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

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The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale: Full Results – Frankie Edgar ‘Answers’ all your questions

The Ultimate Fighter Finale took place at the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada and featured featherweight athletes Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes in the Main event. […]


The Ultimate Fighter Finale took place at the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada and featured featherweight athletes Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes in the Main event.

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It was however Frankie Edgar who ‘answered’ everyone’s questions by getting the win in 2 minutes 28 seconds of the first round via knockout over Chad Mendes proving why he should be next in line for the featherweight title. 

The co-main event saw  Edson Barboza takes on Tony Ferguson and it was Tony Ferguson who gained the impressive win with his slick D’arce choke coming midway through the second round in this lightweight bout.

Evan Dunham took on Joe Lauzon but it was to be Evan Dunham’s night where he fought a better fight in out striking Joe Lauzon to take a unanimous points win in this all important lightweight bout.

The Ultimate Fighter Finale saw Ryan Hall face Artem Lobov in a three round one sided fight, which saw Ryan Hall nullify Artem Lobov’s power and dominate via his grappling skills, taking a unanimous decision to become season 22 The Ultimate Fighter.

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Here are the full results:

Frankie Edgar  Def  Chad Mendes Via KO 2:28 Round 1

Ryan Hall Def  Artem Lobov Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 30-26, 30-26

The Ultimate Fighter Season 22 Winner – Ryan Hall

Tony  Ferguson Def Edson Barboza Via D’arce Choke 2:54 Round 2

Evan Dunham   Def  Joe Lauzon Via Unanimous Decision 30-26, 30-27, 30-26

Tatsuya Kawajiri  Def  Jason Knight Via Unanimous Decision  30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Julian Erosa   Def   Marcin Wrzosek   Via Split Decision  29-28, 28-29 29-28

Gabriel Gonzaga Def Konstantin Erokhin Via Unanimous Decision  30-27, 30-27, 30-28

Ryan LaFlare  Def  Mike Pierce  Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 29-28, 29-28

Geane Herrera  Def  Joby Sanchez Via TKO 4:28 Round 2

Chris Gruitzemacher  Def  Abner Lloveras  Via Unanimous Decision 29-28, 29-28, 29-28

Bonuses

FOTN

Tony Ferguson vs. Edson Barboza

POTN 

Frankie Edgar

Tony Ferguson

Tonight UFC 194 Media Call Aldo/McGregor and Weidman/Rockhold


Tonight’s Media call and  it was the tun of Main & co-main headliners competing on December 12th in Las Vegas.

Jose Aldo

Conor McGregor

Chris Weidman

Luke Rockhold

The UFC 194 Media conference call

 

 

UFC® RETURNS TO LONDON: MICHAEL BISPING vs. GEGARD MOUSASI


London, UK – UFC® today announced the first three bouts to feature on the UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON card, the organisation’s eagerly awaited return to the capital after a two year absence.

Bisping.jpgNo. 7 middleweight Michael Bisping (27-7, fighting out of Orange County, CA, USA) will return to fight on home soil for the first time since 2010 as he takes on No.8 Gegard Mousasi (37-6 -2, fighting our of Leiden, Holland) at the O2 Arena on February 27.

 

Bisping’s last fight at the iconic O2 Arena saw him walk away not only with a victory but also the Fight of the Night bonus for his performance. “The Count” will be looking for history to repeat itself in London this February. Standing in his way is former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi who will be no easy competitor with notable wins over Dan Henderson and Costas Philippou. One thing that can be guaranteed is there will be fireworks when these two strikers collide.

 

Two rising UFC talents will also battle inside the Octagon® as England’s Mike Wilkinson (9-1, fighting out of Manchester, England) takes on Finland’s Makwan Amirkhani (12-2, fighting out of Stockholm, Sweden).

 

Wilkinson last defeated Niklas Backstrom in devastating fashion within 2 minutes of the first round, earning him the Performance of the Night bonus, before injury forced him out of competition for over a year. Amirkhani also likes to keep his battles short, ending both his UFC victories in the first round.  A win for either athlete will certainly put the featherweight division on notice and show Europe continues to be a hotbed of emerging talent.

 

Tenacious warrior Norman Parke (22-4-1 fighting out of Bushmills, Northern Ireland) will take on a tough test in Russian Rustam Khabilov (17-3, fighting out of Albuquerque, New Mexico). Following a win in Dublin last month over Reza Madadi, Parke will be looking to put on a show stopping performance and climb the lightweight ladder while Khabilov hopes to prove he remains a force at 155 pounds.

