The Fight Nerd

April 7, 2014

A quick guide to online MMA betting

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Fight Nerd @ 10:21 AM

BY DAVE BUNN

MMA, or Mixed Martial Arts, is becoming an increasingly popular sport for people to bet on. It is fast and furious bringing some excitement to your TV screens. With companies like the UFC growing each year and running more and more live events internationally, there are plenty of chances to make a few bucks from what goes down in the cage.

For the noob to MMA, betting on the sport is not as niche as it once was – top betting brands such as bet365 and William Hill allow players to place bets on it. Similarly to boxing you need to bet on who you think will be the outright winner of the fight. You will be presented with different odds from different sites, so of course the object is to find the best odds possible and shop around. There are odds comparison sites out there where you can see who is offering what, you will often find similar sites for no deposit mobile casino brands which have become hugely popular. To find out more about that, check out this link.

So, here is the best way to get started on betting on the most explosive sport in the world!

Betting Tips

It’s always a good idea to research the fighters before placing your bet. You can get information on their fight history and what their strengths and weaknesses are. It’s important to also analyse the match up and what one competitor may have over the other. Styles make fights, so keep in mind how the way one fighter works in the cage may affect (or be affected by) the way their opponent will move, strike, wrestle, grapple, or whatever else. After which, you need to see what the odds have in store for you.

How Do the Odds Work?

Generally there is what is known as the “money line”. If a fighter has a negative number next to their name this means that they are the favourite to win. If a fighter has a positive number next to them, then they are the least likely to win. For example, at the upcoming TUF Nations Finale, Michael Bisping opened at -165, while Tim Kennedy opened at + 125, meaning Kennedy is the underdog in this fight while Bisping is favored to pick up the victory.

When is the Best Time to Bet?

Just like with most sports betting the odds will change depending on the number of people betting on each fighter. If you want to bet on the fighter that isn’t the favourite, it’s probably the best idea to do that as close as you can to the fight to get the best odds possible. If you want to bet on the fighter that has been deemed most likely to win, you should do this as soon as you can.

Where to Bet?

You can either go directly to the sportsbook sites, or else you can visit comparison sites. It’s always a good idea to look out for brands who offer no deposit bonuses as you can often bag yourself a free bet which is great for those of you who are just starting out. High welcome bonuses are also something that should be on your radar to get a little bang for your buck.

There we have it folks, you should now be able to make a Mixed Martial Arts bet and be able to come out on top. Start analysing those fighters and look for the best odds you can.

April 5, 2014

“M-1 Challenge 47″ Quick Results

Filed under: Event Results — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 3:37 PM

M-1 Challenge Featherweight Champion Marat Gafurov (9-0-0) retained his title and remained undefeated, winning a five-round decision over invading American challenger Lee “American Bulldog” Morrison (13-4-0) in tonight’s M-1 Challenge 47 main event at Orenburgzhye Sport Hall in Orenburg, Russia.

Living boxing legend and future of Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. was a special guest.

This marked the second successful title defense for Gafurov, a jiu-jitsu specialist from Russia, who originally captured the crown in 2013.

In a much anticipated heavyweight rematch, Frenchman Shaban Ka (7-3-1) stopped Americanfighting icon Jeff “The Snowman” Monson (49-17-1) in the opening round. The two had previously fought to a draw in 2011.

Undefeated Polish heavyweight Marcin “Tybur” Tybura (10-0-0) recorded a win by third round technical knockout, maintaining his No. 1 contender position, over Croatian Maro “Gladiator” Perak (23-4-1).

Slovanian lightweight Ivan “Buki” Buchinger (26-4-0) gained revenge against Russian veteran Sergey Golyaev (23-11-0), choking his tough opponent into a first-round submission Buchinger has won 14 of his last 17 fights but Golyaev needed only 21 seconds in their first match to become the first to knockout Buchinger.

Welterweight Julien “J-Smoove” Williams (5-1-0) was the only American fighter to register a victory at M-1 Challenge 47 with the first knockout of his professional career in his M-1 Global debut coming in the first round against previously unbeaten Russian Rasul Abdulaev (3-1-0).

