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Matt Brown Visits the Alamo City to Promote Immortal Combat Equipment



Top UFC Welterweight Matt “The Immortal” Brown made his first trip to San Antonio, Texas on the weekend of August 4-7 for the International Martial Arts Professional Conference. One of MMA Latest News’ own business partners, RevGear sponsored the event and Matt Brown’s objective was to promote his signature brand of strength and conditioning weaponry called Immortal Combat Equipment.

MMA Latest got an exclusive look at all of the products, along with some coaching and a personal demonstration from Brown himself; as well as plenty of hands-on experience with Immortal Combat Equipment.


“I want to help athletes, combat sports athletes specifically when I’m done with fighting. Apparently, I can’t fight forever, or so I’m told. But I ain’t training anyone for bodybuilding or training some housewife. I want to train athletes in combat sports because this type of workout and equipment meets their needs.”

A group of onlookers first gathered around a massive tire to watch Matt Brown demonstrate the different techniques of swinging the Immortal Combat Equipment (ICE) Battlehammers, which vary between 15-35 pounds.

“I used to work out with sledgehammers, which you see a lot of people still doing. But why would a 120lb female and 200lb male work out with a sledgehammer of the same size and weight? That’s why we made different weights.”

Besides the various weight options, the overall design differentiates the Battlehammer, rendering it superior to a basic sledgehammer in many ways. The cylindrical design of the weighted end is much safer and effective because a sledgehammer must land flush on the head of the hammer to achieve the desired workout. To impact a tire with a sledgehammer at any other angle puts a person at risk for injury to their hands and wrist, and also diminishes the effectiveness of the workout.

Matt Brown’s ICE Battlehammer also features a handle with a slightly raised surface, providing a better grip than the slippery wooden handle of a typical sledgehammer. The Battlehammer also includes a fixed ball opposite the weighted end, preventing one’s hand from sliding too far, enabling maximum torque on the downswing.


After Matt showed the gathered audience various techniques for swinging the Battlehammer, each person in attendance was given the opportunity to get a pull on the big tire. As the participants each rotated through the station, Brown coached everyone on their technique, helping to maximize the potential for explosive movements. It was a challenging and fun workout.

After the Battlehammers gave everyone’s shoulders and lungs a nice burn, Matt transitioned to his signature fitness wheelbarrow, called the Warwagon. Imagine a wheelbarrow, sans the big bucket, featuring racks for plated weights to rest upon. He then demonstrated several “Warwagon” exercises including a modified military press, squats and a certain brand of deadlifts that are intended to perfect one’s deadlifting form; which many fitness enthusiasts would say is a lost art. According to Matt Brown’s strength and conditioning ideology, one must have a strong butt in order to whoop some butt.

“Always engage the glutes,” he told the crowd. “There’s no such a thing as a person in great shape that doesn’t have really strong glutes. It’s impossible to be in excellent shape without strong glutes.”

The final and most obvious exercise he demonstrated on the Warwagon is to simply grab the handles like a proper wheelbarrow and run with the damn thing. It’s just as hard as it sounds and even harder than it looks. Matt set the standard by placing cones around 4 corners and then challenging all attendees to race a timed lap around the gym. He finished the lap in exactly 20 seconds. Not to be outdone, yours truly went next but fell short of Brown’s time by one second. Only one other person finished the lap in less than 21 seconds, tying the Immortal at 20 seconds. Good fun was had by all.

Before and after the event Matt Brown spoke with MMA Latest candidly when asked about his next assignment, but according to the Immortal himself he has nothing in the works, “Nah man, I’m just taking this week off, spending some time with my family. I ain’t never been beat that badly, I mean, it only took a split second for him to knock me on my ass. I guarantee you he’ll never do it again. You either win or you learn.”


With that comment, Brown was referring to his recent TKO loss at the hands (and feet) of Jake Ellenberger, who returned to his Juggernaut form after finishing Brown with strikes in round 1 of their UFC 201 bout. While fighting is Brown’s livelihood, it is not necessarily everything. Obviously, Matt spends a lot of his time outside of the Octagon with Immortal Combat Equipment but his extracurricular activities are not limited to fitness equipment and training.

