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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TeepToTheBracket –> Bellator Middleweight Rankings July 17, 2018

  The signing of Lyoto Machida was big news in the MMA realm, let’s take a peek at Bellator’s burgeoning MW bracket to see where he logically fits in. He doesn’t come in on top just because he’s famous, so where exactly does it make sense to have him?  NOTE: In MMA (with promoters acting as belt-sanctioning-bodies) belts don’t mean anything more than the fighters who hold them. The Champ isn’t automatically top ranked in such a framework. In ranking divisions we won’t be giving ANY extra credit for a…

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Pancrase 297 Recap – Glaico Franca Wins Welterweight Belt, Anton Kuivanen Stops Lightweight King

Pancrase returned with an action packed card this past weekend. The prelims continued the 24th Neo Blood Tournament, their annual tournaments for lesser known fighters to earn their keep with the champions winning a main card spot. Most of the tournament bouts were semifinals, but there was one finals match in the Strawweight division. The main card was topped with a trio of fights featuring top ranked fighters in the promotion. Top prospect Yuya Wakamatsu took on Flyweight legend Mamoru Yamaguchi in a boxing vs Muay Thai stylistic matchup. Lightweight…

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DEEP 84 Impact Recap – Differ Ariake Farewell, Kazunori Yokota Retirement, Yuki Motoya Wins

DEEP 84 Impact went down last weekend and it marked the end of an era. The historic Differ Ariake arena is closing down following the end of June. The venue has been home to various combat sports for nearly 20 years and while a smaller arena, many great moments happened in their halls. It has frequently housed DEEP since the promotion’s founding, so it is fitting that they had the honor of being Differ Ariake’s final event. Headlining was former 2-division champion, Kazunori Yokota, having his retirement fight against former…

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