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After suffering a metacarpal fracture in Brave title fight loss, Masio Fullen targeting November return

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Mexican Featherweight Masio Fullen headlined the Brave 4 show in Abu Dhabi for a chance to become the promotion’s first ever champion. In a back and forth 1st round, he fell short in his pursuit and was submitted by Elias Boudegzdame.

He threw a thunderous overhand right which planted Elias, a punch that fractured his hand. He then secured top position on the ground where he ended up getting caught in a triangle choke submission.

“The referee did an excellent job,” Fullen said on Marc Goddard’s decision to allow Elias to recover. “This sport always shows us that we have to continue working but especially my ground game. I am investing a lot of time to that now thanks to the injury.”

With the title fight loss behind him, Fullen is focusing on a full recovery.

“The hand is recovering day by day,” Fullen said. “I had a metacarpal fracture and I hope to be ready for November.”

Brave is set to host their biggest show yet this November in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It will take place as part of the big weekend that includes the IMMAF World Championships. With no opponent in mind, Fullen just hopes he’ll be ready in time for the big show.

“I am here to fight whoever Brave says,” Fullen said. “I cannot wait to have something signed and return to the cage to give them more wars. I’m looking for that show in November; I just hope to be healed and ready to go.”

Before Brave heads to Bahrain in November, they are holding two big shows, one of them in Masio’s home country of Mexico.

“I’m not upset,” Masio said on missing Brave 7 in Tijuana. “I understand my situation perfectly and I’m very excited to see a lot of my friends forming the card for this Brave event in Mexico.”

November is projected to hold the anticipated featherweight title fight between newly crowned champion Elias Boudegzdame and number one contender Lucas Mineiro. Mineiro is also currently recovering from a hand injury and Fullen will definitely have his eyes on the championship fight.

“I have no favorite,” Fullen said on the match up. “Respect to the champion and the challenger but in the same way I go after them too.”

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Sage Northcutt Undergoes Surgery Following Knockout

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Sage Northcutt made headlines this weekend for all the wrong reasons as he was knocked out in 29-seconds during his ONE Championship debut in a knockout so brutal that it required surgery to address the damage he incurred.

Northcutt, 23, was on the receiving end of a devastating knockout at the hands of Cosmo Alexandre which sent Northcutt crashing to the canvas with a violent face plant.

Northcutt posted the image to his official Instagram page stating that he suffered 8 fractures from the knockout punch and forced him to undergo around 9 hours of surgery in Singapore. Not the debut that the former UFC fighter was looking to make.

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Surveillance Video Shows Conor McGregor Smash Phone

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In a new video released by TMZ Sports, UFC star is shown knocking a phone down and smashing it in front of the Fountainebleau hotel located in Miami, Florida.

In true McGregor fashion, he followed up the destruction of the phone by doing his famous “billionaire strut.”

McGregor got into an altercation with Ahmed Abdirzak who was following and filming McGregor with his cell phone while McGregor and his entourage were leaving the hotel.

McGregor reportedly extended his hand to offer a hand shake, only to pull it back and smack the phone out of Abdirzak’s hand and proceeding to stomp on it.

After a few stomps, McGregor picks up the phone and walks away. He was later arrested, that same day, and has been charged with felony robbery and misdemeanor criminal mischief, which could land him in prison for up to 6 years.

McGregor has pled not guilty on all charges and is scheduled for trial beginning in May.

Abdirzak filed a lawsuit against McGregor stemming from the incident, but dropped his suit after the two sides worked out a settlement.

Abdirzak was reportedly demanding north of $15,000.

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INTERVIEW: John Kavanagh Talks Brave CF 13 in Belfast, Frans Mlambo’s Title Fight and SBG Ireland

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Renowned head coach of SBG Ireland, John Kavanagh has helped put Irish MMA on the map. With his star student and multiple time UFC champion, Conor McGregor taking over the MMA world, the two have opened up unlimited doors for the rest of the team.

Today, Kavanagh is leading some of the younger generation to world title fights and global organisations. On June 9th, one of his promising young fighters, Frans Mlambo will get a shot at gold when he takes on Stephen Loman for the Brave Combat Federation bantamweight title.

The two met back in the promotion’s first ever show in Bahrain when Loman picked up a unanimous decision win over Mlambo. It was a learning experience for the young South African who has picked up 3 straight finishes since. Kavanagh is confident that the former IMMAF world champion, Mlambo has all the tools to become champion.

Also competing on the Brave CF 13 card from SBG Ireland, is Cian Cowley (0-1) who takes on Daniel Olejniczak (2-1-1) and Tommy Martin (6-4) who takes on Wales’ Aidan James (1-0).

I spoke to John Kavanagh on the upcoming Brave CF 13 show, Mlambo’s improvements and the team’s preparation for their upcoming bouts. Check out the interview below.

Farah Hannoun: Brave Combat Federation are making their first trip to Europe, you’ve witnessed the organization’s growth so how excited are you to see them go to Belfast?

John Kavanagh: Brave is fast becoming one of the world’s biggest MMA shows so it’s of course great to have them visit Ireland. However, I would have preferred Dublin because that’s my hometown.

Farah Hannoun: Frans Mlambo is headlining the event, with a record of 5-2, he’s practically grown up in the cage, how proud are to see him turn things around with 3 straight finishes since losing to Loman the first time?

John Kavanagh: He’s earned that title shot with exciting finishes both by submission and KO. He’s finding his way in the cage nicely now.

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Farah Hannoun: What adjustments has Mlambo made since the first fight with Loman? What do you feel like went wrong the first-time round?

John Kavanagh: His grappling was too weak back then. He’s one of the best strikers I’ve ever seen and now his grappling is catching up. Frans is one of the top 135lb fighters in the world.

Farah Hannoun: Cian Cowley is set to make the walk for the second time in his pro career when he takes on Daniel Olejniczak, in light of the legal issues he’s had the misfortune of dealing with, how hard was it for him to put all that aside and focus on the fight?

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John Kavanagh: Cian is very mature and focused. It’s not a problem for him to block out what’s going on outside.

Farah Hannoun: Also competing from SBG, is Tommy Martin who’s looking to bounce back when he takes on Aidan James, how’s he been looking at the gym and what can we expect from him?

John Kavanagh: Tommy is a technician. Clean striking, one of best doubles on my team and tidy on the ground. His opponent is similar, solid technician. This fight will be very interesting for those who like nice technique.

Farah Hannoun: You’ve played a massive role in the growth of Irish MMA, SBG and Conor McGregor. The impact that you and Conor have had has resulted in a lot of opportunities and a spotlight on the guys at the gym. Does the idea that people have the perception that the SBG guys get “special treatment” or extra opportunities bother you?

John Kavanagh: No, we’ve earned it 😉

Farah Hannoun: You must be really proud, bringing up a talent such as Frans from his IMMAF world champion days to now him getting a title shot at Brave CF, what are your thoughts on Frans as an individual and a fighter?

John Kavanagh: One of few 135lbs in the world with genuine 1 punch KO power. A very good singer and cook too!

Farah Hannoun: You wrote a mega successful book, Win or Learn, which is even a quote that people have been using a lot when competing in MMA. Your best-selling book was even translated to multiple languages and sold internationally which is incredible. Did you expect the book to be so successful when writing it and do you have plans on writing another one someday?

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John Kavanagh: No, I thought maybe my mother would buy a few copies and that’d be it haha. I believe almost 50,000 sold worldwide and talk of a movie adaptation. It’s crazy. Maybe one more book when I’m retired.

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