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The Art Of Movement in MMA with Erwan Le Corre

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Over the past few months, we have seen many UFC fighters adopt a new style of training, movement training. Conor McGregor’s decision to bring movement coach Ido Portal on board raised a lot of eyebrows but McGregor insisted he has never felt better. Carlos Condit has also brought in world renown movement coach Erwan Le Corre. So what are the benefits of movement training? How beneficial is it to athletes? To tell us more, we caught up with MovNat founder and movement coach Erwan Le Corre.

COF: So how did you get involved in movement training and how long have you been in this line of work?

Erwan: “My whole life I’ve been training diverse movement disciplines or sports, learning techniques or efficiency principles from diverse sources. Looking back I realize that what they all had in common was practicality, which means that what you train for, even as sports, can be useful in the real-life. That is exactly what my current approach to movement training is about today.

Specifically, what I’ve been working on, defined and popularized since 2007 is called “Natural Movement” which is a movement, fitness and physical education training. It covers a wide range of evolutionary movement skills such as running, jumping, balancing, crawling, climbing, lifting, carrying, etc.

My method for teaching, learning and training Natural Movement is called MovNat. It is rooted in over 300 years of Physical Education history (links to MN articles) in Europe. Since 2009 it has received a lot of attention from major health & fitness magazines (links) and has become world-renowned, with close to 4000 certified trainers worldwide. Fundamentally we teach techniques and efficiency in these natural movement skills, as well as the strength and conditioning associated with them. We consider ourselves as a school of real-world physical competency and preparedness. This being said, the benefits of the MovNat method start to be recognized beyond the fitness community, including sports coaches (MMA, hockey, basket ball), military and LEO’s, or health care practitioners. You can read more here (link to my profile page on movnat.com)”.

COF: What benefits can athletes and fighters in particular gain from movement training?

Erwan: “We probably want to first ask ourselves what is “movement training.” Defining the concept, which is so far still very vague to most people, it can be a bit tricky because “movement” is a very vast realm.

First off I want to establish that in my opinion all MMA coaches, including Muay Thai, judo, wrestling, grappling/BJJ, boxing, striking or even S&C coach are “movement trainer” of their own. Their job is to teach and then to constantly improve particular movement skills in their students, or to develop the strength and conditioning necessary for performing such skills at the highest level possible. Each of these coaches works on a segment of the overall movement arsenal required for fighting, as clearly MMA is made of highly diverse and technical forms of movements. Obviously, this is the bread and butter of MMA training, the foundation. Recently though a new type of MMA coach seem to be emerging, which is the “movement trainer.” Movement training I believe will become one of the pillars of this foundation in the future, when more people understand what it is and its benefits.

  • Benefit 1: stay injury-free and keep body and mind relaxed and sharp before the fight:

What most people know of movement training today is the example of Conor McGregor and his movement coach Ido Portal. Most people mocked it because they missed the point. People looked at some of the movements shown in diverse videos wondering “how could those help in an actual fight”, without understanding the real purpose behind it. The purpose has never been to assimilate new and complex movement patterns days before the fight, which would be silly. What looked like non-specific, even random “play” was in fact a no-impact, low-intensity practice designed to help him stay loose and injury-free, to keep both his body and mind relaxed, yet sharp. It wasn’t magic, and no “secret move” made Conor win. However it did participate in placing him in the best physical and mental state possible before the fight, so he could maximize the use of his existing fighting skills and conditioning during the fight. It had to be done at a very specific time of the preparation, during the few last days, after all the hard work had been done already. For the public and even for many MMA professionals it was highly unconventional approach, a breakthrough in fight preparation, where the usual approach is to keep the fighter’s aggression very high until the fight. Clearly both Conor and Portal knew exactly what they were doing regardless of what people thought.

  • Benefit 2: stimulate motor-skills between camps:

This kind of training can be beneficial in between camps also. In which case movement training could be anything from a particular sports, capoeira, ballet dancing or any other movement discipline. The idea would be to expose the fighter to new movement patterns, demands, and variables, to stimulate and improve their overall motor-skills and competency, to support recovery etc…In this case again, any teacher in any specific movement disciple may turn a “movement trainer.”

