UFC 209 Full Results


Main Card

[Welterweight Champion Title] Tyron Woodley def. Stephen Thompson via Majority Decision (48-47,47-47,48-47)

[Lightweight] David Teymur def. Lando Vannata via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

[Middleweight] Daniel Kelly def. Rashad Evans via Split Decision (29-28,28-29,29-28)

[Strawweight] Cynthia Calvillo def. Amanda Cooper via Submission (rear naked choke) 3:19 round 1

[Heavyweight] Alistair Overeem def. Mark Hunt via KO 1:44 round 3

Prelims

[Heavyweight] Marcin Tybura def Luis Henrique via TKO 3:46 round 3

[Featherweight] Darren Elkins def. Mirsad Bektic via TKO 3.19 round 3

[Bantamweight] Luri Alcantara def. Luke Sanders via Submission (Kneebar) 3:13 round 2

[Heavyweight] Mark Godbeer def. Daniel Spitz via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

 

Conor McGregor: The story so far…


On Saturday, August 20, UFC® featherweight champion “The Notorious” Conor McGregor will headline what is set to be one of the biggest events in UFC history, as he meets Nate Diaz in a five-round welterweight rematch inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Ahead of UFC 202®: DIAZ vs. McGREGOR 2, we look back at McGregor’s career so far and re-live some of the Irishman’s most memorable moments.

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The early days

McGregor began boxing at the age of 12. Training at Crumlin Boxing Gym, he won a variety of amateur boxing titles. At the age of 18, McGregor’s long-time friend, Tom Egan – the first Irish athlete ever to sign with UFC – brought McGregor along to a mixed martial arts class at Straight Blast Gym (SBG) in Dublin. It didn’t take long for SBG owner and head coach, John Kavanagh, to recognise the stopping power that the young Dubliner boasted.

The amateur scene

February 2007 saw McGregor contest his first amateur MMA bout. Finishing his opponent Ciaran Campbell with a striking showcase in the first round, McGregor’s spirited celebration post-fight pointed to the showman he would later go on to become.

Notorious rising 

McGregor quickly earned a name for himself as a knockout artist on the professional scene. In March 2008 he made his professional MMA debut in the Cage of Truth organisation. He faced fellow Irishman Gary Morris, who succumbed to strikes from McGregor in the second round.

 

The Point Depot

McGregor’s second pro bout in May 2008 lasted just one round, as he defeated Mo Taylor via TKO at Cage Rage: Contenders – Ireland vs. Belgium. This would be McGregor’s first outing in The Point Depot (now the 3Arena) in Dublin, which would go on to host all three of UFC’s trips to the Irish capital.

A stumbling block

In June 2008, a loss to Lithuanian Artemj Sitenkov proved to be a serious stumbling block for McGregor. Although he later bounced back with a win over Stephen Bailey six months later, the young Dubliner drifted away from the sport. In response, McGregor’s mother, Mags, took it upon herself to call John Kavanagh to seek his help in encouraging her son to return to the gym. Kavanagh later visited McGregor in his Lucan home and encouraged him to commit to his fighting career.

A new found dedication

In November 2010, and with another win under his belt, McGregor moved up to lightweight to take on fellow surging Irish prospect Joe Duffy. When McGregor was submitted in little more than 30 seconds, many feared that the defeat would trigger another exodus from the sport. But, on the Monday after the loss, McGregor was back in the gym with a new found dedication to training.

A winning streak

The loss to Duffy would trigger a phenomenal 15-fight win streak for McGregor. After defeating Hugh Brady in one round in February 2011, McGregor’s outings against Mike Wood and Paddy Doherty lasted a combined 20 seconds, as he scored two devastatingly fast knockouts.

 

A warrior in the cage

In June 2011, a second round win over Artur Sowinski saw McGregor signed by the European promotion Cage Warriors, a key moment in the young fighter’s career. He quickly proved to be a stellar addition to the roster.

