Exclusive: Algeria’s Brice Delval Set For The Biggest Night Of His Career At ONE: Immortal Triumph

When Brice “The Truck” Delval enters the ring on Friday, 6 September for his ONE Championship debut he is hoping to leave with more than just memories The Algerian is set to challenge Nong-O Gaiyanghadao for the Thai’s ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title, and would love nothing more than to exit the ring with […]

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When Brice “The Truck” Delval enters the ring on Friday, 6 September for his ONE Championship debut he is hoping to leave with more than just memories The Algerian is set to challenge Nong-O Gaiyanghadao for the Thai’s ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title, and would love nothing more than to exit the ring with gold strapped around his waist.

The pair’s clash will be the main event of ONE: Immortal Triumph  taking place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It will be the first ONE event held in the Southeast Asian country.

For me, it’s an honor and a privilege to be able to compete for a ONE Championship title,” Delval said.

“I will give everything I have to please those who have put their trust in me.”

The  S1 Muay Thai World Champion was born on the island of Réunion, an overseas department and region of France, and became hooked on the “ “Art of 8 limbs” as a child.

“At a young age, my parents introduced me to martial arts. They did so because they were looking for a way to channel my energy because I was hyperactive. I decided to become a professional athlete during my first bout in Thailand at the age of 12. It was a dream I have now realized,” Delval commented.

After moving to Paris, France, Delval began training at the respected Mahmoudi Gym in the Parisian suburb of Bonneuil-sur-Marne. The gym is home to several world-class athletes including former ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Title challenger Elias Mahmoudi.

Since turning professional , the 20-year-old has traveled the world competing against the best competition he could find. Deval has proved he can compete at an elite level. However, as skillful as his previous opponents were Nong-O, with over 300 professional bouts to his name, falls into a class  all of his own.

The formidable Thai is one of the most decorated Muay Thai athletes currently competing. The 32-year-old has a host of achievements to his name including four Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Championships across multiple weight classes. Since making his promotional debut at ONE: Heroes Of Honor in April 2018, Nong-O has looked almost unbeatable. The Evolve MMA trained athlete is not simply a striking powerhouse,he is also a highly- technical athlete and finding holes in his game has been a challenge that has confounded his recent opposition.

Nevertheless, Delval refuses to be intimidated by Nong-O’s impressive resume and believes that the tactics he and his team have devised will be enough to overcome one of the sports most fearsome competitors.

“I never study my opponents it’s the work of my coaches,” Delval explained.

 “He [Nong-O] is a very good athlete,  in the ONE Super Series, he has beaten the likes Fabio Pinca and Mehdi Zatout who are also top athletes. We have put a strategy in place that will surprise him on 6 September.

“I implement the game plan that my coaches put in place. Generally, it is different with each bout that I compete in because my opponents all have different strong and weak points,” Delval added.

Delval may still be in the early stages of his career, but the maturity and focus he is exhibiting in the leadup to his bout with Nong-O indicate he is ready for the challenge awaiting him.  

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Exclusive: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos Believes Title Shot Is Near With Win Over Li Jingliang

A great welterweight matchup will co-headline UFC Shenzhen this weekend in China. No. 14-ranked Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos will take on Li Jingliang in what should be an explosive contest. Both men are proven finishers inside the Octagon, but more so dos Santos as of late, who has won seven-straight, finishing his last three in […]

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A great welterweight matchup will co-headline UFC Shenzhen this weekend in China.

No. 14-ranked Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos will take on Li Jingliang in what should be an explosive contest. Both men are proven finishers inside the Octagon, but more so dos Santos as of late, who has won seven-straight, finishing his last three in a row. He’s one of the best unkept secrets at 170 pounds, but has been flying under the radar given how talent-stacked the division is at the moment.

Speaking to LowKickMMA, dos Santos said he’s not frustrated at all, and will eventually reach his ultimate goal of becoming champion.

“With every fight I’m proving my worth, so sooner or later I’ll reach my goal. I don’t feel frustrated at all. I’m really happy to be fighting in China, another challenge in my career, I’m ready to overcome it and on to the next.”