  • Benefit 3: improve and maintain fundamental function and conditioning during the whole fighter’s career:

This being said, movement training is not limited to the last days of preparation before the fight, or to be an accessory training in between camps. The movement trainer can be more helpful than that because the overall movement demands of an MMA aren’t restricted to just fighting techniques. There is a whole spectrum of movement patterns that take place in between the striking, wrestling, or submission attempts, so the most competent in a wide range of natural movements the better the transitions in term of speed, range, accuracy, timing etc…I like to say that those movements are like the “glue” that chains specific fighting techniques together. It is usually assumed that those seemingly secondary transitional movements and positions are easy. But they aren’t necessarily so, and the apparent easiness can be highly deceptive.

For example, if a fighter lacks mobility and stability in the lower body, his lower body mechanics is inefficient. If he can’t deep squat, or kneel comfortably, or get up and down fast, in diverse ways and from diverse start positions, and with ease, balance, relaxation, and accuracy, then all transitions from stand-up to ground or the other way around during a fight will be slow and sloppy. If the body isn’t optimally functional and adept in fundamental movements, it won’t be optimally functional and adept in even more complex and adaptable movements such as fighting techniques. That’s especially true when fatigue kicks in.

So the question is, what makes a fighter better at those transitions? Is it something “natural”, innate, or can it be trained, and how? Movement training ensures that the fighter is very comfortable and competent with any of those fundamental movement patterns, as they matter as much as the more specific fighting movements.

General “natural movement” training like we do in MovNat, by improving overall movement competency, will help improve many aspects of movement in fighting even though it is not seen as “actual” fighting training. That’s because the body doesn’t categorize movements the way we do. It is the same body that squats, balances, tiptoes, climbs, crawls, jumps, then kicks, strikes, steps in any direction, grapples, etc.

For example, by training specific balancing drills, you will improve foot strength, ankle and knee mobility and stability with a direct gain in your footwork, striking and kicking. Your feet are your base, your foundation in the stand-up, so make them stronger and more agile and the benefits will show higher up the “line.” Some climbing drills we do on thick horizontal bars will improve grip and upper body strength which will make your clinch stronger, or help your grappling etc…

This kind of general movement training was a significant part of what we trained with Carlos in the beginning, and it boosted his knee injury recovery and helped him become physically much looser and balanced.

  • Benefits 4: Fight preparation and performance:

The benefits to fight performance stem directly from improving movement performance. We’ve seen that routine, general natural movement training is already a great help. Clearly if a fighter is more comfortable, fast, smooth, balanced in such transitional movements than his opponent, that’s a huge advantage. First he can re-position himself faster than his opponent where he needs to be for the next move. Secondly, when you’re struggling with your movements, even in a minute way, that’s not just a matter of wasting time, loss of power, accuracy or timing, that’s also simply much less attention to and clarity about what your opponent is doing. When you are “surviving” movement to begin with, say you are struggling to recover your base, then what’s left for situational awareness, i.e making sense of what your opponent is doing and what you should be doing next? The more in control of his movements, the more effectively the fighter’s brain can focus on fight strategy and decisions even when they’re unconscious.Last, but most importantly, you want to look at the particular movement deficiencies and inefficiencies that negatively impact a given fighter’s performance, and that the specialized martial art or MMA coach may not notice, or may notice without having a solution. This is in my opinion the most important part of what “movement training” for a fighter, and as a matter of fact for athletes of any specialized sports, should be. To me the “movement trainer” is a “movement optimizer.” His job isn’t to randomly expose the athlete to unfamiliar movements, though it can be useful in particular cases, but to optimize efficiency in the movement techniques or movement demands he or she is already familiar with. It has to be fully customized to each athlete. When I approached Carlos Condit early 2015, I told him the issues I had noticed in his movement that I believed could significantly improve his performance if they were fixed. Mainly his stance was to high and too square, making him not as fast and stable on his feet as he could be. He told me that that’s exactly what his coaches had been telling him for years. So you’d wonder how come that he, or they weren’t able to fix the issue. That’s because not everything that seems obvious is actually easy improve. Maybe his coaches were too busy. Maybe they didn’t get why Carlos wouldn’t make the change on his own. Maybe himself was OK with his usual style and may not really see what difference it could make since he was pretty successful even while being aware of what his coaches were asking him to change. So it was left unaddressed until Carlos and I started to work together specifically on this problem with a customized movement program I designed for him. None of the drills we used looked like anything typical to martial arts training. It included tons of kneeling, squatting and get-ups transitions, tons of balancing movements, tons of low-impact bu jumping and precision landing variations and many more movement drills. None of those drills were ever picked randomly, they all served the particular purpose of making Carlos lower, faster, and more stable on his feet.

