On this edition of The MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast, Karyn Bryant and UFC Welterweight Alan Jouban discuss the action that went down at Bellator 222, where Welterweight Champ Rory MacDonald defeated Neiman Gracie in the main event, and where Lyoto Machida defeated Chael Sonnen in the co-main. Karyn and Alan share their thoughts on Chael’s impact on MMA, his fight with Machida and his upcoming Submission Underground 9 show. They also talk about Rory’s win and the upcoming Grand Prix finale fight with Douglas Lima before moving on to preview the UFC Greenville scheduled main event between Renato Moicano and Chan Sung Jung.
MMA H.E.A.T.’s Karyn Bryant spoke via Skype with Bellator Middleweight Champion Gegard Mousasi and heard what had to say about his upcoming title defense against Rafael Lovato Jr, set for June 22, 2019, in London, England. Gegard talks about defending against Lovato’s famed BJJ skills, the back injury that caused the postponement of the match-up, his mindset as champion and his last fight against Welterweight champ Rory MacDonald. In addition, Gegard discusses his future in the Bellator organization, why he believes he’d beat the UFC’s Middleweight Champ Robert Whittaker and what he plans to do to celebrate if he wins.
On this edition of The MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast, Karyn Bryant and UFC Welterweight Alan Jouban discuss the action that went down at UFC 238, where Flyweight Champ Henry Cejudo defeated Marlon Moraes to capture the vacant Bantamweight title in the main event. They also discuss the head kick KO Flyweight Champ Valentina Shevchenko landed on Jessica Eye in the co-main event, and the great-while-it-lasted scrap between Tony Ferguson and Cowboy Cerrone. In addition, Karyn and Alan share their thoughts on wins scored by Tatiana Suarez, Aljamain Sterling and Katlyn Chookagian.
MMA H.E.A.T. was at Hinoki And The Bird in Los Angeles for a media lunch with UFC Flyweight Champ Henry Cejudo. Henry talks about his upcoming UFC 238 Bantamweight title fight with Marlon Moraes, his ranking on the Pound-For-Pound list, why he chose to embrace his “cringe” personality, his budding relationship with wrestling star Nikki Bella, the advice he got from Chael Sonnen and lots more!
MMA H.E.A.T. was at Hinoki And The Bird in Los Angeles for a media lunch with UFC Strawweight title contender Tatiana Suarez, who spoke about her upcoming UFC 238 fight with Nina Ansaroff. Tatiana talks about the match-up, her perceived size advantage, her wrestling prowess, why she believes she’s next in line for a title shot of she wins and lots more!
On this edition of The MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast, Karyn Bryant and UFC Welterweight Alan Jouban discuss the action that went down at UFC Stockholm, where Anthony Smith defeated Alexander Gustafsson via fourth-round submission in the main event. Karyn and Alan react to Gus’s decision to retire after the fight and what he meant to the UFC. They also discuss Aleksandar Rakic’s incredible head kick KO of Jimmy Manuwa and Christos Giagos’s win before previewing the upcoming UFC 238 title fights between Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes and Valetina Shevchenko and Jessica Eye.
MMA H.E.A.T.’s Karyn Bryant spoke via Skype with the UFC’s third-ranked Bantamweight Aljamain Sterling and heard what he had to say about his upcoming UFC 238 fight with Pedro Munhoz, set for June 8, 2019. Aljamain talks about the pre-fight smack talk going on on social media, his approach to the match-up and why he believes it is a title-eliminator bout. He also talks about the main event between Flyweight Champ Henry Cejudo and former opponent Marlon Moraes, his plan for retirement at a relatively early age and more!
EDMONTON, May 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Aurora Cannabis Inc. (“Aurora” or the “Company”) (NYSE: ACB) (TSX: ACB), the Canadian company defining the future of cannabis worldwide, and UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, are excited to announce an exclusive, multi-year, multi-million dollar, global partnership that is expected to significantly advance further clinical research on the relationship between 100% hemp derived Cannabidiol (CBD) products and athlete wellness and recovery, with a view to accelerating CBD product development and education.
UFC boasts more than 300 million fans worldwide, with programming that is broadcast to over 170 countries and territories, in 40 different languages, to over one billion TV households. The UFC Performance Institute, the world’s first mixed martial arts multi-disciplinary research, innovation, and training center, opened in Las Vegas in 2017 has served more than 400 athletes over the past two years. The facility is a global leader in athletic performance research and provides support and educational services to athletes on health, well-being, nutrition, and injury prevention.
The research will be conducted at the UFC’s Performance Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada, in collaboration with UFC’s sports performance team, as well as with athletes who choose to participate in the studies. Clinical studies will focus on pain management, inflammation, injury/exercise recovery, and mental well-being. Aurora’s research will be led by Dr. Jason Dyck, Professor at the University of Alberta and a Canada Research Chair in Molecular Medicine. He also serves as an indendent director on the board of Aurora Cannabis, where he provides valuable oversight for the Company’s scientific efforts.