With a win over Jingliang, there’s nowhere to fight but up after that. The welterweight division contains household names such as Robbie Lawler, Anthony Pettis, Ben Askren, Demian Maia, and more ranked above dos Santos. If he leaves China with his hand raised, the Brazilian prospect is open to fighting anyone.

“Honestly, I would fight anyone, even the champion. It’s one step at a time and my focus is on this fight, but with a win I will probably be near a title shot.”

Dos Santos is stepping into enemy territory, fighting Jingliang in front of his native Chinese crowd this weekend. However, he claims he has been received well by the Chinese people and plans on putting on a show for the fans in attendance Saturday.

“I feel great. It’s my first time fighting in China, is a long trip, but I’ve been really well received here, I feel welcomed, so I’m really happy to be the co-main event and I’m here to show my game and definitely, put on a great fight.”

Do you think dos Santos is near a title shot with a win over Jingliang this weekend?

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Exclusive – Jessica Andrade Anticipates Rematch With Joanna Jedrzejczyk: ‘When She Feels My Punch, She Will Know I’m Different’

Jessica Andrade has been on an absolute tear through the UFC’s 115-pound division, and she capped it off by winning the division’s title her last time out in May. Andrade provided one of the most shocking UFC title fight finishes in recent memory, dethroning Rose Namajunas with a slam KO in the second round of […]

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Jessica Andrade has been on an absolute tear through the UFC’s 115-pound division, and she capped it off by winning the division’s title her last time out in May.

Andrade provided one of the most shocking UFC title fight finishes in recent memory, dethroning Rose Namajunas with a slam KO in the second round of their contest in Brazil. The victory extended Andrade’s win streak to four fights and also marked her second consecutive knockout victory. Now, Andrade prepares for her first title defense against No. 6-ranked Weili Zhang this weekend in China.

The matchup received a bit of criticism amidst its announcement, as Zhang has only had three fights under the UFC’s banner. Speaking to LowKickMMA, Andrade offered her take on the situation.

“When I first heard about this fight, I didn’t know how she was ranked, but when I got into this division, I also had three fights, three wins and had a chance for the title, so I believe that she has earned this opportunity. Also, all the other possible opponents already had bouts scheduled or were injured, so we didn’t have many options.

“It was either Weili Zhang or waiting for Tatiana Suarez to recover or Nina Ansaroff to win another fight, or Joanna to win a few fights or Claudia Gadelha… So it was going to take a long time to defend the belt and when I won I said I wanted to be an active champion, defend my belt many times, take all the opportunities UFC offers us, so I accepted right away to face Zhang.”

Although she didn’t know where Zhang was ranked before accepting the fight, she was familiar with the Chinese star, who came into the UFC as one of the top female prospects in mixed martial arts (MMA).

“Yes, I didn’t know how she was ranked, but I knew her. It will be a tough fight, she is a tough opponent and I think she has earned this shot.”

Andrade’s last time out was her title win over Namajunas at UFC 237. It was one of the strangest title victories the promotion has ever seen given Namajunas was seemingly dominating the fight on the feet, before being knocked unconscious with the slam from Andrade.

While everything was happening, the Brazilian wasn’t sure if she had won the fight or been disqualified.

“At the time, I didn’t know if I had been disqualified, if the slam would be allowed, if anything happened to her… but I had done this many times in my other fights. I did it with Claudia, did it with Joanna, so I didn’t imagine that the fight would end like that. Now I know this is another weapon I have coming into my fights.”

Andrade is on a four-fight win streak over the likes of Cláudia Gadelha, Tecia Torres, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, and Namajunas. At 27-years-old, the champion has looked to be in, arguably, the best form of her career. She hasn’t lost since being outclassed by Joanna J?drzejczyk in her first career title opportunity back in May of 2017.

Now, with two more years of experience under her belt, and a UFC title on her resume, Andrade believes a rematch with J?drzejczyk is still to come if the Polish striker can put together a few more wins. If that day comes, Andrade vows her former rival will feel just how much she has evolved after feeling her first punch.

“I think I have matured a lot since my fight with Joanna, my weight cut is better, my trainings are as well. For the fight against Rose and this one against Zhang, I didn’t take any time off, just kept training, in shape, so I think a lot has changed since my fight with Joanna.

