This Week in Salt: Tito wants Chael, Pride rules Pitbull, Strabanimosity, Huntoooo, more

Emotions run high in MMA, let’s dive into the Bellator saltscape and the emotional turmoil emanating from its borders. Man, y’all gonna need some music to wash this lot down. This article isn’t an exhaustive piece, there’s an endless flow of salt, I’m just plucking a few out.  Tito “Headly” Ortiz vs Chael “The P stands for punched out by Fedor” Sonnen Ok so here’s the hot salt. One of the greatest Light-Heavyweights …of the night appears to be planting the seed for a Chael Sonnen rematch. Tito is reaching…

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TeepToTheLandscape –> Bellator Middleweight Rankings: Nov 2018

Bellator Middleweight Rankings/Landscape Nov 2018 Yeah people!!! It’s bizarre, it’s memorable, it often veers into the absurd without warning. It’s Mixed Martial Arts. Pull up an internets, and let’s delve into a semi-serious look at the semi-subtle workings of Bellator’s 185 lbs bracket. We’ve got submission aces,  precise striking specialists, swangers, bangers, rasslers, a complete Sambo killer, a Krotty master all kinds of stuff. First, the music… Selector!!! RUN IT NOTE: In MMA (with promoters acting as belt-sanctioning-bodies) belts don’t mean anything more than the fighters who hold them. The…

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Mayweather versus Nasukawa is BACK ON!

November 15, 2018 – As of this afternoon the previously announced-then-scrapped exhibition bout between boxing all-time great Floyd Mayweather Jr. and rising kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa is back on for New Years Eve 2018. Originally announced earlier this month was cancelled after Floyd claimed he was misled by Japanese promotion RIZIN. Earlier today ‘Money’ Mayweather told TMZ that “we’re going to make it happen” when asked about a match-up, which he referred to as “a little boxing exhibition”. Source

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RIZIN.13 Rookies

Every event RIZIN introduces multiple newcomers to the promotion’s international stage. Some of these fighters are recognizable names, while others take more research and tape watching to understand their inclusion. Whether seasoned veterans or rising prospects, these fighters are rookies in the RIZIN ring.   Mina Kurobe Age: 41 Record: 12-3 Team: Master Japan Accomplishments DEEP JEWELS Atomweight champion Kurobe is a great example of “it’s never too late to start”. Making her MMA debut at 36 years old, she has established herself as one of the top Atomweights in…

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Ganryujima 16 Man Tournament Entrants Revealed

After delays and event postponement, moat fights are back. Ganryujima returns on September 17th and are bringing back the tournaments with a large 16-man bracket, featuring a number of representatives of various martial arts. Also announced were a trio of super fights to round out the card. First off the super fights announced: Katsunori Kikuno (Okinawa Kenpo Karate) vs Naoyuki Taira (Hakiba-ryū Bujutsu) Kikuno has reinvigorated his career since moving to Ganryujima, recording a perfect 6-0 record with 1 no contest. He won the previous tournament in 2016, culminating in…

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Veronika Futina Recovering From Successful Knee Surgery

Veronika Futina underwent knee surgery two weeks ago to fix a long time nagging injury. She had her stitches removed last week and is looking to get back into training as soon as possible with her eyes on returning to ROAD FC in 2019. In May at ROAD FC 47, Futina made her MMA debut against the toughest opponent in women’s openweight, Gabi Garcia. Although she lost the fight, she is optimistic about the future and plans to continue competing and improving. Many of the heavyweight women are hoping for…

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TeepToTheStoryline: The Rivalries of Bellator 204

Okay, here at FocusFights we’d like to think when the shit hits the fan, we can occasionally help you avoid the shit-side. There’s a ton of genuine rivalries happening (across several weights/events), let’s take a look at how Bellator 204 fits into it all, SELECTOR RUN IT (deep breath…). NOTE: While not “Brought to you by” a specific beer brand this post was definitely brought to you by beer. Blame any mistakes on that and not the simpleton who wrote it. STRIKEFORCE NEVER DIE I say up, You say down, let’s…

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TeepToTheBracket –> Bellator Featherweight Rankings Aug 11th, 2018

Pitbull is king, El Matador is gunning for gold, an Assassin is looking for a new opponent after the Wolf pulled out of their upcoming fight and would-be champ champ madness is brewing as BW champ Darrion moves to FW for a bout with PItbull vowing to drop to 135 for his own champ champ move. As Bellator searches for a replacement for what’s essentially a #1c fight and we wait for pivotal clashes to occur, let’s delve into the intriguing, mysterious FW bracket, and see who’s who, what’s what,…

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RIZIN.12 Rookies: A Look At The Debutants

Every event RIZIN introduces multiple newcomers to the promotion’s international stage. Some of these fighters are recognizable names, while others take more research and tape watching to understand their inclusion. Whether seasoned veterans or rising prospects, these fighters are rookies in the RIZIN ring. Hatsu Hioki Age: 35 Record: 29-11-2 Team: ALIVE/stArt Japan MMA Accomplishments Former Sengoku Featherweight champion Former Shooto Featherweight champion Former TKO Featherweight champion Probably the most recognizable debutant, Hioki is a former top ranked Featherweight and Sengoku champion. In the late 2000’s and early 2010’s, he…

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RIZIN.11 Rookies – A Look At The Promotional Debutants

Every event RIZIN introduces multiple newcomers to the promotion’s international stage. Some of these fighters are recognizable names, while others take more research and tape watching to understand their inclusion. A fighter’s experience level within RIZIN is worth discussing because the promotion has many rule differences when compared to other organizations. The use of a ring, soccer kicks, grounded knees, round structure and scoring system (no 10 point must criteria) are often a new experience for many fighters. RIZIN is truly an unique stage in modern day MMA due to…

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