Then within a short time his coaches, training partners and, of course, himself started to notice the significant difference in footwork, stability and speed during striking and sparring sessions. It gave Carlos and his world-class striking coach Brandon Gibson a boost in creativity and training effectiveness that made them super excited about the new potential.

It takes a movement trainer who understands movement principles regardless of the specific sport, but also who understands the specific requirements of fighting movement performance to achieve that. The movement trainer first analyzes movement behavior and performance to identify issues that lower efficiency. Then he needs to be able to teach new, optimally efficient movement patterns. The process can be long and challenging, especially with athletes who’ve been repeating the exact same movement patterns for many years; the existing motor patterns are so deeply ingrained by many thousands of repetitions that it takes a very mindful and dedicated practice to override the old, inefficient or suboptimal patterns until new, efficient patterns are acquired to the point they become automatic, reflexive the same way the old patterns were. In the process of replacing old patterns with new ones, secondary complications arise that stem from modifying the previous movement patterns, and that need to be spotted and fixed. For instance, when we worked on the position of Carlos back foot, which we wanted to point forward (as opposed to being perpendicular to the front foot as in a typical Thai boxing square stance) to allow him to move forward or laterally faster, he would often end up with both his feet in line, which is highly unstable. So we had to work on the width of his stance as well to correct the issue generated by the adjustment of the back foot position. We have worked on multiple details like that so we could ultimately obtain the stance and footwork we wanted ahead of his fight with Thiago Alves. Then we had to address many other details in movement and position patterns ahead of his fight with Lawler, because we chose for that camp to focus on kicking efficiency. As you can see, we’re real far from anything random. It was all highly specific and involved programming and progressions, and constant adjustments of the program during the camp as improvement were made, or new issues exposed.”

COF: You have been involved in Carlos Condit’s last two training camp’s. What would a usual training session between you and Carlos consist of?

Erwan: “For each camp we had agreed on a particular area of improvement that we would almost exclusively focus on. The reason is that the duration of a camp is relatively limited, so you have to choose your battle when it comes to what you want to work on priority. What we agreed on were the aspects of this movement that would best serve the strategy devised by his coaches for a given opponent. So the training we did for the fight with Alves and with Lawler was very different except for the warm up. Warm up was always made of ground movements, lots of get-ups, done slowly, with control. Overall, each session was made of relatively low intensity and low impact movement practice. It was a lot about mindfulness, focus, breath control, postural integrity, efficient positions and transitions. First thing Carlos wanted to do after each session was to go take a nap, because of how stimulated his brain was. Think about it, when you put all your mind in performing movements very accurately, it becomes more a mental practice than a physical one. This being said, intensity was also part of it. Our objective for the fight with Alves was to allow Carlos to fight in a lower stance to make him more stable, and also to make his footwork much faster in any direction. We’ve used a lot of balancing, jumping and landing moves, and stepping drills to achieve that objective. I would also give him exercises to do every day or so in between each session together. With every session, we would build up on difficulty and accuracy. We did achieve this lower stance and much faster footwork, and Carlos says that it is his ability to move forward much more explosively that made him catch Alves with an elbow.

For the fight with Lawler, the game plan was to keep Robbie at a distance where he was unable to strike Carlos in the head. We decided that he would use his kicks more to take advantage of his size and reach. We drilled tons on every aspect of kicking, deconstructed his kicking patterns to find flaws that made him unstable. We had two concerns with a higher volume of kicks, first was to throw him off balance, secondly was that he would land at the wrong range with every kick attempt. There are so many details involved with this work, but let’s say we mainly worked on single foot position and balance and hip rotation so he could pull his leg back fast to the correct range immediately after kicking and while staying very stable. We also worked a lot on “cleaning” his kicking pattern from a variety of superfluous micro-moves that let the opponent read what’s coming, which helped make these kicks less predictable. Out of the extraordinary volume of strikes landed by Carlos on Robbie, a significant part were kicks. The main objective was to prevent Lawler from being as aggressive and confident moving forward he normally is, and it really worked.

Again, there wasn’t really anything “usual” in our sessions except the warm up, since we were constantly adapting the training to the progress made.”

COF: More fighters seem to be adding movement training to their schedule, do you think all fighters should add movement techniques to their training?

