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May 13, 2015

UFC 189 Fight Preview

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The UFC will bring to a close their annual ‘Fight Week’ with the highly anticipated pay per view fight night on July 11th 2015.

The night will feature a Championship double header between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor, as both fight to try and clinch the featherweight crown. This fight will then be followed up by the battle for welterweight’s promotion strap as Robbie Lawler takes on Rory MacDonald.

The venue for the event has been set with the fighters heading to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a full house expected on the night.

Although heavier weight classes usually take the limelight in the event of a UFC championship double header, officials for the night have said Aldo vs. McGregor will serve as the main event for viewers to enjoy.

MacDonald will be attempting to defend his title for the first time. Both fighters are ranked as almost equals, with MacDonald being ranked as number 3 in the USA Today’s MMA welterweight rankings, whereas his opponent, Lawler, currently sits as number 1 in the same rankings, meaning he will most likely be the fighter backed more with the bookies prior to the match up. It might be worth checking out to find a bookmaker best suited to place your bet for the fights with.

MacDonald and Lawler last met in a competitive fight back in 2013 at UFC 167, which Lawler won via a split-decision – Every media outlet labeled their score at 29-28 to Lawler on that occasion.

Lawler, who narrowly won his title back in December after defeating Johny Hendricks, was arranged to be facing his familiar foe in a rubber match. But officials decided against this match up for now, and instead decided to face Hendricks with Matt Brown at UFC 185, which Hendricks ultimately won.

Lawler has lost just once in his past seven fights, that coming against Hendricks in their first meeting back in March 2014, when they fought for Georges St-Pierre’s vacated belt.

MacDonald will finally get his long-promised, and long-awaited title shot. After beating Tarec Saffiedine, the Canadian was fixed up with a fight against Hector Lombard. In the build up to UFC 186, his opponent failed a drug test, and the fight was called off. On the back of a three-fight winning streak which has added to eight wins in his past nine fights, MacDonald will be hyped as he gets his long-awaited first title shot.

April 27, 2015

There’s Only One: The Rise of Twitch.TV

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If you need a place where you can show off your gaming talents, stream your latest video game playthrough or simply need somewhere to vent you frustrations with the gaming world then look no further than, the fastest growing video platform streaming service.

Every week brings new and interesting channels to the proceedings, from amateurs looking to show off their skills to all round professionals in the gaming biz taking part in some of the biggest competitions and esport tournaments. Anyone can sign up for an account and set up their very own channel and are pretty much free to stream whatever game-related content they wish. There are chat shows, speedruns, hints and tips and literally hours upon hours of great gaming goodness to enjoy.

Whilst only a very miniscule number of members and subscribers actually monetize their channels and unlike YouTube users it does seem that gamers simply want to show off their gaming and appreciate the simplicity in doing so on the ever-growing Twitch platform.

These unique broadcasters aren’t looking to earn a quick buck or over exploit their passion for gameplay; they want to share it with friends, family members and the rest of the gaming community across the globe.

But not everything is as black and white as it might seem. Let’s not forget that one of the biggest dreams for amateur gamers is to down the line become experienced and talented enough to go professional, and that is where the big bucks will start pouring in. For some gamers to stream their online experiences could simply be another stepping stone nearer to having a proper paid career within the industry. So do these players and their broadcasting exploits have ulterior motives in the long run?

The service caters for all gaming tastes whether you’re simply an all out guns blazing shoot ‘em up fan or someone who enjoys playing and watching live poker games like you can on your smartphone using the Euro Casino app. For whatever reason viewers or broadcasters use the service has allowed the gaming community to congregate together and admire each other’s broadcasting output. Like a number of standard social networks and online content streaming services, Twitch gives you the ability to post and stream but more importantly follow, comment and communicate with each other in environment keeping the gaming world as connected as ever.

March 23, 2015

Come check out the New York Open Judo Championship this weekend!

