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UFC London | Who is Charles Johnson?

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With UFC London on July 23rd fast approaching, the focus is rightly on the British talent primed to make a statement on home turf. Flyweight phenom Muhammad Mokaev is certainly one of the names at the forefront of this crop, with the 21 year old looking to secure his 2nd UFC victory in as many outings, following an emphatic first round debut finish over Cody Durden in March. His debut may have been a quick one, but his Sophomore outing looks to be a little more interesting as he faces former LFA flyweight champion Charles Johnson.

Charles Johnson will be looking to redirect the punishers upwards trajectory, coming off a 4 fight win streak and with a wealth of championship experience under his belt, “InnerG” will undoubtably be firing on cylinders in a bid to make the most of his UFC debut.

Although he may have just recently got the call to compete in the UFC, Johnson has gone toe to toe with ranked UFC competition. His lone LFA loss back in 2018 came at the hands of number 5 ranked UFC flyweight Brandon Royval, a contest in which he lost a unanimous decision after being shut down by a heavy leg kick approach.

With an impressive record of 11-2, 5 being via KO/TKO with 3 submissions, Johnson has shown a well versed game with a unique yet effective style of striking in which he finds the most success. As well as competing in MMA, professional boxing has also been an avenue Johnson has dabbled in. The experience he has garnered in these contests comes across in is striking approach, displaying a strong ability to roll with strikes, a consistently composed and loose manner in the cage, and a patience and knack for efficient shot selection which has seen him able to keep at a constant pace for 5 rounds.

His most recent fight against the always dangerous, previously undefeated Carlos Mota was a testament to all of these qualities. Although his boxing is very crisp and composed, he loves to lead with his kicks, teeps to the body were frequent as usual to chip away at the tank for 5 rounds, along with the feints, he often sets up his high kicks which he whips up out of no where with no tell at an impressive pace. He showed composure, heart and great pacing, navigating through an endless assault from Mota before securing a finish in the 5th, after some crisp counter striking and a wave of calculated aggression to capitalise on the openings he had created.

The striking exchanges between Johnson and Mokaev are going to be very interesting, Mokaev has improved vastly in the striking department in such a short space of time, aggressive and ferocious yet very composed. One would assume Johnsons kick heavy style, although quick, would be a risky approach against an opponent like Mokaev who will likely use them as an opening to take the fight to the mat. Its likely we see a more boxing heavy Johnson, an approach he’s more than capable of executing, although gaining Mokaev’s respect with his punches will be essential to keep him at bay in an attempt to negate the imminent takedown threat. Although not at all easy, Johnson controlling the octagon and the pace of the contest would be of great benefit to him, although he often fights off the back foot.

Charles Johnson is yet to be finished in 13 professional MMA fights and I believe will undoubtably be an exciting addition to an ever expanding UFC flyweight roster. Mokaev of course is a guy who has shown incredible talent in all areas of the game at such a young age and thus, Johnson is going to be overlooked by many, but with the experience, composure and grit this guy has, along with his unique yet effective style of striking, he will definitely be an interesting test.

Tune in on July 23rd to see this intriguing clash of surging flyweights.

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Magomed Umalatov & Denis Golstov OUT, Dilano Taylor & Juan Adams IN | PFL 8

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Magomed Umalatov & Denis Golstov have unfortunately been ruled out of their PFL semi-final playoff this weekend against Rory MacDonald & Matheus Scheffel as they were unable to secure a visa to enter the United Kingdom. The news was announced by PFL just moments ago.

Magomed Umalatov will now be replaced by welterweight alternate Dilano Taylor, whilst Golstov will now be replaced by former UFC heavyweight Juan Adams.

PFL 8 will take place at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena this Saturday, August 13th. You can find the updated fight card for the event below.

