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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Today on Pure EVil MMA, fresh off his 2nd Pro Victory,Jesse James Kosakowski joins EVil Eddie Live to discuss how he grew up in the Martial Art scene since the day he began to walk. Jesse trains under Nick Newell and his father in Waterbury Ct.
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Cage Titans Amateur Champion, Chris O'Brien ( @ChrisOB531 ) shares his journey thus far and becoming a champion for Cage Titans while training with UFC caliber fighters like Manny Bermudez ( @_MannyBermudez ) and TUF 27 Standout Joe Giannetti ( @GiannettiMMA ) , day in and day out trying to achieve what only a certain few men on earth can handle. Chris opens up about the necessities of fighting like being mentally tough along with being physically fit. The two begin to discuss some of the latest headlines in MMA like CM Punk and what if he wins his next fight.. should he continue as a 1-1 UFC fighter or is that a wrap, thanks for the memories and now its time to sweep up and move on..? And of coarse Chris shares his opinion on UFC 224 drama that went down in the mane event with Rocky and her corner sending her back out to fight. Finally EVil Eddie asks about Chris's mouth piece and the importance of having something that stand out to the crowd that they will remember.
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UFC Featherweight, Matt Bessette (22-8) stops by Pure EVil MMA to discuss his upcoming fight at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale and dives deep into giving proper corner advice to a fighter in moments like we saw this weekend where Raquel Pennington stated to her corner after round 4 that she was done and no longer wanted to continue. Bessette shares a story about a similar situation he found himself in and how he handled it. He also gives his take on Nick Newell and how he will do in the UFC if he can come out of D.W.T.N.C.S victorious. Last but not least Matt tells fans what to expect out of him come July 6th vs Steven Peterson (16-7) at "The Ultimate Fighter Season 27 Finale".
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EVil Eddie and Ted Czech are at it again this week directly after TUF 27 goes off air, to recap the nights highs and lows including a rating for this episode. Then a look into this week in MMA News or Drama rather, followed by the UFC 224 with Predictions.
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Today on the Pure EVil MMA podcast, EVil Eddie is joined by TUF 27 Standout and record breaker, Joe "Skellator" Giannetti, who was the first pick on Team D.C to fight vs John Gunther and won in the opening seconds, shocking fans around the globe who watched live. Joe opens up about sparing with former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez and shares what he learned on Team D.C including how he felt living around 15 other undefeated prospects in the opening days of the season. EVil Eddie asks who had th best nickname of the season and gets deep with Joe about his homelife and being a good friend when having to leave a Bruins game to pick up friends at 3 A.M & Starting up a brand new Twitch Account.
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Big Surprise This Week as EVil Eddie and Ted Czech are back at it again to recap the latest MMA Headlines starting with a look into TUF 27 EP.3 followed by UFC 224 Preview, Bellator Grand Prix Predictions from Fedor vs Sonnen, Season 2 Of Dana Whites Tuesday Night Contender Series staring Antonina Shevchenko and Nick Newell is discussed and finally ending the show with some news that broke earlier in the day with Joanna vs Tecia Torres and Brad Tavares vs Isreal Adesanya.
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UFC Vet &The Ultimate Fighter: Season 10's "First Pick" for Team Rashad Evans, James McSweeney joins EVil Eddie to discuss the heavyweight division + Bellators Grand Prix starting with his reaction to Fedor vs Mir that went down last Saturday Night. James says the reason for Frank Mir loss was a result of his "poor work ethic" and not training hard for fights. He also explains how Pride has taken " alot of guys youth" like Fedor/ Silva/ Rampage etc.. McSweeney then goes on to let fans know about his upcoming fight inside the brand new Lumpinee Bozing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, May 23rd straming on NBC Live.
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