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Come see flips, body slams, and arm bars at the New York Open Judo Championship being held on March 29th, 2015 at the New York Athletic Club.

The NY Open is sanctioned by USA Judo and sponsored by the NYAC, BitLanders, Dr Arthur Canario, United Water, Adidas and Skelley Judo. This “Sunday Slam” will feature teams from France, Germany, Poland, Cuba and the United States with both men and women competitors.

The teams in the Judo Tournament will include some of the strongest players in the world, featuring male and female World Champions and Olympians from the US, France and Germany. It will be the first international sporting event held in the US involving Cuban athletes since the recent announcement by the United States of new regulations easing restrictions on travel, business and remittances with Cuba. Cuba’s Women’s Judo Team will include 2012 Olympian Dayaris Mestre Alvarez.

The event also features NYAC’s Kayla Harrison, the first American to win an Olympic Gold Medal and NYAC’s Marti Malloy, 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist.

Team USA will be comprised of:

Team USA – Women’s

-48kg – Katelyn Bouyssou

-52kg – Angelica Delgado

-57kg – Marti Malloy

-63kg – Hana Carmichael

-78kg – Kayla Harrison

Coach – Jimmy Pedro

Team USA – Men

-66 kg Brad Bolen

-73 kg Everet Desilets

-81 kg Garry St. Leger, Travis Stevens

-90 kg Thomas Capra

+90 kg Andrew Jacobs

Advanced tickets are on sale now

General Admission: $20 online, $25 at the door

VIP: $65 online, $85 at the door

VIP with Banquet: $110 online, $125 at the door

March 14, 2015

Tito Ortiz Wants To Set Up Retirement With Bellator Gold

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Fight Nerd @ 6:56 PM



Tito Ortiz has always been one of the most divisive figures in MMA. The “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” was the UFC’s most prominent champion for a time in the early 2000s and his one­sided grudge matches with Ken Shamrock were PPV hits for the company. He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame and will always be hailed as one of the leading lights who helped to get them through some dark days. His big mouth and often wild claims have not endeared him to every fan but it is hard to suggest that he is not a legend in the sport.

It seemed for a long time that Ortiz was done, in a competitive capacity at least. Following a loss to Forrest Griffin in 2012 and only one win in his last nine fights, he closed the door on his career. It did not take much to woo him back. Ortiz inked a deal with Bellator and was scheduled to return in November of 2013 against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who was himself a former UFC light­heavyweight champion.

Though injury sidelined that fight, Ortiz was determined to fight again. He was deemed healthy last year and went on to put together an unexpected resurgence. Bellator’s middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko moved up to 205 lbs to face Ortiz in a feature fight and the Californian needed just half a round to dispatch his Russian foe with an arm triangle. He had convinced the doubters that he was not done just yet, and went on to beat Stephan Bonnar by split decision in November to go 2­0 under the Bellator banner.

This puts him in a position not many expected ­ as a legitimate contender to the title. Ortiz is light years ahead of most Bellator fighters when it comes to being in the mainstream consciousness and they would be stupid not to capitalize on that while he is still capable. Liam McGeary recently took the title with a hard­fought win over Emanuel Newton, and now Ortiz is eyeing up that silverware before he retires.

@liam_mcgeary congrats on the fight #Bellator134 enjoy it now because I'm coming for that title! #OrtizChamp2015

— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) March 1, 2015

With two more fights on his agenda, the chance to win the Bellator gold and then head out with a successful title defense would be the dream scenario. “Get that world title, defend it and retire as champion,” he asserted. With Ortiz’s pulling power, McGeary’s championship gold and the building tensions, it would be very surprising if the fight was not made imminently to make the most of the ensuing coverage and bring in the audience.

However, despite his immediate plans, again Ortiz is making plans for his life after fighting. “I want to go on to bigger things,” offered the UFC Hall of Famer. Being a world champion does not leave much room for improvement, but he does have some options available to him, many of which he has already started to nurture along the way to form the bedrock of his retirement plan.

