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VMTV & MMAPlay365 announce partnership for UFC London



VMTV & MMAPlay365 are excited to announce a joint partnership in the build up to the recently announced UFC London card, which is set for July 23rd. Headlining the card is a heavyweight clash between Tom Aspinall & Curtis Blaydes, accompanied by Darren Till in the co-main event as he returns to face Jack Hermansson.

The return to UK shores comes so soon thanks to the electrifying event that took place at the O2 Arena earlier this year. With anticipation for the event already sky high, VMTV & MMAPlay365 will be collaborating to provide fans with an essential, UFC London Fight Hub, packed full of exclusive content & competitions in the build up to the event!

Ranging from exclusive interviews & up-to-date news, all the way to the betting advice & predictions. The Fight Hub will be the only place the MMA Community needs to stay informed & engaged with the event.

Speaking on the partnership Adam Newsome, CEO of MMA Play 365, had this to say: “At MMAPlay365 we are really happy to collaborate with Violent Money and VMTV as VMTV are one of not many UK based MMA media outlets out there.

The UKMMA scene is great & we want to keep eyes on our outlets here in the UK. UFC London back in March was the most fun and electric UFC event we’ve had in 2022 and UFC President Dana White loved it that much he’s bringing it back to London only 4 months after the last event in London. So we thought it would be great to collab with VMTV to bring the fans some cool, exciting & free content on a dedicated page. This will be a one-stop-shop for any MMA fan in the build up to UFC London in July.”

Co-Founder of the Violent Money brand, Nathan Greyson, was delighted on the news stating: “We’re honoured & excited to be partnering with MMAPlay365 for the forthcoming UFC London event!

MMA Play 365 are the #1 company in the UK for betting advice & predictions on all UFC and MMA events, so to have the opportunity to collaborate with them for the event is an absolute pleasure. The last event in March was a landmark moment for the UK MMA scene so stay tuned on our Fight Hub page! It will be an essential place for fans to catch up on all the latest news, interviews, betting advice & other fun content surrounding the event.”

Who are MMAPlay365?

MMAPlay365 is the UK’s leading MMA predictions & betting advice service with the goal of helping their subscribers win money when betting on MMA. Signing up to the MMA Betting Advice service will give people their professional handicapper’s recommended bets alongside full fight breakdowns, parlays/accumulators & official bets played with real money. Utilising their innovating BAYES AI prediction software, subscribers are guaranteed the most in-depth predictions and insight for every UFC fight on any chosen event.

What is Bayes AI?

Bayes AI is the little secret to everyone’s success! A highly complex algorithm specially designed to give accurate predictions of UFC fights by utilising analysis of prior matchups and other fight related data which includes the fighters’ form, amongst other things.


Michael Bisping Advises Bo Nickal To “Slow Your Roll A Little Bit”



NCAA Wrestling standout Bo Nickal (2-0) dominated Zachary Borrego (3-1) on Dana White’s Contender Series last night, so it was a surprise to many that he was not immediately awarded a contract with the UFC.

Former UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping was commentating on the night and mixed with praise of the 2019 Hodge Trophy winner, awarded to the most outstanding college wrestler of the year, he did suggest he take a slower route to stardom after his 62-second outing.

“Listen, he’s chasing the money, and rightly so” Bisping said regarding Nickel’s transition to MMA from Wrestling. “Bit of caution, though. Just because you can wrestle, just because you’re doing that on the Contender [Series] doesn’t mean you can come in here and beat the best fighters in the world.”

“Listen, he’s chasing the money, and rightly so,”

Bo Nickal closing in on the finish. Photo Credit: Chris Unger/Zuffa

Bisping followed up by saying “I’ve trained with many a great wrestler, guys almost as accomplished as him, and against the fence, it’s a different world. Of course, the man’s going to have a sensational career. But slow your roll a little bit, buddy.” attempting to temper the expectations of the 2-0 Nickal, who has seen just 1 minute and 35 seconds of professional MMA cage-time.

Nickal will be back on the Contender Series having signed a developmental deal with the UFC and with another win, will almost surely be joining the UFC Middleweight division, becoming one of the hottest prospects in the organisation.

Dana White said after the fight that this is due to Nickal’s lack of experience. Ariel Helwani called it “insulting” that they presented Nickal as if he had a chance of getting a contract when it seems that this was the plan all along.

Bo Nickal in his wrestling days Photo Credit: Penn State

At 26-years-old, Bo Nickal is approaching his athletic prime, and despite not being signed last night, will more than likely be a UFC fighter in the very near future.

