Godinez: Outside Factors May Have Led To Rose/Esparza II Performances

UFC strawweight contender Loopy Godinez thinks there could be more to the story as to why Rose Namajunas/Carla Esparza 2 was lackluster. Esparza defeated Namajunas via split decision in the UFC 274 co-headliner. It was an odd fight from start to finish with very little output from both women. Namajunas, in particular, has come under…

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UFC strawweight contender Loopy Godinez thinks there could be more to the story as to why Rose Namajunas/Carla Esparza 2 was lackluster.

Esparza defeated Namajunas via split decision in the UFC 274 co-headliner. It was an odd fight from start to finish with very little output from both women.

Namajunas, in particular, has come under harsh criticism from many in the UFC community, including Daniel Cormier. But Godinez thinks most don’t understand what goes on behind the scenes leading up to a fight.

During an exclusive interview with MMA News, Godinez gave her thoughts on how Namajunas vs. Esparza 2 played out.

“I think we don’t know what either one of those fighters have been going through,” Godinez said. “You don’t know what’s happening in their lives. Because other than just fighters, we have our life too. So sometimes, stuff happens in life that will make us not perform in the cage. Maybe some people are stronger than others, some people can deal with things differently. But we don’t know what they’ve been through. Maybe that’s why they couldn’t pull the trigger. There are a million reasons. We don’t know.

“They only know, so now why do we need to be hard on them? They’re still human beings. They still have problems in life, so I have nothing to say, it just is what it is. It sucks it went that way, but you move forward.”

Namajunas has been honest and open regarding her mental health over the years, but it’s unclear if this had an impact on her rematch with Esparza. She fell to Esparza for the then-vacant strawweight title on The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale.

Godinez could be on the verge of title contention by the end of 2022, and she believes that both Namajunas and Esparza should be treated as the current and former champions they are.

Do you agree with Loopy Godinez?

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Exclusive | ‘Loopy’ Godinez Recaps Dominant UFC 274 Win, Confident Moving Forward Towards Top Of Strawweight Division

'Loopy' GodinezAfter competing in her fifth UFC bout, Lupita ‘Loopy’ Godinez spoke to James Lynch in a LowKick MMA Exclusive, discussing her recent dominant victory at UFC 274 and what will come next for the strawweight prospect. ‘Loopy’ Godinez discusses UFC 274 win and what comes next “Loopy” Godinez improved to 8-2 and now has pieced […]

'Loopy' Godinez

After competing in her fifth UFC bout, Lupita ‘Loopy’ Godinez spoke to James Lynch in a LowKick MMA Exclusive, discussing her recent dominant victory at UFC 274 and what will come next for the strawweight prospect.

‘Loopy’ Godinez discusses UFC 274 win and what comes next

“Loopy” Godinez improved to 8-2 and now has pieced together back-to-back wins under the biggest MMA promotion on the planet, with her confidence now clearly rising as she continues to move forward. ‘Loopy’ Godinez looked dominant against the very tough Brazilian standout in Ariane Carnelossi, controlling the action for the full 15 minutes in impressive fashion.

Speaking with Lynch, Godinez stated that “I said it before in an interview, I said I wanted to look really dominant.” Her intentions in the octagon were clear, sticking to a solid game plan that resulted in her scoring a truly dominant win, undoubtedly drawing even more attention her way.

Godinez continued to discuss how her preparation for this fight was perfect, noting that she felt great during the buildup to the bout. This was her first non-short notice fight in the UFC, and the impact of her preparation was evident. Now with such a decisive win under her belt, Godinez believes she is in an ideal position to begin moving toward the top of the division.

“If you look at the division, I don’t see anyone like me,’ proclaimed Godinez. ‘We’ve seen good strikers, we’ve seen good grapplers, but it’s only one thing. I feel like I’m well rounded and can do anything.”

Moving forward, Godinez expressed her interest in staying active and fighting consistently, a fact that should come as no surprise to fans of the sport, considering she fought four times in 2021 alone. She stated that “I [would] like to fight next weekend.” When asked about who she would prefer to fight, Godinez was quick to state that she is happy to “go with the flow” as long as it keeps sending her towards the top of the division.

Will ‘Loopy’ Godinez get another quick fight booked and will it be against a top 15 strawweight?

