Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra (18-4) vs. Dimitre Ivy (6-2)
It might not be quite what Xtreme Caged Combat originally had in mind when it scheduled the headliner of its 25th event, but Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra remains on the card against a new opponent. Bezerra was slated to meet Artur Rofi, a 7-1 prospect, in the finals of a four-man featherweight tournament. However, Rofi was forced to withdraw from the bout, therefore leaving XCC to find a new foe for Popo. The Philadelphia-based promotion secured the services of Dimitre Ivy, whose 6-2 record isn’t quite as shiny as Rofi’s mark, but comes pretty darned close.
If Bezerra’s name sounds familiar, it’s because it should. The Brazilian had a nine-fight stint in the Bellator organization from 2011-13. The Daddis MMA Academy product entered Bellator after accumulating an 8-1 record since debuting in 2008. He won his first five fights with the organization, including a featherweight tournament quarterfinal contest against Kenny Foster, before suffering a split-decision loss to Marlon Sandro in the tourney’s semifinal round. He claimed two more victories and advanced to another tournament semifinal, only to lose again, this time to Mike Richman. The loss signaled the end Bezerra’s stay with the organization. He won a regional fight in Brazil and then split a pair of appearances under the Cage Fury Fighting Championships banner, where he defeated Levan Makashvili to capture the league’s featherweight crown before subsequently losing to Makashvili in the pair’s rematch. He then moved to the XCC, where he defeated Frank Caraballo in his promotional debut. The 28-year-old has a background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and was a member of the Brazilian national wrestling team. He has 11 submission wins and five stoppages via some form of knockout.
The 26-year-old Ivy enters this fight as a relative unknown outside of his home state of Texas. The Texas Powerhouse MMA export debuted in 2010 and suffered losses in two of his first four pro fights. He righted the ship when he made his first and only Legacy FC appearance in 2013. Ivy scored a second-round submission of Matt Mazurek to kick off a four-fight winning streak. His other recent victories, all choke submissions, came under the Fury FC and Hero FC banners. Overall, Ivy has four submission finishes and two victories via strikes. He has only seen the scorecards once in his pro career.
Despite Ivy’s lack of star power, this is a very intriguing match-up. Bezerra has a proven track record. He’s only lost to the aforementioned Sandro, Richman and Makashvili, as well as UFC standout Charles Oliveira. Ivy, meanwhile, has a well-rounded game that makes him a significant threat to turn in a breakthrough performance against an established veteran. Ivy is aggressive on the feet, where he can batter opponents with knees in the clinch, and on the ground, where his ground-and-pound and submission arsenals make him an overwhelming force. Popo is obviously no slouch in these departments either.
This contest could be an action-packed affair with plenty of momentum swings. Neither man can afford to land on the bottom when the fight hits the mat, because the other is just too good in that realm. It’s just as dangerous on the feet, where both men have proven to have plenty of power and a variety of attacks. The real difference here is Bezerra’s experience. His long stay in Bellator gave him the opportunity to clash with plenty of strong fighters. He even pushed Sandro and Richman to split verdicts, and he submitted Oliveira. While Ivy poses a significant threat, Bezerra is a veteran who is quite capable of stifling his younger opponent’s offense and answering back with plenty of offense of his own. Neither guy is easy to finish, though, so this one might end up going to the scorecards before the Brazilian has his hand raised.
WXC 64: Johnny Bedford vs Mike Hernandez (Bantamweight Title Bout) Rated Top Fight of the Weekend to Watch by MMAMania.com – Live on GFL.Tv
Click Here to Watch Live WXC 64: Johnny Bedford vs Mike Hernandez (Bantamweight Title Bout)
The Bad Blood matchup that all our fans wanted to see is finally set featuring “Hurricane” Mike Hernandez Vs “Brutal” Johnny Bedford.
This fight will be a WAR that you won’t want to miss. These fighters were set to fight for Bantamweight title at WXC 63 but Hernandez incurred a rib injury during training that scrapped the bout. Bedford was not happy about the delay and said some unkind words about Hernandez.
Hernandez had a message for the UFC veteran Bedford prior to the fight: “Bring your wrestling game, because you want no part of the hands.” Hernandez’s interview makes it clear that he intends to knock out “that cocky ass” referring to Bedford. Check out the entire interview at: http://www.gfl.tv/event/gofightlive/Fight/MMA/WXC-64–Johnny-Bedford-vs-Mike-Hernandez/3405
A product of Michigan Top Team and James Lee’s Arena, Hernandez has no plans of going anywhere near the scheduled 25 minutes of his upcoming title fight vs Bedford. Hernandez is a Bellator veteran having won his only bout at Bellator 124. After winning six bouts in a row, he was submitted by a tough Canadian, Jesse Arnett at Hard Knocks 50.
