Along with being a MMA fighter, CES MMA welterweight champion Chuck O’Neil is now a professional wrestler

CES MMA welterweight champion Chuck O’Neil is coming off a statement win as he defeated Emmanuel Walo in January in eleven seconds by knockout to retain the CES MMA title.Chuck O'Neil

In addition to the statement win in January, he also did something new in his life that month as he began training as a professional wrestler under Biff Busick in Rhode Island.

He recently had his first professional wrestling match and being a professional wrestler has been a childhood dream of his.

“I am officially a professional wrestler as well as a pro MMA fighter now,” O’Neil told The MMA Report. “It was a pretty cool experience. I got to go out and wrestle against one of my best friends and main training partners Eric Spicely. We have been kind of training in professional wrestling since January under Biff Busick down in Providence, Rhode Island. He asked us if we wanted to have a match together and we were like ‘hell yeah.’ It’s kind of been a childhood dream of both mine and Eric’s so it was really cool to go out there and do that.”

When you hear about a MMA fighter beginning to train as a professional wrestler, you can not help but wonder if that fighter is looking to make a change. This is not the case for O’Neil as he only does professional wrestling training when he has free time away from his MMA training.

“It’s not going to be a switch type situation, but I am going to stay focused on MMA and see where the wrestling takes us as well. Both Eric and I are very focused and determined with our fights as well. We are going to make sure business is in check as far as training goes but at the same time, we do have free time. We are not training every day of the week so during that time is when we do our wrestling. It’s not too hard on our bodies surprisingly enough. It’s a lot of fun right now and just kind of see where it takes it.”

His next MMA fight will take place on June 12th as he will be headlined the CES MMA 29 card coming from the Twin Rivers Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island and he will be defending the 170 pound title against Dominique Steele.

Steele (12-5) has won six of his last seven fights and has competed in both Strikeforce and Bellator. His most recent win came last month against Nick Duell. O’Neil explained that he knows he is facing a tough challenger, but he has a message for Steele.

“He seems tough as hell. He is one of those guys that is going to come at you and try to grind the fight out in any fashion possible. The kid has submission wins that are from punches. That signifies somebody that is tough as hell and who is going to bring their A game at you. I am going to be ready and with that being said — I do know know if he is trying to hype it up and if he is talking s–t like that already, he is going to have a rude awakening when we get into that cage. That first tie up he has with me, he is going to have a rude awakening.”

O’Neil plans to walk away from the victory and this may be the fight that gets him back into the UFC. He thought that call was going to come after his last fight, but he will continue to work until the phone call finally comes from either Joe Silva or Sean Shelby.

“I thought that was the case last time and I went out there with an impressive win,” he said. “Unfortunately, it did not come. I am not going to sit there and cry about it. There is nothing I can do besides get back in the gym and get better. Come out and keep performing the way I can. If I keep going out there getting stoppages, eventually they are going to take notice and bring me back in. I am going to handle my business and the rest will take care of itself.”

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Douglas Lima will defend welterweight title against Andrey Koreshkov in main event of Bellator 140

The main event of Bellator 140 is now set as welterweight champion Douglas Lima will defend the title against two-time tournament winner Andrey Koreshkov.

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The fight booking was announced by Bellator on Monday afternoon and Bellator 140 on July 17 will come from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

“Douglas Lima is an incredible champion who is in for one of the toughest fights of his life against Koreshkov,” said Bellator President Scott Coker. “When the rest of this card is announced, we’ll have put together one of the greatest showcases of welterweight talent ever assembled on one night.”

Lima (26-5) won the vacant Bellator welterweight title last year when he defeated Rick Hawn by TKO at Bellator 117. This will be his first title defense and recently returned to training following an injury that kept him out of Bellator 134 in February. Koreshkov (17-1) won the season ten welterweight tournament last year when he defeated Adam McDonough. He was won four fights in a row after losing to then Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren in 2013.

The current Bellator 140: Lima vs. Koreshkov fight card is below.

Douglas Lima (26-5) vs. Andrey Koreshkov (17-1)
Chris Honeycutt (6-0) vs. Paul Bradley (22-6, 1NC)

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Was Eddie Gordon robbed of a win at UFC on FOX 15?

Much like the news of Tim Tebow’s NFL return, UFC on FOX 15 provided the MMA media with enough fresh and meaningful developments to talk and write about for days.UFC on FOX 15

There were a pair of middleweights that continued to establish themselves as worthy championship challengers (Rockhold and Jacare), several young fighters that took “the step” and are now in “the mix” (Holloway, VanZant, Dariush and Sterling), a trio of memorable finishes (OSP, Villante and Means) and one really messed up ear (sorry about that, Jim Hettes).

So naturally, this column is about Chris Dempsey and Eddie Gordon.

