Three Great MMA Fights Coming In The Month of June

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June is already here and Bellator and the UFC have some killer fights coming up in the month of June. The first two are from the biggest MMA promotion’s first PPV in Asia since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The other fight is a matchup between Bellator Middleweights in a championship bout. 

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Weili Zhang UFC 275

Former UFC Strawweight champions Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Weili Zhang will face off in the UFC Octagon at UFC 275 in the rematch of their epic championship bout which has been called the greatest Women’s MMA fight of all time where Zhang inflicted so much damage on  Jedrzejczyk that she had a giant hematoma on her head  the size of a small Nerf football. It was a major fight for the Division which was only about 6 years old at the time. And got a lot of people that weren’t into the idea of Women’s MMA to actually enjoy female MMA.  Zhang has been training with Henry Cejudo in recent camps. It is also rumored that former champion Rose Namajunas has reached out to Jedrzejczyk to help prepare her for the showdown at UFC 275.

Valentina Schevchenko vs. Taila Santos UFC 275

The second fight we’re excited for is a matchup between Flyweight Champion Valentina Schevchenko and Taila Santos for the Flyweight title. Schevchenko has shown mastery in the UFC cage throughout her UFC career with her only two losses of her career coming against Female MMA G.O.A.T. former two division champ Amanda Nunes. Schevchenko’s striking is next level and we think this is a great matchup for the fans as Santos is also a striker growing up in a house with a father who was a Muay Thai coach, she is riding a four fight win streak with wins over ‘Meatball’ Molly McCann, Submission specialist Gillian Robertson and UFC veterans Roxanne Modafferi, and Joanne Wood.

Gegard Mousasi vs Johnny Eblen Bellator 282

Former Strikeforce and UFC veteran Gegard Mousasi will return to the Bellator Cage in a few weeks at Bellator 282 live from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. In his last appearance in the Bellator cage  Mousasi faced off against a then Undefeated Austin Vanderford and made quick work of the heavily tatted in his second successful title defense which extended Mousasi’s win streak to four wins in a row. Since entering Bellator, Mousasi has an impressive 7-1 promotional record. His opponent Johnny Eblen, much like Vanderford, is undefeated. Mousasi will look to put an end to Eblens run to the top of the Bellator Middleweight division. 

Three Great MMA Fights Coming Up In May

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The MMA world has some killer cards coming up in the month of May with some of the sport’s most talented fighters facing off in the major promotions’ cages. The PFL, Bellator, and The UFC have some major fights this month, but these are three of the fights that we are excited for at the moment.

Kayla Harrison Vs. Marina Mokhnatkina PFL 3

Marina Mokhnatkina is a Sambo fighter hailing from Russia. This will be her second fight in the PFL. She has previously fought in Bellator and has a career record of 6-2. She will have her work cut out for her in Kayla Harrison. Harrison is a two time Judo Olympic Gold Medalist and back to back PFL Women’s Lightweight Champion. Harrison recently resigned to the PFL after a lengthy free agency period where she was pursued by both the UFC and by Bellator. Bellator made an impressive offer, but the PFL matched their offer forcing Harrison to sign with the Promotion. The undefeated Harrison is a heavy favorite to win the PFL’s new season title  as she’s a very big fish in a very small pond.

Justin Gaethje Vs. Charles Oliveira UFC 274

The UFC Lightweight title is up for grabs in a bout that will feature Justin Gaethje facing off with Submission Specialist the Reigning Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira. Gaethje is no stranger to big fights as he is the Former World Series of Fighting Lightweight Champion and is also a former UFC Interim Lightweight Champion he hopes to take Oliveiras belt. Oliveira will do everything in his power to stop this. The Brazilian grappler has been on an awesome ten fight winning streak two of those wins were title fights where he beat Michael Chandler vacant UFC Lightweight Championship. Broke the UFC record for most finishes (17). And a great title defense against one of the best Lightweights in the world Dustin Poirier. This matchup between Gaethje and Oliveira is going to be must-see TV and we are excited to watch how this goes down.