His love for heavy metal drives him to play guitar in the scarce downtime he is afforded and he is also one-third of MMA podcast The Great MMA Debate, alongside Fox Sports MMA writer Damon Martin and AM radio host Jeremy Loper. Being pulled in so many directions may be burning him out on podcasting, though.

“I don’t know man. I just have so much going on. What it comes down to is: do I really I want to spend my spare time doing that? It’s a lot of work. It’s not necessarily my forte, though it has made me a better speaker. Me and Loper might get something else going, you know, I get tired of just talking about nothing but MMA all the time. I wanna (sic) talk about other shit too, you know?”

It is easy to see why Matt Brown would get discouraged from podcasting when the current market saturation makes it hard for even the most dedicated of fans to keep up with. After all, Matt Brown is a fighter before anything else. Currently riding a 2 fight skid, he’s more focused than ever to get back on track toward a UFC title.

“I’ve been here before. I was at a point where I lost 3 in a row and then I came back from that and won 7 in a row. People always ask what I did differently but the only thing I changed was myself, not my training. How you do anything is how you do everything. You can’t just strive for greatness 2 hours a day, you have to do it all the time.”

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Exclusive: Alexander Gustafsson eyeing summer 2018 return- wants title shot next



Top light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson hasn’t fought since an impressive knockout win back in May, against Glover Teixeira. “The Mauler” is currently on a two-fight winning streak, and for many people, is seen as one of the most logical names to fight for the title next.

Currently absent from the Octagon since May, speaking to MMA Latest, “The Mauler” explains why he’s been on such a long layoff. “I have had an injury in my shoulder,” Gustafsson told MMA Latest. “I had a surgery a couple of months back where they put in a titanium plate to keep my collarbone in place. But that plate was taken out last week so I am back to training and slowly but surely getting better with all the rehab. I’m excited to be back in the Octagon soon.”

After so many obstacles, Gustafsson details when we can expect him back in the cage. “If everything goes well with rehab, I’ll be back in the octagon in the beginning of the summer – right in time for the next title match!”

Volkan Oezdemir was calling out Gustafsson for a European number one contender fight, Gustafsson explains he was never interested in the fight. “No, my prior goal and my only interest is the title fight,” Gustafsson said. “If Volkan wins against DC he will probably be my next opponent.”

The title fight is “absolutely” what Gustafsson believes is next for him and don’t expect to see him in a number one contender fight first. “As I said previously, the title fight is my number one interest.”

With Daniel Cormier and Volkan Oezdemir fighting for the title at UFC 220, Gustafsson shares his thoughts on the matchup. “It’s an exciting matchup – DC is the more experienced fighter and he is a more complete fighter than Volkan,” Gustafsson said. “DC has also been in this situation before, Volkan has not.”

Back in July, Jon Jones failed his second test for PED’s after beating Daniel Cormier to regain his light heavyweight belt. Before the fights with Daniel Cormier, Jones went to war with Gustafsson back in 2013. Gustafsson shares his thoughts on Jones’ second failed test. “Disastrous is my first thought,” Gustafsson explains. “But for the sport, it is good that the truth is out. I wish Jon good luck in his rehab and he is one of the most talented fighters in the UFC.”

Gustafsson was also asked if he eyeing a rematch with Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones before the end of his career. “Of course, I feel good and I’m motivated,” Gustafsson said. “I would like to get the opportunity to match up against both DC and Jon before I retire.”

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Exclusive: Aljamain Sterling discusses upcoming fight and more ahead of UFC Fresno



Alajamain Sterling is set to meet late-notice opponent, Marlon Moraes, at the UFC’s return to California. UFC Fresno is headlined by a featherweight fight between top contenders Cub Swanson and Brian Ortega.

Sterling was originally supposed to meet Rani Yahya before he was forced to pull out. Although the Moraes is a bigger fight, it doesn’t seem to matter much to the Brazilian Jui-Jitsu brown belt.

