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MMA Latest & REVGEAR EUROPE announce partnership seeing eye to eye on MMA equipment

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“REVGEAR is a brand real fighters everywhere can believe in, whether they are from MMA, Boxing or any one of the combat sports practiced every day by millions across the world.”

Says Alex Wright, the Managing Director of one of the UK’s biggest Boxing and MMA Equipment companies Fightstorepro.com who brought the REVGEAR brand to Europe in 2011.

Why?

“Because REVGEAR cares about what they produce and really think about the gear they make, It has a pedigree, integrity and quality of inventory that very few fight brands match, we’ve added some European flair into the mix and now it’s set to take over.”

REVGEAR’s ambitions and quality is something that was quickly recognised by MMA Latest and according to Jim Edwards, one of the MMA Latest owners, a partnership between the two could not have come at more of an opportune time:

“Here at MMA Latest we have been looking for an equipment company that we can trust to recommend to our fans and REVGEAR couldn’t be a more perfect partner for us to work with. The attention to detail and care taken to design the equipment is showcased by the quality.

Revgear has been recommended to us by several of the MMA athletes that we work with so we are delighted to help them continue their growth and achieve their goal of becoming the ‘go-to’ equipment brand for all the athletes all over the world.”

Alex Wright of REVGEAR shared Edwards’s sentiments about the new partnership:

“Over the last 5 years we have had a lot of proposals from media based companies about partnerships but at Fightstorepro and REVGEAR Europe we have been fortunate to have an excellent creative team and usually turned them down.

MMA Latest brought a lot to the table and they were so passionate like we are about the sports we are working we had to choose them as our media partner in 2016.”

About REVGEAR

b6595dbb-0471-4f22-aa06-139d2bb4a4d3 - CopyIn a major period of change in the MMA World choosing who you do and do not endorse could never be more important so as 2016 sees the much talked about Reebok deal with the world’s top MMA Promotion the Ultimate Fighting Championship truly take hold the MMA Equipment industry looks to adjust to a new era much more in line with other more mainstream sports.

REVGEAR Sports from Los Angeles California welcomed this change and although they may be unknown to many in Europe they have been producing high-quality Boxing, Martial Arts and MMA Gear for two decades in the USA. With many lines still manufactured in America their innovation and quality has made them the favourites of over 2000 Academies across North America that include giants of the MMA sport such as Erik Paulson’s CSW, Chute Boxe Legend Rafael Cordeiro of Kings MMA, Sittyodtong home of American Muay Thai and MMA coach Mark Dellagrotte, Cesar Gracie and many more.

edecf17f-ab33-4f12-8ded-9ebe11b58cfaEurope was always the next step for REVGEAR and when the American brand hooked up with www.fightstorepro.com best known for its range of boxing gloves and high-end MMA Equipment in 2011 it started a journey that five years later has brought about REVGEAR EUROPE.

“When we started working with Fightstorepro back in ’11 we knew they shared a lot of our ethics and beliefs about fight equipment. Since then they’ve developed from a distributor into our European branch and we’re excited going into the next period with the UK team!” Paul Reavlin; President of REVGEAR SPORTS.

80b3dc16-ccf4-46ff-915f-9e6f964124c8 - Copy“We knew it was important to build like RG did in America; get the gear to the real people, the ones who know the difference that good gear makes to their performance in training and ultimately in competition; whilst some brands threw gear at everyone in flimsy sponsorships we worked with a select few and have been lucky enough tocollaborate with guys such as Jimi Manuwa, Mike Wilkinson, Ross Pearson, Andy Ogle, Arnold Allen, Alex Enlund who not only liked the equipment gave us real feedback on it; help us develop and grow….This is a two-way street Gary Thompson; RGE Digital Media Executive.

So why is the new challenge that has seen so many MMA brands run screaming away into unchartered territory or worse, go out of business so welcomed by one of the most under-rated manufacturers in the business today? Simple; Revgear have much more in common with top of the line Boxing and Muay Thai brands than with the often more fashion orientated MMA brands that dominated the UFC during what may yet become considered still the early days of the sport as it moves into mainstream acceptance.