Bedford has a long history of fighting on the Ultimate Fighter, Bellator and the UFC. He started as a wrestler with a 51-1 high school record before starting his professional career in 2006 when he reached the semi-finals of TUF before losing to that season’s winner John Dodson.
After TUF, Bedford would still get a shot at the UFC and would finish his first two opponents Louis Gaudinot and Marcus Vinicius by TKO. He would however lose his next fight to another TUF alumnus in Bryan Caraway when they squared off at UFC 159. His next fight would be a no contest (head butt) against Rani Yahya, who he lost to by decision in his last UFC bout in 2014.
Both fighters have competed at the top levels of the sport and had success. Bedford has not lost since leaving the UFC and is looking for one more chance at 33, while Hernandez seems to be peaking. This bout will be well worth the price of admission.
The Co-Main Event should capture some more national exposure. WXC is bringing in TUF fighter Pat Walsh, one of the most dangerous heavyweights in the world to face Leroy Johnson who’s Michigan’s undefeated beast for the WXC Heavyweight belt. Both fighters are heading towards the UFC and will be tested at WXC.
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Maiquel Falcao vs Tiago Moreira and Taila Santos v Kézia Zbonik Co-Featured on Aspera FC 43 – Live on GFL.Tv
Maiquel Falcao vs Tiago Moreira. Maiquel José Falcão is perhaps best known for his stint in Bellator, with whom he won the Bellator Season Six Middleweight Tournament. A professional competitor since 2004, Falcão has also had one fight with the UFC where he beat Gerald Harris (22-5).
At that point Falcão had compiled a record of 25-3 (1) with 21 of his wins coming by way of knockout, fighting exclusively in his native Brazil with two of the losses being at the hands of UFC veteran Fábio Maldonado.
Tyago “Buda” Moreira is a tough competitor who’s training is primarily in muay thai. At 10-5 with at 2 fight win streak, Moreira appears to be gaining some momentum in MMA. Most of his fights do not make it out of the 1st round either way. Fighting Falcao is a move up in class for Moreira, and he better get to him early as Falcao’s last four losses came in the first round.
Also the undeated Taila Santos takes on fellow Brazilian and also undefeated Kezia Zbonik. Santos has been fighting since 2013 and Zbonik since 2014. Santos has many more fights, however, both fighters are extremely skilled. One of these fighters will get her first L and lose the 0.
The bout card includes:
- Júnior Albini vs. J. Guelke 265 lbs
- Taila Santos vs. Kézia Zbonik 134 lbs
- Maiquel Falcão vs. Tyago Moreira 185 lbs
- Luis Rafael vs. J. Soares 134 lbs
- Fabiano Silva vs. Lucas Pivatto 146 lbs
- Everton Monteiro vs. C. Santos 134 lbs
- Saimon Oliveira vs. Henrique Miranda 134 lbs
- Rangel do Carmo vs. Jeferson Serafim 134 lbs
- Luiz Bernardi vs. A. Halianis 134 lbs
- Thaiane Souza vs. Caroline Silva 121 lbs
- C. Boruch vs. Alex Junius 198 lbs
Brazilian MMA at its Best, Aspera FC 43: Junior “Baby” Albini vs. Jose Rodrigo “Dragao” Guelke (Heavyweight Title Fight) Rated One of Top 5 Fights of the Weekend by MMAMania – Live on GFL.Tv
Aspera FC is ranked as one of the top 10 promotions globally, thus it is hard to pick a fight that will not be competitive. The main event 265lb heavyweight title fight is between 2 highly ranked Brazilian warriors: Junior “Baby” Albini vs. Jose Rodrigo “Dragao” Guelke, ranked 4th and 26th, respectively. These fighters do not like each other. Check out the in ring announcement of this match up at AFC 42.
Albini holds the AFC heavyweight title as well as an eight fight winning streak dating back to 2013. During this streak he has finished all but one opponent. Guelke is a fighter who some feel is past his prime at age 30. He had retired in July 2012 with a record of 15-5, before coming back 3 weeks later to start a 6 fight losing streak that spanned the 11 months between August 2012 and July 2013.
Guelke seems to have regained his focus in 2014 and since that time has only lost once in a decision, whilst finishing 4 other opponents. Like many experienced MMA fighters, he has the wind to go the distance and the ability to win on the ground via TKO.
Both Albini and Guelke are solid well rounded fighters and to some extent well rested. Albini did not fight in 2015 due to several fight cancellations and Guelke has not fought yet in 2016. Guelke is the toughest opponent Albini has seen in a while. That said youth, a three inch height advantage, and an eight fight win streak will be hard to overcome. If Guelke is focused he can win. Go with the rankings, Albini by submission.