“Since the day we opened the Performance Institute, our primary goal was to offer UFC athletes the best possible training, nutrition, and recovery services,” said UFC President Dana White. “This partnership with Aurora is an extension of that goal, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with Aurora to find new ways to improve the health and safety of athletes who compete in UFC.”
Terry Booth, CEO of Aurora added, “This global partnership places focus squarely on the health and well-being of UFC’s talented and highly trained athletes. The Aurora-UFC research partnership creates a global platform to launch targeted educational and awareness campaigns, while creating numerous opportunities to accelerate our global CBD business.”
UFC®, is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization and the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world. UFC boasts more than 300 million fans worldwide, including 70 million social media followers across all of its digital platforms, and its programming is broadcast in over 170 countries and territories to one billion TV households worldwide in 40 different languages. UFC produces more than 40 live events annually and consistently sells out some of the world’s most prestigious arenas. Since 2001, UFC has been proudly headquartered in Las Vegas, supported by a network of employees around the world. UFC’s current roster of athletes features more than 570 men and women representing over 55 countries. UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand, and original content to fans around the world. UFC was acquired in 2016 by global sports, entertainment, and fashion leader Endeavor, along with strategic investors Silver Lake Partners and KKR, in what is among the largest transactions in sports history. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.
Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with funded capacity in excess of 625,000 kg per annum and sales and operations in 24 countries across five continents, Aurora is one of the world’s largest and leading cannabis companies. Aurora is vertically integrated and horizontally diversified across every key segment of the value chain, from facility engineering and design to cannabis breeding and genetics research, cannabis and hemp production, derivatives, high value-add product development, home cultivation, wholesale and retail distribution.
Highly differentiated from its peers, Aurora has established a uniquely advanced, consistent and efficient production strategy, based on purpose-built facilities that integrate leading-edge technologies across all processes, defined by extensive automation and customization, resulting in the massive scale production of high-quality consistent product. Intended to be replicable and scalable globally, our production facilities are designed to produce cannabis of significant scale, with high quality, industry-leading yields, and low per gram production costs. Each of Aurora’s facilities is built to meet European Union Good Manufacturing Practices (“EU GMP”) standards. Certification has been granted to Aurora’s first production facility in Mountain View County, the MedReleaf Markham facility, and its wholly owned European medical cannabis distributor Aurora Deutschland. All Aurora facilities are designed and built to the EU GMP standard.
In addition to the Company’s rapid organic growth and strong execution on strategic M&A, which to date includes 17 wholly owned subsidiary companies – MedReleaf, CanvasRX, Peloton Pharmaceutical, Aurora Deutschland, H2 Biopharma, Urban Cultivator, BC Northern Lights, Larssen Greenhouses, CanniMed Therapeutics, Anandia, HotHouse Consulting, MED Colombia, Agropro, Borela, ICC Labs, Whistler, and Chemi Pharmaceutical – Aurora is distinguished by its reputation as a partner and employer of choice in the global cannabis sector, having invested in and established strategic partnerships with a range of leading innovators, including: Radient Technologies Inc. (TSXV: RTI), Hempco Food and Fiber Inc. (TSXV: HEMP), Cann Group Ltd. (ASX: CAN), Micron Waste Technologies Inc. (CSE: MWM), Choom Holdings Inc. (CSE: CHOO), CTT Pharmaceuticals (OTCC: CTTH), Alcanna Inc. (TSX: CLIQ), High Tide Inc. (CSE: HITI), EnWave Corporation (TSXV: ENW), Capcium Inc. (private), Evio Beauty Group (private), and Wagner Dimas (private).
Aurora’s Common Shares trade on the TSX and NYSE under the symbol “ACB”, and are a constituent of the S&P/TSX Composite Index.
On this edition of The MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast, ESPN anchor Karyn Bryant and UFC Welterweight Alan Jouban discuss the action that went down at UFC Rochester, where Rafael Dos Anjos defeated Kevin Lee via fourth-round submission in the main event. They also discuss Ian Heinisch’s win over Antonio Carlos Jr AKA ‘ShoeFace,’ the Fight Of The Night between Aspen Ladd and Sijara Eubanks, Desmond Green’s hometown win and more. They also react to Sage Northcutt’s nine-hour surgery after his debut loss in One Championship and the Game Of Thrones finale.
MMA H.E.A.T.’s Karyn Bryant spoke with former UFC light heavyweight champion and winner of season two of The Ultimate Fighter “Suga” Rashad Evans and UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman moments after Rashad found out he’s being inducted into the UFC Hall Of Fame Modern Wing on July 5, 2019.
