Earlier today BAMMA announced their return to Ireland for BAMMA 26: Craig vs. Fields at the 3arena, Dublin. This is BAMMA’s 3rd time coming to Ireland and if their past two events are anything to go by, we are in for a treat. The announcement of this card comes with a very exciting match up also in Paul Craig vs. Chris Fields for the BAMMA Light Heavyweight Championship as the headliner. Tickets went on presale today and will go on general sale on Monday the 11th of April.
Paul “Bearjew” Craig vs. Chris “The Housewives Choice” Fields
Scotsman Paul Craig is undefeated in his MMA career to date picking up 8 wins since 2013. Ever since signing with BAMMA Paul has been on a wrecking train of the Light Heavyweight division taking out anyone they have put in his path, handing Karl Moore his first career loss back at BAMMA 22 followed by picking up the title at BAMMA 23 against Marcin Lazarz. Paul has not failed to impress in his fight career so far finishing every single fight, proving to be a threat on the ground in particular with 7 of them wins by submission and 1 via TKO. Now, ”Bearjew” has yet another tough task ahead of him when he takes on Chris Fields in his own backyard.
Fighting out of the infamous SBG, Chris Fields is looking to add to his recent win by picking himself up a title. Fields only made his Light Heavyweight debut back at BAMMA 24, looking impressive in his submission victory over Dan Konecke in front of the loud Dublin crowd. With that win ending his winless streak of fights, he will now be aiming to have a repeat of that performance at BAMMA 26 to come out the champion. In Fields’ career so far he, similar to his opponent, has proven to be quite the exciting fighter with none of his fights going the distance although has mixed his victories up more (6 TKO, 5 Sub).
This is certainly a great match-up to have to headline the card and one to look forward to for sure. Along with that match up then, Fields’ SBG teammate James Gallagher will take on Sean Tobin. The fight was announced exclusively by Ariel Helwani.
Gallagher has only recently signed with Bellator so this may be the last chance Irish fans get to see him fight in Dublin for quite some time. Therefore, he will be most definitely looking to go out with a bang at BAMMA 26 and add to his undefeated record of 3-0 by defeating Sean Tobin. Fighting out of Trials MMA, Sean Tobin is looking to keep his recent form going against Gallagher. Tobin earned himself a hard fought win at BAMMA 24 when he submitted Gary Morris in the second round. This fight is yet another great addition and is certainly going to be one to watch on the card.
Sensor Equipped Tracking Gloves to be Used at UFC 219
From implementing the likes of USADA, the UFC Performance Instiute and the introduction of the instant replay. The UFC has always prioritized being at the top of the sport science game.
Now, at UFC 219 on December 30th, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved a test run for sensor equipped tracking gloves to be worn by a selection of fighters on the card.
The technology behind the gloves comes from AGI International (an analytics company) along with HEED (a consumer platform company). A collaboration founded by the UFC.
After a sparring exhibition between top lightweights, Edson Barbosa (19-4-0) and Mark Diakiese (12-1-0), HEED co-founder Mati Kochavi had this to say regarding how “70 insights” collected from sensors on the gloves, the corner-men, the octagon itself can depict a clearer image of a fight.
“Those insights are covering entire aspects of the fight between Diakiese and Barbose. Their passion, power of the fight, resiliency and strategy. All happen in the octagon.“
Shouldn’t sport be told in real-time, with real data, information and emotions?”
He finally promises “We are a company which is trying to revolutionize the way we (broadcast) sports and live events”
As for now there is little to zero information into the technical aspects of the gloves, however products like a Fit Bit have similar abilities to give data on speed, force, motion, elevation, heart rate etc.
The UFC 219 card takes place on Decemebr 30th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It will be headlined by a women’s featherweight title fight between current champion Cris Cyborg (18-1) and former UFC bantamweight champion, Holly Holm (11-3).
Mark Hunt Returns to Fight Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221
UFC 221 in Perth has officially added a another Australian to the main card. Joining Robert Whittaker is the knockout legend Mark Hunt.
The Daily Telegraph first reported that Hunt will be stepping into the octagon to face #9 Curtis Blaydes. Some weren’t sure if we would ever see Hunt fight again after he was pulled from the main event in UFC Fight Night 21 against Marcin Tybura. The UFC removed him due to “medical concerns” while Hunt was stating he was perfectly fine.
After getting evaluated and cleared to fight by Australian and American doctors, it looks like his time has come to return. Hunt’s last fight was back in June when he derailed the Derrick Lewis hype train with a 4th round TKO win.
Hunt had been adamant about calling out #3 ranked heavyweight Fabricio Werdum and trying to get that rematch booked, labelling Werdum a “chicken shit” and a “coward.”
Curtis “Razor” Blaydes who has an 8-1 record, is coming off a TKO victory due to doctor stoppage at UFC 217 in November. Since losing to now title challenger Francis Ngannou in April of 2016, Blaydes has rattled off three straight wins over Alexey Oleynik, Daniel Omielanczuk, and Cody East.
With all this momentum from the win streak, Blaydes looks to capitalize and win the biggest fight of his career against Hunt.
Angela Magana says she has been cut from the UFC
Angela Magana announced her release from the UFC on Twitter yesterday.
The now-former UFC strawweight was 0-3, in as many contests with the promotion. Her most recent loss came at the hands of Amanda Cooper, at UFC 218, on the UFC Fight Pass Prelims. A bout which she lost by TKO in the second round.
I immediately asked for a rematch with #ufc and they have released me after dropping 3 losses in a row. I'm thankful for the opportunities afforded to me through my journey with @ufc and am currently headed to the gym to train for my next win. #yourmajesty
— Angela Magana (@AngelaMagana1) December 8, 2017
Her first opportunity arose with the UFC when she appeared on, The Ultimate Fighter 20. A #12 seed, in the tournament of strawweights, Magana lost her preliminary round bout to #4 seed, Aisling Daly. Unfortunately, her promotional debut, on The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 20, resulted in another loss. Tecia Torres defeated Magana that night via unanimous decision. The following summer, Magana fought Michelle “Karate Hottie” Waterson at The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 21. Waterson won by submission (rear-naked choke) in the third round of the bout.
Oddly enough, following her July 2015, loss to Waterson and before her final bout with the UFC, Magana seemingly instigated a feud between herself and current featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg. A feud which began on social media and boiled over at the 2017 UFC Athlete Retreat. Disregarding her well-documented spat with Cris “Cyborg”, Magana managed her way through a storm of misfortune on her way to UFC 218.
After falling in love with Puerto Rico while on vacation, Magana moved to the island in the fall of 2016. Her entire life followed her there, as she began to train on the island she fell in love with. The tropical paradise turned to an apocalyptic wasteland following Hurricane Maria, the category five hurricane which decimated the area. The disaster became an extreme hindrance for the strawweight.
Her UFC 218 bout became official in early October. Yet, in spite of horrendous living conditions, she powered on through the natural disaster that left her home without power, until the week of the fight. Magana took to social media to tell fans that she would not stop fighting and is currently training for her next opportunity.
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