“I have evolved; I think more about every move I make, so if we had a chance to run it back, everyone would see a totally different Jessica. I have more weapons and now I step in much more prepared. I know that Joanna has been talking about me, saying she is anxious to see my fight, so I think a rematch would go completely different.

“I think she still has to win two or more fights to have the opportunity to face me again, but once she does, she will see a new Jessica. When she feels my punch, she will see how much I have changed.”

What do you think about a potential rematch between Andrade and Jedrzejczyk down the road?

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Exclusive: Li Jingliang Denies Matchup With Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos Is ‘Just Another Fight’

31-year-old Chinese UFC star Li Jingliang has the opportunity to get a number in front of his name this weekend (Sat. August 31, 2019). Jingliang will take on Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos in the co-main event of UFC Shenzhen. Dos Santos is currently the No. 14-ranked welterweight in the world and is on a seven-fight […]

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31-year-old Chinese UFC star Li Jingliang has the opportunity to get a number in front of his name this weekend (Sat. August 31, 2019).

Jingliang will take on Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos in the co-main event of UFC Shenzhen. Dos Santos is currently the No. 14-ranked welterweight in the world and is on a seven-fight winning streak. The Brazilian is also a proven finisher, finishing his last three fights.

For Jingliang, the opportunity to extend his win streak to three against dos Santos in front of his native Chinese crowd is a massive one. When speaking to LowKickMMA, Jingliang dispelled the notion that this is “just another fight,” and admitted his training has been tailored towards dos Santos specifically as an opponent.

“It’s not just another fight for me. Dos Santos is an all-around fighter and I have been tailoring my training against his moves. It’s the only way, to treat your opponent with full respect, and that we put on a great fight for all.”

Jingliang is competing on a card that is massive for the Chinese MMA market. With a UFC title fight headlining the night, and the recent opening of the UFC Performance Institute in China, Jingliang is excited to see the Las Vegas-based promotion in investing in the athletes of his country.

“I think this is fantastic and very good for Chinese athletes. And I hope China (athletes) will improve.”

What do you think about Jingliang’s comments about his matchup with dos Santos?

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Exclusive: Weili Zhang Calls Possibility Of Winning UFC Title In China ‘Dream Come True’

Weili Zhang is receiving an incredible opportunity in her first-ever UFC title shot. Zhang will headline UFC Shenzhen this weekend (Sat. August 31, 2019) against Jessica Andrade. The 115-pound title will be on the line in front of Zhang’s native Chinese crowd. When it was announced that Zhang, who only has three fights under the […]

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Weili Zhang is receiving an incredible opportunity in her first-ever UFC title shot.

Zhang will headline UFC Shenzhen this weekend (Sat. August 31, 2019) against Jessica Andrade. The 115-pound title will be on the line in front of Zhang’s native Chinese crowd. When it was announced that Zhang, who only has three fights under the UFC banner, would be receiving the next title shot, the Las Vegas-based promotion received a bit of backlash for the decision.

However, as Zhang tells LowKickMMA, she blocks that kind of negativity out, and is focused on giving things her all on fight night.

“I won’t care too much about other people’s complaints, because I think I won it with my effort and I deserve it. Many people don’t know me, and I will try my best to show them my capacity.”

While Zhang is better known for her work in the stand-up department, she’s also a very dangerous combatant on the ground. She’ll be in for quite the test against Andrade, one of the stronger grapplers in the women’s strawweight division at the moment. But if things ultimately find their way to the canvas in Shenzhen, Zhang is confident in her skill set.

“Yes, I am very confident. I know that from my previous performance many people, even UFC, think that I am more of a stand-up fighter. Actually, I am also quite good at ground fighting. Also, I am a bit stubborn and have a lot of pride, so sometimes I use the style that my opponent is good at on purpose.”

Not only is the title on the line in this fight, but Zhang has the chance to win a UFC title in front of her native Chinese crowd – a rare occurrence being China isn’t typically the promotion’s first choice for title fights.

“For sure it will be a dream come true for me, and it will be a piece of good news for my country. I will try my best to help promote the sport and MMA in China, by preforming my best for the world.”

Do you think Zhang will win the UFC women’s strawweight title in China this weekend?

