Daniel Cormier previews rematch with Jon Jones at UFC 197

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Cormier lost the initial fight to Jones in January last year but has since gone on to win the title that Jones was stripped of last March.

A string of controversies have followed Jones’ career and he has not fought in the octagon since defeating Cormier after a hit-and-run incident that brought about the end of his title run before being reinstated to the UFC in October 2015.

And Cormier believes both fighters are different entities now, stating that the first defeat to Jones left a nasty taste in his mouth that he hopes to finally get rid of when the two meet at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand on April 23.










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FitRepublik coach Anas Siraj Mounir's top three MMA tips

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Alex Nacfur and Anas Siraj Mounir practice their skills at FitRepublik.

The mixed martial arts boom has well and truly reached the Middle East, with many gyms now offering extensive training for those interested in taking up one of the fastest-growing sports in the world.

In Dubai, the stylish FitRepublik gym at Sports City has been among those to join the MMA revolution.  Crowned Functional Facility of the Year at the 2015 Fit Awards, FitRepublik boasts a state-of-the-art MMA zone – complete with boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai, as well as a remarkable octagon.

A collection of high-profile coaches are on hand to help develop fighters, with Anas Sinaj Mounir surely one of the most recognisable. ‘The Moroccan Sensation’ has a 5-1 record on the Desert Force circuit, with his reputation soaring after a recent victory over Jordan’s Tareq Hamdi in Dubai.

Despite being one of the most in-demand Arab fighters around, Sinaj Mounir still finds time to coach and so Sport360 took the opportunity to pick his brains on what it takes to train for MMA. These are the Casablancan grappler’s top three training tips.

TIP 1 – HALF GUARD ESCAPE

TIP 2 – OPEN GUARD PASS

TIP 3 – GUARD PASS

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Rothwell and Dos Santos to headline UFC debut clash in Croatia

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UFC stars Ben Rothwell and Junior Dos Santos are set to battle in Croatia.

Heavyweight stars Ben Rothwell and Junior dos Santos will go head-to-head in the UFC’s debut event in Croatia.

The world no.5 and world no.6 fighters are set to face-off on Sunday, April 10 at Arena Zagreb, with tickets going on sale on Friday, February 12 at 10:00 am CET.

Rothwell (36-9; fighting out of Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA) is jumping straight back into the Octagon following not only an impressive win against MMA legend Josh Barnett, but a win via submission against a Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, awarding Rothwell the fight of the night bonus.

With all four of his last victories ending in spectacular fashion, Rothwell is repeatedly showing the world why 2016 is his year to make a run at the heavyweight title.

Former UFC heavyweight champion dos Santos (17-4; fighting out of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil) will be looking to solidify himself back into title contention following a loss against Alistair Overeem at the end of last year.

The Brazilian has notable wins over some of the biggest names in MMA including current heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, Croatian legend Mirko Cro Cop and, more recently, title contender Stipe Miocic.

This heavyweight battle will have both contenders looking to put on the performance of a lifetime to prove why they deserve to be the next in line for a title shot.

Rothwell and Dos Santos will be dominated by the heavy hitters as the best of the division descend on Zagreb, with notable debuts from former M1 champion Marcin Tybura and Serbian Bojan Mihajlovic who will take on French newcomer Francis Ngannou.

Current bouts include:

Ben Rothwell vs. Junior dos Santos
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ruslan Magomedov
Bojan Mihajlovic vs. Francis Ngannou
Marcin Tybura vs. Timothy Johnson
Jan Blochowicz vs. Igor Pokrajac
Bartosz Fabinski vs. Nicolas Dalby
Damir Hadzovic vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Bojan Velickovic vs. Alessio Di Chirico

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