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Rumble At The Roseland 95 And Submission Underground 6 Set For Weekend Doubleheader

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Rumble At The Roseland 95 And Submission Underground 6 Set For Weekend Doubleheader

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The weekend is fast approaching and your holiday hangover is nearly cleared up. What’s left to do? Get ready for a weekend full of live mixed martial arts and aggressive submission grappling, that’s what! Rumble at the Roseland 95 and Submission Underground 6 (SUG) will be taking place at the Roseland Theater this Saturday and Sunday. With SUG coming back to the Roseland that means not only will fans have some of the best amateur fighters on the west coast they can watch, but some of the best MMA fighters in the world as well.

For a mixed martial arts fan attending this weekend’s shows, it is truly a unique and inviting experience. These back-to-back events allow you up close access to the fighters of the future and a chance to meet and talk to current UFC stars and even former UFC champions. Between the two events there are 42 matchups (that is not a typo there really are 42 total matchups) for the fans to get excited about so let’s take a closer look at a few that could be especially interesting.

Rumble a the Roseland 95

Sean Kalinoski vs Keaneo Moyer

Saturday night’s main event for the 125-pound title is certainly the fight most people are talking about. Keaneo “Young Gunz” Moyer is the most vocal champion in recent memory in the Full Contact Fighting Federation (FCFF) and he has been just as loud inside the cage as out. While “Young Gunz” has been dominant in the FCFF cage, he hasn’t done it without controversy. His contentious relationship with former FCFF champion Cris “Sunshine” Williams has certainly helped Moyer look the part of the bad guy in some circles. Love him or hate him, he is a captivating champion with finishing power, rare speed, and great confidence. On Saturday, Moyer will be facing his toughest test to date as he steps into the cage against Sean Kalinoski. Kalinoski has nearly three times the experience in the cage as Moyer and has more than twice as many wins. Beyond that, Kalinoski is a natural bantamweight with the height and length to give most flyweights trouble. He has a big advantage on the ground and will be where he looks to take the fight. This should be a great headlining bout.

Chance Marsteiner vs DJ Nuttall

This matchup is likely the last amateur fight for local fighter and standout prospect, DJ Nuttall. Nuttall has become one of the top amateur prospects on the west coast and with this lightweight title fight being his last as an amateur, it is one that fans of the Oregon fight scene won’t want to miss. Nuttall is the heavy favorite here; his top game is strong and his submissions have proven to be the real deal. His opponent, Chance Marsteiner, had suffered two losses in a row prior to a big head kick-TKO victory at Rumble at the Roseland 94. With the highlight reel finish fresh in his mind, expect him to come into the fight looking to build on that moment and a victory over the highly touted Nuttall would be a huge feather in his cap.

Submission Underground

Tim Sylvia vs Fabiano Scherner

Former UFC heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia will be making his SUG debut on Sunday against Gracie Barra Portland head coach and one time SUG winner, Fabiano Scherner. Sylvia is a very interesting personality in the world of mixed martial arts. The once loved UFC Champion had a precipitous fall from grace and eventually found himself on the outside looking in. Even with a series of wins out the UFC, Sylvia was never able to find his way back to the top of the sport. While his fighting career has ended, he has become one of the brutally honest personalities in the world of MMA and his desire complete has clearly never waned. Many remember him as an aggressive striker but his love for the ground game has always been clear to those who were true fans of the former champ. Famously, he out-grappled submission expert Jeff Monson at UFC 65; he was looking for a submission the whole time. As far as submission expertise is concerned, Sylvia will be at a severe disadvantage against Scherner, but it will be incredibly exciting to see him inside the cage walls for the first time in years.

Vagner Rocha vs Jesse Taylor

Vagner Rocha is on a hell of a run in 2017. Rocha has two 2nd place finishes at the Eddie Bravo Invitational and became the first Combat Jiu Jitsu Champion earlier this month. Rocha has taken on some of the top grapplers in the country and has proven he is one of the best in the world. Fans will not want to miss the chance at seeing him live; he is aggressive, strong, and relentless on the mat. He will be going up against recent Ultimate Fighter winner, Jesse Taylor. Taylor has been a true comeback story on his run through The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption season. He took the longest road possible to make it to the UFC having once been removed from The Ultimate Fighter Finale and floundering out of the promotion after just one fight. However, with his life seemingly on track and winning TUF earlier this year, Taylor was flagged by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation. It would seem that this competition would serve as a way to keep competing while he continues to work with USADA and the UFC in making his first official return to the Octagon. All that aside, Taylor is a ferocious wrestler and his nearly 50-fight MMA career will give him a good bit of experience to fall back on when the cage door closes behind he and Rocha. With these two highly aggressive grapplers in the SUG cage, this match is sure to be one of the most physical of the night.