Falling to featherweight

After a lightweight bout with Aaron Jahnsen was stopped inside one round in September 2011, McGregor announced his intentions for the featherweight division. McGregor elbowed his way to another first-round victory over Steven O’Keefe, which positioned him perfectly for a title shot.

Tears and a title shot

Jiu-jitsu ace Dave Hill was McGregor’s opponent for the vacant Cage Warriors title bout in June 2012. The event took place in The Helix, a venue located inside Dublin City University Campus. The intensity that McGregor displayed at the event’s weigh-in had such an impact on his English opponent that fans claimed Hill began to cry after going nose to nose with ‘The Notorious’.

The lightweight title

McGregor’s popularity spread to new heights following his win over Hill. Cage Warriors wasted no time in booking a New Year’s Eve show, where ‘The Notorious’ was initially slated to defend his title against American Jim Alers. He instead went on to face Ivan Buchinger for the lightweight title on December 31st, 2012. A crisp left hook ended the show in the first round and sent McGregor’s star on the ascent.

The hype train

When UFC President Dana White visited Trinity College in Dublin to be presented with a gold medal for Honorary Patronage by the Philosophical Society in February 2013, he was inundated with requests from fans for him to sign a young fighter named Conor McGregor.

The world stage

It was revealed that McGregor would face The Ultimate Fighter alumnus Marcus Brimage in his UFC debut on April 6, 2013, in Stockholm, Sweden. A stunning left uppercut separated Brimage from his senses and, with that, a star was born. McGregor’s now infamous call for a bonus after the fight, “Hey Dana, 50 G’s baby!” – endeared him to the sport’s international fan base.

Sitting on the sidelines

In August 2013 McGregor suffered an injury to his knee midway through his bout with young featherweight Max Holloway. Holloway became the only man to last the distance with McGregor. Post-fight, a scan revealed that McGregor had suffered a torn ACL, which would mean eleven months before he could take to the Octagon once again.

A night to remember

UFC’s return to Dublin in July 2014 coincided with McGregor’s return to action, and his first main event slot. McGregor’s first-round KO of Brazil’s Diego Brandao finished a perfect 6-0 night for the Irish contingent, at an event which broke viewing records for UFC’s streaming platform, UFC FIGHT PASS.

The toughest of tests

Having been sidelined for almost a year, McGregor went on to face two of his toughest tests to date in Dustin Poirier and Dennis Siver. A first round TKO over Poirier in September 2014 was followed by a second round TKO win over Germany’s Siver in January 2015, as Boston turned green for McGregor’s second trip to the TD Garden. A sold-out crowd erupted with the win, and McGregor made a beeline for champion Jose Aldo, who sat Octagonside.

 

The World Tour

In March 2015, McGregor joined Aldo for UFC’s very first world press tour. The tour spanned eight cities in five countries, over the course of 12 days in order to promote UFC 189: Aldo vs. McGregor. But, just 12 days out from the event, Aldo was forced to withdraw from the fight citing a rib injury, and McGregor instead went on to defeat late replacement Chad Mendes to secure the interim UFC featherweight title.

Unification

On December 12th, 2015, McGregor ended the 10-year undefeated reign of champion Jose Aldo within just 13 seconds. UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor broke UFC gate and attendance records at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. McGregor, meanwhile, underlined his status as one of the biggest draws in the history of UFC.

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McGregor immediately announced his intention to move up to lightweight. But when an injury ruled out a scheduled bout with lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos in February 2016, a polarizing opponent stepped up to the mark.

A whole different ball game

In the absence of his usual relentless weight cut, McGregor was jovial and energized throughout the week leading up to UFC 196, as he prepared to meet Nate Diaz at welterweight. On March 5th, 2016, the pair faced off in one of the most highly anticipated match-ups in UFC history. Caught on the end of a jab-cross combination by Diaz, McGregor looked for the takedown and was pounced on by the jiu-jitsu black belt. A rear-naked choke from Diaz followed to bring McGregor’s 15-fight win streak to an end.

Losing the battle, winning the war?

