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Bellator 207’s Kimbel Leaves Rowdy Youth Behind

Bellator 207: “Mitrione vs. Bader” takes place this Friday night (Oct. 12, 2018) at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., featuring a semifinal match in the promotion’s Heavyweight Grand Prix between reigning Light Heavyweight champion, Ryan Bader (25-5), taking on Matt Mitrione (13-5) in the Paramount Network-televised main event.

Earlier in the night two up-and-coming Bantamweight hopefuls — Mike Kimbel (1-0) and Alex Potts (1-0) — will be on the hunt for the second win of their professional mixed martial arts (MMA) careers. However, only one of them has so far been given a “blue chip” designation by the Bellator MMA — Kimbel got the promotional push by performing a powerbomb on Bellator 194’s “Prelims” undercard and then pounding out the hapless Geoffrey Then with heavy hammerfists. The powerful performance was so impressive that Bellator immediately offered Kimbel a multi-fight deal.

That victory may have caught a few people by surprise because Kimbel was just 1-2 as an amateur, but he’ll have the chance to prove it wasn’t a fluke at the expense of Potts, who like his opponent earned a return date by winning his promotional debut. It’s early in both of their respective careers, but “somebody’s OH has got to go.”

MMAmania.com recently chatted with Kimbel about the attention he’s received since his professional debut, and how he’s coming to grips with people wanting to know so much about him.

“Well, I’m glad there’s not too much on the Internet about me! I mean yeah, I have a family and things like that, brothers and sisters and stuff, but you know the world doesn’t need to know everything, you know?”

His desire to separate his personal and professional life is understandable, but the personal details are often what connect fight fans to the fighters they like most. Once I asked Kimbel the reason (s) he got into the sport he started to open up a little more.

“I got into mixed martial arts because I kept getting in trouble for fighting. My mom finally had enough of it, and thought she was putting me into a Kung Fu or like a karate type of school, but it ended up being a mixed martial arts gym. Yeah, I loved to fight, I always had something in me that was drawn to combat.”

Jim Brown once famously opined that, “fighting isn’t what we thought it was” and that was a lesson young Kimbel learned once he started to go one on one with true professionals.

“I was getting taken down and they were doing all these moves that I saw Georges St-Pierre doing and Chuck Liddell, how he was doing the kickboxing stuff, I just fell in love with it and I haven’t looked back.”

From that point Kimbel wanted to excel in the sport and live out the dream of becoming a world class athlete. School yard fights had become a thing of the past.

“I always had a feeling inside of me like I wanted to be bigger than myself. I wanted something greater than myself. I would get these rushes, like tingles, butterflies through me just randomly thinking about greatness.”

Like so many other young men who turned to martial arts for discipline and guidance, Kimbel credits it for saving his life and putting him on the right path.

“I’m pretty sure if I wasn’t fighting, I don’t know where I would be. Hopefully I would be in the military serving my country, in special operations or something like that. I don’t know. I went into the gym, I figured, ‘Okay. I can do this, I can be good at this, I can be great at this’ and I just kept showing up every day. Here I am, 21 years old, doing it.”

And as evidenced by his performance at Bellator 194, he’s doing it in a really big way.

I asked Kimbel what surprised him more — seeing his pro debut being shared all over social media, or getting a multi-fight deal from Bellator immediately after his win.

“I was actually very surprised at the six-fight deal. Every fight I’ve had, every finish I’ve had its always been, ‘Wow! I didn’t expect it to be like that. Did you see what Mike just did?’ So it’s just the fact that a worldwide platform had caught eyes of it, you know what I mean? I wasn’t surprised that it went viral, because I knew the world would be watching. The world had seen many great great athletes and many great great mixed martial artists, and I know every time I step in there, everything I do is going to be, ‘Wow! Look at this kid!’ So I wasn’t surprised at that, but I was very surprised and I was grateful for the six fight opportunity. It’s a blessing. I’m grateful to be a part of this organization. I mean, that doesn’t happen! You don’t make your professional debut for the top organization in the world and then get signed.”

MMA promotions aren’t ranked like fighters so we can’t say who is (or isn’t) on top, but we can say that Mike Kimbel wants to get on top of Potts and dominate him at Bellator 207.

“Yeah, Alex Potts, the match-up for me … I’m ready for ALL of him. I’m ready for wrestlers, I’m ready for strikers, I’m ready for jiu-jitsu artists. I’m in the gym every day with no ego, constantly trying to learn something, constantly trying to apply something. I’m ready for him.”

If you weren’t already tempted to compare him to another young Bellator prospect, Kimbel just wants you to know this: He won’t fight scrubs and only tough opponents get love.

