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Jai Herbert vs Kyle Nelson: Two fighters with similar paths set to go head to head

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Black Country’s very own, Jai Herbert, will make his 2nd UFC London appearance of the year this coming weekend as he takes on Canada’s, Kyle Nelson. “The Black Country Banger” was involved in a war back in March against Georgia’s, Ilia Topuira, finding himself on the wrong side of defeat.

Since moving from Cage Warriors, vacating his Lightweight strap and following a star-studded path from those before him, Herbert has been consistently matched up with killers from the beginning of his UFC tenure. In his first Octagon outing, he was matched up with Francisco Trinaldo, a veteran with double the amount of pro fights. Just under a year later, the 34-year-old took on the always game, Renato Moicano. A quick turnaround after his loss to Moicano saw him pick up his first win in the promotion, against Khama Worthy. The quality of opponent he has faced cannot be understated.

(credit: MMAFighting.com): Jai Herbert picks up his first UFC win with impressive victory over Khama Worthy

And this also rings true on July 23rd when Jai takes on Kyle Nelson. The owner of Muskoka Martial Arts Academy, Nelson, has been spending a lot of his training camp at the Kru Alin HOC. “The Monster” has undergone a similar fate to his opponent, Herbert, as his first UFC win also came in his third fight with the promotion.

Nelson’s first UFC fight came four years ago against the recently ranked, Diego Ferreira. His most recent loss came against fan favourite, Billy Quarantillo. In his most recent win against Polo Reyes, he scored an impressive standing KO over “El Toro” and utilised his grappling acumen. Just like Herbert, Nelson has not said no to any fight he’s been offered, making a match-up between the two almost guaranteed to be fireworks.

(credit: mmajunkie.usatoday.com): Kyle Nelson picks up his first UFC win with victory over Polo Reyes

How I Expect The Fight To Play Out

For “The Black Country Banger” it is key that he keeps the fight away from the cage. He will do his best work in this fight in the centre of the Octagon where he can create his own space and set up his crisp hands with combinations and counter shots. A lot of Kyle Nelson’s best work comes when he is putting on forward pressure, pushing his opponent back against the cage and letting rip to the body and head. Despite his short stint back to 145, Nelson packs a lot of power in his shots for a 155er, and that’s something I expect Jai to be wary of.

Nelson is sometimes flamboyant with his shots and looks for a big power punch quite often. For Jai, staying light on his feet and being ready for that big shot to come, he may be able to find success with some counter shots as Nelson comes in with big actions. Moicano set out a perfect blueprint against Herbert in their bout, utilising his advantage in the grappling department, something Nelson may try to do in this bout.

The two lightweights match-up extremely evenly in this bout, and that’s a credit to the matchmakers for putting this one together. There is no doubt that this fight has the potential to be a Fight of the Night contender, as both men will refuse to take a step back, much to the fans’ delight.

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PFL 9 Weigh-In Results

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Professional Fighters League (PFL) is live from London’s famous Copperbox Arena as the results for the Women’s Lightweight and Men’s Featherweight Semi-Final playoff Weigh-In concludes.

Reigning champion Kayla Harrison will headline the card as she looks to secure her spot in the finals with yet another dominant win in the division, this time over Martina Jindrova. In the co-main event, UK favourite Brendan Loughnane clashes with rival Chris Wade in a bad blood fuelled bout fans will not want to miss!

Elsewhere on the card touted prospects Louie Sutherland, Raphael Uchegbu & Ali Taleb will make their promotional debuts for PFL as they fight to qualify for next years European League. PFL 9 will be broadcast live for UK viewers on Channel 4 Sports YouTube channel from 6pm BST.

You can view the full fight card for PFL 9 and its Weigh-In results below.

PFL 9 Weigh-In Results

Post Main Card European Qualifiers:

Marcin Held vs Myles Price

Louie Sutherland vs Abraham Bably

Tayo Odunjo vs Magnus Iversen

Ali Taleb vs Darius Mafi

Zebenzui Ruiz vs Raphael Uchegbu

Main Card

Kayla Harrison (155lbs) vs Martina Jindrova (154lbs)

Chris Wade (145lbs) vs Brendan Loughnane (145lbs)

Larissa Pacheco (155lbs) vs Olena Kolesnyk (155lbs)

Ryoji Kudo (145lbs) vs Bubba Jenkins (146lbs)

Dakota Ditcheva (126lbs) vs Hassna Gaber (125lbs)

Simeon Powell (205lbs) vs Joao Paulo Fagundes (204lbs)

Preliminary Card

Stuart Austin vs Sofiane Boukichou

Omar Hussein vs Aleksandr Chizov

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UFC 278: Usman vs Edwards 2 – Preview

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The MMA leader will return to Salt Lake City for the first time in six years for UFC 278. At the head of the card, defending welterweight champion and pound-for-pound king Kamaru Usman faces his hardest challenge to date. He will rematch English sharpshooter Leon Edwards, who looks to become Britain’s second UFC champ whilst exacting revenge on his old foe.

