Ryan Shough to Return Against Jake Heavlin at Ohio Combat League

Ryan Shough

Ryan Shough is a 26 year old heavyweight fighter, fighting out of the state of Ohio. He holds a 6-1 amateur record and a 0-1 pro record. After a six month layoff, The Superman is back to get his winning streak off and running. In his last fight against Cam Graham, a late groin strike would see the beginning of the end for the fight. MMAsucka spoke with Shough about the crowd presence during that fight with Graham. He said, “I fed off that atmosphere to be honest, even though they were against me. Just having a crowd that loud and excited for a fight was incredible.” Shough can expect a similar type of crowd in his next fight, being in his home state of Ohio.

His Opponent

Jake Heavlin is a heavyweight fighter out of Missouri. Heavlin was supposed to make his pro debut last month in August, but his opponent pulled from the fight last minute. He was then given a replacement who also backed out of the fight last minute. That means that this will be his pro debut. After a 8-0 amateur he will look to keep the ball rolling against Shough.

Fighters Background/Style

Both of these guys have deep grappling backgrounds. Heavlin trains at Delarosa Submission Wrestling Academy, while Shough has an extensive high school background in football and wrestling. Football has always been a good base for wrestlers in MMA. It looks that this fight will be a clash of high level heavyweight wrestling. Although in the history of MMA when both men are good at one technique, it’s likely that they try to out preform one another in their respective “weakness”. That being said, we could possibly see a standup war between The Superman and The Teddy Bear on October 4th.

Ohio Combat League

OCL is a local MMA promotion based out of Columbus, Ohio. The promotion will be putting on their 3rd show labeled OCL # 3 on October 4th. Their first show aired earlier this year on May 10th. Both of these fighters will be making their promotional debut on this card. Taking place at Express Live in Columbus, Ohio, the event will be broadcasted exclusively on Flo Combat.



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Brandon Moreno Returns After Stint Away from UFC

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Brandon Moreno returns to the UFC this weekend at UFC Fight Night 159 in Mexico City. Moreno previously went 3-2 in the UFC with wins over Louis Smolka, Ryan Benoit and Dustin Ortiz. Following two losses on the bounce, the UFC cut Moreno. His first UFC loss came to Sergio Pettis in a main event slot in Mexico City in August 2017. His second loss was in a rematch from TUF 24 against Alexandre Pantoja. Both of these losses came at a time where the UFC’s flyweight division was up in the air. The future of the division was very unclear and a number of fighters were cut, including Brandon Moreno.

Time Away and UFC Return

Brandon Moreno returned to competitive action after over a year out. This time it was for LFA and Moreno was put straight into a title fight at LFA 69. He faced 6-1, 2008 Olympic wrestler, Maikel Pérez. Moreno’s MMA experience showed and he landed an impressive fourth-round TKO to capture the LFA flyweight title.

Despite previously ‘not seeing a future‘ in the 125lbs division, Brandon Moreno re-signed with the UFC as a flyweight. He will welcome undefeated Russian prospect Askar Askarov at UFC Fight Night 159. At 10-0, Askarov is the former ACB flyweight champion and has finished all 10 of his victories inside the cage. This fight is a fan favourite fight as in a combined 25 wins, 22 have come via finish.

Other Fights on the Card

Joining Brandon Moreno and Askar Askarov on the card are a number of competitive fights.

  • The main event sees Yair Rodriguez return following his emphatic knockout of Chan Sung Jung. Rodriguez will face the hard-hitting Jeremy Stephens.
  • Former strawweight champion Carla Esparza faces upcoming prospect Alexa Grosso in the co-main in Mexico City.
  • Exciting bantamweight Irene Aldana returns following her split decision loss at UFC on ESPN 4. Her opponent in Mexico City will be promotional newcomer Vanessa Melo, who takes the fight on short notice.
  • Sijara Eubanks looks to get back to winning ways as she takes on former title challenger Bethe Correia.


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Colby Covington slams UFC for ‘slave labor negotiations’

Colby Covington is once again butting heads with the UFC.

The former interim welterweight champ was expected to challenge Kamaru Usman for the undisputed welterweight title at UFC 244 this November, but this plan fizzled when the fighters and the promotion could not come to an agreement that worked for all parties involved.

Speaking on the latest episode of BJPENN.com Radio, Covington trashed the UFC’s business practices.

“That’s how UFC does business, they do the bully tactics,” he said. “They do the slave labor negotiations. It’s sick man. They don’t want to pay any of the fighters because they want everybody to be poor, so they keep back coming back and fighting all the time, and fighting six times a year.”

Covington continued, explaining that he’s tired of doing the UFC favors — like stepping in to fight Robbie Lawler on short notice at UFC Newark this summer— and receiving nothing in return.

“The UFC always makes promises, they’ve made me so many promises,” Covington continued. “[They say] ‘Oh, do this and we’ll give you a favor here. We’ll throw you a bone next time.’ They never end up throwing that bone back, man. They just use you even more next time. So it’s just… I’m not going to be played for a fool anymore, man. They want to do business like that, then they’re not going to get any business. That’s that.