Though he officially stepped down as Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos’ manager last year, under the guise of Primetime 360 Entertainment and Sports Management, Ortiz will likely further his interests there. For someone known to like the limelight, it allows him to stay in the media’s eye, while also utilizing the knowledge and respect he has accrued over his 18­year fight career. Whereas, in general, most MMA managers are low key and behind the scenes, Ortiz was front of stage when accompanying “Cyborg”, and he would no doubt blend well into a more vocal role like we see in the boxing world.

On top of that, to keep his hand in the sport of mixed martial arts, Ortiz used the days of PPV points and championship money to fund his brand Punishment Athletics, as well as his gym in Huntington Beach, Punishment Training Center. As much as the detractors have piled in to Ortiz over the years, you cannot deny that he used his brain when needed. A combat career is a short one and the good times do not always last. Using his business sense to fund these projects and help them develop while he was active means he has a more viable future with them when the cage no longer calls.

Another potentially lucrative avenue that Ortiz is exploring is his increasing love for poker, which is also leading to more success. There are many attributes he has honed as an athlete that will help in that one, and it’s not uncommon now for us to see crossover between the two. The poker tables have been encroaching more and more into MMA territory over the past few years and we’re seeing an increased amount of fighters use their focus and commitment to have success on thetables. “It’s just repetition,” said Ortiz. “In fighting it’s the same thing.”

As well as furthering his own interests, it looks like Ortiz is also willing to invest his time into others. Not just through his gym or management, but by giving his time to motivate others in different capacities. After knowing some struggles in his life, Ortiz found sanctuary in wrestling and then MMA. Now you can often see him giving back to the community with speaking roles and mentorship. Despite the brash exterior that has to hype fights, Ortiz recognizes the need to inspire the next generation and that is a noble quest, especially when he has a lot of irons in the fire.

Purely speculatively, after he has strapped on the 4oz gloves for the last time, it would not be a surprise if Ortiz moves into his own promotion. He has always been at loggerheads with Dana White, has been a fierce critic of the UFC and their huge market share, and he knows what fighters want from a fighter’s perspective, not from the perspective of a promoter who is ultimately using them for profit.

Whatever he does and however much he sticks around, MMA has a lot to thank Ortiz for. There is no doubt we will still be seeing that distinctive hair style on the homepages of MMA media sites for years to come ­ a character like Ortiz does not like too long without the focus being on him.

March 9, 2015

Johny Hendricks Doesn’t Like Playing Second Fiddle

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UFC 185 is a stacked event, with two main events, but perhaps the best thing about it is that it’s possible neither of those fights will stand as the best of the night. And nobody knows that better than Johny Hendricks (16-3).

Rather than wait for a rematch with Robbie Lawler, the former UFC welterweight champion was keen to get back in the ring, and his matchup with Matt Brown (19-12) is one he knows could come with some fireworks. Hendricks is the heavy favorite (view odds here at TopBet) but the fighting style of Brown is one he respects could cause him some trouble.

“He’s a taller guy than me, for one, so he’s going to have to get in closer and if he gets in closer he’s going to have to deal with my power,” Hendricks told FOX Sports. “Whenever you look at that you’ve seen what I can do, it turns into a really exciting fight. It could be a clash of wills to see who can win inside.”

Matt Brown is by no means a top-tier marquee fighter at this stage of his career, having 12 losses to his name, including his most recent to current welterweight champion Lawler, but his pedigree is nonetheless there as a fighter who can get into the mix of an exciting fight.

This is all essentially a sidelight for Hendricks, who will get a rematch with Lawler after what was a rare split decision title fight. In fact, if not for Lawler’s run of dominance towards the end of the fight, Hendricks might still be the one enjoying the title of welterweight champion. In the meantime, Hendricks doesn’t want you to forget his name, or that he’ll be back soon enough to contest Lawler in what will be one of the UFC’s biggest events of the year.

