Aiming for the TUF 23 House – Helen ‘Hellraiser’ Harper


Helen ‘Hellraiser’ Harper will be setting her sights on the bright lights of Las Vegas on December 14th for season 23 of The Ultimate Fighter Trials.

Born and raised in Aldershot, Hampshire in the UK and having spent a few years living and competing in Phuket under Phuket Top Team, Helen is now firmly back where she started at home in Farnham, Surrey.

With her only loss coming by the way of controversial stoppage due to a Groin Strike against Strawweight UFC Athlete Cortney Casey, the 28-year-old has only been competing in mixed martial arts for four years and holds an impressive record of 4-1 inside the cage.

Not content with simply applying herself to the world of mixed martial arts, Helen has also competed in several Muay Thai events successfully including winning her pro kickboxing bout.

The pound for pound ranked #4 in UK & Ireland and #1 in Southeast Asia on Tapology does not take anything for granted in this forever evolving sport and has been working hard over the last few months by competing in many Gi and No Gi Competitions. So much so that Helen has picked up 7 Golds, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze, placing in every competition she has entered.

Helen Harper Main Event Picture

Having recently competed in a Muay Thai event at ‘The Road to Main Event’ on November 21st against Kat Holden, Helen took the fight on 2 weeks’ notice due to some prior pull-outs with her own schedule of fights in mixed martial arts.  After three hard fought rounds, Helen was the one to walk away victorious with a decision win, although it was no easy feat.

“I’d had a few pull outs in a row and the only fight that I could have had was up in Sunderland, which would have meant I wouldn’t have had a corner.  It was very frustrating.  My coach at Shinkick  (Jesse Saunders) told me he already had a few guys fighting on this show and they’d had a pull out – did I want to fight? Of course I said yes, that’s equivalent to asking a fat kid if they want cake…

“It was incredible! Kat is no walkover, she’s a seriously tough girl and as you said, it was by no means easy. I absolutely loved it though, and would do it again tomorrow if I could!”

Having decided to sharpen up her forever growing arsenal of tools in her tool box, Helen has been focusing more on becoming more specialised and dedicated to the whole of her MMA game.  Having spent some time down at Legacy BJJ/Urban Kings under the tutelage of BAMMA‘s Head Match-Maker Jude Samuel, who was in Helen’s corner for her last MMA fight against Sophie Langsford where Helen picked up a win via decision over three hard fought rounds.

“I’m sharpening up my technique. I can brawl amongst the best of them but when it comes to technique I do struggle to keep things tight. My Muay Thai is the main thing I can see a big improvement in, and that’s thanks to the guys at Shinkick – especially Jesse and Rob. Strength and conditioning is done at Andy’s with the resident S&C coach, James Hardy. Wrestling is also at Andy’s, with Csaba who is an absolute beast – fantastic teacher and all round nice guy. I couldn’t ask for a better set of guys. Having spent a few months’ worth of training up at Jude’s in London, it is a fantastic gym, but I just couldn’t afford to keep travelling up there.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone who does find themselves in the Kings Cross area though.”

Helen Harper The Main Event Punch & Knockdown pic

 

Having recently been over to Phuket in Thailand to see her good friend and UFC flyweight athlete Ben Nguyen get married, which must of been amazing.  Helen went over to AKA to train and then competed in a Muay Thai fight.

I went over to witness Ben’s wedding, and had the opportunity to fight, so I grabbed it. Unfortunately, I also got very sick that week so it wasn’t my best fight but I made it to the end without throwing up so I was kind of happy about that!

Now back in the UK, Helen is set to face one of her biggest goals to date – the TUF 23 Trials out in Las Vegas on December 14th.  This is not the first time Helen has gone to try out for The Ultimate Fighter, back in April 2014 for season 20, Helen made it through to the final 20 athletes which is a great accomplishment in itself.

I came home on Monday evening to 8 messages telling me about the trials. I wasn’t going to go, purely through lack of funds, but then Andy had a long chat with me and told me to get there any way I could. He reminded me that this is what I have been aiming for all this time so it would be stupid not to go.

UFC is an organisation where anything could happen. Yes, I know the general expectation of me, but what they are looking for in a person for each series varies from show to show. The real bonus having been to Vegas before, is that there are a number of friendly faces I can count on to cheer me on!”

With costs from the UK to Las Vegas being expensive, especially on a massive UFC fight card week, yet alone near Christmas, Helen has decided to set up a ‘MAKEACHAMP‘ page to try to assist with the costs associated with getting to Las Vegas for the TUF 23 Trials.