Update: Charles Oliveira missed weight and has been stripped of his UFC Lightweight title and will not be eligible to win the Lightweight title if he is victorious at UFC 274

Michael ‘Venom’ Page vs. Logan Storley Bellator 281

Former four-time All-American wrestler will face off against #1 ranked British Kickboxer Michael ‘Venom’ Page for the Bellator Welterweight title at the OVO Arena in London.  Storley is coming off back to back victories against Dante Schiro and Jiu Jitsu ace Neiman Gracie. It will be interesting to see how this one shakes out for Storley who will face Page’s ferocious striking. MVP is riding a six fight win streak and looked very good in his last fight against Douglas Lima who was previously considered the best Welterweight outside of the UFC.

Fighter Profile: Patrício Pitbull

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Patrício Freire better known to MMA fans as Patrício Pitbull will return to the Bellator Cage to try to win back his Featherweight title against the man who took it from him the undefeated A.J. McKee.  Freire is one of Bellator’s biggest stars  he and his older brother Patricky are two of the most feared fighters on the second biggest MMA promtion’s roster.

Freire was born July 7, 1987 in Natal, Brazil. Freire is a grappler who took interest in the art, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when he was very young as a way to deal with his small size. He later achieved Black Belt in the art. Freire trained at the world famous Chute Boxe Academy to get his striking in top form while he was a teenager. It was here that Frier would train alongside notable MMA fighters including Wanderlei Silva Mauricio and Murilo Rua and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos. Freire would then go on to take his first MMA fight at age 16.

Freire faced off against Dida Dida in March of 2004 in his MMA debut. Freire would win the bout in round 1 by TKO by Corner Stoppage. He’d then face off against Marlon Silva he’d win the bout by Unanimous Decision. Freire would then fight Tarcisio Jardim, winning by Submission (Guillotine Choke.) Joao Paulo Rodrigues would be next for The young Pitbull who would win the Bout via Submission (Guillotine Choke.) He’d then face Rafael Gargula in April of 2006 winning by Submission(Armbar) moving his record to a perfect 5-0. Pitbull would then face Jadyson Costa winning the bout by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke.) Freire would win his next fight with a leg attack, a Submission (Heel Hook.) He’d win his next five fights before moving to Bellator.

Freire would face William Romero in his Bellator debut, Pitbull would win the bout with a Heel Hook in the first round. He’d then face Wilson Reis by Unanimous Decision. He’d then take his first loss of his career and in Bellator to Joe Warren in a Split Decision. He’d get back into the win Column against Georgi Karakhanyan  via TKO (Punches.) He’d then face Wilson Reis winning the bout by KO (Punches.) He’d then face Daniel Straus getting the Nod from all of the judges. He’d then fight for the Bellator Featherweight title but would lose the bout in a Split Decision.

Friere would win his next four fights before fighting again for the Feather weight title he’d win the title this time against Pat Curran in September of 2014 He’d defend the belt twice before losing it to Daniel Straus in November 2015 at Bellator 145. He’d win his next fight against Henry Corrales before moving up to Lightweight to face Benson Henderson due to a Leg injury. He’d then get his rematch with Daniel Straus Winning back his Featherweight Title at Bellator 178 in April of 2017 He’d defend that belt twice before before moving up to Lightweight where he captured the Bellator Lightweight Title from Michael Chandler. He’d defend his Featherweight title twice more before losing the belt to A.J. McKee. He’d also vacate the Lightweight Title.

 He hopes to regain the Bellator Featherweight title later this month. It’ll be interesting to see who comes out of this rematch on top.  

3 Great MMA Fights Coming in April!

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We are now in Spring and almost a quarter of the year is almost done. We think this is a prime time to look at the month ahead with some of the Killer fights that the UFC and Bellator has put together. MMA fans are in for a real treat with the fights these promotions have put together. Some are title fights with some of MMA’s biggest names, others are fights with MMA’s rising stars.

