In the first edition of the Irish MMA Amateur Prospect watch we will take a look at Cill Dara MMA’s Valdrim Lubishtani.
Valdrim is 19 years old and was born in Kosovo before moving to Kildare in Ireland when he was 4 years old. He started training in mixed martial arts back in 2011 and his since compiled an impressive 6-0 amateur record that is full of devastating finishes including his TKO finish of James Allen (video below) last weekend at Ryoshin Fighting Championships 7 in Dublin.
For a while there, it was beginning to feel like balance had been restored to the UFC universe and that the calamities of 2014 were behind us. As the first 11 events of the new year went ahead with only minor calibrations, it seemed as though the injury hex was lifted.
Such wide-eyed hubris apparently angered the fighting gods, and they vented their displeasure by decimating UFC 186 beyond all previous recognition. Aim was then taken at UFC on Fox 15, or more specifically Yoel Romero’s knee. And, with just eight days to go, the co-main event middleweight showdown between he and Jacare Souza was in tatters.
Ahead of the 2015 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA at UFC International Fight Week, the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation is adopting an anti-doping policy based on the World Anti-Doping Code and Standards.
The IMMAF Anti-Doping rules are based on strict liability, essential for the health and safety of the sport of MMA and its participants. The move is in line with IMMAF’s sporting values, as the organisation works to achieve compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code.
If you thought, in the aftermath of his whirlwind “World Championship Tour”, Conor McGregor was going to disappear into a gym to prepare for his UFC 189 showdown with Jose Aldo, you were wrong. A couple of weeks removed from the hysteria of Dublin’s Convention Centre, McGregor remains seemingly ubiquitous.
In an interview with Chris Jones of Esquire this week, McGregor spoke about why he got into fighting; his proclivity for finding himself in fights as a youth – despite his wishes – and his desire to become equipped to deal with such circumstances.