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It's great to be a wrestling fan in 2014. Now more than ever, one can be fully immersed in the storylines and action... With an eye to the future, this wrestling immersion looks set to deepen and so it is perhaps worth identifying some of the markers to here and the direction of future travel.
If you ask any non-wrestling fans about wrestling, the three wrestlers they are most likely to mention are Hulk Hogan, the Undertaker and Ultimate Warrior. The intensity of his character twinned with his brightly coloured face-paint and trunks made him an unforgettable international presence.
All in all, WM30 delivered. There were solid matches and nostalgic high points. The most interesting development though is the clear direction of WWE from past to future. The streak is broken, new talents are starting to emerge and the future is exciting. Roll on Raw...
At BAMMA 15, the main card kicked off with a flyweight contest between German Rany Saadeh and the undefeated Mahmood 'Persian Pride' Besharate.
So the UFC's huge push for world domination rumbles into London, and lands at the 02 Arena, Greenwich, the second biggest indoor arena in the UK and one of the busiest in Europe. It's a great venue, tailor-made for hosting big fights. In what could be a landmark achievement for the promotion, the 15,000 seats sold out in record time for a UK event, and the media hype has been unprecedented...
On Saturday night, George Groves entered the ring a lone crusader and returned a hero but he was never going to win, despite completely out boxing Carl Froch. Groves was never going to win, and that had nothing to do with strength, speed, heart, will and the game plan to win.
Following last weekend's spectacular night of entertainment, the question on everyone's lips was how would UFC Fight Night 30 compare to UFC 166, described by Dana White as 'The greatest card ever in UFC history?'
So... here we are again, just over a week until fight night, and I have to admit the nerves are sneaking in a little early. It's good news though, I tell myself, and I always perform best under pressure! Through my mind runs the age-old question - have I done enough? Have I trained sensibly and focused on the correct areas? Is there any more I could have I done?
I'm heading into my last four weeks of training ahead of my next bout against Thale Leites in Brazil, at UFC 163. A physically punishing schedule has been devised for me by my team, but it's mentally where the fight will be won or lost.
The UFC President is actively going after fighters he believes to be abusing therapeutic use exemption for TRT, which includes more UFC paid-for drugs tests aimed at the likes of middleweight contender Vitor Belfort and light-heavyweight title challenger Chael Sonnen.