South African MMA fighter Vuyisile Colossa first fought on One FC on the September 2011, defeating Xing Yu Ma. Despite his dominant performance, One FC didn’t ring his phone until the February of 2013. The 155lbs battle between Colossa and Lowen Tynanes is still regarded as one of the most memorable fight in the history of One FC. He bounced back from the lost and secured impressive back to back wins over former ONE FC lightweight champion Kotetsu Boku and Strikeforce Prospect Caros Fodor which should set him in line with a title fight with current champion Shinya Aoki.
On June of 2014, Colossa was reported to have signed with the UFC and is slated to debut at Macau in August. What seems like a dream come true for the fighter turned into a series of unfortunate events. On the month he was supposed to make his UFC debut, he was reported to be set for a rematch with Caros Fodor on One FC September Card in Phnom Penh. The final blow came when Colossa was being replaced with Vincent Latoel after being reported to be having a knee injury.
In an interview with mmalatestnews, Colossa revealed his frustrations dealing with ONE FC and why the UFC deal didn’t go through.
“I signed a 3 year contract with them(One FC) on the September of 2011 but only served my first fight of that contract on 2013. Nobody except One FC knows why I have to wait so long for a fight but subsequently had 3 fights with them in 2013.
After defeating Fodor, I was given the cold treatment again. I was promised a title shot and even called Aoki out but there were no signs of it happening.
When I announced that I have signed for UFC, ONE FC suddenly have an interest to offer me an 8-9 months contract extension on top of a nonsensical rematch with Fodor who I already beaten convincingly. UFC came with a 100 times better deal than ONE FC but they refused to release me even though I had only 2.5 months left in my contract.”
It is worth noting, that UFC have pried away then ONE FC fighter Leandro Issa who was pulled out from a scheduled ONE FC to sign a contract with the UFC. It was also reported that ONE FC CEO Victor Cui “gave his blessings” for Issa to compete in the UFC but Colossa didn’t receive the same love as the Brazillian.
On his overall experience with One FC, Colossa added,
“There’s good and bad. If fighters came up to me asking about the promotion, I would advise them on details that should give a second look at. I cannot be selfish and stop anyone for from gaining a career in ONE FC.
I have been in talks with promotions around the region. As for the UFC, they said that they want me to regain my momentum before the consider a call up. The thing is every MMA fighter in this planet wants to fight in the UFC. Like it or not, it made what MMA for what it is today. Every promotion might have their negative point but every fighter will want to fight in the UFC.”
Colossa then got emotional after we told him that plenty of fighters who was or on their payroll are unwilling to criticize the organization.
“They bully fighters that’s why everyone(the fighters) is scared(to criticize). They fucked over the income I could have made for my wife and my two kids. Hong Kong is a very expensive place to live in. I was very patient with them but it got me nowhere because they never give a shit about me. Fuck them.”
UFC Announces Liverpool Event, Darren Till Main Event
Scousers are drowning in celebration this evening. Earlier today, UFC officials announced the addition of a Liverpool show to their 2018 event calendar. Liverpool’s, Echo Arena, plays host for the event, which takes place on May 27th.
Liverpool’s own, Darren Till made the announcement this afternoon with Dan Hardy at the UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov, ceremonial weigh-in. When asked by Hardy what it means to have the UFC in Liverpool, he had this to day, “Words can’t describe it. It doesn’t do it justice, words. So, it’s coming and I’m going to be the first Scousers to ever have done it. In 200 years they’re going to remember my name in combat sports in Liverpool. I’m gonna take someones chin off in Liverpool, that’s what’s happening”.
He was also quoted in an release from the promotion saying, “I can’t believe UFC is finally coming to Liverpool and I’m going to be headlining Echo Arena. My name is going to be remembered in 200 years time for being part of this historical event and I can’t even describe how much that means to me”. Till will headline the card, his opponent is yet to be announced.
