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Nik Harris: I have no beef with Matt Pellino

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Nik Harris(6-2) last fought in the middle of 2014 with a victory over Brad Robinson on One Championship Honor and Glory. Shortly, a shoulder injury have forced him out of competition. Despite hinting on Facebook of his possible return to One Championship earlier this year, Nik instead returns to the cage in a cruise ship, on Mixed Martial Arr to face long-time rival Matt Pellino.

Nik Harris confronting Matt Pellino at a MIMMA event

Nik Harris confronting Matt Pellino at a MIMMA event

On 18th April 2015, Nik Harris shocked the MMA community by abruptly entering the MIMMA cage and challenged Matt Pellino(0-1) to a fight. Prior to the call out, the trash-talking between both parties have been a constant theme on their social media accounts. Though it does not seem professional for a 6-2 fighter to call out a 0-1, Nik is not too worried about it as he believes this is the fight the Malaysian MMA fans have been wanting to see.

“Actually, I am not a big fan of calling people out without a proper reason. I understand that I don’t have much to gain if I win and a lot to lose but this is a fight the Malaysian fans have been wanting to see. And I have been out of competition for a year so I believe that the playing field is being leveled to a certain degree”

Nik is no stranger in getting a fight through methods that are still perceived as unconventional in the conservative South East Asian region. To redeem his earlier loss against Brad Robinson on Ultimate Beatdown, Nik went on a podcast early last year, stating his desire to throw down with the Vanilla Gorilla in the One Championship cage which then led to his victory as earlier stated in this article.

Brad Robinson accepting  Nik's callout

Brad Robinson accepting Nik’s callout

Though the build-up to his fight against Brad was friendly and respectful, this time round, Nik seems to take things a little more personal. Surprisingly, Nik states that there is no actual beef between him and Matt Pellino.

“Honestly, I have no beef with Matt Pellino. I just like trolling him and I believe he is doing the same to me as well. I have full respect to him and it was all for the sake of selling the fight”

His opponent recently made a bold statement on facebook that he will break Khabib Nurmagomedov takedown record when he face Nik on June 1st by scoring more than 21 takedowns. Is this a form of trolling and selling the fight as well?

Matt Pellino looking to break Khabib's record

Matt Pellino looking to break Khabib’s record

“I believe that statement is his way of marketing the fight as well as his gameplan. I admire the fact that he has very high expectations of himself, but I will not allow him to score his 21 takedowns. I have a range of skills that I intend to showcase though I have received a fair bit of criticism for my messy style of fighting. But I believe the more fights I get, the better I will become.”

It’s left to be seen if both these fighters are really pulling the wool over our eyes with their social media antics. Therefore, I leave you to make your own judgement by a recent Facebook status(loosely translated in English) posted by Nik Harris just 5 days before he made his public challenge on Matt Pellino.

“I’m really confused, all you do is condemn the Malaysian fighters, at last you entered the cage with a bulging tummy. I’m supposed to fight you this June, there’s ample time  for preparation and weight cutting , even amateur Malaysian fighters manage to cut weight, you’re a coach, bragged about how good your wrestling is , couldn’t be that you tremble at the thought of fighting me? Couldn’t be that me, the person you looked down on can cut to 77kg but you can’t? If you are afraid of me just admit it, many people do not like you, I too, have the urge to shoot your face and kick your head like how Torres kicks a football, I ‘m not scared by the fact that you are white, there’s a slight difference between my stubbornness and your wickedness , I hope that we will meet in the ring, Despite my mischief, I have never missed weight, Others requested me to drop to 77kg, I obliged, how about you?

bro, you can not burn enough calories by talking cock on the mic and dissing people who you think are lower than you, because these people who you think are lower and unskilled make the weight and put in the hours while you busy stuffing your fat fuck face with chicken nuggets

I would call you a pussy, but then I know girls who have a bigger set of balls than you

#comefight #seekingtrouble #trollpatrol #glorifiedbudgetwhiteman”

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Nik Harris will face Matt Pellino at middleweight(84kg) on Mixed Martial A’rr on June 1st.

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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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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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