EXCLUSIVE – Damon Jackson Believes Ilia Topuria Will Be A Big Name But Won’t Fight “Trash” Paddy Pimblett

Damon Jackson, Ilia Topuria, Paddy PimblettUFC featherweight Damon Jackson believes Ilia Topuria to be a rising superstar and has backed him to win over Paddy Pimblett. Having had multiple canceled bouts and replaced opponents, ‘The Leech’ shared his thoughts on the shift in the mindset of competitors nowadays. Jackson is currently on a two-fight win streak with a prior loss […]

Damon Jackson, Ilia Topuria, Paddy Pimblett

UFC featherweight Damon Jackson believes Ilia Topuria to be a rising superstar and has backed him to win over Paddy Pimblett.

Having had multiple canceled bouts and replaced opponents, ‘The Leech’ shared his thoughts on the shift in the mindset of competitors nowadays. Jackson is currently on a two-fight win streak with a prior loss to Ilia Topuria in 2020. The 33-year-old spoke about how well-rounded Topuria is and how he was caught in the first round to get knocked out.

In an exclusive interview with LowKick MMA, Damon Jackson talked about his upcoming fight against Darrick Minner at UFC Fight Night 207. He was asked about a potential matchup between Topuria and another one of the hottest prospects in the game, Paddy Pimblett. As someone who’s faced ‘El Matador’ Jackson attested to his abilities and favors him to win over Pimblett.

“Ilia 100 percent. Paddy is kinda trash, honestly,” Jackson said. “I think that they’re going to have to feed him some nobodies for him to keep building his name up. I think he’s entertaining because of his personality but his skill level is not impressive. It is jiu-jitsu, it’s probably the best thing he has going for him and then his just mindset. His attitude of like, ‘f**k you, I’m going to fight’ and that’s great.”

Jackson made it clear he wishes Pimblett the best and hopes he gets better with time.

“I hope it goes good for him and I hope he gets better. I hope he really sees that early without having to take those big losses because it’s not easy to tell yourself that you’re not that good, this part. So you gotta really work. Hopefully, he zones in and gets better over this time.”

Damon Jackson doesn’t believe UFC will make that fight

As fun as it is to discuss potential fights, Pimblett vs. Topuria is one that we may likely never see play out in real life. Damon Jackson does not believe the UFC will risk losing out on one of their bigger names just yet. He compared Pimblett’s journey in the promotion to that of Sean O’Malley who’s become infamous for fighting lower-ranked opponents.

“He does not need to fight Ilia. I don’t think the UFC will make that fight happen. I think that they want to build Ilia up but they don’t want to build Ilia up on beating him because he could be a big name. Paddy could be such a big name and they definitely don’t want to ruin that this early.

He reckons the UFC will give Pimblett the ‘Sean O’Malley treatment’.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Paddy gets fed like one or two more guys and then they might test him. They’re kinda doing that with Sean O’Malley, you know, where he just now got a top ten. I wouldn’t be surprised if they treat him the same way.”

Jackson will be looking to extend his win streak to three when he takes on Minner this June 4 at UFC Fight Night 207.

Exclusive: Chris Mancuso Talks FRFC Promotional Debut, Jake Shields Podcast Return, and More

Chris Mancuso Interview Front Row Fight Club Jake Shields PodcastAhead of Front Row Fight Club’s promotional debut: Brawl By The Falls, we recently had a chance to chat with the owner Chris Mancuso himself. He talked about: What it means to have FRFC 1 in his hometown of Niagara Falls The reason behind the name change and re-branding The return of the Jake Shields […]

Chris Mancuso Interview Front Row Fight Club Jake Shields Podcast

Ahead of Front Row Fight Club’s promotional debut: Brawl By The Falls, we recently had a chance to chat with the owner Chris Mancuso himself.

He talked about:

  • What it means to have FRFC 1 in his hometown of Niagara Falls
  • The reason behind the name change and re-branding
  • The return of the Jake Shields Podcast
  • Future plans for FRFC, the cancellation of TOFC 1 in 2021, and more!

Chris Mancuso Wants to Leave a Legacy Behind with Front Row Fight Club, Discusses Name Change

Beginning the interview with Mancuso, the topic was quickly turned to his son’s birthday, which was the day of the call. Chris Mancuso beamed when his son’s birthday was mentioned and talked about how being a father motivates him to reach for the skies in terms of goals and ambition.