Khamzat Chimaev Vs. Gilbert Burns UFC 273

The first matchup we are excited about is a matchup between Khamzat Chimaev and Gilbert Burns. Chamiev has been taking the MMA world by storm. The Undefeated Russian born fighter has both striking and wrestling skills and has been compared to greats like Khabib Nurmogamedov and Jon Jones. Chimaev has been in camp working with fellow UFC fighter Darren Till. The duo have dubbed themselves, the “Smesh’ Brothers.”  Till will be in Chimaev’s corner at UFC 273

Chimaev will really be tested when he faces off against Gilbert Burns who is one of the best Welterweights in the world who’s grappling is through the roof. Burns has an impressive 20-4 record with a win in his last outing when he fought against Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson. Burn’s only loss in the last four years was to current Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman. In the Grappling world Burns holds many achievements  including being an IBJJF World Champion both in the Gi and out of the Gi and an ADWPJJC World Cup Champion.  This is a fight I think fans will love to see.

A.J. McKee Vs. Patrício Pitbull 2

In his last outing A.J. Mckee won the Bellator Featherweight World Championship and won the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix and got a big check in the process. Mckee will be facing Patrício Pitbull the man he won the belt against in his next bout at Bellator 277. McKee has an impressive record in the Bellator cage at 18-0 and hopes to make this fight his first successful title defense Patrício Pitbull will be a tough first title defense for McKee. Pitbull is one of Bellator’s biggest stars. The Multiple time   Featherweight and Lightweight Title holder packs a powerful punch and holds an impressive 32-5 record.

Rob Font vs Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera

Massachusett’s Rob Font is coming off a loss to Jose Aldo in December of 2021 he hopes to get back into the win column when he faces off against Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera. Font is a Brown Belt in Brazillian Jiu jitsu and has been fighting MMA professionally since 2011. Before his loss to Aldo in December he was on a five fight win streak including wins over Sergio Pettis and Cody Garbrandt. Across the cage from him  will be another Grappling ace in Chito Vera. Vera is coming off back to back wins to Davey Grant and Frankie Edgar. Vera is a Jiu Jitsu Black Belt who’s first MMA fight was in the back of an automotive shop in a rusty cage. He has climbed far from that rusty cage to the top of the UFC Bantamweight division. We can’t wait to see how this one plays out. 

Fighter Profile: Gegard Mousasi

Gegard Mousasi is one of the most Underrated fighters on the Bellator roster and in MMA as a whole. On Friday night he made a successful second title defense at Bellator Dublin when he faced off against a then undefeated Austin Vanderford. Mousasi now holds an impressive 49-7-2 record. The Kickboxer and Judo Black Belt has shown that he is at his best in the Bellator Cage where he has faced some of the most talented fighters outside of The UFC, the two time  Bellator  and former Strikeforce champ has shown amazing striking prowess with 28 Knockout and 12 Submission victories.

Mousasi was born August 1, 1985 in Tehran, Iran during the Iran-Iraq war. He spent time in a refugee camp before moving to Leiden Netherlands where he gained a passion for martial arts first in Judo and later in Boxing. Mousasi became an amatuer boxing champion with an impressive 12-1 record nine of those fights coming by way of knockout. He’d eventually find his way into Kickboxing with a perfect 5-0 record under both K-1 and Muay Thai rules He’d then turn his focus to Mixed Martial Arts where he could combine his skill in striking and judo.

Mousasi made his MMA debut in April 2003 when he faced off against Daniel Spek winning by TKO (Punches.) He’d then face Xander Nel winning by TKO (punches.) He’d then face Gilson Ferreira and this would be a draw for the young fighter who now held a 2-0-1 record. Mousasi would then focus his efforts on Niko Puhakka winning by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in September of 2004. He’d fight in various promotions before ending up in Pride, he’d then also fight for Dream winning the Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 winning the belt by Submission (Triangle Choke.) He’d also fight for Strikeforce capturing the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship.

