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  • Wednesday Fight Update
    The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday has not slowed down UFC matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby, as four bouts have been added to the upcoming schedule.The UFC 183 card in Las Vegas on January 31 continues to set a high bar for 2015 fight action, with the latest addition being a lightweight matchup between surging Al Iaquinta and UFC bonus king Joe Lauzon th […]
  • The Ultimate Fighter: Episode 10 Recap
    The quarterfinals continue as we this week’s episode showcases #4 Jessica Penne and #5 Aisling Daly. Ireland’s Daly has had a hard time adjusting to life in the house. She tells us that she hasn’t been “particularly outgoing or chatty.” She rationalizes this buy saying, “I’m here to do a job...not to make friends.” So far her strategy seems to be working. He […]
  • Corey Anderson: A Student of the Game
    Within 61 seconds of fight time, 24 significant strikes were landed, two takedowns were scored, a TKO stoppage was called and The Ultimate Fighter winner was crowned. This is the new Corey Anderson. For the TUF 19 faithful viewers, the former NCAA Division III All-American wrestler’s performances in the house compared to the one in the finale was like night […]
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    Five years after their first meeting at lightweight in 2010, current featherweight contenders Nik Lentz and Thiago Tavares will battle it once more in a UFC Fight Night bout on February 14 in Broomfield, Colorado.In the main event at 1st Bank Center, Matt Brown faces Tarec Saffiedine.On January 11, 2010, Lentz and Tavares fought for the first time in Fairfax […]
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    The highly-anticipated flyweight bout between top contenders Ian McCall and John Lineker is back on and ready to go for January 31 in Las Vegas as part of the stacked UFC 183 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.The matchup was originally scheduled for UFC Fight Night in Uberlandia, Brazil on November 8, but a fight week illness suffered by McCall forced him […]
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  • Fight Night Austin: Post Fight Bonus Recap
    After dominating Cub Swanson for five rounds and finishing him with a timely rear naked choke at 4:56 of the fifth and final round - the latest finish in UFC history - Frankie Edgar was rewarded with one of the performance bonuses, earning an extra $50k for his efforts.Paige VanZant was successful in her Octagon debut, defeating Kailin Curran by TKO on the U […]
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    Eager to get back in the featherweight contenders’ race after recent setbacks, Diego Brandao and Jimy Hettes will square off in a Jiu-Jitsu vs. Judo battle at UFC 183 in Las Vegas on January 31.

    In the UFC 183 main event, middleweight great Anderson Silva returns to take on Nick Diaz.

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    Brazil’s Brandao, winner of season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter, has had his hand raised in three of his last five bouts, with a July loss to Conor McGregor firing him up to return to the win column. Sharing the same determination after a March defeat at the hands of Dennis Bermudez, Hettes hopes to regain the form that has seen him end two of his three UFC wins by submission.

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  • Jimy “The Kid” Hettes Most Takedowns in UFC Featherweight History

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  • Jimy Hettes Chokes Out Robert Whiteford at UFC Fight Night 30

    by Steven Marrocco on Oct 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm ET

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    MANCHESTER – Jimy Hettes’ grappling prowess was on full display in his fourth UFC appearance, and he left a hostile crowd disappointed against Scottish newcomer Robert Whiteford.After threatening submissions in the first round, Hettes transitioned from one hold to the next to secure a tapout in the second round.The featherweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 30 event at Phones4u Arena in Manchester, England. It streamed on MMAjunkie.com ahead of the main card on FOX Sports 2.Southpaw Whiteford, who replaced an injured Mike Wilkinson, showed no signs of the jitters that affect so many UFC newcomers, and early on found success striking from distance and in the clinch. Hettes, though, took advantage of the tie-up and tossed him to the mat. There, Hettes threatened with an Americana submission before taking Whiteford’s back.Hettes sought out back control from the outset of the second frame. He found it, but Whiteford was able to escape. Unfortunately for him, Hettes was waiting with a triangle choke. After a short struggle, White was forced to tap at the 2:17 mark of the round.

    “I was hoping I’d land a few more punches, but he hits hard, and I knew he was a tough guy, so I was just trying to get him on his back and put him in awkward positions,” Hettes said after the win. “It threw me for a loop to have such a late change of opponents as they’re both so different. Beggars can’t be choosers, and I was just glad to have a fight.”

    Hettes (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is now back on the right track after seeing a two-fight streak snapped by Marcus Brimage in his previous outing. Whiteford (10-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), meanwhile, suffers his first loss in 10 fights and three years.

    Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 30 results include:

    • Jimy Hettes def. Robert Whiteford via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 2:17
    • Jimy Hettes’ (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) 18 completed takedowns in his UFC career are the most in featherweight history.

