Welterweight Richard Walsh, who fights Kiichi Kunimoto this Saturday at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson in Japan’s Saitama Super Arena, could have done a lot with his life besides fighting.A university graduate in construction management who briefly embarked on post-graduate studies in law before dropping out to focus on mixed martial arts, Walsh could have easily taken a more conventional route.So when you ask the former Ultimate Fighter Nations contestant about trying to sell the idea of being a fighter to his parents, Walsh’s answer isn’t surprising.“Yeah that was … Read the Full Article Here

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With four fight cards on the way over the next three weekends, the UFC machine keeps on rolling through Japan, the United States, Sweden, and Canada, but there’s even more top-notch fight action on the way, with UFC matchmakers burning the midnight oil this week to present several verbally agreed to matchups for upcoming events.
With Josh Shockley forced out of his UFC 179 bout with Fabricio Camoes on October 25 due to injury, Minnesota’s Tony Martin has stepped up travel to Rio de Janeiro and face the Brazilian veteran as he seeks his first UFC victory.
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TOKYO, September 18 – Sometimes you make sacrifices for the people and things you love. For Mauricio Rua, a 30-hour plane ride from Brazil to Japan was the price he paid this week to come back to the place where, for all intents and purposes, “Shogun” was born.“We feel at home here because when I started fighting in Japan, my team was very well acquainted with the place,” Rua said through translator, manager, and longtime friend Eduardo Alonso. “So right off the bat when I came to make my debut in PRIDE, I already felt at home because of the envi … Read the Full Article Here

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TOKYO, September 19 – When former UFC light heavyweight champion and current middleweight contender Lyoto Machida told of his background training in sumo wrestling, it raised a lot of eyebrows, mainly because marrying the idea of this lean and fit mixed martial artist with the big boys who compete in the dohyo just didn’t register.One visit to the Kokugikan Arena in Ryogoku will do wonders for having it all make sense. Watching the early rounds of the September Grand Sumo Tournament, it’s not just two 300-pounders in Mawashis running into each other. Yes, there are 300-poun … Read the Full Article Here

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TOKYO, September 19 – The laugh gets you first. It’s real, it’s infectious, and it reminds you that Kyoji Horiguchi is still only 23 years old. That doesn’t make him a kid and it doesn’t mean that only the young can laugh that freely, but it does let you know that despite being in the hurt business, this flyweight from Tokyo is able to enjoy things in a way most wouldn’t be able to.And that’s what may make him Japan’s next big MMA star.In a country that has produced so many greats that usually a single name will suffice to identify them … Read the Full Article Here

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TOKYO, September 19 – The United States has Ronda Rousey. If all goes well on Saturday night against Miesha Tate, Japan might have Rin Nakai, not just a fighter but a fighting icon, the type of high-profile and high-level athlete that can kickstart a movement in women’s MMA much like Rousey has.In Japan, the need for a fighter to ignite WMMA in the country wasn’t always there. Fighters like Megumi Fujii, Megumi Yabushita, and Yoko Takahashi weren’t just loved and respected at home, but hardcore MMA fans around the world knew who they were as well. But in recent year … Read the Full Article Here

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