Last week, the Professional Fighters League made a huge announcement of a new European League. Not only that, but they also announced the signings of several top British talents to their roster, one of which being “The Vanilla Gorilla”, Louie Sutherland. On August 20th, Sutherland is set to take on Manchester Top Team’s, Abraham Bably in both fighters inaugural PFL fights.
Sutherland is a heavy hitting Heavyweight who in 4 professional bouts, has scored 4 knockouts. But with his professional career only starting back in 2019, he is still a fresh face in the MMA world. Listed below are 3 things you might not know about the talented 28-year-old to be able to get to know him just that little bit more.
3. Why his nickname is “The Vanilla Gorilla”
Sutherland goes by the name “The Vanilla Gorilla” inside the cage, and it’s a name Lillian Garcia will have to get used to saying. Louie isn’t the only fighter who goes by the nickname though, as UFC fighters, Chase Sherman and Jason Witt are also recognised by the name.
Louie Sutherland told VMTV the reason behind being called “The Vanilla Gorilla” saying: “Everyone’s nickname comes from someone in the gym or your friends or whatever, I was an amateur at the time and was at the gym and I was doing a bit of wrestling and someone went to me ‘you’re like a gorilla’.
“I thought, I guess that’s a compliment, I’ll take it as one. And then he took a second look and went ‘you’re like a vanilla gorilla’ and it stuck to be fair, and ever since then it’s been the Vanilla Gorilla. I always thought it’s better for your nickname to come from someone else.”
2. Sutherland was born in North London
Sutherland was in fact born in Tottenham, North London, but represents Scotland in honour of his Father. The Heavyweight trains at Titan Fighter Gym in London along with fellow PFL fighters, Stuart Austin and “Smooth” Simeon Powell and has accumulated a following of Londoners throughout his tenure as a fighter. “The Vanilla Gorilla” grew up only minutes away from the new 62,000 seated, Tottenham Hotspur stadium, and grew up as a fan of Tottenham Hotspur and Celtic.
1. Louie represented Scotland in Rugby
Originally, the two sports Louie found himself invested in were Rugby and boxing, to the extent that the Scotsman actually represented his nation in u18’s Rugby. Whilst competing professionally in Rugby, Sutherland admitted that he also became fond of Boxing from a young age as it aided him while he competed in Rugby.
Succeeding his Rugby career, Sutherland wanted to find something new that he could focus a drive towards. Luckily for MMA fans, he found the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. “When I stopped playing Rugby I need something to focus on, something to give me a focus and a drive towards. Learning new skills is always beneficial and something that excites me and that’s why I swayed towards MMA.
“I did go back to boxing for a little bit but I’ve always been a fan of MMA and I guess fighting is just something I’m good at.”
Fighting is something he is extremely good at, and the excitement for his PFL debut is building, especially as it will be in his hometown of London. UK residents will be able to catch Sutherland’s PFL debut on Channel 4 on August 20th.
Magomed Umalatov & Denis Golstov OUT, Dilano Taylor & Juan Adams IN | PFL 8
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.
BREAKING: Due to the inability to secure a visa to enter the United Kingdom, Denis Goltsov and Magomed Umalatov will be replaced by alternates @chosenjuan285 & @PostmanTaylor. #PFLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/Oj7PAfu6sy— PFL (@PFLMMA) August 11, 2022
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
Dilano Taylor vs Magomed Umalatov
Ante Delija vs Renan Ferreira
Juan Adams vs Matheus Scheffel
Sadibou Sy vs Carlos Leal
Josh O’Connor vs Emran Sakhizaada
Mohammad Fakhreddine vs Marcin Wójcik
Chris Mixan vs Christian Stigenberg
Szymon Bajor vs Hatef Moeil
PFL Offers To Host Kayla Harrison vs Cris Cyborg
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.
Fans want the fight— Donn Davis (@DonnDavisPFL) August 10, 2022
Fighters want the fight
I have watched and listened … @PFLMMA will provide all money and handle all matters @KaylaH v @criscyborg
$1M each fighter + $2M winner bonus
PPV Super Fight … no more talk … decide the best inside the cage#KaylaCyborg
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.
Jesse Arnett vs Ali AlQaisi 2 | The Biggest Rematch in UAE Warriors History is Official!
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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