Latest MMA News (Week 1 February 2019)

Jack Shore to defend title against Scott Malone in Cardiff

Jack Shore, the undefeated bantamweight world championship will put his title at stake when he comes face to face with Scott Malone at the Cage Warriors 104. The fight is scheduled to take place in Cardiff on 27th of April. 0he 23 year old has reportedly said to the media that he does not “pick and choose” and will be happy to defend his title against anyone who tries to take his belt. Currently on a six-fight victory streak, Malone is a dangerous opponent for Shore. His last bout saw Malone defeating Josh Reed, who happens to be Shore’s team-mate, in the first round of Cage Warriors 100 that took place in December last year. In the same event, Shore also delivered an impressive performance, taking down Mike Ekundayo in round 3 of their bout. Cage Warriors has acted as a stepping stone to UFC to many stalwarts of MMA, like Conor McGregor and Brett Johns.

 

Five significant medical suspensions after UFC Fortaleza

Saturday night at the UFC Fortaleza was a night of finishes, however even some winners of the bout held could potentially be on the list of medical suspensions. According to the list issued by the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission on Monday, Charles Oliveira would receive a 6 month suspension, pending clearance from an ophthalmologist. He was reportedly poked in the eye many times by David Teymur during the bout, which was eventually won by Oliveira by second round submission. Teymur himself could be facing a 6 month term off the sport, owing to a broken orbital bone. The contest between MagomedBibulatov and RogerioBontorin also has been left both the fighters on the list for possible suspensions, awaiting X-rays of right thumb and right foot respectively. The fifth athlete on the list is Felipe Colares who requires clearance from his doctor for a possibly broken nose, losing a decision to Geraldo de Freitas.

 

The possible UFC break-throughs in 2019

The new year is showing a significant amount of prospect in unearthing new gems in the field of MMA. The first of the unsigned fighters who are worth keeping track of in the coming months is Jack Shore. The 23 year old Welsh fighter holds the Cage Warriors bantamweight belt and is definitely en route a UFC debut in 2019. The next talent outside of the UFC roster is Patrick Mix, the 25 year old King of the Cage bantamweight champ. He is currently on a three fight victory streak and may get a call-up from the UFC pretty soon. Third in line is 23-year-old AgnieszkaNiedweidz, also known as “Queen of Elbows”. She is a judo black belt with skilful hands and is currently considered the most promising female flyweight yet to be signed by the UFC.