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Introducing our team:
Gustavo Balart – Pan-American Gold Medallist & Olympic Greco Roman Wrestler
Garrett Lineberger – Two-Time NCAA National Wrestling Champion
David Moon – Korean-Canadian with Vast International Experience
Godwin Langbayan – Member of the Philippines Air Force and Undefeated MMA Fighter
O Kay Gyi – Professional Lethwei and MMA Prodigy from Myanmar
Victory for Gustavo ‘El Gladiador’ Balart at ONE Championship 156: Eersel vs Sadikovic was enough to establish the Cuban as the #4 ranked ONE Championship strawweight, a career-best for the 4’11 Greco-Roman gold medallist.
A hard-fought bout against former ONE Championship Strawweight Champion Yosuke Saruta saw Balart put in a career best performance, building on his win over the highly-rated Ryuto Sawada in July of 2021. A rearranged fight, Balart-Saruta was originally scheduled to take place in February at ONE: Bad Blood, only for Saruta to test positive for Coronavirus just two days out. With the anticipation cranked up by the unfortunate postponement, neither fighter was willing to accept defeat – but in the end, Balart’s boxing and creative striking earned him the win on the judge’s scorecards.
Balart now finds himself within close proximity of a title shot, and will be eager to extend his winning streak in his next outing.
Olympic Greco Roman wrestler and Pan American gold medallist Gustavo ‘El Gladiador’ Balart recorded a huge win at ONE Championship’s ‘Battleground’ event, besting top-ranked Japenese competitor Ryuto ‘Dragon Boy’ Sawada across all three scorecards.
Balart, who has waged wars in the ONE cage against the likes of Tatsumitsu Wada and Chan Rothana, came in determined to make his mark in the ONE Championship Strawweight division – and did JUST THAT!
A blur of creative and innovative strikes set up Balart’s patented wrestling offence, while the Cuban mixed in devastating knees on the ground to further incapacitate Sawada.
Balart now has his eyes set on 2022, as he looks to make a run for ONE Championship gold!
Cuban Olympian and Pan-American gold medallist Gustavo ‘El Gladiador’ Balart will look to send a message to the ONE Championship Strawweight division this Friday July 30 by dispatching Japanese Jiu Jitsu ace Ryuto ‘Dragon Boy’ Sawada!
Crowd-pleasing fan favourite Balart will chase a statement victory in the form of one of the division’s top contenders – and will look to make the most of an intensive training camp at one of the world’s finest facilities in Coconut Creek, Florida’s American Top Team gymnasium.
Sawada presents a real submission threat, but getting past Balart’s credentialed wrestling should prove troublesome for the Japanese combatant; Gustavo, who has scored some of the most breath-taking slams in ONE Championship history, will look to dictate the pace and format of the fight en route to a career-best win.
Look for ‘El Gladiador’s’ scorching right hand to test the stand up capabilities of ‘Dragon Boy’ in what will almost certainly be a contender for Fight of the Night!
Tune in this Friday – here’s how to watch LIVE wherever you are in the world:
Having played a full season in the Norway with Sportsklubben Herd, Matty Fossen made the move to Spain joining up with Club Deportivo Bupolsa – where he has quickly established himself as one of the first names on the team sheet.
The most played defender at Bupolsa, Matty has shown the full range of his skill set, from pin-point long-range passing, to neat footwork and calmness under pressure, to towering headers and crunching tackles – there’s nothing Matty can’t do! An outstanding athlete, Matty is consistently one of the top performers in training and in terms of fitness, and has found the style of play and culture in Spain a great learning experience after playing plenty of competitive games in England and Norway.
The future for Matty looks extremely bright! Check out the highlights below.
Some call Eric ‘Bloodaxe’ Olsen the ‘most controversial man in Bare Knuckle Boxing’. MyMMANews.com described Olsen as ‘more hated than Colby Covington, more brash than Chael Sonnen’ – hyperbole or not, Olsen is credited as a pioneer of Bare Knuckle Boxing (BKB), and represented a dangerous venture for 4-1 British MMA heavyweight Charlie ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Milner.