Let’s take a closer look at this card!

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(c) Kamaru Usman (20-1) vs (#2) Leon Edwards (19-3, 1 NC) – UFC welterweight championship bout

England’s best hope for another UFC title will have to go through one of the greatest welterweights of all time if he hopes to return to Birmingham as champion.

Once only thought of as a pillow-handed wrestler with potential to break the top ten, Kamaru Usman has superceded expectations by becoming the UFC’s pound-for-pound number one. The thumping KO power, improving striking, never-ending cardio and granite chin, added with his world-class wrestling, have singled Usman out as the best welterweight on planet Earth. Coming into UFC 278, the champ has five title defenses already under his belt and is entering the territory of being considered the best 170lb of all time. If he can replicate the performance he put on against Edwards the first time, it would appear that ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ will haunt the division for as long as he sees fit.

The long and winding road to a title shot is finally coming to an end for Leon Edwards. A run of seven years undefeated – his only blemish being a no contest against Belal Muhammad – has earned the Brit his chance at a championship. Edwards brings a style that could cause major problems for Usman. The dangerous kicks and sharp straight left have given problems to everybody he has faced. Not only does Leon possess an elite striking game, but his grappling and conditioning are more than able to be compared with the best in the division. It will be no easy task, but ‘Rocky’ Edwards has a good shot to bring the title home.

(#6) Paulo Costa (13-2) vs Luke Rockhold (16-5) – middleweight bout

A former middleweight champion is hoping to make a return to title contention, but he take on a Brazilian wrecking ball in the co-main event.

Though he’s only dropped losses to champion Israel Adesanya and title contender Marvin Vettori, it feels like Paulo Costa has lost the steam he once had. Poor form and a lack of professionalism in the aforementioned bouts have knocked the Brazilian down the ladder, but he seems reinvigourated ahead of UFC 278. If there’s one thing Costa brings to the table, it’s his brutish pressure. His ability to bring the heat and work the body until his opponents crumble is the main thing that make him a very dangerous opponent. A big performance against Rockhold will surely place ‘The Eraser’ back into title discussions.

There was a point in time when Luke Rockhold was anticipated to go on a historic title run to rival Anderson Silva’s, but that never played out. Since his title win in 2015, the Californian has only fought four times, picking up only one win. He has now partnered up with Jason Parillo and says that he fully intends on going on another title run. The natural athleticism, wide frame, thunderous kicks and underappreciated jiu-jitsu of the former champ are all attributes he brings into this fight. At 37 years old and his ability to take a punch under serious doubt, it seems like unlikely, but never count Rockhold out.

(#3) Jose Aldo (31-7) vs (#6) Merab Dvalishvili (14-4) – bantamweight bout

A potential crack at 135lb gold will be on the line in the feature bout, which will see a matchup between the greatest featherweight of all time and a Georgian wrestling machine.

Who could’ve envisioned the comeback that Jose Aldo has been pulling off? The former 145lb champion seemed destined for a gloomy retirement, but he has turned back the clock with sensational showings against Marlon Vera, Pedro Munhoz and Rob Font. The lightning-fast striking of Aldo is always discussed ahead of his fights, but his legendary takedown defense could pay real dividends in this outing. A second crack at the bantamweight title won’t be far off if ‘The King of Rio’ makes it four straight.

Starting out your UFC tenure with two losses is never a good start, but Merab Dvalishvili has made sure that’s not the memory fans would have of him. Instead, the community has come to know him as one of Georgia’s finest fighters and a fierce prospect to be reckoned with. The name of the game is wrestling for Dvalishvili, who has averaged 7.3 takedowns every fifteen minutes so far. If he can turn back a legend like Aldo, ‘The Machine’ will be in discussions with the elite.

Tyson Pedro (8-3) vs Harry Hunsucker (7-5) – light-heavyweight bout

A clash between two men with perfect finishing rates will look to captalise on their pay-per-view slot at UFC 278.

A long absence from Tyson Pedro was finally snapped earlier this year, finishing Ike Villanueva by TKO in one round. Despite training with knockout artists like Mark Hunt and Tai Tuivasa, Pedro’s main talent lies on the mat. He will be very quick to snatch a submission when the fight hits the mat, but is a capable striker as well. He’s eager to re-enter the rankings, having been a top fifteen contender before his layoff. ‘Kangaroo Paws’ never disappoints, so keep your eyes on him this weekend.

