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Braydon Akeo ready to dominate Austin Bloch at X-1 World Events 52

Mar 19 2019

Though he may have been the less experienced fighter heading into his pro debut this past November versus Sean Gee at Prime Fighting 11, featherweight prospect Braydon Akeo was put on a dominating performance en route to a second round TKO.

“Last November I turned pro and it was a really good experience,” Akeo told “(Gee) was a veteran. If you including all his pro boxing fights, he had about 20-plus fights.

“I pretty much went out there and dominated from start to finish. I didn’t really get hit at all. I was in control the whole fight and ended up getting a TKO finish in the second round.”

Though he hadn’t had a long amateur career prior to his pro debut in November, Akeo credits his work with Team Quest in Oregon for helping him make a successful transition to the pro ranks.

“I only had two amateur fights, but before that I had been wrestling in college, and I feel like I’d been training my whole life for this moment,” said Akeo. “I definitely feel I needed that time as an amateur.

“Coming as a wrestler, I needed to become a full mixed martial artist. I worked out at Team Quest, which was perfect for my transition from wrestling to MMA: they have the same base as me. A lot of good wrestlers have come through the Team Quest camp. It was the perfect fit for me.”

Akeo (1-0) will look to build a winning streak when he faces Austin Bloch (1-0) in a 145-pound co-main event at X-1 World Events 52 in Waipahu, Hawaii, on Friday.

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“Austin is no slouch,” Akeo said. “He was the No. 1 ranked amateur in Hawaii before just turning pro. I also know he’s a state champ (in wrestling). I won a state title a few weight classes below him. He graduated before we were the same weight class, so I’ve always wanted to compete against him, so to finally get that chance right now is going to be exciting.

“I feel like his wrestling is decent, but it’s nowhere near on my level. I feel like I’m really going to dominate this fight. I don’t see any way of him being able to win. I’m pretty confident going into this fight right now.”

For what will be his first full year as a pro, Akeo would like to have a strong start so by the mid-point of 2019 he could find himself in a position to earn a shot at the next level of MMA.

“I kind of try to map things out, but in the fight game it can be hard to map these things out,” said Akeo. “You can make all these plans in your head, but that doesn’t always go through.

“I plan on going 2-0, and there’s another event right after that if I’m healthy, and I think if I can get to 3-0 by that time I have a shot at getting on the Contender Series or one of those bigger shows. That’s what I’m aiming for right now. I want to get on their radar by the end of this year.”

Mike Shipman expecting fireworks against Hracho Darpinyan at Bellator 218

Mar 19 2019

When it comes to his 2018, middleweight Mike Shipman wasn’t as active as he would have liked, but is nonetheless happy with how the year turned out overall.

Much like he had the previous four years, Shipman closed out his 2018 undefeated, raising his current winning streak to 13 straight victories following his lone loss in his pro debut.

“I was hoping to get three or four fights out that year, but I was very happy with the two that I did get,” Shipman told “Carl Noon was the first fight on this contract with Bellator. I got bumped up to the main card because of an injury. I feel like I fully took of that opportunity to get on the big stage.

“Scott Futrell I felt like was a good performance, but I feel like I rushed aspects of that fight a little too much. It wasn’t as clean obviously as a 10-second knockout (like Noon was), but it gave me more of a learning opportunity in that fight.”

With just over three minutes total of cage time across both his wins last year, Shipman more gauges his progress in training and making sure his pre-fight preparation can be as good as possible.

“I see enough in training that I know what works and what doesn’t work,” said Shipman. “The important thing for me more is the preparation for the fight and making sure we get the weight cut right. And also getting my mentality correct, so when I walk under those lights I can perform how I train.”

On Friday in Thackerville, Oklahoma, Shipman (13-1) will look to add to his winning streak when he faces Hracho Darpinyan (17-8-2) in a main card 185-pound bout at Bellator 218.

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“He’s a powerful, aggressive, come-forward, fighter, so it’s going to be fireworks,” Shipman said of Darpinyan. “I’m also a powerful striker and a finisher. It’s going to be an exciting fight. With all respect to him, I think I’m better in every area, so I see myself finishing him in the first couple rounds.”

For Shipman, the main goal for 2019 is to continue to face increasingly difficult opposition and position himself as a fulltime main card attraction for Bellator.

“I take the fight and I see where it leads me,” said Shipman. “I’m happy for this step up in competition. If I do what think I’ll do against Hracho then I’ll be able to stay another step up in competition, and face more well-known names.

“That would be my goal: Bellator is fighting in London (later in the year), and I’d love to fight on that main card. I would love to fight a well-known, respected, name in front of my home crowd.”

Watch Stephen Thompson knock out former champ Johny Hendricks (UFC Nashville free fight)

Mar 18 2019

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Stephen Thompson continued his climb toward a title shot with a Performance of the Night knockout victory over former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks back in 2016. Thompson faces Anthony Pettis in the main event of UFC Fight Night Nashville on Saturday, March 23.

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UFC strikes landmark pay-per-view deal with ESPN, extends broadcast deal through 2025

Mar 18 2019

Dana White on UFC-ESPN Deal

The UFC has struck a deal with ESPN+ as the exclusive distributor of pay-per-view broadcasts in the United States through 2025.

The landmark deal was announced on Monday.

As part of the contract, ESPN+ will now become the exclusive home for UFC pay-per-views in the U.S. starting with UFC 236: Holloway vs. Poirier 2 on April 13.

Fans in the United States will only be able to purchase UFC pay-per-views through ESPN+ starting with that card in April with the events being streamed in high definition on the platform. The preliminary cards will remain a staple of regular ESPN broadcasts, which will then lead into the pay-per-views airing on ESPN+.

UFC will continue to sell its pay-per-view events to commercial establishments (such as restaurants, bars, etc who carry UFC cards). 

Along with the new pay-per-view contract, the UFC has also extended its broadcast rights deal with ESPN for an additional two years through 2025 as well.

“Today’s announcement further establishes the strength of the partnership between UFC and ESPN,” UFC President Dana White said in a press release. “Now our fans will be able to watch all UFC events exclusively on ESPN platforms, including ESPN+, which is an innovative way to deliver fights to our young fan base.

“I couldn’t be more excited to work with ESPN for the next seven years. Together we’re going to do amazing things to help grow this sport.”

The new deal also comes along with benefits to ESPN+ subscribers interested in watching the UFC pay-per-views.

“New ESPN+ subscribers will get one-year of ESPN+ and a UFC PPV event for $79.99; Existing ESPN+ subscribers will be able to purchase UFC PPV events for $59.99 per event.”

As part of this new deal, viewers purchasing UFC pay-per-view events will only be able to do so through ESPN+ starting with UFC 236 in April. The events can then be viewed via streaming or directly from the ESPN app on devices such as Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One and more.

“The extremely successful launch of the UFC on ESPN+ emphatically demonstrated the collective power and scale of ESPN and DTCI, and we couldn’t be more excited to continue to drive passionate fans to these new pay per view experiences," ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro said in a statement. 

Pay-per-view has traditionally been one of the biggest moneymakers for the UFC over the years but this new deal completely changes the landscape for the promotion moving forward.

Just earlier this year, the UFC was in a public dispute with DirecTV over pay-per-view broadcast rights before striking a deal to continue airing events on that format.

Now the UFC will be putting all of their pay-per-views in the United States exclusively on ESPN+ with no other linear formats available for purchase through cable or satellite providers.

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