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MMA Fighter Now The Youngest MMA Promoter In The World: Looking to shake the scene down under

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Coming off back to back wins, at Rebel FC, 22 year old Australian Top Team owner, coach, and fighter Suman Mokhtarian should hold the title of being be the busiest man in the Oceanica MMA scene. Just weeks after cornering Tuerxen Jumabieke, at UFC Sydney, Suman has been playing the role of a promoter and matchmaker for his own MMA promotion, Urban Fight Night(UFN). WIth ten bouts going down December 14th, at Parkroyal in Parramatta, MMA Latest News caught up with the youngest MMA promoter in the world to find out how he is going to shake things up down under.

Suman Mokhtarian, yellow shorts, cornering Jumabieke on UFC Fight Night Sydney.

Suman Mokhtarian, yellow shorts, cornering Jumabieke on UFC Fight Night Sydney.

Its a team effort, we all play a certain role according to the qualities that we can bring to the table and that makes us unique. – Suman Mokhtarian

UFN is a promotion run by my brother Ashkan Mokhtarian (Pro MMA Fighter)his wife Azize Mokhtarian and myself,” explains Mokhtarian. “Its a team effort, we all play a certain role according to the qualities that we can bring to the table and that makes us unique. With the exception of Azize, we are still active MMA fighters and as fighters we understand what we would like if we were fighting on a show and Azize is the level headed person who reminds us if some of these fantasies are possible. Haha. Unlike any other regional shows in Australia, cut men will be provided . [The cut men] will be wrapping everyone’s hands and attending to cuts in between rounds. We also hired 2 masseuses to help relax and massage our fighters before their fights. We aim to give the amateurs what the professionals experience and we also want to deliver the best fighting and grappling display the fans could experience.”

With a plethora of promotions in Australia, such as giants AFC (Australian Fight Championship) and Brace, Suman must have a felt an urgent need to be different from his competitors.

Suman sparring with his brother Ashkan

Suman sparring with his brother Ashkan

There are plenty shows in Australia but he felt that together we could bring something else to the table. – Suman Mokhtarian

UFN was an idea brought up by my brother Ashkan. He is always full of ideas and most often than not would be the main guy to make things happen. When he sees something not being done to its best,he will step up and change it. There are plenty shows in Australia but he felt that together(with his wife and me) we could bring something else to the table. We want a show where we can showcase various martial arts. We are the first and only show in Australia where we are hosting 10 MMA fights together with an 8 man submission only grappling championship. Two guys brawling for a few minutes, hit the floor without advancing or attempting a finish have been in staple in regional shows. We are introducing our grappling championship to give the spotlight to our BJJ community in Australia and show how exciting an intense grappling match can be…….. and well if you don’t like it then you can go to the bar have a drink until the next mma fight starts. We have zero breaks, no intermissions. Purely constant night of fights and contests.

Regional promotions, especially those run or owned by gym owners are notorious for matchmaking lopsided fights in favor of their own fighters. With a bulk of the competitors(seven) coming from his own gym, Suman assures that his own gym will not be getting any favors in terms of matchmaking.

Australian Top Team fighters making the bulk of UFN

Australian Top Team fighters making the bulk of UFN

Since I’m the match maker for the event, people would think I’m favoring my own fighters but that’s not what I’m after. – Suman Mokhtarian

There’s a few reasons for my own fighters making the bulk of our fight card. We have been limited to a number of our own fighters on other shows so why not get as many of my own fighters on my own show. The guys can have more training together for the same duration and having the other fighters helping them out. Another reason is because they are the most reliable source of fighters i can find, if i have 8 of my own fighters on one card, i have 8 less people I have to worry about pulling out for unknown reasons. We have about 25 ACTIVE fighters at the moment in our team so if we have injuries we have fighters to take their place. Since I’m the match maker for the event, people would think I’m favoring my own fighters but that’s not what I’m after. Especially in amateur ranks, I would rather give my fighters the test that they really need before turning professional. In the process of matchmaking, i would provide full information of my fighters to the coaches(of other gyms) to see who they would like to match. One of my own fighters whos 4-1 in his amateur career is fighting another who is 5-0 and considered one of the top prospects its sure to be a great test for both fighters who would be looking to go pro soon.”

He might end up gaining 7 wins or risk 7 losses, but its a gamble he is willing to take.

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The biggest help in this promotion is the big boss Azize [Mokhtarian] for she is the one who makes sure all the paper work and everything is in order from sanctioning to venue preparation. She’s a genius. She taught herself photoshop and within days started creating all our amazing posters. – Suman Mokhtarian

My brain would explode if I was to be doing this all on my own and I would have gone into hiding for a few months. The biggest help in this promotion is the big boss Azize for she is the one who makes sure all the paper work and everything is in order from sanctioning to venue preparation. She’s a genius. She taught herself photoshop and within days started creating all our amazing posters. My part is to make sure fighters are healthy and ready to go, every time fighters or coaches messages me, I would be scared of opening it at times fearing they would pull out. We’ve been very fortunate and had fighters and gyms step up on very short notice when the scheduled fighters have had to pull out.

It have been stressful but very fun at the same time. I always thought Sean Shelby or Joe Silva in the UFC had the dream job so its crazy that at the age of 22 im doing something similar even though its on a much smaller scale, You can say im a kid playing doctor haha. I love fighting in the cage but im in love with everything involved from coaching to promoting and fighting. I love being apart of MMA in anyway possible. This sport has changed my life so seeing other fighters now stepping in and living their dreams is extremely pleasing to me. Fighters are real life superheroes, growing up we always wanted to be someone with super powers and I feel MMA fighters are the closest thing to it, Fighters are amazing us more and more each day and hopefully UFN is able to create some memories for fighters and kids who grow up aspiring to do this one day.”

Featured image from Suman Mokhtarian’s Twitter account

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

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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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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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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:

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.

 

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.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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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)

Main Card:

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)

Preliminary Card:

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)

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