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UFC Fight Night 130 Primer: That Darren Till Hype Is About to Die

It’s an amazing confluence of events that goes into making a star. First, there’s the stellar performance in the cage – which, with Darren Till, came when he wrecked superstar Donald Cerrone. Then there’s the promotional opportunity, usually created with a new market for the UFC to break into. Again, with Till, it came when the organization decided they wanted to hold an event in Liverpool, England – and hey, guess what? Till is from Liverpool!

So it is that Till gets to headline UFC Fight Night 130 this weekend, in front of his hometown crowd, and against welterweight contender Stephen Thompson.

Yup, it’s an amazing confluence of events for Till. Too bad he’s going to get murdered.

Look, Till is a game little scrapper, and in five UFC appearances has done everything right. But taking one of the very elite members of the division – and especially Thompson, who does what Till does only better – that’s a surefire recipe for the Liverpool crowd to witness their local hero get destroyed.

Maybe Till will get a few good licks in. Maybe he’ll even look impressive for a little while. But Thompson is going to karate-kick that accent right out of Till’s mouth, and that’s all there is to it.

Anyway, here’s a little hype reel devoted to Till.

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‘Easy’ Embraces MMA Hype, Motivated To Keep Train Rolling In Budapest

Bellator 196: “Henderson vs. Huerta” comes to Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary, this Friday (April 6, 2018), featuring a main event between two Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) stars of yore looking to improve their fortune in Bellator as Benson Henderson (24-8) takes on “El Matador” Roger Huerta (24-9-1, 1 NC) in Lightweight action.

Underneath these 30-plus fight veterans there’s a young star on the rise who has been anointed as part of Bellator’s “Fab Five” of collegiate wrestlers. He won three national titles while wrestling at Penn State University and returned home to “Happy Valley” last year to score a second round knockout win in front of the Nittany Lion faithful. We are of course speaking about Ed Ruth (4-0).

In today’s interview with MMAmania.com, Ruth starts off by talking about how satisfying it was to return home last year and score a knockout win over a more seasoned and experienced foe.

“It was actually very satisfying. You know, to be able to go home, and to show people that I can put people away on my feet using my boxing alone, you know that was a huge win for me.”

Ruth says he’s still so young in the sport that the fans watching haven’t seen anything yet.

“It’s only the tip of the iceberg. I like to tell people this straight up — my evolution is going to be something that people have never seen before. I just want to bring a whole new dimension to fighting that people have never (seen). Me, personally, I definitely know I can do that and its definitely within my skill set. I’m also always pushing myself to the next level. I’m never satisfied where I’m at. It’s always a big deal for me to prove that not only am I good at this, but I can always get better. I’m always learning, because I’m a student of this sport.”

One thing that doesn’t intimidate Ed Ruth is a more experienced opponent. He relishes facing guys who have been around and done more in mixed martial arts (MMA) than him.

“You know, if anything it made me want to fight him more. Every time people tell me that somebody has more fights I’m like, ‘Okay, that’s the guy I should be fighting.’ If it’s somebody who has only like you know four or five fights, then it’s like, ‘Ehhh, is this really pushing me to the next level?’ Because I want people to see that this is an ongoing thing. Not only am I stepping up to the plate with guys who are now just starting out their debut, but I also step up to the plate against veterans, against people who are doing it right now.”

Ruth will have exactly that opportunity at Bellator 196. He’s fighting seasoned veteran Ion Pascu (17-7) at a Catchweight of 175 pounds. Pascu comes in off back-to-back wins in BAMMA. Up until a few weeks before Budapest, though, Ruth didn’t even know he was on the card.

“I kinda found out about it the same time that everybody else did. You know they saw that I was still in the room, I was still plugging away and still working out, and I guess they were just like, ‘Hey — you want to be on this card?’ I never say no.”

