Combate Americas signs its third pro wrestler, ‘Thunder Rosa’

Melissa Cervantes (pictured, center) a.k.a. “Thunder Rosa” has signed with Combate Americas | Combate Americas

Best known as Thunder Rosa and Kobra Moon, Melissa Cervantes has wrestled for Lucha Underground and WOW

Yet another pro wrestling name has signed an MMA contract.

Melissa Cervantes, 28, who has used a number of names, but is best known on the independent scene as “Thunder Rosa,” was announced on Tuesday as having signed a multi-fight contract with Combate Americas.

The promotion officially announced the signing after ESPN had first reported the news over the weekend.

Cervantes is the third pro wrestler that has been added to the group’s roster. Jose Alberto Rodriguez, better known as “Alberto Del Rio,” who was a major star in WWE, has been working as an executive with the company and is expected to face Tito Ortiz in what would be the biggest fight in company history. In addition, Dulce Garcia, a major star in Mexican wrestling as “Sexy Star,” debuted with the promotion on April 12 with a win over Mariana Ruiz Avila.

Cervantes is scheduled to debut on a Nov. 8 event in San Antonio, her hometown. The match is scheduled to air live on Univision and TUDN in the U.S.


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Melissa Cervantes in her pro wrestling guise of “Thunder Rosa”

“Melissa ‘Thunder Rosa’ Cervantes is an established star in the worlds of Lucha Libre and American professional wrestling, and represents another potentially exceptional, crossover star and expansion of the Combate Americas narrative of embracing and developing talent from the Hispanic sports universe outside of MMA,” said Combate Americas senior vice president, operations and communications, Mike Afromowitz.

Cervantes starting wrestling in California in 2014, and has worked for major companies in the U.S., Mexico and Japan. She was named Southern California Woman’s Wrestler of the Year in 2016 by SoCal Uncensored. She began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 2016.

From a television standpoint in the U.S., she used the name “Kobra Moon” on the Lucha Underground television show. She also wrestles as Serpentine for the Women of Wrestling promotion that airs on AXS TV.

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UFC applies for ‘BADDEST MOTHERF****R’ trademarks for Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal

Nate Diaz came up with the slogan, but the UFC is looking to take ownership of “Baddest Mother(expletive),” or the “BMF” namesake, heading into UFC 244.

Diaz (20-11 MMA, 15-9 UFC) will fight Jorge Masvidal (34-13 MMA, 11-6 UFC) in the main event of the Nov. 2 pay-per-view at Madison Square Garden in New York, with the promotion making a custom “BMF” belt for the winner of the fight. And the UFC is taking extra measures to make sure the phrase is protected.

On Sept. 11, the promotion filed three trademark applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ahead of the highly anticipated welterweight fight.

On Tuesday, trademark lawyer Josh Gerben, as well as Darren Rovell of the Action Network, uncovered the details, which include a brand of toys.

Here’s a look (via Twitter):

Diaz first mentioned the “BMF” belt following his victory over Anthony Pettis last month at UFC 241. The fight marked his return to the octagon after more than three years, and during his post-fight interview he called for a showdown with Masvidal.

The UFC made the fight for UFC 244, with White opting to turn the fictional title into a real thing, which he said will be a one-time-only prize for this specific matchup.

It appears the organization will try to maximize its profits by selling “BMF” specific merchandise.

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Jeff Hughes on Todd Duffee stoppage: ‘I know it would take a lot for me to say I can’t fight’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Jeff Hughes was ready for a war with Todd Duffee, but in the end he didn’t even get the chance to go past the first round.

This past Saturday night at UFC Fight Night from Vancouver, Hughes engaged in a fire fight throughout the first round but the action ended after Duffee complained about an eye poke while telling the referee and doctor afterwards that he was experiencing double vision.

The fight was stopped and declared a no-contest, which definitely wasn’t what Hughes wanted after losing a razor close decision in his UFC debut earlier this year. After returning to Ohio, Hughes sat down to watch the fight again and between the video evidence along with his own recollection, he just doesn’t believe he actually poked Duffee in the eye.

“I’m going to be honest with you, I’ve been poked in the eye and I’ve poked people in the eye before in fights. In my fight with [Maurice] Greene, towards the end of the first fight, I felt eyeball and I’m not doing it on purpose, I promise you that. I didn’t feel anything [with Todd Duffee],” Hughes told MMA Fighting on Monday. “I’m not calling him a liar or that he was milking it or anything like that. I didn’t feel it.