“Revgear President Paul Reavlin frankly hates marketing….his eyes glaze over when someone wants to talk about adverts or websites but tell him the padding is too thin on a shin guard or an idea on how to improve a Thai pad the guy is all ears….he absolutely loves innovation and making the best gear…That’s the type of brand I want to buy” Alex Wright.

d52d500d-56b3-4de6-8399-f4f304a32b91Revgear Europe have adopted an updated version of the first logo ever used by Revgear in 1996 as a homage to roots of the brand when they were working with the legendary Marco Ruas and Bas Rutten in LA. The new apparel range has echoes of Converse and the American Collegiate style so easy to use as gym or leisure wear. RGE are pressing into boxing too with an endorsement of WBC International cruiserweight champion Jon Lewis Dickinson and a new Range of Boxing gloves reminiscent of famous Mexican lines.

Working together, MMA Latest and Revgear have big plans to make the sport and the highest quality equipment brand more readily available for all MMA fans and athletes around the world. No bigger proof point of this will be the launch of a competition coming very soon where entrants will have the chance of winning some REVGEAR gear and a grand prize of a ticket to the sold-out UFC London event in February.

Please follow @REVGEAREUROPE

Please Visit www.REVGEAREUROPE.CO.UK

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Angela Magana says she has been cut from the UFC

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Angela Magana announced her release from the UFC on Twitter yesterday.

The now-former UFC strawweight was 0-3, in as many contests with the promotion. Her most recent loss came at the hands of Amanda Cooper, at UFC 218, on the UFC Fight Pass Prelims. A bout which she lost by TKO in the second round.

Her first opportunity arose with the UFC when she appeared on, The Ultimate Fighter 20. A #12 seed, in the tournament of strawweights, Magana lost her preliminary round bout to #4 seed, Aisling Daly. Unfortunately, her promotional debut, on The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 20, resulted in another loss. Tecia Torres defeated Magana that night via unanimous decision. The following summer, Magana fought Michelle “Karate Hottie” Waterson at The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 21. Waterson won by submission (rear-naked choke) in the third round of the bout.

Oddly enough, following her July 2015, loss to Waterson and before her final bout with the UFC, Magana seemingly instigated a feud between herself and current featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg. A feud which began on social media and boiled over at the 2017 UFC Athlete Retreat. Disregarding her well-documented spat with Cris “Cyborg”, Magana managed her way through a storm of misfortune on her way to UFC 218.

After falling in love with Puerto Rico while on vacation, Magana moved to the island in the fall of 2016. Her entire life followed her there, as she began to train on the island she fell in love with. The tropical paradise turned to an apocalyptic wasteland following Hurricane Maria, the category five hurricane which decimated the area. The disaster became an extreme hindrance for the strawweight.

Her UFC 218 bout became official in early October. Yet, in spite of horrendous living conditions, she powered on through the natural disaster that left her home without power, until the week of the fight. Magana took to social media to tell fans that she would not stop fighting and is currently training for her next opportunity.

 

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Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone intends to move back to lightweight in next bout

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Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (32-10 1 NC, 19-7 UFC) has been a jewel in the eyes of fight fans for quite a while. How can fans avoid gravitating to the man with the most post-fight bonuses in UFC history? The fan favorite appeared on former UFC heavyweight, Brendan Schaub and comedian, Bryan Callen’s podcast, The Fighter and The Kid, on Thursday. Cordially, the trio briefly discussed a few topics pertaining to “Cowboy”, and his combat sports career.

Schaub and Callen peppered the UFC veteran on what takes precedent moving forward, his acting career or his fighting career. Schaub asks, “So, is the plan to forget the octagon and go full Hollywood?”, a question which Cerrone scoffed at.  Schaub was referencing news the active fighter broke a few minutes earlier on the podcast; Cerrone would be co-starring with Denzel Washington in, The Equalizer 2.

Callen then followed up with his partner’s question, “See, Schaub and I, secretly, want you never to fight again, (because) you already proved everything. All we want is you to stay healthy and become an actor.”