When the UFC purchased Strikeforce Mousasi would move to the UFC with 19 other Strikeforce athletes. Mousasi would make his UFC debut against Ilir Latifi winning by Unanimous Decision in April of 2013. He’d then face Lyoto Machida losing by Unanimous Decision.  Mark Muñoz would be next for Mousasi he’d win by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke.)  He’d fight for the promotion for 4 more years with a record of 9-3 for the promotion. He’d then Join Bellator where he’d win the Middleweight world title with one successful title defense the first time and two title defenses.

We can’t wait to see who faces Mousasi next when he defends his title for a third time. We hope the MMA veteran can stay atop the fight game as long as possible. 

Fighter Profile: Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler plays the respect card in bid to fight Conor McGregor -  MMAmania.com
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Michael Chandler had one of the best UFC debuts on one of the biggest cards of the year in 2021 which led to him going straight into a title fight in his next outing and the straight to another title eliminator which was one of the best fights of the year. Chandler puts on a show and I think fans love the former All-American wrestler.


Chandler was born on April 24, 1986 in High Ridge, Missouri and lived there his whole childhood. Chandler was a standout student and played football and was on the wrestling team. Chandler graduated High School and went to University of Missouri where he walked onto the wrestling team and would compile a 100–40 overall record in his four years as a starter which earned him DI All-American honors, an impressive feat for someone that walked on to the team and wasn’t there on an athletic scholarship.

Chandler decided to pursue MMA after finishing his Collegiate wrestling career. He began his  training at  Xtreme Couture, a gym owned by six time UFC champion Randy Couture. Chandler would make his debut against Kyle Swadley winning by TKO (punches) in round one. He would make his debut at Welterweight and compile a 3-0 record before making it to Bellator. Chandler would fight two bouts in Bellator at Catchweight (165) before moving down to Lightweight entering the Bellator Season 4 Lightweight Tournament, which consisted of three fights which he won all of, thus winning the tournament. He’d then fight Eddie Alvarez for the Bellator Lightweight title which Chandler would win. Chandler Would lose and win that Lightweight Bellator belt three times. 

Chandler eventually landed at the UFC, he was first called on as an alternate for the Lightweight title bout between Khabib Nurmogamedov and Justin Gaethje. Chandler was not needed, but would make his UFC debut at UFC 257 in January of 2021 and secured an awesome victory against Dan Hooker via TKO (punches.) Chandler had made his arrival and the UFC brass liked what they saw in Chandler, and put him in the Octagon against Charles Oliveira for the vacant Lightweight title. Unfortunately for Chandler he would lose via TKO(punches.) Chandler would then face Justin Gaethje in November at UFC 268 unfortunately for Chandler he would drop this fight, but not before putting in one hell of a performance.

Chandler is an electric fighter to watch, it is not known who he will face. Considering he absorbed 86 significant strikes to the head I doubt it will be anytime soon.

Three Great MMA Fights Coming Up In December

A total knockout: Houston's Derrick Lewis has a chance to break a UFC  record in his hometown
Lewis celebrates after a win. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Before The New Year the UFC and Bellator have put together some great cards and on those cards there are some killer fights that are coming straight to you the fan. Whether it be fights from the UFC Apex or from Bellator’s pandemic setup in Mohegan Sun it’s been another odd year for fight fans, but things are sort of getting back to normal with awesome cards.  In this article we’ll cover fights that are non PPV cards.

Friday December 3: Sergio Pettis vs Kyoji Horiguchi

Former UFC fighter Sergio Pettis will be making his first Bantamweight title defense against Kyoji Horiguchi.  Pettis is on a four fight win streak winning every fight he’s participated in while signed to Bellator. Pettis has a 21-5 record and some of his losses have been to great fighters like Henry Cejudo and Rob Font and from those loses he built and came back better.  Horiguchi has an impressive 29-3 record and he will be making his promotional debut for Bellator on Friday. It should be an interesting match up.

