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Dustin Denes “Cleans” up BBTC

A highly recognised and respected name in the grappling world Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt  Dustin ‘Clean’ Denes is currently on a UK seminar tour sharing his knowledge and experience with members of BJJ clubs up and down the country.

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Denes has a list of achievements to his name including Brazilian National Champion in 2000 and 2 times Liga de Niteroi Champion to name but a few. His nickname ‘Clean’ has nothing to do with his grappling technique but was handed to him by Mercelo ‘Brutus’ Silveira for his clean shaven head which resembled ‘Mr Clean’ from the cleaning brand!

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Denes stopped by Bad Boy Training Centre last Friday to teach our members a thing or two.

What was initially scheduled as a 2.5 hour seminar turned into massive 5 hours of intense drills with submission and pinning techniques being the focus. Denes has a reputation for intensity which the attendees will now confirm is not exaggerated.  During the session he remarked:

You don’t attend a ‘Clean’ seminar, you survive it!”

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Someone threw up, someone fainted and someone’s nose started bleeding spontaneously, all from the pressure of the drills. Head Coach Pete Irving said:

“Dustin’s relentless attention to detail and energy was inspirational.

His passion for jiu-jitsu and sincere interest in every person that made the effort to attend was exciting to be around.”

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The Seminar was the first Bad Boy Training Centre has held since it’s opening in October 2013 and was a roaring success. Dustin is scheduled to come back to the UK in Autumn and the BBTC hope to repeat the event if his busy schedule allows.

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Gustaffson set for Title Rematch

Bad Boy’s Alexander Gustafsson is now one step closer to earning that UFC Light Heavyweight Title after defeating Jimi Manuwa by TKO in just the second round at UFC Fight Night 37 held at the O2 area in London.

‘The Mauler’ stated in his preliminary interview ‘I want to finish him in the early rounds’ and he certainly did that. Manuwa had previously turned down the UFC on two occasions claiming that he was not ready for it, yet he looked lean and ready stepping into the cage to face Gustafsson.

The fight opened with a harsh punch and kick from Manuwa which Gustafsson quickly countered with a takedown. Manuwa was then stuck on his back for the majority of the round whilst Gustafsson looked to attempt a submission from half-mount.

The second round opened and was quickly stopped due to an accidental eye poke to Manuwa. Not long after the restart Gustafsson had Manuwa up against the cage and stunned him with a knee to the face, following up with a series of punches and uppercuts which caused referee Marc Goddard to call a stop to the fight at 1:18.

In his post fight interview Gustafsson personally called out Jones “Jon Jones, I want my title shot again. I’m right here. Whatever you want man, whatever you want.”

Provided Jones wins against Glover Teixeira in their bout scheduled for April, we could be in for the rematch of two fighters who, earlier this year, earned the Fighter’s Only award for ‘Fight of the Year’.

Later, via his Official Facebook account Gustafsson thanked all his supporters; ‘Can’t describe how happy I am!!! I and my friend won our fights in London this Saturday! Huge and The biggest thanks to all my fans around the world for everything u make me push harder in training it means all to me!!! Huge thanks to my sponsors UFC for letting me live my dream everyday!!!! I love u all!!!! Thanks!!!!’

Brits, Swedes and Europeans alike welcomed the time difference the change of location brought, being broadcast at 7pm GMT on both Channel 5 and BT Sports. The preliminary results are as follows:

Michael Johnson def. Melvin Guillard
Unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Brad Pickett def. Neil Seery
Unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Gunnar Nelson def. Omari Akhmedov
Via guillotine submission – Round 1, 4:36

Ilir Latifi def. Cyrille Diabate
Via neck crank submission – Round 1, 3:02

Luke Barnatt def. Mats Nilsson
Via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:24

Claudio Henrique da Silva def. Brad Scott
Unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Igor Araujo def. Danny Mitchell
Unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Louis Gaudinot def. Phil Harris
Via guillotine choke submission – Round 1, 1:13

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TUF China Finale Preview: Hatsu Hioki vs. Ivan Menjivar

This Saturday, at the CotaiArena in Macau, China, featherweight fighter Hatsu Hioki will face Ivan Menjivar at The Ultimate Fighter: China Finale. The bout will kick things off on the main card, which will be headlined by a welterweight matchup between British fighter John Hathaway and South Korea native Dong Hyun Kim.

Hioki is in desperate need of a win following a three fight skid, which includes losses to Ricardo Lamas, Clay Guida and most recently Darren Elkins.

This could easily be the 30-year-old’s last opportunity to get himself back into the win column before running the risk of being cut. To be honest, he’s quite lucky to be getting another chance after three straight losses, but due to the fact that they were via decision I reckon the UFC are waiting to see if Hioki can deliver something special.