Polish lightweight prospect Kamil Maron (5-1-0) took a three-round unanimous decision from Russian Georgy Fursov (2-2-0, 1 KO/TKO), Brazilian light heavyweight Luis Fernando “Hulk” Miranda (12-1-0) ruined Ukrainian National MMA champion Vasily Babich’s (7-1-0) perfect pro record by way of an opening round guillotine choke, and Said Maadziev (1-1-0) won his first pro fight against Murad Mirzabekov (1-1-0) in a battle of Russian featherweights.

Full results:

(Winners listed first each fight)

M-1 CHALLENGE FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

MARAT GAFUROV (9-0-0, 1 KO/TKO, 5 SUB), Champion, Dagestan, Russia

WDEC5

LEE MORRISON (13-4-0, 4 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), Challenger, Okanogan, Washington, USA

(Gufaurov retains M-1 Challenge featherweight title)

HEAVYWEIGHTS

CHABAN KA (7-3-1, 1 KO/TKO, 5 SUB), Villeneuve-d’ Ascq, France

WTKO1

JEFF MONSON (49-18-1, 3 KO/TKO, 29 SUB), Miami, Florida, USA

Marcin TYBURA (10-0-0, 4 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), Lodz, Poland

WKO/TKO3

MARIO PEREK (23-34-1, 12 KO/TKO, 7 SUB), Dubrovnik, Croatia

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS

LUIS FERNANDO MIRANDA (12-0-1, 4 KO/TKO), 7 SUB), Rio Grande, Rio Grande Do Sol, Brazil

WSUB1 (Guillotine Choke)

VASILY BABICH (9-3-0, 3 KO/TKO, 5 SUB), Yeupatoria, Ukraine

WELTERWEIGHTS

JULIEN WILLIAMS (5-1-0, 1 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), Orlando, Florida, USA

WKO2

RASUL ABDULAEV (3-1-0, 1 KO/TKO, 0 SUB), Kolpino, Russia

ALEXEI KUNCHENKO (3-0-0, 1 KO/TKO, 2 SUB), Tyumen, Russia

WSUB3 (Verbal)

ANATOLY SAFRONEV (19-21-0, 3 KO/TKO, 8 SUB), Kharkiv, Ukraine

LIGHTWEIGHTS

IVAN BUCHINGER (26-4-0, 6 KO/TKO, 16 SUB), Gabcikovo, Slovania

WSUB1 (Rear Naked Choke)

SERGEY GOLYAEV (23-11-0, 6 KO/TKO, 12 SUB), St. Petersburg, Russia

FEATHERWEIGHTS

KAMIL MARON (5-1-0, 0 KO/TKO, 3 SUB), Tarnov, Poland

WDEC3

GEORGY FUROV (2-2-0, 1 KO/TKO, 0 SUB), Orenburg, Russia

SAID MAADZIEV (1-1-0, 1 SUB)), St. Petersburg, Russia

WSUB1 (Arm Bar)

MURAD MIRZABEKOV (1-1-0, 0 KO/TKO, 0 SUB), Orenburg, Russia

March 30, 2014

The Return of UFC International Fight Week

Filed under: News — The Fight Nerd @ 1:14 PM

BY HARLEY ATKIN

It’s the news that UFC sport fans have been waiting for – that’s right, UFC International Fight Week will be returning this year to Sin City Las Vegas. Taking place from July 1st-6th, the third annual event will see not only ultimate fighting champions but a whole other host of events over the week, from arts, dining and shopping to charity events.

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Competition is likely to be hot over the course of the week, and with the Vegas location, betting will be on everybody’s minds, with the UFC comparison at sportsbettingsites.tv being no exception. The hotly anticipated event will see some of Vegas’ most renowned gambling havens playing host to the fighting, including the luxurious Mandalay Bay hotel, which has held UFC events in the past such as the UFC 170 card.

Hot new events for UFC International Fight Week

This year will also feature, for the first time ever, two huge fight cards in one weekend – the UFC 175 and the Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale. As Las Vegas is home of UFC, the city will also be holding a number of themed events over the course of the week, with exclusive access to UFC stars and celebrities.

Other hot favorites, that will be returning to Vegas for the UFC International Fight Week, include live performances from Las Vegas’ hottest talents, plus the chance to interact with fighters. That’s not forgetting of course the chance to party with the Octagon Girls, who will be making their babelicious way into a pool party during the week.

The UFC Fan Expo

There’ll be more than just fighting to this year – the UFC Fan Expo promises super fans the chance to watch all important weigh-ins, plus a free concert, grappling and martial arts tournaments and youth and adult activities.

