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· On The Spot ~ Rosi Sexton

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Wed. Feb 23, 2011 at 09:14 PM

For the very first time a female bout will headline a major mixed martial arts promotion in Great Britain; as the pioneer of women’s MMA in Europe Rosi “The Surgeon” Sexton takes on international superstar Roxanne Modafferi in the main event at Cage Warriors 40 which is to be hosted by the HMV arena in London, England. The bout has been heralded as one of the biggest in all of women’s MMA. MMA Spot’s Jamie Kennedy had the honor of sitting down with Rosi to chat about her influence on U.K. MMA, her pending bout with Roxanne Modafferi, and much more.


· On the Spot ~ John Phillips

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Tue. Feb 22, 2011 at 09:14 AM

At BAMMA 4 it took Welsh pugilist John Phillips just one minute and 34 seconds to put veteran James Zikic to sleep, which lead to calls for John to be next in line to face Tom “Kong” Watson for his title. For one reason or another that fight has not been able to materialize. However John Phillips returns to BAMMA for the third time to face the very experienced Frenchman Jean-Francois Lenogue at the M.E.N. arena in Manchester, England on February 26. MMA Spot’s Jamie Kennedy caught up with Phillips to find out his thoughts on the fight, his desire to train with American Top Team and much more.


· On The Spot ~ Paul McVeigh

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Sun. Feb 20, 2011 at 05:32 PM

The often outspoken and even more often hilarious McVeigh, poised on the cusp of international recognition, recently sat down with MMA Spot’s Jamie Kennedy to discuss a variety of topics. His answers were as unpredictable and wild as his fights. Whether it’s McVeigh’s take on his opponent, how he would handle life in “The Ultimate Fighter” house, or fighting for a UFC title it is always entertaining, and sometimes for mature audiences only.


· On The Spot ~ Rob Mills

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Wed. Feb 16, 2011 at 02:41 AM

If you blink you may just miss one of Rob “Robocop” Mills’ fights. This rising British star has a knack for finishing fights in quick and devastating fashion. Mills will join fellow explosive finishers Paul “Semtex” Daley and John “The White Tyson” Phillips on the main card of the February 26 BAMMA 5 event, from the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. MMA Spot’s Jamie Kennedy recently sat down with the electrifying mixed martial artist, as he prepares for his highest profile bout, to discuss his next fight, his fighting style, and his aspirations for the future.


· On The Spot ~ Leeroy Barnes

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Fri. Feb 11, 2011 at 02:36 AM

On the Feb. 26, 2011 the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) returns with their fifth, and strongest, event to date at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. Headlining the card will be the ever-controversial and equally exciting knockout artist Paul “Semtex” Daley who faces off against Japanese welterweight sensation and Deep Champion Yuya Shirai. The card is packed from top to bottom with both international and homegrown talent, including former UFC fighters Ricco Rodriguez, James Mcweeney and Xavier Foupa-Pokam.


· On The Spot ~ Luigi Fioravanti

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Thu. Feb 03, 2011 at 01:17 AM

With 11 fights, for nine different organizations, in four countries, in less than 24 months Luigi Fioravanti may soon be changing his name from “The Italian Tank” to “The Globetrotter.” The former UFC welterweight competitor continues to fight at a break-neck pace in the hopes of securing his place back in the UFC or another top organization. If January’s win over Mitch Whitesel is any indicator, he is getting close. Fioravanti sat down after his bout with Whitesel to discuss the circumstances around his latest win and his outlook for the future with MMA Spot’s Chris Dennision.

Chris Dennison: What was your game plan coming in to the fight? How did you think the fight went?
Luigi Fioravanti: The game plan was to finish him in the first round, by a TKO or submission. I was primarily looking for a knockout, that’s why I kept it up on the feet. I knew he was going to run from me a little bit, just pick at me a little bit. I was just trying to land some big shots in the first round.

CD: You seemed to pretty well prepared for this bout. Was that because he fought a similar strategy in his win over Mark Serkez? When you hurt him in the second round, did you feel you could end the fight at that time?
LF: Yeah. But he was a really tough guy. He had good defense. He covered up really well. I was a lot faster than him. I’m a lot faster than Mark too. Mark is a buddy of mine. I was actually trying to get a little redemption for Mark.

He actually quit when I was on top of him at the end of the second round. He kind of told me he was going to tap to strikes. So that’s why to pick up the pace at the end there, just to finish it off there, in case he was going to give up. And that’s exactly what he did. He gave up.

CD: He told you he was going to tap to strikes?
LF: Yeah. He pretty much told me that.

CD: When did he tell you that?
LF: As soon as my corner told me we had 30 seconds left, I started elbowing the shit out of his face. And then he was like, ‘Man I’m gonna tap. I’ll tap to strikes.’ And I just stopped for a minute to listen, and was like, ‘Did this guy just tell me what he told me?’ And then I was like, ‘Fuck that. I’m just gonna elbow his face.’ Sorry about the cursing, but I was like, ‘Forget that, I’m just gonna elbow his face until I cut him or the ref stops it.’ So I went to knee-on-belly and just started hitting him. Then he just tapped. He said he was sick, so ...