On August 20, 2016, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will meet once again, as McGregor vows to return to greatness and prove to the world that he is, indeed, the greatest of all time.

Watch UFC 202®: DIAZ vs. McGREGOR 2 live on BT Sport from 1am BST on the morning of Sunday, August 21st and catch the Early Prelims from 11:30pm on Saturday 20th, live on UFC FIGHT PASS.

UFC Press Release

 

 

 

Live video weigh-in Results: UFC 199


UFC 199 comes from California. The main event, middleweight champ Luke Rockhold defends his title against Michael Bisping, stepping in for the injured Chris Weidman. The co-main event sees bitter rivals Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber duke it out for a 3rd time, and as was the case the 2nd time, Cruz’s bantamweight title is on the line.

As always, before we get to the fights ahead we have to make sure they’re all on course to make weight. Live video of the weigh-ins can be viewed by pressing the play button at the top of the page.

Main Card BT Sport/PPV

Luke Rockhold (185) vs. Michael Bisping (185)
Dominick Cruz (135) vs. Urijah Faber (134.5)
Max Holloway (146) vs. Ricardo Lamas (145.5)
Dan Henderson (185.5) vs. Hector Lombard (184.5)
Bobby Green (155) vs. Dustin Poirier (155.5)

Preliminary Card BT Sport/FS1

Clay Guida (146) vs. Brian Ortega (145)
Beneil Dariush (156) vs. James Vick (155.5)
Jessica Andrade (115.5) vs. Jessica Penne (115.5)
Alex Caceres (145.5) vs. Cole Miller (146)

Preliminary Card (Fight Pass)

Tom Breese (170.5) vs. Sean Strickland (171)
Luiz Henrique (205.5) vs. Jonathan Wilson (205.5)
Kevin Casey (185) vs. Elvis Mutapcic (185)
Dong Hyun Kim (154.5) vs. Polo Reyes (155)

Best of British MMA On UFC Fight Pass June 4th


 

Saturday, June 4 UFC FIGHT PASS® brings a host of British MMA talent to fans with two incredible events on one day.

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Michael Bisping (29-7; fighting out of Manchester, England) challenges for the UFC® world middleweight title in LA, California, atUFC 199®: ROCKHOLD vs. BISPING 2 while Cage Warriors showcases some of the best upcoming talent in the UK at Cage Warriors 76 from Newport, Wales.

Undefeated Tom Breese (10-0; fighting out of Montreal, Canada) will headline the UFC FIGHT PASS prelims on Saturday June 4 against American Sean Strickland at UFC 199®: ROCKHOLD vs. BISPING 2. The up and coming Birmingham native previously competed for Cage Warriors before moving over to UFC in May 2015. Breese will be looking to show the level of skill honed in the UK as he makes his way up the welterweight rankings.

Closer to home in Newport,Wales headlining Cage Warriors 76 is Welshman Jack “The Hammer” Marshman (18-5), who is on a four fight win streak and will be looking to extend his streak on June 4. Marshman is ranked within the UK’s top 10 middleweights and one of the most dangerous middleweights with 11 knockouts in his professional career.

Also on the main card, Lew Long (12-3) returns to Cage Warriors with momentum on his side following five successive wins as he takes on UFC veteran Andreas Stahl. As one of the top UK ranked welterweights, Long will be establishing his lead in the division.

Jack Shore (1-0) is one of the youngest prospects on the mixed martial arts scene. Having one professional fight under his belt, the Welshman is the 2015 IMMAF Lightweight European Open champion and has 12 amateur wins making him unbeaten in his short career thus far.

UFC 199®: ROCKHOLD vs. BISPING 2 kicks off on UFC FIGHT PASS at 11:15 p.m. BST on Saturday June 4. Ahead of this monumental event, catch all the action from Cage Warriors 76 also LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS from 9 p.m. BST.

UFC FIGHT PASS is available on personal computers, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV and Roku devices.

For more information or current fight news, visit ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

 

 

 

 

UFC 198 Brazil Full Results


 

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UFC 198 came from Curitiba in Brazil last night healined by Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic. Also making her UFC debut was a catchweight belt between Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino vs Leslie Smith.

