Cody Garbrandt ‘most hungry fighter ever’ going into UFC 217 grudge match vs. T.J. Dillashaw — MMAjunkie

Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, VideosNEW YORK – The pursuit of a UFC championship belt is the driving force for nearly every fighter in the sport. Now that he has the UFC bantamweight belt, though, Cody Garbrandt said his passion is even stronger. Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) has no shortage of motivation going into his…

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With plans to retire before 35, PFL’s Lance Palmer wants to make most of time in MMA — MMAjunkie

Filed under: News, PFL, Radio Highlight, VideosLance Palmer is coming off a loss, but given the circumstances, he’s not beating himself up too much over it. Palmer (11-3) meets Steven Siler (29-16) at Thursday’s “PFL: Fight Night” – a joint charity effort between the promotion and nonprofit Fight For Children. The bout, which co-headlines the…

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NorCal MMA’s Preview of 51 Fifty Fight Night 2

The first installment of 51 Fifty Fight Night was such a crazy night of amateur MMA action; the only logical thing to do: host round two on November 4, 2017—51 Fifty Fight Night 2.

From inside the 51 Fifty Fitness Center in Livingston, California, a C.A.M.O (California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization) licensed referee will act as a guidance counselor as fourteen couples try to work through their issues with one another.

According to camomma.org (link here), the fight card at 51 Fifty Fight Night 2 includes:

James Porter vs. Joseph Cardoso in the middleweight division

Ricky Galvez vs. Kail Melton in the super heavyweight division

Philip Hattersley vs. Matt Reed in the lightweight division

Jesse Vazaquez vs. David Tuikolongahau in the light heavyweight division

Laura Anderson vs. Maritza Sanchez in the bantamweight division

Ryan Attebery vs. Elisha Soliz in the flyweight division

Michael Gomez vs. Frederick Doherty in the flyweight division

Tristan Palmer vs. Andrew Silva in the lightweight division

Sergio Saldana vs. Drew Smock-Davis in the lightweight division

Ernie Juarez vs. Conor Stanley in the lightweight division

TBD vs. Adhley Thiner in the flyweight division

Anthonie Taylor vs. Gavin Sheehan in the flyweight division

Joseph Robinson vs. Ethan Ama in the lightweight division

James Ramos vs. Byron Creamer in the featherweight division

For information about how to purchase tickets to 51 Fifty Fight Night 2, visit: www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/online-store/category/ticket.

Twitter Reacts to Max Griffin vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos at #UFCSaoPaulo

While Max ‘Pain’ Griffin (13-4) and Elizeu ‘Capoeira’ Zaleski dos Santos (18-5) lit one another up like a pinball machine at UFC Fight Night 119, the MMA community’s reaction to these welterweights’ Fight of the Night performance on Twitter caused the Internet to glow as if they hit the jackpot.

In the end, the judges unanimously favored Zaleski dos Santos on their scorecards, though a round-by-round stats sheet alone doesn’t detail the unbelievable resiliency and determination of either mixed martial artist.

When the first-round approached its close, Griffin was forced to endure a brutal onslaught of strikes from the Brazilian:

Many were impressed with Griffin’s ability to rise from the ashes and afford himself another five-minute chunk to sway the tide in his favor:

During round-two, the native of Northern California was able to earn a knockdown of his own:

The contest was knotted at one-round apiece, and a slugfest in the final frame loosened everyone from their seats:

As was stated, Zaleski dos Santos was handed the decision, though some people had the bout scored for Griffin:

No matter which side of the fence you’re on, it’s difficult not to meet in the middle, such as the sentiment of @LeonVegaSuarez:

An intense energy pulsed throughout the Twittersphere while the final decision was being rendered, and a clamoring for each athlete to receive a performance bonus buzzed like a tuning fork:

Panda Cup: Results & Recap

The spirit of a Homecoming rally filled Casa Roble High School’s gymnasium on October 28, 2017, but, unlike the popularity contest for royalty, the combatants at Panda Cup, both youth mixed martial artists and adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners, earned their position of king or queen for the night with their hand raised.

Kids MMA

Although several of the youth competitors weren’t old enough to sit in the Orangevale gym during the week, they were wise beyond their years in bravery: locking themselves in the ultimate sport. At the top of the Kids MMA card, two Panda Cup Titles were handed out.