“I was trying to push away to get space after I turned him around on the cage, I was going to start striking again and that’s when he covered up and started screaming ‘my eye, my eye!’.”

Hughes admits he was confused by what was happening because he didn’t believe that he committed a foul but he was shattered a few moments later when he saw the referee waiving off the fight after declaring Duffee could not continue.

“I was a little confused by the whole thing. I was like I don’t think I got you,” Hughes recounts. “I went back and watched the replay and still didn’t see anything. I’m not calling the guy a liar. If I did, I apologize.

“I try to follow every rule there is and it was definitely unintentional if I did glance or even touched his eye a little bit. It was very unintentional.”

As far as Duffee’s reaction where he immediately told the referee that he was seeing double, Hughes knew watching the replay that the fight was going to get stopped because of that specific language being used.

According to Hughes, the referee laid it out straight to the fighters in the back when it came to fouls — unintentional or otherwise — and what needed to happen for the fight to continue.

“In the back, our referee came and talked to me and I’m sure he gave the same speech (to Todd Duffee),” Hughes explained. “If a low blow happens, I’ll stop it and you get a full five minutes. I guess in Vancouver you don’t get a full five minutes for an eye poke but he said if there’s an eye poke, the only words that I need to hear from you are ‘give me a couple seconds’. Do not say you can’t see or you’re seeing double because then I have to bring in the doctor.

“At this point, I’m looking over at Todd and he’s not wincing, he’s not blinking. I’m thinking he’s trying to get a breather, which is fine because we went hard for four minutes. When I saw the doctor come in, I thought no way this cannot be happening right now.”

As much as he wanted the fight to continue, Hughes refuses to accuse Duffee of wanting out of there after the break in the action in the opening round.

He can only speak to personal experience, which is why Hughes says it would take a lot for him to say anything to the referee that would lead to a stoppage.

“I’m just going off experience. My very first fight in the UFC, I broke my hand in the second round and my coaches didn’t even know until I took the glove off. I knew right away. I’m willing to fight with one eye if I have to,” Hughes said. “Him, maybe it was really bothering him.

“To me, the doctor would have to stop it without me and I’d be begging not to [stop it]. I don’t know him personally. I respect him as a fighter. I watched him coming up. He was just killing people. So I’m not trying to start a feud or anything with him but for me, I know it would take a lot for me to say I can’t fight. I would fight with one eye if I had to.”

As far as a rematch goes, Hughes is open to the possibility but he’s not chasing Duffee for a chance to settle some imaginary grudge. More than anything he just wants to compete again to finally get a win under his belt in the UFC.

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Tyron Woodley: Khabib Nurmagomedov callout is out of respect, fight would have to be at catchweight

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley wants to be the one to stop the dominant force that is Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The callout of Nurmagomedov, which stemmed from “The Hollywood Beatdown” segment he does with TMZ Sports, comes from a place of respect, Woodley said. “The Chosen One” is looking for challenges that push him, and undefeated lightweight champion Nurmagomedov is one of them.

They’re a weight class apart, so Woodley (19-4-1 MMA, 9-3-1 UFC) acknowledged a fight would have to be at catchweight. He previously suggested a fight at 165 pounds.

“He’s a beast, and I just think right now, in my life, in my career, I need the impossible,” Woodley said at a fan Q&A this past Friday ahead of the UFC on ESPN+ 16 weigh-ins in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. “I need the stuff that nobody can do, I need the thing that’s going to motivate me beyond measure, and I think that he provides that. Obviously I could never make 155 (pounds), so it would have to be something at a catchweight. It would have to be something that he would be interested in. He’s on the top of the world right now. I may not be an option for him, so it’s more out of respect of what he can do.”

Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) has been able to outgrapple and handle every one of his opponents in the octagon so far. Most recently, he submitted Dustin Poirier at UFC 242. Division-I All-American wrestler Woodley would love to go out there and test himself against him.

“I know Dustin. Dustin has sparred with middleweights (and) light heavyweights, and for (Nurmagomedov) to go out there and put on a performance like that against Dustin, I’ve got to see what it feels like.”

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk on why she turned down Weili Zhang three times before title capture: ‘She needed me’ 

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Joanna Jedrzejczyk believes a victory over Michelle Waterson on Oct. 12 will be enough to secure her a title shot against Weili Zhang, but she admitted that she turned down three offers to fight the Chinese champion before she claimed the strawweight crown.

The former champion recalled how she predicted that Zhang would defeat Andrade to claim the title in Shenzhen the day before the main event took place.