Here are the quick results:

Main Card

*Stipe Miocic Def Fabricio Werdum via KO 2:47 Round 1

*New Heavweight Champion

Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza Def  Vitor Belfort via TKO 4:38 Round 1

Cris Cyborg Def Leslie Smith via TKO 1:21 Round 1

Shogun Rua Def Corey Anderson  via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Bryan Barerena Def Warley Alves  via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Prelims

Demain Maia Def Matt Brown Via Submission (RNC) 4:31 Round 3

Thiago Santos Def Nate Marquardt via KO  3:39  Round 1

Francisco Trinaldo Def  Yancy Mederios  via Unanimous Decison  (29-26, 30-27, 30-26)

John Lineker Def Rob Font  via Unanimous Decison (30-27, 29-28, 30-26)

Rogerio Nogueira Def Pat Cummins via KO 4:52 Round 1

Sergio Moraes vs Luan Chagas ended in a DRAW (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)

Renato Moicano Def Zubaira Tukhugov via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28. 28-29)

Bonuses $50,000 Each

POTN

Stipe Miocic

Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza

FOTN

Francisco Trinaldo

Yancy Mederious

 

 

Cast members revealed for The Ultimate Fighter 23 including images.


TUF 23 girlsThe upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter® will once again showcase mixed martial arts’ global expansion, as Polish strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha of Brazil lead a group of light heavyweight (men) and strawweight (female) hopefuls.

 

TUF 23

Thirty-two athletes from countries such as the Netherlands, Algeria, France, Norway, Spain, Canada, Brazil, England and the United States fight for one of 16 spots available in the premiere episode on Thursday, April 21 at 3am BST on BT Sport (repeated at 10pm BST later that same day).

There will be no shortage of intensity and drama with Jedrzejczyk (11-0, fighting out of Olsztyn, Poland) and Gadelha (13-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) as one of the most intense rivalries in all of mixed martial arts plays out on screen. The two fought in December 2014 with Jedrzejczyk narrowly edging out Gadelha before eventually going on to win the strawweight world title. There will be no love lost between the two as their epic feud plays out leading up to their highly anticipated rematch.

The show will feature 12 episodes, airing on BT Sport. Each episode’s winner will advance in the single-elimination tournament, leading to the season finale on July 8 in Las Vegas as part of International Fight Week. The finale will be headlined by this season’s coaches in a world title bout as Jedrzejczyk collides with Gadelha.

 The Ultimate Fighter 23 competitors:

 

Strawweight Females

 

Light Heavyweight Men

Alyssa Krahn, 3-1,  Age 28, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Alyssa Krahn TUF 23

Abdel Medjedoub, 3-0, Age 30, Mila, Algeria

Abdel Medjedoub TUF 23

Amanda Cooper, 1-1,  Age 24, Bath, Mich.

Amanda Cooper TUF 23

Andrew Sanchez, 7-2, Age 27, Shiloh, Ill.

Andrew Sanchez TUF 23

Amy Montenegro, 7-2,  Age 32, Forks, Wash.

Amy Montenegro TUF 23

Cory Hendricks, 3-0, Age 27, Lynden, Wash

.Cory Hendricks TUF 23

Ashley Cummins, 3-3, Age 28, St. Louis, Mo.

Ashley Cummins TUF 23

Elias Urbina, 3-0, Age 22, Weslaco, Texas

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Ashley Yoder, 4-1,  Age 28, Indianapolis, Ind.

Ashley Yoder TUF 23

Eric Spicely, 8-0, Age 29, Stoughton, Mass.

Eric Spicely TUF 23

Chelsea Bailey, 2-0,  Age 23, Chewelah, Wash.

Chelsea Bailey TUF 23

Jamelle Jones, 6-2, Age 28, Atlantic City, N.J.

Jamelle Jones TUF 23

Helen Harper, 4-1,  Age 28, Farnborough, England

Helen Harper TUF 23

John Paul Elias, 3-0, Age 27, Fresno, Calif.

