Giving you a taste of what’s to come this week, MMA PLUS is here to preview some up and coming coverage and features including the Voice of the Octagon Bruce Buffer, the BodyPower expo, UK MMA action, fighter Birthdays and of course, UFC on Fox FX: Belfort vs Rockhold.
Friday May 17, 12pm – Speaking in depth about life in and out of the Octagon, MMA PLUS brings to you an insightful video interview with the UFC’s own Bruce Buffer. The Voice of the Octagon takes us through his role in the career of long lost brother and superstar ring announcer Michael Buffer, business and hobbies outside of the cage, having a world champion boxer for a grandfather and, how ‘The Buff’ draws endless inspiration for the job, plus more.
Editor’s Pick: BodyPower Expo – The UK’s largest sports, fitness & nutrition expo, BodyPower hits Birmingham’s NEC Arena from May 17th-19th. Amongst 250 established fitness brands on display will be a wealth of sports including, MMA, BJJ, Muay Thai, athletics, strongman (of course), triathlon plus MANY more. Appearing in the vast lineup of various shapes and sizes (females included), confirmed athletes in attendance include World’s Strongest Man icon Mariusz Pudzianowski, Britain’s leading UFC contender Michael Bisping, BJJ master Braulio Estima, former UCMMA and UFC contender Oli Thompson plus an extremely diverse list personalities from the world of strongman such as Mark Felix and Zydrunas Savickas.
UFC on FX: Belfort vs Rockhold – Welcoming former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold (10-1) to the Ultimate Fighting Championship on May 18 in Jaragua Do Sul, Brazil, Brazilian UFC icon Vitor Belfort (22-10) aims to continue his road back towards the middleweight title and further his status as a ruthless fight finisher. In the co-main event, another Strikeforce veteran makes his UFC debut as multi-time Jiu Jitsu and submission grappling world championship gold medallist Ronaldo Souza (17-3, 1NC) faces Chris Camozzi (19-5), an exciting southpaw known for memorable battles that make life hard for the judges. With all you need to know leading into this weekend, check out the MMA PLUS preview of UFC on FX, on Tuesday from 7pm.
Lookout for the return of MMA Staff Picks this Wednesday at 7pm as Team Plus throw out their individual fight predictions, facing off across the main card of UFC on FX: Belfort vs Rockhold.
Valley of Kings 4 – Mixed martial arts continues to grow in Wales at the Rhydycar Leisure Centre in Merthyr Tydfil on May 18th.Valley of Kings presents a diverse card of professional MMA, developing amateur/semi-pro contenders and pro K1 rules kickboxing, headlined by 3 main bouts including bantamweights Timur Mercanoglu and Ben Crook clashing in one of MMA’s most exciting weight classes, Sam Hardy vs Chris Morgan and 205lb action with Darren McGuire facing Simus Norkus.
This week’s fighter Birthdays:
Urijah Faber – May 14th
Matt Lindland, Cheick Kongo & Alistair Overeem – May 17th
Gabrial Gonzaga – May 18th
GSP and Zuluzinho – May 19th
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