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  • PART 1: MMA’S TOP 25-AND-YOUNGER FIGHTERS

    Posted on February 12, 2013 by Admin
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    This weekend’s UFC interim bantamweight title fight at London’s Wembley Arena is a rare contest: Titleholder Renan Barao (29-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC), 25, and challenger Michael McDonald (15-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC), 22, combine for the most youthful title fight in UFC history.Fighting is a young man’s game, so MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has compiled the top 25 MMA fighters who are 25 years old and younger.This is the first of a three-part series that runs throughout the week.

    20. Jim Hettes (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC)

    In winning efforts, Jim Hettes finished all of his opponents except Nam Phan. Against the well-traveled veteran, Hettes splashed onto the UFC scene with a judo and jiu-jitsu grappling display that shut down Phan for 15 minutes. The 25-year-old Midwesterner fought only once in 2012, and he suffered his first career defeat, to fellow promising 145-pound prospect Marcus Brimage. Hettes’ potent grappling certainly will continue to trouble featherweights while his overall game catches up.

  • The Work Never Stops for Young Gun Jimy Hettes

    By Jordan Newmark September 16, 2012

    “I don’t know if it is going to be on the feet or if it is going to be on the mat, but he likes to keep a high pace and so do I, so it’s not going to be a boring fight to watch.” – Jimy Hettes
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    The judges’ unanimous decision read 30-25, 30-25, and 30-26.

    It’s very rare that a UFC fighter walks away from a winning performance filled with 10-8 score cards in their favor like that and thinks to himself, “I need to get better”. It’s quasi-understandable that this particular combatant was disappointed in hearing the judges’ input at all, considering all previous nine bouts of Jimy Hettes’ young career were each won by submission well before time had expired. For the featherweight dubbed by some “Judo Jim” and by others “The Kid”, every Octagon appearance is a learning experience, even the ones he dominates.

    “I was definitely humble in the victory,” tells Hettes. “Just because at this caliber of opponents, you are going to take the win however you can get it. A lot of the people are saying all the stuff I did good or correct, but I’ve watched the fight a couple times and there are a lot of times that I was sloppy. I’m grateful for that because it showed me what I need to go back and work on to step my game up to another level.”

    At 25 years old and 2-0 in the UFC, the pride of Kingston, Pennsylvania is simply not satisfied with his one-sided drubbing of The Ultimate Fighter season 12 alum Nam Phan at UFC 141 last December. Entering into his UFC debut five months earlier, Hettes was undefeated, hadn’t seen a third round, and was racking up sub victories left and right, including armbars, heel hooks, and anything ending in “choke”. Hettes’ first time in the Octagon was on Facebook, on the undercard of the UFC Live event in Milwaukee against another TUFer, Alex Caceres, which had a familiar ending for “The Kid” in the form of a win by rear naked choke in the second. While all fights in the UFC entail pressure, Hettes’ next bout was against the well-traveled Phan and was on the big stage of a pay-per-view.

    “I tried not to over think the whole situation,” reveals Hettes. “It was my first time on pay-per-view. I just tried to simplify everything and keep telling myself it was just another fight. Nam, he has a reputation of being a real tough individual. He has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and he has boxing experience. In my head, I tried to tell myself it was just another fight. It was against a tough opponent, but I had prepared for Nam and I didn’t want to over-hype him in my own head. Just let my body do what had to be done that night. My first time against Alex Caceres, I felt real nervous. The second time when I fought Nam, I felt more at home and more relaxed. I didn’t think about it too much and it felt like another practice and everything just flowed.”

    The long and short of this matchup was Hettes’ relentless takedowns (scoring 11 of 20), guard passes (9), and a never ending barrage of ground and pound (close to 300 strikes thrown) for all 15 minutes. “No matter what round it is, I try to put the forward pressure on and keep implementing my game,” says Hettes, who believes the bout is a testament to Phan’s toughness and never give up spirit that he made the prospect continue to work for all three rounds. “Nam had such good boxing, and the whole training camp it was in my head if I let up for any one moment one of his punches could make it a real short night. When it came time to fight, I just knew that I couldn’t give him the opportunity to really get his punches going or get into a rhythm. There were plenty of times he could have given up or taken the easy way out, but he made me earn every second of that.”

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  • In June 2010, we posted a list of the ten greatest fighters who had yet to take a loss. By November 2011, none of their perfect records were still intact, proving once again what a cruel bitch this sport is. Half of the fighters on our original list — Shane Carwin (#1), Megumi Fujii (#2), Ryan Bader (#6), Evan Dunham (#7), and Lyle Beerbohm (#10) — have even lost *twice* since then. So we decided to start over from scratch and come up with a new ranking of undefeated MMA fighters. Check it out, and let us know who you think will hold onto their ’0′ the longest. -BG

    #9: JIMY HETTES (10-0, nine wins by submission)
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    Notable victories:
     Jacob Kirwan at MASS: Inauguration (sub R2), Alex Caceres at UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle (sub R2), Nam Phan at UFC 141 (UD).