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XCC 25: Alexandre Bezerra v Dimitre Ivy (145lb Featherweight Title Bout) – Voted One of the Top Fights of the Weekend by MMAMania.com – Live on GFL.Tv
XCC 25: Alexandre Bezerra v Dimitre Ivy (145lb Featherweight Title Bout). CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE.
The main event of XCC 25 will feature a title fight between Alexandre Bezerra 18-4 (G 13 BJJ) and Dimitre Ivy 6-2 (Texas Powerhouse MMA) is for the XCC 145lbs featherweight title. Bezerra is a 9 time Bellator veteran and former Cage Fury Fighting Championships Featherweight Champion who holds a win over three-fight UFC veteran Levan Makashvili (10-2-1 pro).
Ivy is a Brazilian Jui Jitsu Brown belt and Legacy Fighting Championships veteran, who earned the Hero Fighting Championship Featherweight crown beating Javier Mindarez (7-2).
Both of these fighters are explosive, Bezerra has finished opponents in 16 of his 18 wins, and Ivy has finished opponents in all six of his victories. In Bezerra’s four losses he was submitted only once and that was via choke in 2009. Ivy lost his first fight in 2010 via punches and his only other loss came by decision in 2012.
Bezerra did not fight in 2015 after his decision loss to Levan Makashvili. He has gotten back on track in 2016 with a first round KO of former Ring of Combat and Bellator veteran Frank Caraballo. Ivy had fought 3 times in 2015 winning all via submission-choke, but has yet to find a fighter in 2016 willing to give him a chance.
With 24 wins and only six losses between these two fighters, its clear that it will be a close contest. Bezerra, the number 1 ranked featherweight in PA, appears close to an opportunity at the UFC.
After his big victory at Legacy FC in 2013, Ivy seemed to disappear in 2014 only to reappear in 2015 with even more talent then he showed during his Legacy stint.
This one is tough to call as neither fighter is a knock out specialist. Ivy is a tough relatively unknown fighter, whilst Bezerra is a proven winner. Go with the experience, Bezerra wears down Ivy in the 3rd round and finishes him via submission.
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CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE. Rage in the Cage returns to the beautiful Firelake Arena August 13, 2016, for the ultimate “Night of Champions” featuring several of Oklahoma’s top ranked MMA cage fighters. The main event will pit Jon Hill, a top Oklahoma heavyweight, vs. one of Colorado’s top ranked heavyweights, Kevin Sears. Jon Hill, a Bellator vet, finished Sears in the first round with a TKO victory earlier this year and is looking for another first round finish in this highly anticipated rematch. Kevin Sears has a point to prove and his target is Jon Hill. Sears went undefeated in his amateur MMA career while his greatest accomplishment in his pro career was a second round TKO victory against veteran MMA fighter Matt Kovacs.
In the semi-main event two powerhouses will battle as Oklahoma’s Ken Jackson will face Texas standout A. Razak Alhassan. With his first four professional bouts being wins, Alhassan will be a true test for fan favorite Jackson.
Oklahoma fan favorite Braden Smith has proven he is title worthy but the tough and current Rage in the Cage Pro 170 title holder Tyrone Paige stands in his way. Both will put it all on the line in a battle for the Rage in the Cage 170 pro strap.
Also, a 125 Demario Cade takes on Harrah’s Travis Quintero. Both will step in the cage with powerful ground games, but one will leave the cage with their first loss as a pro mixed martial artist. Which one has the power to stop the other’s momentum?
Oklahoma’s own “Sunnyside Kid” Ken Coulter is also slated to step back in the cage for the highly anticipated return of Rage in the Cage to fight David Roberts at 155lbs. Roberts is on a 4 fight losing streak and Coulter is coming off a TKO/KO win over Edwin Williams.
The Bout Card:
- Jon Hill vs. Kevin Sears 265 lbs
- Braden Smith vs. Tyrone Paige 155 lbs
- Levi Queen vs. Rocky Johnson 185 lbs
- Ken Jackson vs. A. Razak Alhassan 185 lbs
- David Roberts vs. Ken Coulter 155 lbs
- Jeremy Spoon vs. George Palmer 145 lbs
- Travis Quintero vs. Demario Cade 135 lbs
- Michael Smith vs. Jacobey Burns 145 lbs
- Samuel Tanner vs. E. Guerra 170 lbs
- Donald Woodall vs. Raymond Bighead 185 lbs
- Eric Pahcoddy vs. Jack Gray 205 lbs
- Phillip Acero vs. Joshua Ray 155 lbs
- Alfred Ratcliff vs. Dakota Morris 135 lbs
- Kerry Hill vs. Kris Vereen 185 lb
There are lots of similarities in the two disciplines
If you’re going to make it as a pro poker player, much like in MMA, you have to think and act like pros. The two disciplines both involve big money, therefore the participants have to take their job seriously. There are many parallels between the two pursuits.
