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Jack Shore: The Tank is Coming

Most professional MMA fighters dream of the day where they make the walk in the UFC for the very first time. It’s a goal that most have but not all will reach and it can be a long and very difficult path. For Wales’ Jack “Tank” Shore it has been far more clear cut as he has executed a perfect path to make it to the big stage. Going undefeated in eleven professional fights, headlining fight cards in Wales and building up a big fan following in the process, Shore hasn’t put a foot wrong yet and is now set to take the biggest step of his career after having his UFC debut announced.

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.

Jesse Taylor: Ready to Go

Following the contrasting suspensions of Jon Jones and Fabricio Werdum, USADA have been in the news for all the wrong reasons as of late. It is worth noting though that for every case like the one with Jon Jones, there are many other fighters that have been unable to go through the process in the way that he has and have been left to accept what they believe to be an injustice.

Tyler Diamond: Kill or Be Killed

A featherweight showpiece will take place at UFC Fight Night: Adelaide with TUF27’s Tyler Diamond stepping into the octagon to face Suman Mokhtarian. Shortly before the fight was announced, SpitballingPod caught up with Tyler to reflect on his experience in the TUF house and his MMA journey so far.

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.

Ricky Simon: Prospect Killer

Back in April, 25 year old Ricky Simon travelled to Atlantic City to compete in his UFC debut as part of the undercard to Kevin Lee vs. Edson Barboza. At the end of 3 rounds, Simon emerged victorious in controversial circumstances, recording the latest submission victory in UFC history. In what should have been the happiest moment of his professional career, the night was blighted by the controversy surrounding the finish and Simon feeling like he didn’t fight to his fullest potential.

Stephen Thompson: Say Hello To The Bad Guy

Two weeks ago, I sat up at 2am hotly anticipating an arranged telephone interview with the UFC’s number one Welterweight Contender Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson. As a long-time fan of Thompsons, we exchanged formalities to begin our conversation and I had been instantly captivated by the sheer charm of the 35 year old from South Carolina. At a time when trash talking is a formality, it was refreshing to hear someone remain true to themselves, particularly when the opposite characteristics have proven to be so successful with a certain contender that fights for an interim belt at UFC225.

Aljamain Sterling: Slaying the Dragon

‘I could lose this fight, it’s the fight game, but I feel large, I’m Matt Serra powerful and I feel back to my old ways’. Aljamain Sterling appeared to be in good spirits when speaking to SpitballingPod late last week ahead of his clash this weekend in Atlantic City against Brett Johns.

Matthew Lopez: Be Yourself

Away from the many controversies at the top of the UFC, there are a plethora of fighters who quietly get on with their business, with stories waiting to be told, as and when the opportunities are presented to them. Recently SpitballingPod caught up with Matthew Lopez as he prepares to face Alejandro Perez at UFC Glendale this weekend.

Calvin Kattar: Pay Attention Alexa

Calvin Kattar jokes that neither ‘Alexa from Google’ or ‘the rest of the top 15’ know who he is, but a victory against Renato Moicano on April 7th should be enough to finally make everyone stand up and take notice.

James Gallagher: No Pressure

Mikhail Baryshnikov once said that ‘The more injuries you get, the smarter you get’ and that rings true for James Gallagher (7-0-0) who has overcome injuries to his LCL and PCL which required surgery. The ‘Strabanimal’ will now headline Bellator 196 in Budapest against Adam Borics as he aims to move a step closer to the featherweight crown.

Eryk Anders: Passing the Torch

Early in the 2007 season, the Green Bay Packers and their devoted fan-base had no idea what life would be like after Brett Favre eventually retired. The then-37-year-old quarterback had been with the team for 15 seasons, but had minced with the prospect of retirement for several years. For the past two seasons, Favre had been a sub-par quarterback but his legacy alone had kept him firmly in the driving seat when it came to the QB role and seemingly there was nobody to challenge him for his place on the throne.

SpitballingPod Interviews Tim Elliott

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with TUF24 winner Tim Elliott as he prepares to face Justin Scoggins as part of UFC on FOX 26 on 16th December at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada. You can read a full transcript of our conversation below.