UFC 277 was a proud showcase of Latin American UFC talent, culminating in the people’s main event: Brandon Moreno v Kai Kara-France II.
In the blaring Mexican represented Dallas, Texas, Brandon marched to the rhythm of his walkout music, ‘Corrido del Bebe Asesino’ where he awaited the war-faced Kai. With all the anticipation of the world, the crowd and viewers at home were ready to see the New Zealander and Mexican create legendary entertainment.
With the new camp at Glory MMA and the help of boxing trainer Jorge Capetillo, Moreno and his team had modified his stance, to effectively respond to leg kicks he had struggled with in his last bout of the trilogy with Deiveson. Moreno showcased excellent vision and timing this round leaving the leg outside the range of the New Zealander’s low kick.
A break in the action occurs after a kick to the groin by Kara-France, but with all the will to get back in there and apply pressure, Moreno only takes 38 seconds.
The main weapons the Mexican utilized this round were his jab, lead hook and rear straight. Moreno side steps around the octagon in rhythm to Kara France. When Moreno spears into Kara France , the new Zealander has no option but back up directly to the cage, and exit the direction moreno wants.
Moreno takes Kara-France’s overhand right clean, which has him likely dazed but enough wits about him to get to cage wrestling with Kara-France. Kai, well tested off his last bout with Askar Askarov, is up as soon as he feels his opening.
While the first round showed us Moreno prepared and vigilant against leg kicks, Kara-France answers back by attempting more leg kicks and finding success landing on Morenos outside and inside legs.
Kai used the signal of Moreno’s jab to land stinging kicks and dissuade the planting of the lead foot. Kara-France goes to high kick off his opponent’s jab but instead finds himself pushed up against the cage fighting a body lock. Moreno unable to start any meaningful grappling attack, he lets Kara-France up off against the cage and strikes off the break of contact and returning to the center of the cage, poising their next method of attack.
Kara-France telegraphs right hand that Moreno ducks under, grabs Kai’s legs and trips him to the mat which Kai immediately rebounds with had arm extended to catch himself on the mat. Moreno attacks off the break again, targeting Kai’s head with a powerful switch kick
Moreno throws a kick targeting Kara-France’s head, in which the New Zealander responds in rhythm with opponent to kick the Mexican’s only standing leg, toppling him to the mat. Regaining his composure, Moreno pops back up aware of Kara-France’s incoming strikes.
Both men end the round trading powerful combinations.
Kai intercepts another kick by Moreno, tripping him right into the full guard position on the mat. While Moreno works for possible triangle or armbar setups, Kara-France prioritizes ground and pound to open a wide gash on Moreno’s face. On the feet, Kara-France is having success timing his right hand and leg kicks, a clear reflection of his growth of confidence in his weapons.
In response to the success of Kara-France, Moreno changes the main trajectory of his solid switch kick from the head to the body, in which he lands multiple through the round. Moreno pounced on Kara-France as he was reeling and covering up from the pain of the body strike, forcing Herb Dean to end the fight within the last minute. Brandon Moreno becomes the new Interim Flyweight Champion.
Despite the adrenaline of the win, Moreno in the face of his Flyweight rival was only focused on being a solid example for his daughters at home. Moreno tells Figueiredo,
“I forgive you. Please forgive me if I did something bad against you. I want to fight in December.”
With a heart and belt of gold Moreno and Figueiredo embrace to solidify the tetralogy projected to happen at the end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023.
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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