    Next fight: TBA; he was supposed to face Steven Siler next month, but had towithdraw last week due to injury.

    We don’t like to toss around the word “prodigy” unless it’s truly warranted, but honestly, Jimy Hettes is the Little Man Tate of grappling. At just 24 years old, the Pennsylvania native is already an expert, innovator, and educator of the ground game, and submitted his first nine MMA opponents with shocking ease. The only guy he wasn’t able to finish was Nam Phan in his last UFC appearance, and even then, the thrashing he gave Phan was so lopsided that two judges scored the fight 30-25. We can’t wait to see Jimy’s run in the UFC featherweight division continue once he’s healthy again.

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    Jim Hettes and Marcus Brimage have agreed to meet at UFC 152 in Toronto.

    Promotion officials announced the featherweight pairing on Friday. The Sept. 22 card features a 170-pound clash pitting former two-division champion B.J. Penn against rising prospect Rory MacDonald. UFC 152 was originally expected to be headlined by a heavyweight tilt between Junior dos Santosand Cain Velasquez, but UFC President Dana White has since said that the title bout will likely be contested at a different date.

    Unbeaten in 10 professional appearances, Hettes made his Octagon debut this past August, submitting Alex Caceres with a rear-naked choke in the second round at UFC Live 5. He followed that performance with a unanimous decision triumph over Nam Phan at UFC 141, a dominant effort that resulted in a pair of 30-25 scorecards in favor of the Pennsylvania native. Hettes was supposed to face Steven Siler at UFC on FX 4 last month, but the 25-year-old judo specialist was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury.

    An alumnus of Season 14 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Brimage has also emerged victorious in his first two UFC outings. “The Bama Beast” defeated Stephen Bass via unanimous decision at the “TUF 14” Finale in December before earning a split verdict over Maximo Blanco at UFC 145. The American Top Team representative has tasted defeat just once in six fights, a submission loss to Joey Camacho in 2008.

  • Unconcerned with doubters, UFC 141′s Jimy Hettes knows he belongs

    by Dann Stupp and John Morgan on Dec 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm ET
    LAS VEGAS – With a lopsided unanimous-decision victory over Nam Phan at Friday’s UFC 141 event, Jimy Hettes cemented his spot in the UFC’s featherweight division.But despite an undefeated record of and a string of submission wins, he knew what fans were thinking about such an unlikely main-card fighter.”A lot of the stuff online was, ‘Why does that kid with no muscle mass get to be on TV?’” Hettes told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) after the event.Hettes (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Phan (17-10 MMA, 1-3 UFC) kicked off the pay-per-view main card of UFC 141, which took place at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. Hettes, who opened his career with 11 consecutive submission victories, didn’t get a stoppage, but he beat down Phan to the tune of lopsided 30-25, 30-25 and 30-26 scores.That pre-fight hate from fans? It doesn’t bother him.

    “A lot of people have negativity,” he said. “I just like to be around positive people, and luckily, the people I surround myself know what I’m capable of. There was never any doubt I belonged [here in the UFC]. I just had to show up to fight.”

    The 24-year-old was grinding away on Pennsylvania’s regional circuit just a few months ago. But following a UFC on Versus 5 submission win over Alex Caceres and the decision victory over Phan, he hasn’t lost a step.

    Still, the whole thing is a bit hard to believe for the youngster.

    “It’s a real surreal experience,” he said. “I got to be in the same locker room as great fighters. I got to look over and see Alistair Overeem hitting pads, and I got a bear hug from Tito Ortiz after I won. Little things like that make you appreciate the hard work. It’s what motivates me to get up even earlier for the next fight and train even harder.”

    Hettes no doubt silenced the doubters on Friday. Phan, a big-show veteran who earned a semifinal-round finish on “The Ultimate Fighter 12,” was no match for the plucky Pennsylvanian.

    He simply had to pace himself.

    “I was giving him all I could,” he said of Phan. “All that went through my head was watching Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin’s fight, and the last thing I wanted to do was gas out and have Nam get top position or possibly end the fight

    “I knew I was trying and going forward, but at the same time, I wanted to leave a little something in the gas tank.”

    Hettes made a number of fans with his latest performance. Chief among his new supporters? UFC president Dana White.

    “I’m going to be honest with you,” he said after the show. “Tonight is the first night I really noticed this kid. It’s pretty awesome to see a jiu-jitsu kid who punches and when something doesn’t work, he moves somewhere else.

    “You guys have heard me talk a lot about the new breed that’s coming up and how they train differently. There you go. He’s one of them. That kid is nasty. I love watching him fight. Tonight was fun watching him perform. Once he gets more comfortable here and starts to feel like this is home and his place, that kid’s going to be putting on some shows.”

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