 

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON go on sale Friday, December 4 at 12 p.m. GMT and are priced at £40, £50, £75, £100, £125 and £150 (prices do not include any applicable service charges and handling fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at  http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/35004F7ED13483B9 and www.axs.com/uk.

UFC FIGHT CLUB member have the opportunity to purchase tickets early on Wednesday, December 2 at 10 a.m. GMT via www.ufcfightclub.com.

UFC newsletter subscribers will also have priority access starting on Thursday at 10 a.m. GMT, to sign up for the UFC newsletter please visit UFC.com.

 

For a full list of bouts and the latest news, please visit UFC.com

 

UFC Fight Night Las Vegas & Ultimate Fighter Finale Media Conference Call


UFC  Fight Night Las Vegas and Ultimate Fighter Finale Media Conference with the Rose  Namajunas, Paige VanZant, Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes.

UFC Fight Night 80 takes place on December 10th and The Ultimate Fighter Finale takes place on December 11th.

Fight Night Fairfax: Gym Escape – Ricardo Lamas


When Ricardo Lamas gets on his bike, he just goes where the road takes him. Check out this edition of Gym Escape to find out why Lamas feels stress free when he gets away from training and hops on his Harley.

BOBBY GREEN SURGERY PIC **WARNING GRAPHIC**


After the news submerged that Bobby Green was out of his UFC fight with Jorge Masvidal on April 4th, after sustaining a Torn Quad, he is now on the road to recovery after having surgery for the injury, Friday just gone (January 23rd).

Below is a picture, but be warned the image is very graphic and not for those with a delicate nature.

Bobby Green Op Pic
Bobby Green Op Pic

Loving the smily face that has been drawn on Bobby’s leg 🙂

Wishing Bobby all the best in his road to recovery.

BAMMA 15 RESULTS – WINNERS, WORLD CHAMPS, BRITISH CHAMPS, AND THE NOT SO LUCKY ONES THIS TIME!


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Tonight (April 5th) at the London’s Copper Box arena, London,  BAMMA held their fifteenth event, as the iconic Olympic Park re-opens to the public.

Those of you, who were lucky enough to get hold of tickets, arrived at the new location, the rest of us sat at home and watched the faultless stream being shown for the first time on #Facebook,without a hitch.

The results as follows:

MAIN EVENT

Gzim Selmani def Oli Thompson via Guillotine .18sec Rnd 1

CO-MAIN EVENT 

BRITISH WELTERWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT

Leon Edwards (Challenger)  Def  Wayne Murrie (Current Champ)  via RNC 3min 13 sec Rnd 1

NEW BRITISH WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION LEON EDWARDS 

Colin Fletcher def Tony Hervey via SD 29-28 (f) 29-28 (h) 29-28 (f)

WORLD CHAMPION FEATHERWEIGHT BELT 

Tom Duquesnoy def Teddy Violet via Triangle 1min 29 sec Rnd 2

NEW WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION TOM DUQUESNOY

MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BELT

Harry Mcleman def Andy De-Vent via UD 29-28

NEW BAMMA MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION HARRY MCLEMAN 

Ryan Scope def Ali Arish via UD 29-28

Rany Saadeh def Mahmood Besharate wins via UD 30-27

Jefferson George def Jack Grant via SD

Alex Montagnani def Nathan Jones via RNC 2min 43 sec Rnd 1

Andy Craven def Richard Edwards via RNC 2min 12 sec Rnd 1

Ed Arthur def Nathaniel Woods via RNC 1min 28sec Rnd 3

Jacek Toczydlowski def Benny Carr via tapout due to strikes (Elbows)  1min 32 Rnd 1

 

Another night of awesome fights from start to finish from BAMMA, and from wherever you were watching from.including watching their new FREE STREAM on FACEBOOK, it was FAULTLESS.

 

Catch up Season One…. Commence…..Hector Lombard


Five Rounds with Emma

As of late I have neglated my own wordsite, where in reality all the ‘interviews’ I gain should really be on here first then onto the appropriate site I am working with at that moment in time, and I feel it is now time to change the ‘ball game’ so to speak back to me having control of the ball, and it will resume in this way, from now!  But firstly before I jump ahead of the ‘season’ I will indulduge you in re-visiting all my previous work I have done in my short six months of writing, gaining exclusive access to exclusive interviews of UFC fighters, Bellator Fighters, Cage Warriors Fighters, Bamma FIghters, Invicta FIghters and FIghters on the Grass roots scene; Plus some of the events I had been  invited too,  as press for their event so they get the full coverage they deserve for their promotion.

I’m…

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