“The day before this fight happened between [Jessica] Andrade and [Weili] Zhang, I said that this fight was going to end in the first round and I put my money on Zhang,” Jedrzejczyk told MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast.

“I know how strong Jessica Andrade is, and I was surprised by how big Weili Zhang is. Jessica Andrade is kind of short but she’s very muscular; she’s a big girl for the strawweight division, but Weili Zhang is very strong, she has big guns. When I saw Jessica training ahead of the fight on her social media, I was really not impressed. I was like, ‘Oh sh*t if she really wants to defend the belt she should be put in more,’ but she didn’t do that.”

Zhang’s title shot against Andrade came out of left field for many fans and media members, and Jedrzejczyk admitted that she turned down fight offers for Zhang as she felt it would have sidetracked her from getting her hands back on the championship title she had previously held.

“She’s good, but the truth is they offered me Weili Zhang three times before that fight and the thing is, she needed me. Okay, she’s the champ now so it might look like she never needed me to become someone. Sometimes people are like, ‘Do you know who she is now?’ Of course I know who she is, but I fight in the Octagon, you know? I’m a professional athlete, I’m a businesswoman and I know who I am. I don’t do fights on Twitter. If [others fighters] call me out, I like it because I know I am in a strong position. Why are they calling me out? Because they know I can bring them to a different level. Maybe they can be lucky and win against former UFC champion, a dominant champion, which I was. [That would allow them to] get better money, get better exposure. Of course, they offered me Weili Zhang, but my goal was to fight for the belt. I took my spot, now I’m fighting Waterson and then I will go for the belt. Slowly, step-by-step, I will reach my goals and my dreams,” she said.

“The thing is, there is a new UFC Performance Institute in China, so they probably needed a good fight and they just gave the title fight to this Chinese chick. She won, good for her; I’m very happy for her. I think she’s very strong, she’s very dynamic and she’s a good puncher. I hope she’s going to be a good champ for the UFC and the division before I face her.”

The Polish striking supremo also shared her thoughts on Zhang claiming that she “wasn’t as good” as when she was champion in an interview the newly-crowned champion conducted in Abu Dhabi in her capacity as a guest fighter at UFC 242.

“You all should ask her why she was calling me out,” said Jedrzejczyk. “These girls think they can talk when they have the strap, they talk whatever sh*t they want to talk when you are losing, Look at how many of them wanted to call me out when I lost to Rose, they were like, ‘Now we can beat Joanna because she lost’. When I was a dominant champion, they were trying to get the belt, but nobody could keep the pace with me when they faced me. They can talk whatever they want, I’m too classy and too serious for all that bullsh*t.”

Check out the latest episode of Eurobash. The Joanna Jedrzejczyk interview begins at 13:30.

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Alex Davis sees critical flaws in sport’s structure he believes must be addressed ‘for a better MMA’

For the past few days, I’ve been sitting here and reflecting over the 20-odd years I have been working in MMA, and one thing really bothers me. The fighting, itself, has evolved exponentially in that time, seeing MMA develop into an exciting and technically beautiful sport. But it’s not possible to say the same about the structure around it.

We seem to be simply stuck doing the same things – committing the same errors over and again. There is simply no effort or attempt to really improve anything about the sport as a whole. These guys and their camps work extremely hard to do what they do. It would be only fair if we worked extremely hard behind the scenes to try and evolve, as well – to try and improve. We need to work together to make a better MMA.

For example:

  • How about if we announced the score between rounds?
  • How about if we create, as I have said before, a fight gradings system based on entertainment value. Every fight would be rated with either a 1, 2, 3 or 4. This way, if you have a guy that’s lost three fights in a row, but they were all recorded as grade-4 fights, it would mean that even though this fighters lost, you know he came to fight every time, and we want him back!
  • How about the weigh-in system? Why don’t we try something similar to ONE Championship’s weigh-ins, a system that doesn’t let anyone go through extreme dehydration?
  • How about if we had five judges?
  • Or how about if the strike count was fed to the judges from one of these FightMetric-type sites, leaving only the subjective parts to the fights for the judges to evaluate? That might narrow the error margin in judging.

These are just some ideas, and I am sure there will be many people who don’t agree, who have different opinions and ideas – and that is OK. What is not OK is that we do not discuss, that we do not try. It is not OK that we do not evolve.

It seems that we are stuck in this trend of trashtalking, social media battling. MMA journalism reads more like a soap opera review then sports journalism! Dozens of new journalists are entering the sport every year, and most of them with a very poor understanding of what they are actually watching and writing about. Name me one MMA journalist who actually discusses the technical aspects of the sport!