I don’t really give a sh*t honestly,” Sterling told MMA Latest. “I just want to fight, make money, whoop ass, and get paid, you know? That’s honestly all I really care about right now at this point in my career and I’m fighting to pay the bills. This what I chose to do and I have to keep the ball rolling. That’s honestly the way I’m looking at things right now and it is a bigger fight for sure. But at the end of the day, it’s another man standing in front of me trying to do the same thing, separate me from my consciousness, or detach a limb from my body.”

Sterling also shares his thoughts on his new opponent, Moraes. “I think he’s a great opponent,” Sterling said. “I think a win over him puts me in a position to fight for a number one contender spot or challenge for the world title.”

Another bantamweight who was also looking for a replacement opponent was Jimmie Rivera, but was a fight with ever a realistic possibility? “Yeah, it was,” Sterling said. “But it takes two to fight, so Rivera didn’t want the fight and here we are.”

So why did it take so long for a replacement to be booked? “Well if you look at the landscape of the top ten, top fifteen of the division, everyone was pretty much booked up,” Sterling explains. “So there really wasn’t no one readily available to fight, so that kind of left me to either take a stay busy fight or just kind of wait and see what happens.”

Sterling also discussed who he believes is next for him with a win. “Well it really depends on the landscape of the division right now,” Sterling says. “TJ’s (Dillashaw) talking about trying to fight Mighty Mouse, I don’t know if Mighty Mouse is going to take the fight and hopefully he, TJ, he’s fighting within our division so we can keep this division going. Right now this is the hottest division, I think, in my personal opinion. So for him to try to leave the division to go take a fight at a weight class when he didn’t clean out his weight class yet, that doesn’t make much sense to me. So hopefully the UFC keeps him rolling and keeps him active between the 135-pound division. I think TJ’s actually a really great fight for me stylistically, but right now the man I’m worried about is Marlon Moraes, he’s a tough opponent, has the legs kicks, and I can’t sleep on this guy.”

Speaking of TJ Dillashaw, Sterling was also asked if he watched the TJ vs Cody Garbrandt fight at UFC 217. “Oh definitely,” Sterling says. “I would have been, I’d be a fool not to watch that fight. I thought it was a great fight, I thought skillset was very close, I thought TJ was more well rounded. I think a lot of people called me crazy because I was saying TJ had a chance of touching him on the chin and knocking him out but if he didn’t it would be a five-round decision win for TJ. But he’s a very durable fighter, uses his brain, and he implements a great gameplan everytime he goes out there. I think the only reason he got dropped at the end of that first round was because he got a little frustrated and wanted the action to kind of pick up a little bit and in the second round he changed gears a little bit and he started to dictate the pace a little bit more. Cody’s just a big counter-fighter, counter-striker, hits hard, he’s really fast, and he’s athletic, but outside of that his skill set, if we’re looking at the skillset side of knocking people out I’m going to say his well-roundedness is not really all there, I’m not saying he can’t do it, he can’t do it all, but when he fights he primarily just strikes with his hands that’s pretty much it.”

Finally, Sterling gives his prediction for his fight Moraes. “I’m going to go out there and push the pace,” Sterling explains. “I’m going to put in work and cash out B.I.W.C.O. I think that second round I’m going to push the pace, get him, get on his legs early, fire those kicks, fire those punches down the middle, I’m going to be moving. I’m going to be moving, grooving, I’m just going to go out there and do my thing man, so I’m, we got to figure out what our skillsets are, what we bring to the table and I’m just going to, we’re just going to pull up a chair and see how we’re going to have to work this out.”

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Will Fleury discusses incident on “The Fighter” and upcoming bout on December 16th



Earlier this week footage from EFC’s “The Fighter” emerged on social media. The video showed SBG’s Will Fleury being struck with countless illegal blows to the spine and to the back of the head. At first glance viewers would look and see the first strike then await the referee to stop the action and warn the other fighter. Unfortunately, that did not happen, at long last, the fight was stopped, however, instead of a disqualification win for Fleury. It was ruled a no contest. The video bodes the question to what the referee was doing as well as raising the awareness of fighter safety.

Following all the in cage drama, Fleury was forced out of the show after being told he was concussed despite no medical tests being done on him. With everything said and done, Will looks back on the situation with frustration after all the errors made by EFC.