The tilt between Dempsey and Gordon was undoubtedly the night’s blandest bout, but the reason why this fight piqued my interest is the result itself, a controversial split decision that went Dempsey’s way.

Judges Cardo Urso and Michelle Agustin gave Dempsey the last two rounds, while Michael Depasquale Jr. scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Gordon, awarding the TUF 19 winner the first and third. Per MMADecisions.com, 13 of the 16 media members submitting scores to the site marked it for Gordon, while the 3 dissenters had it for Dempsey. Predictably, Gordon wasn’t a big fan of the decision.

“I’m not happy with my performance. I feel like I made the number one mistake, leaving it in the hands of the judges,” Gordon told Newsday’s Mark La Monica. “You’d think at this point, they’d [the judges] be the best at what they do.”

On MMA twitter, it was a controversial result. The uproar about the call lasted up until… the Hettes/Brandao fight got underway and the dispute about the score became a fading memory.

Still, I want to shine a spotlight on the fight one more time, re-score it round by round, arrive at a conclusion on the accuracy of the decision and finally stop thinking about this fight.

Round 1: This round was clear-cut. All three judges scored it for Gordon, who won it by landing more significant strikes and defending all of Dempsey’s takedowns attempts by turning him with a clinch against the cage. All throughout the frame, Gordon was able to land brutal rights that won him the stanza and cut up Dempsey above his left eye. 10-9 Gordon

Round 2: Now, the controversy begins. The second was a much closer version of the first. Dempsey pushed the pace, and Gordon landed less hard rights. Fight Metric actually had Dempsey out-landing Gordon with significant strikes at a 2:1 ratio, but there was a real difference between each fighter’s punches. The strikes Gordon landed clearly had more pop and did more damage.

Midway through the period, Gordon scored a takedown of his own and held Dempsey down for about 58 seconds, and with 13 seconds left, Dempsey ended the round with his first successful takedown of the fight. Neither fighter did much from the top position.

Dempsey landed more strikes, but Gordon had more effective striking. What Gordon gave up in volume of landed strikes, he more than made up for with the hard single punches that he landed, and as far as the wrestling/grappling went, Gordon had the slight edge. 10-9 Gordon.

Round 3: The closest of the three rounds. Gordon definitely tired and this was where his power right was least present. Both middleweights traded a pair of takedowns but neither did much with them (Dempsey was active from bottom both times searching for a similar guillotine choke-type finish that he got on the regional scene against Muhammad Abdullah).

Instead, Dempsey was able to score with a few notable punches that landed cleanly on Gordon and had pop. He did a nice job of attacking Gordon with combos when the clinch was initiated and separated. You could talk me into a 10-10 draw, but I have it 10-9 Dempsey and the fight scored 29-28 for Eddie Gordon.

Conclusion: Eddie Gordon was robbed. All right, that’s too severe an indictment. I had the benefit of re-watching it, and it was a close fight that could have justifiably gone either way in real time. By no means was the result an egregious mistake, but having viewed the fight several times now, I feel confident in saying that Eddie Gordon won the first two frames and the fight.

What Dempsey probably did well in the eye of the judges’ was push the pace, “control the octagon” and throw a high volume of strikes. The judges may have valued his forward movement and thought some of the punches he whiffed on actually landed.

So after watching one of the most entertaining and notables cards that the UFC has put on in 2015, my prevailing and concluding thought from the card is that the decision on first Fight Pass prelim was a little controversial.

I need help. Please pray for me, Tebow.

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Inside the Octagon: John Gooden and Dan Hardy preview Saturday’s UFC 186

UFC 186 will take place on Saturday night in Montreal and will be headlined by Demetrious Johnson defending the UFC flyweight title against Kyoji Horiguchi. UFC commentators John Gooden and Dan Hardy breakdown the fight card in the latest edition of “Inside the Octagon.”

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Countdown to UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi

Countdown to UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi premiered yesterday on Fox Sports 1 and the UFC has released the full show online.UFC 186

UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi will take place on Saturday in Montreal and the countdown show previews the main event title fight between flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi.

Along with previewing the main event, the shows also previews the co-main event as Michael Bisping meets C.B. Dollaway in a middleweight bout.

The full episode of “Countdown to UFC 186″ is available below.

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Countdown to UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Fox Sports 1

UFC 186 will take place on Saturday in Montreal and will be headlined by title fight as Demetrious Johnson defends the flyweight title against Kyoji Horiguchi.UFC 186

Coming up tonight, the Countdown to UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi will premiere on Fox Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and will preview Saturday’s pay-per-view fight card.

Check out a preview of UFC 186 below from the UFC on FOX crew and the full show will be posted online by the UFC following the premiere tonight.

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