They said, ‘Oh, show up for the Robbie Lawler fight,’” Covington continued. “And needless to say, Robbie was training for 12 weeks for that fight. He was getting ready for [Tyron] Woodley, but Woodley was scared and he pulled out with a sore pinky. So Woodley didn’t want to get knocked out by Robbie, he was scared. He knows he got lucky the first time [they fought]. So I showed up on four weeks’ notice, without a training camp because I got a nasty cut from a head butt in the first week in training camp. I couldn’t even train. Pretty much had to run on the treadmill every day, that’s it. That’s not training timing, accuracy, all that. So I showed up with no camp, to save the UFC, to save the main event, to bring the First Family, to get the President Tweeting about the UFC. To get all the troops all over the world watching in their bases because I’m America’s and the troops’ favorite fighter.

“The UFC still doesn’t do good for me,” he concluded. “I make them millions and millions and they just continue to just pocket all that money, and they don’t want to pay me a fraction — not even 5% of any of that money. It’s ridiculous how they can pocket 95, 98% and not give the fighters anymore than the 2, 3%.”

What do you think of these gripes from Colby Covington? Should he, and the other fighters on the UFC roster, be getting a bigger piece of the pie?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 9/17/2019. 

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UFC 244 press conference with Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz set for September 19

Las Vegas: The UFC® returns to New York City with a spectacular welterweight contenders’ bout guaranteed to deliver fireworks. Hot off delivering the fastest knockout in UFC history, No. 3 ranked Jorge Masvidal (34-13) fighting out of Miami, Fla. takes on perennial fan favorite and No. 6 Nate Diaz (21-11) fighting out of Stockton, Calif.

Ahead of UFC 244, UFC will host a press conference with both athletes on Thursday, September 19 at 7 p.m. ET at The Rooftop at Pier 17 in New York City. The press conference is free and open to the public and for those who can’t attend the conference will also be streamed live on ESPN+.

Scheduled to attend the conference are:

DANA WHITE, UFC president

JORGE MASVIDAL, No. 3 ranked UFC welterweight contender

NATE DIAZ, No. 6 ranked UFC welterweight contender

UFC 244: Masvidal vs. Diaz fight card announced

UFC 244 Masvidal vs Diaz fight card

UFC will hold its 500th event at the World’s Most Famous Arena, featuring a stacked card headlined by an East Coast-West Coast battle between No. 3 ranked welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal and No. 6 Nate Diaz. In a thrilling middleweight bout, No. 4 ranked contender and recent title challenger Kelvin Gastelumwelcomes No. 8 welterweight Darren Till to the 185-pound division.

UFC 244: MASVIDAL vs. DIAZ takes place Saturday, November 2 at Madison Square Garden and will streamlive nationally on Pay-Per-View exclusively through ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT in both English and Spanish.

ESPN+ is the exclusive provider of all UFC Pay-Per-View events to fans in the U.S. as part of an agreement announced in March and continuing through 2025.

As UFC 244: MASVIDAL vs. DIAZ approaches, fans will be able to purchase it online at ESPNPlus.com/PPV or on the ESPN App on mobile and connected-TV devices.  ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App on all major mobile and connected TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One and more.

Preliminary fights will air nationally in English on ESPN2 and via streaming on the ESPN App (in Spanish) starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with the early prelims simulcast on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT.

A perennial fan favorite, Masvidal (34-13, fighting out of Miami, Fla.) etched his name in the UFC history books for fastest knockout after executing a stunning flying knee against previously undefeated Ben Askren. The 16-year veteran has also delivered unforgettable knockouts against Darren Till, Donald Cerrone, Jake Ellenberger and Cezar Ferreira. Masvidal now aims to deliver another sensational finish in the biggest fight of his career.

Among the most popular athletes on the UFC roster, Diaz (21-11, fighting out of Stockton, Calif.) returned from a three-year hiatus in August by securing a thrilling win over Anthony Pettis. Known for his submission win over Conor McGregor, Diaz has also picked up incredible victories against Michael Johnson, Gray Maynard, Jim Miller and Takanori Gomi. He now hopes to keep his momentum going and enter the welterweight top five.

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Winner of The Ultimate Fighter season 17, Gastelum’s (16-4 1NC, fighting out of Yuma, Ariz.) last outing saw him put on a Fight of the Year-worthy performance against interim middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. Throughout his UFC stint, he has netted impressive wins against Jacare Souza, Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy. Gastelum now hopes to re-assert himself as a 185-pound title threat.

A former welterweight title challenger, Till (17-2-1, fighting out of Liverpool, England) will now test the waters in the ultra-competitive middleweight division. During his run at 170 pounds, he earned hard-fought wins over Stephen Thompson, Donald Cerrone and Jessin Ayari. Till now has his sights set on turning heads at 185 pounds by taking out one of the division’s top contenders.