“The situation was a mess on a number of levels. There was huge potential in the show if they’d let me fight on. But they’ve made a series of inexcusable errors that have led to this ridiculous situation. I think they wanted to brush this all under the carpet and pretend it never happened. They basically treated me like I was a problem that they didn’t want to have to deal with.”

When looking at the in-cage issues Fleury does not blame EFC, as it was, of course, the referee’s fault. The manner in which they went about removing him from the show amongst other things is something he found speculative though.

“The EFC is a promotion, their goal is profit, not fair sport. In fairness, they can’t be held accountable for the referee’s incompetence. But, how they decided to deal with it afterwards was very questionable.”

Currently, in MMA, fighter safety is one of the most talked about things, from weight-cutting to late stoppages. Ireland, in particular, takes extra precaution with the introduction of Safe MMA. In his bout, Fleury’s safety did not look like it was in the best interest of the referee. Fleury recalls meeting the ref a week later and showing him the footage only to be taken back and annoyed at the referee’s response of not seeing any issue.

“If your role as a referee is to ensure fighter safety, he clearly failed miserably. Honestly, I think he’s just not competent for the job. I don’t know how long he’s been involved in the sport for but I met him at a show a week later and showed him the video. He didn’t really think any of the shots were to the back of the head, I got so angry, I couldn’t talk to the guy. Also, It was called a no contest because my head was moving apparently that doesn’t make sense either”

Considering his health was at risk due to the referee’s actions, Will is feeling fit and well with no issues coming out of the fight.

“Yeah, it honestly seems fine. I genuinely felt fine right afterwards and in the days after too. I was winning challenges in the house 16 hours after the fight. looking at the footage is very grim tho, who knows what sort of damage its done in the long term, hopefully very little”

For those who don’t know, Will is scheduled to fight Gordon Roodman on December 16th. Not exactly pleased with the new fight offer, he is glad to finally be able to showcase his abilities but doesn’t see this fight as any consolation for what happened.

“I wouldn’t say pleased. But it gives me a welcome outlet for my frustration and I finally have a platform to show just how good I am at whooping ass. No, It’s not really a consolation. I don’t think they give a shit about what’s fair. They just reckon they can make money from me. You can expect a 1st round TKO/KO”

Will has a very close friendship with teammate Ben Forsyth, having fought before he detailed how they became friends afterwards. After mentioning how it’d be cool to fight on the same card as Ben he details that getting those ever so scarce fights at the higher weight classes come first.

“Ben contacted me about becoming less of a twat so I gave him some advice and things blossomed from there. Yeah, that’d be great but our number one priority for both of us right now is just getting the fights.”

Will then went on to detail the hardship in getting fights on the regional scene.

“Yeah, it’s a serious struggle especially when you’re known to be a good fighter and people are trying to look after their records. there’s also just not that many guys. I’ve fought twice and I’m already the best Middleweight in Ireland. If it were up to me I’d have a lot more but still, that shows you how few guys there are. and if anyone has an issue with me being the best Middleweight in Ireland make 84 and I can prove you wrong”

For those who haven’t seen the footage mentioned above, here it is. Be sure to keep an eye out for Will in his upcoming bout a few weeks from now.

EFC was approached for a comment on this footage, however, have unfortunately not responded.

This is how my time on TF1 ended. 15 elbows, 11 directly to the back of the head, 3 to the spine with the other elbow after the referee tries to stop him. I had been dominating this fight up to this point and was keen to continue (I have to full fight footage proving this). I was told I couldn’t. The fight was declared a no contest rather than a DQ as I was “moving my head”. I was then booted out of the tournament because I was “concussed” (never did any tests to prove this and I was winning challenges in the house 16 hours after this happened) I was the best fighter in that house by a considerable distance and would have smashed any of the other 10 contenders if given the chance. I proved it in every training session and every legal moment in any of my fights. I’ve been denied the chance to earn a decent contract and get my title shot. I’m Will Fleury. I win shit these fucks have disturbed the natural order and I will restore it. #Bullshit #TF1 #irishmma #EFC #mmanews #mmafighting #trykeepmedown #rawbastard #resilientbastard

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