UFC’s Jon Delos Reyes, courtesy Jesse Castro, GSPN
Delos Reyes, or better known as JDR by his friends, is a finisher. All of his seven wins were either TKO or submission. He has tremendous power behind his punches and sneaky jiu-jitsu.
The 27-year old fighter made his first UFC appearance in January when he faced Dustin Kimura at UFC Fight Night – Saffiedine vs. Lim in Singapore.
“The Heat” was aggressive and effective in the striking department in the early minutes of the fight, rocking his Hawaiian counterpart with couple of solid blows. But Delos Reyes got careless while he was inside Kimura’s guard and was caught by a deep armbar that made him tap at the 2:13 mark of the opening round,
“The UFC jitters are for real. I felt that I got him with some good clean shots and then decided to try to finish him. Dustin is a very technical fighter.”
After his disappointing loss against Kimura, JDR was originally scheduled to fight Richie Vaculik last June for UFC Fight Night in New Zealand. Unluckily, JDR was forced to withdraw from the fight after sustaining a shoulder and elbow injury in training.
After almost two months of healing and waiting, the time has finally arrived for JDR’s UFC comeback as he is set to face Japanese Flyweight sensation Horiguchi, a fighter who is 2-0 in the UFC.
Facing Horiguchi for his second UFC fight is huge for JDR’s career as he is going to fight for the first time at the 125-pound limit and he looks to prove that he is one of the best fighters to look out for in the ultra-competitive flyweight division,
“This will be my toughest test to date. I know Horiguchi is a very tough and skillful fighter. He has great striking and is very aggressive. I’ve been honing my BJJ and No-gi grappling with my coach Sonny Nohara at SoNo BJJ. I also began my camp at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. I flew to Guam a few weeks before the fight to join my long time striking coach Sonny Chargualaf, as he will fly with me to Tokyo.”
JDR has been working tirelessly on firming his ground game to become a much more dangerous fighter inside the Octagon. Despite of hurdles in his journey, he remains positive and determined to reach his goal one day of becoming a UFC champion,
“I am working on all aspects of MMA. I’m still young in this sport; I have yet to reach my prime.With an ever evolving playing field, I feel that it is very important to constantly improve and evolve as a martial artist.
MMA-in-Asia.com has the full interview.
Hong-Man Choi is facing Carlos Toyota in the main event. Choi, a Korean wrestling and kickboxing based fighter, is now walking around at 120kgs and says he feels lighter for it. That’s a substantial difference from his days in K-1 at 160kgs where he holds notable wins over Semmy Schilt, Bob Sapp, and Mighty Mo. Other than that his fame extends to others he’s faced: heel-hooked by Minowaman, arm barred by Fedor, kicked down by Cro Cop. This will be his first MMA match since 2009.
Toyota’s career has been in Japan’s DEEP and Gladiator promotions. Toyota is a BJJ black belt who has won the Pan Ams, Euorpeans, Asians, and All Japans. This will be his first MMA fight since 2011. There’s no need to state the obvious striker-versus-grappler set up for this one.
Female notable standup fighters Lim Su-Jeong of K-1 and Khan fame and boxing stand out Leica will face off. Both are making their MMA debuts, therefore a special ruleset of 30 seconds on the ground limit will be initiated. Lim, known as “Beautiful Fighter, is a cult figure of sorts in Korea, where she appears on television shows.
Leica has fought for both the WBA and WBC lightweight titles, and won the OPBF female lightweight title. Early in her career she defended the WIBA Women’s International Boxing Association featherweight title multiple times to put herself on the map.
Idol Kim Tae-Hyun will make his MMA debut against Daisaku Tanaka from Team Banana who is 40 years old with a record of 3-2.
MMA-in-Asia has the full story.
Full Fight card details after the jump
Check out the latest promo for UFC Japan. iJF Content partner TFN’s very own Bri Chan makes an appearance. She’s beautiful, funky and in this whole MMA thing, she’s legit. Yeah, she’s a pro fighter (with DEEP JEWELS) too on top of being a reporter. Now Bri has something new to add to her resume, being featured on the UFC’s latest commercial for their upcoming show in Japan this September. UFC Japan will be headlined by a highly anticipated bout between heavyweights Roy Nelson and Mark Hunt. Check out this cool video promo below right now.
LAS VEGAS – Mixed martial arts fans collectively cheered on Saturday when UFC president Dana White yanked Howard Hughes as a judge after he was unhappy with Hughes’ work in the first two bouts at a fight card Saturday in Macau, China.
