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Crazy Brawl Steals The Show on Ultimate Beatdown 16

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Ultimate Beatdown continues its legacy of providing a platform for fighters around the South East Asian region. 30 fiery bouts consisting of Kickboxing, Boxing, Amateur and Pro MMA lighted up the worn out rooftop of Plaza Sentosa. The 3 months “fast” since the last Ultimate Beatdown intensified the hunger of the fighters, particularly one Luqman Amir Shah

During the weigh ins, the emcee(yours truly) end the night with a tongue in cheek comment asking if there was any other fighters in the house willing to fight tomorrow. Unexpectedly, 56kg Luqman stepped up and the UB officials managed to arrange an amatuer mma bout for him in less than 24 hours. Though it didn’t end well for him eating two illegal knees to the head followed by a barrage of punches from his opponent, the crowd was gracious in displaying their appreciation for his heart and courage.

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Rahul K Raju landing a left on Wong Seng Chong

 

“A good jab-straight combo from my opponent rocked me off balance but I didn’t feel hurt at all. I probably got a little angry that he rocked me which made me turn into a brawler unlike my previous fight in Ultimate Beatdown” – Rahul K. Raju

The third half of Ultimate Beatdown events have always been the most exciting, and the 16th edition embraced the tradition. The amateur MMA welterweight bout between Rahul K. Raju from Juggernaut Fight Club and “The Big Thing” Wong Cheng Song from Transform Gym had everyone in attendance on their feet. Reminiscent of Cheick Kongo vs Pat Barry, Rahul was rocked first as “The Big Thing” hurt him with swinging bombs from left and right but managed to regain his composure and protected himself well by staying close to his opponent. He questioned Cheng Song’s chin with his own leather in which his opponent couldn’t come back with any answer until the referee was forced to stop the fight.

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Simon De Maria front face kick on Shamsul Kyirie

“I was under immense pressure to succeed watching my teammates lose. Shamsul early fury of strikes helped me calm my nerves but I grew frustrated as he kept evading my strikes. The leg kicks started working in the second round and I kept using it to my advantage in the third. After the fight, I knelt down to Shamsul to show my respect to a very good fighter” – Simon De Maria

 

Two other fight of the night contenders, will be up for voting on Ultimate Beatdown Facebook page soon. One of the nomination was a raging back and forth K1 battle between Simon De Maria from MTCA and Shamsul Kyirie from Twins Tiger MMA. Simon was clearly down in the scorecards as his opponent was outhitting him for two full rounds. A low kick that dropped his opponent early in the third round and a beautiful jumping knee to the body on the clinch set him to victory as his opponent couldn’t continue with just minutes left off the third round.

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Hui Keng Fai throwing a straight right hand on Raqib Hanif

“I was well prepared and occasionally sparred with some good Malaysian boxers so I know I’m not too far away from my opponent standard. I had no doubt that I won every round and with this victory, I would definitely want to try for the national(boxing) team and will do anything to improve my mma game” – Hui Keng Fai

 

Another fight in contention was the co-main event between Keng Fai from Muayfit and Raqib ” Machine Gun” Hanif from Twins Tiger MMA in a 5 rounds amateur boxing match. Keng Fai who has been a staple in Malaysian amateur MMA scene, made his boxing debut against a Malaysian national boxer. He impressed everyone in attendance as he not only stood his ground but was dominating most of the exchanges. Raqib managed to throw plenty of powerful leather but Kai Feng was unfazed and gained the judges decision.

Alvin Ang smiles as he locked in the triangle choke on Hosein Basirian

Alvin Ang smiles as he locked in the triangle choke on Hosein Basirian

“I was surprised by his punching power. This guy hits hard man. In the second round, I shot for the triangle immediately when he dived in for the ground and pound. He went through three different escapes but I already got it tight from the beginning. Exploding it from open guard is one of my favourite moves because it happens so fast and even good guys would be caught off guard from it” – Alvin Ang

Submission of the night goes to Alvin Ang from Impact MMA in an amateur MMA bout againts Hosein Basirian from Kambiz warriors. The fight started of with a couple of exchanges and turned into a clinch battle where both fighters failed to gain an advantage. In the second round, Alvin Ang pulled a lightning quick triangle choke from the back and stubbornly held on forcing his opponent to tap.

Joseph Yap anticipating a strike from Arther Bindamin

Joseph Yap anticipating a strike from Arther Bindamin

“It was my first fight for Elitez MMA and thought that it would be wonderful to win via knockout. When he fell flat on the mat, I was stunned for a brief second. I’m not sure if I should engage or back off” – Joseph Yap

Knockout of the night goes to debutant Joseph “Havoc” Yap from Elitez MMA who executed a vicious overhand right that knocked his Arther Bindamin from Ace Gladiator Squad out cold as he dropped to the mat like a falling tree. It has been a long while since UB have witnessed such a brutal knockout and it will definitely go as one of the best knockouts in the history of Ultimate Beatdown.

Fouzein takedown attempt stuffed by George

Fouzein takedown attempt stuffed by George

“I wanted to display the striking that I have worked on and survived when George clipped me two times. It was satisfying that I didn’t win via submission this time round” – Fouzein Fozi

The main event featured the rematch of George “Kingpin” Doy from Reps Fitness with Fouzein “The Underdog” Fozi from Malacca MMA. The first round was razor close as Fouzein looked comfortable in the stand up exchanges with George and tried to break momentum at times shooting for takedowns. George was equally skilled at stuffing the takedown attempts but in the second round, Fouzein dominated in the striking department and managed a successful takedown attempt. George declared to the ref he wasn’t fit to continue before the start of the 3rd round leaving Fouzein the only man standing, celebrating with his trademark warcry.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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