Some people will say, “Well, with the UFC, Zuffa is a company with a primary goal is of making money. It’s not up to them. Although their help would be great, at the end of the day, they are making money.”

But it is simply undeniable that there are structural problems in many areas. Just look at how many controversial decisions are given out? Look at how these athletes are suffering with the current weight system?

This is our fault. We do not get together and discuss these things. If they are not discussed, if there is no thought put into an effort to evolve the sport, then we absolutely will not evolve.

We are a very fragmented sport. I write this to shout out at the public – to everyone who participates in or follows MMA – to point out a problem, to encourage discussion, and create change and evolving. I would ask that everyone who reads this and cares, please help spread this article, this feeling. Although I have been doing this for over 20 years, I do not own the truth; I am but one individual. But I do know that if we do not try, if we do not fight, if we do not discuss, nothing will ever change.

We need to get together as a community to help build a better MMA.

Alex Davis is a lifelong practitioner of martial arts and a former Brazilian judo champion. A founding member of American Top Team, Davis currently oversees the careers of a number of prominent Brazilian fighters, including Edson Barboza, Antonio Carlos Junior, Rousimar Palhares, Thiago “Marreta” Santos, Antonio Silva and Thiago Tavares, among others. Davis is a regular contributor to MMAjunkie, sharing his current views on the sport built through his perspectives that date back to the Brazilian roots of modern MMA.

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Jai Herbert draws former UFC fighter Cain Carrizosa for first Cage Warriors title defense

Dolly Clew, Cage Warriors

Jai Herbert will attempt to defend his Cage Warriors lightweight title for the first time when he faces former UFC and Bellator fighter Cain Carrizosa at Cage Warriors 109 in the champion’s native Birmingham on Oct. 26.

Cage Warriors announced the championship bout via social media on Tuesday.

Striking ace Herbert put on an amazing display to topple highly rated prospect Jack Grant in the third round of their vacant lightweight title showdown at Cage Warriors 106: Night of Champions in June.

Newly crowned lightweight champion Herbert (9-1-0) was also previously a titleholder under the BAMMA banner. The Team Renegade fighter has been in the best vein of form of his career since signing for Cage Warriors in 2018, dispatching Erdi Karatas, Joe McColgan and Steve O’Keefe before claiming the title with a stoppage win over Grant.

Carrizosa (11-3-0) is currently on a five-fight win streak. After taking four consecutive wins under the Tachi Palace banner, he most recently claimed victory over Shohei Yamamoto when an injury ruled Yamamoto out of the contest in the first round. After suffering the injury, Yamamoto’s corner prompted the referee to stop the fight. “The Insane” has contested two bouts in the UFC, suffering a submission loss to Chris Wade in 2014 before dropping a unanimous decision to Leonardo Mafra. In his sole outing for Bellator, he submitted Juan Quesada in the first round of their meeting at Bellator 102.

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Lyoto Machida: Gegard Mousasi will have ‘no excuses’ after second loss to me at Bellator 228

Gegard Mousasi has said a lot about Lyoto Machida since their first fight more than five years ago. If he loses again, though, not much more can be said.

At least that’s what Machida (26-8 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) believes. “The Dragon” has been targeted with greasing and performance-enhancing drug accusations from Mousasi (45-7 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) stemming from their February 2014 bout under the UFC banner, which Machida won by unanimous decision.

The rematch will finally take place at Bellator 228 this month, and Machida said going 2-0 in career fights against Mousasi should put everything to rest.

“Nothing that he says affects myself,” Mousasi told MMA Junkie. “We are going to fight again and it’s going to be a rematch and if I beat him for the second time he has no excuses. No excuses. I just want to be very focused on what I have to do. For this fight I know I’m 100 percent focused and I just want to do my job.”

Bellator 228 takes place Sept. 28 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Machida vs. Mousasi 2 co-headlines the main card, which streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie.

The idea of a Machida vs. Mousasi rematch has been on the table since both signed with Bellator. It was thought that it would eventually come together for a title, but Mousasi dropped the 185-pound belt to Rafael Lovato Jr. earlier this year to extinguish that possibility.

Machida thought he would be challenging Lovato Jr. after his TKO win over Chael Sonnen at Bellator 222 in June, but the champion was unavailable, and that’s when Bellator president Scott Coker called offering the rematch.

