- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter2 days ago
Gregory Goyle has graduated from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry using a wand to cage fighting with his hands and feet.
Josh Herdman, the actor who played Goyle in eight “Harry Potter” movies, has left his acting career behind for the time being and made his successful MMA amateur debut over the weekend at the City Pavilion outside of London, England.
The 28-year-old, who has been training in Japanese jujitsu for the past five years, defeated Poland’s Janusz Walachowski by unanimous decision. Herdman competed for the recently launched UK promotion Rise of Champions, which was holding its second event since debuting last October.
Herdman impressed with his striking ability and took home the decision and plans to continue fighting in hopes of eventually turning pro.
“It’s raw, exciting and unpredictable,” the buffed-up child-actor-turned-MMA-fighter told The Mirror. “I find it more interesting than boxing although I appreciate the beauty and art in boxing. It also made sense to move onto MMA because of my jujitsu training.”
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter3 days ago
There was no surprise on Wednesday when the UFC announced on "Good Morning America" that the main event of UFC 200 will be a rematch between champion Daniel Cormier andinterim champion Jon Jones for the light heavyweight belt on July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Jones, then the outright champion, routed Cormier in the main event of UFC 182 on Jan. 3, 2015, in Las Vegas, taking a lopsided unanimous decision. But Jones had a series of legal problems after that and he was stripped of his title in April 2015 when he was involved in a hit-and-run traffic accident in Albuquerque, N.M., where he trains.
Cormier won the vacant title in his absence, submitting Anthony "Rumble" Johnson in the second round of UFC 187 on May 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter3 days ago
If Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz are going to have their rematch, it almost certainly won’t be at UFC 200.
The proposed rematch was originally scheduled to headline UFC 200 until McGregor was pulled from the card after he didn't make himself available for a news conference in Las Vegas last week. Despite public outcry to allow the Irishman to fight, UFC president Dana White has stood firm that McGregor would not be placed back on the July card and reiterated his position under no uncertain terms when approached by TMZ Tuesday morning.
"Conor's his own guy, he's going to do what he's going to do but he's not fighting on [UFC] 200,” White said while mentioning that he has no ill will toward McGregor. “Listen, he'll fight on 201, 202, 203, whatever, I don't know when, but we'll get it figured out."
The other half of the equation, Nate Diaz, made headlines when he stated at Friday’s UFC 200 news conference that he was not interested in facing another opponent and would instead go “on vacation.”
White stated his desire to keep Diaz on the card and offered the Stockton fighter essentially any fight that he desired in an effort to keep him on UFC 200.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter3 days ago
Djamil Chan said he doesn't want to be pitied. The Bellator MMA newcomer is autistic, which makes the fact that he finds himself competing at the highest level of mixed martial arts all the more amazing.
And anyone who watched Chan's Bellator debut last week against Richard Patishnock would no doubt be pitying Patishnock and not Chan.
After working his way off the ground, Chan landed one of the best overhand rights of the year that all but finished Patishnock. The rest were the formalities, like how long it would take the referee to get in to stop the bout. It was over at 3:09 of the first round.
Chan, 25, grew up in The Netherlands, where so many of the great kick boxers train. He was into fighting from a young age and said he dropped out of school while he was in high school.
He said he prefers not to discuss his autism, because he doesn't want to be pitied. He wants to be judged as a fighter and said he's taking his job more seriously now that he is a father.
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter4 days ago
As the Conor McGregor vs. UFC saga continues to unfold, some new details about what transpired have surfaced. For the past week, we have heard little from Conor McGregor and his team aside from a few posts on social media here and there. But now his coach, John Kavanagh, has surfaced to give his side of what transpired behind the scenes that led to the current situation that finds the Irishman out of a highly anticipated rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 200.
Speaking to “The MMA Hour” on Monday, Kavanagh sounded somewhat optimistic that McGregor would still end up fighting at UFC 200 and is a little confused as to why Dana White and the UFC are standing their ground.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter5 days ago
Conor McGregor has once again gotten the mixed martial arts world buzzing with a tweet. This time, the UFC featherweight champion has tweeted that he is back on the UFC 200 card, only three days after UFC president Dana White officially ruled him out because he did not show up in Las Vegas for promotional activities related to the summer blockbuster card.
At about 2 a.m. ET on Monday, McGregor continued his pattern of issuing a single tweet and then going silent. In this one, he thanks White and UFC chairman for fixing the issue and making certain that he's back on the blockbuster summer card, which will be July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
It appears McGregor's tweet was simply about leverage. White told Yahoo Sports, "It's not true. We haven't talked to Conor or his manager since the press conference. I don't know why he would tweet that."
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter6 days ago
LAS VEGAS — There has been a significant amount of hype behind featherweight prospect Yair Rodriguez and the 23-year-old gave the mixed martial arts world something to talk about with a highlight-reel worthy knockout of Andre Fili in the second round at UFC 197 on Saturday night.
The winner of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America” drilled Fili with a jumping switch kick that connected with a sickening thud and immediately separated his opponent from his consciousness.
The featherweight bout kicked off the pay-per-view portion of UFC 197 with a bang and put the featherweight division — where Conor McGregor still remains king — on notice.
After a first round that saw Rodriguez takedown an eager Fili, it appeared that Rodriguez had plans to utilize his ground and pound to win the fight. However, in the second frame it all changed when the highly touted prospect showed why he’s arguably one of the most lethal fighters in all of MMA with his feet.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter7 days ago
LAS VEGAS – Conor McGregor did not show up at the MGM Grand Garden for a news conference on Friday and UFC president Dana White said that as a result, the featherweight champion is officially off the July 9 UFC 200 card and won't fight Nate Diaz as planned.
White on Tuesday yanked McGregor from the card when McGregor declined to leave Iceland, where he is training, to fly to Las Vegas to do a news conference, participate in a commercial shoot and other promotional activities. On Thursday on Facebook, McGregor offered to fly to New York on Wednesday for a news conference, but said otherwise his training must take precedence.
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter7 days ago
Despite the fact that Demetrious Johnson is the longest reigning champion in the UFC and ranked as the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Mighty Mouse feels that he hasn’t quite peaked yet.
And while some fighters aspire to be the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time, the UFC flyweight champion would much rather prefer to be remembered as perfect.
“My goal is to be the perfect fighter,” Johnson said in an interview with Sherdog. “Everybody’s opinion changes on the greatest fighter of all time. I want to say that right now the best fighter is Jon Jones. He’s done some amazing things. But then there are some things that I would like to see him do. There are also some things in the Octagon that I want to see myself do that I haven’t been able to do yet.”
Johnson will continue to strive for perfection Saturday when he faces unbeaten Olympic wrestling gold medalist Henry Cejudo at UFC 197. It will be the first time that Johnson has faced someone with the type of wrestling credentials that Cejudo possesses. However, Johnson still comes in as high as a 4 ½-to-1 favorite and is expected to retain his title for the eighth consecutive time.