“Being a father motivates me to really be more than a 9-5 dad.. especially when I have sons, and they love sports as much as they do, and even for my daughter… I want to have more than just things and possessions to leave them; I want to leave them with a piece of myself, a piece of legacy.” the young Canadian Promoter said.

The topic then turned to the name change from Tarps Off Fight Club to FRFC.

“We originally planned to come back at the end of April,” He continued. “But in that time, I was approached by an online tech company from the UK… We get into a meeting, and the guys on board are super smart… there’s a whole new way the internet is moving, and these guys are at the front (of it)… they were like, ‘what do you think of changing the name?’”

Mancuso would talk about how skeptical he was at first because he was admittedly attached to the Tarps Off Sports name and what it meant to him. However, after a while, he said the new name started to grow on him.

“The more I thought about it.. you think of sitting first row, there’s that pristine to it… We have plans to go all over, including our second show, which will be in the United States right off the hop.”  Which tied into his next point, talking about how the name change opened them up to a wider global audience.

Chris Mancuso On the Return of the Jake Shields Podcast

One of the biggest milestones Mancuso had with Tarps Off Sports was the inception of one of MMA’s most off-the-cuff and unique shows: the Jake Shields Podcast. Originally debuting in May of 2021, the show was only active for nine episodes. However, each show seemed to pack more of a punch and garnered more fans.

When asked about the show, Chris Mancuso had good news for the MMA world.

“Yeah, so Jake, if you follow MMA, you know who Jake is. Founding member of the scrap pack, (a close friend to the) Diaz bros… We found each other on Twitter… ended up hopping on (the podcast). The podcast isn’t necessarily gone. What’s happened is, Jake’s had a few high-end people ask him about taking some private jiu-Jitsu courses. So right now, he’s actually flying weekly to go train high-level people in Brazilian jiu-jitsu…

“And he’s doing amazing at that,” the owner of FRFC said. “And when we had a talk about it, I really was like: ‘Bro, you gotta go for this.’ Cause me and Jake can always pop the podcast back up.”

“It was just getting its pop…” He continued. “It was a super, super, super good show. You haven’t seen the last of me and Jake Shields doing stuff. It’s just Jake has some business that’s way bigger than a podcast going on. But, it does have a date when it will stop, so we’re waiting to get to that point. I’d say look for maybe towards the end of summer.”

To catch the full interview and hear about the cancellation of TOFC 1, Mancuso’s prediction on Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Chandler, and more, check the video down below:

Watch Front Row Fight Club’s promotional debut on June 25th, live on PPV or in person at the Niagara Falls Convention Center!

Puelles: I Proved I’m “Ready For Big Things” With Guida Submission

UFC lightweight prospect Claudio Puelles believes he made a firm statement in his latest outing, and one he believes should lead to “big things.” Puelles entered the Octagon for the first time in 2022 last weekend, providing one of the highlights of what was an entertaining UFC Vegas 52 card. In the co-main event, he…

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UFC lightweight prospect Claudio Puelles believes he made a firm statement in his latest outing, and one he believes should lead to “big things.”

Puelles entered the Octagon for the first time in 2022 last weekend, providing one of the highlights of what was an entertaining UFC Vegas 52 card. In the co-main event, he shared the cage with veteran Clay Guida.

Despite Guida’s 45-fight advantage in experience, it was Puelles who looked masterful on the night, transitioning between submissions before locking in an impressive kneebar for the finish three minutes into the opening round.

With the victory, which marked his third kneebar tapout in the UFC, Puelles extended his win streak to five.

Now, with a second bonus-winning performance and the established name of a former Strikeforce champion on his résumé, the Peruvian believes he’s proven his credentials inside the Octagon.

Puelles Targets PPV Booking Next Time Out

During an interview with MMA News’ own Curtis Calhoun days out from his memorable triumph in Las Vegas, Puelles discussed what his 12th professional victory means for his career.

After suggesting that many doubted his ability to hang with Guida pre-fight, including his own compatriots, Puelles asserted that they now know he’s ready for “big things” in the sport.

“A lot of people, especially from Peru, they didn’t believe I could take on Clay,” said Puelles. “I proved to them that I can and that I’m ready for big things.”

What might said “big things” involve? How about a slot on pay-per-view next time out? Having missed the presence of his family during a trio of bouts inside the small-capacity Apex facility, Puelles is raring to make an arena walk.