December 14, 2014

Shocking MMA upsets in 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Fight Nerd @ 3:34 PM

We all love a good underdog story, but sometimes, it’s the guys that are lower than underdogs that pull off a miracle. Here is a list of a few of the most shocking upsets in MMA this year that qualify as those underdog and worse stories. If you have any that I missed, feel free to throw them in the comments since this is only a short list and not a totally comprehensive one. So think about these the next time you try to place a bet online with SuperCasino or anywhere else you throw your money down for a “sure thing”, because this list proves that there is no such thing as easy money:

TJ Dillashaw VS Renan Barao – UFC 173

This one is still making some people scratch their heads. How did a last-minute replacement who was not even the UFC’s first choice end up defeating one of the winningest athletes in current MMA history?

Dillashaw was originally scheduled to fight Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 173 in May, but the fates had other plans, as instead Dillashaw got his chance for the Bantamweight title. Originally, Raphael Assuncao was going to meet Barao, but that was scrapped due to a rib injury, leaving the champion without a challenge. Instead, the 9-2 runner-up from TUF 14 took on the 32-1 Brazilian for the title in a match that no one could have predicted the outcome.

From the moment the bell rung, Dillashaw swarmed Barao and overwhelmed him en route to a fifth round TKO victory to win the title. Commentator Joe Rogan celebrated with Dillashaw after he won the belt, saying, “That was the greatest performance I have ever seen in my life!… You surpassed all expectations tonight with this performance. This was just … stunning…. This was incredible…. T.J., this is one of the finest performances I have ever seen!”

The two were set for a rematch at UFC 177, but Barao had to pull out due to issues with his weight cut, and instead Dillashaw decimated Joe Soto, beating him by knockout. Barao is set to make his comeback later this week at UFC Fight Night 58, but he will have some ways to go before he can get his rematch.

Will Brooks VS Michael Chandler – Bellator 120

In a similar fashion to Dillashaw’s title win, Will Brooks also had some serendipitous luck on the way to getting his chance at Bellator gold.

Until he fought Brooks, Bellator lightweight champ Michael Chandler had only suffered one loss in 13 fights, and that one loss was to Eddie Alvarez. This event was going to Bellator’s big inaugural pay-per-view, but suffered all sorts of bumps in the road (this being their second attempt at making a PPV). Originally headlined by the rubber match to end the trilogy between Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title, Alvarez was forced out due to an injury, and Brooks instead stepped in to face off against Chandler for the interim title.

No one expected Brooks to not only outstrike Chandler, but also outwrestle him for five rounds, winning the split decision in one of the best fights of the year. Chandler claimed he had a back injury heading into the fight and that affected his performance, but that may be questionable as the two had their rematch at Bellator 131 where Brooks had a much more convincing performance against Chandler, winning by TKO.

Bobby Green VS Josh Thomson – UFC on Fox 12

A former Strikeforce lightweight champion, Thomson had been a serious contender for the UFC LW title for some time, and was working his way back toward the higher rankings in the division when he was scheduled to face Michael Johnson at UFC on Fox 12. Johnson was injured, as seems to be a trend on this list, and Bobby Green stepped in to replace him on two weeks notice.

Green was a perennial underdog, but we should probably stop treating him as one after his win over Thomson. The fight was a tough one to call, but Green earned the split-decision win in the biggest fight of his career, and while he might not be in the running for a shot at the belt yet, it was hard not to take more notice of him after that performance. Unfortunately for Green, his next fight was a loss to Edson Barboza, but hey, at the time it was a huge deal and reminds you that anything can happen in the octagon (trademark pending Mike Goldberg).