Andy encouraged me to get to the trials any way I can. I am a Teaching assistant who’s been living in my overdraft since I can remember. Realistically the only way, even though I absolutely hate asking people, is to ask for help. I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the support. The way I look at it is people are not only giving me their hard earned cash to achieve my own dream, which is incredible in itself, but they are believing in me. For that I am extremely lucky.”

Helen is also holding a grapplethon at the gym she trains at, Andy Roberts BJJ, on December 6th to also help raise funds for herself to get to the TUF 23 Trials.

The plan is to grapple for 8 hours (10am-6pm). I was worried about not having enough people to turn up so I have been trying to book half hour slots – it’s not going that well so far. I hope I will get a few more booked this week! If anyone wants to come, it’s in Farnborough on Sunday and open to anyone!”

Helen would like to thank the following:

Whisky Wolf @TheWhiskyWolf

She cries war @shecrieswar

Str8 Cheer @STR8_CHEER

Xbrain @XbrainUk

Battle Balm @BattleBalm

Pony Club Grappling Gear

Andy Roberts BJJ @AndyRobertsBJJ

Shinkick Muay Thai @ShinkickMDK

And you can follow her on these social media platforms:

Twitter @hhhellraiser

Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/HelenHellraiserHarper/

Instagram – hhhellraiser

Website – www.helenhellraiserharper.com

Thanks for your time Helen.  I look forward to seeing you reach your new goal and wish you the best of luck.

Photo Credits: Main Pic Say Uncle Promotions

Photo Credit: Pic 1 Main Event

Photo Credit: Pic 2 Scott Griffiths

YouTube video: Wombat Sports

 

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‘Rumble’ is playing with the ‘Lion’ shortly after UFC 191 was announced Via Twitter


It appears ever since that is was announced a few hours ago that Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson will be facing Jimi Manuwa next on UFC 191, they have taken to good old twitter for a nice, funny exchange of words.

rumble vs manuwa

Have a read below:

Read and enjoy. I know I did. 🙂

Twitter screen shot Anthony rumble v him manuwa

Screens hot Anthony rumble vs jimi manuwa

Screens hot Anthony rumble vs jimi manuwa

Screens hots Anthony rumble vs jimi manuwa

Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did 🙂

UFC 191 comes from Las Vegas on September 5th.

UFC 189 Official Fight Results: Conor McGregor becomes New Interim Featherweight Title Champion


UFC 189 came live from The MGM Grand in Las Vegas last night where ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor defeated Chad ‘Money’ Mendes in a ‘bloody’ two round war to become the new Interim Featherweight Title Champion. In the co-main event it was ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler who held onto his welterweight belt in what was to be a five round ‘bloody’ battle from Rory Macdonald.

UFC 189 McGregor vs  Mendes

Here are the results from the rest of the card:

Main Card

Conor McGregor Def Chad Mendes  Via TKO 4 mins 57 secs Round Two

NEW INTERIM FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION

Champ Robbie Lawler  Def Rory MacDonald  Via TKO 1 min Round Five

STILL WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION

Jeremy Stephens  Def  Dennis Bermudez  Via TKO 0.32 secs Round Three

Gunnar Nelson Def  Brandon Thatch Via RNC 2 mins 54 secs Round One

Thomas Almeida Def  Brad Pickett Via KO (Flying Knee) 0.29 secs Round 2

Preliminary Card 

Matt Brown  Def  Tim Means Via Guillotine 4 mins 44 secs Round One

John Howard Def  Cathal Pendred Via Split Decision 29-28, 28-29, 29-28

Alex Garcia  Def  Mike Swick Via Unanimous Decision 29-28, 30-27, 30-27

Cody Garbrandt Def  Henry Briones  Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Early Preliminary Card UFC FIGHT PASS 

Louis Smolka Def  Neil Seery  Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Cody Pfister Def  Yosdenis Cedeno  Via Unanimous Decision 29-28, 29-28, 29-28

BONUSES

POTN

Thomas Almeida

Conor McGregor

FOTN

Robbie Lawler Vs. Rory MacDonald

The Ultimate Fighter Finale 21 Official Weigh-In Results: Ellenberger 170.5 lbs Thompson 170.5 lbs


It’s The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale tomorrow night and headlining the card is a welterweight bout between Jake Ellenberger and Stephen Thompson. The co-main event is of course American Top Team fighter Hayder Hassan against Blackzilian Kamaru Usman. The only other TUF21 cast members also to compete are Michael Graves who is against Vicente Luque.