“I was thinking Lovato should be my next opponent, but I heard he was a little bit injured so he could not fight in September,” Machida said. “I like to get the rhythm of fighting, I don’t like to sit still waiting for my next fight. So that’s why as soon as Scott Coker offered me to fight Mousasi, I accepted right away.”

Machida largely handled Mousasi in their first encounter. He won 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46 on the scorecards, and the Brazilian said he remembers have commands over the fight at all times.

“I remember that the fight was tough,” Machida said. “We fought five rounds, we had some moments where we scrambled in that fight. I remember that I controlled the fight from the beginning to the end of the fight. I could hit him a couple times and I still believe I have the tools to beat Mousasi. Even though he’s a very tough opponent and a well rounded fighter, I believe in myself.”

Although a lot of time has passed since then and Machida is now 41 with more tread on his tires, he said he thinks he can upstage his previous performance. The goal is to fight for a Bellator title after Bellator 228, and he said the perfect set-up for that would be to make a statement against Mousasi.

“I believe I can knock him out and I can also control the fight at all times,” Machida said. “I still consider myself a very explosive fighter, so if I want to explode, I can. Mousasi is not an explosive fighter. He has the rhythm to fight little by little and increase over the fight. I won’t let him increase in the fight.”

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Scott Coker: Cris Cyborg already one of the biggest stars in Bellator, UFC was never committed to her division

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The moment Scott Coker found out Cris Cyborg was a free agent, he immediately began burning up the phone lines to get a deal done to bring the former UFC champion to Bellator MMA.

It was a natural fit considering the current Bellator president had previously promoted Cyborg when he owned Strikeforce and she was one of the biggest draws on the roster.

Now nearly eight years after Cyborg last competed in Strikeforce, she has reteamed with Coker after signing a multi-fight contract to join the Bellator MMA roster.

“It was a great day,” Coker told MMA Fighting about signing Cyborg. “I talked to [her agents] and I said look this is not something we have to rush but we want to be in the Cyborg business and I think there’s a lot of familiarity because of the past relationship of her fighting for me when I owned Strikeforce.

“We worked out the numbers and we knew we’d be a great home for her.”

Coker obviously believes in Cyborg after he helped promote the first major women’s main event when he put her against Gina Carano on Showtime in 2009.

Fast forward to now and Coker feels like Cyborg has become an even bigger star, which will fit in perfectly with the plans that Bellator has for 2020 and beyond.

“Listen, when you say she’s the greatest female fighter of all time, that’s a big statement. That’s a very bold statement but everybody knows it,” Coker said about Cyborg. “It’s not like ‘we don’t know this girl’. Come on, we all know she is the GOAT of female MMA and one of the pioneers.

“To be on the roster with Gegard [Mousasi] and Rory [MacDonald] and [Ryan] Bader and all the other stars, she’s arguably one of the biggest faces of MMA period. Let alone in any particular league.”

One of the biggest complaints that Cyborg registered during her tenure with the UFC was activity and the fact that the organization never really seemed committed to building a women’s featherweight division.

A few fighters were signed from other organizations such as Megan Anderson and Felicia Spencer, but all four of Cyborg’s title fights in the UFC came against athletes who almost exclusively compete at 135 pounds.

According to Coker, that will be the biggest difference with Bellator MMA because they have already built up a women’s 145-pound weight class and Cyborg will become the latest addition when she makes her debut.

“It’s our job to keep her active, which I think we’ll be very successful,” Coker said. “I think really she hasn’t been active because I don’t think the UFC has ever been [committed] to the 145-pound weight class division, that’s not they’re business. They’re in the business of the lighter weights but I don’t think they ever made the commitment to blow up the 145-pound weight class.

“The difference is we are in the 145-pound weight class female division, we’re in the business of females in that weight class.”

The next biggest question regarding Cyborg’s future will be her debut and whether or not she will face reigning Bellator featherweight champion Julia Budd in her first fight.

Coker says that discussion will start this week now that Cyborg has returned from a trip home to Brazil as they determine the date and opponent for her first appearance in Bellator.

“It’s something honestly we’ve haven’t thought about. We haven’t made a determination who she’ll fight because we really haven’t sat down and talked to Julia about any details, about her next fight,” Coker said. “Honestly when we announced the signing, that signature came in at 11:32 a.m. on my computer. We announced it at 1 p.m. So really I’ve just been here and she was in Brazil. She’s in L.A. now so after this fight, we’ll sit down in L.A. and we’ll chat.”

Obviously Coker knows that Cyborg deserves a title shot on her first day in the organization and a showdown with Budd would definitely do big business for Bellator.