Saturday December 4th: Rob Font vs. Jose Aldo

Former Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo has had quite the career, but since moving to Bantamweight Aldo has had a tough go of things winning two of his last four fights including losses to Marlon Moraes and Petr Yan. Rob Font’s stock is climbing winning his last four fights the Leominster, MA native is currently ranked fourth in the Bantamweight division. Font is an absolute killer with knock out power and submission expertise. Font is a Brown Belt in  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and hopefully this will be enough to beat Aldo who is a Black Belt in BJJ.

Saturday December 18th: Derrick Lewis vs Chris Daukaus

Derrick Lewis will be returning to the UFC Octagon on December 18th. Lewis is coming off a loss to Ciryl Gane for the Heavyweight Interim Title. Before his loss to Gane he was riding a four fight win streak. Lewis is currently ranked third in the Heavyweight division. Derrick Lewis is a fan favorite, and it’s awesome we get to see him fight for a final time in 2021. Chris Daukaus is riding a five fight win streak he made his promotional debut in 2020 at UFC 252. Since joining the promotion he has gone 4-0. Daukaus is currently a Philadelphia Police Officer when not fighting. He is also the older brother of fellow UFC fighter Kyle Daukaus.

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What’s Next For Cris Cyborg?

Cris Cyborg (blue gloves) in the cage after defeating Julia Budd (not pictured) in their featherweight world title fight at The Forum on January 25, 2020 in Inglewood, California. Cyborg won by TKO in the 4th round

Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino is one of the most dominant female Mixed Martial artists of all time. Cyborg has held titles in MMA’s four major promotions Bellator, Invicta, Strikeforce, and the UFC making her the first Grandslam Champion of MMA. Cyborg has successfully defended her Bellator title three times. This last time was against Sinead Kavanagh who Cyborg made quick work of, winning by KO (punches) at Bellator 271 earlier in November. This makes one wonder what’s next for Cyborg? Cyborg really has no equal in the promotion, but there are some interesting fights that could be made. 

One interesting fight that could be made would be a fight with fellow UFC veteran Cat Zingano. Zingano was on a four fight skid before she got cut by the promotion. She says she was cut over her involvement in the Halle Berry MMA themed movie, Bruised. However it seems like her losing streak was more likely the reason. Since joining Bellator Zingano has won both of her two fights with the promotion. It’d be great to see Zingano enter the Bellator cage and fight Cyborg. Zingano is one of the few fighters to beat Amanda Nunes so this could be a way for Cyborg to avenge her loss to Nunes in an odd way.

The other possible fight for Cyborg would be a match up with Free agent Kayla Harrison. Harrison is a two time PFL champion and has gold medals in Judo. It is not known if Harrison would sign with Bellator but it seems like this is an obvious choice for the Bellator matchmakers if Harrison does sign with the promotion. Harrison has an undefeated record and if she signs with Bellator she might be fighting for the title right away or maybe two fights down the line. I think noncausal MMA fans would love to see this fight. 

Cyborg has made quick work out of all the fighters she’s faced in the Bellator cage but these two fights against Zingano and Harrison would be great fights and would be the only challenge since facing Amanda Nunes.  Besides her fight with Julia Budd, who Cyborg won the title from, she hasn’t fought anyone that could be on her level in Bellator. We shall see!

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Halle Berry And UFC Champion Valentina Schevchenko Star In MMA Movie ‘Bruised’

Video: UFC champ Valentina Shevchenko battles Halle Berry in first trailer  for new MMA film 'Bruised' - MMA Fighting
Berry and Schevchenko Face Off. Image Via Netflix Film ‘Bruised’

Halle Berry was seen at the weigh-ins prior to UFC 268 in New York City. Later that weekend she was seen strapping the belt on defending Strawweight Champion Rose Namajunas. This led many to wonder why Berry was at these events. It turns out she was there to promote her film, Bruised, which will be her directorial debut. Berry will also star in the film which will be exclusively on Netflix starting on Wednesday November 24th.