What it comes down to is the mindset; that of not making mistakes, not getting too over-eager with your hand. Within poker, being able to read people is a massive part of this. Players may have good hands but if they get excited, they’re likely to call very fast. The pros however won’t flinch. They’ll be much more collected with the way they do it. MMA is the same. If a fighter tries to attack without creating a good defense, or without thinking about what’s going to come next, they’ll be much more likely to make a mistake and ultimately lose.
Much like the training for MMA fighting, getting prepared for a poker tournament is all about repetition. You see the hands coming. You assess the percentages of hands you can win and those you could lose, and it’s the same with fighting. It’s all about repetition. When a fighter fights, it should be automatic, no thinking twice, because when that happens, it’s usually too late, people are going to know what you’ve got.
MMA fighters are always in the gyms, sharpening their game. Poker players too, will rigidly play poker in live games and online on sites like All Jackpots Casino getting better and more experienced every time. For tournaments, especially, players should be well into training three months prior. That’s where all the hard work is put in, the long hours, the mental strain and physical exertion. The rewards in the ring or on the poker table are a result of this.
MMA fighters who fake injury to win
It’s a classic poker play, and pretending to be on the back foot has worked trumps in MMA too. One such example of this is when Fabricio Werdum acted like Fedor had hurt him had hurt him and when he dropped to his back, he caught Fedor in a triangle. In fact there are numerous times when Werdum has displayed this act.
Wanderlei Silva has also used the tactic. He took a body shot and bent over forwards, as if he had the wind knocked out of him. Then, while hunched forward, he stumbled backwards towards the cage.His opponent, thinking he was hurt, then rushed in for the knock out. But as Wanderlei was stumbling backwards he reached the cage and used it as a springboard, launching forward with a viscous combo.
MMA fighters who play poker
Three examples of MMA fighters who play poker are:
• Martin Kampmann
• Tito Ortiz
• Terrence Chan
Ortiz is the best known of these, due to his being the former light heavyweight world champion. Indeed, since he has retired from the cage, Ortiz spends time competing in Poker tournaments the world over.
Recently he even won a 200-player fundraising poker tournament in Los Angeles. He also has had a shot at the PokerStars Shark Cage, and will play Day 1B of the PCA Main Event.
MMA fighters have regularly found themselves drawn to poker, discovering a show ground in which their competitive natures can still be satisfied, despite demands on their body being diminished. In common with many top poker professionals, a solid mental wellbeing starts with the body being in good shape. Just one of a number of reasons why poker and MMA crossover and combine effectively together.
Cowart vs. DeLomba headlines Broadway Boxing Thursday, Sept. 1st at Foxwoods Resort Casino – Live on GFL.Tv
Broadway Boxing, presented by DiBella Entertainment, returns Thursday night, September 1, to the Premier Ballroom at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
Lightweight prospects Amos “2 Smooth” Cowart (11-1-1, 9 KOs) and “Nice” Nick DeLomba (10-1, 2 KOs) will throw-down in the eight-round main event.
“Foxwoods has become a terrific venue for Broadway Boxing and I am thrilled to deliver this lightweight crossroads battle between two once-beaten prospects as the main event,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Cowart fought well in his ShoBox appearance last year, but he will be returning to his natural weight class on September 1. Moving past his hometown confines for only the second time as a pro, we will see if DeLomba is ready to elevate his career to the world stage.”
A native Floridian from Groveland, Cowart is coming off his first loss as a professional, suffered just over one year ago in Atlantic City. The bout, televised live as part of Showtime’s ShoBox: The New Generation series, saw the hard-hitting Cowart move up in weight to challenge fellow undefeated prospect Regis Prograis. Cowart went on to lose a very entertaining eight-round decision to the still undefeated contender Prograis, who was chosen as one of this year’s ESPN.com’s “Prospects to Watch”. Following the loss, Cowart was forced to sit on the sidelines as he nursed an injury suffered in the bout. Now back and fully healthy, Cowart is dropping down in weight and looking to make some noise in the 135 lbs. division.