Pack your bags young man, you’re headed to Hungary. It won’t be his first time traveling overseas, though, as he went many times as an amateur wrestler and to Bellator 168 in Florence, Italy.

“Going overseas is just a whole new level of adversity and I had to do a lot of that for wrestling. Every time I went over there something different happened. You can either lose your clothes, or you don’t have your wrestling shoes, or the mats aren’t up to par, or the electricity’s out in the building you’re supposed to be in. You know all that adversity builds a wrestler or builds an athlete into what you really are.”

Ruth enjoys the character building more than the frequent flier miles. For him these are the hidden perks that people don’t account for that make them better competitors.

“There are so many different factors that you have to weigh in when you’re going over there competing. When you’re home you get used being comfortable, getting your full night of sleep, and I feel like when people get spoiled like that and they go overseas and they lose, they’re just not used to that lack of sleep and change in time difference or even the food over there is different. You’re not going to get all the same food that you get here in the U.S. overseas. I like going overseas because it gives me that experience.”

In fact, Ruth’s mentality about losing in general is different from a lot of other fighters. He’s not worried about whether or not he remains undefeated, and it’s not from a lack of confidence in himself.

“I think all fighters should think about their first loss. I think they all should consider it, and consider what they’re going to do after it. I see a lot of fighters that get their momentum train going, and then they take that first lost, and then they’re lost amongst the rest of the sea of fighters. And everybody’s like, ‘Oh what happened to this person?’ I want to win-win-win-win-win, but if there’s a loss in there, I’ll take it! I’ll keep my head held high and I’ll push past that. I’ll show everybody that winning isn’t the only thing that makes me. What makes me is ME.”

Even though he’s from the “Fab Five” and currently undefeated, Ruth relishes the extra attention.

“It actually makes me happy to have that hype. If you don’t have it then nobody knows who you are. The whole point of this sport is to have everybody know who you are. I felt like by me coming in with that whole hype from the ‘Fab Five’ I thought it was a great thing. You know it kind of got me started. It gives you something to feed into. At that point in time when they said, ‘Hey ‘Fab Five’ coming in’ you know I’m like, ‘Wow, I’m a part of that!’ It feels GOOD to be a part of something.”

And at Bellator 196 “Henderson vs. Huerta” he’s part of the main card facing Ion Pascu. Be sure to catch his fight this weekend on Paramount Network. Meanwhile, complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of “Henderson vs. Huerta” resides here at MMAmania.com all week long.

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TUF 26 Finale Primer: The Roxy/Montano Hype Reel

On its face, the card for the TUF 26 Finale looks like a collection of no-names who you’ll probably never see in the Octagon again after tonight. And you’re right! But the main event features a TUF 26 finalist in Nicco Montano and a semi-finalist who without unquestionably deserves her late-replacement shot in Roxanne Modafferi, […]

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VIDEO: The Official Michael Bisping vs. GSP Hype Reel

The end is nigh for Michael Bisping, who has pretty much done everything there is to do in the sport – win TUF, be a TUF coach, win the belt – and now has just one thing left on his bucket list. That one thing is to have a big money fight, of course, which […]

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VIDEO: The Official Michael Bisping vs. GSP Hype Reel

The end is nigh for Michael Bisping, who has pretty much done everything there is to do in the sport – win TUF, be a TUF coach, win the belt – and now has just one thing left on his bucket list. That one thing is to have a big money fight, of course, which […]

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Aljamain Sterling has no regrets about extra hype, attention before loss to Bryan Caraway

A training injury has given Aljamain Sterling plenty of time to reflect on his first professional loss.

The up-and-coming bantamweight injured his right bicep in his first gym sparring session after returning home from his split-decision loss to Bryan Caraway last month, which has both given him plenty of time to plot his return, but also a bit too much time to think about what went wrong.

“At the end of the day I take it for what it is,” Sterling said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I lost a close fight, I lost a battle of inches, it was just, it kills me kind of, a couple technical things on my end, that’s mostly what bothers me.”