This is the first time Hioki has lost more than two straight fights in his career. Maybe the jump up in competition that comes along with joining the UFC is what has caused this recent dip in performance, or maybe the Japanese native has struggled to cope with fights taking place in America opposed to Japan where he has spent most of his time competing as a pro.

There could be many reasons why Hioki has had a tough run of late, but with each new fight comes a new opportunity to set things straight. However, he has a tough assignment in “The Pride of El Salvador.”

Tristar Gym member, Ivan Menjivar, is in a similar position to his adversary due to the fact that he has lost his past two fights in-a-row. The 31-year-old had a rough 2013, first dropping a submission loss to the “California Kid”, Urijah Faber, at UFC 157 in February, then suffering a decision loss at the hands of Brazilian fighter Wilson Reis at UFC 165 in September.

The El Salvador native will no doubt look to make a return to the good form he had during 2011, where he began a three fight winning streak, defeating notable fighters such as Charlie Valencia, Nick Pace and John Albert.

With regards to the fight itself, it should be very interesting as both guys are very well-rounded. The fight could finish via submission or TKO, or it could become a technical chess match. If the latter happens, then I reckon we’ll see a close fought three round bout where dominant striking and takedowns could be the key to victory. It’s definitely a close one to call, however the one thing I can be sure of is Hioki and Menjivar bringing their a-game’s as they both know what is at stake.

This is an important must-win fight for both men that will likely see the loser seeking employment elsewhere. Some of the best fights happen when there is pressure to perform, so make sure you don’t miss this matchup on March 1st.

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Cory Tait: The Next Chapter

On February 15th, at Cage Warriors 64, Cory Tait will face James Pennington in a highly anticipated bantamweight showdown. The bout will headline a card full of exciting matchups, but many of us will be waiting to see how Tait performs in his return to the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship (CWFC).

Tait made his professional MMA debut back in October 2010 at Cage Warriors 38, where he scored a first round submission victory over John Brightwell. Following that win Cory started fighting for UCMMA and made his promotional debut against Dino Gambatesa at UCMMA 16. Tait started his new campaign off with a bang, knocking Gambatesa out with a front kick in the second round.

Unfortunately “Capcom’s” undefeated streak came to an end at UCMMA 17, where he suffered a unanimous decision loss against James Lutman. Cory followed that loss with back-to-back TKO victories over Danny Pearson and Nathan Beer before dropping a first round KO loss against Spencer Hewitt at UCMMA 26 in February 2012.

Since then, Tait has looked unstoppable, defeating both Huseyin Garabet and Jody Collins via submission during 2012. Also, in his most recent fight, Tait avenged his loss to Spencer Hewitt by scoring a first round knockout in their rematch at UCMMA 33 in April 2013.

Cory has now come full circle and will return to Cage Warriors, the place where his pro MMA career began, only this time he has a lot more experience under his belt and will feature in the main event. This is an opportunity for Tait to showcase his skills to viewers around the world and start the next chapter of his career with an impressive victory.

Tait’s opponent, James Pennington, is also riding a three-fight winning streak and will enter this fight with a lot of confidence. The “Power Weasel” did really well during 2013, defeating notable fighters such as James Doolan, Ben Crook and most recently Kris Edwards at Cage Warriors 59. Pennington has beaten some very tough fighters and is close to becoming one of the top 5 bantamweights in the country.

In regards to the potential outcome of the upcoming bout between Tait and Pennington, seven of Pennington’s nine career victories have come via Submission, so this is definitely something “Capcom” will have to watch out for. I think Cory will look to gain an advantage on the feet and look for an opening there, however if needed he can finish anywhere and is no slouch on the ground. It will definitely be interesting to see how the fight plays out.

Since Tait fought for Cage Warriors back in 2010 a lot has changed. Cage Warriors has continued to grow as a promotion and is widely considered to be one of the best MMA events in Europe. Similarly, Tait has grown as a fighter and looks better each time we see him. We are set to see  lot more of “Capcom” in the CWFC as his five-fight contract begins with the bout against Pennington. It is definitely an exciting time for Tait and I cannot wait to see how this new chapter in his MMA career unfolds.

Picture courtesy of: PAUL REGAN / MMAFIGHTFOTO

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Bad Boy KO at World MMA Awards

The 6th World MMA Awards was held by Fighters Only last Friday to honour the industry’s best from October 2012 til December 2013. The black tie event took place at Venetian and Palazzo Resort, Hotel & Casinos in Las Vegas and a few familiar faces took top honours.

Bad Boy have always had faith in their sponsored athletes, even when they are heavily considered the ‘underdog’.  This year however, Bad Boy sponsored Chris Weidman and Alexander Gustafsson were recognized for their achievements. Chris ended up scooping Charles “Mask” Lewis Fighter of the Year award and breaking Jon Jones two year winning streak. Later he tweeted:

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