Rafael Dos Anjos VS Benson Henderson – UFC Fight Night 49

In his fifth title UFC lightweight title defense, Henderson lost his belt to Anthony Pettis at UFC 164 in 2013. Bendo wanted his belt back, and racked up two wins to get back into title contention. That is, until he had to face Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 49.

Much like Chandler, Bendo had lost only once since 2007, and that loss was to Pettis. With a 21-3 record at that point, Bendo had a tough opponent in Dos Anjos, who had a record slightly larger than Henderson at 21-7. Bendo had been on a tear, and this event was expected to be his shot at making a big statement. While the event did make a statement, it was Dos Anjos who knocked out Bendo at 2:31 in the first round to let everyone know that he was legit, and may very well be on the way to his own title shot in 2015.

Joe Warren VS Eduardo Dantas – Bellator 128

The self-proclaimed “Baddest Man on the Planet” was already a former featherweight champion in Bellator when he decided to drop a weight class and fight in the bantamweight division. This may have been a smart move, as he ran through the Season 9 tournament and won the interim title against Rafael Silva at Bellator 118, replacing the true champ, Eduardo Dantas, who had suffered a hand injury.

At Bellator 128, Dantas returned to the cage to defend his proper belt against Warren’s interim title, in a match that many expected to be a repeat of Pat Curran’s performance against Warren (just hopefully not as brutal). Warren outworked Dantas through five rounds to win the belt from a man 10 years younger and who had never suffered a single loss in the Bellator cage. Warren is now officially the first and currently only fighter to hold Bellator belts in two different weight classes, and an inspiration to older fighters who want to grab that brass ring, or in this case a gold belt, before it gets too late.

Robbie Lawler VS Johny Hendricks – UFC 181

Lawler has not had an easy time in 2014. “Ruthless” had a shot at the welterweight title back at the start of the year, and lost to Hendricks in a very close and controversial fight at UFC 171. Lawler fought two more times to earn his chance at the gold again while Hendricks recovered from an injury.

Throughout his career, Lawler was tagged as a guy that had the potential to make it big, but as his career went on, he seemed to fall behind. Lawler had not held a title since 2009 during his time in Elite XC, and shuffled through weight classes for years that added up to an uneven record for the former Miletich protege. Now training at American Top Team, Lawler has seemed to have found his stride, and once he returned to the UFC in 2013 began showing new signs of life. At UFC 181, the fire was lit and the trigger was pulled, and Lawler came out on top and finally won the belt that so many fans predicted he would have won years ago against one of the toughest welterweights in the UFC.

November 26, 2014

Eminem raps about Ronda Rousey in latest song

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 3:36 PM

Rap legend Eminem released his newest album titled “Shady XV” and as usual, is getting some controversy around it. This 2-disc CD set contains a first disc with new songs from his ‘Shady’ label, while the second features greatest hits from the label, and both discs feature the sounds that made Eminem the memorable man that he became, for better or worse. I am not much of an Eminem fan, but when I heard he mentioned a certain MMA fighter, I had to give it a listen.

In the title track, Eminem talks about UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in a way that some see as an insult (while most are just confused). Eminem rapped:

I got a Magic Johnson
It’s like a Magic Wand allows me to not let a blonde arouse me
If Ronda Rousey was on the couch with the condoms out
Holding a thousand Magnums at once to pounce me
I’ll laugh in response to how she dances and flaunts it around me
Her flat little badonkadonk is bouncing around
And all I see is Paulie Malignaggi, she’s slaughterhouse in a blouse

I am no rap music expert, but from what I can gather, this was meant not as an insult but possibly as a compliment to Rousey. “Slaughterhouse” might be a reference to the hip-hop group by the same name that is under Shady Records and are also featured on the second disc of this set, so perhaps he is saying she is as good as they are? Beats me, I just report it.


