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Hayes “Haymaker” Christensen: An Amateur With A Professional Love of MMA Titles, the Lord, and Family



10626539_835272166577736_8210017081423734772_nThe path to the top in mixed martial arts is the most difficult sporting journey for an individual, but, with faith and a supportive cast of teammates and family, Hayes “Haymaker” Christensen (am 7-4), a fighter who yo-yos from lightweight up to welterweight, is scheduled to compete twice over the next thirty days, expecting to line his waist with more glory as an amateur before proceeding into the pros.

Long before passing through the doors of the Lord’s home or Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Nevada, Christensen would argue his instincts as a fighter were evident at birth. During his youth, while most focus their attention on swinging from the monkey bars during recess and trading snacks in the cafeteria, Christensen survived life on the streets. In a tone removed from his troublesome upbringing, he opened up about his childhood, telling of: an alcoholic father who left the family when he was seven years old; and a mother who met an addiction to drugs and abandoned him four years later,

“I was eleven and started selling drugs when I was twelve. Then, it just got worse and worse as I got older. I dropped out of school when I was eleven, didn’t have an education and was mad at the world, wanted money but was poor. Most often, I had to sleep on the streets as a kid. I was money-driven, and I was willing to do whatever I could for it.” As if struck with an overhand right thrown like a Hail Mary, Christensen continued, “I finally felt like a failure at a point and gave my life to the Lord. That’s kind of how the turnaround all started.”

Fast-forward several years—though prior to discovering MMA and his role as a husband and father—Christensen’s drastic changes were as obvious as the brick-and-mortar walls forming the construction business he built from the ground up. When the economy slammed everyone in 2012 with the force of a wildly thrown fist, Christensen lost his small company, which actually steered “Haymaker” in the direction of MMA. He described his moment of clarity,

“I had my own business in construction, and right when the economy went bad, everybody was losing their business, and I lost mine. I couldn’t find work for like nine months.” A bell went off to signal the first round of a fresh possibility, “I’ve been fighting since I was a little kid on the streets, so I was thinking, ‘Hmm. What can I do that I wouldn’t have to start at square one?’ I thought, ‘I’ll become a fighter!’ After I moved out to Las Vegas to train, I went to my first gym, and that’s how it all got started.”

Christensen’s present-day situation started in Las Vegas, but, at thirty years of age, he’s far from 13138884_871349829636636_8799976739932060726_nfinished in the ‘Fight Capital of the World.’ Relocating from his first gym, where he felt undervalued, to Xtreme Couture, a facility with a storied history in MMA, was, Christensen would contend, the best decision he could have made,

“I’ve only been here [Xtreme Couture] the last two years, and my game has gone up immensely.” The proof of Christensen’s gains line his mantle, with space reserved for more trophied accessories, “I’ve got the 160 [pound] KOTC (King of the Cage) title and the 170 pound WFC (World Fighting Championships) title, and I’m going on July 16th for the 155 [pound] WFC title [at WFC 55]. Then, on September 3rd, I’m defending my KOTC amateur championship [at KOTC: World Amateur Championships III], which is live on TV and a chance to win a $100,000 pro contract.” Christensen quickly interjected another piece of hardware he’s earned, and proudly flashes up and down the strip, since joining the fold at Xtreme Couture, “In the first two years of my amateur career, my ears never puffed up, but in the two years I’ve been here, my ears are all swollen up and I’ve now got cauliflower ear.”

Entering the professional pool and challenging for straps at the lightweight division is Christensen’s goal in the sport, but he wouldn’t think of scribbling his name across the dotted line unless his coach, Dennis Davis, co-signs,

“I’ve seen guys go pro too early, but Dennis Davis is a ‘been there, done that’ kind of coach. He’s been around and knows what he’s talking about, and I’m not going pro without his say so.”

As “Haymaker” continues to weather his skillset for the July 16th and September 3rd title bouts, Screen Shot 2016-06-25 at 8.46.44 AMfight fans will recognize him, beyond simply the man with his hand raised and rolled into a shiny, leather belt—either in the center of the WFC or KOTC cage—when they hear the words he finds power in playing repetitiously into the microphone on seven previous occasions,

“Every fight, I say something about Christ. I say, ‘I’m out here for the Lord. He’s brought me on this path, and people that know me and my path; they know where I’ve come from.’”

Much like Christensen has found his pathway, which he lines in championship gold, to walk with God, he intends on harboring the same level of conviction when he attempts to walk down his next two opponents with one “Haymaker” after another. Even after the celebratory buzz of Christensen’s MMA career has faded to mute, he will continue hoeing the road that has brought him such happiness,

“I’ve got a wife, a one year old son, and a daughter on the way. I’m really blessed. This sport is hard, but it’s really put my life in a better direction. Overall, a way more positive direction than it was going.”

Travel with Hayes “Haymaker” Christensen to his upcoming contests and those in the future by following him at:


Instagram: @hayes_haymaker_christensen

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”



Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Michael Page Not Focusing on Opponent Ahead of Boxing Debut

Harry Davies



MMA Latest spoke to Bellator’s Michael ‘Venom’ Page, as he makes his boxing debut this Friday at the Hayemaker Ringstar Fight Night.

Page (12-0 MMA) is renowned for his entertaining fight style inside the cage, with most of his knockout and submission victories ending up in highlight reels online, that almost always go viral.

