Chase Gormley Looking to Knock Sergei Kharitonov Out at Bellator 175

Last October, heavyweight Chase Gormley picked up his second straight split-decision win, when he defeated Bobby Brents at Bellator 162. While a win is nothing to scoff at, Gormley admits it wasn’t his best performance and that changes were needed afterwards.

“I got the win, which is the most important thing, but I fought a little defensive,” Gormley told MMAWeekly.com. “I kind of made some adjustments to my style because they changed the rules, so I’ve really got to go in there and hit my power shots (to show damage) and make those count.

“My coach even said that last fight could have gone either way; but I think I won the second and third round. I think I kind of let him hit me more than I should have. I wasn’t moving around as good as I should have. If I get hit like that in my next fight, it’s going to be a bad night for me.”

Gormley (14-5) will look to pick up a finish in his next fight, when he takes on veteran Sergei Kharitonov (23-6) in a main card heavyweight bout at Bellator 175 in Rosemont, Illinois, on Friday.

“It’s an exciting fight because he’s a big name, and when Bellator decides to give out the heavyweight title, I definitely want to be in that mix, and a finish against Sergei puts me in that category,” said Gormley.

“It’s going to be a tough fight, but I think if I go out there and push the pace in the first round and try to knock him out, I should have success. I am prepared to go the distance, but I would like to knock him out and make a statement and get myself where I’ve trying to get to – the Bellator title situation.”

With Kharitonov coming off a TKO loss to Javy Ayala last November, and having accumulated quite a bit of wear and tear over the course of nearly 30 fights and 17 years in MMA, Gormley believes he could use that to his advantage on Friday.

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“I think he’s coming back a little too soon from that last fight,” Gormley said. “If I sit back and just relax, it’s going to be a tough fight for me, so I’ve got to push the pace and try to catch him before he gets into a rhythm and makes it a tougher fight.”

With the possibility of picking up his third win in four Bellator fights with a victory over Kharitonov, Gormley feels he’ll make a case for himself for heavyweight title contention in 2017.

“Bellator decides all of that,” said Gormley. “There’s a lot of tough guys (in the heavyweight division). I’ll say my last two fights aren’t the greatest, but a win over Sergei puts me on that trajectory to be where I want to be. If I want to be the champion I’ve got to fight everyone anyway.”

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WrestleMania 33 Betting Odds: Brock Lesnar is a Massive Favorite

It’s that time of year again. WrestleMania 33 is upon us and the pro wrestling world is gearing up for its biggest weekend on the calendar.

Bray Wyatt is set to defend his WWE Championship against Randy Orton, and Goldberg seeks to keep his Universal Championship in another showdown with Brock Lesnar.

WrestleMania 33 is this Sunday, April 2, at 7 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. PT at the Orlando Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Ahead of the matches, you can throw some money down on who you think is going to come out on top on wrestling’s grandest stage. Thanks to the good folks at Bovada.lv, we got your odds right here. 

Also be sure to check in with MMA Hot Sauce on Sunday to catch all the results on Sunday’s matches.

WWE Championship

Randy Orton                 -260     (5/13)

Bray Wyatt                    +175     (7/4)

 

WWE Universal Championship

Brock Lesnar                 -3000   (1/30)

Goldberg                      +900     (9/1)

 

Raw Women’s Title Elimination Match

Bayley                          4/15

Sasha Banks                 9/2

Charlotte Flair                11/2

Nia Jax                         14/1

 

SmackDown Women’s Title (Kickoff Show)

Carmella                       11/10

Naomi                           11/10

Alexa Bliss                    9/1

Becky Lynch                 19/2

Mickie James                10/1

Natalya                         15/1

 

WWE United States Championship

Kevin Owens                 -800     (1/8)

Chris Jericho                 +425     (17/4)

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship

Baron Corbin                 -1400   (1/14)

Dean Ambrose              +700     (7/1)

 

WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Austin Aries                  +250     (5/2)

