Brendan Loughnane, Dave Huckaba, Nick Newell, Tyson Griffin
This weeks guests:
Guest no 1 - Brendan Loughnane 2:40 - he talks about life after the UFC as he prepares to fight for the Lightweight Title at FCC 7 on 7 September at the Reebok Stadium.
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Guest no 2 - Dave Huckaba 13:18 - he talks about his MMA journey and getting ready to face his toughest fight to date, K1 legend Ray Sefo.
Guest no 3 - Nick Newell 22:31 - he is ready to get back in the cage after a ten month lay off and all the drama around him leaving the XFC, he is ready to make a big name for himself as he takes the next step in his MMA career and still remain undefeated.
Guest no 4 - Tyson Griffin 29:41 - he talks us through some of his personal career highlights so far, he also talks about facing another well rounded opponent in Cavalcante.
Glad to hear Brendan is back fighting - he will destroy Tim close in the first round
He is fighting Tom close ? Who just lost at made for the cage?
IMO That's a really bad fight for Tim to take so soon after his recent MMA loss.
I would advise him to stay at local level and fight guys (no disrespect intended) at a lower level than Brendan
Huckaba stops Sefo in round 2 via TKO
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Just looked at Tim's record, no offence to him, but his wins are against guys with 40 first round losses, Brendan in a light weight title fight is one hell of a step up for him, stand by my first prediction, Brendan via anything in round 1.
.....but if he wins?
I think Brendan will win like but it's win/win for Close. He can put on a good show and lose or he can put on a good show and win.
At the same time, Brendan's opponents combine for 11-51. He's 5-1 as a pro (loss to Mike Wilkinson) and he's only ever beat one guy with a winning record. Obviously this is a big step up for Tim, but as others have said, he's really got nothing to lose.
Originally Posted by War
FCC struggled to get a match for Brendan. Just to give people an idea, the first choice was Saul Rogers, who ended up signing with Cage Warriors after a great performance in Liverpool. Jamie Rogers was also in the mix, but he'd signed to fight on CW in Wales, which is obviously a much bigger opportunity for him. Leon Del Gaudio was approached, but the date didn't work for him. There was the option of flying someone in from Europe (name escapes me) at a great cost to the promotion, but by the time other fights had fallen through, they were booked out on another show.
There were one or two names thrown around who are ranked much higher than Brendan, but again, he's 5-1, not 15-1. Let's let him get another win or two under his belt before we talk about throwing him in with top 10-15 guys. Hopefully he'll get a call up to a bigger show after this (he had offers from shows in the US, Australia and Japan after TUF, but really wanted to fight back in Manchester again)...if not, I know FCC would love to have him back, and would look to give him another step up in competition.
Tim Close stepped up on less than six weeks notice for the fight, so all credit to him. As it seems few people are expecting him to win, he's got the opportunity to look good in defeat to a guy who's ranked well above him, or shock everyone with a win.
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