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UFC Heavyweight Champ Stipe Miocic lookin’ for revenge against Junior Dos Santos

Matthew Wells



UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic has one mission for UFC 211: Get one back on Junior dos Santos.

The headlining slot of UFC 211 in Dallas by storm on May 13, 2017, will play home to the second meeting between Dos Santos and Miocic, although this time, the stakes will be higher with UFC gold on the line. The first meeting was a five-round affair that earned Fight of the Night honors at UFC on FOX 13, but unfortunately for Miocic, his opponent was declared the winner on the judges’ scorecards.

“When you lose to someone, you want to get it back, no matter what. You have to,” Miocic said speaking to MMA Latest News while in Dallas for a press tour. “Not in a terrible, mean way like, ‘I want to rip his face off,’ but I want to get that revenge. I want to avenge that loss and get a ‘W’ on that. It’s like, ‘Alright, good. You only beat me once buddy, I got you back,’ you know?”

In what was one of the best fights the heavyweight division has ever seen, the lessons learned from that bout has helped Miocic grow as a fighter exponentially.

“I think every time you lose, which you try not to lose, but if you do lose, that definitely is a blessing because it does help,” explained Miocic. “Sometimes it shows you’re human when you think you’re unstoppable. That fight definitely showed me a lot about myself and a lot about my heart and my pride, and I know I can get better. I’m just scratching the surface.”

Since that loss to Dos Santos in 2014, Miocic has ripped through his next four opponents all by way of KO/TKO, and in the process, picked up the heavyweight strap in hostile territory from Fabricio Werdum in his home country of Brazil. Miocic successfully defended his title for the first time against Alistair Overeem at UFC 203, finishing the fight in the first round and earning his seventh fight night bonus. Heading into the second matchup with Dos Santos, the champ has no worries about facing the last man to defeat him.

“We fought three years ago in 2014. Great fight, he won the fight, nothing I can do about it,” stated Miocic. “I’ve definitely progressed a lot since that fight. Every aspect of the game: confidence, ability, conditioning – I’ve worked so much harder at getting better and sacrificed so much. I’m looking at the people around me because they’ve sacrificed with me. JDS is a great fighter, but unfortunately, it’s going to be ‘And Still’. I’m walking out the champ still.”

Should Miocic successfully defend his title for the second time on May 13, questions about who’s next will immediately be asked. Looking at the landscape of the heavyweight division, there are two names making their way towards the top of the division who have yet to face the perennial top five: Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou. With both men potentially one win away from a number one contender fight, Miocic knows they’re knocking on the door, but isn’t worried about what they can do inside the Octagon.

“They’re very tough. They’re young, they’re hungry, and they want a piece too. But just like everyone in the division, everyone’s got a hole in their game,” said Miocic. “I have holes in my game, they’ve all got holes in their game. If they come up and go for the title when I’m still champ, then okay. Unfortunately, they’re not gonna get past me. I give them all the respect, though, they’re super tough.”

“Whoever they put me in front of, I don’t really care,” Miocic continued. “Give me one of those two, it could be Werdum again, it could be JDS, you know, I don’t care. I’m just gonna go out there and put on a performance like I always do.”

Throughout the media tour across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Miocic and his opponent dos Santos have been friendly with each other, sharing laughs while enjoying the stops across the cities.

“I’m cordial with everyone, I don’t have any ill will towards anyone,” explained Miocic. “Noone’s ever said anything bad about me, it’d be different if they did. Of course, closer to the fight, we’re not going to be all chummy, but he’s a good guy. He trains hard, former champ, he’s got a good heart just like I do. We’re having a good time now, but several weeks from now, it’ll be a different story.”

After making the walk to the Octagon on May 13 in the headlining slot of the biggest card of 2017, Miocic has no doubt about the outcome:

“And still. I promise you that.”

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Michael Page Not Focusing on Opponent Ahead of Boxing Debut

Harry Davies



MMA Latest spoke to Bellator’s Michael ‘Venom’ Page, as he makes his boxing debut this Friday at the Hayemaker Ringstar Fight Night.