Members of UFC Fight Club can enjoy VIP access to select events, as well as a range of other discounts on the biggest fights. This year’s UFC International Fight Week promises to be bigger than ever, with previous years having taken in more than $146 million for the city of Las Vegas. Rossi Ralenkotter, president of the Las Vegas Visitors Convention and Visitors Authority, said of the event: “UFC International Fight Week provides fans with unprecedented access to UFC stars and no destination matches the passion and energy like Las Vegas.”

With fighting, entertainment and hot competition, UFC International Fight Week guarantees to be a week to remember.

March 27, 2014

UFC Fight Night 40 Quick Preview

Filed under: Features — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 12:55 PM

BY JAMES PETERS

As UFC Fight Night 40 edges closer, the fascinating main card at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio looks set to give fans another thrilling night of fights. Opening the main card in Ohio will be Chris Cariaso versus the unbeaten Louis Smolka in the flyweight division. With a 6-3 record inside the Octagon, the experienced Cariaso goes into the fight with more UFC appearances than his opponent has professional fights, and that could be the difference in this bout.

Next up on the card is the heavyweight clash between Australian Soa Palelei and promotional newcomer Ruan Potts. With two straight KO wins since returning to the UFC, Palelei will be a strong favorite to see off the untested South African Potts, with everything pointing to an early finish for the big Aussie. Palelei has been undefeated since 2011, and is an easy pick for winner by whatever he wants in this match.

Next up, William Macario and Neil Magny meet in an evenly matched welterweight match-up, with both fighters looking to win second straight bouts inside the Octagon. While Magny has the greater top level experience, Macario has the tools to possibly surprise the Betfair odds and take the win. Both fighters are looking to keep their confidence high after returning to the winners circle, and neither man will want to go the distance either, so expect to see Macario push for a finish with Magny holding on and trying to grind it out.

Erik Koch will be looking to follow up his impressive TKO victory over Rafaello Oliveira with a win again Daron Cruickshank. The 25-year old has mixed it with the best throughout his time in the sport and will be a comfortable favorite in this lightweight fight. Cruickshank is coming off his epic spinning wheel kick knockout against Mike Rio back in January, but Koch seems to be the more explosive of the pair. Look out for this one to be fight of the night material!

Heading to Ohio on the back of two straight defeats, Costas Philippou is in desperate need for a win against Lorenz Larkin in the co-main event. But despite his relatively low profile, Larkin had been building up a decent run before his points loss to Brad Tavares in January and the Californian will be confident of handing the Cypriot fighter his third straight UFC defeat.

The main event of the night sees Matt Brown look to continue his ruthless tear through the welterweight division when he meets Erick Silva. Brown will enter the Octagon on a six-fight winning run and will be a firm favourite with Betfair, but Silva showed what he is capable of with his bonus-winning KO victory against Takenori Sato in February.

UFC Fight Night 40: Brown vs. Silva is set for May 10, 2014 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.

March 26, 2014

OSMMA Review: UFC 9 – Worst UFC main event ever?

After a long delay, the Old School MMA Review returns with a look at one of the worst (if not worst of all time) events in the history of the UFC.

From the Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan on May 17, 1996, “UFC 9: Clash of the Titans” was the first UFC event to bypass the one-night eight-man tournament format, and replace it with a card of single fights with essentially no meaning whatsoever, aside from the main event, a rematch between Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn for the UFC Superfight Title, which featured 35 minutes of stalking around the ring and nary a strike thrown.

Also on UFC 9, the underwhelming octagon debuts of Amaury Bitetti, Matt Anderson, and Rafael Carino, the return of previous losers Zane Frazier and Cal Worsham, new up-and-comer’s Don Frye and Gary Goodridge showing us more about themselves, and the one-time appearance of arguably one of the greatest athletes that has ever graced the UFC, Mark Schultz. This is an event for the ages, stuffed to the brim with internet polls, filler, and all sorts of other irrelevant nonsense as Zane Simon and The Fight Nerd do their best to survive this awful event, and make you suffer in return for making us have to sit through it! Enjoy!

You can check out my article on what really happened during the Severn VS Shamrock 2 fight with quotes from Severn, Shamrock, Big John McCarthy, and Bob Meyrowitz at this link here!