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Claire Lopez & Camila Rivarola Headline As Latinas Take Centre Stage



Combate Global today announced a five-bout, all-women’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight card for Friday, Aug. 12, streaming live on Paramount+ from Miami, Fla. In strawweight (115 pounds) main event, Claire Lopez (6-4) will collide with fellow hard-hitting standout Camila Rivarola (4-3-1).
The 33-year-old Claire Lopez of Paris, France via London England will see action for the first time since she debuted impressively with Combate Global, defeating two consecutive opponents in one night last August 13, before finishing as runner-up in the first-ever Combate Global one-night, eight-woman tournament.
Rivarola, also 33 years of age, hails from Montevideo Uruguay and fights out of Stockholm, Sweden.  She will see action in Combate Global for the first time this year since earning a unanimous decision victory over veteran Stephanie Frausto last December 3.
A former undefeated amateur touted for her kickboxing skills, Rivarola has never been knocked out or submitted over the course of her eight-fight professional career thus far.

Above:  Rosselyn “Chula” Chavira faces fellow unbeaten upstart Flor Chavez in the flyweight co-main event of a Combate Global all-women’s fight card on Friday, Aug. 12.

In the flyweight (125 pounds) co-main event, two unbeaten upstarts in Rosselyn “Chula” Chavira (2-0) and Flor Chavez (1-0) will duke it out in what is also a U.S. versus Mexico showdown. Chavira will make her second start in La Jaula, the Combate Global competition cage, after defeating Tyler Schaefer via split decision in a memorable see-saw battle on December 12, 2021.
Just 21 years of age, Chavez of Mexico City is coming off her professional debut victory, a unanimous decision over American Blanca Marquez on April 8.
Elsewhere on the card and in another flyweight contest, Dee Begley (2-1) of Dublin, Ireland will square off with Yessica Ortega (1-2) of Mexico City. Unbeaten Melissa Gomez (1-0) of Santiago, Chile will face Elizabeth Avila (0-3) of Mexico City at atomweight (105 pounds).
Tyler Schaefer (1-2) of San Diego, Calif. will meet Aitana Alvarez (1-3) of San Sebastian, Spain at flyweight.

Paramount+ coverage will begin with a Combate Global pre-show at 10:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. CT, and will continue with the live fight action, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/10:00 p.m. CT.

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After an emphatic submission win over Erick Gonzalez on Saturday night, one of the UFC’s most exciting young lightweights, Terrance McKinney, is on the hunt for his next opponent. His call out of choice has got fight fans the world over, licking their lips. McKinney wants a shot at fellow rising star, Paddy Pimblett, but will Dana White match-up two of the division’s biggest prospects so early in their UFC careers? The answer, probably not, but we can dream, can’t we?

An observant eye will have noticed that this year, November 5th falls on a Saturday. So, Dana White and the UFC would be foolish not to build an explosive fight night around that. Match-ups that guarantee fireworks, a night to remember, remember. Okay, I’ll stop.

McKinney got back in the win column on Saturday night. Credit: MMA Junkie

Terrance McKinney vs Paddy Pimblett would provide exactly that. The pair are on a strangely similar trajectory, and would both be coming into this fight off the back of a submission victory via rear naked choke. If they were to meet in the octagon however, it seems unlikely that much of the fight would take place on the ground, in fact, I’m not sure it would have time to.

Recent evidence shows that both McKinney and Pimblett have knockout power and questionable defence. Both are so aggressive on the attack that they leave themselves vulnerable to counter strikes. It’s got them this far though. McKinney’s recent loss to Drew Dober was a round of the year contender, and after going all out to finish Dober after catching him, McKinnney’s gas tank was his main downfall. Paddy on the other hand, is scouse, so he can’t get knocked out. (His words, not mine).

Paddy Pimblett brings fireworks, and the occasional T-Bag. Credit: The Mirror

Whichever fighter you favour, it’s hard to envisage this one reaching the end of round one. But with both fighters having the potential to bring huge PPV money into the UFC in the future, Dana will be hesitant to make it happen. We have seen some rising stars thrown into deeper waters lately however, with Khamzat Chimaev beating Gilbert Burns and Sean O’Malley soon to face Petr Yan. The perfect match-up to build a November 5th fight night around is indeed McKinney vs Pimblett, but in all likelihood, it’ll be a match-up we see further down the line. Whatever happens though, the pair of them are just getting started, and seem destined to rocket up the lightweight rankings.

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