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New England’s Only UFC Heavyweight Fighter Gabriel Gonzaga to Fight Stipe Miocic at UFC FOX 10 in Chicago

Gabriel Gonzaga vs Stipe Miocic

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A heavyweight matchup between Gabriel Gonzaga (16-7 MMA, 11-6 UFC) and Stipe Miocic (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is the latest addition to the UFC’s first FOX-televised event of 2014.

UFC on FOX 10 takes place Jan. 25 at United Center in Chicago, the third straight January the venue has hosted a FOX show. The main card, including a Benson Henderson vs. Josh Thomson headliner, airs on FOX following prelims that are expected to air on FOX Sports 1 and stream at MMAjunkie.

The 34-year-old Gonzaga left the UFC in 2010 after struggling through a 3-5 stretch. However, after a year away from the sport, the submission ace returned to the sport and is 5-1 in his past six fights. All five of those victories have come by finish, including consecutive first-round knockout wins over Shawn Jordan and Dave Herman.

Meanwhile, Miocic opened his career with nine straight wins to open his career before suffering a September 2012 loss to Stefan Struve. He’s since rebounded with an impressive decision win over Roy Nelson at June’s UFC 161 event.

With the addition to the card, UFC on FOX 10 now includes:

Benson Henderson vs. Josh Thomson
Darren Elkins vs. Jeremy Stephens
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Stipe Miocic

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Gabriel Gonzaga will fight at UFC 162

Gonzaga vs Schaub

Team Link will return at UFC 162

An unspecified injury has forced heavyweight Shane Del Rosario to withdraw from UFC 162. As a result, Gabriel Gonzaga has stepped in to fill the void and face Dave Herman at the July 6 event.

The UFC announced the changes late on Friday night.

Gonzaga will have about five weeks to prepare for Herman.

The fight is likely a pivotal one for the UFC career of Herman, who has lost three straight and is also coming off a suspension for a failed drug test that flagged him for marijuana usage.

Herman (21-5) has been finished in three straight fights. He was most recently submitted by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 153. Prior to that he suffered a knockout loss at the hands of Roy Nelson, and another TKO via Stefan Struve. His only UFC win was a Fight of the Night knockout over John Olav Einemo in June 2011.

Gonzaga (14-7) is seven weeks removed from a knockout loss to Travis Browne at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, a defeat that snapped a three-fight win streak. He was just removed from a mandatory medical suspension on Wednesday.

UFC 162 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and will be headlined by a middleweight title match pitting Anderson Silva against challenger Chris Weidman.

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In the main event, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will defend his title against Chael Sonnen. In the co-main event, Michael Bisping will square off against Alan Belcher in a middleweight contest.

Check out the full UFC 159 results below.

Main Card

Jon Jones def. Chael Sonnen via first-round TKO
Michael Bisping def. Alan Belcher via technical decision (accidental foul)
Roy Nelson def. Cheick Kongo via first-round knockout
Phil Davis def. Vinny Magalhaes via unanimous decision
Pat Healy def. Jim Miller via submission (rear-naked choke)

Undercard
Rustam Khabilov def. Yancy Medeiros via first-round TKO
Ovince St. Preux def. Gian Villante via majority technical decision (accidental foul)
Sara McMann def. Sheila Gaff via first-round TKO
Bryan Caraway def. Johnny Bedford via submission (guillotine)
Cody McKenzie def. Leonard Garcia via unanimous decision
Steven Siler def. Kurt Holobaugh via unanimous decision

Note: Nick Catone vs. James Head fight has been scratched after Catone was hospitalized with dehydration.

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Team Link Fighter Perry “Filthy” Filkins Wins at Bellator 81

The first fight of the main card at Bellator 81 on Friday November 16, 2012 in Providence, Rhode Island was an exciting one. Kicking off the evening’s televised action, Perry Filkins proved too much for young German Jonas Billstein, scoring a unanimous decision victory (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at the conclusion of an entertaining 15-minute contest.

Filkins (7-1) started strong, basically walking through Billstein (10-3) to land power strikes, most of which were thrown in combination. Billstein responded in Round 2 by increasing and varying his striking output while changing things up with a late takedown.

Action also picked up in the middle round after an exchange of eye pokes, and that energy played out during an exciting final few moments.

