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CONOR McGREGOR SAYS HE WILL COMPETE IN BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU TOURNAMENT IN APRIL BEFORE JOSE ALDO FIGHT ON AXS TV’S ‘INSIDE MMA’

Anderson Silva Says He is Still in His Prime and Randy and Ryan Couture Discuss Youth Pankration

11-Second Knockout Caps Off AXS TV FIGHTS: CES MMA XXVII

LOS ANGELES – January. 30, 2015 – INSIDE MMA correspondent Ron Kruck caught up with UFC featherweight fighter Conor McGregor for a one-on-one interview in Las Vegas. Among topics discussed, McGregor said he plans to compete in the “European Open Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship” in Rome this April and shared his thoughts on Jose Aldo and their scheduled fight which will take place in Las Vegas July 11.

Said McGregor on the date of his next fight:

“That’s the one thing I don’t like about the date, that it’s so far away…. The ‘No-Gi Europeans’ are on in Rome in April, so I’m gonna go and compete in them just to keep busy because ideally I would like to fight again.”

Said McGregor on Jose Aldo:

“100 percent, I am extremely confident in every aspect of this contest: in the physical aspect, in the mental aspect, in the technique aspect. I have it all and I will crush him down.”

McGregor’s complete interview is available here: http://bit.ly/1yhbHko

Then, Kruck caught up with UFC 183 headliners Nick Diaz and Anderson Silva to discuss their Saturday night showdown. In this clip, Silva says he is still in his prime and is happy to be fighting again, while Diaz discusses how he matches up with Silva: http://bit.ly/1yWtPnA

INSIDE MMA took a look at a California-based youth pankration league, a sanctioned form of amateur martial arts competition, and then hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten discussed the topic with UFC hall of famer Randy Couture and his son, Bellator MMA fighter Ryan Couture. Watch INSIDE MMA’s youth pankration feature here: http://bit.ly/1zHyWKs and listen to their discussion on the topic during their interview here: http://bit.ly/1zHDelg

CES MMA returned to AXS TV FIGHTS tonight as CES MMA welterweight champion Chuck O’Neil (15-6) knocked out Emmanuel Walo (7-2-1) 11 seconds into their scheduled five-round, headlining fight. In the co-main event, Julian Lane (9-3-1) defended his lightweight title versus Lucas Cruz (7-3), defeating Lucas via split decision. Watch these highlights and more from AXS TV FIGHTS: CES MMA XXVII presented by AXS TV FIGHTS commentators Pat Miletich and “The Voice” Michael Shiavello: http://bit.ly/1BGpAMz

Official results from AXS TV FIGHTS: CES MMA XXVII are as follows:

Welterweight title fight: Chuck O’Neil (15-6) defeated Emmanuel Walo (7-2-1) via KO (punch) at 0:11 in the first round.

Lightweight title fight: Julian Lane (9-3-1) defeated Lucas Cruz (7-3) via decision (split: 48-47, 48-47, 47-48).

Welterweight fight: Jon Manley (9-2) defeated Brett Oteri (12-6) via submission (keylock) at 3:13 in the second round.

Lightweight fight: Luis Felix (12-8) defeated D’Juan Owens (11-9-1) via decision (unanimous: 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Bantamweight fight: Dinis Paiva (6-5) defeated Matt Doherty (3-2) via TKO (Punch) at 0:10 in the first round

Featherweight fight: Kyle Bochniak (4-0) defeated Thomas English (5-6) via decision (unanimous: 30-27, 30-26, 29-27)

Next week, two top bantamweight prospects face off as Joe Murphy (8-1) and Terrion Ware (12-3) headline AXS TV FIGHTS: RESURRECTION FIGHTING ALLIANCE 23 Friday, February 6 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The event broadcasts live from The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California.

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