John Paul Elias TUF 23

Irene Rivera, 6-2,  Age 22, Barcelona, Spain

Irene Rivera TUF 23

Josh Stansbury, 7-2, Age 31, East Liverpool, Ohio

Josh Stansbury TUF 23

Jamie Moyle, 3-1,  Age 27, Las Vegas, Nev.

Jamie Moyle TUF 23

Kenneth Bergh, 3-0, Age 26, Oslo, Norway

Kenneth Bergh TUF 23

JJ Aldrich, 2-1, Age 23, Aurora, Colo.

JJ Aldrich TUF 23

Khalil Rountree, 4-0, Age 26, Las Vegas, Nev.

Khalil Rountree TUF 23

Jodie Esquibel, 5-1,  Age 29, Albuquerque, N.M.

Jodie Esquibel TUF 23

Marcel Fortuna, 8-1, Age 30, Tubarao, Brazil

Marcel Fortuna TUF 23

Kate Jackson, 7-2-1, Age 29, Lostwithiel, England

Kate Jackson TUF 23

Muhammed DeReese, 5-0, Age 27, Titusville, Fla.

Muhammed DeReese TUF 23

Kristi Lopez, 2-0, Age 33, Quartz Hill, Calif.

Kirsti Lopez TUF 23

Myron Dennis, 12-4, Age 27, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Myron Dennis TUF 23

Lanchana Green, 2-1, Age 26, Darlington, England

Lanchana Green TUF 23

Norman Paraisy, 15-4-2, 1 NC, Age 30, Paris, France

Norman Paraisy TUF 23

Mellony Geugjes, 0-1, Age 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mellony Geugjes TUF 23

Phil Hawes, 3-0, Age 27, Little Ferry, N.J.

Phil Hawes TUF 23

Tatiana Suarez, 3-0,  Age 25, Fontana, Calif.

Tatiana Suarez  TUF 23

Trevor Carlson, 10-2, Age 27, Spring Creek, Nev.

Trevor Carlson TUF 23

 

All photo credits to:

UFC, Invicta, Joe Pic Photography, Sherdog, Cage Warriors,Bloody Mayhem, Epic Fighting,  Google Images, Facebook, http://www.kristilopez.com

 

 

 

UFC London – Fight Night 84 Full Results ‘The count’ finally caught ‘The Spider’


The UFC made its return to London, England with a huge main event in that of middleweight contender Michael Bisping, who returned to his home country to take on former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. It was however to be ‘The Count’ Michael Bisping’s night who scored a unanimous decision win over Anderson Silva in a thrilling five round war.

In the co-main event Gegard Mousasi took an unanimous decision win over Thales Leites and then UK standout Tom Breese won a unanimous decision over Keita Nakamura.

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Full results:

Main Card 

Michael Bisping Def. Anderson Silva Via UD 48-47, 48-47, 48-47
Gegard Mousasi Def Thales Leites Via  UD 30-27, 29-28, 30-27
Tom Breese  Def  Keita Nakamura Via UD 30-27, 30-27, 29-28
Brad Pickett Def. Francisco Rivera Via SD 29-28, 28-29, 29-28

Preliminary Card  

Makwan Amirkhani Def  Mike Wilkinson Via UD  29-28, 30-27. 29-28
David Grant  Def. Marlon Vera Via UD 30-26, 30-26, 30-26
Scott Askham Def. Chris Dempsey Via KO 4:45 Rnd 1
Arnold Allen  Def  Yaotzin Meza Via UD  30-27, 30-27, 30-27
Krzysztof Jotko Def. Bradley Scott Via UD 29-28, 30-27, 29-28
Rustam Khabilov Def  Norman Parke  Via UD 29-28. 29-28. 29-28
Daniel Omielanczuk Def Jarjis Danho Via  Majority Technical Decision 29-29, 29-28. 29-28.
Teemu Packalen Def Thibault Gouti Via RNC  0:24 seconds Rnd 1
David Teymur Def Martin Svensson Via TKO 1:26 Rnd 2

FOTN

Micahel Bisping & Anderson Silva

POTN

Scott Askham

David Teymur

UFC London – Fight Night 84 Weigh-In Results: Bisping 185 lbs Silva 186 lbs


The UFC makes its return to London, England with a huge main event in that of middleweight contender Michael Bisping, who returns to his home country and takes on former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. The co-main event is another middleweight contest between Thales Leites and Gegard Mousasi (who was originally due to take on Michael Bisping).