The 2019 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, July 5, at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The event will be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS® starting at 7 p.m. PT.
“Rashad and I have been close since season two of The Ultimate Fighter and we’ve had an amazing relationship,” UFC President Dana White said. “It has been fun to see him succeed and grow as a fighter, become a world champion and then a respected coach for up and coming fighters, and then to see him retire last year. I love to see him still involved with UFC. I couldn’t be prouder of Rashad than I am right now with him being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.”
Rashad Evans’ Career
Evans will enter the UFC Hall of Fame as a member of the Modern Wing, joining Forrest Griffin (2013), BJ Penn (2015), Urijah Faber (2017), Ronda Rousey (2018) and Michael Bisping (2019). The “Modern Era” category includes athletes who turned pro on or after November 17, 2000 (when the unified rules of mixed martial arts were adopted), are a minimum age of 35, or have been retired for one year or more.
A veteran of 33 professional fights during his 14-year career, Evans compiled a record of 24-8-1 (14-8-1, UFC), which included wins over UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson, former UFC middleweight champion and 2019 UFC Hall of Fame inductee Michael Bisping, UFC® 17: REDEMPTION middleweight tournament champion, and former Strikeforce® light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson and former WEC® light heavyweight champion Jason Lambert.
Evans first made his mark as a heavyweight during the second season of The Ultimate Fighter. During the series, he defeated Tom Murphy, Mike Whitehead and Keith Jardine to advance to the finale against Brad Imes. Rashad defeated Imes via split decision in the co-main event of The Ultimate Fighter®: Team Hughes vs. Team Franklin Finale, to win the heavyweight tournament.
After winning TUF, Rashad moved to light heavyweight and proceeded to win six of his first seven fights at 205 pounds inside the Octagon®, capped off by a highlight reel knockout of UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell in the main event of UFC® 88: BREAKTHROUGH. The win improved his record to 17-0-1 and earned him a title shot against UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin at UFC® 92: THE ULTIMATE 2008.
As the main event of UFC® 92: THE ULTIMATE 2008, which took place on Saturday, December 27, 2008 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Evans and Griffin made history as the first TUF winners to face each other with a title on the line.
Evans and Griffin exchanged several series of punches and kicks during the first two rounds with Forrest applying the majority of the pressure, ending the second round with a jab that opened a cut above Rashad’s left eye at the horn. Griffin continued to apply pressure at the beginning of round three until Evans, down two rounds on the score card, caught one of Forrest’s kicks and took Griffin down for the first takedown of the night :30 seconds into the round. Rashad would capitalize on the takedown with a barrage of hammer fists until Forrest closed guard. Now mounted on top of Griffin, Evans evaded Forrest’s kimura submission attempt and continued landing punches and elbows until the fight was stopped with 2:14 remaining in the round.
After defeating Griffin to capture the UFC light heavyweight title, Evans would lose his next fight to former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at UFC® 98: EVANS vs. MACHIDA. Rashad would bounce back from his loss to Machida, winning his next four fights and repeatedly facing some of the biggest names in combat sports history before retiring in 2018.
Evans enters the UFC Hall of Fame with a remarkable resume that includes:
1 of 8 TUF winners to become an undisputed UFC champion
20 fights – tied for 1st in modern light heavyweight history
50 takedowns – 2nd in modern light heavyweight history
13 wins – tied for 3rd in modern light heavyweight history
6 KO / TKO – tied for 3rd in modern light heavyweight history
Rashad Evans’ Personal Life
A native of Niagara Falls, New York, Evans began wrestling in high school, advancing to the state finals in 1997 and 1998, placing fourth during both tournaments while also earning All-State honors each year. Following high school, Rashad began his collegiate wrestling career at Niagara County Community College, becoming the 2000 Junior College National Champion in the 165 lbs. weight class. In 2001, Evans transferred to Michigan State University, where he was a member of the Spartans wrestling team for three years, finishing his career with 48 wins, 34 losses and two top five finishes in the Big Ten Conference Championships (2002 – 4th; 2003 – 3rd).
Outside the Octagon, Evans has become an acclaimed combat sports analyst with ESPN and an accomplished coach, as he continues to help train up and coming MMA athletes as a member of Henri Hooft’s Hard Knocks 365 gym in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Now living in his adopted hometown of Boca Raton, Florida, Rashad also spends time giving back to his local community as a board member of Always Progress, a South Florida-based charitable organization that helps at-risk youth overcome obstacles in life by showing the importance of making good decisions.
The remaining inductees of the UFC Hall of Fame class of 2019 will be announced in the coming weeks leading to the 8th Annual UFC International Fight Week™, taking place from Wednesday, July 3 – Sunday, July 7 in Las Vegas.