If you want to torture yourself, you can order UFC 9 on Amazon.com at this link here , which has since been renamed Motor City Madness (because you would be mad to want to watch this).

March 14, 2014

Strikezone holds “Strikers’ Cup 11″ in New Jersey on March 15

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 1:42 PM

With a stacked amateur card in place, Strikezone Promotions Muay Thai event, “The Strikers’ Cup’s 11″ will hit Voorhees, New Jersey tomorrow night!

The 13 intriguing contests will feature athletes from eleven of the tri-state’s top Muay Thai and MMA gyms and take place on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Flyers Skate Zone (601 Laurel Oak Rd, Voorhees, NJ 08043). The sanctioned bouts are set to begin at 8:00 p.m. (ET). Celebrated fight broadcaster GoFightLive will cover all the action on their website gfl.tv.

“We’re thrilled to host another fantastic night of Muay Thai kickboxing as we promote this great combat sport,” Derek Riddick, New Jersey fight promoter and owner of Strikezone Promotions, had to say about the event. “This is going to a very exciting event for both seasoned and new amateur fighters looking to hone their skills under the pressures of a crowd.”

Riddick added, “We’ve got many fighters, male and female, making their debuts, and for them and their fans the excitement and anticipation rivals any world championship battle. Plus, there’s really no “feeling out” round in the amateurs, so the intensity and non-stop action goes from start to finish. With the added spice from Strikers’ Cup regulars from Daddis, Tiger Schulmann, Five Points, Girl Fight and Strikezone, we’re pleased to add Square Circle NY to the mix. All told, I think we’ve put together a fight card that is going to deliver an entertaining evening.”

A large portion of the gate proceeds will benefit two great charities — “Autism Speaks” and “The American Cancer Society” — thereby making this event not only a platform to showcase these fighters, but also a path to aiding those in need.

The complete fight card is below:

• Lightweight (over 130 to 135 lbs.) Emily Back, AMA Fight Club vs. Diana Zhivanaj, TSMMA

• Lightweight (over 130 to 135 lbs.) Jonathan Nieves, Square Circle New York vs. Lizandro Zhinin, Daddis Fight

• Lt Heavyweight (178 Limit) Josh O’Reilly, NJMA vs. Tunde Lapido, TSMMA

• Welterweight (over 140 to 147 lbs.) Jimmy Cavalucci, Daddis Fight Camps vs. Juan Vidas, TSMMA

• Light Heavyweight (over 168 to 175 lbs.) James Peay, Five Points Academy vs. Angel Rodriques, TSMMA

• Heavyweight (over 210 lbs. to 235 lbs.) Ralph Arias,TSMMA vs. Jaalas Moura, Ironbound Fight Club

• Welterweight (over 140 to 147 lbs.) Anthony Kluska, Daddis Fight Camps vs. Justin Musliga, TSMMA

• Flyweight (up to 112 lbs.) Hazel Donguitis, Girl Fight MMA vs. Antje Schoeman, Square Circle New York

• Middleweight (over 154 to 161 lbs.) Bobby Malcolm, Daddis Fight Camps vs. Damien Bailey, TSMMA

• Featherweight (over 122 to 126 lbs.) Manuel Seguero, TSMMA vs. Sam Santiago, Square Circle New York

• Super Middleweight (over 161 to 168 lbs.) Andy Seqovia, TSMMA vs. Linwood Lewis, UFC Gym Cherry Hill

• Lt Heavyweight (178 Limit) Saidi Mohamed, Camp Undefeated vs. Kenny Klotz, Strikezone MMA

• Lightweight (over 140 to 147 lbs.) Carl Gaeta, Five Points Academy vs. Danny Ramirez, TSMMA

For ticket information contact Derek Riddick of Strikezone at 856-439-9663.

March 13, 2014

Robbie Lawler credits return to sparring with rise in UFC

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 10:18 PM

This weekend at UFC 171, Robbie Lawler gets a crack at the UFC welterweight title, a long and arduous journey behind him that has spanned his time as a top dog in Strikeforce all the way to his return in the UFC. A recent interview on Yahoo! Sports revealed a surprising fact about Lawler’s training camps during his tenure in Strikeforce – that he stopped sparring during his fight camps!