Erwan: “I think so. I have described above the diverse benefits that can be brought by movement training. A relatively broad movement regimen made of natural movements is already a great help for most fighters for general preparation and conditioning. But obviously, movement training is ideally customized to the particular needs of a fighter. If movement training is part of a fight camp, then it need to be customized to a particular game plan, and at a particular time of the fight camp. Just adding non-fighting related (or seemingly not at least) movement training randomly in term of movement patterns involved or timing (when the training is done) may not bring much, if anything at all. Even with the few “movement gifted” fighters some areas can be found where benefits can be gained. The difference is that the fighter with glaring movement issues will be addressing blatant deficiencies with very significant and noticeable improvements, whereas the “natural” mover is working on minor issues with less spectacular improvements, but improvements nonetheless.

You need to find an ad equation between the fighter’s needs and the movement trainer’s ability and experience. There’s a lot of professionals and experts out there who may not label themselves as a “movement trainer” but yet who can help a great deal. Some of them are therapists who will optimize your body so you can move better. It’s a passive yet effective way to improve your movement. I think that there are diverse backgrounds and a tool that can help. It’s got to be a good match. Again, the movement trainer has to be able to address problems that traditional coaches cannot help with, or can’t even see in the first place. Credentials matter but results matter the most. The proof is in the pudding. Last but not least, it is essential that there is an understanding and agreement of what is being done between the movement trainer and the rest of the fighter’s team. Fight preparation is big time team work.”

COF: What are your thoughts on Conor McGregor’s movement techniques and what do you make of the techniques he has been shown by Ido Portal?

Erwan: “McGregor has tremendous control of range/distance and timing. The tools he uses to achieve such control is a mix of stance and footwork to rapidly but also accurately move in and out or switch angle and kicks to push his opponents in the direction, or at the distance he wants. The control of distance means that he is in the right place at the right time to strike, that it is offensively, or countering, or counter-attacking. It is very karate like, similar to Lyoto Machida, Steve Thompson, or Michael Page. Having a karate background myself, I am very familiar with this style.

As for the movements shown to him by Ido Portal, I have explained earlier what it was all about. In this particular case, the movements themselves didn’t matter as much as the purpose they served. If you don’t understand the purpose, you don’t understand the context in which they’re done and you won’t understand the relevancy of the movements. Understand the purpose and you will understand their value. That’s why what Conor has trained with Portal and what Carlos has trained with me is very different even though we’re both movement coaches. It’s really about the context and goals. Who is fighting who? When? What’s the game plan, and what are the issues and demands the fighter has to deal with in relation to the game plan? What are other coaches working on, and how does movement training fit in this collaborative work?

Answer all these questions and you will design a movement training program that may be radically different each time.”

For more information on Erwan’s work check out his website www.movnat.com. For all your latest news in the world of MMA make sure to follow MMA Latest News on Facebook and Twitter.

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Tom Gallicchio on UFC Release “It’s Been a Dream of Mine to Fight in KSW”

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MMA Latest spoke to TUF 22 and 25 season competitor Tom Gallicchio about being cut from the UFC, and potential promotions that he could sign for in the future.

Gallicchio (19-10) signed for the UFC after reaching the semi-finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Season 25. Losing to James Krause in his debut, “Da Tank” was informed earlier this month that the UFC had parted ways with him.


Q: Before we jump into the whole free agency stuff, talk me through how the UFC broke the news that they were going to release you?

I thought I was going to have another fight, this time at lightweight. I got a letter dated July 7th, saying they were going to keep me, I received it in September. I was getting emails to update my USADA, I never got a cut letter and I got tested by USADA on October 24th. I was hoping to fight sometime in January or February, then they broke the news to me that they need to make a room for new talent.

Q: You made your UFC debut against James Krause in July, then 4 months down the line, they cut you. How surprised were you at this somewhat out of the blue decision?

I’m thankful for my opportunity in the UFC and the fact that they gave me another shot, but it was definitely surprising how it happened.  They released a newsletter in September welcoming Jesse (Taylor) Dhiego (Lima) and myself into the UFC, all signs pointed towards another fight. Hearing that I was cut was just heartbreaking.

Q: Have any talks started with a new promotion. I saw you name a few on Twitter, the likes of  Bellator, BAMMA, KSW and ACB. Who do you see yourself signing for?

I would love to compete in any of those! A couple of them hit me up, one of which I am very happy to talk with. Since they came out, It’s been a dream of mine to fight in KSW. They’re taking care of their fighters, I would love to fight for them. I want to travel, I want to see the world, I want to fight. I’ve got a lot of fans overseas and I want to give them a show.

It’s been a dream of mine to fight in KSW.

Q: Your long time friend Jesse Taylor was victorious in the TUF 25 Finale, but he has since accepted a 1-year ban for failing a USADA test. What is your take on this given how close you two are?

