Quadruple C wants to go intergender
Former WBC, IBF boxing champ Ava Knight signs with Bellator
Knight will make her pro MMA debut vs. strawweight Shannon Goughary at Bellator 228 on 9/28 in Inglewood. Knight says she isn't leaving boxing permanently, and has been training MMA off and on for three years. “It’s hard to change the mindset and mind frame from going to a champion to being nothing and learning from scratch. I think this is going to be something that tells me how much more of a better champion I can be. Now I have to worry about feet and going to the ground and all these other things. Boxing is a pure sport. MMA is a bunch of sports mixed together. My confidence is exactly the same. Nothing has changed. Only because as a champion and boxing for 18 years, I’ve gotten my ass beat so many times by people in the ring there’s really nothing else that can break me. I would love to stay with Bellator and continue to be a champion for them. We still have big plans in boxing. With MMA and boxing together, I get to do a big thing for women in sports. Not saying that nobody has done it, but nobody like me has done it.”
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Cleiton 'Predator' vows to make champ Luan 'Miau' cry in pain at BRAVE 25 on 8/30
"My goal at BRAVE CF is to snatch the belt away from Miau. I don't want to just beat him. I want to make him cry in pain when we fight. The goal is to beat him up badly and stake my claim as the best Lightweight in the BRAVE roster. This is the time for me to really make my family and friends proud. They were unsure of my profession, but I proved them wrong when I signed for BRAVE and even though, they were against me fighting professionally, they have always supported my choices. They realized I have what it takes to fight for a global promotion, and BRAVE has been a blessing in my life. My victory will be dedicated to them, for their support and for realizing my potential."
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Liz Carmouche defends performance vs. Valentina Shevchenko
“I don’t think that there’s blame to be had. To her end, I didn’t execute either, so it was on both of our parts it negated our ability to do anything. ... I absolutely anticipated that she would be a lot more aggressive. I think that because of the style that I was doing was throwing her off that she would be much more resilient in it and more aggressive instead of being more cautious in this fight. ... There’s a lot of things I did correctly. I felt the healthiest I’ve felt going into a fight. Going into the fifth round, I wasn’t tired at all. I think a lot of people anticipated that I wouldn’t be able to go into the fifth round. ... I didn’t feel tired at all. I think I did a lot of things correctly, did a lot of things my coaches helped me to do tonight. I just felt like tonight she had a better gameplan and executed her gameplan. ... Of course [this being my last title fight is] always in the back of my mind,” Carmouche said. “Even after the first one, I wondered if I would have another opportunity. After this one, I look at it, and I just need to keep making the improvements.” h/t MMA Junkie
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Valentina Shevchenko reflects on loss in first fight with Liz Carmouche
A decade ago Liz Carmouche landed an upkick on Valentina Shevchenko, causing a cut that led to a doctor stoppage after Round 2, and leaving a scar to this day. Tonight, they fight again: "At [that] time ... you’re just asking what weight class and that’s all you need. Not even the location, not the city, nothing. You are just ready to fight. ... I was dominating that fight. I was successful with my striking. I took her down and I wanted to make a leg lock and at this moment we went to the ground and we started to wrestle a little bit on the ground and then I saw the blood. ... I did not agree with this decision, I was ready to continue but they decided to stop it because of the cut. ... You can’t discharge it or say it never happened because it happened. I took my lessons from this situation. Everything that happened with me made me stronger. This is my chance to move forward. For me, it’s my title defense and I will be ready at 100 percent." h/t MMA Fighting
Stipe Miocic: Rematch isn't even about the belt
Stipe Miocic became the first UFC heavyweight to successfully defend the belt three times, but he lost it 13 months ago to Daniel Cormier, and gets a rematch at UFC 241 on 8/17: “It wasn’t a good night. It didn’t play out the way I wanted it, but listen, the 17th, it’s going to be different. I can tell you that. He caught me with a punch, I thought I was all right. I’ve been hit harder, just not right on the button. ...there’s a lot of things I’m going to do different. I can’t tell you now. The gameplan is down. ... What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. That’s the way I look at it. It drives me, it makes me hungrier. I want that belt back. It’s not even about the belt – I know I’m a better fighter.” h/t MMA Mania • Watch ESPN's Get Up
Quadruple C to Frankie Edgar: 'Bend the knee to Triple C'
Champ champ Henry Cejudo: "I start hearing these little birdies - 'yipyipyipyipyoo' - saying that Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar wants to come down to MY weight class. Frankie, you’re 0-5 in your last title fights. What makes you think you coming down to my weight class will be any different? Do me a favor, when you went MSG, then I want you to call me out. One, because I know you’re gold thirsty and you want my belt. Two, I just know you just don’t like me. But until then, Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar, I want you do me a favor and you can bend the knee to ‘Triple C’ too.” h/t Twitter