The Full Contact Fight Federation is feeling new all over again

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The Full Contact Fight Federation is feeling new all over again

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As the doors closed following Rumble at the Roseland 93 last Saturday at the Roseland Theater, one thing was clear: The Full Contact Fight Federation (FCFF) had delivered a near perfect show and the fighters loved it. Saturday night’s fight card was the first time in 13 events that the FCFF had a professional fight on the line up, the first time in 7 events that women squared off in the cage, and it was the first time they had ever held a post fight press conference to close the show. Individually these milestones don’t necessarily mean a lot but when the sum of all parts met at this event, it was truly inspiring. From start to finish, there was something different about the show on Saturday night.

The crowd seemed especially excitable. Fans of headliner Cris “Sunshine” Williams held up cardboard cutouts of the young fighter’s face adhered to popsicle sticks and cheered loudly as fight after fight ended without going to the score cards. Some of the region’s top amateur prospects were on the card so it is no wonder that 13 of 16 fights ended with a finish. The exciting fights definitely added to the exuberant nature of the crowd and in a place like the Roseland Theater, the energy makes the room come alive. If you have never been to a fight at the Roseland, you are missing out on an interesting experience. The close quarters make it feel as if you are sitting right on top of the cage and the better the fight card, the louder it gets, making a room of a few hundred feel like a few thousand in an instant.

Even with all the great fights that night, there was something electric in the air that was hard to put a finger on. However, as each fight was announced, it started to become clear. FCFF owner Kevin Keeney was truly in his element this night. As he introduced each fighter, donning his signature cowboy hat, his voice came alive more than usual. Keeney sold the show and the crowd loved it. His energy seemed to feed off the energy of the fighters and fans. By the end of the night, he had announced that the post fight press conference would be open to the public, giving the fighters another moment to shine in front of the packed house.

The fighters all seemed to enjoy the press conference experience, cracking jokes and basking in the spotlight. Fernando “FDOT” Alvarado seemed especially excited to get his hands on the microphone as he reversed roles to ask a question of his own,

“How you doing tonight Rose City?! You have a good time?! Make some noise if you had a good time! Give it up to Kevin Keeney, Kevin Keeney puts on a good show, man.”

Beyond that, there was some mouthy banter between Cris Williams and local up and comer Keaneo Moyer. Worlds apart in weight and experience, the two still can’t seem to get enough of jawing back and forth. Aside from that, respect was shown between most everyone on stage. The time to sell the fights had finished and this was a much looser room than the press conference the week prior. With Chael Sonnen off in the background soaking it all in and the packed bar cheering as their friends, teammates, and loved ones were asked questions it was clear that the team at the FCFF had found a way to dust off its coat and make one of the longest running MMA promotions in the country feel brand new all over again.

Bellator 180 Looking To Steal The Show This Summer

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Bellator 180 Looking To Steal The Show This Summer

BY: DAVID GOLDEN

On June 24th at Madison Square Garden, Bellator MMA will make their return to pay-per-view (PPV) with Bellator 180: Sonnen vs Silva. This will be the first time the company has put a product on PPV since Scott Coker took over as president and they are certainly putting their best foot forward. The card boasts three title-fights along with a co-main and main-event that feature some of the most talked about fighters in the history of mixed marital arts. This fight card has the chance to be the best MMA PPV of the summer and it just so happens to have two of Oregon’s finest on the main card.  The full card is listed below:

Main Card — PPV

  • Light Heavyweight: Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva
  • Heavyweight: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione
  • Welterweight Title Fight: Douglas Lima(c) vs. Lorenz Larkin
  • Lightweight Title Fight: Michael Chandler (c) vs. Brent Primus
  • Lightweight: Aaron Pico vs. Zach Freeman