Lawler has gone 3-0 since his return to Zuffa land, and the sportsbook odds are in his favor for this championship bout, but it took a drastic change in his training to get him to where he is now. Back in the summer of 2012, after losing to Lorenz Larkin at “Strikeforce:Rockhold VS Kennedy”, Lawler opted to stop having intense sparring sessions in his gym, eliminating it completely from his regimen. Kevin Iole has the details, via Monte Cox:

He basically didn’t spar before facing Larkin, in effect going 180 degrees away from the aggressive sparring philosophy he was brought up with at the Miletich camp, and it left him unprepared.

“We talked after that and we both realized that he needed to spar some,” Cox said. “Not sparring kept him concussion-free, but in this sport, you need to spar some to be able to see the openings and get your timing and all of that.”

Lawler also stated that he never felt truly ready to be the best fighter that he saw himself being, but it seems that things have begun to click for the MMA veteran, and it might be enough to get him the belt that has eluded him so long during his journeyed career.

Lawler will meet Hendricks (whose last appearance in the octagon was a controversial loss to the now retired Georges St. Pierre) in what is expected to be either a five-round brawl that will go the distance, or a very short and violent scrap, this weekend at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas at UFC 171. Welterweights Carlos Condit and Tyron Woodley will also meet on the main card, along with Diego Sanchez VS Myles Jury, Jake Shields VS Hector Lombard, and Ovince St. Preux VS Nikita Krylov

March 11, 2014

Anderson Silva & Lyoto Machida star in new MMA movie, “Tapped”

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 4:29 PM

There is a new MMA movie coming to town this year, and this one features some big names in the fight world, as well as the action movie world.

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“Tapped”, directed by Allan Ungar and produced by Hackybox Pictures and Oriahsphere Entertainment, is an action drama about a disgruntled teenager, sent to do community service at a rundown Karate school, who enters an MMA tournament to face the man that killed his parents. The film stars Michael Biehn (Terminator, Aliens, The Rock), MMA Champion Anderson Silva, MMA Champion Lyoto Machida, Krzysztof Sosyznski (Here Comes The Boom), Martin Kove (The Karate Kid Trilogy), and Cody Hackman. Personally, I have always wanted to see how Kreese from the Karate Kid would fare against Silva, so I am happy to report that dreams do indeed come true. I am also happy that K-Sos is back in movies since he was one of the best parts of “Here Comes the Boom”, and is pretty much a natural.

The film will be released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment under the new name “Tapped Out” on May 27, and by VVS films in Canada. It will see a theatrical release across Brazil on May 16.

Personally, any MMA movie that uses a twister is good in my books, so we will keep you updated as the film gets closer to a release. You can keep up with what is happening with the film on their twitter page or their Facebook page.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson VS King Mo added to “Alvarez VS Chandler 3″ Bellator PPV

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 1:50 PM

MMA’s greatest trilogy is set for Saturday, May 17th as Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez will defend his title against Michael Chandler in the most highly anticipated fight of 2014, live on Pay-Per-View. The night also features the Memphis return of MMA superstar Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who will square off against King Mo Lawal in one of MMA’s most heated rivalries. The event will take place from The Landers Center, located just outside Memphis on Saturday, May 17th. Tickets for the event will go on sale on Friday, March 14th at 10am CST on Ticketmaster.com, Bellator.com and The Landers Center Box Office.

The main event is the third installment in this epic MMA trilogy that has featured a spectacular submission victory for Chandler at Bellator 58 and a dramatic 5-round split decision victory for Alvarez at Bellator 106 this past November. Both of their previous fights were considered for “Fight of The Year” by the MMA media and fans.

A native of South Memphis, Rampage returns to The River City for the first time in fifteen years to battle King Mo in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Finals. Since joining Bellator in 2013, Rampage has delivered two highlight reel knockouts, and will face his toughest test in Bellator to date when he battles King Mo from The Landers Center on Saturday, May 17th live on Pay-Per-View.

“I’ve been wanting to come back to Memphis for the last decade, and I’m finally getting that chance to fight in one of the biggest fights of my career for Bellator,” Jackson said. “After being part of the Bellator family for a while now, I feel like the old Rampage, and that’s not a good thing for Mo. I’m back, I’m a monster, and I’m looking to put on another entertaining fight for all my fans on May 17th.”

