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Shogun Fights XXIV

April 11, 2020 - 6:30PM


The East Coast’s Premier MMA Organization

The brain-child of John Rallo, Shogun fights regularly packs several of the largest venues in the region including Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, The Theater at MGM National Harbor and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Ft Lauderdale. A hotbed for celebrities and UFC stars, Shogun events will continue to be a Baltimore mainstay for a time to come.

With a successful (albeit short) MMA career and stint as a celebrity bodyguard under his belt, working with the likes of Tommy Lee and Sylvester Stallone, Rallo focused on opening a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy after receiving his blackbelt from Renzo Gracie himself. During this time he worked towards legalizing MMA in the state of Maryland, eventually passing legalization in one session – an unheard of feat with new legislature. With the arena wide-open, Rallo has spent years promoting shows and building a roster of packed talent, with several fighters going to the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Dana White’s Contender Series and PFL amongst others.

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  • Chavez Jr. vs. Silva Results: Live updates of the undercard and main event
    by MMA Fighting Newswire on June 19, 2021 at 4:01 am

    Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Anderson Silva will clash at the Tribute to Kings event Saturday. | Chris Farina/ChrisFarina.comMMA Fighting has Chavez Jr. vs. Silva results live for the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Anderson Silva fight card at Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico on Saturday night. When the main event begins, around 11 p.m. ET, check out our Chavez Jr. vs. Silva live round-by-round updates for our live blog. Prior to the main event, we’ll have live updates and results on all the undercard fights below. Check out the Chavez Jr. vs. Silva undercard live blog for the pay-per-view portion that will begin at 9 p.m. ET. Damian Sosa vs. Abel Mina Round 1: Round 2: Round 3: Round 4: Round 5: Round 6: Round 7: Round 8: Round 9: Round 10: Omar Chavez vs. Ramon Alvarez III Round 1: Round 2: Round 3: Round 4: Round 5: Round 6: Round 7: Round 8: Round 9: Round 10: Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. vs. Hector Camacho Jr. Round 1: Round 2: Round 3: Round 4: Round 5: Round 6:

  • Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Anderson Silva: Live round-by-round updates
    by MMA Fighting Newswire on June 19, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Anderson Silva will clash at the Tribute to Kings event Saturday. | Chris Farina/ChrisFarina.comMMA Fighting has Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Anderson Silva live round-by-round updates of one of the most anticipated boxing fights of the year Saturday night at the Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico. The fight will start around 11 p.m. ET. Check out our Chavez Jr. vs. Silva results page to find out what happened on the undercard. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who has a 52-5-1 record with one no-contest, is a former middleweight champion. He has lost three of his past five fights. Anderson Silva, a former UFC middleweight champion, holds a career 1-1 record in boxing. He is competing in a pro boxing fight for the first time since winning by second-round knockout of Julio Cesar de Jesus on Aug. 5, 2005. Check out the Chavez Jr. vs. Silva live blog below. Round 1: Round 2: Round 3: Round 4: Round 5: Round 6: Round 7: Round 8:

  • Virna Jandiroba reflects on how losing to Mackenzie Dern changed her as a fighter and woman
    by Guilherme Cruz on June 19, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Virna Jandiroba meets Kanako Mutata in the preliminary portion of UFC Vegas 29. | Zuffa LLCLosing a decision to Mackenzie Dern changed Virna Jandiroba. The former Invicta FC strawweight champion, who meets Kanako Mutata in the preliminary portion of Saturday night’s UFC Vegas 29, spoke with MMA Fighting about how that 15-minute contest this past December went deep in her heart and soul. “[That fight] touched on things that are very deep, not only as an athlete,” Jandiroba said. “Ever since I got in the UFC, I’ve talked about being more professional. Not that I wasn’t professional before, but understanding how the whole process works in a broader way and live every process of the fight. The lesson here is that I have to be more decisive in my fights.” Jandiroba doesn’t feel ready to open up entirely about this process at the moment, but also reflects that her loss to Dern affected her in a positive way, transforming a pure grappler into “a new athlete” after standing and trading on the feet for 15 minutes. “[This fight] affected me because we’re emotional beings,” she said. “It’s hard to talk about it because it really were deep things. I’m not feeling very comfortable to talk about it right now [laughs], maybe I’m still in this process of formulation. But fights always mess you up a little bit, right? I think I’ve learned a lot, too. “I’m an emotional person, even if I don’t look like one, and this fight brought that up, to be more professional in that sense. ‘OK, put less emotion in the fight and do your job.’ It messed with me deep in that sense, because it goes to your roots, your emotions, and they have to be under control.” One of the things Jandiroba revealed as an emotional topic going into that fight was lack of recognition and attention that fighters from the Northeast region of Brazil receive from media — and sometimes even the UFC itself, with lack of promotional push in the country. “I want to be seen, we want to be seen as a whole, as people,” Jandiroba said. “That’s something we feel here, and I think that was triggered in this fight. It’s not about Virna, it’s something historical in Brazil, and I kind of took that baggage and felt it a little bit. We all feel that way a little bit, and it’s not something I want to carry. That motivates me as well, of course, I want to show the Northeast, but I want it to be lighter.” Jandiroba currently holds a UFC record of 2-2 after a 3-0 run under the Invicta FC banner, and welcomes a “tough challenge” in Murata. The Japanese fighter, who also won the Invicta FC belt before joining the UFC, improved to 12-1 in the sport with a decision victory over Randa Markos in her octagon debut this past November. “She’s another tough grappler [I fight] and I’ve prepared for a tough athlete, so nothing she does will surprise me,” Jandiroba said. “Kanako has great wrestling and good takedowns, but I believe I’m very comfortable on the feet and on the ground. She might have the advantage in this transition, but I have an advantage everywhere else. “She leaves openings [on the ground], and we’ve seen some. She exposes herself a little bit on the ground and we’ve worked on them. I’m way more confident with my hands now, and I might have advantages on the feet as well. I feel I have knockout power now, you know? I’ve been through this process of transforming and feeling, perfecting my hands and feeling I have that knockout power too. But the ground will always be my first option.”

  • Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva share heartfelt conversation after leg injury: ‘I want to apologize to you’
    by Shaun Al-Shatti on June 19, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Esther Lin, MMA FightingChris Weidman and Anderson Silva may have once been fierce UFC rivals, but as their time in combat sports creeps toward an end, their relationship has evolved into something more. After Weidman suffered a horrific leg break in his April bout against Uriah Hall, Silva reached out to the American and offered his support. The injury, of course, was eerily reminiscent of the broken leg Silva suffered in his 2013 rematch with Weidman. Silva’s legendary career was never the same after that setback, and at age 37, with a 2-6 record over his last eight fights, Weidman’s own future outlook isn’t looking particularly encouraging. But Silva has been an unlikely source of encouragement for Weidman since his April injury, and on Friday the two former rivals spoke at length on Weidman’s new podcast, “Won’t Back Down,” where Weidman extended a heartfelt apology for the way he reacted to Silva’s injury in 2013 and any perceived lack of empathy he showed Silva in the aftermath. “The first thing that popped into my head when I broke my leg, as soon as I hit the ground — actually as soon as I looked at my leg and I saw it flop around, the first thing that went in my head was, ‘I cannot believe (this).’ Like, I thought about you,” Weidman told Silva. “I thought about, ‘This is Anderson Silva. Like, my leg looked like Anderson Silva’s leg. What the hell? There’s no way that’s my leg right now.’ And then all of a sudden the pain’s coming in. And I remember when it happened with you, I didn’t know your leg broke as soon as it happened. I thought you were just in pain. “I circled around and I remember hearing the screaming, like someone was being murdered, and then I came over and I saw you holding your leg. And I just couldn’t not believe it. And as time went on, I tried to get in touch with you that week, I felt terrible about it, but as time went on you kind of forget. And I feel terrible now, because now I understand the pain that you went through, all the trials and tribulations that you went through, and it just makes me empathize with you so much more, with those situations. And to honest, I’ve never even said this out loud but it’s been on my mind really since this happened, but I want to apologize to you.” “It’s (OK),” Silva replied. “Don’t worry about that, because I know everything that happened to you in the moment when I broke my leg, I know you didn’t realize. (You knew) I was feeling pain but not (that) I broke my leg. But I want you to understand, don’t say sorry. Because when the people judge, [they] don’t understand what happened inside (the cage).” “I appreciate that but I still have to get it off my chest, because it is — in my mind, it’s almost therapy for me,” Weidman responded. “Because one of the things that bothers me a little bit about the situation is that there were times, I remember right afterward doing all these fan meet-and-greets ... fans would want me to take pictures with me checking a leg kick and them doing it. And I remember saying at first, ‘No, no, no, I’m not doing that, that’s disrespectful, that’s disrespectful.’ And then as time went on, I was like, ‘Alright, whatever, I’ll do it,’ and then I started taking pictures like that. “That bothers me inside because now, going through what I’m going through, I’m like, the pain that [you] and [your] family had to go through, just the long road that it took to get back, and then being able to speak to you and the way that you handled the situation — you could’ve been a real prick about this situation. You could’ve killed me and I wouldn’t have even held it against you, but it would’ve hurt. But the way you handled it right afterward with your post — I mean, there weren’t too many things I was looking at, I was in so much pain, but when I saw that from you it really meant a lot to me.” Weidman said in April that he expects his recovery to take up to a year before he’s close to returning to an active schedule. Though he’s still a long way away from that benchmark, he was able to return to the gym for the first time earlier this month and work on some low-movement boxing. Weidman has cautioned that there could still be chances for further complications within his leg, including possible amputation, but has nonetheless been adamant about his plans to return to the UFC and fight again once his leg is back at full strength. That’s a goal Silva achieved after his own injury — and it’s a goal Silva is now encouraging Weidman to believe in as he works through the day-to-day angst of his recovery. “You calling me and just giving me advice was super inspiring for me,” Weidman told Silva. “We had that phone call in the back of my wife’s minivan with my four kids in the car, and you’re telling me your timeline and you told me you started going to the gym at four months, and I was like, ‘Holy shit, that’s possible?’ It just made me feel so much better, so I really appreciate that. I wanted to get that off my chest.” “Come on, Chris, you don’t need to say nothing about that,” Silva replied. “[We’re] human beings. You have a family, I have a family, and my job and your job is very tough. People don’t understand. People who don’t do the same don’t understand how much it’s hard, how much you need to dedicate (yourself) for this sport. And you’re amazing, because when people are talking about the situation, they don’t understand how much you’re suffering, how much you’re working hard, how much you leave your family alone for training, how much you have problems. “People don’t remember when you lost your house (to Hurricane Sandy), everything. And every single problem, you put it inside your mind and transform it into power when you go inside the cage. And that’s the point. I don’t judge and I don’t say nothing, and I talk to the people and say, ‘Stop talking about this guy, because this is not easy.’ It’s easy to judge but it’s not easy to go inside and fight, and you do your best. Don’t worry about that. I’m happy because you recovered your leg. Take your time, and I’m going to see you fight very soon.”

  • Video: Manager Jason House reacts to Brandon Moreno’s title win at UFC 263: ‘There was a look in his eye all week long’
    by MMA Fighting Newswire on June 18, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Whether in MMA or in life as a whole, you always remember your first. In manager Jason House’s case, he has his first UFC world champion in his stable of fighters as of this past Saturday night. House, the CEO of Iridium Sports, an agency that represents one of the deepest rosters in the sport, watched as Brandon Moreno became the flyweight champion in the co-main event of UFC 263 with a third-round submission of Deiveson Figueiredo. In an exclusive interview, House spoke with MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and discussed Moreno’s title win and what it means to have a UFC world champion as a client, where the win ranks among memorable moments in MMA history, having eight fighters on Saturday’s UFC Vegas 29 fight card — including The Korean Zombie, who faces Dan Ige in the main event — Julian Erosa’s unheralded comeback and surge, the relationship between managers and the MMA media, and more.


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