I know Jesse is not a juicer, I’ve known him ever since I came down to (Team) Quest. It’s probably come from some supplement that he’s taking, it sucks for him. I think he went into a little bit of panic mode, he could have done a better job of handling it.

I don’t take supplements, if there was a way, I’d still keep myself in the USADA pool just because I believe in a clean sport. I think it’s important we keep the sport clean and if we’re cleaning up the supplement companies then good, because no one else is.

Where would you look to see Tom fight next? Let us know below!

 

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Rany Saadeh pleased with the opportunities ACB brings, promises a finish in his debut on Saturday

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The BAMMA Flyweight belt was ruled for years by none other than Rany Saadeh, During his reign as champion he successfully defended the belt on two occasions. His dominance over the division saw him go undefeated in BAMMA and without a loss since 2012. Following the expiration of his contract, Rany vacated his BAMMA belt to explore new challenges.

He has now signed with ACB and is set to make his debut in only a matter of days at ACB 74 in Austria where he will take on Darren Mima. In a recent catch up with Rany, he explained his reasoning behind joining ACB and his goals in the promotion.

“ACB is the fastest growing organization in MMA. They’ve promised me an active career with events all over the world and a tempting bonus structure. It was just what I was looking for. I’ve looked into the competition and I can honestly say that the competition at flyweight is just as good, if not even better than in the UFC. Being the ACB title holder would make me a legit world champion.”

Ahead of his bout with Mima, we are set to see some new stuff from Saadeh as he claims to have changed up his style after a solid camp for this fight, guaranteeing us a surprise.

“I didn’t need to change anything for him but my style changed in general since my last fight. I’ve had an excellent camp with high-level training partners and coaches. I’m very grateful for my coaches who have put hours of private work into me this year. Especially with my new boxing coach Luciano Robledo, I can guarantee a surprise.”

The confidence is evident as he tells me how he sees the fight going. Promising his well-rounded arsenal of both strikes and grappling are worthy of bonuses, something he’d be very keen on considering the set-up in ACB.

“I will not just completely dominate but also finish.” He began, “I can imagine this fight being a wild brawl and dropping my opponent. Also on the ground, I have some slick submissions that are bonus-worthy.”

Having been successful in BAMMA, Rany is striving for more glory as plans on taking home the ACB title becoming the first Western European to do so.

“Of course!” he says with determination in his voice, “I’m coming into ACB as a world champion and the #1 ranked flyweight in Western Europe. After winning this fight, the title fight is right there”

It’s now been over a year since we’ve seen, “Prince” enter the cage. A decision voluntarily made by the German as he adjusted his game.

“It was mid last year when I had started to adjust my game. These changes take time and as the wished competition wasn’t there, I decided to take some time off fighting to prepare for a bigger challenge.”

Now having departed ways with BAMMA, the British promotion now has a new champion in Daniel Barez. Unfortunately for Rany, his reasons for leaving was the lack of competition has beaten everyone put in front of him with money being an issue that stepped in the way too. Despite any negativity derived from his departure, he does not rule out a return to the promotion where he was once Flyweight king.

“The competition in Europe just got very thin. With five fights in BAMMA, I somehow wasn’t very impressed with the opportunities left. Neither I got the fights, nor the purse that I needed to take my career further. After two title defenses, it felt like I was standing still which isn’t just BAMMA’s fault. Altogether, they are a great promotion and I wouldn’t exclude a return.”

When the UFC announced they would have the best flyweights from around the world enter the TUF house with a shot at the belt going to the winner. Many would have thought Rany Saadeh would have been up there. The season had champions from all over the world but no one from BAMMA, something strange considering the number of champions they signed in the past year from the promotion.

In an unfortunate circumstance for Saadeh, it was not his fault he wasn’t in the house as the UFC did come knocking but BAMMA just weren’t letting their champ go. Despite this situation, there is no bad blood anymore as Saadeh has moved on with things now.

“The UFC was definitely interested in putting me on the show and it is not true that BAMMA wasn’t asked. They were asked but didn’t want to be part of it. Without their permission, I wasn’t able to take part in the TUF. But I’m not mad at that anymore, I feel like it will make better opportunities possible.”

Having missed out on a possible UFC opportunity before, it isn’t on his mind anymore as he remains pleased with his life and is mainly looking to support his family in the future.

“I really don’t care, I’m set for the next few fights. All I want now is a decent living from fighting and provide for my family in the near future. ACB is not just giving me the chance to reach that goal but also giving me the challenges that I need. So far, I’m a very happy person”

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

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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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