Additional UFC 244 bouts on the card include

  • Former heavyweight title challenger and No. 5 ranked contender Derrick Lewis (21-7 1NC, fighting out of Houston, Tex.) battles rising No. 9 Blagoy Ivanov (18-2 1NC, fighting out of Sofia, Bulgaria)
  • No. 7 ranked light heavyweight contender Corey Anderson (13-4, fighting out of Robbinsville, N.J.) goes for his fourth consecutive win against surging No. 10 Johnny Walker (17-3, fighting out of Phuket, Thailand by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Former title challenger and No. 9 ranked welterweight contender Stephen Thompson (14-4-1, fighting out of Simpsonville, S.C.) squares off with surging No. 14 Vicente Luque (17-6-1, fighting out of Westwood, N.J. by way of Brasilia, Brazil)
  • In a pivotal flyweight contenders’ bout, No. 1 ranked Katlyn Chookagian (12-2, fighting out of Kenilworth, N.J.) takes on No. 5 Jennifer Maia (17-5-1, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil)
  • Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski(28-18 2NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Minsk, Belarus) faces undefeated Jairzinho Rozenstruik (8-0, fighting out of Paramaribo, Suriname)
  • Julio Arce (16-3, fighting out of Bayside, N.Y.) meets Hakeem Dawodu (10-1-1, fighting out of Calgary, Canada) in an exciting featherweight bout
  • Krzysztof Jotko (21-4, fighting out of Orneta, Poland) aims to be the first fighter to defeat unbeaten Edmen Shahbazyan (10-0, fighting out of Glendale, Calif.)
  • Lyman Good (20-5 1NC, fighting out of New York, N.Y.) looks to defend his home turf against Chance Rencountre (14-3, fighting out of Pawhuska, Okla.)

Tickets for UFC 244: MASVIDAL vs. DIAZ go on sale Friday, September 20 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk on why she turned down Weili Zhang three times before title capture: ‘She needed me’ 

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk believes a victory over Michelle Waterson on Oct. 12 will be enough to secure her a title shot against Weili Zhang, but she admitted that she turned down three offers to fight the Chinese champion before she claimed the strawweight crown.

The former champion recalled how she predicted that Zhang would defeat Andrade to claim the title in Shenzhen the day before the main event took place.

“The day before this fight happened between [Jessica] Andrade and [Weili] Zhang, I said that this fight was going to end in the first round and I put my money on Zhang,” Jedrzejczyk told MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast.

“I know how strong Jessica Andrade is, and I was surprised by how big Weili Zhang is. Jessica Andrade is kind of short but she’s very muscular; she’s a big girl for the strawweight division, but Weili Zhang is very strong, she has big guns. When I saw Jessica training ahead of the fight on her social media, I was really not impressed. I was like, ‘Oh sh*t if she really wants to defend the belt she should be put in more,’ but she didn’t do that.”

Zhang’s title shot against Andrade came out of left field for many fans and media members, and Jedrzejczyk admitted that she turned down fight offers for Zhang as she felt it would have sidetracked her from getting her hands back on the championship title she had previously held.

“She’s good, but the truth is they offered me Weili Zhang three times before that fight and the thing is, she needed me. Okay, she’s the champ now so it might look like she never needed me to become someone. Sometimes people are like, ‘Do you know who she is now?’ Of course I know who she is, but I fight in the Octagon, you know? I’m a professional athlete, I’m a businesswoman and I know who I am. I don’t do fights on Twitter. If [others fighters] call me out, I like it because I know I am in a strong position. Why are they calling me out? Because they know I can bring them to a different level. Maybe they can be lucky and win against former UFC champion, a dominant champion, which I was. [That would allow them to] get better money, get better exposure. Of course, they offered me Weili Zhang, but my goal was to fight for the belt. I took my spot, now I’m fighting Waterson and then I will go for the belt. Slowly, step-by-step, I will reach my goals and my dreams,” she said.

“The thing is, there is a new UFC Performance Institute in China, so they probably needed a good fight and they just gave the title fight to this Chinese chick. She won, good for her; I’m very happy for her. I think she’s very strong, she’s very dynamic and she’s a good puncher. I hope she’s going to be a good champ for the UFC and the division before I face her.”

The Polish striking supremo also shared her thoughts on Zhang claiming that she “wasn’t as good” as when she was champion in an interview the newly-crowned champion conducted in Abu Dhabi in her capacity as a guest fighter at UFC 242.

“You all should ask her why she was calling me out,” said Jedrzejczyk. “These girls think they can talk when they have the strap, they talk whatever sh*t they want to talk when you are losing, Look at how many of them wanted to call me out when I lost to Rose, they were like, ‘Now we can beat Joanna because she lost’. When I was a dominant champion, they were trying to get the belt, but nobody could keep the pace with me when they faced me. They can talk whatever they want, I’m too classy and too serious for all that bullsh*t.”

Check out the latest episode of Eurobash. The Joanna Jedrzejczyk interview begins at 13:30.