Highlights! Pico Stops Corrales With Vicious TKO

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Aaron Pico suffered a first-round knockout win against Henry Corrales back in Jan 2019. Five years later, the wrestling standout returned the favor.
Originally set to face Gabriel Braga in a Featherweight affair, Pic…


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Aaron Pico suffered a first-round knockout win against Henry Corrales back in Jan 2019. Five years later, the wrestling standout returned the favor.

Originally set to face Gabriel Braga in a Featherweight affair, Pico was matched up with Corrales a week from fight night after Braga was pulled in order for him to face Patricio Pitbull on the card, a fight that went up in smoke last-minute.

From the jump, both men came out aggressive trying to dictate the pace, Pico found success with his striking and tried to mix in some wrestling, as well. Towards the tail-end of the first round, Pico slammed Corrales down to the mat and started to unleash vicious elbow to forced a stoppage win with six second left in the round.

After the fight, things got a bit chippy between the two rivals, but cooler heads prevailed and the two eventually shook hands and went their separate ways. Pico improves to 13-4 in his pro MMA career and extends his win streak to three straight.


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Biaggio Ali Walsh scores decisive victory in professional MMA debut – PFL vs. Bellator Highlights

Biaggio Ali WalshBiaggio Ali Walsh, the grandson of legendary pugilist and civil rights activist Muhammad Ali, has earned his first win…

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Biaggio Ali Walsh, the grandson of legendary pugilist and civil rights activist Muhammad Ali, has earned his first win as a professional mixed martial artist.

After scoring six straight highlight-reel knockouts as an amateur, Ali Walsh made his pro debut as part of the PFL vs. Bellator prelim card on Saturday inside the Kingdom Arena in Saudi Arabia. Fight fans were expecting Ali Walsh to once again unleash his fists on his Argentinian challenger, Emmanuel Palacio.

Instead, Ali Walsh flexed his ground game, grinding out a dominant decision victory to get his career off on the right foot.

Official Result: Biaggio Ali Walsh def. Emmanuel Palacio via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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Navy SEAL Bashes Strickland: ‘We Take Real Souls From People’

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From social media influencers to ski slope fanboys, former UFC middleweight champion Sean Strickland is willing to test his manhood against just about anyone. This also in…


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From social media influencers to ski slope fanboys, former UFC middleweight champion Sean Strickland is willing to test his manhood against just about anyone. This also includes U.S. Navy SEALS.

Earlier this week, Strickland took to social media to comment about the training that Navy SEALS go through and how it wouldn’t stack up against his everyday mixed martial arts (MMA) regiment. It was a brash outlook from the former UFC champion and one that really wasn’t received well. At the end of the day, Navy SEALS are some of the toughest individuals on the planet who are asked to do the toughest jobs.

“I don’t think there’s one f—king Navy Seal who could survive a week training with me,” said Strickland. “I’m kind of sick of seeing it, cause you guys think you’re badass, come train with me for a week. I’ll show you what’s up, I’ll f—king break you.”

As expected, it didn’t take long before Strickland received backlash on social media. This included a Navy SEAL himself, who spent about one minute explaining to the UFC fighter how his training is vastly different. Needless to say, Strickland got put in his place.

Check it out below:

“Sean we get it, you’re a badass bro. But check it out, your training partners get millions of dollars and they actually live. My swim buddies, they die every single year. Do you have any idea what the means? We’ve already proven that any kind of beatdown will not break us, but our training will simply just end your career, Sean. I’m talking about skin grafts on the thighs.

“You talk about taking people’s souls from their body. Well, me and my boys, we’ve actually taken a lot of real souls from people. You know what I’m saying bro?

“Your training is absolutely brutal man we get it, but your training doesn’t kill dudes every single year and that’s the world that we live in.

“My best advice for you, Sean, is to stay in the Octagon and keep fighting for that next purse and us SEALS will keep fighting for your freedom.”

Strickland, who is one of the most outspoken members of the UFC roster today, has issued some sparring/training invitations in the past. Maybe the former UFC middleweight king will put his own money where his mouth is this time around and subject himself to some good old-fashioned Navy SEAL training.

Thoughts?

Highlights! Shields Survives Early Scare, Strikes Her Way To Win In Riyadh

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Claressa Shields returned from a 2.5 year-long mixed martial arts (MMA) layoff earlier today (Sat., Feb. 24, 2024) to face Kelsey DeSantis at the historic PFL vs. Bellator: “Seize the Throne” event in Riyadh, Saudi A…


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Claressa Shields returned from a 2.5 year-long mixed martial arts (MMA) layoff earlier today (Sat., Feb. 24, 2024) to face Kelsey DeSantis at the historic PFL vs. Bellator: “Seize the Throne” event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and the “GWOAT” returned with a vengeance to notch her second win as a professional cage fighter.

Things looked a bit dicey for the pro boxing champion early on, failing to get much going with her strikes in round one. In the latter part of the opening frame, Shields found herself in a bad position, as DeSantis managed to lock in what appeared to be a tight armbar.

But, after spending some time trying to torque her way to a submission, DeSantis didn’t have enough in the tank to pull it off, though credit to Shields for showing off some improved submission defense.