“When it comes down to it, this is a fight I’ve wanted for a long time, and I’m going to be able to beat his ass in his hometown, and everyone is going to respect me,” Lawal said. “Rampage is just a stepping stone in my way to get that title shot again and get that belt. It’s all I want, and after I beat Rampage, I’m going for that belt, simple as that.”

“We now have two fights on this card that are absolute fireworks,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Like I said before, we have Alvarez and Chandler headlining a card that will end the best trilogy ever in MMA, and now we’ve added two more superstars to the mix with Rampage and King Mo. May 17th is going to be an absolutely huge night for Bellator, live on Pay-Per-View.”

March 5, 2014

Daniel Cormier announced as Honorary Captain of USA World Cup Wrestling Team

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 3:44 PM

Daniel Cormier, a two-time Olympian in men’s freestyle wrestling and an undefeated star with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, will serve as the Honorary Captain of the 2014 U.S. Freestyle World Cup Team.

Under the guidance of Team Leader Andy Barth, Cormier will captain the U.S. team at the Freestyle Wrestling World Cup, at the Forum, presented by Chase, March 15-16 in Inglewood, Calif. The World Cup is the annual international dual meet championships, and will feature the top 10 men’s freestyle wrestling teams in the world.

“It will be great to be part of the World Cup team. As an athlete, I wrestled on a few World Cup teams. To be welcomed by USA Wrestling, the coaches and the team means a lot to me,” said Cormier.

National Freestyle Coach Zeke Jones is pleased that Cormier will be in Los Angeles as part of the team.

“In team sports, a captain is a title that is given to an athlete on the team. A captain on the United States Wrestling Team is a person that represents honor and respect and Daniel epitomizes that. We know he’ll be there to help and support his USA Wrestling teammates, especially in the heat of the battle. We know Daniel will take the responsibility of helping the team when they step out on the mat and have them ready,” said Jones.

Cormier had a successful career in international freestyle wrestling. He was a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team, which competed in Athens, Greece, as well as the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, which competed in Beijing, China. Cormier placed fourth at the 2004 Olympic Games. He was a 2007 World bronze medalist and placed fifth in the 2003 World Championships. He wrestled on six straight U.S. World or Olympic Teams, and won six straight U.S. Open national titles.

A native of Lafayette, La., Cormier was a two-time NJCAA Junior College national champion for Colby CC in Kansas. He went on to Oklahoma State, where he placed second in the 2001 NCAA Div. I Championships, competing for two-time Olympic champion John Smith.

Cormier won a silver medal at the 2005 World Cup which was held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

“I remember the World Cup as being a high-level event, where you wrestled back-to-back against top opponents. The dual meet format was fun. It was great to be part of a team, and to be able to help your team win,” said Cormier.

The United States last won a World Cup team title when it was held in Boise, Idaho in 2003. Cormier believes that a U.S. team victory in Los Angeles would show that U.S. freestyle wrestling is moving up at the World level.

“A win would show a progression for USA Wrestling. We had two Olympic champions and a bronze medal at the last Olympic Games. It shows that as a country, U.S. wrestling is going in the right direction. A win in the World Cup would show that we are advancing. I believe we are getting on track as a program and are closing the gap on the best in the world,” said Cormier.

Cormier will have an opportunity to speak with the U.S. team members, many who may be wrestling in their first World Cup.

“I will tell them to enjoy it. Your career just goes so fast. I can think back to every one of my major events as a wrestler. I will say to live in the moment and compete how you know how to compete. Just go out there, represent this great country and do us proud,” said Cormier.

Cormier has excelled in his Mixed Martial Arts career, compiling an impressive 14-0 record while competing at heavyweight and light heavyweight. Most recently, Cormier cemented his place as a light heavyweight title contender with a first-round knockout victory over Patrick Cummins in the co-main event of UFC 170. The 34-year-old trains at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose alongside fellow UFC standouts such as UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold.

“I got everything from wrestling. I learned how to train hard, and I was hardened to the toughness of competition. I learned how to compete on the big stage by wrestling in two Olympic Games. In my fighting career, I have no worries. Wrestling has prepared me for everything,” said Cormier.

Cormier brings enthusiasm to his role as World Cup Honorary Team Captain.

“The biggest thing for me is to be a part of USA Wrestling and our team again. It means a ton to me. It motivates me that I am welcomed back to the sport which molded me,” said Cormier.

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