Page (12-0 MMA) is renowned for his entertaining fight style inside the cage, with most of his knockout and submission victories ending up in highlight reels online, that almost always go viral.

‘MVP’ was supposed to make his boxing debut on the undercard of David Haye vs Tony Bellew in March of this year, but due to ongoing negotiations with Bellator, his debut was delayed. Shortly after Page signed with Haye’s promotion “Hayemaker Ringstar.”

Q: So, Michael, we’re about five days out now from your big boxing debut, and still we have no name of an opponent? Can you break the big news, who will you be fighting next week?

I honestly couldn’t even tell you his name right now! I know I’ve got an opponent, but I haven’t even looked at him because it has changed so many times. I don’t like to pay too much attention to it, because it’s added stress. For me it’s just a case of turning up, and firing punches at whoever is across the ring.

Q: Is this fight 10 or 12 rounds? Given a standard boxing fight is a lot longer than your typical 15-minute MMA bout, has there been an emphasis on cardiovascular work in your training camp?

Depending on the opponent, I think it’s 6-rounds. The preparation has been different, I’m having to stress out my shoulders and core a lot. The kicking distance as well is very different, getting used to having people a bit closer. I’m getting used to the corners of the ring, I’ve done it before but not to this extent so I am familiar of it, but my body wasn’t really used to it.

Q: So, is this kind of like a one fight deal for Haye’s Ringstar promotion? Regardless of this fight’s outcome, will you return to MMA?

Not at all, I’m taking it seriously. Otherwise, I would have just had a super fight against a big name like McGregor did. This is why I can’t just jump into a 12 round fight, I need to adjust my body and get it prepared for boxing.

There’s no future plans yet, I’d like to have an MMA fight again before the end of this year, as I haven’t fought this whole year, but another opportunity for boxing may come up and I might get a chance to jump on that, so it depends.

Q: Were you frustrated that Bellator booked Paul Daley vs. Lorenz Larkin, and if you could send a message to Daley right now what would it be?

I have no interest in him anymore. It feels so pathetic and unnecessary now. I don’t think he deserved that fight with Larkin right after the shocking display he put on in Wembley against Rory MacDonald. But good on him he beat Larkin, however he calls me out immediately after then goes on to say he’s past that fight, it just doesn’t make sense.

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Q: A statement we hear a lot is “MVP is the only guy outside the UFC that I want in the UFC” People criticise the talent in Bellator and say you’re fighting nobodies, what do you say back to them?

The amount of times you hear “you shouldn’t fight this person, you should have fought that person.” Everyone’s got an idea of what the correct steps someone should make are, but at the end of the day it’s their career. People are so fickle and easy to forget. If you are a fan of somebody, just be a fan of them regardless of win or loss.

Q: I’ve got to ask about how things are with Bellator, because from the outside looking in it’s quite unclear. How is it relationship at the moment?

Yeah I get on with most of the guys, it’s like a small family. I’ve still got a couple of fights left with them, they’re growing very well, the only problem is I feel like they’re focusing a bit too much on ex UFC fighters. For me it says you’re classing yourself as second best. Bellator generate some amazing superstars and young talent, they should continue to promote them.

You can watch ‘MVP’ make his boxing debut this Friday night, as the Hayemaker Ringstar Fight Night will air at 21:00PM on Dave.

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Exclusive: Alex Lohore “Didn’t Know” Who Richard Kiely Was Before BAMMA 32 Booking

Harry Davies



We spoke to the recently crowned BAMMA welterweight champion Alex Lohore, as he prepares to defend his title against Richard Kiely at BAMMA 32 in Dublin.

Lohore (13-1) won the vacant BAMMA welterweight title last month at BAMMA 31 in London. Fighting his longtime rival Nathan Jones on the night, Lohore knocked out “Mr Bag & Tag” with a knee in the first round.

Q: Obviously the rivalry between you and Jones had been going on for years, but you finished it in brutal fashion. Did you to speak to him after the fight?

Yeah I did have a chat with him. I was telling him that it was a great fight and we should train together sometime, but he was he wasn’t really keen on it. I guess he was still a bit sore about the defeat.

