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Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC Heavyweight veteran Roy Nelson walked away with one of the most brutal knockouts of his career with a stunning stoppage win over Mixed Martial Arts legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 39 in Abu Dhabi recently.
The big, burly brawler had twice knocked the lights out of the former PRIDE Fighting Championship legend before landing a third and final punch that saw the Brazilian put to sleep in what is being hailed as one of the best knockouts of the year and is an early contender for Knockout of the Year.
And with his seventh knockout victory under his belt for the UFC, Big Country wasted no time before taking the microphone from the ring announcer to ask for a title shot.
He said that he wants to fight for the belt adding that he should be allowed to start from there and then work backwards.
And after the fight, Roy Nelson claimed that he had an immaculate plan in place for the match against Nogueira. He said that the fight finished in a lot less time that he had expected. He went on to mention that every time he fights, he wants to give the fans something they want to cheer for and since they were in Abu Dhabi, he thought he should do some grappling.
When he reached the press room for his post fight press conference, Roy Nelson reiterated his desire to fight for the championship. He stated that the dream scenario at this time is to fight whoever has the belt. Speaking about the best knockout of his career, Nelson mentioned that each knockout is special but to do it against one of the legends of the sport makes him feel a bit more special than those against the rest.
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The leading martial artists from Sunderland is all set to perform in the European Championships which is about to take place in November. They have received the England call ups recently which gave them a huge boost because it is a golden opportunity for them to show their talent in front of the whole world.
Twelve members were selected from Sendai Kushiro Karate club in Sunderland and it was a proud moment for all. They had earlier participated in three of England’s squad sessions and they have continued to impress everyone. They have successfully managed to keep their place in the national elite side which will go for the Autumn’s European Championships which is about to take place in Zurich. The members who were selected are Jamie Alan, Laura Brice, Tomoko Asanuma, Bethaney Miller, Alice Jewitt, Adam Gibson, Martin Fraser, Ryan Spencer, Beth Nicholson, Sam Light, Holly Sterling and John Bruce.
Among these Spencer, Nicholson, Light and Sterling may be selected for the European and World Championships because of the impressive performance last year. Sterling won two bronze medals in the European Championships which took place in November and she hopes that she would be able to perform better this year. She was also a part of the British team that won the world gold in the Kumite event at the World Championships which was held in September. She was close to winning the European title as well but that was won by Nicholson in a close fight. In his debut for the European Championships Spencer won a silver and a bronze medal which is quite impressive because only a few people has managed to do this before. The year is full of vital tournaments and the members who have selected are all looking forward to participating in them.
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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Heavyweight Championship holder Junior dos Santos is adamant at getting the title belt back around his waist once again come December when he takes on the reigning champion Cain Velasquez.
According to the Brazilian, the belt is the biggest goal that he has in his life at the moment. He mentioned that he has already once had the opportunity of wearing the belt around his waist and he wants to have that feeling once again. Speaking to a Brazilian media outlet, Cigano stated that he wants to be the champion once again, adding that he wants to reign as the number one fighter in his division again and this time, the wants to do it for a long time and wants to create a long lasting legacy for himself, much like his fellow Brazilian Anderson Silva did during his reign in the UFC’s Middleweight division.
Junior dos Santos plans to finish off his nemesis in the same way he did the first time he faced the Cuban American when he landed a strong right hand on him to knock him out within just 64 seconds of their first battle to win the match. However, if that does not happen, he is ready to do battle for the whole five rounds too.
He stated that he has a really tough opponent in front of him, a fighter who has earned the respect of the entire division. He mentioned that he hopes things will pan out just as it happened during their first match but if that doesn’t happen, Junior dos Santos mentioned that he is not afraid of going all the way to the end of the five rounds as well.
This will be the third time the two meet with the scores tied at one each.
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