“I’ve seen (Potts) fight. He’s well rounded. Not for nothing, I might be the only fighter in the organization on the early come up who’s not fighting bums. I’ve never fought a bum in my life. Geoffrey Then had never been finished, and he was actually 1-1, I don’t know why they said he was 0-1, and he only lost in (Bellator) by a decision. I never fought a bum in my life and I’m not gonna start. Alex Potts is another good competitor, he comes to fight, he’s a natural wrestler but he likes to strike — he’s just an overall good fighter.”

Now at last you can say you know who Mike Kimbel is and why you want to see him fight at Bellator 207. He has that unique dichotomy of being both humble and cocky, exuding the aura of a star in the making. Let’s see if that star shines on Friday night.

Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of “Mitrione vs. Bader” resides here at MMA Mania all week long.

To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.

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Midnight Mania! Man attends MMA event as a fan, leaves with title belt and fiancee

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

It’s what practically every MMA fan has wished at one point in their life- that they were the one getting their hand raised in the cage, a shiny new belt around their waist. Luis Felipe Alvim, who had never competed in MMA, had that wish come true in the Brazilian promotion Juiz de Fora Fight; stepping in on less than an hour’s notice, he is now their professional welterweight champion. As if the night could get any better, he proposed to his girlfriend. (She said yes)

The story, as reported by Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com, is a wild one. Alvim and his girlfriend had baked a pan of brownies to sell outside the hotel where the fights were being held, so they could afford tickets. When they arrived at the venue, no one was buying their brownies. Because MMA is life, they decided to spend some money they had been saving for bills, and bought tickets anyway.

Now, Luis Felipe Alvim had never fought a professional MMA bout, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have any martial arts training. He is a Muay Thai black belt, and a blue belt in jiu-jitsu, with 16 Muay Thai bouts and tournament experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He had some friends scheduled to compete that night, so he visited his coach, UFC lightweight Felipe Silva, backstage. That’s when he found out someone had pulled out from a welterweight title fight. He let his coach know he was ready to step in.

“I told Felipe Silva I’d fight, that I’d put on a show, but a new fight was already booked,” Alvim told MMA Fighting. “Forty minutes before the main event, this guy chickened out and they offered me the fight again.”

So, forty minutes ahead of the fight, young Alvim stepped up in front of 1,500 fans.

Initially, the fight didn’t go well. He got taken down and his opponent, Carlos Eduardo Rufino, began landing heavy ground and pound. They weren’t tame shots either; Alvim was taking a hellacious beating.

“He took me down and landed some heavy shots, and I though ‘oh sh*t, what the f*ck am I doing here?’” Alvim said. “When I locked the triangle I thought to myself, ‘sh*t, I’ll catch him.’ I asked God ‘please, don’t let this round end,’ and he tapped.”

The young hero of the hour wasn’t about to let the moment go. He proposed to his girlfriend on the spot. How was she going to say no to that?

Alvim said he took his inspiration from the Greek hero Achilles, as depicted in the movie Troy.

“I showed my girlfriend — my fiancee now [laughs] — the trailer of the movie Troy yesterday,” he said, “in which this kid tells Achilles he’d never fight a giant like Achilles was about to do, and Achilles says ‘that’s why your name won’t be remembered.’ That stuck in my mind.”


Insomnia

Tony Ferguson posted this. That’s all I have to say about it.

That is an awesome poster

It makes so much sense that Tito Ortiz would make his acting debut in “Madea Halloween”. Not only that… but he got the hashtag wrong.

I had never seen this version of the logo before.

This is a great skit; AJ and I discussed it on our podcast below. Maybe Nick was trying to get away from his “wife”…

Rico Verhoeven, who became the latest in a long line to knock out Bigfoot Silva this past weekend, sparring with a Wing Chun expert.

Owned.

Holistic recovery in preparation for a holistic beatdown.

Who, I wonder, is CM Punk fighting?


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

This guy is must see TV

RIZIN!

Look at the timing on this shot

Eyes wide shut

Armbar win


Podcasts and Video

Check out episode 2 of my podcast, the MMA Outsiders. Today, AJ and I interviewed Glory reporter Whitney Miller on life, her own foray into boxing, and what “raising the consciousness of the world” means to her. The audio quality on the call is… a bit lacking… but we will do better with that moving forward.

The MMA Hour

The Monday Morning Analyst

The CME podcast

Carlos Condit’s new podcast


Good Reads and Quick Hits


Stay woke, Maniacs!