‘MVP’ was supposed to make his boxing debut on the undercard of David Haye vs Tony Bellew in March of this year, but due to ongoing negotiations with Bellator, his debut was delayed. Shortly after Page signed with Haye’s promotion “Hayemaker Ringstar.”

Q: So, Michael, we’re about five days out now from your big boxing debut, and still we have no name of an opponent? Can you break the big news, who will you be fighting next week?

I honestly couldn’t even tell you his name right now! I know I’ve got an opponent, but I haven’t even looked at him because it has changed so many times. I don’t like to pay too much attention to it, because it’s added stress. For me it’s just a case of turning up, and firing punches at whoever is across the ring.

Q: Is this fight 10 or 12 rounds? Given a standard boxing fight is a lot longer than your typical 15-minute MMA bout, has there been an emphasis on cardiovascular work in your training camp?

Depending on the opponent, I think it’s 6-rounds. The preparation has been different, I’m having to stress out my shoulders and core a lot. The kicking distance as well is very different, getting used to having people a bit closer. I’m getting used to the corners of the ring, I’ve done it before but not to this extent so I am familiar of it, but my body wasn’t really used to it.

Q: So, is this kind of like a one fight deal for Haye’s Ringstar promotion? Regardless of this fight’s outcome, will you return to MMA?

Not at all, I’m taking it seriously. Otherwise, I would have just had a super fight against a big name like McGregor did. This is why I can’t just jump into a 12 round fight, I need to adjust my body and get it prepared for boxing.

There’s no future plans yet, I’d like to have an MMA fight again before the end of this year, as I haven’t fought this whole year, but another opportunity for boxing may come up and I might get a chance to jump on that, so it depends.

Q: Were you frustrated that Bellator booked Paul Daley vs. Lorenz Larkin, and if you could send a message to Daley right now what would it be?

I have no interest in him anymore. It feels so pathetic and unnecessary now. I don’t think he deserved that fight with Larkin right after the shocking display he put on in Wembley against Rory MacDonald. But good on him he beat Larkin, however he calls me out immediately after then goes on to say he’s past that fight, it just doesn’t make sense.

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Q: A statement we hear a lot is “MVP is the only guy outside the UFC that I want in the UFC” People criticise the talent in Bellator and say you’re fighting nobodies, what do you say back to them?

The amount of times you hear “you shouldn’t fight this person, you should have fought that person.” Everyone’s got an idea of what the correct steps someone should make are, but at the end of the day it’s their career. People are so fickle and easy to forget. If you are a fan of somebody, just be a fan of them regardless of win or loss.

Q: I’ve got to ask about how things are with Bellator, because from the outside looking in it’s quite unclear. How is it relationship at the moment?

Yeah I get on with most of the guys, it’s like a small family. I’ve still got a couple of fights left with them, they’re growing very well, the only problem is I feel like they’re focusing a bit too much on ex UFC fighters. For me it says you’re classing yourself as second best. Bellator generate some amazing superstars and young talent, they should continue to promote them.

You can watch ‘MVP’ make his boxing debut this Friday night, as the Hayemaker Ringstar Fight Night will air at 21:00PM on Dave.

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Exclusive: Alex Lohore “Didn’t Know” Who Richard Kiely Was Before BAMMA 32 Booking

Harry Davies



We spoke to the recently crowned BAMMA welterweight champion Alex Lohore, as he prepares to defend his title against Richard Kiely at BAMMA 32 in Dublin.

Lohore (13-1) won the vacant BAMMA welterweight title last month at BAMMA 31 in London. Fighting his longtime rival Nathan Jones on the night, Lohore knocked out “Mr Bag & Tag” with a knee in the first round.

Q: Obviously the rivalry between you and Jones had been going on for years, but you finished it in brutal fashion. Did you to speak to him after the fight?

Yeah I did have a chat with him. I was telling him that it was a great fight and we should train together sometime, but he was he wasn’t really keen on it. I guess he was still a bit sore about the defeat.

Q: In the cage after your win, you called out Richard Kiely, now you’re fighting him. Are you happy you got the opponent you asked for?

Everyone keeps saying I called him out, I didn’t call him out, he called me out! I didn’t even address his name, I said ‘this Irish kid has been running his mouth we’re going to go out there and shut him up.’ I didn’t even know who he was. He’s been mentioning my name and talking a lot of rubbish on my social media disturbing me and my fans.

Q: The finish against Jones was picture perfect. From the elbow, to the right hand, to the knee, was it the best of your career?

Yeah I think it is, by far! It was perfect technique. I knew as he was going he back he would try to duck in for the takedown. Because I was throwing the head kick anyway all I needed to do was just switch it to a knee. I couldn’t ask for any better.

Q: Given it’s in Dublin and Richard is Irish, How do you feel about going into enemy territory at BAMMA 32?

That’s great, that’s why I’m doing it! I need to be comfortable in every environment, so going out there will test. I wanted to be on the Dublin card, now I can teach him a little lesson too, I can’t wait.

Q: As you know the Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers has brought a lot of attention to BAMMA recently, what are your thoughts on him? 

He’s good man. For someone who doesn’t come from a fighting background and does reality TV stuff, he’s doing good. How can people say he should fight someone more experienced, because he is taking  guys that are on his level and he’s doing good.

He’s helping MMA fighters because he has got a big following so more people are going to be watching MMA and learning about MMA so it’s a good thing having him on board.

BAMMA32 will take place at the 3Arena in Dublin on November 10th. Tickets are now on sale at The card will air live on both UNILAD’s Facebook page, and Dave.

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