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Victor Morales: No Clichés

They say once you catch the buzz for boxing, there is no going back; Victor Morales told me ‘I did plenty of sports – I played baseball and basketball even before boxing, but I walked into the gym with my Dad in West Portland around 5 or 6 and started boxing at 7 and from there it’s been nothing else.

Shane Young: Fighting to Inspire

Hailing from Maraenui in Napier, Shane is most noted for being the first UFC fighter to walk to the octagon carrying the Tino rangatiratanga flag (a symbol of Māori sovereignty) and subsequently conducting his post-fight interview in Te Reo Māori – another first in the organization.

Tatiana Suarez: Her Own Worst Critic

When Tatiana Suarez dominated and defeated Carla Esparza at UFC228, the MMA world almost unanimously stood up and took notice. Having already defeated fellow prospect Alexa Grasso inside a round, Suarez took on a former Champion that had pushed perennial contender Claudia Gadelha to the brink and arguably should have got the nod only 3 months prior.

Ricardo Ramos: Mental Strength

Ricardo Ramos had just turned 14 when he first began training in the art of jiu-jitsu; he was introduced to the practice by a friend of his father and he explained that the gym let him train for free in exchange for helping out around the place with cleaning and other jobs where required.

Gerald Meerschaert: Fighting Smart

On July 6th, Gerald Meerschaert defeated highly touted prospect Oskar Piechota and claimed his 4th victory under the UFC banner (28-9 overall, 4-1 UFC).

‘It does feel nice to be the guy to be the decided underdog and then get the victory. I’d watched his fights previously, but I didn’t know he was this huge prospect until I spoke to all of the interviewers on fight week’ Meerschaert said, when speaking with SpitballingPod recently.

Cortney Casey: No Complaints

Cortney Casey steps into the UFC Fight Night 135 octagon tomorrow evening to square off against Angela Hill in a clash that promises to promote the victor back into contention at the top of the Straw Weight division.

SpitballingPod’s Brad Dobbing caught up with Casey to see how she is preparing to put a frustrating year behind her.

Eryk Anders: Tremendous Upside

‘I feel like if you go the distance then you should still always be hunting for the finish, my heart rate was barely up and I could’ve used cardio as a weapon’ – hindsight is a wonderful thing, and Eryk Anders left Brazil following his controversial loss to Lyoto Machida with the sense that he perhaps could have done more.

Alex Perez: No Backward Steps

Since I last spoke to Alex Perez, he has defeated Eric Shelton (who he called out in our last interview), returned to training and been scheduled to fight Jose ‘Shorty’ Torres as the featured bout on the Fight Pass prelims at UFC227 this weekend.