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Midnight Mania! Man attends MMA event as a fan, leaves with title belt and fiancee

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

It’s what practically every MMA fan has wished at one point in their life- that they were the one getting their hand raised in the cage, a shiny new belt around their waist. Luis Felipe Alvim, who had never competed in MMA, had that wish come true in the Brazilian promotion Juiz de Fora Fight; stepping in on less than an hour’s notice, he is now their professional welterweight champion. As if the night could get any better, he proposed to his girlfriend. (She said yes)

The story, as reported by Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com, is a wild one. Alvim and his girlfriend had baked a pan of brownies to sell outside the hotel where the fights were being held, so they could afford tickets. When they arrived at the venue, no one was buying their brownies. Because MMA is life, they decided to spend some money they had been saving for bills, and bought tickets anyway.

Now, Luis Felipe Alvim had never fought a professional MMA bout, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have any martial arts training. He is a Muay Thai black belt, and a blue belt in jiu-jitsu, with 16 Muay Thai bouts and tournament experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He had some friends scheduled to compete that night, so he visited his coach, UFC lightweight Felipe Silva, backstage. That’s when he found out someone had pulled out from a welterweight title fight. He let his coach know he was ready to step in.

“I told Felipe Silva I’d fight, that I’d put on a show, but a new fight was already booked,” Alvim told MMA Fighting. “Forty minutes before the main event, this guy chickened out and they offered me the fight again.”

So, forty minutes ahead of the fight, young Alvim stepped up in front of 1,500 fans.

Initially, the fight didn’t go well. He got taken down and his opponent, Carlos Eduardo Rufino, began landing heavy ground and pound. They weren’t tame shots either; Alvim was taking a hellacious beating.

“He took me down and landed some heavy shots, and I though ‘oh sh*t, what the f*ck am I doing here?’” Alvim said. “When I locked the triangle I thought to myself, ‘sh*t, I’ll catch him.’ I asked God ‘please, don’t let this round end,’ and he tapped.”

The young hero of the hour wasn’t about to let the moment go. He proposed to his girlfriend on the spot. How was she going to say no to that?

Alvim said he took his inspiration from the Greek hero Achilles, as depicted in the movie Troy.

“I showed my girlfriend — my fiancee now [laughs] — the trailer of the movie Troy yesterday,” he said, “in which this kid tells Achilles he’d never fight a giant like Achilles was about to do, and Achilles says ‘that’s why your name won’t be remembered.’ That stuck in my mind.”


Insomnia

Tony Ferguson posted this. That’s all I have to say about it.

That is an awesome poster

It makes so much sense that Tito Ortiz would make his acting debut in “Madea Halloween”. Not only that… but he got the hashtag wrong.

I had never seen this version of the logo before.

This is a great skit; AJ and I discussed it on our podcast below. Maybe Nick was trying to get away from his “wife”…

Rico Verhoeven, who became the latest in a long line to knock out Bigfoot Silva this past weekend, sparring with a Wing Chun expert.

Owned.

Holistic recovery in preparation for a holistic beatdown.

Who, I wonder, is CM Punk fighting?


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

This guy is must see TV

RIZIN!

Look at the timing on this shot

Eyes wide shut

Armbar win


Podcasts and Video

Check out episode 2 of my podcast, the MMA Outsiders. Today, AJ and I interviewed Glory reporter Whitney Miller on life, her own foray into boxing, and what “raising the consciousness of the world” means to her. The audio quality on the call is… a bit lacking… but we will do better with that moving forward.

The MMA Hour

The Monday Morning Analyst

The CME podcast

Carlos Condit’s new podcast


Good Reads and Quick Hits


Stay woke, Maniacs!

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Midnight Mania! Malignaggi leaves Team McGregor after unflattering sparring photos posted

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

The Malignaggi-McGregor saga ended today; Malignaggi issued the following statement to his social media. He wants everyone to know he won’t “give away anything tactical that I saw in 2 sparring sessions with Conor” and he wishes McGregor and his team the best. He did hint that after the fight, we might hear more details on his grievances.

His grievances doubtless include the photos of McGregor landing on him that have made their way onto social media through various channels. Malignaggi had gone on social media earlier in the evening to demand the UFC release the unedited sparring footage from their 12-round session yesterday

That, obviously, is not happening, and Malignaggi knows this.

He pivoted pretty quickly from ‘it was back and forth, he came on strong at the end’ to “I actually beat his ass”. Which was it?

One particular photo Malignaggi did get out ahead of, saying there was a pushdown, but no knockdowns in their second, 12-round sparring session. Perhaps it was a pushdown. But a picture of Malignaggi on his back with McGregor standing up exists.

A+ meme work here

Malignaggi has been relishing the attention that came with being a sparring partner for McGregor and to be involved in the Irishman’s training camp; however, this is something he should have probably foreseen. McGregor was posting pics of himself connecting on his other training partners earlier in camp. Another professional boxer he sparred, Chris Van Heerden, was savvy enough to record his own video of the sparring session; a year after McGregor posted a video showing exchanges he got the better of, Van Heerden posted his own clip showing moments more favorable to him. In other words, this is nothing new from McGregor. McGregor’s goal is to convince people that somehow, he has a shot against 49-0 Floyd Mayweather. As it turns out, that means Malignaggi has become collateral damage on the promotional path.


