Neither sleet nor rain nor typhoon will stay ONE CENTURY this weekend
Tito Ortiz offers 50k to charity if Alberto El Patron lasts a round (31:52)
Brandon Vera: ONE Century is the most important fight of my career
At the weekend's ONE: Century in Toyko, Japan, ONE heavyweight champion Brandon Vera fights ONE light heavyweight and middleweight champion Aung La N Sang for the latter's larger belt: "I’m very excited to be on the path to fulfilling a lifelong dream of mine to become a titleholder in two divisions. I’m the ONE heavyweight world champion, which I will be until I retire. Now, I am chasing after the ONE light heavyweight world title against a man who is cut from the same cloth. This bout means more to me than anything else in my career. I want to thank Brandon Vera for asking me for this fight. I’ve been a big fan of his since I was in college 10 years ago. I’ve been training for over six months now, and training has gone very well. I hope to put on the best performance of my life this Sunday." h/t GMA News
UFC honors Holland's Hemmers family with Ramon Dekkers Room
Now in their 35th year of producing world champion strikers, the Hemmers family were honored earlier this year by the unveiling of the ‘Ramon Dekkers Room’ in the newly-built UFC headquarters in Las Vegas. The facility has several meeting rooms named after iconic fighters – Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali are among them. Alistair Overeem, Semmy Schilt, Gokhan Saki, and above all Hemmers step son Ramon Dekkers have trained under Cor Hemmers at the Hemmers Gym Institute in Breda, the Netherlands over the years.The team is currently scouting locations in the USA ahead of opening the first Hemmers Gym USA facility. Dekkers passed away from a heart attack in 2013; he was just 43. h/t My MMA News
Is pro wrestling more dangerous that MMA?
Professional wrestling had a far larger influence on the development of mixed martial arts than is generally acknowledged, but many MMA fans dismiss the WWE as fake. It's an odd take, as movies, too, are "fake". Daria Beranato (WWE star Sonya Deville) was 2-1 in MMA before moving to 'rasslin' and says pro wrestling is more dangerous: "You can obviously sustain crazy injuries in both sports, but the most common injuries in MMA are bloody noses, welts, black eyes, bruises, and cuts. The most common, more severe injuries in professional wrestling are broken necks, fractured backs, far more serious. So I would take a bloody nose, any day, over landing wrong on a flip." And Beranato notes the UFC has moved in the WWE's direction, notably around trash talk: "Personality, charisma, it puts peoples' butts in seats and it sells tickets, bottom-line. So, I think the MMA world is smart by going in that direction. I mean, you can't go too far or it'll get a bit crazy, but Conor's genius." h/t Too Fab
Nina Ansaroff taking a year off to start family
Tyron Woodley wants to box Canelo Alvarez, offers a prediction
“I still can box right now. I want Canelo. I don’t want to go in there and fight ‘Boo Boo the Fool’ because if he land a couple shots off on you then everybody going to be like, ‘Oh, Tyron got touched up by this dude, and he ain’t even a .500 fighter.’ If you go in there and risk it all and let it hang, I want the No. 1 guy. All I wanted to do was box when I came up. I just started MMA at 23, so I felt I was a little old to start boxing at that age. But since I was a kid, that was the only sport I’ve ever wanted to do. So most of my training is boxing training. No. 1, I’m not going to sit there and try to win 12 rounds, let’s be real. His defense is crazy. He’ll slip an uppercut and make you look real stupid,so I’m throwing all unorthodox. I’m trying to knock him out. If I land, he going down, let’s not even play. It don’t matter how many boxing and fights you got and how many MMA stuff, If I hit Canelo with everything, throw some $#!@ on the punch, it’s a wrap.” h/t MMA Junkie • Watch TMZ interview
Weili Zhang gets visa for USA media tour
Why Arjan Bhullar passed on UFC and signed with ONE Championship
Arjan Singh Bhullar, 33 declined to re-sign with the UFC and instead joined ONE Championship; he cited ONE's expansion into India, and more: “In my contract, I am guaranteed more fights than I was in the UFC. That was another big [reason]. The UFC was giving me two fights a year. I [wasn’t] busy enough from where I’m at to climb that ladder, and make money winning. You lose that time; you’re not maximizing your time in the sport as a competitive athlete. Aside from that, everything worked out the way it’s supposed to. I’m on the biggest card in MMA history. Two [events] in one day. Everything’s lining up beautifully.” He debuts this weekend at ONE Century in Toyko, Japan. h/t Sherdog
Kayla Harrison gets new opponent 1 day before PFL 7
Genah Fabian, Harrison's opponent for Friday's PFL 7, was pulled over weight-cutting concerns and has been replaced by Bobbi-Jo Dalziel. Dalziel was a participant in the PFL regular season, and defeated Fabian. However, under the PFL's byzantine system, after Dalziel defeated Fabian, Daziel lost to Larissa Pacheco by submission in 2:31, while Fabian bounced back with a TKO win over Moriel Charneski in 1:42, and thus moved forward into the playoffs. Pacheco next fights Sarah Kaufman on the other side of the playoffs brackets. The season system is screwy, but the million-dollar prize for the season winner is, well, it's money. Harrison recently signed a PFL contract extension keeping her in the promotion until long after the current season ends.
