Fight Night New Jersey: First Person – Felice Herrig


No. 8 women’s strawweight contender Felice “Lil Bulldog” Herrig talks about life after The Ultimate Fighter, her journey through MMA, staying grounded, and facing Paige VanZant. Felice Herrig takes on Paige VanZant during the main card at Fight Night New Jersey.

Felice Herrig UFC Fight Night New Jersey Weigh In
Felice Herrig UFC Fight Night New Jersey Weigh In

UFC Fight Night Jersey takes place Saturday April 18th coming live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Fight Night New Jersey: First Person – Paige VanZant


UFC youngster Paige VanZant talks about life in the limelight, her cooking skills, her dancing background, and facing Felice Herrig inside the Octagon. Paige VanZant takes on Felice Herrig during the main card at UFC Fight Night New Jersey.

Page VanZant UFC Fight Night New Jersey Weigh In
Page VanZant UFC Fight Night New Jersey Weigh In

UFC Fight Night Jersey takes place Saturday April 18th coming live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

British MMA Athlete Helen Harper makes Statement over last weeks PXC 47 Controversial Stoppage!


British MMA Helen Harper, had her debut fight for promotion PXC 47 in Guam on Friday, March 13th.

Helen was very much looking forward to working with, and competing for PXC as she had been trying to get onto one of their shows whilst she was still living in Thailand, which was over a year ago, as she now lives back in the UK.

Helen Harper PXC 47 Profile Picture
Helen Harper PXC 47 Profile Picture

Finally the confirmation had come through and Helen was booked to fight American Cortney Casey on March 13th in Guam.

Unfortunately for Helen she was unable to fly out to Guam (which consists of four flights London >Turkey > Singapore  > Manila > Guam) until a few days prior to the event and I have no idea on how many actual hours, being, that it is four flights, through four different time zones!

Helen made it to Guam, (on her own) a few days before her actual fight was due but not when she had initially intended. Due to this, it was felt that the late arrival and timing for the last few pounds needed for her weight cut was affected, which did result in Helen coming in 3 lbs over weight. Cortney wanted Helen to get down to 117 lbs but her body would just not physically go any lower than 118 lbs. Helen had to wait and see if Cortney would accept the fight.  Finally Cortney came back and agreed to go ahead with the fight.

On fight day, Helen was feeling great, calm and relaxed, ready for her fight. Then as she is in the cage a whole load of controversy had just opened itself up!

Having spoke with Helen myself, I asked her if she wanted to release an official statement and this is what she had to say.

Helen Harper’s Official Statement:

I don’t know what to say about the fight other than the ref clearly isn’t aware of the rules of the sport of MMA. He made a few bad decisions on the night, one of which happened to be my bout. I received an obviously accidental groin shot in the first round which grounded me. The referee claimed I “wasn’t defending myself” and told me that it wasn’t a groin shot. Believe me, it was as I can still feel it now 24 hours later. As pro rules have it, a fighter is allowed a maximum of 5 minutes to recover from a groin shot, of which I needed about 30 seconds. I was refused this and told that the bout was to be discontinued. Both Cortney and I were completely baffled as to why the fight was stopped at this stage, as we were clearly just getting started. Everyone else at PXC has been absolutely wonderful, and I wouldn’t hesitate to fight for them again, as long as they stop using this clearly incompetent referee. I have spoken to Cortney and her team about a rematch and I am confident it will happen in the future, but until then I’d just like to thank PXC for giving me the opportunity to come and fight in Guam and say sorry to everyone that believed in me for not bring home a better result.

It is my own belief that Helen will be seeking for the decision to be over turned into a No Contest bout, as I’m sure those of us who were watching the ‘Live’ link on Friday Morning, from 12 midday and managed to catch the whole fight and the aftermath of events that happened after will be in total agreement that  1) Helen was struck with an illegal Groin kick (knee to the Groin),  2) Sheer incompetence of the Referee in charge of that fight that day, who did not know what to do; he stopped and waived the fight off in the first instance, then he re-started it briefly, then he waved it off for good! – what signals does that give out as a highly respected person who has fighters lives on the line!

 

UFC 185: FREE FIGHT; Watch Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Juliana Lima


 

Re-cap and watch how No. 1 women’s strawweight contender Joanna Jedrzejczyk put her skills to the test against Juliana Lima inside the Octagon on her UFC debut.

Joanna takes on Carla Esparza for the women’s strawweight title in the co-main event at UFC 185 in Dallas, Texas this Saturday March 14th.

UFC Fight Night 64 Poland adds Female Strawweight Bout – Joanne Calderwood Vs Maryna Moro


UFC Fight Night 64 in Poland has just added another female strawweight bout to their line up.

Joanne Calderwood
Joanne Calderwood

Scotland’s Joanne Calerwood [9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC] will face Ukrainian Maryna ‘The Iron Woman’ Moro [5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC] on April 11th at Krakow Arena in Krakow, Poland. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass. [Those in the UK maybe also able to watch via BTSports; subject to viewing restrictions].

With today’s announcement this is how UFC Fight Night 64 is now shaping up:

  • Mirko Filipovic vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Jimi Manuwa
  • Krzysztof Jotko vs. Garreth McLellan
  • Sergio Moraes vs. Peter Sobotta
  • Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Anthony Hamilton
  • Pawel Pawlak vs. Sheldon Westcott
  • Seth Baczynski vs. Leon Edwards
  • Marcin Bandel vs. Jason Saggo
  • Aisling Daly vs. Claudia Gadelha
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Maryna Moroz