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After debut loss, Australia’s Christina Tatnell improving one step at a time

There’s a saying that goes when opportunity knocks, you take it. That’s how Christina Tatnell (4-1) felt in a grand scheme of things when she was offered a late replacement fight with her idol, Bec Rawlings, at a Nitro Mixed Martial Arts event in Brisbane City back in October 2012. She wasn’t expecting it by a long shot, […]

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Fight Sport Asia catches up with Korean sensation Doo Ho Choi ahead of his UFC debut

Back in November of 2009, South Korean native Doo Ho Choi (11-1) marked his professional Mixed Martial Arts debut with a win over Takashi Matsuoka at GRACHAN’s third installment. The 23-year-old then went on to win his next bout, before losing a closely contested Split Decision to Yusuke Kagiyama. Since that loss the young phenom has racked up a nine-fight win streak. […]

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Five Questions with Amu Rijirigala ahead of RUFF 12

Amu Rijirigala is undoubtedly one of China’s hottest commodities in the regional Mixed Martial Arts scene today. The 25-year-old Chinese fighter makes his seventh appearance under the RUFF banner this Saturday night at RUFF 12, when he welcomes former Legend FC veteran Danaa Batgerel to the promotion. In what would otherwise be a fairly lopsided start, […]

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Five Questions with Lü ZhenHong ahead of RUFF 12

China’s Lü ZhenHong will put his two-year unbeaten streak on the line this weekend at RUFF 12, when he welcomes former UFC vet Azamat Gashimov to the RUFF banner in the event’s headliner. Hong, who dropped a Split Decision setback in his promotional debut with the organization, has since rebounded with five consecutive victories, establishing […]

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Andrew Leone eyes title shot with victory over Shinichi Kojima

Andrew Leone (6-2) is looking to drop his name into the contenders’ hat with a win over Shinichi Kojima (13-5-5) at ONE FC 14: War of Nations this Friday. The 24-year-old had a successful ONE FC debut last May, capping off a solid performance with a lopsided Unanimous Decision victory over Geje Eustaquio. Although he […]

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Australia’s Suman Mokhtarian fights to keep his brother on the right path

Fighters take up the sport of Mixed Martial Arts for many reasons. Some relish the opportunity of testing themselves physically, while others do it because of a nifty paycheck. But for Australia’s Suman Mokhtarian, his reasons run deeper. Suman’s parents came from Iran and took refuge in Australia, and it may have been the country […]

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Ryuichi Miki: “I want to fight Hiromasa Ogikubo in the Final.”

Ryuichi Miki (16-6-4), a veteran of the sport for almost decade has made a name for himself fighting in his native Japan, where he remains one of the best fighters on the planet at his respective weight class. Following a run on the amateur MMA scene, Miki made his professional debut in Mixed Martial Arts […]

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Regardless of what anyone thinks, Anthony Leone is focused on only fighting the best

It’s a long trip for Anthony Leone whenever he has a fight scheduled in Bellator. After all, he trains full-time with Phuket Top Team in Thailand, although he occasionally heads over to Team Bombsquad in New York to prepare for his fights as well. But this trip to the States must have seemed a little […]

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Jumabieke Tuerxun’s road to MMA stardom starts in Macau, March 1st

You can be forgiven for not knowing who Jumabieke Tuerxun is. After all, having competed primarily in mainland China throughout his career, the 27-year-old has chosen to remain quiet on what has been an immaculate rise in his quest for Mixed Martial Arts stardom. But what you do need to know is this – he […]

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Will Chope: “I won’t call myself a UFC fighter until I get a win in the octagon.”

Will Chope (19-6) was understandably disappointed when he dropped a TKO setback at the hands of Max Holloway in his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 34 in January. It wasn’t his best performance. Not by a long shot. But the way the 23-year-old puts it, the bright lights of the UFC got to him. “UFC […]

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