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With a stacked card from top to bottom, the atmosphere at O2 Arena is one not to be missed.

Before we get to the fights ahead we have to make sure they all make weight.

Here are the weigh-in results:

Main Card 

Michael Bisping (185) vs. Anderson Silva (186)
Thales Leites (186) vs. Gegard Mousasi (185)
Tom Breese (171) vs. Keita Nakamura (170)
Brad Pickett (136) vs. Francisco Rivera (136)

Preliminary Card  

Makwan Amirkhani (145) vs. Mike Wilkinson (145)
David Grant (136) vs. Marlon Vera (135)
Scott Askham (185) vs. Chris Dempsey (185)
Arnold Allen (145) vs. Yaotzin Meza (144)
Krzysztof Jotko (184) vs. Bradley Scott (186)
Rustam Khabilov (155) vs. Norman Parke (155)
Jarjis Danho (261) vs. Daniel Omielanczuk (254)
Thibault Gouti (155) vs. Teemu Packalen (156)
Martin Svensson (154) vs. David Teymur (155)

Swayze Valentine: Kingdom of the UFC – Two years on!


Swayze Valentine. Swayze. Swayze. I can hear you saying the name over and over again, it sounds familiar but where have you heard it? And before you think “Patrick Swayze”, hold it right there!

What if I were to say to you, “UFC”? Would that ring any bells? How about if I also mentioned, “cutwoman”, you know, the female version of Jacob “Stitch” Duran or Adrian “Tenacity” Rosenbusch? Has the penny dropped now?

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Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Swayze Valentine was a determined individual, whose parents instilled a good work ethic in her from an early age. This work ethic was instrumental in forging a career as the first (and currently only) female cutwoman in the UFC.

Having made her career choice back in 2006, it has not been an easy road, with many hurdles in the process to making it this far in her 10 year career. Acceptance and adversity is still one of the biggest challenges to overcome in this male dominated industry.

The rewards far outweigh any of the negativity that Swayze has had – and still endures – in her chosen career.  Just listening to her passion and drive alone makes you want her to be successful in this forever-evolving sport.

“I feel that I make a difference. I love taking care of people. Being a Cut woman, I get to wrap the hands of these incredible athletes in a sport that many don’t understand. I get to take care of them when they need me most. I get them to the next round. A fighter recently told me that having me there brings him comfort. That meant so much. I am so glad that my presence can calm a fighter in the middle of battle. I feel that being a mother, I bring a nurturing, calming comfort to these fighters, which I think is a huge asset that I hold dearly!

I can’t lie, it feels amazing that I am one of the few, elite professional Cutmen/Women in the world. But I still have all those same struggles that I have had from the beginning. I still deal with adversity, I always will, and I’m okay with that!”

Swayze worked many hours and travelled hundreds of miles a day, just to gain experience wrapping hands in a gym environment, all for free before ever having a ‘paid’ job in her chosen career path.  Swayze then asked renowned UFC Cutman Adrian “Tenacity” Rosenbusch for some advice.  He took her under his wing and became her mentor for two years, training her in the ‘cut side’ of the work. Swayze held a great pedigree in her CV even before being approached by the UFC, having worked with promotions such as Invicta, Bellator, WSOF, MMA Explosion and King of the Cage, along with amateur MMA and Muay Thai promotions including, 1 Kick Nicks, Tuff N Uff, Battle at the Bay and Rumble on the Ridge, to name just a few.