“The bout with Prograis was a good learning experience, but I am not a 140-pounder,” said Cowart. “I took the fight because it was an opportunity to perform on national TV, and I believe I gave a good showing of what I am capable of doing. I am back now at my comfortable weight and know that I have what it takes to compete against the best up-and-coming guys in this division. DeLomba is the hometown boy. I know that he is going to have the crowd behind him, but once that bell rings, it’s just him and me in that ring, and I plan on putting on a spectacular performance as I get my career back underway and moving toward the top.”
DeLomba, the reigning New England super lightweight champion, has been favorably compared at this stage of his young career to another Italian fighter from the same Rhode Island city of Cranston, in two-division world champion Vinny Paz. DeLomba is expected to have a partisan hometown crowd behind him and will be looking to make a statement against the once-beaten Cowart.
“This is a huge fight for me at this stage of my career,” said DeLomba. “Cowart’s only loss is to Prograis and he is considered one of the best young 140-pounders in all of boxing. If I can beat Cowart more convincingly, that is a major statement. I am not only going to be the bigger guy in the ring on fight night, but I am the better boxer. He is coming off a year layoff, and I know that he is eager to get back in that ring, but this is the biggest fight of my career, and I plan on putting on a show come September 1.”
Belgium super featherweight Dardan Zenunaj (12-1, 9 KOs), a former World Boxing Association (WBA) International champion, and undefeated Cuban amateur standout Luis “The Lion” Garcia (14-0, 11 KOs), fighting out of Peekskill, New York, are also scheduled to be in action on the Sept. 1 Broadway Boxing card in separate eight-round bouts.
Additional fights on the card will be announced shortly.
Rage in the Cage OKC 47: Levi Queen v Rocky Johnson Rated One of Best Fights of the Weekend by MMAMania – Live on GFL.Tv
Fight fans can expect a sensational main event at the Rage in the Cage OKC 47 event, featuring two experienced middleweights battling it out.
Levi Queen has 4 straight wins in the last 11 months, finishing all four opponents. His last loss was to WSOF veteran Brian Grinnell in July 2015 by submission with one second left in the first round.
Levi has fought to a decision only once in his career, with most of his wins coming via submission. Like his opponent Rocky Johnson, Levi has had a decently long career, where he has gone 12-3 since 2009.
Johnson has been fighting since 2003 having fought an incredible 41 times, including stints in Bellator and many solid regional promotions, whilst gathering 8 belts during his 13 year career. He is a solid well rounded fighter who has proven his championship mettle over 25 minutes, and when the opportunity shows itself, he can finish an opponent via strikes or submission. Most of his losses have been via decision and he has not been finished since 2007.
The tale of the tape is in Queen’s favor, as he stands 6’ tall and is only 27 yrs old, whilst Rocky stands 5’7” and is 18 years older at 45 yrs old.
After Lee Mein won in the Hard Knocks cage at age 49 this year I would not take a veteran like Johnson lightly if I were Queen. Both fighters have good ground games. Though I like Johnson’s stamina, its hard to believe Queen’s four fight win streak will end to a fighter 18 years his senior who is also five inches shorter.
Prediction: The fight goes to the ground and Queen submits Johnson by the end of the 2nd round. At 28, Queen still has a shot at the UFC if he can keep this streak going and continues to up the competition.
Iron Fist Fighting Series (ITFS) 46: Scott Sheely provides a Night with 7 fights and 4 Title Bouts – Live on GFL.Tv
Iron Fist Fighting Series 46: Scott Sheely provides a Night with 7 fights and 4 Title Bouts.
Paul Shough v Isaac Hook (Heavyweight Title Bout) – IT heavyweight champion Paul Shough will step in the cage for his first title defense when he takes on Isaac Hook this weekend. Shough won the belt in January when he defeated Cody Kelley, while Isaac Hook is coming off a huge victory against Aaron Garret back in December.
IT Fight Series featherweight champion Mark Carosella puts his undefeated record on the line against Columbus native Adli Edwards. Both fighters have a championship pedigree and will be looking to add to their amateur resume.
Also on the card will be Adli’s teammate, Floyd Cisco, who is looking to capture gold after coming up short in his rematch vs Joe Pimentel. He will be taking on undefeated fighter and heavy hitter Nikolai Gionti for the flyweight title.
In the final title bout, Columbus resident Caleb Frasher will take on the dangerous Logan Urban. Both fighters have started their early career with 4 straight victories but someone’s 0 has to go with the welterweight title hanging in the balance.
The main event will feature Zach Cook as he meets Luke Ransbottom. Cook has won back to back fights to even up his record as Ransbottom will look to rebound from his first career loss. Kentucky’s Portland Pringle steps in on short notice as he will meet Caleb Fickert and the pro side of things rounds out with a match up between Aaron Bush and Ryan Walls.
The bout card: