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Opponent named for Brandon Farran’s Bellator Debut



One of West Texas’ own and veteran of over 20 MMA bouts, Brandon Farran will make his Bellator Debut on February 26th at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvanve, Kansas at Bellator 151 against another fighter making his Bellator Debut, as well as his U.S. Debut, France’s Gregory “Blade” Babane.

Farran of Abilene, TX made the announcement via his personal Facebook account Monday afternoon:

Farran was recently interviewed on local ESPN affiliate, Lubbock Sports Station Double T 97.3 FM, home of West Texas’ Only Live Boxing and MMA Show The Main Event.

You have competed everywhere from 170 lbs to 205 lbs. What weight will you be competing at for Bellator?

“This next fight is going to be at middleweight, after that I will be going back up to light heavyweight”

One of the biggest wins of your career was when you won the vacant Best of the Best Middleweight Title and handed Legacy FC’s Ryan Spann his first loss. What did that win mean to your career?

“You know what man, that victory was really good. A lot of people had started to doubt me because I had taken a little break in my career. So coming back and fighting a guy like that, who didn’t have any losses…[Spann’s] a beast you know, a six five guy, very athletic, kind of reminds me of Jon Jones, but to win that title, that meant the world to me man. Those guys over there at JC Promotions do a nice little thing where they do a $50,000 contract, so you get paid monthly. So when I won that title I was getting paid monthly, even when I wasn’t fighting. That was definitely nice. It turns it into a career instead of a job.”

You definitely have a better speaking ability and more charisma than a lot of other local fighters. Do you think that has helped you to get to this point in your career where you have signed with Bellator? Did that give you an advantage over guys that don’t have that “personality” factor going for them?

“Yeah I think that is exactly what it is. For instance there’s a lot of guys out there that are undefeated that you will never know of because they don’t speak well, they don’t do well in public, they don’t like being around people and they just don’t interact with the crowd. They walk straight to the cage, they fight, they walk back to the locker room and leave. Me, I like to be out there and market myself. That is the name of this game. If you really want to make it big and make some real money in this game you have to market yourself. You have to have marketability. That is why you hear more about guys like Conor McGregor. How many times have you heard Rafael Dos Anjos before he started getting into it with Conor McGregor.”

There has been a lot of injuries causing guys to pull out of high profile fights lately like Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum. Cain pulled out first, then Werdum pulled out after Stipe Miocic was announced as his new opponent. Sage Northcutt fought a couple weeks ago when he was reportedly pretty sick with strep throat. Another guy that you actually fought, Mike Bronzoulis pulled out of his Bellator fight against Melvin Guillard allowing Lubbock’s Derek Campos to get a place on that card. How do you feel about fighting injured or sick? When do you need to pull out, when should you not pull out?

“I think the only reason to pull out is if you have a major break. I have fought with a broken nose. As you can tell right now, I am actually going through a little bit of strep myself. Pulling out for strep to me is a joke. That’s laughable. I would never pull out for that. There is no fighter out there that has ever stepped in the cage if he went through a good training camp at 100%, there is just no way, you can’t do it. You can’t push your body to the limit and then expect to step into the cage at 100%. When you’re cutting weight, when you’re sparring that much, it is just not going to happen. But at the same time you are increasing your percentages by training that hard, so even though you are not at 100%, you’re at a higher percentage than you were you started that camp and guys need to go in there and do their job man. It’s a fight. The other guy is the same way. The other guys just don’t talk about it you know. They just make excuses. There is no fighter out there that fights at 100%. You just can’t do it, unless you just don’t train…Strep throat? Really? That trips me out. He might as well say he lost because they didn’t allow him to put gel in his hair…that’s about the same thing”

You had a tough fight that was really close with one of our local guys, Eric “Bighead” Davila at the Genesis Combat Sports 3 show here in Lubbock last April. Tell us a little about what it was like to fight “Bighead.”

“It was fun fighting “Bighead.” He is a great guy. We still talk to this day. That fight was rough man, I broke my foot in the second round and I had to push through it. I had to push through it and try to win. He got the take downs and he secured the victory. Props to him, that was a fun fight. I would love to do it again. We are both in the same boat. It is hard for us to find fights locally. The only place to go is to the big leagues, where people have to fight you because they’re contracted. Being in a division with fewer local fighters, guys pull out.”

Brandon Farran is sponsored by Whitehead Heating and Cooling and Kent Beck Motors. He owns the “Infinitely Strong” gym in Abilene, TX and is affiliated with Future Fitness Fight Team.

You can listen to the interview in it’s entirety here (the interview starts at the 8:50 mark):

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*WATCH* DaveNoseMMA – Is Conor McGregor Pushing his Luck?



MMA Latest’s Dave Noseworthy looks at why MMA superstar Conor McGregor just might be pushing his luck following his actions at Bellator 187.

Watch Dave talk about the Irishman below:

Do you agree, or disagree with Dave’s opinion? Let us know below!

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Exclusive: Jalin Turner vs Noah Tillis set for Bellator LA in January



Bellator LA: Douglas Lima vs Rory MacDonald, has just had another entertaining fight added as two talented prospects Jalin Turner and Noah Tillis are set to meet in a lightweight bout. Sources close to the fight confirmed the news to MMA Latest earlier this morning.