Michael Graves Vs Vicente Luque TUF 21 Final

Michelle Waterson makes her UFC debut and faces Angela Magna amongst the line up of top fighters on this card for International Fight week.

Before any of the fights can go ahead we must first make sure all fighters step onto the scales to make sure they make-weight.

Here are the weigh-in results:

Main Card

Jake Ellenberger (170.5 lbs) vs. Stephen Thompson (170.5 lbs)

Hayder Hassan (170.5 lbs)  vs. Kamaru Usman (170.5 lbs) – TUF 21 Welterweight Final

Hayder Hassan Vs Kamaru Usman TUF  21 Final

Michael Graves (170.5 lbs) vs. Vicente Luque (171 lbs)

Michael Graves Vs Vicente Luque TUF 21 Final

Cezar Ferreira (171 lbs)  vs. Jorge Masvidal (172.5 lbs)*

Angela Magana (115.5 lbs)  vs. Michelle Waterson (115 lbs)

Angela Magana  TUF 21 Finals

Michelle Waterson TUF 21 Finals

Maximo Blanco (148.5 lbs)*  vs. Mike De La Torre (145.5 lbs)

Preliminary Card 

Caio Magalhaes (185 lbs)  vs. Josh Samman (186 lbs)

Russell Doane (135.5 lbs) vs. Jerrod Sanders (136 lbs)

Dan Miller (184 lbs) vs. Trevor Smith (185.5 lbs)

George Sullivan (170.5 lbs)  vs. Dominic Waters (171 lbs)

Preliminary Card UFC Fight Pass

Willie Gates (125.5 lbs) vs. Darrell Montague (125.5 lbs)

* has 1 hour to make allowed weight

UFC 189 Official Weigh-In Results: McGregor 145 lbs Mendes 144.5 lbs


UFC 189 takes tomorrow tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (finally). After what has seemed an eternity the day has finally arrived. With now an Interim featherweight belt on the line, Ireland’s Conor McGregor faces Chad Mendes. In the Co-Main event Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler rematches Rory MacDonald in what promises to be a great title fight.

 UFC 189 McGregor vs  Mendes

The line up of fights from the out set is truly one of the best cards the UFC have put together for International Fight week.

Before we get to the fights, as always we do have to make sure the fighters hit the scales and are all on weight first.

Here are the Weigh-In results:

Main Card

Conor McGregor (145 lbs) vs Chad Mendes (144.5 lbs) 

Champ Robbie Lawler (169.5 lbs) vs Rory MacDonald (170 lbs) 

Dennis Bermudez (146 lbs) vs Jeremy Stephens (149.5 lbs)*

Gunnar Nelson (169.5 lbs) vs Brandon Thatch (170.5 lbs)

Thomas Almeida (136 lbs) vs Brad Pickett (136 lbs)

Preliminary Card 

Matt Brown (171 lbs) vs Tim Means (171 lbs)

John Howard (170.5 lbs) vs Cathal Pendred (171 lbs)

Alex Garcia (171 lbs) vs Mike Swick (170.5 lbs)

Henry Briones (136 lbs) vs Cody Garbrandt (136 lbs)

Early Preliminary Card UFC FIGHT PASS 

Neil Seery (125.5 lbs) vs Louis Smolka (126 lbs)

Yosdenis Cedeno (155 lbs) vs Cody Pfister (156 lbs)

*Needs to lose 3 .5 lbs to make-weight

Invicta FC 13 Full Results: Cyborg dominates Van Duin in 45 seconds to retain the Featherweight Title


Invicta Fighting Championships held its first event from Las Vegas last night headlined by Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino and Faith Van Duin which was streamed exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.

Invicta FC 13

The event which had three Title fights on the card saw Cyborg dominate Van Duin in just 45 seconds to retain her Featherweight Title; Tonya Evinger became the new Bantamweight Champion after a four round beating on very game Irene Aldana who showed tremendous heart throughout and Ayaka Hamasaki became the first Japanese Champion in the promotion’s history by gaining the split decision win over Brazil’s Herica Tiburcio by doing so to take home the Atomweight Title.