This, though, was a decision that should have been booed, and loudly, even if one believes that Hughes clearly blew both of the first two bouts.
The UFC self regulates in jurisdictions that have no athletic commission or governing body, such as Macau. In those cases, the UFC generally appoints Marc Ratner, its vice president for regulatory affairs and, notably, the highly respected former executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, to run such shows.
Ratner runs those shows under Nevada rules, and he appoints the judges, the referees and runs the drug testing.
But Ratner wasn’t in Macau on Saturday…..
Yahoo Sports has the full story
In an exclusive video interview, MMA-in-ASIA spoke with Rousey about her incredible judo career, her earliest recollections of MMA, and prospective opponents she might face in the future.
On her first experience with judo as a young girl:
“I took to it right away. I had the time of my life.”
On her first thoughts of going into MMA:
“After the Beijing Olympics, I decided that I was going to be a bartender for the rest of my life. And I was trying to force myself to be content with that. I’d seen Gina Carano fight Julie Kedzie when I was still training for the Beijing Olympics… The guys I was watching it with were so in awe of her… What?! I can do that! I can beat those chicks!”
For the full story, including more interview highlights Check out MMA-in-Asia.com
“Saturday’s UFC Fight Night in Macao features a half dozen of China’s best MMA fighters. But these guys are just one small step removed from the very first four Chinese to ever train and compete in mixed martial arts. Those four, Zhang Tiequan, Ao Hailin, Dai Shuanghai and He Peng, weren’t even the best Sanda fighters of their generation.
But when Chinese-American Andy Pi went looking for Chinese MMA fighters for a promotion he was putting together, these were the guys the sports universities would release to try out mixed martial arts.”
Vice’s Fightland has the full story.
We’re not sure how he did it, but we definitely want to know how a 42 year old man can look like this (whether we’re willing to do what Le does is another story though). Cung Le will be facing Michael Bisping this weekend at UFC and he looks more than ready to take on the Brit. Le’s been training in Vietnam for the past few weeks and it’s pretty apparent that whatever he’s doing, he’s doing it right. Check out the most recent pic of Cung Le. Who needs TRT right?
“Let’s get it on! Popular MMA referee John McCarthy will be officiating UFC events in Nevada once again, pending his official relicensing on August 21st.Assuming nothing changes between now and August 21st, you’ll soon be seeing Big John McCarthy officiating Las Vegas-based shows once more. According to a report from Yahoo’s Kevin Iole, The highly respected veteran referee, who hasn’t officiated any events in Nevada since 2007, will be relicensed on August 21st at the next Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting. He’ll also be assigned to work on several fights at UFC 178, which is the promotion’s next trip to Las Vegas.”
Bloody Elbow has the full story.
MMA Fighting broke the news and confirmed it with CEO Dana White directly. The former CEO of Manchester City will move to Las Vegas to carry out his duties.
Fischer’s tenure included the China market for four years, during which time two shows in Macau, plus the upcoming event on August 23rd, and the first series of TUF China were negotiated and held. The main office started in Beijing, then moved operations to Singapore, where the first UFC event was held at the beginning of 2014.
Dana White has been vocal about an event in the Philippines in the beginning of 2014, and a Korea event is also to be expected, along with the promotion’s Japan expansion which includes a TUF-style tournament co-promoted by Shooto Commission-run Vale Tudo Japan across 2 weight divisions.
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Looks like the “California Kid” won’t be making the quick turnaround return like he had originally hoped for after his win over Alex Caceres. Urijah Faber has been injured and now will not be able to compete against Masanori Kanehara in Japan.
Ironically, the man who will be replacing will be the man the Faber last defeated. Alex Caceres (10-6, 1 NC) will be taking the place of Faber. Caceres won 4 out of 5 of his last fights before losing to Faber. Caceres’ win over Kang Kyung-Ho was overturned and made a no contest after he tested positive for marijuana.
Masanori Kanehara (23-11-5) is a former Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix Champion and inaugural Sengoku Featherweight Champion. He has competed in DEEP, Pancrase, Shooto and ZST. Kanehara has won 6 of his last 7 fights. He was last seen facing Toshiaki Kitada at DEEP-66 Impact but lost via disqualification for throwing Kitada out of the ring. This could potentially be a much easier fight for the JMMA star as supposed to his original opponent, Faber.
UFC Japan will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson. It will be held on Sept. 20 in Saitama, Japan.