Talk MMA Radio Ep 26: King Mo and Tecia Torres

Wednesday, June 24, 2013, Talk MMA Radio brings you Bellator’s “King” Mo Lawal (10-2-1) and Invicta Fighting Championship’s rising strawweight Tecia Torres (3-0).

Lawal is coming off of a 1st round highlight reel knockout of Seth Petruzelli in Bellator’s Light Heavyweight semifinal Summer Series tourney at Bellator 96.  He heads into Bellator 97 in hopes of claiming rights to the title of Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tourney Champ as he will face off against Jacob Noe.  Noe advanced into the finals the same night as Lawal with a surprising TKO stoppage of now retired MMA veteran Renato “Babalu” Sobral.  The two will collide next week, July 31, at Bellator 97 at Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

“The Tiny Tornado” Tecia Torres looked impressive in her stand up and submission defense as she gave media’s favored Rose Namajunas her first MMA defeat.  Torres looked clean in her stand up and displayed patience in her grappling as she disappointed media as they mostly favored Namajunas.  The American Top Team product now awaits the challenge as she stops in to chat with us.

Talk MMA Radio can be viewed tomorrow evening at 9pm EST/6pm PST, July 24, 2013.

Link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/talkmmaradio/2013/07/25/ep-26-king-mo-tecia-torres

Photo: Tecia Torres and Rose Namajunas courtesy of http://invictafc.com/photos/?album=6&gallery=168

Silva In Tears

Anderson Silva in tears is a scary sight—especially when those tears are a product of defeat. For those still alleging Silva threw the fight against Weidman, I have but one thing to say: If Spider did throw the fight, it is by far the biggest regret of his professional, and perhaps his personal, career. Several questions will hang in the air before Silva/Weidman II, but this clip has decidedly answered one—come the rematch, we will all be privy to the very best version Anderson’s body and mind will allow.

Tragically enough, the antics pulled by Silva in his first fight with Weidman have placed him in a perilous hole. Silva must defeat Weidman twice, while Weidman only has to win once. Even if Silva eviscerates Weidman in the rematch but loses a razor thin decision in the rubber match, Anderson’s legacy will incur significant damage. Silva needs to win twice, and both wins must occur in devastating fashion. I’m excited. Watching Silva fight with his back against the wall is a spectacle I’ve yet to witness. I hoped a superfight between Anderson and Bones would extract the very best from Silva. Needing two decisive victories over the new UFC Middleweight Champion is respectable consolation.

 

Renzo Gracie Teases Return to Fighting

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Hi sports fans.  Renzo Gracie (13-7-1 (1)) mentioned on MMA Junkie Radio today that he will be “ready [by] the end of the year to have some fun.”  Sounds like to me that he’s thinking about making a return to fighting.

Renzo hasn’t stepped inside a cage, octagon, or ring to compete since his TKO loss to Matt Hughes at UFC 112, back in 2010.

Gracie went on to say. “The UFC, they became a machine… so if you’re name is not out there and you’re not fighting, it’s difficult to keep yourself (busy)…  So it’s like if I don’t fight there, I don’t mind. I’ll be fighting for ONE [FC]; I’ll be fighting a Japanese organization. This for me is fun, and thank god I don’t need the money to do it.”

So what do you think?  Should Renzo return, and if so, what are his chances of success in the UFC or a smaller promotion?