Preliminary Card — Spike TV

  • Light Heavyweight Title Fight: Phil Davis (c) vs. Ryan Bader
  • Featherweight: James Gallagher vs. Chinzo Machida
  • Welterweight: Neiman Gracie vs. Dave Marfone
  • Flyweight: Heather Hardy vs. Alice Yauger

Early On-line Prelims — Bellator.com

  • Welterweight: Ryan Couture vs. Haim Gozali
  • Lightweight: Jerome Mickle vs. Anthony Giacchina
  • Catchweight: John Salgado vs. Hugh McKenna
  • Cathweight: Matt Rizzo vs. Sergio da Silva
  • Lightweight: Nate Grebb vs. Bradley Desir

***As always, card subject to change

With 14 total fights there really is something for everyone on this card. Let’s break down what to watch for at Bellator 180.

Title Fights, Title Fights, Title Fights

There are three titles on the line at Bellator 180, and all three bring with them interesting matchups and fresh faces. First up, Ryan Bader will make his promotional debut for Bellator when he takes on Bellator light heavyweight champion Phil Davis. These two UFC cast offs are both 8-2 in their last 10 fights with Davis currently riding a 4-fight win streak and Bader having won his last 2. What makes this fight such an intriguing matchup is that these two have fought before and in fact Bader was the last man to hand Davis a loss. The fight was very close and won on a split decision. Davis will certainly be looking to wipe that loss off his record and Bader will be looking to make a huge splash in his promotional debut.

Next up, Michael Chandler will put his lightweight title on the line against Oregon’s own, Brent Primus. This fight is a huge step up for Primus and a major risk for Chandler. With Primus having so few fights, there isn’t nearly the footage available for Chandler to study while Primus has a good-sized library to watch on the champion. This fight pits the one time fresh face, Chandler, against the hot young upstart, Primus. This matchup really mirrors Chandler’s first title shot and could be the beginning of a new regime in the lightweight division. For more on this matchup, please see my recent article on this fight here.

Lastly, Douglas Lima will put his welterweight title up for grabs when he faces the recently signed Lorenz Larkin. Larkin comes to Bellator from the UFC riding a 3-fight win streak and looking more dominant than ever after dropping to welterweight from 185 lbs. His explosive striking and fast pace matches up perfectly with Lima, who has a very similar style. Lima has only lost twice in his last 18 fights and both were in championship bouts. In his last fight, Lima recaptured the welterweight title with an emphatic win over Andrey Koreshkov proving that he will not have problems facing larger welterweights like Larkin. This fight is going to be a barnburner and is my pick for fight of the night. Don’t blink this one might be quick.

Sonnen and Silva Finally Settle the Score

Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva have a beef that spans nearly a half a decade since the moment it was announced that they would coach opposite one another on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. Some argue that this animosity on the show was fabricated; others say the editing made things look worse than it was in person. No matter how you slice it, there is video of Sonnen and Silva fighting on set during the filming of the show and since that time, people have wanted to see this fight. For Sonnen, this is a must win fight after losing his Bellator debut to Tito Ortiz. For Silva, this marks his return from a “lifetime” ban by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and his first chance at redemption. These two fighters are legends in the sport that hardcore fans adore. This fight is a must watch for the old school MMA fans of the world.

Your Favorite Fight – Episode 8 – Tyree Fortune

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Your Favorite Fight – Episode 8 – Tyree Fortune

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This week on Your Favorite Fight, Oregon Sports News Senior MMA Writer David Golden heads to Gracie Barra Portland to sit down with 3-0 professional MMA fighter, Tyree Fortune. Tyree has a really fun favorite fight and he and David really dive deep on this one. They also discuss weight cutting, anime, and constipation. What’s Tyree’s favorite fight? Listen and find out!

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Eugene's Brent Primus fights for lightweight title at Bellator 180

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Eugene's Brent Primus fights for lightweight title at Bellator 180

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It’s been about a week since it was announced that Eugene, Oregon fighter Brent Primus would be facing Michael Chandler for the lightweight title at Bellator 180 on June 24th at Madison Square Garden. Some seemed surprised by the decision to slot the 7-0 Oregonian up against the likes of Chandler. Primus is not yet a household name and with only 7 fights to his credit, his relative inexperience is tough to overlook. That being said, his career trajectory is incredibly similar to Chandler’s and some would argue that he is in a perfect position to play spoiler to the defending champ.