PFL 8 Full Card

Post Main Card European Qualifiers:

Will Fleury vs Anthony Salamone

Nathan Kelly vs Ben Ellis

Vojto Barborík vs Maxim Radu

Francesco Nuzzi vs Moktar Benkaci

Main card

Dilano Taylor vs Magomed Umalatov

Ante Delija vs Renan Ferreira

Juan Adams vs Matheus Scheffel

Sadibou Sy vs Carlos Leal

Preliminary Card

Josh O’Connor vs Emran Sakhizaada

Mohammad Fakhreddine vs Marcin Wójcik

Chris Mixan vs Christian Stigenberg

Szymon Bajor vs Hatef Moeil

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PFL Offers To Host Kayla Harrison vs Cris Cyborg

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After both women were featured on yesterday’s episode of the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Kayla Harrison and Cris Cyborg now have a serious offer on the table for their super fight. The founder and co-owner of the PFL Donn Davis tweeted saying that the PFL will host the fight and “handle all matters”. Offering up $1 million for each fighter’s purse and a $2 million winners bonus, the fight now has some serious money behind it.

Whilst on the MMA Hour, both women had something to say about the fight, Kayla Harrison actually called into the show when it was about to end to tell her side of the story. She said that the last she heard from the PFL was that Cyborg was a free agent and they had reached out. Harrison also said that she would be happy to negotiate on behalf of Cyborg to get her whatever she wants, whether the fight is winner takes all or not, whether Harrison has to go through a full USADA drug testing program etc. Her only request was that they allow elbows so she can “put one through her skull”.

Cyborg, on the other hand, said that if the PFL wants to make the fight happen, they should contact Scott Coker and Bellator to make the fight a co-promotion. Despite now being a free agent, Cyborg referred to the fact that she loves working with them and considers Coker to be family and would want them to be involved. Whilst co-promotion isn’t out of the question as it’s something Bellator have done before, it does make the deal more complicated.

Also on the MMA Hour, Cyborg announced that she will be making her professional debut in boxing on September 25th. She will face Simone Silva in Curitiba, Brazil and signed her contract live on air. Harrison’s next outing in the PFL comes in less than two weeks when she faces Martina Jindrová on the 20th August at PFL 9 in London as one half of the semi-finals.

Is this a super-fight you’d like to see made in the near future? Let us know your thoughts on the situation in the comments.

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Jesse Arnett vs Ali AlQaisi 2 | The Biggest Rematch in UAE Warriors History is Official!

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The biggest rematch in UAE Warriors history is confirmed as Jesse Arnett (20-8) is set to defend his UAE Warriors featherweight title against rival Ali AlQaisi (12-6) in the main event of ‘UAE Warriors 33’ on Saturday, September 17 live from the Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Arnett won the title from AlQaisi in an exciting and heated affair at ‘UAE Warriors 30’ this past July ending ‘The Royal Fighter’s’ triple championship reign. The bout was ended via doctor stoppage due to a cut sustained by AlQaisi in the second round. Emotions ran high and tempers flared in the aftermath, however officials quickly handled the situation and both fighters immediately agreed to a rematch.

Will Arnett retain and establish himself as the UAE Warriors featherweight champion or can AlQaisi regain his status as triple champion!? The score will officially be settled on September 17, live around the world on UFC Fight Pass.

If that wasn’t enough excitement, we will see the anticipated return of the Africa series as ‘UAE Warriors 32: Africa’ takes place the night prior on Friday, September 16.

History will be made as Kevin Oumar (8-3) and Emilio Quissua (3-0) compete become the first ever UAE Warriors Africa light heavyweight champion.

Hailing from Comoros, Oumar is based out of France where has become both a sanda and kickboxing champion. The 29-year-old is on a five-fight win-streak which includes an impressive submission win over the previously undefeated Mohamed Amine in his last fight in UAE Warriors this past March.

Oumar will once again need to be on top of his game as he faces Angola’s Emilio Quissua. A former kickboxer himself, Quissua trains out of the renowned Planet Eater gym in Germany and has won all three of his professional MMA bouts since making his debut just over a year ago.

Stay tuned for more fight announcements.

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