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Business Brothers: Abraham and Malki Kawa find great success in First Round Management

In a sport based on individual performance, managers are one of the most important aspects to fighters that don’t get talked about nearly enough. While not every fighter needs a manager, those that find themselves at the top of the sport can likely be found with a great manager and agency behind them. One of the leading agencies in all of sports, especially combat sports, is First Round Management (FRM). FRM is led by brothers Malki and Abraham Kawa, but they weren’t born into the business. During an exclusive interview with BJPenn.com, Abraham discusses how their agency came together with

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UFC returns to MIAMI – April 27,2019

The event was expected to take place at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.[ However, the UFC announced on February 23 that the event was moved to the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, being the second to be held there, after UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall in June 2012.[ While not officially announced by the organization, the promotion was initially targeting a middleweight bout between former interim UFC Middleweight Championship challenger (as well as 2000 Olympic silver medalist and former world champion in freestyle wrestling) Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa to serve as the event headliner. The pairing was previously scheduled to take place at UFC 230

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Introducing 20-year-old Valerie Loureda, Bellator’s most battle-tested debutante

Even though she’s only 20 years old and is still more than a month away from her professional debut, you can hear the radar cheeping for Valerie Loureda. As an Olympic caliber taekwondo master, she has a natural segue into mixed martial arts. As a model from Miami, she has a certain star appeal — the ability to juxtapose herself from beauty to beast (and back again). And as a daughter who was asked to grow up quick — perhaps at the expense of her Olympic dreams — she has earned enough life experience to handle her Feb. 15 debut

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Florida private school hired youth MMA coach who once served 14 years for manslaughter

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Orlando’s Elite Preparatory Academy was booted from Florida’s Department of Education’s scholarship program in November. This was after a parent questioned the school’s hiring of Ruben Saldaña as a youth MMA coach. The Orlando Sentinel called Saldaña a ‘former gang leader’ who helped organize a ‘gang hit’ that left two men dead. He was convicted of manslaughter in 1999 and served nearly 14 years in prison. Prior to that conviction, Saldaña also served prison terms for robbery, grand theft auto, and aggravated assault. After Elite’s principal Hong Steele stated, in a letter to the Department of Education, that Saldaña was

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Amanda Nunes Believes She’s MMA’s GOAT After UFC 232 Win; Cris Cyborg Disagrees

Amanda Nunes became the first woman to win UFC titles in two divisions when she knocked out Cris Cyborg at UFC 232. Nunes entered the octagon that night as the women’s bantamweight champion. When she walked out of the cage, she had that title as well as the women’s featherweight strap, compliments of her 51-second thrashing of Cyborg. When asked if she thought she was the greatest fighter ever – man or woman – Nunes didn’t hesitate in claiming that mantle. “Yeah, definitely,” Nunes told TMZ. “I just beat the most dominant woman on the planet. I just beat the girl, all


Florida MMA Award Show

The Florida MMA Awards are set for February 24, 2019 in Miami Florida. The Double Tree Hotel will play host to this Red Carpet, Black Tie Affair on Sunday at 5pm. For more information visit www.FloridaMMAaward.com 

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Island Fights 51 Results

Island Fights 51 event, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass from Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola, Fla. Main event featured Mike Davis vs Elvin Brito Island Fights 51 results include: Mike Davis def. Elvin Brito via knockout (strikes) – Round 3, 2:52 Chase Sherman def. Frank Tate via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:05 Mike Barnett def. Max Mustaki via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Brok Weaver def. Tyler Hill via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:41 Sidney Outlaw def. Zach Fears via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:52 Kendrick Latchman def. Jason Cefalu via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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Titan FC 51 Results

Titan FC 51, which took place at Almaty Arena in Kazakhstan and streamed live on UFC Fight Pass. Titan FC 51 results include: Martin Brown def. Beibit Nazarov via unanimous decision (48-46, 47-46, 48-46) – to claim vacant lightweight title Juan Puerta def. Kazbek Ashimov via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 3, 1:25 – to claim vacant flyweight title Herbert Burns def. Aibek Nurseyit via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 2:35 Michael Graves def. Gregg Ellis unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27) Rafael Fiziev def. Nurzan Tutkaev via TKO (body kick) – Round 2, 4:09 Alexander Poppeck def. Nills van Noord via split decision