In the film Berry will play Jackie Justice, an aging former MMA fighter who stepped away from the fight game and the UFC to pursue other things. Justice who now has reunited with her son that she gave up for adoption at birth sees fighting as her only option to provide for her son. So Justice decides to take up fighting again, first in unsanctioned street fights, but then in Invicta the real life all female promotion.

In the film Berry stars alongside real life UFC Champion, Valentina Schevchenko who plays fellow MMA fighter, Lady Killer. It should be known that this will be Schevchenko’s acting debut. Berry said this  of costaring with Schevchenko in an interview with Jimmy Fallon “In this movie, I was fighting the real UFC flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko. And you know what? She had to throw some real kicks, and I had to really take them, and that really broke some bones.”  

Berry had high praise for Schevchenko’s ability to make her fight seem real “She’s a beast, but I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher, a better scene mate, a better fight partner. She just brought so much reality to it for me. At times, I felt like I was really fighting. Like, our referee that was in the movie is a real referee, and he says a couple times, ‘Man, I thought I was watching a real fight’ because she brought so much power and authenticity to our fight scenes.”

It should be noted the production of the film did cause a shake up in the MMA world. Cat Zingano was supposed to star in the film, and even took some time away from the UFC to star in the film, this time away from the UFC allegedly caused Zingano to get cut from the promotion. At the time Zingano was on a four fight skid which would cause most fighters to be cut from the promotion anyway. Zingano then ended up signing with Bellator. After Zingano got cut from the UFC Berry would not let Zingano act in the film because she was not a star in the biggest MMA promotion in the world. Zingano and Berry are fighting legally now.

We will be reviewing the film once it hits NETFLIX on the 24th of November. Till then watch the trailer below. 

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What’s Next For Kayla Harrison?

Harrison after her Lightweight Championship win in October. Photo Courtesy of Cooper Neill / PFL

Kayla Harrison is a free agent as of the conclusion of her dominant performance when she won the 2021 PFL Women’s Lightweight Tournament. She has many options in the MMA world; she could stay at PFL and keep cashing million dollar checks every year. The other option would be the UFC, the world’s biggest promotion for MMA. The other option would be Bellator, it seems like that would probably be the best option for Harrison who’d definitely make an amazing addition to their already great Women’s Featherweight Division.

Harrison has found a nice home at the PFL for the first part of her MMA career. She has won their Lightweight title in back to back seasons. She could definitely stay in the PFL for years on end and she could keep cashing million dollar checks till the cows come home. Harrison has carved out the Women’s Lightweight division in MMA for the PFL it seems like this would be the least likely option even if that’s what Dana White thinks that’s what she should do.

The UFC is a likely landing spot for Harrison. She was sitting close to the UFC Octagon at UFC 268 it is not known if Harrison met with UFC brass at the event. It could be an interesting match for Harrison as the UFC doesn’t have a featherweight division at the moment as Dana White has pretty much killed the division, and there are only three fighters left in the division one of those fighters being the reigning 145 pound Champion, Amanda Nunes. It’d be interesting to see Harrison take on Nunes who she trains with at American Top Team.

The most interesting option would be Bellator. Bellator has an active Featherweight division with many big names she could possibly face. The most obvious fight people would want to see would be Harrison vs. Cris Cyborg it’d be an awesome fight. Other names in that division that’d be interesting to see Harrison fight would be Arlene Blencowe and Cat Zingano. It seems like it’d be a better fit for Harrison; she wouldn’t have to fight her training partner, she’d be in a promotion with an active featherweight division; it seems like a natural fit. It is known that Harrison will be sitting cageside at Bellator 271. It’d be interesting to see if she meets with the promotion.

Harrison has many options in the MMA world. She’ll be a contender no matter what promotion she decides to sign with. MMA fans would love to see her sign with all of these promotions and fight Nunes, Zingano, or Cyborg. We’ll keep you updated on her free agency.

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