Neville                          -400     (1/4)

 

RAW Tag Team Titles

Enzo Amore & Big Cass            -250     (2/5)

Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson   +200     (2/1)

Sheamus & Cesaro                    +900     (9/1)

 

Seth Rollins vs Triple H

Seth Rollins      -600     (1/6)

Triple H             +350     (7/2)

 

Shane McMahon vs AJ Styles

Shane McMahon           +550     (11/2)

AJ Styles                      -1000   (1/10)

 

The Undertaker vs Roman Reigns

The Undertaker              +325     (13/4)

Roman Reigns              -550     (2/11)

 

John Cena & Nikki Bella vs The Miz & Maryse

John Cena & Nikki Bella            -1200    (1/12)

The Miz & Maryse                      +600     (6/1)

 

Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal (Kickoff Show)

Braun Strowman            -450     (2/9)

Field                             +275     (11/4)

 

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Knockout Radio Replay: King Mo Lawal and Joe Stevenson

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Georges St-Pierre’s Coach Says They Want Conor McGregor

Georges St-Pierre over McGregor and BispingGeorges St-Pierre‘s UFC return fight is supposed to be a challenge of middleweight champion Michael Bisping. Before his return run through the Octagon is over, however, St-Pierre reportedly wants to fight Conor McGregor.

Although St-Pierre said he has a plan for the fights on his current contract, the former welterweight kingpin hasn’t tipped his hand, other than having agreed to the Bisping bout.

His coach, however, said that McGregor is certainly a key element in the plan, but Bisping was offered first.

“That was the fight that was offered to us, through Dana (White),” famed boxing coach Freddie Roach told Fight Hub TV. “(He said) ‘do you want (Bisping)?’ We all thought about it, and we all said yes.”

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That’s when he dropped the Notorious bomb.

“With the last fight, hoping to (fight) McGregor,” said Roach.

“Who wouldn’t want that fight? It’s a big fight. We’d have to maybe cut weight, meet in the middle somewhere, but there’s long negotiations (to) still happen, of course. But, who wouldn’t want that fight?”

(Courtesy of Fight Hub TV)

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Ronda Rousey Hires New Coach; UFC or WWE on the Horizon?

Ronda Rousey has been mostly “missing in action” since she failed to wrest the UFC bantamweight belt back from Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on Dec. 31. With her staying out of the spotlight, speculation has run rampant that she might not ever return to the Octagon.

But is a recent social media post from one of her new coaches a hint that Rousey is considering a return?

Ronda Rousey UFC 193 TrainingStrength and nutrition specialist Dan Garner posted to Instagram recently, saying, “Wanted to give a good welcoming post to Ronda Rousey, who has just recently joined the team, and is all set for the comprehensive nutritional programming process with myself. Excited to have her on board and to accomplish some great things with her this year. Let’s go!”

Garner’s post did not unveil any hints to Rousey deciding to fight again, but that’s what it has to mean, right? 

Not necessarily.

While Rousey hasn’t commented on her fighting career, she surfaced briefly after the Nunes fight to lend a hand to protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline and for a guest spot on the NBC television series “Blindspot.”

The chatter recently, however, has centered on the WWE. Rousey is an adamant professional wrestling fan that has appeared as part of a WWE production in the past, so could her hiring of Garner be a nod to the WWE instead of a potential UFC return?

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That’s a question that Rousey has yet to answer. But wrestling big whigs from longtime Brock Lesnar associate Paul Heyman to WWE’s Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon have commented on Rousey being a good fit for WWE. McMahon, on ESPN, even went so far as to say, “I would love to add Ronda Rousey,” although she denied having any recent talks with Rousey, who is under contract with the UFC.

Working with a nutrition coach could also simply be in preparation for another acting role.

Really, Garner’s post about working with Rousey begs more questions than answers, but that he was allowed to publicly comment on his business relationship with Rousey should indicate that we’ll be hearing more from the former UFC champion in the near future.

