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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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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results

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The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.

An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.

The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.

UFC Winnipeg Official Results:

MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT

  • #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
  • #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
    • Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
  • #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45  round 1

PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT

  • #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
  • Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
  • Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
  • John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT

  • Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando

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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.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

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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

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