“Julia is on an 11 fight win streak. She’s the current champ and I’ve been really proud of her development over the past few years,” Coker said. “Eventually when they do fight, it’s going to be epic. It’s going to be a war.”

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UFC Exec: Referee Gave Donald Cerrone ‘Benefit of the Doubt’ in Timing of Stoppage

Justin Gaethje picked up another impressive first-round finish over the weekend, this time against veteran Donald Cerrone in the main event at UFC Vancouver, but the fight-ending sequence caused some contention as referee Jerin Valel took his time to call the fight once “Cowboy” had been knocked down. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

UFC on ESPN+ 16 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

Since the early days when the sport was anything but a mainstream endeavor, the MMA industry has thrived and survived through various websites, forums, and – perhaps most importantly – social-media platforms.

Fighters interact with fans, each other and many more through the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which helps outsiders get a deeper look into the minds of the athletes.

Following Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 16 in Vancouver, several of the winning and losing fighters, along with their coaches, training partners or family members, took to social media to react to the event or share a message with supporters.

Check out some of those reactions.

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The defeated

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Just want to say thanks to everyone The #UFC all friends, family, ongoing supporters, teammates, everyone at maximum training center, everyone at Michigan top team, all the people who have helped me. The people who have been there for me. Thank you all. We as a team and as a person myself didn’t get the result we wanted. I’m sorry to everyone, sorry to my team and to myself. I know I’ll be back. I always come back better,stronger and smarter. I’m going to take this time to reflect everything and get the proper help and everything that i need to get done for me to compete at the highest level. Kudos to my opponent Austin. Also hoping for a speedy recovery for Austin and hope to do the dance again one day.

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Just another day…world keeps spinning.

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#hespect

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@dc_mma

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Walk Tall my son!!

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The victorious

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Last night UFC Vancouver was good to me and my team! Thank you @ufc for the fight and to my opponent for being a professional. I’ll be back in the gym tomorrow and continue improving! Looking to fight again before the end of the year! 👊🏼 MAHALOS to ALL OF YOU for the Aloha from Kapolei to Irvine to Vancouver! 🤙🏼🌊 – Shoutout to my sponsors who supported me through this camp! @colinoyama @budomatt @teamoyamairvine @iridiumsports @jacobparga @ocfightdocs @sal_triolo @fernando_serratos @missmaryjanecbd @sunshinesugarcookieco @10porange @fightcampconditioning @coreybeasley @gfuelenergy @defensesoap @defendhawaii @virusintl u @skvi_official @asics @compexusa @beastcoastunlimited @lacenloop @citizenwaterco @trifectasystem @gardenoflife – #mma #ufc #mmanews #fightnight #hawaiistandup #thankful

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Chicken Dinner! #ufcvancouver #ESPN

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Team or family? Who knows…who cares!!! #support

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What an experience! I had to dig deep in this fight, I knew what was on the line going into the third round and I had to go get it. I have to thank my coaches and team at Fortis MMA for that extra push. The grind we put in together day in and day is what won the fight. As those of you who really know me can probably imagine, I am not satisfied with this outcome. However, I learned a lot about myself, got some solid octagon time in and most importantly, came out with the W against an undefeated top prospect in his back yard on the biggest stage in the world. I am enjoying some time with family but I can’t wait to get back to work and back in the octagon… I am hungrier than ever to show what I am truly capable of. I thank god for my health, these opportunities, and all the people I have supporting me. All the comments and messages mean more than y’all know. Another W secured so it’s on to the next one. We are just getting started! #10-0 #UFCVancouver #chapo

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Respect.

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I want to give a special thanks to #fortismma @sayifsaud took me under his wing guiding me through this camp pushed me to the brink. Brought me to hell and showed me the way out you have not only inspired me to be a better martial artist/person but you became I father figure. @mfscaccia broke the barrier of what strength and conditioning should be you’re fine tuning made me feel Like a @mclaren speed,power, efficiency. @superman_spann since day one has been my training partner never complained unless I’m beating him in @tekken lol I see a younger version of myself in you.. a humble young killer thank you @travismanndc for making sure I always feel my best. @melvintann27 For always teaching me new ways to redefined my body and for putting me back together @coachclaytonhires The man the myth the legend the father that I always wanted and the best friend I’m glad to have And the rest of the team thank you for the warm welcome 🙏🏿 .. and the savage ass whopping. Every chapter in your life requires a different version I’m coming for that strap it’s only a matter of time.

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#violent-1 @violent__1

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