Rated the top bantamweight prospect outside the UFC prior to signing, Thomas Almeida is very highly regarded. Training out of the famed Chute Boxe in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Almeida is an impressive 17-0 with 13 T/KO’s and 4 submissions. At 23, Almeida is one of the youngest fighters on the roster and will add to an already deep division headed by reigning division kingpin T.J. Dillashaw. Prior to signing with the UFC, Almeida had told MMAFighting.com that he wanted to knockout Caio Machado when they squared off for Legacy FC’s 135 pound title and then sign with the UFC.
Whether or not he’s a fortune-teller, he did exactly that by stopping Machado with 33 seconds left in the first round to win the Legacy FC bantamweight title then signed with the UFC. In 17 fights Almeida has finished 15 of his opponents inside the first round with the other two finishes coming in round 2 and 4 respectively. No fight has been announced yet but he could make his UFC debut at UFC 179 in his native Brazil but that is just speculation at this point as he last fought in June. Continue reading
Manny Gamburyan on Caraway “he’s being smart, he doesn’t wanna fight me, or he should have fought me because I’d be the biggest name that he ever fought.” on Rousey vs. Carano “I see an easy night. First round again.”
Manny Gamburyan stopped by Submission Radio to discuss his feud with Bryan Caraway, his drop to Bantamweight, title aspirations and thoughts on Rousey’s next potential opponent.
Full interview- http://bit.ly/1sGTsD9 (Starts at 44:13 minute mark)
Manny Gamburyan transcript
On why he made the drop to Bantamweight
“When I started my career in MMA fighting, I was fighting at 170, and I never thought I could make 155. I’m gonna be really honest with you guys, I said so many times in my interviews, and then when I made 155, I felt like there’s no way I’m gonna make 145. And then in the future, I said ‘you know what, I can make 145′. And I did 145 (for) almost 10 fights, and then I got sick and tired of fighting big guys. Not that I have a problem with fighting big guys, it’s just, I feel like 135 I can do better and I can fight better and I can show better skill at 135.”
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Mike Winkeljohn gives prediction on how Jones beats Cormier “Submission led to by strikes” on press conference scuffle “The scuffle is unfortunate. It’s a shame, but you can see it happening, that’s what guys do.” plus advice to Rousey on Holm “First off, she wouldn’t wanna stand right in front of Holly “”it’s scary for any women out there in that division.”
Mike Winkeljohn one of the most decorated MMA coaches in the world stopped by Submission Radio to discuss Jon Jones, his press conference fight with Daniel Cormier, Holly Holms health update and why Ronda Rousey needs be ready for her striking.
Plus an Alistair Overeem update, the evolution of Jones as a champion and thoughts about the off air conversation recorded between Jones and Cormier.
Full Interview- http://bit.ly/1sGTsD9 (Interview begins at the 1:02 mark)
Mike Winkeljohn Transcript
On how Jones training is going for Cormier
“Oh yeah, we’ve got a game plan together. You know Jon called me immediately when we found out about it and automatically we started watching those tapes and going over stuff. Definitely got a good game plan for it, Jon’s as focused as ever, he’s working out hard, he’s way ahead of schedule in his training, he’s extra motivated by it, and he should be. You know what, that’s why Jon’s as good as he is and he’s fighting an incredible wrestler and striker in Cormier. So this is gonna be a great fight, but there is no doubt in my mind Jon is gonna come out ahead.” Continue reading