May 30, 2018

DWTNCS Season 2 Contestent Justin “The Fort” Sumter Ready To Put On

With Dana Whites Tuesday Night Contender Series having so much success in the first season, birthing future stars like Shane O'Malley, Zu Anyanwu, Kurt Holobaugh, Benito Lopez to name a few, its no wonder why fight fans around the world are thirsty for a second season with fresh new faces. Amongst the recent names that broke to be on season 2, local Connecticut fighter Justin Sumter stood out to most locals due to his exciting 1st round finishing style as he trains under Nick Newell. In case anyone whos reading this isn't aware, Nick Newell was also given a shot on this season during week 6. 

Currently on a 6 fight win streak, Sumter was preparing for CES 50 vs former UFC veteran Ron Stallings but with the UFC knocking at the door it was unclear if Justin would be aiming to fight both events. July 31st marks week 7 of season 2 where Sumter (6-1) will take on Colorado's and LFA's own, Ian Heinisch (10-1) who carries more of a KO fight style compared to Sumter submission specialty. 

 EVil Eddie of Pure EVil MMA had the pleasure to talk with Justin Sumter to get a feel for what the vibe at the "Fighting Arts Academy" in West Haven Connecticut, was like with the excitement of two fighters in the same gym getting the opportunity of a lifetime.

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May 29, 2018

Connecticut Has New Hope In Marisa “Spider Monkey” Messer-Belenchia

Connecticut has a handful of well known fighters training out of the state like Nick Newell, Glover Texiera, to name a few, but when it comes to females there hasn't been any single female that's really stood out over the past decade. Well Connecticut is finally getting a rising star to get behind and cheer on with New Havens Marissa "Spider Monkey" Messer-Belenchia whos first professional MMA is right around the corner and is coming fresh off her most recent win at Mohegan Sun for Reality Fighting 101 where she was crowned Amateur Atom-weight Champion for the promotion.
Training out of North Haven CT under Bellators Andrew Calandrelli who was one of the staples in helping Nick Newell get his foot in MMA and even brought him into his gym straight out of high school after seeing the potential. Andrew told EVil Eddie of My MMA News that the second Marisa walked in the door it was a similar feeling he had in just first few hours of watching Marisa and immediately knew with the right effort and training she would be the star CT has been waiting for. Andrew goes on to tell us that Marisa had no idea what MMA was when she arrived, everything was fresh and new for her.
Before her last fight at Mohegan Sun Marisa's boyfriend passed away unexcitingly, but to everyone's surprise she still was insistent that she wanted to push forward and train for her fight at Reality Fighting 101.  When faced with such extreme life altering situations people usually crash and burn or rise from the ashes and that's what separates people from champions. It didn't get any better for her come fight week either. The day before the fight was supposed to take place Marissa fell ill after weigh ins and began vomiting. No one was sure if she was going to be able to compete due to the rough circumstances she faced. Come fight day at Mohegan Sun Casino (Indian reservation) to everyone's surprise, no questions were asked and Marisa was able to fight as long as she showed up and she did just that. Marisa took the fight in a decision victory and now looking forward to her future in this scene.
The Spider Monkey and Bellator veteran, coach Andrew Calandrelli sat down with EVil Eddie of Pure EVil MMA Podcast to give fight fans an inside look to what is coming by the years end.

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May 28, 2018

Jimmie Rivera “High Paced, Bombs Will Be Thrown” At UFC Utica

Top ranked UFC Bantamweight Jimmie Rivera joins EVil Eddie to discuss his upcoming fight vs Marlon Moraes June 1st at UFC Utica. Rivera is currently on a 20 fight win streak with wins over legends and top talent like Faber and has continuously given fans an epic edge of your seat and in your face kind of fight like the recent fight of the year contender from 2017 vs Thomas Almeida that ended in dominant fashion. Rivera has been insistent that he is deserving of the Bantamweight title and with him holding the CFFC, Ring Of Combat, C.F.F.C, King Of The Cage titles and an inductee tot he New Jersey MMA Hall Of Fame, i don't think many would argue against him being within arms reach of gold. Jimmie updates us on gym mate and another Fight Of The Year contender, Shane Burgos and TUF 27 contestant, Mike "The Lone Wolf" Trizano.