Kids MMA results:

Estevan Pavoor defeated Joseph Tik by way of unanimous decision.

Jordan Gumpfer defeated Zoey Hahn by way of arm bar in round 2 (1:39).

Zorin Tafoya defeated Marcos Chupin by way of rear naked choke in round 2 (1:56).

Faith Betzhold defeated Danielle Cruda by way of split-decision.

Justin Dobbs defeated Sofia Campos by way of scissor choke in round 1 (1:03).

Cyrus Pavoor defeated Xavier Gower by way of guillotine in round 1 (:48).

Haylie Gumpfer defeated Kyra Bell by way of arm bar in round 1 (1:42).

Ricardo Anguy defeated Xavier Gower by way of unanimous decision.

Zorin Tafoya defeated Justin Dobbs by way of arm bar in round 3 (:37).

Paul Acu defeated Jacob Nguyen by way of arm bar in round 2 (1:17).

Robert Lopez defeated Daniel Arellano by way of unanimous decision.

Harley Patterson defeated Danielle Cruda by way of split-decision.

David Kellogg defeated David Hernandez by way of triangle in round 2 (1:57).

Adult BJJ Super-Fights

Following a rule set similar to that of EBI (Eddie Bravo Invitational), eight Jiu-Jitsu practitioners, some draped in a Gi and others not, sought out a limb or neck for the checkmate while playing human chess. Some interesting finishes included: a loop choke, a lapel choke, and a patented guillotine from Anthony Hernandez, an undefeated MMA prospect on the rise.

With only seconds left in regulation, Austin Flowers submitted Nick Dillman using a loop choke:

Jeslen Michelle and Becca Baze set the canvas ablaze with their aggressive style, and Michelle was able to wrap Baze in a lapel choke:

Followers of Anthony Hernandez’s young MMA career have witnessed a first-round guillotine finish in four of his five fights, and the same crushing maneuver forced Toby Staley to tap:

Adult BJJ Super-Fights results:

Ahmed White defeated Cody Bartlett by way of straight arm bar.

Anthony Hernandez defeated Toby Staley by way of guillotine.

Austin Flowers defeated Nick Dillman by way of loop choke.

Austin Hardt defeated Skyler Sousa in overtime.

Jeslen Michelle defeated Becca Baze by way of lapel choke.

Alysia Ortega defeated Kaleigh Burrage in overtime.

Kevin Schnepp defeated Roque Reyes by way of arm bar.

Blake Benson defeated Kevin Sharp in overtime.

NorCal MMA’s Preview of GKO 11

On November 4, 2017, inside Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort’s Grand Oak Ballroom, one match-up of mixed martial artists after another will pour their heart and soul onto Global Knockout’s crimson canvas at GKO 11.

GKO’s third event this year will feature foes from the northern and southern half of ‘The Golden State’ to challenge for GKO’s trophy at 145-pounds, along with a cast of other intriguing contests.

Main Event: Tyler Diamond vs. Emilio Chavez for the vacant GKO Featherweight Title

Tyler Diamond (8-0) and Emilio ‘The Furious Aztec’ Chavez (13-9) are teetering on an exit from the regional scene, and the featherweight crown at GKO 11 could pave the yellow brick road toward their ventures in MMA’s global market.

GKO 11 will be Diamond’s fourth appearance under the promotion’s banner, and he’s prepared to shine, before, during, and after the belt is wrapped around his waist. With the training of Team Alpha Male and his hometown Oroville faithful in attendance, fanning his competitive fire, Diamond will be determined to cut through Chavez’s granite chin as if it were a sheet of glass. The Tale of the Tape reveals Diamond’s disadvantage in the experience department—nearly three times that of the twenty-six year old up-and-comer—but this wrestler with deadly fists buried Ran Weathers at GKO 9, an opponent with seven times more fights.

As an outsider from Fullerton, the crowd’s disdain for anyone trying to sparkle over Diamond should fuel his angry, warrior spirit. Following a first-round submission at Combate 14, confidence is oozing from the product of The Body Shop’s pores, yet a nagging reminder remains: Chavez hasn’t strung two victories together since 2015.

