Connect with us

News

“Karate Hottie” Receives Her First UFC Opponent

Matthew Wells

Published

on

Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson was announced as the newest member of the UFC women’s straw-weight division this week and it didn’t take long to find out who her first test would be. Angela “Her Majesty” Magana, one of the recent Ultimate Fighter cast members has drawn the task from UFC matchmaker Joe Silva.

Waterson, former Invicta FC champion at 105 pounds, will be packing on the another ten to move up a division and face the veteran Magana. With a record of 12-4 and wins over the likes of Jessica Penne and women’s MMA veteran Lacey Shuckman, Waterson is a highly anticipated signing by the UFC.

Magana who recently made news for joining friend and fellow TUF alumni Bec Rawlings in a twitter battle with Bec’s upcoming opponent Lisa Ellis that raised some eyebrows. Despite a three fight loosing stretch, with a record of 11-7 and some hard fights against some of the toughest in the division like Tecia Torres, Jessica Penne and Jessica Aguilar, Angela Magana has always proven a game opponent.

Magana will have to be on her game, after going the distance against Tecia Torres in her official UFC debut, she face a very different animal in Waterson. “The Karate Hottie” is a dangerous striker and submissions artist who has finished all but three of her fights, and two of the decisions came in her first two fights as a professional. Waterson will certainly be the favorite in the matchup, but Magana who also has a dangerous submission game and lethal arm bar that she has tapped multiple opponents with will be potentially fighting for her continued stay in the UFC which can certainly motivate a fighter.

– Article by Tim Alan Thomas

Onnit Primal Bells
Continue Reading
Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Fight Announcements

Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando

Published

on

The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.

It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.

Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.

In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.

Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.

In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.

UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Onnit Primal Bells
Continue Reading

Fight Announcements

Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

Published

on

Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.

First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)

Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.

Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.

Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.

In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.

UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira

Onnit Primal Bells
Continue Reading

Announcement

Sensor Equipped Tracking Gloves to be Used at UFC 219

Published

on

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).

Onnit Primal Bells
Continue Reading

Trending