In round two, Shields put her foot on the gas pedal and came out swinging, tagging DeSantis with several big shots. But, to DeSantis’ credit, she ate several big punches to the face and body and kept on ticking, leaving Shields a bit bewildered as she walked back to her corner at the end of the round.

In round three, Shields once again kept the fight standing, stuffing several of DeSantis’ takedown attempts. The pro boxer found success in the standup department again, unsurprisingly, before her foe managed to secure a takedown halfway through the round. That didn’t bode well for Shields because she exerted a lot of energy trying to score a knockout that never came against her Terminator-like opponent.

When it was all said and done, Shields did enough in rounds two and three to earn a split-decision win over DeSantis.

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During her post-fight interview, Shields revealed that she felt her arm nearly breaking as a result of the first-round armbar. Nevertheless, she moves to 2-1 in her pro MMA career, while showing decent improvement to build upon moving forward.


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After canceling second retirement, Henry Cejudo eyeing fights with Sean O’Malley and Brandon Moreno

Henry CejudoHe’s not f*ckin’ leaving! Despite dubbing his UFC 298 meeting with Merab Dvalishvili as an “all or nothing” situation,…

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He’s not f*ckin’ leaving!

Despite dubbing his UFC 298 meeting with Merab Dvalishvili as an “all or nothing” situation, Henry Cejudo has reversed his decision to retire for a second time. Instead, the former two-division titleholder will look to bounce back inside the Octagon and he already has a couple of big names in mind.

“There’s still that (Sean) O’Malley fight,” Cejudo said in a video on his YouTube channel. “I still don’t think O’Malley’s going to get past ‘Chito.’ We could potentially headline something like that in Phoenix.”

O’Malley is currently scheduled to defend his bantamweight title against Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera in the UFC 299 headliner on March 9. Should ‘Sugar’ retain his title against the only make to have beaten him inside the Octagon, ‘Triple C’ already has a contingency plan in place.

“There’s that fight with Brandon Moreno,” Cejudo said. “There’s that bad blood that, you know, former training partners that were somewhat best friends leading up to the breakup, to having a good, nice little Mexican showdown for all you fans” (h/t MMA Junkie).

Will Cejudo Drop Down to Flyweight for Grudge Match with Moreno?

Cejudo has called for a clash with Moreno on more than one occasion after going their separate ways, though it’s unclear if he would be willing to drop down to flyweight to meet ‘The Assassin Baby’ for a potential grudge match. The last time Cejudo competed at 125, it was for a title defense against T.J. Dillashaw in 2019.

Moreno is scheduled to headline UFC’s return to Mexico on Saturday, February 24 against familiar foe Brandon Royval in the evening’s main event while Cejudo is fresh off a unanimous decision loss to the No. 1 ranked bantamweight contender in the world.

Cejudo has now lost back-to-back bouts since returning from a three-year-long layoff. ‘Triple C’ previously stated that a loss against ‘The Machine’ would send him back into retirement, but he has since rescinded the claim.

Is Sean Strickland vs. Robert Whittaker next? Coach Eric Nicksick believes that is the fight to make

Sean StricklandXtreme Couture coach Eric Nicksick likes the idea of Sean Strickland stepping inside the Octagon with another former middleweight…

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Xtreme Couture coach Eric Nicksick likes the idea of Sean Strickland stepping inside the Octagon with another former middleweight champion — Robert Whittaker.

After pulling off a stunning upset against Israel Adesanya in September to claim the 185-pound crown, Strickland surrendered the title to Dricus Du Plessis in his first defense at UFC 297. A month later, Whittaker bounced back following a second-round knockout loss against DDP by outworking one-time title challenger Paulo Costa at UFC 298 in Anaheim.

Asked about a potential meeting between the former champions, Nicksick had plenty of positive things to say about ‘The Reaper’ and his impressive middleweight run over the years.

“It’s a great fight,” Nicksick told MMA Junkie Radio. “I still think Robert’s the most talented from top to bottom in the division, in my opinion. I think he has the most skill set and is the most dangerous. I’ve always been a huge fan of Robert Whittaker. I’ve stolen a lot of techniques off of him, things that he’s done.

“I’ve seen him in the locker room, warming up, doing things that I put in my database and taken for good reason. I think he’s one of the best 185ers to ever do it, and I think had it not been for Israel Adesanya, Robert Whittaker would have been holding that belt for a long period of time.”

Over the last year, Strickland has emerged as the promotion’s most polarizing figure. In turn, his star power has skyrocketed, making him a beloved figure among fight fans all over the world and Nicksick has no problem with ‘Tarzan’ staying active to capitalize on his growing popularity.

“He’s a prize fighter, and I think money talks,” Nicksick said. “So, he’s in a position where he can maximize on his value in the situation that he’s in, then why not? Why not go fight? He hasn’t been taking a whole lot of damage other than the Alex Pereira fight, so he’s relatively healthy. He’s still back in the room, he’s still training hard, he’s doing everything he’s supposed to do.”

Sean Strickland and Robert Whittaker currently occupy the No. 1 and No. 3 spots in the middleweight top 10.