EFCA 31: Zulu vs Pena – July 3 – 10:15 AM ET (EFCATV.com)
Nkazimulo Zulu (6-1) TapOut Academy
Demarte Pena (8-0) Undisputed Fight Club
These two met back when they were amateur. Zulu defeated Pena via KO in the 2nd round. Zulu and Pena have been smack talking all week. During the face off Zulu reminded Pena of the KO and said he would be teaching Pena, respect. Pena said he was going to destroy Zulu. Pena is the EFCA Featherweight Champion and has defended that Title five times. Zulu said he was coming down to his weight class (bantamweight) and I’ll knock him out with a flying knee.
Zulu is currently the EFCA Bantamweight Champion with 3 KO/TKO’s, 2 Submissions & 1 Decision.
Matt Buirski (3-0-1) World of Warriors & Wrestling 4 MMA
Cedric Doyle (6-2) Rio Grappling
Buirski’s last outing resulted in a draw against a very tough and dangerous Abdul Hassan at EFCA 26. Buirski won his first 3 pro MMA fights and with a victory over Doyle could put him as top contender for a Bantamweight Title.
Doyle has a three fight win streak in EFCA events and all three never reaching the third round. Doyle would like nothing better than to have to face Nkazimulo Zulu in a rematch from his loss to Zulu via Submission Choke in the 2nd Rd at EFCA:22.
Buirski came in at 1.3kg over the limit and will suffer a purse deduction in order to compete. After stepping off the scales Doyle knew he was over the limit and had this to say…’I’m going to &%$# you up and take your money’ (courtesy EFCA fan page)
LION FIGHT 16 – July 4 – 09:00 PM ET (AXS TV)
Michael Thompson (39-11, 19 KO’s)
Kevin Ross (29-8)
Thompson says he expects an all out war and believes his work rate is a lot higher than Ross. Ross is a stand up fighter so Thompson doesn’t have to worry about chasing him around the ring for 5 rounds. You can definitely expect a lot of big punches and huge elbows from both fighters in this 5 round battle. This will be for the inaugural super light wieght championship. As we all know, Ross can take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’.
Tiffany Van Soest (10-1-1)
Sindy Huyer (35-0)
Soest being very athletic, fast and strong will be one of the most challenging fights of her career. She’ll sit back, relax and play the counter fighting game when she needs to and feels she as the confidence with the tools to beat Huyer.
Huyer fighting out of Italy is very aggressive, comes forward and throws everything with bad intentions. Huyer is coming to bang and it’s going to be a fun fight.
(Courtesy of LionFight.com)
WSOF 11: Gaethje vs Newall – July 5 – 04:00 PM ET (NBC Sport Net)
Justin Gaethje (11-0) Grudge Training Center
Nick Newell (11-0) Fighting Arts Academy
Gaethje is the WSOF LIghtweight Champion claiming that title when he defeated Richard Patishmock via KO/TKO due to punches at WSOF 8 back in January. Gaethje has put together an amazing 9 KO/TKO out of his 11 wins and this will be his first title defense.
Newell began his MMA career in 2009 and surprisingly keeps adding the wins to his record. Newell has finished everyone of his fights in the 1st Rd except for one and that was a decision win over Chris Coggins at XFC 17. Newell left the XFC as the Lightweight Champion defeating Eric Reynolds via Submission Choke in the 1st Rd at XFC 21 in December, 2012.
It’s pretty obvious who wins this fight, depending if it stays standing up or goes to the ground.
Jon Fitch (25-6-1) American Kickboxing Academy
Dennis Hallman (53-14-2) Victory Athletes
Fitch started out in the UFC going 8-0 before coming up short against GSP via unanimous decision at UFC 87. Fitch would rebound from that lost with another streak going 5-0-1 until he stepped in the cage vs Johnny Hendricks which resulted in a TKO due to punches in the 1st Rd. Fitch would fight two more times in the UFC going 1-1 before being cut by the Zuffa promotion. Fitch would sign with the WSOF and 4 months later after being cut by UFC had already stepped in the cage with Josh Burkman at WSOF 3 and receiving his first loss via Submission Choke in the 1st Rd. Fitch would redeem himself at WSOF 6 winning a split decision over Marcelo Alfaya.
Hallman fighting out of Yelm, Washington is another UFC veteran with a record of 4-5 in the UFC. Hallman has 41 submissions out of the 53 wins in his pro career, only going the distance 7 times and 4 KO/TKO for a total of 44 finishes. Hallman is one of the most experienced veterans in mixed martial arts history. He has competed against the best welterweights in the sport, with his biggest accomplishment defeating UFC Hall of Famer, Matt Hughes via submission, not once but twice and both victories in the 1st Rd in just :14 and :41 seconds. WOW!
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