The loss was a tough pill to swallow on several fronts. For one, it was Sterling first fight of his new UFC contract. For another, he baited Caraway over social media into taking the fight, and for the third, the matchup was heavily promoted as a featured attraction on UFC Fight Pass.

But Sterling refused to use the extra hype as an excuse for his defeat.

“I asked for the extra media,” Sterling said. “I asked for extra attention, I asked for the extra hype. I poked the bear to get the fight because I wanted a tough fight, whereas he didn’t want a tough fight, he wanted an easier fight, and I wanted to challenge myself to see where I can go. People can say the media stuff drains you and everything, but you set everything up accordingly to the schedule. … I feel like I had the best training camp of my life, it’s just, sometimes things don’t fall in line.”

If Sterling regrets anything, it’s that he let himself get too excited after getting off to a flying start in the fight — one which many observers felt should have resulted in a 10-8 score — which led to something of an adrenaline dump after Caraway survived the onslaught.

“I think in the first round I kind of hyped myself in my head, ‘oh my god, I’m about to get a finish  over this guy,’ I didn’t think it would come like that,” he said. “I thought it would be like a second round, third round finish, something like that. Then when I had him in compromising positions, it let me know where my skill set is, obviously my muscle endurance wasn’t there with my arms, my legs felt great, heavy arms, lungs fine, legs fine, I just had heavy arms, that kind of thing. He he kept, he stayed at steady pace and kept building throughout the fight. I don’t think I put any unwanted pressure on myself.”

Of course, one loss doesn’t break a career in mixed martial arts, and if anything, Sterling believes this will simply be a bump in the road which will make him stronger.

“I lost as amateur, I lost a bunch of times as a wrestler, and you always come back. You show your teeth more when you show what you’re made of and your heart. … I don’t think this loss going to make or break me, I think it is going to make me a better fighter.”

In the meantime, Sterling is rehabbing his right bicep, which was injured in a fluke mishap in the gym.

“It’s coming along, I almost have full range of motion, once the bone completely heals, it takes about six weeks, then I can start strength training again. It’s getting pretty close, I’ll be four weeks out [Tuesday], but honestly I think I could be good getting this thing going a little but sooner, but I don’t want to get too crazy. I was sparring with James Jenkins, we were just in a clinch, broke, and I throw an overhand right but I had arm all the way locked out, so when it landed, it landed flush and the way it hit hyperextended it.”

The upside of all this? The timing of the injury is such that, should the Long Islander continue progressing at a proper pace, should put him right on scheduled to appear on the event every New York-based fighter wants to be a part of — UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden. As long as he’s on the card, he’s not going to be too picky about his opponent.

“There’s a ton of good matchups,” Sterling said. “I like the [John] Lineker matchup, I like the [Michael] MacDonald matchup, I like Rafael Assuncao, Faber is fighting Jimmy Rivera now, I’d like to fight Faber. Any of those top 10 fights make sense to me. Even Eddie Wineland, he’s coming off a great win.”

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UFC Fight Night 80 results: Rose Namajunas halts Paige VanZant hype train … decisively

The Paige VanZant (6-2) hype train has been building up quite a head of steam over the last few months, but late last night (Thurs., Dec., 10, 2015) Rose Namajunas (4-2) halted it dead in its tracks.

Namajunas, 23, defeated VanZant with a rear-naked choke submission at UFC Fight Night 80 at “The Chelsea” at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada, in what was an absolutely dominant performance. “Thug Rose” took the fight on short notice, filling in for the injured Joanne Calderwood, and still shined.

Namajunas, who was one step ahead of VanZant all night, had the 21-year-old rising star on the defensive for the entire 25 minutes, using excellent striking, takedowns and submission attempts. She nearly finished the fight in the third and fourth rounds and finally ended the fight in the final frame with her fifth submission attempt.

The official time came at 2:25 of the fifth and final round.