Insomnia

“I called you my brother”

The real reason Jon Jones won’t rematch the GOAT Matt Hamill

Wladimir Klitschko retired today, meaning that rematch with Anthony Joshua is off the table. Klitschko was the greatest heavyweight of the past decade.

Here is his official statement:

Klitschko tributes:

Werdum being weird


Quick Hits


Podcasts and Video

Sergio Pettis’ diverse jab setups by Andrew Richardson

Flyin Brian J picks the main event between Pettis and Moreno.

The MMA Ratings Podcast, talking Tyron Woodley’s win, the contender series on Tuesday night, and Pettis vs. Moreno

Discussion on when, where, and if Jones vs Lesnar will happen

UFC 214 Post-Mortem by Tommy Toehold

A look at the training camp of an actual professional boxing great, Vasyl Lomachenko


Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter @Vorpality

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Robbie Lawler Leaves ATT, What’s Next For The Former Champ?

Say it ain’t so!

Most people know Robbie Lawler 3.0, the well rounded striker that has beaten names like Rory MacDonald, Johny Hendricks, and most recently Carlos Condit. What they don’t know is that this comes at the tail end of 16 year career in which his style has seen many rebirths. With his longtime striking coach Mike Pena retired, and rumors of him living American Top Team (ATT), what will Robbie Lawler 4.0 look like?

According to multiple sources including Fox Sports and ENT Imports, the former middleweight champ has left ATT and is looking for a new gym. But why leave the team he’s had marked success with over the last couple of years? Perhaps the writing was on the wall.

While many fans were calling Tyron Woodley’s first round K.O. of the former champ back at UFC 201 a “fluke”, it seems it may have exposed some deeper issues. Lawler has since pulled out of a fight with Cowboy Cerrone that was suppose to be part of one of the biggest cards in history at UFC 205 and has now changed camps.

Some say he hasn’t looked the same since longtime striking Coach Mike Pena retired back at UFC 189 and has been on a decline ever since. Some are calling for his retirement, stating he’s taken too much damage in his 16 year career as a knockout artist.

If Lawler does ultimately decide to stay in the game, which team should he go to? With supposed “rival” and current champ Tyron Woodley training at RoofusSport and fellow Addidas sponsor Luke Rockhold training at the injury factory that is AKA, what will be Lawler’s next move? Maybe he’ll get a serious craving for poutine and train with Rory MacDonald and GSP over at Tristar. Robbie with a French Canadian accent? Now that’s weird.

What do you guys think, should Robbie Lawler be looking for greener pastures or a way out of the fight game?

The post Robbie Lawler Leaves ATT, What’s Next For The Former Champ? appeared first on Cagepotato.

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Former UFC Welterweight Champ Robbie Lawler Leaves American Top Team

Robbie Lawler has parted ways with American Top Team.
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Former UFC Welterweight Champ Robbie Lawler Leaves American Top Team

Robbie Lawler has parted ways with American Top Team.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Former UFC Welterweight Champ Robbie Lawler Leaves American Top Team

Robbie Lawler has parted ways with American Top Team.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Former UFC Welterweight Champ Robbie Lawler Leaves American Top Team

Robbie Lawler has parted ways with American Top Team.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

UFC 206 ‘Embedded’ video, Ep. 1: Cowboy sets sail in Cabo, Holloway leaves hot Hawaii

The key pay-per-view (PPV) main card cast of UFC 206, which takes place this Saturday night (Dec. 10, 2016) inside Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, are in their final preparations as they get ready to step inside the Octagon for battle this weekend.

Max Holloway, Anthony Pettis, Donald Cerrone, and Matt Brown are all putting the finishing touches on their fitness during the final fight week, including jogging in the streets of Denver, grappling in Milwaukee, and … fishing in Cabo? Indeed, the real hard work is complete. It’s now time to dial it all in and get ready to punch face this weekend.

From the official YouTube description for UFC 206 “Embedded:”

“On Episode 1 of UFC 206 Embedded, UFC welterweight Matt Brown wraps up his Colorado training camp, while opponent Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone takes his team to work in Cabo. Interim featherweight title contender Max Holloway promotes his championship fight in LA, as former lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, now vying for a title in a second weight division, rewards himself with a steak dinner. UFC 206 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the stacked card at UFC 206, taking place Saturday, December 10th. See it live on Pay-Per-View and UFC.TV.“

T-minus five days!

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 206 fight card on fight night, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

To see the entire UFC 206 fight card and line up click here.

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