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May 28, 2018

UFC Liverpool Recap With Robert “TQ” Turnquest: New MMA Judging Ideas

UFC Liverpool has finally wrapped up this Sunday after waiting to see how Till would stand against the number one contender in "Wonderboy" Thompson, and we got all we bargained for this weekend between missing weight and fighters calling for finishes as huge underdogs and pulling threw on their words. EVil Eddie and Titan FC's Robert "TQ" Turnquest ( @Apex170 ), join up to relive all the excitement and confusion from Liverpool, including some never before thought of ideas about MMA judging moving in the right direction. Turnquest also gives his take on some of the latest headlines like Mike Perry's 2% DNA Test and throwing around slurs to Jose Shorty Torres making his UFC debut this week at UFC Utica after dominating Titan FC and training alongside UFC Champions like TJ Dillashaw and veterans like Cub Swanson and Joe B. Finally an update of the Pure EVil MMA UFC Pickem Giveaway league and overall rankings for 2018.

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May 26, 2018

TUF 27 Jay Cucciniello Talks Date W/ Dana White & Opportunities

This week EVil Eddie speaks with another TUF 27 contestant, Jay Cucciniello who has shared his inspirational story on this season and opens up about his fight and drama that happened behind the scenes this season. Jay also talks about Till missing weight and finally gives fans a clue for a giveaway he's holding on his twitter page @TheMelowFelow
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May 25, 2018

The New Face Of Lion FIght: Crystal “Bear” Lawson Talks Upcoming FIght In France

EVil Eddie is joined by the new face of Female Muay Thai, Crystal "Bear" Lawson to discuss her upcoming fight for Lion Fight Muay Thai Promotions on Flo Combat. Crystal shares how fight camps is going and her little girls prom date and the unforgettable way he asked her out.
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May 24, 2018

EVil & IntoxicaTED #66 “UFC LIVERPOOL + TUF 27 EP.6 RECAP”

EVil Eddie and Ted Czech are back at it this week with a look back at this week in MMA Headlines and a rundown on The Ultimate Fighters latest season Miocic vs DC. Someone gets BANaranged out of the chat and Colby vs RDA is brought up and dissected, comparing opponents like Usman or Till to be next in line. Bellator 200 Fallout with Cro Cop vs Roy Nelson 2 is discussed and finally ending on some predictions for this Sundays UFC Liverpool card.

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May 23, 2018

Gillian “Savage” Robertson Aiming For 1st RD Finish vs Molly McCann

Coming off her first UFC victory last December after competing on "The Ultimate Fighter" Season 26, Gillian "Savage" Robertson joins EVil Eddie ( @evil_ecco ) of @PureEVilMMA to discuss her upcoming fight against England's top Flyweights, Molly McCann whos currently on a six fight winning streak (7-1) and also making her debut at UFC Liverpool this Sunday afternoon. Gillian shares how she believes this fight will play out saying once it hits the ground Molly will be a "Fish out of water" and will be entering "her word". Gillian goes even deeper with a prediction claiming how she is aiming for  a first round submission finish over her opponent who she once looked up to.

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May 22, 2018

Growing Up With UFC Legend Ken Shamrock + Butterfly Effect

EVil Eddie speaks with one of Ken Shamrock's childhood friends, Rick Radosevich who shares his story of how Shamrock inspired an entire town at such a young age and how he became the superstar he is today. Rick and Eddie dissect the success of Ken and realize the impact he had on the sports early days, much like the "Butterfly Effect"and how it might have been a disaster without Gracie vs Shamrock at the Original UFC.
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May 19, 2018

Robert Emerson Talks Upcoming ACB 87 Fight + Keeping Positive Mindset

The Ultimate Fighter Season 5 and UFC Vet Robert Emerson joins EVil Eddie today to discuss his upcoming fight at ACB 87 going down in Nottingham England May 19th. Emerson has fought the whos who throughout his entire career starting with Jens Pulver and along the way coming face to face with Nate Diaz, Gray Maynard, RDA and has trained alongside the legend BJ Penn. Emerson will be taking on Shamil Shakhbulatov whos 9-1 and currently on a 7 fight win streak.
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