The UFC journey for Harry Hunsucker hasn’t unfolded as he intended, to say the least. A pair of losses to Tai Tuivasa and Justin Tafa have given the Kentucky native the incentive to move down to the light-heavyweight division. Hunsucker is not afraid to go forward in search of the finish, which he has gotten in all of his fights. The move to 205lbs could do wonders for ‘The Hurricane’ and give him his first win in the promotion.

(#11) Marcin Tybura (22-7) vs (#13) Alexandr Romanov (16-0) – heavyweight bout

A seasoned Polish veteran of the division will have to fight off an oncoming Moldovan smasher to keep his ranking in the featured prelim.

Time and time again, Marcin Tybura proves to the masses that he deserves to be taken seriously as a force at heavyweight. His only loss in his last six bouts came to divisional mainstay Alexander Volkov, who snapped a five-fight win-streak. The Pole has fast reflexes and big power, backed nicely by a wrestling game that sees him maul from top position. A win at UFC 278 would be massive for the former M-1 Global champion.

Is there a scarier oncoming threat at heavyweight than Alexandr Romanov? The Moldovan successfully flipped an amateur wrestling career into an undefeated MMA career, where he has racked up fifteen finishes in sixteen wins. Romanov will always try to bring the fight to the ground and will put his opponents there in emphatic fashion. From there, he’s happy to work for a submission or pound until the finish. ‘King Kong’ could became a major issue for the heavyweight division.

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Will Usman continue to cement his legacy? Will Edwards bring the title back to Birmingham? Let us know in the comments!

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PFL 9 | 2022 Playoffs Full Card, Fight Preview

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The PFL’s Great British stop off concludes on Saturday, when the promotion touches down in the Big Smoke for their first event in the English capital, PFL 9.

Atop of the card is one of the most dominant fighters in all of combat sports, Kayla Harrison, as she prepares to take on Martina Jindrova. The other women’s lightweight semi-final also takes place on Saturday, as Larissa Pacheco takes on Olena Kolesnyk, with eyes on the $1 million. That’s not all the fans will be the beneficiaries of seeing, as the men’s Featherweight semi-finals also take place, as Manchester’s own Brendan Loughnane takes on rival, Chris Wade, and Bubba Jenkins takes on Ryoji Kudo.

As well as the women’s lightweight and mens featherweight semi-finals, an array of newly signed Brits will be welcomed into the PFL with their debuts in the European qualifiers.

Two Manchester Top Team talents will announce themselves in the SmartCage for the first time, as well as Titan Fighter’s, Louie Sutherland joining teammates, Stuart Austin and Simeon Powell for his promotional debut.

Despite there being prelims and postlims, the main focus will be on the four play off bouts, with all eyes fully focused on the $1 million culmination. Going into her 3rd semi-final bout in three years, Kayla Harrison can make history as the only fighter in the PFL to have won the tournament three times. As always, Kayla is going into her semi-final bout unscathed and unchallenged so far.

Brendan Loughnane on the other-hand is coming into his semi-final having only competed twice in the regular season, as his scheduled bout with Boston Salmon was cancelled due to Salmon withdrawal. It’s no secret that Loughnane and Wade aren’t the best of friends, and in an interview with VMTV, Loughnane said: “The guy is a moaning little b**tard, ‘oh I’ve got to go over to Brendan’s hometown’, first of all it’s nowhere near my hometown, it’s a four hour coach journey so get that in your head for a start.

“London was booked well before our fight, it could’ve been anyone he’s acting like it he’s getting dragged over here cause it’s me and it’s london, the guy just moans about everything. Shut up and get your a*se over here and let’s fight.”

You can check out the full PFL 9 card below. PFL 9 will be shown live for UK fans on Channel 4’s Sport YouTube channel.

PFL 9 Full Card

Post Main Card European Qualifiers:

Marcin Held vs Myles Price

Louie Sutherland vs Abraham Bably

Tayo Odunjo vs Magnus Iversen

Ali Taleb vs Darius Mafi

Zebenzui Ruiz vs Raphael Uchegbu

Main Card

Kayla Harrison vs Martina Jindrova

Chris Wade vs Brendan Loughnane

Larissa Pacheco vs Olena Kolesnyk

Ryoji Kudo vs Bubba Jenkins

Dakota Ditcheva vs Hassna Gaber

Simeon Powell vs Joao Paulo Fagundes

Preliminary Card

Stuart Austin vs Sofiane Boukichou

Omar Hussein vs Aleksandr Chizov

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