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Exclusive: Dan Lambert Believes Illinois Athletic Commissioner Stopped Yoel Romero’s UFC 225 Weight Cut To Attend Cubs Game

Yoel Romero went through one of the most disturbing weight cuts in recent mixed martial arts (MMA) memory back in June of last year. The 42-year-old Cuban powerhouse missed weight for his UFC middleweight championship fight against Robert Whittaker at UFC 225. After missing weight, Romero could be seen grimacing in pain as he left […]

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Yoel Romero went through one of the most disturbing weight cuts in recent mixed martial arts (MMA) memory back in June of last year.

The 42-year-old Cuban powerhouse missed weight for his UFC middleweight championship fight against Robert Whittaker at UFC 225. After missing weight, Romero could be seen grimacing in pain as he left back to his hotel room. Romero initially missed weight upon his first try but was given a second attempt after being cleared by doctors. Per the Illinois Athletic Commission rule, a fighter will receive two hours to make the weight on their second attempt.

However, Romero’s time was cut short for unexplained reasons. Romero only received about 30 minutes of the two hours. American Top Team (ATT) owner Dan Lambert tells LowKickMMA he believes it was so the commissioner could attend a Cubs game.

“I thought Yoel won that fight,” Romero said. “I thought the score was terrible, I thought worst-case scenario you could have an argument that it was a draw. But I don’t think there’s any way he lost that fight. As far as making weight, when he got that fight, it was on relatively short notice and his foot was even in a walking boot.

So the weight is concerning, but he certainly had a reason for it, plus there’s a long story about what happened with the commission. He was getting two hours to go make weight, they cut that short to 30 minutes because the commissioner wanted to go make a Cubs game that afternoon. So that was kind of a joke as well.”

Lambert detailed how Romero’s second attempt at making weight went down. “The Soldier Of God” rested a bit before jumping into a bath to resume his weight cut. However, just five minutes into his bath, the commissioner ordered Romero back downstairs to weigh-in, leaving about an hour and a half of his given time on the table. The commissioner threatened if Romero didn’t come down to weigh-in, he wouldn’t be fighting.

“It was one of the biggest crocks of sh*t I’ve ever seen in this business,” Lambert said. “Yoel went to the weigh-ins and he was a pound over. They give you two hours to make weight if the doctors deem that you’re physically fit enough and it’s safe for you to make the cut. They looked at him, they said, ‘Yup, he’s fine, go to your room.’ We went to the room, he had – I believe it was two hours to make the weight. So they said ‘Hey, no rush, we’ll chill out a bit and then take a little 15-minute bath, we’ll get under the covers for another 10 minutes, we’ll walk down and be fine.’

“And he relaxed, he chilled out. The UFC doctors were there, the commission doctors were there, he just laid in bed, chilled out for a little bit, ate a little bit of fruit. And then he got in the tub and five minutes into the bath the commission doctor got on the phone and said, ‘Oh, the head commissioner says to be down here in five minutes or he’s not going to fight.’ We go, ‘What do you mean? We have like an hour and a half left?’ They go, ‘Nope, she says he has to be there right now.’ ‘What do you mean he has to be there right now?’ ‘She says he has to be there right now.’

“And he had to get out of the bath, he had no time to extend his bath time, he had no time to sit under the sheets from the bath. Got up, walked downstairs, and what did he miss it by, a pound and a half or something? It was ridiculous. It wasn’t because the doctors said he could no longer continue. Then later, someone told me they saw the commissioner at the Cubs game that afternoon.

“They gave no explanation whatsoever as to why he wasn’t given the time he was supposed to be given to make the weight. And then they just said it was her decision, and then she’s at a Cubs game, so you do the math.”

Lambert was understandably furious about the entire situation, summing up the ordeal as “a f*cking joke.”

“It’s a f*cking joke,” Lambert said. “If the rules say, that you get two hours if you’re physically fit, then you get two hours. It’s not you get a half-hour, you get 37 minutes, you get 42 minutes. If they said it was only half an hour, he would’ve gone right into his room and jumped into the tub, then he should’ve made weight. So, he got a raw deal on that one.”

What do you think about Lambert saying he thinks Romero’s time was cut so the commissioner could attend the Cubs game?

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