Headlining the preliminary card on UFC 175 was a bout between division kingpin Urijah Faber and surging Alex Caceras. While many criticized putting Faber on the undercard, he relished the opportunity to fight in the free prelims to support the main card. Caceras was just as delighted to face one of the best in the business. Caceras – better known as “Bruce Leroy” – became well-known to Asian fans when he took on Pancrase’s number one contender Motonobu Tezuka at the first UFC in Macau, China. Tezuka pushed for takedown after takedown, but Caceras relied the physically strong grinder any leeway for three rounds to win a split decision. Ironically, Faber was in Macau at the same time to support the card and was thrust into the fan spotlight. Caceras also appeared on another Asia card, at UFC Japan in March of 2013. He took a split decision from Korean Kang Kyung-Ho which was overturned to a no-contest when he tested positive for marijuana.
Bieke: My conditioning is much better this time as I have had longer time to prepare for my opponent. I took only a week off after my last fight and have been training in Xian and also did some wrestling in Astana in Kazakhstan. I feel that I am more at my peak with the longer training time.
MMA-in-ASIA: What were your feelings after your UFC debut fight?
Bieke: My first fight was a big learning experience for me. I took the fight with very short notice and it was during Chinese New Years thus I had only about 20 days of training thus during the fight many results that turned out to be not what I had anticipated. I was very disappointed that I lost and realized that the excitement of being in the UFC and wanting to fight immediately overshadowed my training and preparation time that I needed to be at my peak.
MMA-in-ASIA: So were the Octagon jitters real?
Bieke: I am not sure if its the jitters, I just want to fight and being in the UFC sure has its own experience, when I am in the Octogon my mind is just on beating my opponent.
MMA-in-ASIA: What have you changed in training for this fight?
Bieke: For the upcoming fight, I have been training in Xian thus the food regimen, conditioning and cardio is what I am used to. I have also been working on my ground game, and striking, just the usual training that I do.
MMA-in-ASIA: Who have been your main sparring partners?
Bieke: Wang Guan, Aotegen Bateer, and also Ardak Nazarov.
MMA-in-ASIA: Do you think Issa’s grappling presents a problem?
Bieke: Issa is a top BJJ champion so anyone getting into his grips will have a problem. I am confident what he has for me I will be able to escape or counter.
MMA-in-ASIA: What is your game plan to deal with him, or how will you fight?
Bieke: Issa has a good ground game but I have seen him get tapped by blue belts. I will have to…
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Today ONE FC announced that on August 29, 2014, the promotion will hold its first event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The promotion also stated that four title fights would be on the event.
The first of those already in discussion is Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki’s title defense. While it has not been announced by the promotion, sources have confirmed to MMA-in-ASIA that Kamal Shalorus has been selected as the challenger. Shalorus is 2-0 in ONE FC, following his release from UFC when he lost to Aoki’s Evolve MMA teammate Rafael dos Anjos.
Other titles currently held are the Welterweight by Nobutatsu Suzuki, the Featherweight by Koji Oishi, and the Bantamweight by Bibiano Fernandes. One national title is held, Malaysian Featherweight Champion is A.J. Lias Mansor.
Additionally, the Flyweight will be up for grabs as of the last ONE FC title eliminator bouts, which put Adriano Moraes against Geje Eustaquio.
check out the full story at MMA-in-Asia.com.
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Go behind the scenes of as two undefeated champions prepare to defend their titles against hungry challengers at UFC 175 on July 5. After making history by beating Anderson Silva — twice — middleweight king Chris Weidman prepares to face former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, a training partner of Silva who’s undefeated in his new weight class.
We managed to catch up with him to speak on numerous subjects such as UFC’s new partnership with Vale Tudo Japan, future shows in Thailand, Mark Hunt vs Roy Nelson and future plans for Singapore.
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During the press conference, MMA-in-ASIA asked White about one specific part of the UFC’s China development. Would there be a second season of The Ultimate Fighter China?
“As you know, that’s what we want to do… we’ve got the first one under our belts and we want to do a second one, this market is very important to us. Yes, there will be a Season 2, we’re just trying to work it out,” White responded.
Following the conference, MMA-in-ASIA got some one to one time with White. In a very candid interview, he started by saying that he is excited about the cities of Hong Kong and Macau, and can’t wait to bring an entourage over for UFC Macau, including Ronda Rousey.
However, the bummer of the day was Hector Lombard’s injury announcement which prevents him from facing Kim Dong-Hyun. White discussed how he got the word, his feelings, and how they came up with #4 ranked Tyron Woodley as Kim’s new opponent. Ironically, Woodley himself is also in Asia currently training at Evolve MMA in Singapore.
MMA-in-ASIA ventured outside of UFC Macau and into the Philippines, specifically regarding Brandon Vera’s recent cut from the roster. White was emphatic that is meant nothing in regards to the UFC’s high interest in the Philippines market, as well as mentioning Greece and Thailand on his “bucket list” for future UFC events.
For more, including White’s thoughts on currently signed Josh Barnett and recently retired Chael Sonnen grappling at the upcoming Metamoris, check out the full story at MMA-in-Asia.com.
Fightland recently ran an article on technology and MMA. The article, entitled “A history of improvement: Technology and MMA” features two products; our very own iJudgeFights mobile app and the revolutionary new IPunch. Both products were incubated at the top-tier UK based technology accelerator Springboard. (Since relaunched as Techcrunch London)
Fightland is one of Vice media’s key channels. Vice has really made a name for itself in the last few years with a mix of hard hitting reports and analysis coupled with an irreverent style. They often take on stories you will not find anywhere else in the mainstream media. These are the same people that trolled North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. The article was written by Sascha Matuszak, who has been making a name for himself recently profiling the state of MMA in the the world’s most populous nation. Check out the full story.