
Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images Bellator paid their headliners some decent coin, but it was relatively slim pickings for everyone else. Bellator’s first event of the year featured the debut of Cris Cyborg, and she delivered with a later-round TKO victory over Julia Budd to add another title to her collection. Cyborg was never a really good fit in the UFC, so it made sense why she would want to leave. The grass is sometimes greener on the other side, and there’s frequently more money to be made as well. In Cyborg’s case, somewhat surprisingly, she didn’t end up making as much as the opponent she stopped. Bellator 238 salaries were topped by Julia Budd, who took home a cool $350,000 for her fight with Cyborg. Ms. Justino earned $250,000 for her efforts, with no win bonus. These purses dwarfed everything else on the card, with Sergio Pettis picking up the next biggest check at $60,000 (30k to show, 30k to win) for his successful Bellator debut. Here’s a look at the full list of salaries for the event, courtesy of the California State Athletic Commission (via MMA Fighting): Main card Cris Cyborg ($250,000 + no win bonus = $250,000) def. Julia Budd ($350,000) Darrion Caldwell ($25,000 + no win bonus = $25,000) def. Adam Borics ($28,000) Juan Archuleta ($50,000 + no win bonus = $50,000) def. Henry Corrales ($38,000) Sergio Pettis ($30,000 + $30,000 win bonus = $60,000) def. Alfred Khashakyan ($10,000) Raymond Daniels ($20,000 + no win bonus = $20,000) def. Jason King ($3,000) Emilee King ($3,000 + $3,000 win bonus = $6,000) def. Ava Knight ($5,000) Preliminary Card Tony Bartovich ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Jarrett Connor ($1,200) Ricardo Seixas ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Dominic Clark ($2,000) Joshua Jones ($2,250 + $2,250 = $4,500) def. Brandon Bender ($2,000) Aaron Pico ($22,500 + $22,500 win bonus = $45,000) def. Daniel Carey ($10,000) AJ Agazarm ($20,000 + $20,000 = $40,000) def. Adel Altamimi ($14,000) Jay Jay Wilson ($5,000 + $5,000 win bonus = $10,000) def. Mario Navarro ($2,000) Curtis Millender ($8,000 + $8,000 win bonus = $16,000) def. Moses Murietta ($4,000) Anthony Taylor ($3,000 + $3,000 win bonus = $6,000) def. Chris Avila ($3,000) Miguel Jacob ($1,500 + $1,500 win bonus = $3,000) def. David Pacheco ($1,500
Bruce Lee’s ‘Warrior’ offers even more action in season two
by Carolyn Lee Adams on January 28, 2020 at 1:00 am
Andrew Koji stars as Ah Sahm in Warrior. | Photo by Christopher Jue/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures Shortly after its debut, Cinemax renewed the TV series based off a treatment written by Bruce Lee Beginning in the 1860’s, and stretching well into the 20th Century, San Francisco’s Chinatown was a battleground. Gangs of Chinese immigrants, known as tongs, fought over the control of prostitution, gambling, and opium dens. Every tong had a force of paid fighters, called boo how doy. At its peak, the Tong Wars included as many as thirty different groups fighting for supremacy of San Francisco’s underworld. Not surprisingly, Bruce Lee felt this setting would make for an excellent action drama. He wrote a treatment set during the Tong Wars, but unfortunately passed before he was able to bring his story to fruition. Famously, it has been rumored that Lee’s treatment was the original basis for the 1970’s TV classic Kung Fu, starring David Carradine. Warner Bros. execs liked Lee’s idea, but didn’t like the idea of an Asian leading man. Decades later, his daughter, Shannon Lee – who runs Bruce Lee Enterprises – would team with writer Jonathan Tropper to bring her father’s project to life. On April 5, 2019, Warrior debuted on Cinemax. Before the month was out the show was renewed for a second season. (Cinemax is handing all original production over to HBO, so Warrior will be moving to Cinemax’s sister company shortly.) Andrew Koji stars as Ah Sahm, a Chinese martial arts prodigy. Sahm has traveled from China to San Francisco looking for his sister who fled her abusive husband. Once there, he becomes involved with the city’s gang wars as he navigates Chinatown’s underbelly. View this post on Instagram Posted @withrepost • @jsntbn UK viewers! Check out Hop Wei's newest recruit on @skyone tonight! #Repost @skyone • • • • • #Warrior has arrived so smarten up and meet the gang. Ft: @kojiandrew @jsntbn @misterhoonlee @kieranbew @deansjagger @joannavanderhamofficial @joe_taslim @yungflutes @thatoliviacheng @langleykirkwood A post shared by Koji (@kojiandrew) on Jun 25, 2019 at 3:40am PDT Stunt coordinator Brett Chan had a tough task ahead of him when he took on Warrior. Few action projects come in with such a specific set of expectations from the prospective audience. But with Warrior’s status, as a martial arts legend’s passion project, Chan felt the need to honor Lee’s style and vision. On top of that, the directorial vision prefers long takes in good lighting, which is great for the viewer, but tough on everyone serving up the fight scenes. Still, production difficulties aside, season two – filmed in South Africa – promises to up the ante on the action. In addition to its strong emphasis on fighting choreography, Warrior is also a drama, with a sprawling cast of characters and a complicated plot. Most of the cast is Asian, something US TV executives weren’t at all willing to entertain in Lee’s day. Jason Tobin, who has a leading role in the Cinemax series, revered Lee growing up. He took up karate as a child growing up in England. “It was easy for a young Chinese kid in an all-white boarding school to get picked on,” he told the South China Morning Post. And he’s brought that passion, both for acting and Bruce Lee’s legacy, with him to bring life to one of the martial arts legend’s final works. Warrior season two will have an early spring release date.