Jalin “The Tarantula” Turner makes his return to the Bellator cage for the first time since January 2017, where he defeated Gabriel Green by knockout, in an exciting fight that only lasted 36 seconds. Since the fight, Turner has gone 2-1 where he defeated Paradise Vaovasa by KO, at Tachi PF 31, before dropping his next fight to Richard LeRoy by TKO, at CFX 8. Turner bounced back from the loss by beating Vytautas Sadauskas by submission, at KOTC: Never Quit, back in September.

Noah Tillis is currently coming off of a 9-second submission victory against Jeff Carson, at Gladiator Challenge: American Pride, back in July. The “Submission Magician” has amassed a professional record of 3-2 with three victories coming by submission, DQ, and a TKO due to injury. His two losses coming by way of TKO and decision.

It is unclear where the fight will be featured, but it is assumed it will take place on the undercard. The potential brawl represents a stiff challenge for either man, as well as an opportunity to make some noise in an always deep lightweight division.

The only other fight currently announced on the card is the main event between current Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima and former UFC title challenger, Rory MacDonald. Bellator LA: Lima vs MacDonald is set to take place on Saturday, January 20th, in Los Angeles, Calfornia, at the Forum.

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Anthony “PrettyBoy” Taylor wants to knockout Trey Branch then fight Brian Moore in Bellator on St. Patricks Day



Going from postlim fights in Bellator to a co-main event and then a main card fight after with such little professional experience isn’t something you’d hear of very often in the slightest. In this case Anthony “PrettyBoy” Taylor is the exception, who in only his third professional fight went to Ireland as part of the co-main event for a fight with James Gallagher. Taylor became well known to many in the build-up to that fight for being so outspoken and quite an entertainer, something he carries with him to the cage.

Anthony Taylor now has himself a fight lined up in a regional show near his home in California at California Fighting Championships. This will be his first time fighting back in America since May 2016. His last two bouts were in Europe as part of Bellator’s expansion into Europe. Following two losses he now hopes to get back in the win column in front of a home crowd. Taking this fight as a tune off fight Anthony is confident he won’t be touched by his opponent Trey Branch.

“Well, I’m taking this fight because Bellator said I’ll be fighting next year for overseas and it will be a good tune off fight for me. I think of trey like any other fighter. Just a guy who’s not going to touch me nor beat me.”

His opponent Trey Branch is jumping up from flyweight for this fight, Anthony believes he’s going to dominate his opponent and knock him out with ease. Now having 3 career losses coming via submission, he is not worried about his ground game, guaranteeing it was improved from training with some of the top fighters in Bellator.

“I believe I’m going to overpower him and KO him. He’s coming up from 125lb to fight me which I stated to the world on Bellator that I’m the strongest 45er in the world!! And as far as my ground game, it’d be covered and it’s great. Thanks to AJ McKee, Baby Slice, Joey Davis and Aaron Pico. My ground game is great and up there to the level, as there’s”

Looking ahead to next year when he competes in Bellator again, Taylor has his eyes set on a big fight in a return to Irish soil.

“Well Bellator loves me and I proved them that I belong there. I haven’t been told when I was fighting but I hope it’s back in Ireland, and maybe on St. Patricks day and hopefully I’ll fight Brian Moore because me and him been wanting to fight the longest.”

As a training partner for AJ McKee, Taylor was very pleased with how the fight went down, claiming it was a simple enough fight for his teammate that apparently didn’t train much for the fight. Suffering a loss on the initial trip to the emerald isle, “PrettyBoy” wants to come back and take home a win next time around.

“Oh man it was an easy fight for AJ, he only trained 2 weeks for that Brian Moore fight” he laughs “but absolutely it would be a great show if I was also on the show me and James alone still holds the record of views internationally and I’m looking to come back and taking what’s mines which is that W”

The win against Brian Moore could now potentially line up a fight between McKee and James Gallagher, fight fans have long sought after. Having fought against James and training with McKee on the regular Taylor isn’t convinced that Gallagher is ready for the AJ just yet. He also had some words about SBG fighters who were calling out Baby Slice.

“James is not ready for AJ. And people calling out slice since he’s new in the game. Why are sbg guys not calling out Joey Davis?? They are all talk and think that they’re better than everyone.”

With a win on Saturday, Anthony Taylor thinks it will kick him off to a series of consecutive wins that could ultimately land him in a fight with Emmanuel Sanchez.

“Yes it will start off (Saturday) and I believe it will set me up tremendously. I’m only getting better and I plan on winning fights in Bellator and then taking out Emanuel Sanchez. I do not like him, I hate him”

“I don’t like his style and he’s always hating on my teammates so I want his head” he added

Away from the fight scene, Anthony is pleased with the life that he’s got set up for himself with his newfound love since joining Bellator as he now aims to break into the movie industry too.

“Man it’s been great I now have a wonderful woman in my life so I’m happy. I’m acting too, trying to get into the movies industry and God has blessed me which so much love”

You can follow Anthony Taylor on all his social media accounts to keep an eye out for all his upcoming fight information and results.

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