Q: In the cage after your win, you called out Richard Kiely, now you’re fighting him. Are you happy you got the opponent you asked for?

Everyone keeps saying I called him out, I didn’t call him out, he called me out! I didn’t even address his name, I said ‘this Irish kid has been running his mouth we’re going to go out there and shut him up.’ I didn’t even know who he was. He’s been mentioning my name and talking a lot of rubbish on my social media disturbing me and my fans.

Q: The finish against Jones was picture perfect. From the elbow, to the right hand, to the knee, was it the best of your career?

Yeah I think it is, by far! It was perfect technique. I knew as he was going he back he would try to duck in for the takedown. Because I was throwing the head kick anyway all I needed to do was just switch it to a knee. I couldn’t ask for any better.

Q: Given it’s in Dublin and Richard is Irish, How do you feel about going into enemy territory at BAMMA 32?

That’s great, that’s why I’m doing it! I need to be comfortable in every environment, so going out there will test. I wanted to be on the Dublin card, now I can teach him a little lesson too, I can’t wait.

Q: As you know the Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers has brought a lot of attention to BAMMA recently, what are your thoughts on him? 

He’s good man. For someone who doesn’t come from a fighting background and does reality TV stuff, he’s doing good. How can people say he should fight someone more experienced, because he is taking  guys that are on his level and he’s doing good.

He’s helping MMA fighters because he has got a big following so more people are going to be watching MMA and learning about MMA so it’s a good thing having him on board.

BAMMA32 will take place at the 3Arena in Dublin on November 10th. Tickets are now on sale at The card will air live on both UNILAD’s Facebook page, and Dave.

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Exclusive: Andrey Koreshkov eyeing fight with Rory MacDonald



Former Bellator welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov is coming off of an interesting past two years. In 2015 he beat current welterweight champion Douglas Lima, via a dominant unanimous decision, in order to win the welterweight title. He returned in 2016 and beat former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson via another dominant beatdown. It seemed like Koreshkov was going to be the champion for a very long time, making elite fighters look like they had no business being in the cage with him.

Koreshkov’s world came crashing down one night in Isreal. The Russian was beating Douglas Lima in a rematch, he was up 20-18 on the score-cards, and it seemed like he was going to walk away with another successful title defense. Koreshkov forced Lima’s back against the fence and started winging punches at him, Lima started to do the same as he looked to get off the fence, and then it happened, a huge left hook caught Koreshkov on the chin and it was lights-out. Lima was once again champion, and Koreshkov’s reign was cut short.

What was next for Koreshkov after losing the title? Perhaps a move to middleweight? Bellator’s middleweight division has fewer contenders than the welterweight division and could promise a quicker path to the title for the Russian. Koreshkov is a big welterweight, standing at 6’1, he certainly wouldn’t be small in the higher weight class. Speaking to MMA Latest, Koreshkov was quick to shut down the idea of moving up. “No, no, I work hard at welterweight and I’d like to stay there.”

Sticking with welterweight, Koreshkov knew it was going to be tough to get another title shot after his fight with Chidi Njokuani, but he seems to know the key to fighting for the title “It’s not about how many wins, but rather, the quality of my wins”, with that in mind, he promised the gameplan against Njokuani was to “stand and bang”. Koreshkov fulfilled his promise, against Njokuani he came out guns-blazing, giving Njokuani all he could handle on the feet before eventually taking him down and finishing him with some nasty ground and pound.

Koreshkov also got the chance to explain who he’d like to fight next, should he not get a title shot. “I don’t have any favorites, I know that there are a lot of tough fights at my weight class, but if I had to choose, I would say Rory MacDonald.” Unfortunately for Koreshkov, MacDonald is booked against his former opponent Douglas Lima, as the two are set to fight for the Bellator welterweight title in January.

A fight against MacDonald would promise fireworks as the two are known for their ruthless style. There’s a strong chance Koreshkov may get his chance against MacDonald next, as the former champion is certainly either next in line for the shot, or set to fight the loser.

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