Woodley ‘blew through’ money during title reign
by Zane Simon on January 28, 2020 at 12:00 am
Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC The former welterweight champion sounds like he’s had a harsh return to reality, after living wild during his time carrying UFC gold. Sports is a world built on cliches. Everyone is ‘giving it 110%,’ ‘proving their doubters wrong,’ ‘hustling 24/7,’ and on and on. But more than stock phrases, it’s also a world where past narratives are repeated over and over. Prospects rise, former stars stumble, underdogs mount improbable comebacks, and champions dominate. One of the more tragic, and longest running narratives in sports, however, is that of the successful athlete who finds themselves as a newly minted millionaire—only to blow their sudden wealth on the trappings of a high class lifestyle. Unfortunately, that sounds something like the spot former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley may be in. In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, the ‘Chosen One’ revealed that he’s had to make some serious lifestyle adjustments since losing the belt to Kamaru Usman back in March of last year. “I blew through a lot of fucking money, man,” Woodley told ESPN. “A lot. A lot of money. And I was—jewelry and VIP and all these experiences, all these things that came with the championship life. You really – when you come from where I come from – you never imagine making that type of money; you never imagine being in that type of position. You work hard for it – and I didn’t get there by accident (because I was busting my ass) – but nobody taught me finance. “Everybody taught me 1+1 is 2. That’s math. That ain’t finance. That ain’t wealth, that ain’t investing, that ain’t saving, that ain’t tax. That’s basically: you made money and, fucking, you spend it. Because when I was growing up, we spent it when it came in. My mom’s check was already cut up, it was done before she even got it. She had to pick which utility bills was not gonna be on that, that month. And it was something that I didn’t recognize, as a kid, that it wasn’t normal. I thought everybody had to do that. “So, when you started making money? I bought, like, seven cars and, fucking, two houses—and all these trips. And nobody ever lifted a fucking hand when we was at a restaurant; 10-15 people went to dinner. And I was going to VIP clubs and all this shit, like, every other week. And I just imagined making that amount of money for a very long time. And they very quickly said, ‘Poof!’ Damn! I’m on it like, ‘You gonna tell me, March 3rd, that this is different? It’s not the same?’ And it’s just a lesson learned.” "I blew through a lot of f---ing money... I bought like seven cars and two houses."@TWooodley opens up about his lifestyle as champion and facing reality after losing the title (via @arielhelwani) pic.twitter.com/17s1ujuke5— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) January 27, 2020 Woodley has yet to return to action since losing his title to Usman at UFC 235. A planned rematch against fellow former-champ Robbie Lawler fell by the wayside last June due to a lingering hand injury—one Woodley has since had surgically repaired. Now, though, the Ferguson, Missouri-born fighter is set for a return to action in the main event of UFC London, on March 21st, against Leon Edwards. Edwards enters the bout on an eight-fight winning streak, most recently defeating former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos. The fight should offer a great opportunity for Woodley to reinsert himself into the welterweight title picture. And, more than that, a chance to get back to making money in the Octagon again.
Conor McGregor reacts to Kobe Bryant’s tragic death: ‘It’s very, very sad news’
by Lewis Mckeever on January 27, 2020 at 11:00 pm
Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images “I would have loved to meet him. It’s a very sad day.” Conor McGregor was just as shocked as the rest of the MMA community by the tragic news of Kobe Bryant’s death yesterday. The NBA legend died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday morning alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, and seven other passengers. McGregor, who was in Los Angeles yesterday for the 2020 Grammy Awards, said he found it difficult to celebrate on the red carpet after hearing such awful news. McGregor admitted that NBA has never been too popular in Ireland but says Bryant’s death is a huge loss for the entire sports community. “It’s very, very sad news,” McGregor said, per MMA Junkie. “It’s iconic that I’m here and he used to play in this arena, as well, right? So just very sad news. (He) lost his daughter, as well. It’s kind of hard to get up for it, for this event. I’m very happy to be here, but I’m sad at the same time. … just a very sad time. “For me, the first time I ever came to America, Kobe was one of the big stars and one of the men that jumped out,” he added. “We don’t really understand basketball (in Ireland) too much, but Kobe – his star transcends sport, and a great man. I would have loved to meet him. It’s a very sad day.” Bryant, who was a partner with UFC sponsor BodyArmour, died at just 41-years-old. The NBA champion leaves behind his wife Vanessa, along with his daughters, Natalia, Bianka and Capri.
UFC Raleigh Scorecard
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