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Strike League Review and Results: Headliner Bubba McDaniel Earns 3rd Straight TKO



Nestled in the Austin suburb of Cedar Park, the H-E-B Center hosted the debut event of Strike League last Saturday night. An upstart promotion, Strike League is the Texas capital’s first-ever professional mixed martial arts organization. The April 8th card boasted six action packed fights, headlined by a main event featuring Bubba “The Menace” McDaniel.

MMA Latest News was live on the scene to witness first-hand. It was an excellent production with great pacing and a fun atmosphere; far from what one would expect of a promotion on their first live event. The crowd was just around 2,000 in attendance and based on their enthusiastic reactions to the fights – it is safe to say they enjoyed themselves thoroughly. So in that regard, it was mission accomplished for Strike League in their promotional launch.

Joshua Hill def. Peter Caballero via Unanimous Decision

Hill made his pro debut against 1-1 Caballero and earned a decisive victory with dominant grappling. From the outset of the first bell he set the pace, outclassing his opponent with takedowns and relentless topside control. Hill’s double and single leg takedowns were effective time and again, though he did not display much striking from any position. For three rounds it was in Caballero’s best interest to stop the takedowns and he was not able to do so. His ground and pound defense was decent but definitely not enough to sway the momentum and win the fight.

Jose Guerra def. Tim Guerra via Submission (Armbar) Round One

No relation to one another Guerra vs Guerra had fireworks from the very start. If there were a submission of the night award at this event, Jose Guerra would have earned it with his armbar finish of Tim Guerra. Jose closed the distance early with a big shot that sent the other Guerra backing up toward the cage. From there it was all but over. Jose Guerra quickly shot in for a clinch and parlayed that into a takedown before sinking in an immediate armlock for a quick tap.

Jhonoven Pati def. Stephen Glanville via TKO (Body Punch and Strikes) Round One

In the same vein of the previous match, the TKO of the night goes to Pati. Glanville looked to be the more technically skilled of the two and appeared to be pulling ahead on the score cards while Jhonoven Pati spent the first couple of minutes feeling out his range. Once he found his rhythm, a series of taunts and flashy strikes began to surface in every exchange. It didn’t take long for a pair of spinning kicks to find a home on Glanville’s body – with the second one dropping him momentarily. After a brief grappling exchange, Glanville found his way back to his feet. But, it was too late. Pati smelled blood and went for the finish, dropping his opponent with a big body punch and sealing the deal with several unanswered strikes.

Chip Cole def. Sean Clements via Unanimous Decision

Bubba McDaniel’s training partner, Chip Cole made the trip from far West Texas to take on Austin-based Sean Clements of 10th Planet (Onnit Academy). Cole controlled the distance very well throughout, putting his reach advantage to good use with a high volume of jabs and plenty of movement to keep his opponent at striking range. Cole was the better grappler as well, controlling the fight wherever it went, as he often took the fight everywhere he wanted it to go. There could not have been a clearer decision all night, and no one in the arena was surprised to see Cole’s hand raised after 3 rounds.

David Durant def. Luis Carter via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round One

Durant was another fighter making a professional debut that night and he came in with a respectable 4-2 amateur record, although his last fight was a loss more than 2 years ago. The heavily muscled Luis Carter was the visibly larger, more intimidating fighter and he was already established as a pro, coming to the contest with a record of 2 wins and 2 losses. Durant wasted no time getting the fight to the ground and working his jiu jitsu, where he secured a rear naked choke after setting up a takedown with a looping overhand right.

Bubba McDaniel def. Juan Torres via TKO (Strikes) Round Two

A grizzled veteran of more than 40 fights, Bubba  “The Menace” McDaniel went back to his roots and showed that he has not forgotten what got him to the dance: excellent MMA grappling. 19 of his 29 career victories have come by submission and 8 more of them have been by KO/TKO which McDaniel sets up with an excellent top-side game and calculated ground and pound.

The first round comprised of McDaniel on top of the much larger Torres, transitioning to a better position in every scramble, looking for a submission or picking his shots for ground and pound the entire time. He was all over Torres from the opening bell until the end of the round. He even came close to finishing with a rear naked choke moments before the bell sounded.

