St-Pierre ‘Praying’ for Diaz to win at UFC 143

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Volatile brawler Nick Diaz meets the heavy-handed Carlos Condit for the UFC’s interim welterweight title Saturday in a match that many mixed-martial arts fans expect to be one of the year’s finest.

But while the two fighters in this highly anticipated main event certainly deserve the attention, a shadow hovers over their shared spotlight — that of sidelined Canadian welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

The winner of the UFC 143 bout will face St-Pierre in his return match following reconstructive knee surgery late last year. And there’s no mistaking which fighter the longtime welterweight champion is hoping to meet.

“Every night I pray that Nick Diaz wins because that’s the fight I want,” St-Pierre told CBC during a recent phone interview from Los Angeles. “I’m going to fight the best man [either way], but I want it to be Nick Diaz.”

Diaz, the talented but mercurial former Strikeforce welterweight champ, was in line for a shot at St-Pierre’s title last October until he was a no-show at multiple press conferences, causing an irate UFC president Dana White to drop him as the No. 1 contender. White then promoted Condit, who is riding a solid four-fight winning streak, having knocked out opponents like Dan Hardy (who St-Pierre won a decision over but failed to finish) and Dong Hyun Kim. Continue Reading…

Nicole Chua To Be Singapore’s First Female MMA Fighter

Nicole Chua To Be Singapore’s First Female MMA Fighter: Nicole Chua is set to become Singapore’s first ever professional female Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter when she makes her debut in the ONE Fighting Championship on 31 March at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The 27-year-old was unveiled on Tuesday at a press conference and will be competing against some of the region’s top fighters.

While Chua’s MMA debut will create history in the sport, it is her full-time occupation that will truly surprise many.

A full-time accountant by day, the diminutive and sweet looking girl switches from numbers to punches after work, following a strict training schedule with only one rest day per week.

“I train six days a week for around four to six hours a day. So the gym is like a second home to me,” said Chua, whose foundation is in Muay Thai.

With most of her time spent in the gym doing a sport that continues to be a stereotype among females, Chua admitted having sacrificed time with her loved ones and friends to focus on her preparations for the competition. Continue Reading…