November 22, 2014

ONE FC to crown first featherweight champ at “ONE FC: Dynasty of Champions”

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Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization with a 90% market share, ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC), has announced that ONE FC: DYNASTY OF CHAMPIONS is set to take place at the The Gymnasium of National Olympic Sports Centre in Beijing on 19 December. Top Chinese bantamweights will collide as former pan pacific champion Ji Xian faces the undefeated Song Ya Dong. Top lightweight contenders Vincent Latoel and Adrian Pang will clash in the co-main event. Also, a four-man, one-night featherweight tournament will be held and a champion will be crowned on the same night. The featherweights competing for the honor will be He Nan Nan, Li Gen, Li Kai Wen and Wang Ya Wei.

CEO of ONE Fighting Championship, Victor Cui, stated, “ONE FC is set to become the first major mixed martial arts organization to make inroads into mainland China. We will launch a 10-city tour with a huge event in Beijing as a sign of things to come! China is a hotbed for mixed martial arts talent and I will not be surprised to see a ONE FC World Champion from China in the near future. The path to glory begins at ONE FC: DYNASTY OF CHAMPIONS! Get ready for a night of world-class mixed martial arts action as ONE FC is live from China for the first time!”

Ji “The Executioner” Xian has made a reputation for himself as one of the top mixed martial artists in Asia. With a background in Sanda, Ji proved that he is one to watch out for in the MMA scene when he went undefeated in his first eight fights, winning a title in another promotion. He is now set to test himself against the best mixed martial artists in his division and will begin his quest for the ONE FC championship with a bout against Song Ya Dong.

Song Ya Dong is one of the brightest prospects in the world of MMA. He has already won four professional mixed martial arts bouts before his 20th birthday and is one of the most highly touted mixed martial artists to ever emerge from China. He will face his biggest test to date in compatriot Ji Xian. Song is best known for his takedowns and will make good use of them against fellow grappler Ji Xian.

Adrian Pang is one of the top lightweights in the world. A veteran of 30 fights, Pang was previously a champion in another promotion and will now make his ONE FC debut with his sights set on capturing the prestigious ONE FC Lightweight World Championship.

In his first four bouts with the promotion, Vincent Latoel has established himself as one of the most exciting mixed martial artists on the ONE FC roster. Latoel began his career as a Dutch kickboxer but has developed an all-action style that has proven to excite audiences. Latoel will be a tough litmus test for Pang as both fighters look to prove they are ready to contend for the title.

He Nan Nan is a former bodybuilder who has become a well-rounded mixed martial artist. He is proficient in wrestling and boasts devastating knockout power in both his fists. Originally from Shanxi Province, he now fights out of Beijing.

Li Kai Wen is a freestyle wrestler who currently trains at Tianjin alongside other top Chinese mixed martial artists. He will face He Nan Nan in the Beijing Featherweight Tournament semi-finals. Li Kai Wen has already faced He Nan Nan once in a grappling bout and defeated him via submission. He Nan Nan is determined to claim victory in the mixed martial arts realm while Li is out to prove he is the better fighter.

Li Gen is a Sanda fighter from Beijing. He is also highly adept at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and his team has been crowned the best in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the past two years. One of the top prospects to come out of the country, Li Gen wants to stake his claim as the best featherweight in the country by overcoming all competition.

Wang Ya Wei is a wrestler originally from Hubei province. Considered one of the top wrestlers in the country, he then moved to Thailand where he trained in Muay Thai for an extended period of time. He has since competed in regional competitions, winning his last bout by a nifty suplex and strikes sequence. Li Gen will face Wang Ya Wei in the semi-final bracket of the competition.

November 14, 2014

The ‘Hunt’ for gold: Will Mark Hunt be MMA’s ‘Rocky’ story?

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It was almost a pipe dream when fans were calling for a potential title shot for Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt after he had knocked out Roy Nelson in Japan. One injury to Cain Velasquez later though and the reality is right on our doorstep. UFC fans around the world rejoice. There are a plethora of reasons that these fans, old and new, are firmly behind Hunt at UFC 180 in Mexico City this weekend.