Round Two was more of the same. Only now, McDaniel’s opponent was broken and the inevitable defeat closed in on him as “The Menace” continued the ground and pound assault. Bubba worked to his opponent’s back and flattened out before blasting him with a barrage of punches. With the TKO victory, McDaniel added a 3rd straight finish by strikes and improved his post-UFC record to 9-2.

The Ultimate Fighter 17 alumni always garnered much attention from MMA fans, either because they love him or they love to hate him. His UFC resume was a dichotomy reflected in his win loss record, which is a mirror image of his hit or miss popularity. According to our last conversation with McDaniel, the UFC has contacted him as recently as this year. A return to the top promotion is certainly not out of the realm of possibility, especially given the lack of depth in the UFC’s 205lb division. He is most certainly on the right track with a 3-fight win streak.

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Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the works for UFC 223



UFC 223 looks to add a variety of intriguing bouts. With Paul Felder vs. Al Iaquinta reportedly set for the unannounced UFC 223 card, the promotion looks to add a high stakes female flyweight match-up. According to, sources confirmed a bout between Felice Herrig and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, is in the works for the pay-per-view card.


Assuming the match-up does come to be, both women have much to gain from a victory. For Herrig, she currently sits on a four-fight win streak. A streak in which the strawweight contender defeated Kailin Curran, Alexa Grasso, Justine Kish, and Cortney Casey. The MMA veteran, Herrig, began fighting professionally in 2009. As of late, her issues with the marketing machine that is the UFC have intensified.

After demonstrating her technical prowess over Justine Kish at UFC Fight Night 122: Chiesa vs. Lee, Herrig put her emotions on display. She stated at the post-fight media scrum, “Sometimes, I feel like, I’m not young and beautiful enough for the UFC to want to promote me. And it’s sad because I’ve really worked so hard to be here and it’s hard to see these people who’ve not been through what I’ve been through. Who just got into the UFC at the right time. They’re getting all these opportunities and I see how hard I work to get here and it’s just like, it doesn’t matter. I just feel like, ‘I’m not pretty enough and I’m not getting any younger'”.

A frustrated Felice Herrig then spoke to in December. She claimed, “Aside from (former UFC women’s strawweight champ) Joanna (Jedrzejczyk), I’m the only strawweight who’s gone on a four-fight winning streak. That’s a fact. At this point, I want to fight someone in the top 10. It doesn’t really make sense for me to keep fighting girls that are ranked below me. That’s the whole point. If I want to keep working my way up. I fight the most dangerous girls outside the top 10”. The #9 ranked women’s flyweight has a point. In her UFC career, she recorded one loss in six appearances. Yet, she has one co-main event booking, while fighters like Michelle Waterson, booked the main event in her second UFC bout. In Waterson’s third bout, she received a co-main event scheduling. Understandably, Felice Herrig is upset with her situation.

Later in her interview, Herrig brought up Kowalkiewicz as a potential next opponent. “For whatever reason, I really want to fight Karolina. I just think that would be an exciting fight… Stylistically, I really like that fight. She’s ranked above (me), and it may be a good gauge for me,” she stated. Right now, it looks like Herrig is close to getting what she wants.

Kowalkiewicz last fought in her native country of Poland on the UFC Fight Pass card, UFC Fight Night 118: Cowboy vs. Till, in October. The Polish star defeated Jody Esquibel, after losing consecutive contests to former UFC female strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejcyk and Claudia Gadelha, respectively.

A win for either makes a good case for the next or an eventual title challenger. Kowalkiewicz holds a victory over current division champion, Rose Namajunas. While a win for Herrig would further establish her impressive win streak and undoubtedly give her the boost in the rankings she deserves.

