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Michael Bisping Reflects on ‘Big’ Victory over Anderson Silva, Silva’s ‘Cheap’ Knee Strike

Recently retired Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Michael Bisping can look back on a career full of accomplishments, but he is happy to name one that he finds especially gratifying.
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Cody Garbrandt Reflects On Near-Suicide Attempt As A Teen

The former UFC bantamweight champion shares the story of almost killing himself for the first time.

Cody Garbrandt has made it no secret that he grew up under some pretty rough conditions, with family members in and out of jail and a lot of physical abuse to go around. One of those fights almost ended up with Cody cutting off his brother Zach’s finger.

But in this latest video interview with Christian YouTube channel I Am Second, Garbrandt delves into how that seemingly dysfunctional relationship with his brother was also what shaped him into a fighter and would end up saving him from suicide.

”My brother was always bigger, faster, stronger, meaner than me growing up, so I think that’s why I was always quick to fight,” Grabrandt explained. “I had something to prove. Me and Zach, we fought so many times in our lives. I mean, some pretty violent fights … But he’s been my best friend, my sole competitor. I’m so thankful for all the thumpings and the fights that we got into that made me into the man I am today. And not only just for the fights. He was there for me.”

”There’s a part of the story where Zach came and intervened in my life, where I wanted to give up. I was a teenager, I think I was a senior in high school. I wanted to become a state champion again. I won state as a freshman, I got beat as a sophomore, I was injured as a junior. Wrestling was something I did my whole entire life, and I think losing the passion for that, I didn’t have any drive. I just felt unaccomplished, and I got in with the wrong crowd, started doing some drugs and partying and kind of living super carelessly, and it almost consumed my life.”

”I felt like my road was running to an end,” Cody continued. “For a while, I wasn’t who I was. I was in a very dark place. Very, very, dark place. And I almost hung myself. And my brother came in the door, and he saved my life. It’s the first time I’m talking about it, but I’ve never been more grateful for him. He just came in and busted down the door and gave me the biggest hug and sat there with me and cried with me and said everything was going to be all right. That was the day that, you know, really was a changing point for me and my life, as well.”

“That moment, that bond, and that thing that we went through really brought us even closer. Attending church services together, and it was nice to be there with my big brother and worship God and learning and growing towards him. So that was the start of a growing relationship with the Lord.”

I Am Second ‘tells stories of life transformation that happen by putting God first and living second,’ so if you want to hear more about that make sure to watch the whole video. And if you’re feeling lost and suicidal or know someone who is, please reach out.

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‘Upset’ Kevin Lee says Michael Chiesa took mom comments the wrong way, reflects back on brawl

DALLAS – Kevin Lee speaks to the media at UFC 210 about his brawl with Michael Chiesa at the UFC Summer Kickoff Press Conference, Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones, his relationship with Al Iaquinta, and much more.

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UFC hopeful Sabina Mazo reflects on viral head-kick knockout win at LFA 9

Sabina Mazo made some noise in the world of mixed martial arts last weekend.

In just her third professional fight, the Colombian fighter picked up a highlight reel head-kick knockout victory over her opponent Jamie Thorton at Friday’s LFA 9 event in Shawnee, Okla. Mazo’s impressive head-kick knockout video quickly spread, compiling over a million views in the span of a few days. MMA Fighting recently caught up with Mazo to talk about her memorable knockout.

“To tell you the truth, it’s a dream come true,” Mazo explained. “I’ve always been looking for that, and I’ve always trained to do that. That’s what fighters are always trying to achieve, whether it’s a submission or a knockout, so it’s very rewarding seeing all the effort you put in your training pay off in just a few minutes. It’s a moment filled with adrenaline and happiness, a feeling of victory that to be honest, it’s hard to describe, but there’s so many emotions. So it’s very rewarding, there is no price to that feeling.”

Many are already considering Mazo’s finish to be an early candidate for knockout of the year, as Mazo’s timing and technique seemed to come together at the perfect moment to create a spectacular knockout. But despite all the buzz the young 20-year-old Mazo has created, she hasn’t allowed the new attention affect her and understands it’s just part of the process of accomplishing her dream of one day being the best in the world.

“Yeah, the video has been shared a lot, many comments, and people talking about it, but it’s just part of the job,” Mazo said. “I’m here to fight and become a world champion, so I know that’s part of the process. But yeah, there’s been a difference in attention for this fight.”

Mazo is currently undefeated with three victories in her young MMA career. Mazo began training four years ago at a muay thai gym in her hometown of Medellin, Colombia. After two years of training, Mazo’s coach David Gonzalez, a former student of Rafael Cordeiro, advised her to move to California to train at Kings MMA if she wanted to improve her game. Two years ago, Mazo made her move to the U.S. where she’s been been refining her skills at King’s MMA, while studying nutrition full-time.

Like most fighters, Mazo’s ultimate goal for her career is to reach the pinnacle of MMA, which is getting a hold of a UFC title.

“My goal in this career is to become a world champion,” Mazo said. “Maybe it won’t happen in a year or whatever, but at this moment I’m just preparing myself to one day be one of the best fighters in the world. Right now I’m in LFA, but in a few years, I’d like to make it to the UFC and be able to represent my country and be the best fighter in the world.”

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Anthony Smith reflects back on wild comeback knockout over Andrew Sanchez at UFC on FOX 24

KANSAS CITY – Anthony Smith talks to the media at UFC on FOX 24 about his knockout victory over Andrew Sanchez, his wild comeback in the fight, what’s next for his career, and much more.

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Alexander Volkov reflects on win over Roy Nelson, wants higher ranked opponents

KANSAS CITY – Alexander Volkov talks to the media at UFC on FOX 24 about his decision victory over Roy Nelson, his game plan against Nelson, what’s next for his career, and much more.

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Top prospect Tom Duquesnoy feels like he was ‘made’ for the UFC, reflects on debut

KANSAS CITY – Top prospect Tom Duquesnoy talks to the media at UFC on FOX 24 about his technical knockout victory over Patrick Williams, his experience making his UFC debut, training at JacksonWink, and much more.

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Ecstatic Desmond Green reflects on ‘perfect’ UFC debut

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Desmond Green talks to the media at UFC 210 about his decision win over Josh Emmett, his experience making his UFC debut, what’s next for his career, and much more.

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Ecstatic Desmond Green reflects on ‘perfect’ UFC debut

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Desmond Green talks to the media at UFC 210 about his decision win over Josh Emmett, his experience making his UFC debut, what’s next for his career, and much more.

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Ecstatic Desmond Green reflects on ‘perfect’ UFC debut

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Desmond Green talks to the media at UFC 210 about his decision win over Josh Emmett, his experience making his UFC debut, what’s next for his career, and much more.

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