- 2 years ago
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MMACanada.net catches all the action from Bellator 67 post fight conference held in Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario. All fighters on the card, including media in attendance stood up and applauded MMA legend Akihiro Gono on his retirement from Mixed Martial Arts. The Japanese star also sheds a few tears. watch video >>
- 2 years ago
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For undefeated Bellator Lightweight World Champion Michael Chandler, Friday night was an opportunity to build off his epic fight of the year bout with Eddie Alvarez last season and solidify himself as one of the greatest lightweight fighters in the world. In order to do that, he had to take out 18-year MMA veteran, Akihiro Gono (32-18). Almost immediately, Chandler began to stalk Gono, forcing the Japanese fighter to back pedal. As he pushed forward, Chandler landed a brutal straight right hand that put Gono on the mat. Chandler quickly jumped on top of Gono and unleashed vicious strikes that forced the referee stoppage at 56 seconds into the first round. watch video >>
- 2 years ago
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Reigning Bellator Lightweight World Champion Michael Chandler proved once again how dangerous he is in the cage -- and this time he needed only 56 seconds to make his point as the undefeated mixed martial artist crushed proven MMA veteran Akihiro Gono with a big right hand and pounced the seasoned Japanese fighter for the first-round TKO victory Friday night in front of a packed house at Casino Rama in Orillia, Ontario, Canada LIVE on MTV2 and in HD on EPIX. Bryan Baker had a big night as well as the red-hot welterweight now moves onto the finals of the Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Tournament with a win against Ben "Killa B" Saunders. Ryan Ford was able to score a huge comeback victory over Bellator veteran Luis "Sapo" Santos, and Damian Grabowski picked up a dominant victory in the night's other televised bout. watch video >>
- 2 years ago
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Bellator lightweight champion Mike Chandler talks about his upcoming non title fight with Akihiro Gono at Bellator 67 on May 4th. He also talks about the main event on UFC on FOX 3 between Nate Diaz and Jim Miller. watch video >>
- 2 years ago
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Michael Chandler is probably the best fighter not on your radar despite being victorious against a top 5 opponent in Eddie Alvarez in what was one of the best fights of 2011. He has been training in Las Vegas with Alliance MMA who are all there for the Ultimate Fighter Live. He is shown sparring with Ross Pearson and doing some rigorous strength and conditioning while talking about his upcoming fight against Akihiro Gono at Bellator 67. watch video >>
- 14 hours ago
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The Fight Nerd had a chance to interview Bellator MMA lightweight contender, Michael Chandler, at a recent press event in NYC, where we talked about fighting, fighting, and more fighting!
Chandler updates us on his back injury and when fans will see him back in the cage again, and tells us that he wants to fight Will Brooks again under better circumstances for another shot at the belt. The former champ also talks about if Brooks surprised him at all in their title fight, and if he watched the fight again yet.
The big news from this interview is that Chandler is not as interested in fighting Eddie Alvarez as much right now, and wants the rematch with Brooks more - "Losing the close split-decision to Alvarez doesn't sting as bad as losing to Will Brooks." Chandler says he still wants Eddie, but since no one knows what is up with his contract - including Chandler. watch video >>
- 14 hours ago
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The Fight Nerd had a chance to interview Bellator MMA lightweight contender, Michael Chandler, at a recent press event in NYC.
In part two of this interview, Chandler talks about the recent change in power when Bjorn Rebney left Bellator MMA and was replaced by former Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, and what he would like to see Coker change and do differently in this role.
Chandler also tells us if he has any plans to ever return to amateur wrestling or if he will stay in MMA for good, and we ask him if the money was as good in wrestling as it was in MMA whether he would have stayed in the wrestling scene. Plus, we ask the age-old question - does Michael Chandler have a nickname? watch video >>
- 16 hours ago
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The Fight Nerd had a chance to talk with Quinton Jackson at a recent Bellator MMA press event at Dave & Buster's in New York City, and he had plenty to say in typical Rampage fashion.
In the second part of this interview, we discuss Rampage's short-lived career in TNA Wrestling and why we did not see much of him there (or ever see him actually wrestle). A very sleepy Jackson also talks about his continuing plans to get in the ring and pro wrestle, what happened with his "Street Soldier" comic and what he wants to do with it, how he feels about his portrayal on his Spike TV reality show "#Rampage4Real", and the general multi-platform plan that Viacom had for Rampage when he first signed the deal with the company and how it has not panned out much since then.
If you want to check out Rampage's comic, you can get the special edition of Street Soldier (with the first four issues of the book) at this link here for $6 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IP79LHI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp= watch video >>
Bellator MMA lightweight champion Will Brooks spoke with The Fight Nerd earlier this week at the Bellator MMA Press Event in New York City about his newly won title and what is ahead for him in the promotion.
Brooks tells us about his excitement in becoming the champ and defeating Michael Chandler en route to get that interim title (and how fast it all happened), and comments on Eddie Alvarez saying that his belt is just a trophy and is not the real thing. Brooks also talks about plans to unify his title with Alvarez, but is unsure what is going with Eddie and whether or not he will stay in the company.
Plus, Will discusses the recent change in power at Bellator MMA with Bjorn Rebney exiting the company and Scott Coker taking over, and tells us a bit more about his personal struggles coming up in the world that helped drive him to succeed and keep moving forward. watch video >>
The Fight Nerd spoke with Tito Ortiz at a Bellator MMA Press Event in NYC, and gave us his thoughts on a variety of topics in the fight world.
In part one of this two-part interview, "The People's Champ" gives us a little insight on his lawsuit with John Ibarra (as much as he is allowed to tell us without getting himself into any trouble), and talks about his comeback fight against Alexander Shlemenko and the negative criticism he took while fighting a natural middleweight in a light-heavyweight bout.
Ortiz also tells us that he still wants to fight Rampage and that he thinks Rampage definitively beat King Mo in their match at Bellator 120, and why he has zero interest in fighting King Mo. Plus, Tito talks about Bjorn Rebney's departure from the promotion and what he hopes Scott Coker will do to make Bellator a better place for fans and fighters alike, and who he would like to see Bellator pick up to add to their growing roster. watch video >>
The Fight Nerd got some time with Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran at a recent Bellator MMA Press event, where we talked about how his injury has been healing up and how his upcoming rematch against Patricio Pitbull in September for Curran's title at Bellator MMA 123. We discuss the history between these two fighters, as well as how their Twitter war has been heating up the feud between these two more than Curran's trilogy with Daniel Straus. We also talk about any potential plans for a fight with Frodo Khasbulaev, and his thoughts on Bjorn Rebney leaving Bellator and Scott Coker coming in to take over his role, and what changes Curran would like to see Coker implement in this new era for Bellator MMA. watch video >>