When a young Michael Chandler was making his way up the rankings, his early fights were quick and decisive. Through his first 6 fights, he had 6 finishes, 5 of them coming in the first round. He followed up that run with his two hard fought fights, a decision win against Lloyd Woodard and another decision win against Patricky “Pit-bull” Freire. Following these two decision victories, he would get his first chance to fight for the lightweight title. He upset then champion Eddie Alvarez and with just nine fights to his credit, he was the new lightweight king. Now, 10 fights later, Chandler stands 16-3 with the belt firmly strapped to his waist.

Enter, Brent Primus. Primus, much like Chandler, has made waves in the early part of his career. Through his first 5 fights, Primus had 5 straight first round finishes. He followed that run with two hard fought fights, a decision win against Derek Anderson and another decision win against Gleristone Santos. Following these two victories, he is now getting his first chance to fight for the lightweight title. Sound familiar? Primus has essentially matched Chandler step for step to this point in his career. Chandler certainly understands this and has gone on record saying he was offered a very similar shot when he faced Alvarez and that he is not taking Primus lightly. However, he has also said that he expects Bellator officials to bring in top talent to face him in the future. If that isn’t looking past your opponent I don’t know what is.

As far as major differences between Chandler and Primus are concerned, there are two main points to address. First, both fighters have strong grappling backgrounds but each in a different discipline. Chandler was an NCAA Division-I All American at the University of Missouri while Primus is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Wellington “Megaton” Dias. Chandler is clearly the better pure wrestler but the overall grappling advantage might go to Primus. His submission skills far outweigh Chandler’s, and he trains with many of the top wrestlers in the state of Oregon, which will help him to defend against the control and pressure of Chandler. The other big difference here is age. When Chandler got his first shot at the lightweight title, he was just 25 years old. His relative inexperience showed in the fight even though he able to leave the cage victorious. Fast forward 6 years and Primus will be getting his first shot at the age of 32. While this may seem like a minor difference, it could pay off greatly for Primus should the fight become mentally taxing. He is one year older than Chandler currently and with both fighters being in their athletic prime, this could easily turn into a fight that forces mental errors.

Experience is something that Michael Chandler might look to lean on come June 24th. Both his time in the spotlight and his time in the cage will help him against Primus. But Primus has a veteran moxie that many fighters getting their first title shot don’t have. Having spent time training with Donald Cerrone at the BMF Ranch and the team at Gracie Barra Portland, Primus has surrounded himself with veteran talent from the highest level of the sport. History has a funny way of repeating itself; don’t be surprised if Primus becomes the prime example of that at Bellator 180.

It was painful to watch Rousey get battered by Nunes

It was painful to watch Rousey get battered by Nunes

In the beginning, Ronda Rousey seemed so invincible. She forced her will on opponents and eventually, on the sport itself.

Rousey became so popular and such an attraction that she forced Dana White and the UFC to sanction women's bouts, something that organization always resisted. She became the face of women's combat sports and handled that responsibility well.

But in the end, she started something she couldn't finish.

The sport evolved and she, or her team of coaches and advisers, seemed to forget the "mixed" part of mixed martial arts. It's a combination of so many disciplines, from Rousey's natural sport of judo to grappling, boxing and all the derivatives. And she paid a heavy price for not being well rounded.

Amanda Nunes knocked her out on her feet last week in what just has to be the final fight of Rousey's career. She was helpless trying to stand up to the vicious punches of Nunes, who gave Rousey no chance to grab her and turn it into a judo match. Rousey seemed to have learned nothing from her previous knockout at the hands Holly Holm more than a year ago. She couldn't dodge or take the punches and seemed to have no ability to take a shot at Nunes' legs in an effort to get her to the ground.

And this from a woman who misguided folks a couple of years ago who were saying she could beat men in MMA or even top boxers.

I felt sorry for Rousey. Embarrassed for her, actually. This woman started it all but just couldn't keep pace. This is a brutal sport, for men or women. Rousey deserves respect for being a pioneer and a great champion. She opened the door to all the women who are serious competitors in MMA these days.

I wish her good luck, which she has a lot better chance of finding it if she stays out of that octagon for the rest of her life.