Eventually, the group reached the topic of Darren Till, when the former fighter turned comedian, Brendan Schaub, asked, “In retrospect, the Darren Till fight, would you still have taken it?” In typical “Cowboy” style, he nonchalantly claimed he would have still taken the fight. Less than a minute later, Schaub made the point, “While you’re doing movies and traveling with your boys in RVs, guys like Darren Till are in the training room.”

Cerrone adamantly stated on what was not the first occasion, “I’m there, five years. Five years come on guys,” referring to how long he wishes to continue fighting for. After a question on how many fights he plans to schedule per year he states, “Well, I’m going back to fifty-five… I’m more focused. At seventy, I can just not train, f*ck off more… I put more into at fifty-five… Let’s do it, man…let’s go back have a couple more fights. Yea, I won’t take like twenty a year anymore, I’ll probably take it down a little bit”.

“Cowboy” is coming off a three-fight losing streak, after falling to young prospect Darren Till but, prior to his past three fights, Cerrone had only lost once since late 2013. As many fans know, he is an active fighter. Since November of 2013, he has fought sixteen times. On that list, are wins over Benson Henderson, Edson Barboza, Eddie Alvarez, and Rick Story.

With over forty professional MMA fights, and a budding acting career, it looks like Donald Cerrone is doing exactly what he should. It is a bit sad to see one of the great modern fighters begin to close out his career. Yet, like Callen and Schaub, I imagine anyone who calls them-self a “Cowboy” fan, wants to see the talented Denver, Colorado-based fighter walk away with health and a new promising career.

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Sijara Eubanks out of TUF 26 Finale, Roxanne Modafferi steps in on short notice

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Sijara Eubanks (2-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC)  is out of The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion finale. In her absence the UFC has announced that #1 ranked TUF 26 semifinalist, Roxanne Modafferi (21-13 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will be stepping up to fight Nicco Montano for the inaugural women’s flyweight championship.

Modafferi lost to Eubanks in the very last episode of TUF, she was then set to fight fellow castmember Barb Honchak in the finale that takes place on December 1. Early Thursday afternoon, Sijara has forced to pull out of the fight giving Roxanne the opportunity to fight for the championship against Nicco Montano

UFC released an official statement about the change courtesy of MMA Junkie “Due to medical issues, Sijara Eubanks, was hospitalized Thursday morning and has been pulled from her bout against Nicco Montano at Friday’s The Ultimate Fighter Finale. Stepping in for Eubanks to fight in the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight championship bout will be Ultimate Fighter 26 semifinalist Roxanne Modafferi.”

Honchak will now likely be facing TUF 26 alternate Lauren Murphy on December 2. Murphy lost her opponent Priscila Cachoeira after Cachoeira failed to get a visa for the fight.

Eubanks has taken to her personal Instagram to put out a statement to her fans. In the post, she writes, “First of all, I’m a champion. Point blank. I will be UFC champion, but it’s God’s will that it won’t be Friday night. I’m a gangster and I’ve cut more weight than most male fighters, and unfortunately, there were some miscalculations this cut, no excuses, I worked my ass off and went out on my shield. I was hospitalized early this morning for kidney failure but best believe I’ma be right back training and right back after that belt. This game is full of ups and downs, true champs know that and bounce back. Nicco and Roxanne I’m sure will have a great fight and best wishes to both those ladies. True class, those two. Nothing changes, I’m still the queen and I will claim my throne.
Thank you to all my coaches, friends and family and the wonderful staff at UFC.
God is good and I am truly blessed.”

The entire fight card to date is as follows:

  • Roxanne Modaferri vs Nicco Montano
  • Emily Whitmire vs Gillian Robertson
  • Barb Honchak vs Lauren Murphy
  • Ariel Beck vs Shana Dobson
  • DeAnna Bennett vs Melinda Fabian
  • Rachael Ostovich vs Karine Gevorgyan
  • Montana De La Rosa vs Christina Marks
  • Sean O’Malley vs Terrion Ware
  • Eric Spicely vs Gerald Meerschaert
  •  Joe Soto vs Brett Johns

The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale “A Champion Will Be Crowned” is still set to take place Dec.1st at The Park Theater, Paradise Nevada.

 

 

 

 

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