In the official release, it quotes David Shaw, Senior Vice President International and Content, claiming, “The stars really aligned for the Octagon to touch down in Liverpool. We have seen such phenomenal demand from fans in the region for a live event. Pair that with having such a rising, local star in Darren Till it made absolute sense to bring our first live event to this historical combat sports city in 2018”.
UFC Liverpool lands on a date speculated for a different venue, in a different country. Reports swirled last month, specifically one from MMAFighting.com, which claimed the May 27th date belonged to the UFCs return to Dublin. A return to Dublin doesn’t seem to fall completely out of the realm of possibility. For now, it remains to be seen.
The UFC also announced two bouts, both in the Middleweight division, booked for the event. Elias Therodorou takes on Trevor Smith, and Daniel Kelly goes up against England’s Tom Breese.
Marco Reyes Flagged for Potential Anti-Doping Policy Violation
Earlier today, UFC officials announced that Lightweight, Marco Reyes was flagged for a potential UFC Anti-Doping Policy violation. The potential violation hails from a sample collected on March 8th, 2018, in an out-of-competition test.
Reyes made his way into the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, season 2. Competing in the lightweight bracket, Reyes defeated Christhian Soto by 2nd rd. TKO of a preliminary round bout. He then went onto to face Horacio Gutiérrez, in the semifinals of the tournament. Gutiérrez defeated Reyes in the opening round by TKO.
Following his elimination from the tournament, the Mexican fighter met Cezar Arzamendia on the series finale, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. Reyes impressively defeated Arzamendia, whom was the first overall pick for Team Gastelum, by 1st round KO.
From there, Reyes defeated Dong Hung Kim (rd. 1, KO), and Jason Novelli (Split Decision) respectively, before falling to rising contender James Vick. Most recently, the Lightweight fighter dispatched Matt Frevola in the opening round, ruining the Long Islanders promotional debut. His bout against Frevola took place at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi, on January 14th of this year.
The UFC statement on the matter reads as follows:
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Marco Reyes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on March 8, 2018.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Reyes. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
Dillon Danis to make Pro debut against Kyle Walker at Bellator 198
Mixed Martial Arts officially adopted another incredibly talented jiu-jitsu practioner today. Bellator officials announced today the long-awaited debut of Dillon Danis, whom the promotion had signed in the year previous. After zero amateur and countless jiu-jitsu matches, Danis makes his debut at Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, against Kyle Walker.
Kyle Walker enters the match up also making his Bellator debut. Walker recently made a resurgence in 2016 after taking off, almost exactly, 3 years. Since returning to the professional scene his record is 0-3, losing each fight by stoppage (2 Sub, 1 KO).
Walker looks to snap his streak yet, his opponent could provide a major challenge. In terms of advantages for Walker, he has a massive and obvious one. His experience. Walkers opponent fights for the first time in the sport of MMA. While Danis competed in many top-level jiu-jitsu tournaments and matches, comparing the competition would stop and end upon examining the rule sets. It is quite obvious, the difference. Danis will have a bit of adversity to overcome, in that respect.
In spite of this, Danis’ team, he trains out of the highly regarded SBG Ireland. Even before his MMA training, he trained under Marcelo Garcia. He earned his black belt in April of 2015, following an incredible 2014. In that year, Danis became UAEJJF World Champion, winning gold in the 82 kg (181 lb.) Brown belt category.
The prospect of what that could look like inside the cage is exciting. He may have developed some striking techniques but, the lack of time dedicated to that training in undeniable. Experience and time is required to develop skills of any kind.
Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, takes place on Saturday, April 28th from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Bellator 198 features the third of four preliminary bouts in the promotions Heavyweight Grand Prix, Fedor Emelianenko takes on Frank Mir. It serves as the nights main event. Other bouts on the card feature; Emmanuel Sanchez against Sam Sicilia, Neiman Gracie faces Javier Torres, Rafael Lavato Jr. vs. John Salter, and more.
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