King Mo comes back from 'MMA retirement' for 1 more fight
Mike Tyson to host his PFL series on YouTube
Tyson will serve as a host of his own Professional Fighters League series called "Mike Tyson's New Fight Game." The series will debut later this week on the league's YouTube channels as well as additional platforms. Tyson is going to conduct interviews with fighters and entertainers that are associated with the MMA circuit. The series is co-hosted by now-retired former PFL LHW champ Sean O'Connell. Tyson: "We can take this to another dimension. We can brand it the proper way. Give it the proper advertisement. We can take these fighters and publicize these fighters properly. We can take all the fighters from all over the planet, and all the techniques and all the disciplines and put them in one tournament and find out who really is the baddest on the planet that ever lived." h/t CBS Sports
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Angela Lee: The losses will not be in vain
Angela Lee fought her way, undefeated, into becoming the female face of ONE Championship, going 8-0 with three title defenses. She remains the ONE atomweight (for ONE, 115) title holder, but Lee is on a two-fight losing streak. In March she moved up to challenge ONE strawweight (for ONE, 125) champ Xiong Jing Na, but was stopped in Round 5. Then in July, she fought again at ONE's strawweight, losing a decision to Michelle Nicolini. On Saturday at ONE Century, Lee will defend her ONE atomweight title in a rematch vs. Xiong Jing Na, who is dropping down. A loss would mean Lee is 3-0 for 2019, but 'Unstoppable' is not afraid: “It’s all part of the game. You’ve got to take the good with the bad, and I know that now. When I first was dealing with the losses, it was fresh, it was painful. But these kinds of things, they happen to the best fighters, and you can either quit, give up, or you can learn from it. I chose to definitely not have those losses be in vain. I wanted to fix my mistakes right away back in the gym, training hard, and just kind of searching to get fired up again and to go out there. I think I’ve been training so hard for these past few weeks that I’m just ready to show all the improvements I’ve made and to just go out there and do my best.” h/t MMA Fighting
LAST DAY to register for KHK world championship open weight 4-man with $100k + 14 pound gold belt
KHK World Championship’s open call to all fighters deadline is Thursday 10/10 for fighters to send their registration in to participate in the groundbreaking one-night, four-men open weight tournament. A 14-pound gold belt will be on the line and the first-ever KHK World champion will have the right to be called the KHK World Championship belt holder as well as receiving a check for US$100,000. Dozens of fighters have signed up for the tournament so far; a special committee created specifically to go through the fighters’ resumes will get together to decide which 10 athletes will move to the next stage. The 10 fighters will be announced on October 13. The draw itself will then take place. Five athletes will be randomly chosen to be a part of the KHK World Championships, and four of them will be placed in the semifinal brackets. The undrawn fighter will be kept as an alternate. To sign up go to https://www.bravecf.com/contest.php, register, and then make as much noise as possible on Social Media!
Genah Fabian: Kayla Harrison's never faced someone as physical as me
“The dedication, professionalism, and the discipline definitely crossed over from my background [competing internationally in running]. ... Once I fell in love with the technique and the sport itself, I appreciated it for what it was. ... I was greatly athletic and able to pick things up really fast. I just switched that mindset to like, ‘Okay, I’m going to do this for real.' ... I’m okay with being the underdog or being counted out. It’s just gives me the opportunity to really showcase me. It’s a huge opportunity and I feel really confident. She’s never faced someone as physical as me. She’s got a specific skillset that has proven to make her dominant, thus far. Just as much as she specializes in her area, I’m just as specialized in mine. I’m world class in mine and that will be my time to showcase it.” 2-1 as a pro and 1-1 in the PFL, New Zealand's Fabian fights Kayla Harrison at PFL 2019: Playoffs 1 on Friday. h/t MMA Junkie
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Jedrzejczyk reportedly may not make weight for UFC on Saturday
Combate reported that over a week ago former UFC strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk informed the UFC that she will not be able to make 116 for her fight vs. Michelle Waterson in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 19 on Saturday in Tampa, Florida. Combate further reported that 'The Karate Hottie' had declined to take the fight at a catchweight; a former Invicta FC atomweight champ, Waterson only fights at strawweight because it's the lightest division in the UFC. The UFC had reportedly offered Waterson two options: fight Jedrzejczyk at a catchweight on Saturday or a fight Jessica Andrade at UFC 244 on 11/2 at MSG. However, minutes ago Ariel Helwani tweeted "Jedrzejczyk had a good workout this AM and does not want the fight to get canceled. After it was made clear Team Waterson was not interested in a catchweight, JJ has decided to do everything — within reason — to make 116." h/t MMA Mania.
Kayla Harrison: There will never be a female grappler as good as me
“It’s not rocket science. There’s never going to be a female on this planet who can grapple as good as me. I truly believe that. So I have to stick with what’s effective. I want to be well rounded. I want to be an MMA fighter, but at the end of the day, my foundation is in grappling, so that’s probably going to be how the majority of my fights go. ... I’m not ever going to change my style for any fight or any promotion or any specific match. ... I’m sure people will say that’s boring or whatever, but my goal is to go out there and be effective and instill my will. I’m not going to be flashy or crazy or try to show off some spinning back kick that I don’t even know. I’m just going to go out there and be me.” Harrison fights Genah Fabian on Friday at PFL 2019: Playoffs 1. h/t MMA Fighting