Jerome Rivera: I think a few years back I used to almost get a little bit too emotional. I'd flip the switch before I went out and it was kill or be killed. I was ready to fight, that dude [in front of me] was trying to take everything I had. I'd get a little too emotional...
Former XKO Amateur champion and current MMA Strawweight prospect Valerie "Mal Hija" Soto joins Derick G to talk about her last fight against Flore Hani at LFA 99, give her perspective on open scoring in MMA, the complicated process that is weight-cutting, preparing for 'battle' when she trains to fight, her relationship with Fitness Fight Factory head coach and former BKFC Bantamweight champion Johnny Bedford, and lastly, training with high-level mixed martial artists such as Julia Avila, Randa Markos, Montana De La Rosa, and Jihn Yu Frey...
In the week leading to UFC 258 only a few matchups appeared to have divisional implications. Clearly the Usman vs Burns grudge-match of sorts was what the PPV was built around, but the long awaited return of Flyweight contender Maycee Barber and Kelvin Gastelum's attempt to break a three-fight skid were the only real storylines the media highlighted...
With two featured matchups getting scrapped just hours before UFC 258, it's not difficult to understand why the allure of this $69.99 PPV lost a lot of steam entering the weekend. Nonetheless, the results of Saturday night's action at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas have massive implications for a few different fighters. Here are my post-fight takeaways...
Just when you thought UFC bantamweight Cory Sandhagen stole the show with his first-round flying-knee KO against the famed veteran Frankie Edgar, heavyweight contender Alexander Volkov proved why he deserves a shot at UFC gold with his second-round starching of the "Demolition Man" himself, Alistair Overeem...
The world was left in awe by many of the performances put on at UFC 257. From the UFC's biggest star Conor McGregor getting knocked out for the first time in his career, to Michael Chandler making what is considered as one of the best UFC debut's of all time, to the UFC's latest hype-train being derailed in stunning fashion, let's just say there's a lot to talk about...