“(My family) are very excited. I’m a little sad that they haven’t been able to watch my last three fights in person because they’ve been at the Apex,” noted Puelles. “But maybe I get a pay-per-view spot next time and they’re able to come out. So, I’m just waiting for that. Maybe I get a chance.”

Despite not having an opponent in mind, Puelles does have a return month on his radar. After putting his bonus money to good use and returning to his home country of Peru for the first time in over a year this summer, “El Niño” is hoping to continue his march up the UFC ladder in September.

“About opponent, I’ve gotta talk first with my manager. I cannot decide. But date, I was thinking—I don’t wanna rush it. I fought like four months ago. I fought in December and now I fought in April, so that was kinda fast. So, now maybe September,” Puelles told MMA News.

“I got the bonus, so that’s a little extra money. I gotta do a couple moves with that money now. Important things that I gotta do outside of fighting. So yeah, I think I’ll be ready to come back in September.”

Check out our full interview with UFC lightweight Claudio Puelles below:

Who would you like to see Claudio Puelles share the Octagon with next?

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EXCLUSIVE | Preston Parsons Reflects Upon UFC Vegas 52 Performance

Preston ParsonsPreston Parsons (10-3) returned to the UFC octagon this past weekend at UFC Vegas 52 where he would take on Evan Elder (7-1) in his promotional debut. Elder entered the bout on short notice after Parsons initial opponent, Louis Cosce, had to withdraw from the bout due to a positive COVID-19 test. For the first […]

Preston Parsons

Preston Parsons (10-3) returned to the UFC octagon this past weekend at UFC Vegas 52 where he would take on Evan Elder (7-1) in his promotional debut. Elder entered the bout on short notice after Parsons initial opponent, Louis Cosce, had to withdraw from the bout due to a positive COVID-19 test.

For the first time in his professional career Parsons would be forced to go the distance to ensure he secured himself his first victory inside the UFC, in a well-rounded display. In an interview with LowKick Parsons gave his thoughts on the matchup and how he felt it played out. Here is what he had to say:

“I think I did well, there was some stuff to improve on, which I kind of hinted at that in the post-fight meeting but I’m happy with performance. It is my first decision(victory) as a pro which I think was good for me as a fighter. It was fun, it was fun to go all three rounds and I got more time in there and more experience. I enjoyed the whole fight.”

“I definitely saw myself getting the finish, I’ve visualised that fight a lot that week I almost couldn’t close my eyes without thinking about the fight. Especially with the opponent change there five days out I watched a lot of his so again any time I closed my eyes I was visualising the fight, and visualising getting my hand raised. It played out almost exactly like I thought it would.”

Preston Parsons Reflects On Dealing With Setbacks

Although Parsons was able to have full-training camp before heading into this matchup he revealed to LowKick it was not all smooth sailing during this preparation time with the Jacksonville based fighter suffering just a week away from fight day.

“I got sick about a week out, I was taking antibiotics until Tuesday on the week of the fight. I popped my knee a little bit about three weeks before the fight so there was definitely a few hiccups in my camp but other than that I felt pretty good about everything. “

Despite having these setbacks within his training camp, Parsons was able to remain positive and persevere through to secure a very important first victory within the promotion. Dealing with injuries can be extremely de-motivating to fighters and hard to comeback, Parsons detailed how he ensures he stays motivated and the importance on staying disciplined when dealing with setbacks.

“It is difficult, especially that its easy to get into you own head and I’ve been guilty of that plenty of times. When I hurt my knee it popped, it was kind of on the outside and then the next day it was swollen, and I couldn’t walk that well so that definitely got into my head a little bit, but I just had to take it a little easier towards the end of the camp and not push myself as hard in training and it healed up fine. But it messes with your head a little bit.

Parsons also revealed during the interview that he broke his hand during the fight and after having a consultation with a doctor was told he won’t be able to throw a punch for 8-12 weeks. Despite this injury delaying his return “Pressure” is looking to step back inside the UFC cage again within this year. There appears to be only one name that Parsons is interested it and it is the man at the top of the food chain, Kamaru Usman.

“Me and my friends were talking about it earlier, I want to be the champion. So Kamaru Usman was the name we were talking about a bunch earlier but obviously I must work my way up towards that, but I do think that is a good matchup for me.”

Be sure to check out the full interview with Preston Parsons here.