Co-Main Event: Erick Sanchez vs. Julian Erosa in the featherweight division

Erick Sanchez (8-3) and Julian ‘Juicy’ Erosa (19-5) may not be a championship affair, but a golden-ticket to the next level of the sport could be granted to the individual with their hand held highest at the close of GKO 11.

For the fourth time in 2017, Sanchez will clock-in to the caged job site. Boasting an eighty percent success rate, with three being finishes, in his previous five fights, Team Alpha Male’s Sanchez looks to turn Erosa into pulp before the close of his fifteen-minute shift.

Twice the trials-and-errors, as well as a short stint under the singe of the UFC’s spotlights, are all the ‘Juicy’ details needed to draw the focus of fight fans toward the center of GKO’s cage during the co-main event. A former participant of The Ultimate Fighter Season 22, Erosa, since his exit from MMA’s leading proving ground, has spent the last several encounters rebuilding a supremacy in his Washington backyard.

Other Notable Match-Ups

Chris Avila vs. Jamall Emmers at a catchweight

As a last-minute addition to GKO 11’s already stellar lineup, the executives contracted the efforts of Chris Avila (5-5) and Jamall ‘Pretty Boy’ Emmers (11-3) to join the massive melee.

Avila’s recent record—three straight losses—isn’t attractive, but his primary objective is to ugly the face of Emmers and march toward a prosperous future, not dwell in the past. Instead of reliving his brief stop in the UFC through memory, the Stockton native, representing the Nick Diaz Academy, is eager to rewrite history.

Emmers’ two-fight win-streak has him burning hot as ember. The only thing more gorgeous than unanimous decision victories, which were how his last two outings registered, would be to not have the judges and timekeeper work all three rounds. 

Nohelin Hernadez vs. Cristian Giovannie in the bantamweight division

Nohelin ‘Suave’ Hernandez (5-1) and Cristian Giovannie (3-0), on an individual basis, possess the potential to earn a performance bonus; therefore, locking these two, young bantamweights together can only mean one thing: Fight of the Night!

After turning pro in 2016, Hernandez has run MMA’s gamut: a collection of first-round stoppages, the agony of defeat, and some championship hardware. The prideful affiliate of AKA (American Kickboxing Academy) buffed the difficult loss, GKO 10, from recollection by claiming ownership of the Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) Featherweight Title at URCC 32.

Giovannie injected his scrappy skill set into the region’s circuit to kickstart 2017, and he immediately Stockton slapped everyone with a realization of his uncanny ability. Scoring a trifecta on the stats sheet: a KO, a submission, and a decision, in conjunction with the rounds he’s invested alongside a den full of wolves at the Nick Diaz Academy, there’s nothing Giovannie, even with only half the experience, isn’t fully prepared for.

Jack Duffy vs. Jeremy Murphy in the flyweight division

When flyweights Jack ‘The Fury’ Duffy (3-0) and Jeremy ‘Lil’ Spider’ Murphy (3-4) collide, their attack will resemble the sting of killer bees.

Flaunting the same MMAGOLD color as that of a honeycomb, Duffy’s long-awaited return to action—after a year away—will taste as sweet as nectar. Yet to visit the judge’s scorecards, this undefeated prodigy is a masterful technician, pressuring forward—on the feet or floor—as though he had an extra pair of arms or legs.

At thirty-nine years of age, Murphy isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. ‘Lil’ Spider’ has webbed two victories in his previous outings, and this associate of AKA intends on spitting some hard-hitting venom against Duffy.

GKO 11’s entire card includes:

Tyler Diamond vs. Emilio Chavez for the vacant GKO Featherweight Title

Erick Sanchez vs. Julian Erosa in the featherweight division

Chris Avila vs. Jamall Emmers at a catchweight

Nohelin Hernandez vs. Cristian Giovannie in the bantamweight division

Sinjen Smith vs. Aaron Hamilton in the welterweight division

Kaleigh Burrage vs. Alli Price in the bantamweight division

Michael Malott vs. TBD

Alexandra Toncheva vs. TBD

Justin Cornell vs. Anthony Tsakopoulos in the featherweight division

Jack Duffy vs. Jeremy Murphy in the flyweight division

Mercedez Campos vs. Jamie Thorton in the strawweight division

Tiffany Conama vs. Angie Hoaglin in the strawweight division

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