Sussex-based Milner, however, had no interest feeding into the mind games of the ever-expressive Olsen, and quickly dispatched the well-travelled American, letting his hands do the talking.
Milner, who some have labelled as a wrestling-based fighter in recent times, showed that boxing is and always has been at the heart of his development as a professional fighter, showing good footwork, shot selection, and fearsome power. Overmatched, Olsen was left busted up by the calm and composed technical style of Milner, who managed to avoid much damage and add another victory to his exciting start as a professional fighter.
If this display is anything to go by, the ever-hungry Charlie Milner will be a force to be reckoned with not only in MMA, but also in BKB in the coming months and years!
Ironclad Global Sports Management is delighted to welcome Charlie ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Milner to the roster!
An English heavyweight, Charlie boasts a 4-1 mark in professional MMA, with his last two victories concluded in a COMBINED time 34 seconds!
A devastating heavy hitter, Charlie possesses good wrestling and a solid chin, making him an unenviable opponent for even the most seasoned mixed martial artists. Charlie made his pro MMA debut on March 2nd 2019 and has quickly made a name for himself on the UK scene, most notably silencing a partisan Bristolian crowd with an 11 second KO of exciting prospect Matt Hudd. Since then, the 6’4 ‘Kung Fu Panda’ has sought opponents on both the national and international scene.
Joining the roster of Ironclad Global will stand Charlie in great stead. He joins elite fighters such as ONE Championship’s Garrett Lineberger and Gustavo Balart, as well as a slew of others.
Want to know more about this natural born fight finisher? Keep it here at IroncladMMA.com – there is much, much more to come!
NCAA Division I All American Odie ‘The Bad Lad’ Delaney sat down with James Lynch of MyMMANews.com to talk about his upcoming Atlas Fights bout with TUF veteran Jeremy May, what it’s like to be an undefeated heavyweight pro, his Award of Valor as a Law Enforcement Officer responding to the Charleston 9 Massacre, and much, much more!
Odie currently trains at ATT with some of the very best heavyweights in the world, including Jairzinho, Andrei Arlovski, as well as world class coaches Steve Mocco and King Mo Lawal. What a prospect!
Two-time NCAA National Wrestling Champion Garrett Lineberger sat down for a chat with Kumite TV host John Hyon Ko after announcing his multi-year, multi-fight deal with ONE Championship. Garrett, a Notre Dame alumni, talked about everything from who he would like to fight in his ONE debut, how his background as an elite wrestler will serve him in MMA, and much more!
Want to know what makes an elite athlete tick? This interview is a GREAT place to start!
Two-time NCAA Division II National Wrestling Champion Garrett Lineberger signed for Ironclad Global Sports Management ahead of his pro MMA debut, and now he has committed his future to ONE Championship, the largest sports media property in all of Asia!
One of the most prominent MMA promotions in the world, ONE Championship has signed some of the very best fighters across all disciplines in recent times, bolstering it’s roster with world champions across all weight classes. Now, Lineberger will look to emulate the success of a long list of collegiate wrestling champions in the Singapore-based promotion.
Yet another incredible talent committed to working with Ironclad Global towards achieving his dreams and inspiring fight fans around the world, Garrett cannot wait to make his ONE Championship debut!
NCAA Division I All-American and undefeated heavyweight MMA fighter Odie ‘The Bad Lad’ Delaney recently took time out to speak with Kumite TV’s John Hyon Ko about his journey from Alaska to American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Odie covered topics ranging from his wrestling background, his collegiate athletic background with The Citadel, his career as a law enforcement officer and role as a first responder in the truly dreadful Charleston Nine Massacre, as well as as American Top Team, becoming an elite heavyweight prospect, and much, much more!
But that’s not all!
Odie also spoke with Cageside Press journalist Shawn Bitter for a feature article covering his past, present, and indeed future as a martial artist.