CD: Given your prior opponents it could be expected, no offense to this fight, but at times you looked bored at some points. Were you bored?
LF: No. I wasn’t bored, I was just pacing myself. The thing is, he really just wouldn’t really trade with me. He was putting his hands out there. He hit me with one jab. One good jab. You can see just the one little lump on my eye. But that was it. He tried to throw some kicks. But I think I was just a step above him.

CD: Do you think it all just comes down to your preparation?
LF: Yeah, my trainer Bobby Robare, he’s from Mejiro Gym, which is a famous gym in Holland. He put together a good game plan. I hit him with a right to the body, and a left hook to the head. I caught him with one big shot. I pretty much connected with every exchange. I knew the knock out was gonna come eventually.

CD: Was this fight a tune-up for something coming up in the future?
LF: I’m basically just trying to stay busy. I’ve been fighting like every month, every two months. I’m trying to get a winning streak going in order to get back into a big show. Wherever it goes, UFC, Strikeforce, anything.

CD: Any big goals for 2011?
LF: Just to keep winning. You just keep taking them one fight at a time. You can’t start looking too far ahead in the future, just one at a time. Just have fun with it.

CD: Is it your plan to stay at 185 pounds, or go back down to 170?
LF: This was my fourth fight at 185. I have only one loss at 185, that was Chris Leben. That was my first fight in the UFC. I have fought guys bigger than me. I seem to do well against guys a lot bigger than me. I just don’t cut a lot of weight to make 185 pounds. So I think when I was going down to 170, I was cutting 20 to 25 pounds and it really took a toll on my body. My brain as well.

CD: Do you feel you have an advantage in quickness at 185, rather than 170?
LF: I’m quick at either weight class. Definitely at 185 I’m a lot quicker. The problem is, you start getting in there with some sharks. The bigger guysthere was a guy in there earlier, the guy that knocked out Babcock. The guy’s just an athlete. He’s a big guy, fast, lean, great wrestler. A guy like that you just have put in more preparation, maybe put on some more muscle.

CD: Would you drop back down to 170 if you got back in a big show?
LF: Yeah. I would drop back down to 170 if given the right opportunity, the right money.

CD: Do you have your next fight coming up? What’s up next for your career?
LF: My next fight is March 5 in Buffalo, N.Y. with Raging Wolf Promotions. I’ll be fighting Mike Guerin. He’s from upstate New York. He’s a tough guy, good wrestler. It will be a test for me, for sure. So I’m looking forward to testing myself.

CD: Do you have any sponsors or people you’d like to thank?
LF: I want to think American Top Team, Mejiro Gym, MMA Overload, MMA Global Solutions, and Raging Wolf Promotions.


· On The Spot ~ Walt Harris

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Mon. Jan 31, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Walt “Big Ticket” Harris is a heavyweight from Birmingham, Alabama. After a brief period as an amateur fighter, one that saw him rack up an impressive 23-1 between boxing and mixed martial arts, Harris had promoters and organizations salivating for an opportunity to get the 6’4”, 240-pound on a card. He was due to make a splash in his professional debut fighting at the January 22 WEF 45 event. However, due to a last minute injury to his opponent Chris Barnett that fight has been put on hold until March 5. Harris took a few minutes that evening to talk with MMA Spot’s Chris Dennison about that fight and his future in MMA.


· On The Spot ~ Sean Pierson

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Thu. Dec 09, 2010 at 12:38 AM

Sean Pierson finally has realized his dream: fighting for the UFC. Pierson has long been considered among Canada’s elite fighters, but regulations and injuries had, until now, kept him out of the spotlight. In a karmic turn of events, it is an injury that has allowed Pierson to realize his dream. MMA Spot’s Brad LeBeau recently sat down with Pierson to discuss his upcoming UFC debut.


· On The Spot ~ Mario Rinaldi

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Fri. Dec 03, 2010 at 03:41 PM

MMA Spot’s Jesse Denis recently caught up with heavyweight prospect Mario “Big Hurt” Rinaldi (11-4). Rinaldi will be co-headlining Friday’s XFC XIII event at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., where he will take on Christopher Barnett (5-1). The American Top Team product spoke to us about his grappling achievements, his training regimen, and reflected back on the early part of his career.


· On The Spot ~ Alexandre “Cacareco” Ferreira

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Thu. Nov 11, 2010 at 04:46 PM

With just days to go before he faces Vladimir Matyushenko at “UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami”, MMA Spot’s Andrew Yount caught up with Alexandre “Cacareco” Ferreira (18-5, 17 submissions) in Germany to discuss, among other things, the origins of his nickname, training with the legendary Chute-Boxe team, and what recently drove him to almost walk away from the sport.


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