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Sean O’Connell says he is making more money now with PFL than UFC MMA News 

Sean O’Connell says he is making more money now with PFL than UFC

A few hours prior to his PFL2 fight tonight, Sean O’Connell had the best seat in the house to scout his possible opponents: from the broadcasting booth cageside. An impressive second round TKO victory over Ronny Markes brings him one step closer to the $1 million payout. But regardless of the season long outcome, O’Connell is already grateful for this... Read More
Robert Watley victory a “glitch” in PFL fight format MMA News Opinion 

Robert Watley victory a “glitch” in PFL fight format

Tom Brady’s tuck-rule, Daniel Laruso’s illegal strike against John Lawrence at the All-Valley Tournament, and Robert Watley’s second round TKO victory over Thiago Tavares. Well rules were made to be broken. In just the third fight of the evening for Professional Fighters League 2 at the Chicago Theatre, Robert Watley (10-1) defeated former UFC fighter Thiago Tavares (21-7-1) via second... Read More
Pedicures and Predictions with Mike “The Truth” Jackson Interviews MMA News SFLC Podcast 

Pedicures and Predictions with Mike “The Truth” Jackson

Every fighter has his/her own pre-fight rituals. Some will spend their down-time playing video games, some just flat out want to relax. Mike “the Truth” Jackson is more unique still. Ahead of UFC Open workouts at the Chicago Theatre, which Jackson would not attend, he has been sent on a goose-chase and found himself on the short end of a... Read More
Jose Shorty Torres praises Lou Giordano for talking him into UFC Utica Interviews MMA News 

Jose Shorty Torres praises Lou Giordano for talking him into UFC Utica

It’s been a long time coming. Almost every MMA pundit has been saying his name for a couple of years now from Ariel Helwani to James Lynch to Mike Heck to Damon Martin. It is finally time for the UFC to introduce their newest flyweight out of Chicago, Illinois, Jose Shorty Torres. Torres will make his UFC debut on June... Read More
Imperial Kickboxing: Resurgence highlights Chicago kickboxing Interviews MMA News SFLC Podcast 

Imperial Kickboxing: Resurgence highlights Chicago kickboxing

Mark Imperial has been in the MMA world for sometime now. As a matter of fact, when Mike Pendleton and I hosted him on the SFLC Podcast, you could tell through his experiences, albeit masked through a silky-smooth voice. Imperial Fighting Challenge started five years ago featuring kickboxing clubs from all around the Chicagoland area. Since that event, a sold-out... Read More
An American in Toronto – My Experience at Adonis Stevenson vs. Badou Jack MMA News Opinion 

An American in Toronto – My Experience at Adonis Stevenson vs. Badou Jack

Here’s a math question for everyone: How many liters does it take to fill a 15-gallon car at a price of 119 somethings/liter with an American-Canadian conversion rate of 1:.128? Also, how many kilometers will a 15-gallon tank yield at a rate of 105-110 km/hr? Answer: Welcome to Canada! For my first professional dabble in boxing coverage for MyMMANews.com, I... Read More
Adonis Stevenson vs Badou Jack Results -LIVE Event Results MMA News 

Adonis Stevenson vs Badou Jack Results -LIVE

The Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack fight on Saturday, May 19 brought everything and then some to 12 Championships rounds. With linear  world championship on the line and no clear champion emerging, the judges ruled a majority draw Stevenson retained his WBC belt live on SHOWTIME from Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Stevenson vs. Jack is part of a split-site SHOWTIME... Read More
Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack Predict Knockout Victories MMA News 

Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack Predict Knockout Victories

Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack both predicted they would win the WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship by knockout as they were joined by all-time great Floyd Mayweather during the final press conference on Thursday. Stevenson will make the ninth defense of his title against Jack in the biggest and most meaningful fight in the 175-pound division in 2018 from Air Canada Centre in Toronto on... Read More
Ahead of Bellator 199, Angelo Reyes sees a clear victory for King Mo Interviews MMA News 

Ahead of Bellator 199, Angelo Reyes sees a clear victory for King Mo

This weekend, MMA is back in full action with UFC 224 as well as Bellator 199. Ahead of tomorrow night’s headline event between King Mo Lawal and Ryan Bader, Angelo Reyes sat down to talk about the Bellator fight as it finishes off the first round of the Heavyweight World Grand Prix. For those who know Reyes, Frank Mir’s striking... Read More
Michael Chiesa coach Rick Little: Title fight was ‘our fight’ before McGregor fiasco Interviews MMA News SFLC Podcast 

Michael Chiesa coach Rick Little: Title fight was ‘our fight’ before McGregor fiasco

Most of the time when I cover MMA events, I see familiar faces. Reporters such as Mike Pendleton and Mike Straus certainly come to mind in Chicago. Members of the Illinois State Athletic Commission have to be there, so you get to know them as well. Coaches and trainers from gyms all over are out and about and most of... Read More