To anyone who still wondered what happens when a pro boxer makes a professional MMA debut in the UFC, a scenario reminiscent of 2010’s James Toney vs Randy Couture answered the question again last night at UFC Fight Night 82 in Las Vegas. The style matchup was largely another striker versus grappler match like the aforementioned, albeit on a much smaller scale, as Mickey Gall and Mike Jackson are far less tenured than Toney or Couture.
Nonetheless, the end result was the same: a one-sided affair that favored the grappler, which saw Gall finish Jackson with a rear naked choke in just 45 seconds. Although Gall’s status a high-level grappler had him favored to win, it was actually a right hand that dropped the boxer to set up the finish and Jackson’s UFC run ended as quickly as it began.
His next move was as unprecedented as the fight itself and it may actually be the beginning of a different type of run in the UFC. Immediately following a wardrobe change and a short media scrum backstage, Jackson joined the cage side reporters decked out with media credentials and a three-piece suit. Unphased by the devastating loss, he showed his resilience and outgoing personality by live tweeting commentary and photos from press row of the Octagon, apparently not missing a beat in the transition from a fighter back to a reporter.
The UFC welcomed the arrangement. Vice President of Public Relations Dave Sholler tweeted, “Love this. @TheTruthJackson asked to cover the rest of the fights from press row after making UFC debut. Happy to welcome him out here.”
After Wonderboy Thompson’s stunning TKO victory over former champ Johny Hendricks, Mike Jackson even attended the post-fight press conference and actually fielded questions to his opponent. He may as well as parlay the experience into something memorable and have some fun with it, right?
“Going into the fight, the stipulation was that you would be the one to fight CM Punk (with a win). Was there any added pressure knowing that I had nothing to lose?”, Jackson asked Gall. Shaking his head, Mickey responded in kind, “No…no,” he said flatly. “Just win. Win a fight.”
When MMA Latest News interviewed Mike “The Truth” Jackson leading up to the fight, the self-taught, self-made photographer and journalist said, “this is a win-win situation for me, all of the pressure is on Gall.” He went on to say “This is a great opportunity for me to expose the Mike “The Truth” brand and I plan to make the most of this opportunity.”
He certainly accomplished that and it really was a win-win for all involved. Mickey Gall got what he wanted and now faces CM Punk later this year. Mike Jackson elevated his brand exposure and a made a big impression on the UFC media community, telling backstage reporters, “I talked to Dana White earlier this evening, and y’all are going to be seeing a lot more of me.”
MMA Latest caught up with “The Truth” this morning, the 7th of February and got clarification on the Dana White comment. He said that White told him, “I’ll be (a media contributor) at a lot of upcoming shows in Texas.”
Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217
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:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
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.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
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.
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
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)
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)
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)
Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams
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.
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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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