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Bellator 175: Rampage vs. King Mo 2 Weigh-In Results and Video

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Watch the Bellator 175: Rampage vs. King Mo 2 weigh-in, which took place on Thursday in Chicago. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “King Mo” Lawal rematch in the fight card’s main event.

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Bellator 175: Rampage vs. King Mo 2 Weigh-in Results

Main Card:

  • Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (253) vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (212)
  • Emmanuel Sanchez (149.5) vs. Marcos Galvao (145.5)
  • Sergei Kharitonov (264) vs. Chase Gormley (265.5)
  • Noad Lahat (146) vs. Lloyd Carter (148)
  • Steve Kozola (155) vs. Jake Roberts (156)

Preliminary Card:

  • Max Fuentes (138) vs. Brandon Shelhart (135)
  • James Esposito (154.5) vs. Asef Askar (157)
  • Brian Akins (156) vs. Mike DeLaVega (156)
  • Cory Galloway (136) vs. David Garcia (137)
  • Tom Holder (169) vs. Josh Streaker (170.5)
  • Joaquin Buckley (171) vs. Justin Patterson (171)
  • J.D. Hardwick (150) vs. Tim Cho (150)
  • Nate Williams (129) vs. Manny Vazquez (130)
  • Matt Paul (207.5) vs. James Bochnoviv (205)
  • Damian Norris (155) vs. Tom Shoaff (155)
  • Prince McLean (225) vs. Adam Maciejewski (262)

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Erick Gonzalez Looking to ‘Master the Art of Distance’ at Combate Americas 12

Having picked up four wins in a row, lightweight Erick Gonzalez was feeling optimistic heading into his February 16 bout against Danny Ramirez at Combate Americas 11, but he ended up being disappointed.

While Gonzalez believes the judges’ decision was not warranted, he does feel he made mistakes against Ramirez that may have contributed to the loss.

“I was over-throwing a lot of power punches and headhunting a lot,” Gonzalez told MMAWeekly.com. “It can be a problem when you’re headhunting too much. You’re over-throwing punches and exerting a lot of energy that can be wasted from them slipping it and parrying it.”

Since the loss to Ramirez, Gonzalez has been working hard to change his striking philosophy so not to get caught in the same habits he had previously.

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“I’m focusing on doing quicker punches and not just strong punches in setting up a big shot – whether it’s a head shot or body shot,” said Gonzalez. “That way I can engage to the body while keeping them busy upstairs, and be able to drop my level, and work the hard punches in last, rather than just heavy hits all the time.”

Gonzalez (6-1) will look to put his new philosophy to the test when he returns to Combate Americas on Thursday in Tijuana, Mexico, to take on Marco Antonio Elpidio (7-1) in a main card 155-pound bout.

“I have a very long range, so that’s why I’m trying to master the art of keeping my distance and engaging with my striking,” Gonzalez said. “I know (Elpidio) likes to strike, but he only comes in with a hard overhand right – kind of like a rainbow – so keeping my distance will help a lot.

“Working my inside leg kicks and body kicks, setting up my body shots against the cage. I have to make sure I’m changing my angles a lot more and keeping him guessing the entire fight.”

Going forward, Gonzalez has his eyes on claiming Combate Americas gold not only at 155-pounds, but adding a second title to go with it in the future.

“The goal is to get my title for the lightweight division, and then I eventually want to make my way down to 145-pounds and take that weight class as well,” said Gonzalez. “

“This last one (against Ramirez) was a drawback, but not much of a drawback, because I didn’t lose as much as I thought I was. I still got Fight of the Night. I still made a lot of new fans.”

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Mark Hunt Gets Massive Chest Tattoo

For UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt, it’s all about go big or go home. 

He never backs down from the big fight. He never fails to swing with the big punch. And when he gets a new tattoo? Well, you get the drift. 

Hunt recently got a massive chest tattoo and yeah, it’s big. Big in size. Big on detail. It’s just freaking big!

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