Here are the Full Results:

Featherweight Title

 Cris Cyborg Def Faith Van Duin Via TKO (Punches)  0.45 seconds Round 1

Still Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg

Bantamweight Title

Tonya Evinger Def  Irene Aldana Via TKO (Punches) 4 mins 38 secs Round 4

New Bantamweight Champion Tonya Evinger

Atomweight Title

Ayaka Hamasaki Def Herica Tiburcio Via  Split Decision 47-48, 48-47, 49-46

New Atomweight Champion Ayaka Hamasaki

 Pannie Kianzad Def Jessica-Rose Clark Via  Unanimous Decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

 Amber Brown Def Catherine Costigan Via  RNC   3 mins 34 secs Round 1

Jamie Moyle Def  Amy Montenegro Via Split Decision  29-28, 28-29, 29-28

 Amber Leibrock Def Marina Shafir Via KO (Punches)  0.37 seconds Round 1

BONUSES

FOTN

Jamie Moyle Vs Amy Montenegro

POTN

 Amber Leibrock

Cris Cyborg

UFC 187 Weigh-In Results: Cormier 205 lbs vs. Johnson 204.5 lbs


UFC 187 comes live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena for perhaps one of the biggest cards top-to-bottom that the UFC has produced so far this year, even with the loss of Jon Jones and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Chris Weidman vs. Vito Belford Weigh-in UFC 187

The main event is now for the vacant Light Heavyweight title between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson, while the co-main is the middleweight championship title between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort.

Before we get to the fights, we have to make sure the fighters are on weight first. Here are the weigh-in results.

Main Card 

Daniel Cormier (205 lbs) vs. Anthony Johnson (204.5 lbs)

Daniel Cormier Weigh-in UFC 187

Anthony Johnson Weigh-in UFC 187

Chris Weidman (185 lbs) vs. Vitor Belfort (184 lbs)

Chris Weidman Weigh-in UFC 187

Vitro Belfort Weigh-in UFC 187

Donald Cerrone (156 lbs) vs. John Makdessi (155.5 lbs)

Andrei Arlovski (241 lbs) vs. Travis Browne (236.5 lbs)

Joseph Benavidez (125.5 lbs) vs. John Moraga (126 lbs)

Preliminary Card 

John Dodson (125.5 lbs) vs. Zach Makovsky (126 lbs)

Dong Hyun Kim (170.5 lbs) vs. Josh Burkman (170.5 lbs)

Uriah Hall (186 lbs) vs. Rafael Natal (185.5 lbs)

Nina Ansaroff (120 lbs*) vs. Rose Namajunas (116 lbs)

Preliminary Card 

Mike Pyle (171 lbs) vs. Colby Covington (170.5 lbs)

Islam Makhachev (155.5 lbs) vs. Leo Kuntz (155.5 lbs)

Justin Scoggins (126 lbs) vs. Josh Sampo (126 lbs)

* Ansaroff will be fined a percentage of her purse for failing to make-weight.

UFC 187 Embedded, Episode 6: ‘I see a Terror on Two Feet’ Daniel Cormier


On Episode 6 of UFC 187 Embedded, middleweight champion Chris Weidman reunites with his kids in Las Vegas.

Light heavyweight title contender Daniel Cormier watches tape on himself and then interviews his teammate, undefeated Russian lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov. Then everyone heads to the weigh-in for their final staredowns before Weidman faces Vitor Belfort and Cormier meets Anthony Johnson in UFC championship bouts.

Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson Weigh-in UFC 187

UFC Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier, taking place this Saturday, May 23rd 2015.

UFC 187 Embedded, Episode 5: ‘Looking Good Is Not Easy’ Chris Weidman


On Episode 5 of UFC 187 Embedded, Donald Cerrone faces a rodeo bull ahead of his matchup with John “The Bull” Makdessi.

Light heavyweight title contender Anthony Johnson combines oxygen and iron into his pre-fight regimen. Then all the stars of UFC’s main card attend Ultimate Media day, including middleweight champion Chris Weidman, his opponent Vitor Belfort, light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier, heavyweights Andrei Arlovski and Travis Browne and flyweights Joseph Benavidez and John Moraga.

UFC 187 Embedded Episode 5

UFC Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the two title fights at UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier, taking place this Saturday, May 23rd 2015.

UFC 187 Free Fight: Daniel Cormier vs. Patrick Cummins


Former Olympian, Daniel Cormier, made his light heavyweight debut against Patrick Cummins at UFC 170. Now, he will be fighting for the vacant light heavyweight strap at UFC 187 against Anthony Johnson.

UFC 187 Event Poster

UFC 187 takes place this Saturday, May 23rd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.