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UFC Vet Eddie Gordon Returns to Cage in PFL 3 Thursday Night on NBCSN

By Patrick DeMoss | July 4th, 2018 | This week, I had a chance to catch up with former UFC veteran and 2-time Ultimate Fighter competitor, Eddie Gordon. Eddie is now signed to the PFL (Professional Fighters League, formerly World Series of Fighting) banner, which is set to put on its third event of the regular season tomorrow night, in Washington, DC. Fight fans can tune into the NBCSN broadcast starting at 9PM ET to catch Eddie, while earlier bouts begin at 5PM ET on Facebook. I asked Eddie exactly what he thinks about the new promotion, and of...

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Hasim Rahman Jr.: It’s a Family Affair

By Xavier Porter | June 28, 2018 | Brooklyn, NY Friday, June 29, 2018, it’s the return of Hasim Rahman, Jr. The young heavyweight prospect, alongside his (brother) Sharif Rahman (2-0, 2 KOs), (uncle) Mushin “The Spartan” Cason (1-0), and (cousin) Lorenzo “Truck” Simpson headline a fight card that is sure to have many fans, in attendance, cheering on their hometown fighters. The son of former Lineal, WBC, IBO, and IBF Heavyweight Champion Hasim Rahman, Rahman Jr. understands the importance of winning his next fight. “I’ve been training hard, receiving, and taking all my blessings. This fight is very...

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2x Gold Medalist, Kayla Harrison: Pro MMA Debut Tonight on PFL

By Nat Wilkins | June 21, 2018–The Professional Fighters League featuring 72 MMA fighters from 13 countries, will hold PFL 2—the league’s second regular season event of its 2018 season—on today, Thursday, June 21, at the Chicago Theatre in the Windy City. Tonight’s action will include a fight featuring Kayla Harrison’s MMA debut. Harrison is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and the only American to ever win a gold medal in Judo. Watch the full video to learn about Harrison’s empowering story of overcoming childhood abuse by her coach, her Fearless Foundation, preparations for the octagon, Ronda Rousey’s influence, and more. If you...

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Mikkel “Slikk Mikk” LesPierre: The Return of the Cool

By Xavier Porter | Brooklyn, NY | June 19, 2018 — On Thursday, June 21, DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series returns with another stacked fight card, featuring undefeated super-lightweight prospect Mikkel LesPierre, scheduled to appear in the main event in a ten-round bout. LesPierre, in his last fight, defeated then-undefeated Noel Murphy on February 7, in New York City. The matchup of local NYC fighters showed the skill and toughness of both men. In the end, it was LesPierre who came away with the hard-fought victory to claim the WBC USNBC Super Lightweight title.    For continued support, you follow...

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Claressa Shields: On the Championship Path to Greatness

By Xavier Porter | Brooklyn, NY | June 18, 2018 Women’s boxing is on a steady rise. At the forefront in bridging the gap between fans of both men’s and women’s boxing is undefeated IBF and WBC Super Middleweight Champion Claressa Shields, who in her last two outings, has dominated each opponent with supreme boxing skill. Shields possesses tremendous hand speed and can land rapid-fire combinations at the blink of an eye. What truly separates her from other female fighters is her ability to remain calm while skillfully dissecting her opponent with each punch landed. “I’m very experienced, strong,...

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Chris Nino Almestica Talks Upcoming MMA Fight, Road to Pros

By Nat Wilkins, Springfield, MA, 6/13/18–BrooklynFights caught up with ammy MMA’er, Chris Nino Almestica on a recent afternoon at Team Link in Ludlow, Massachusetts, where he trains. Almestica is set to fight in Springfield this weekend, 6/16/18, on a card by regional promoter, Premier Fighting Championship. Check out what Almestica had to say about his upcoming ammy title fight, his road to the pros and...

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PFL MMA League Debut Thursday, Exclusive with League President, Carlos Silva

By Nat Wilkins, Brooklyn, NY, 6/5/18–This Thursday night, BrooklynFights will be on hand for the Professional Fighters League inaugural season debut at the Theater at MSG in New York City. It’s a significant event in the world of MMA and more broadly, combat sports, because PFL’s approach is different and arguably purer than the usual. First and foremost, PFL takes the politics out of advancement with a recurring-season league format where 72 fighters compete head-to-head for a $1 million purse in each of six weight classes. Second, PFL may quickly achieve considerable scale – it’s free for fans to...

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Duke Micah: The Return of the Baby Faced Terminator

By Xavier Porter | Brooklyn, NY | June 4, 2018 On June 9, Real Deal Boxing heads to Kings Theater in Brooklyn, New York where they will stream their next fight, free of charge, on the SportsLive OTT service. The fight card will be available online, via mobile and Roku apps, starting at 7pm Eastern Time. “We’re excited to be working with CBS Sports Digital once again for a back to back weekend of Real Deal Boxing events,” said Evander Holyfield, the former four-time heavyweight world champion turned successful boxing promoter. “With the SportsLive OTT service, we can make...

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Pat Casey: MMA’s “Gorilla Ninja” Fights 6/9 – Full Interview

By Nat Wilkins, Brooklyn, NY, 6/1/18—Fighting out of Springfield, Massachusetts, MMA prospect, Pat Casey, returns to the cage June 9th for his third pro fight. The action is set to take place at Foxwoods casino in Connecticut on a card by Nevada-based promoter, WFC. Casey (3-0-0), aka “The Gorilla Ninja” will be looking to put the hurt on Chicago fighter, Darrius “Beast Mode” Flowers (3-2-1) when the cage door closes. Casey’s third pro fight, scheduled as a 175 pound catchweight, will mark the third weight he’s fought at as a pro, with the upcoming bout being the first not...

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Bali MMA: Training on The Island Of Gods

By Nat Wilkins, Brooklyn, NY, 5/25/18—Today, BrooklynFights takes you to the sunny shores of Bali, an Indonesian island in the South Pacific, a few hours’ plane ride from Australia. Travelers from all over the world are drawn here by white sand beaches, world-class surfing and active nightlife. A culturally rich island referred to as The Island of Gods, Bali is primarily Hindu, boasting more than 20,000 temples packed into its 2,000 square miles of land. A great vacation in the making, but if you’re into combat sports tourism, there’s more. That’s where Bali MMA comes in. We caught up...

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