The third and final round went back and forth until Billstein landed a snap kick to Filkins face. This set Filkins off and, “getting filthy” as he said afterwards, and he attacked the German with multiple combination shots to his face and eventually getting full mount and rains down punches and elbows teeing off on his face until the end of the round.

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Jon Manley Wins His Fight and is the House – The Ultimate Fighter Fridays

It was a was great win over a very tough opponent. Jon Manley won his match against Ricky Legere Jr. This guy had a record of 14-4, was a Strikeforce veteran and was the favorite going in. Jon knew this was a fight for survival and played it smart. He controlled both the first and second round giving him the win  by decision. Dana White was not happy with fight because there was not a lot of action, but he did what he was supposed to do, WIN!!!!!

I can’t wait to Friday to see what happens next. This is the most exciting season yet, in my opinion.

Manley On The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 – MMA Lessons Springfield MA

The UFC announced yesterday that Team Link’s own Jon Manley will be on the cast of The Ultimate Fighter that will premiere on Friday Sept 14 at 9pm. We are very proud and can’t wait to see this great instructor of MMA in Springfield MA get fight to get on the house. He has worked very hard to get where he is today. While in the process of starting his own Team Link School in Northampton MA, he got the call to go to the show. Can’t wait to see him go!!!!

UFC Heavyweights from New England: MMA Training Springfield, MA

UFC Heavyweights Gabriel Gonzaga & Christian Morecraft

On the evening of Wednesday August 8, 2012 Team Link in Ludlow MA was filled with talent. Not only did you have the East Coast’s only UFC heavyweight fighters,  there was also 7 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts together in one gym. Ludlow is a small town in Western Mass for which Team Link MMA and soccer are two main things it is known for. (on a different note, Thursday August 9, 2012 the Stanley Cup was in Ludlow because the LA Kings General Manger, Dean Lombardi, grew up there….cool!) Having the opportunity to witness this type of training is incredible, the place was shook as almost 3,000 pounds of skilled fighters went at it. Most of whom that were there are also preparing for there own fights that will be happening in the very near future. For a full listing of these fights click this link MMA classes Springfield MA

Gabriel Gonzaga is preparing for UFC 153, which will be held in his home county on October 13, 2012 at the HBSC Arena in Rio de Janeriro, Brazil. He will be  facing Geronimo Dos Santos, a powerful new comer to the UFC. With the start of Gonzaga’s official training camp, Team Link is always able to pull together a group of great athletes to push each other to there limits and beyond. In fact the East Coast’s only UFC Heavyweights both currently live and train in Massachusetts.  It was great to these two cross train together. Rumors say this may be common re-occurrence, we will see.

If you ask around a common problem for heavyweights when looking for a gym to train mma in Springfield MA area or anywhere for that matter, is finding quality sparring partners their size. This is not case with Team Link, being the largest team in New England with over 10 ten gym locations, there are plenty of big guys ready to go on the drop of hat. If you live in New England and you are looking for a place to train or if you are a fighter and want to come train with the best, then contact them via there website www.linkbjj.com .

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Team Link Professional MMA Fighter Training Camp : Ludlow MA

The photo above shows as listed from left to right: James Soffen (Team Link Manager), Christian Morecraft (UFC Heavyweight), Darrell Oliveira (Team Link Heavyweight), Master Marco Alvan (Team Link Head Coach/2nd Degree Blackbelt), Ricardo Oliveria (Team Link Spain/2nd Degree Blackbelt), Fabio Serrao (Team Link Utah/MMA Fighter/Black Belt), Juliano Coutinho (Cape Cod Fighting Alliance MMA Fighter/1st Degree Blackbelt), Gabriel Gonzaga (Team Link Worcester Head Coach/UFC Heavyweight/3rd Degree Blackbelt), Ricardo Funch (Team Link Pittsfield Head Coach/MMA fighter/Blackbelt), Jeff Nader (Cape Cod Fighting Alliance MMA Fighter), Alexandre Moreno (Team Link Manchester Head Coach/MMA Middleweight fighter/ Blackbelt), Gil de Freitas (MMA Fighter from Brasil) and Eder Riberio (Daniel Gracie Brown Belt).
Stay posted as articles will be written highlighting each fighter individually.
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