Namajunas had success with her striking early on in the first round and secured a body lock before taking VanZant to the mat. Namajunas passed to side control and rained down a few big strikes–one which opened a cut on VanZant’s right cheek. “12 Gauge” made it back up to her feet, but Namajunas continued to land combinations.

The No.7-ranked women’s strawweight was able to land a head and arm takedown, but Namajunas expertly transitioned to her back. However, the former strawweight title contender could not secure a submission. VanZant made it to her feet only to be dragged back down again by Namajunas, who continued to land some nasty ground and pound for the remainder of the round.

In the second, the Milwaukee, WI native landed a takedown early on after defending one of VanZant’s. When VanZant made it back to her feet, she got pulled back down by Namajunas, which became the pattern of the round. When the two were standing, the No.3-ranked women’s strawweight remained a step ahead of VanZant and landed crisp and effective strikes in each exchange.

Namajunas took VanZant right away to start the third round. VanZant got back to her feet, but Namajunas continued to pick her apart and easily circled away from VanZant’s aggression. Namajunas landed yet another takedown with just under two minutes left landed more short elbows on VanZant, whose face turned into a bloody mess. “Thug” dropped back with a tight rear-naked choke and it looked to be the beginning of the end as her arm was underneath the chin of VanZant, but somehow VanZant fought off being submitted and survived the round.

Namajunas locked up a pair of armbars on separate occasions in the fourth and both times it looked like it could be the end of the fight, but VanZant managed to escape both submission attempts.

In the final round, Namajunas took VanZant down again and her fifth submission attempt ended up being the charm, and the one that ended the fight. Namajunas locked it up deep, forcing VanZant to tap soon after.

Outstanding performance by Namajunas, who put on a technical clinic and did anything she wanted the entire fight before finishing VanZant in the final round. With this performance she has likely earned a “performance bonus” and a shot at Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s strawweight title.

Horrible loss for VanZant, who got absolutely dominated throughout the contest. That being said, she did show tremendous courage, resiliency and toughness. She is still young and has a very high ceiling.

For complete UFC Fight Night 80: “Namajunas vs. VanZant” results, including play-by-play, click here.

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Get Hype: ‘UFC 194 Embedded’ Is a Masterpiece of Buildup


(No, Jose, I WILL NOT CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT!!!)

An eight city world media tour. Eleven months of anticipation. Countless interviews, insults, and face-to-face staredowns. A pair of injuries and a newly-established interim champion. It has been a long road to get to the biggest featherweight title fight in the history of the sport, but this weekend, Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor will finally do battle.

But before they do, how about one last video to send your anticipation levels through the damn roof?

If you haven’t seen it already, the UFC’s latest Embedded episode on McGregor vs. Aldo is a must-see ahead of this weekend’s UFC 194 main event. Chronicling both fighters rise from rags to riches, the UFC 189 media tour (and Aldo’s subsequent withdrawal), and their incredible training regimens, UFC 194 Embedded is arguably the crowning achievement of the series. A credit is due to the UFC for really stepping it up in regards to the production value and somehow getting us more excited for this fight than we previously thought possible. Bravo, ladies and gents.

Anyways, I’m done talking, so check it out below.

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Johnny Case wants to derail Sage Northcutt’s ‘hype train’ after UFN 77 win

SAO PAULO — Johnny Case survived many attacks by Nova Uniao black belt Yan Cabral at UFC Fight Night 77 to get the unanimous decision victory in Sao Paulo, and discussed his performance, his submission defense, the injuries he suffered in the fight and much more.

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Johnny Case wants to derail Sage Northcutt’s ‘hype train’ after UFN 77 win

SAO PAULO — Johnny Case survived many attacks by Nova Uniao black belt Yan Cabral at UFC Fight Night 77 to get the unanimous decision victory in Sao Paulo, and discussed his performance, his submission defense, the injuries he suffered in the fight and much more.

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