Having made her first appearance with the UFC two years ago at UFC 170, “The Queen of Cuts” (a nickname given to her by Jacob “Stitch” Duran) must feel under a lot of scrutiny.

“Absolutely! There is so much more stress. Everything is more difficult. I have to be 150% better than anyone else. The pressure is magnified tenfold. I like it that way though. It keeps me on my toes and it is always exciting. I turn the pressure and stress into drive, and into a positive. I let it push me past all my insecurities and personal fears. I thrive on being in a stressful environment, I’m better, faster, and I’m stronger.

If being a single mom to two boys and a cutwoman in the UFC is not enough to keep Swayze busy she has also taken a role in hit US Drama Kingdom.  The show which features stars such as Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker, Nick Jonas, Joanna Going and has also featured guest appearances from UFC fighter Cub Swanson, with guest presenters Hendi Androl, Kenny Florian just to name a few.  Airing on Direct TV, the Audience Network production will be returning to your screens next summer in the US.

With so many highlights over her two-year span thus far with the UFC, I’m sure it would be hard for anyone to choose some personal favourites but here Swayze goes through some of her highlights to date.

“Oh man, What a ride! I have had so many amazing experiences since 2 years ago! If we are just talking about UFC, some of my personal highlights was definitely my first UFC event. Next would have to be, when fighters request me to wrap their hands or be in their corner, and when Joanna Jedrzejczyk requests for me to wrap her hands because I am good luck for her. Another exciting highlight would have to be when I wrapped Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor’s hands for an episode of “Embedded” That was awesome… Just to name a few.”

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As for advice to anyone who wanted to pursue a career in the same field as herself, Swayze had this to say:

“Being a Cutman/Woman, is a beautiful and rewarding career. If someone is interested, you have to check out Fight Business Academy!! This new online Academy has made becoming a Cutman/Woman much more attainable than it has ever been before. Go to www.fightbusinessacademy.com. It is the first company to offer formal training for many of the exciting jobs in Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing and Muay Thai. This online academy has accomplished this through a hybrid of online classes and live Bootcamps with the top professionals in Combat Sports. Fight Business Academy also offers an exciting array of learning opportunities to fit every schedule and budget. From the “Academy Insider” weekly group chats, one-on-one Skype sessions to live Bootcamps in the fight capital of the world,  Las Vegas Nevada! Fight Business Academy can teach you all the technical skills you need to be a valuable asset to any organization. It is so cool! I wish this online academy was available to me when I started!! I highly recommend anyone wanting to become a Cutman/Woman, to go online and check out this course.”

You can next see Swayze in Boston at UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz on January 17th  2016.

Quick Questions

Favourite places you have travelled to so far?

Australia, New Orleans and Nashville.

What song do you currently sing in the shower?

I have to pick just one?! Ha-ha I would have to say, all the Christmas songs, with a little bit of Eminem and 50 Cent raps, thrown in.

Maybe you and Megan Olivi could do a Rap Battle – Just a thought!

Ha-ha a rap battle! That would be so dope!

Favourite kind of movie to watch?

I love comedies!! So anything that is light-hearted and will make me laugh. Baby Mama, or some stand-up comedy by Kevin Hart!

Favourite song you would put on to listen too that would instantly change the mood you are in?

Right now I am stuck on “The Heart Wants What It Wants” by Selena Gomez

You can keep up-to-date with Swayze by following her social media accounts below.

Twitter: @swayzevalentine

Instagram: Swayze Valentine

Facebook: Swayze Valentine

Photo Credit 1: Joe Pic Photography

Photo Credit 2: Richard Valentine

UFC 195 Embedded: Episode 1


UFC 195 Embedded episode 1

On Episode 1 of UFC 195 Embedded, UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler celebrates Christmas with his family in Florida. Challenger Carlos Condit cooks for his kids in Albuquerque, while heavyweight contender Stipe Miocic dines with his future in-laws in rainy Cleveland. Former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski drags his entire camp into the snow for a bare-knuckle cold weather contest.