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John Hackleman Says Teixeira Beats Jones Wherever He Wants, Prime Liddell Beats Anyone He Wants [Exclusive]

Head coach of legendary martial arts gym ‘The Pit’ in California John Hackleman has talked up his latest superstar UFC light heavyweight Glover Teixeira as he heads into the biggest fight of his career this weekend when he takes on reigning champion Jon Jones at UFC 172 in Baltimore, Maryland. Speaking on this week’s episode of the TalkingBrawlsMMA.com podcast with Niall McGrath, Hackleman praised the Brazilian’s training camp at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida, which never left them wanting for high level training partners. “Camp worked absolutely perfect for him. Everything has been perfect,” stated the ‘Pit Master’. […]

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UFC 172 Main Card: TalkingBrawls Staff Picks

It’s funny how a week between two UFC events seems like a break. Last week was a very busy week for our staff predictions. Overall there has been a shake up of sorts. Keith Fitzpatrick finished up 2-5 (Alves & Nurmagomedov) on UFC on Fox 11, Niall McGrath 5-2 (Alves, Nurmagomedov, Romero, Tate & Werdum), Ben Kiely 3-4 (Alves, Nurmagomedov & Tate) & myself 4-3 (Alves, Nurmagomedov, Cerrone & Tate). The overall standings now going into this weekend’s event have myself finally in the lead at 31-15, Keith slipped back a bit to second at 29-17, Niall closed the gap […]

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UFC 172: What’s On the Line?

Last week, the Zuffa brass treated us to two cards. TUF Nations in Quebec City, Quebec & UFC on Fox 11 in Orlando, Florida. Between them we got nine fights (three & six respectively) that affected the ranking landscape of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Interestingly, we transition from a network TV offering to a PPV this weekend. Both these mediums come second & first respectively in the pecking order of quality, in that the UFC typically reserves it’s top fights for PPV with Big Fox being a close second. Practically the difference could be a number one contender main event […]

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The Main Event Preview: Jon Jones vs Glover Teixeira @ UFC 172

After one of the best main events on the UFC calendar in 2014 so far last weekend when #1 heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum put on a clinic during his unanimous decision win over a hapless Travis Browne, this weekend it is time for the top of the light heavyweight division to showcase to the world their undeniable class and talents. The most successful UFC light heavyweight champion in history Jon “Bones” Jones (19-1, 13-1 UFC) takes on arguably his most dangerous opponent yet in the heavy-hitting Brazilian Glover Teixeira (22-2, 5-0 UFC) for all the marbles, as one Joe Rogan […]

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Jones Feeling Full Weight of UFC Belt

Alexander Gustafsson solidified his place as the number one light-heavyweight contender after an emphatic TKO victory over Jimi Manuwa in London last weekend. MMA fans were left salivating at the prospect of a rematch of one of the greatest fights in the history of the sport after Gustafsson called out Jon Jones in his post-fight interview. It almost made everyone forget about his dreadful attempted front flip celebration. Dana White kept the hopes of one of the most highly anticipated rematches of all time materialising alive after he confirmed Gustafsson would get to fight the winner of Jon Jones vs […]