For some it’s nostalgia; Hunt was a Pride FC regular, defeating Wanderlei Silva and Mirko Cro Cop in their prime, and facing the best heavyweights in the world consistently. For others it’s a tale of becoming a champion against the odds. Not just any champion, but UFC champion. Hunt entered the Octagon at 5-6, losing his debut to the unheralded Sean McCorkle, and has since gone on to pave his way towards the interim championship with some big performances. For many though, it’s just the fact that Hunt seems like that regular dude anybody could know, the everyman, and he just so happens to a violent, crushing 265lb behemoth in the cage.

The chiselled physique of Georges St-Pierre earned him legions of admirers, but people always had a soft spot for the soft-around-the-middle – yet freakishly talented – BJ Penn. He was you, he was me, he was all of us. He was fallible, slightly flabby (and at some points more than slightly), and he was human. That’s part of the attraction of Mark Hunt. He isn’t a glamorised TV persona or an unattainable adonis – he’s a laid-back family man with a penchant for separating some of the best fighters in the world from their senses.

If you’d have presented his current UFC resume to any discerning fight fan back in 2010 they’d have told you to take your delusions elsewhere (probably filed in the ‘Impossible Ideas’ section, along a successful Shine Fights PPV). However, four KO wins against high-level opposition, two Knockout of the Night awards, two Fight of the Night awards, and one new-fangled Performance of the Night award later and you’re genuinely looking at one of the best heavyweights on the planet. This is no longer being endeared to a man who did the ‘atomic butt drop’ because, you know, that’s always awesome. He is beating the best fighters in the world, and usually emphatically.

When he comes up against Fabricio Werdum this weekend, betting lines will have him as a big underdog, but there seems to be an air that this Rocky story hasn’t reached its peak just yet. There’s a feeling that he just might do it. He hasn’t had the time to prepare, but he could just find a way. The rocks he has for fists are a great equaliser, and he sees them as plenty enough to negate the grappling advantages of his opponent. Legitimate one shot KO power will always keep him in the game, long enough for him to nonchalantly walk off with his opponent face down on the canvas at least.

He may not win, and the fact that he is even in contention for the gold is a monumental achievement regardless, but if he did it’d be hard to find a narrative in MMA to rival this one. Let’s do it, Super Samoan. Make history.

November 2, 2014

Can Bernard Hopkins Secure Victory in Atlantic City this Weekend?

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Fight Nerd @ 11:01 AM

This weekend is a pivotal one for fight fans, as light-heavyweight legend and veteran champion Bernard Hopkins compete in a unification bout against Sergey Kovalev. The American WBA and IBF champion Hopkins, who celebrates his 50th birthday in January, is engaging in his 66th fight and searching for a 56th victory. He is also hoping to unify the division against his undefeated Russian opponent, although many bookmakers make him the slight underdog against a man who drove Welshman Nathan Cleverly to the brink of retirement in 2013.

The fight will be held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City New Jersey, the spiritual home of pugilism, online blackjack and Caesars Casino. It would take a brave gambler to bet against the American Hopkins, however, especially when you consider the level of experience, confidence and ring craft that he brings to the table. This is befitting of a man of defended his world middleweight title on a record twenty occasions during the 1990’s, and since losing it in 2005 he has risen up the divisions and secured titles in each and every one.

Currently the oldest world champion in history, Hopkins would also become the most experienced unified champion of any division. This would be another landmark achievement for the self-assured American to celebrate, although the latest bout may also prove to be his toughest since he was outpointed by Joe Calzaghe in their controversial encounter of 2008. Russian Kovalev boasts genuine power in both hands and has an extremely capable record, while he stunned the majority of onlookers when he ended the unbeaten run of Nathan Cleverly with a fourth round stoppage.

So while it is always difficult to imagine Bernard Hopkins losing, the robust and physical challenge of Kovalev may be too much for the American to withstand.

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