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Douglas Lima found out about change to co-main event at Bellator 192 from the internet



Bellator 192 fight card has gone through a shake-up over the past week. Bellator president Scott Coker revealed last week that the scheduled welterweight title fight between Rory MacDonald and champion Douglas Lima will now be serving as the co-main event and the heavyweight matchup between Chael Sonnen and Rampage Jackson would instead take top billing. At the time no explanation was made for the change. Monday Douglas Lima was a guest on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani to discuss this change.

“I was little bummed, but it is what it is, it’s business you know. I was pretty excited you know? Being the main event, having Rampage fight as the co-main event, I was happy there. Then I was bummed out that they changed it back to the co-main event. It’s not going to change a thing for me, I’m just focusing on the fight.”

Lima has been notoriously looked over in the eyes of fight fans. A longtime member of Bellator and a two-time champion has not gotten the notice he deserves and hopes to get.

“I found out through the internet, nobody tells me anything, I didn’t know. the same thing happened in New York, I thought my fight would be before the two main events there, but it ended up being the first fight of the night on Pay-Per-View. Hopefully, it doesn’t take anything away from the fight, you know spotlight and stuff.”

Lima is looking to make all the naysayers take notice at Bellator 192 that takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, Califonia on January 20th.

“This is the fight I’ve been waiting for for a long time. To get my name out there, to get people to know who I am. I’ve been delivering a lot of good fights, fights fans like to watch but no attention yet. I’m hoping though that after a win over Rory this week it will really put my name out there and show all these welterweights out there that I am for real.”

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Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder rescheduled for UFC 223 in April



MMA fans around the world wept in deep sorrow when Al Iaquinta withdrew from a bout scheduled for UFC 218 against Paul Felder. Weep no more, for Paul Felder faces Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. Rumblings behind the match-up, first reported by, came Sunday night before confirmed the bout scheduled for unannounced pay-per-view card, later in the evening.


The original bout fell through due to a severe knee injury to Iaquinta. He spoke to BJ Penn Radio about the injury nearly a week before the December 2nd, PPV event in Detriot. The Long Island real estate agent claimed, “I tore my PCL and my MCL maybe three or four months ago… for me to really put in a full training camp and do what I need to do, I would’ve had to just focus on fighting and physical therapy… it was the kind of thing where all roads led to me not kind of taking a risk and fighting on December 2nd”.

Iaquinta went on to say, “I kind of accepted the fight, but I never signed a bout agreement… I was kind of told I had to give them an answer pretty quick. It was a fight I thought I really wanted. I thought it was a good stylistic match-up for me, so I accepted the fight, and then thinking about it over the course of a day, we realized it probably wasn’t a smart decision for my health, for everything”.

An outspoken lightweight, he is not the first of his kind. Al Iaquinta is no stranger to idly waiting on the sideline for the UFC to make a move. Contract disputes and other bad strokes of luck left the Serra-Longo with three octagon appearances since 2015. The feud between Iaquinta and the promotion comes as a surprise when looking at the credentials of the aforementioned fighter. With an octagon record of 8-2, he earned notoriety as one of the best lightweights in the world. During his time in the UFC, he defeated Kevin Lee, Ross Pearson, Joe Lauzon, Jorge Masvidal, and most recently Diego Sanchez.

His opponent, “The Irish Dragon”, Paul Felder, holds an impressive UFC record of his own. At 7-3, Felder defeated tough competition as well. His record notes wins over Daron Cruickshank, Jason Saggo, Stevie Ray, and Charles Oliveira. Even more impressive than his record, his knockout ratio. At this stage of his career, Felder knockouts 55% of his opponents (10 knockouts in 18 career pro bouts).

Like his opponent Iaquinta, Paul Felder has a separate career outside of fighting. As many should notice, Felder found a role as a color commentator with the promotion he fights for. Following the footsteps in a long line of fighters before him, Felder announced multiple events alongside another new addition to the UFC broadcast team, Brendan Fitzgerald.

PPV card, UFC 223 and its location are not official yet. Despite a lack of an announcement, the event takes place in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Centre, according to multiple reports. Currently, the card features no official bouts. Reports state Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (per Jim Edwards), and Evan Dunham vs. Mairbek Taisumov (per Farah Hannoun) are both in the works for UFC 223.

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