Eduard ‘Landslide’ Folayang in ‘crossroads’ fight Inside the Matrix

FILIPINO MMA STAR EDUARD FOLAYANG returns to fight at “ONE: Inside The Matrix” on Friday. — ALVIN S. GO

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo , Senior Reporter

FILIPINO mixed martial arts (MMA) star Eduard “Landslide” Folayang returns to the ONE Championship stage on Friday in what many consider as a “crossroads” fight for him that would dictate the direction of his career from here on.

Mr. Folayang, 36, of Team Lakay of Baguio City will be part of the card of “ONE: Inside The Matrix” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, taking on Australian Antonio “The Spartan” Caruso in a three-round lightweight battle.

Eyes will be on the former two-time ONE lightweight champion as he shows he still has it amid calls by some for him to call it a career already, more so after losing three of his last four fights.

“For now, I’m not even thinking about how long I have left to compete. It’s not on my mind right now. The only thing I’m focused on is Oct. 30, and my goal. I want to accomplish the mission and take home the victory,” said Mr. Folayang (22-9).

“Critics will always be there, whether you’re doing well or you’re not. I just want to go in there and do my thing. I’ve been in this game a long time, and I know enough not to dwell on what my critics say. I think my performance in this event will speak for itself,” he added.

Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao fully supports his veteran ward, sharing Mr. Folayang has put in the necessary work to make his ONE return after months of absence because of the coronavirus pandemic a success.

“I believe in him (Folayang), and for as long as the fire is still there I believe he can still do it. Physically I feel like we’re 100 percent prepared,” said Mr. Sangiao.

Mr. Folayang last fought in ONE in January here in the country at “ONE: Fire & Fury” where he lost to Pieter Buist of the Netherlands by split decision.

A short-notice replacement opponent, Mr. Buist’s length proved problematic for Mr. Folayang in said fight.

He tried to find ways to better combat his opponent, but in the end, two of three judges saw the bout in favor of Mr. Buist.

In three fights in 2019, meanwhile, Mr. Folayang went 1-2, losing to MMA legends Shinya Aoki of Japan and Eddie Alvarez of the United States early in the year before bouncing back with a technical decision victory over Amarsanaa Tsogookhuu of Mongolia in November.

Against Mr. Caruso (7-1), the Filipino is expecting a no-easy challenge, leaving him more determined to see his cause through.

“As always, my biggest motivations in life and my career are my family, my country, and God. I will continue to fight for those that matter to me most… I’m focused on inspiring more young athletes with my performances, and lifting the spirits of my people in the Philippines. I continue to fight more for my country than for my own personal gain,” he said.

ONE: Inside the Matrix is highlighted by four world title fights, headlined by the middleweight world championship clash between champion Aung La Nsang of Myanmar and challenger Reinier De Rigger of the Netherlands.

Co-headlining is lightweight champion Christian Lee of Singapore versus Moldova’s Iuri Lapicus.

Featherweight champ Martin Nguyen of Vietnam/Australia, meanwhile, clashes with Thanh Lee of Vietnam/United States while women’s strawweight champion Xiong Jing Nan of China tries to defend her belt against Tiffany Yeo of Singapore.

Inside The Matrix will be shown live here over One Sports at 9 p.m. with an encore telecast on Oct. 31 at 11 p.m. over TV5.

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Second teenager charged over deadly Canberra skate park fight that killed 18yo

A second teenager has been charged over a deadly fight at a skate park in Canberra’s south, where an 18-year-old was stabbed to death.

The charges were laid yesterday, hours after after a 16-year-old boy faced the ACT Childrens Court charged with murder and affray over the fight.

Police allege the 16-year-old armed himself with a knife during a pre-arranged fight with the 18-year-old man before stabbing him to death.

The boy did not apply for bail or enter a plea, and has been remanded in custody.

Later yesterday, a 17-year-old also appeared in court charged with affray for his alleged role in the fight.

He did not enter any pleas, and was released on bail.

Police say the fatal fight, at Weston Skate Park in September, was arranged after a group of people exchanged threats online.

Police say the threats escalated to the point where a fight was organised at the skate park.

Both teenagers will return to court in November.

Police say they expect to make more arrests.

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Managing the pandemic – The fight between central government and city mayors over lockdown | Britain

HAVING UPSET pretty much all Boris Johnson’s plans, covid-19 has found a new way to thwart the prime minister: by undermining his strategy for re-election in 2024. Other than getting Brexit done, Mr Johnson’s main policy plank when he was elected was to “level up” impoverished areas of the country far from the capital, and thus consolidate the votes that he won through his support for Brexit. A battle that is now raging between the government and city mayors over local lockdowns could damage the prime minister’s credibility as saviour of the north.

Directly elected mayors are a novelty. Labour began the experiment 20 years ago, as part of its devolution strategy. The Tories adopted the idea, hoping that urbanites who were viscerally opposed to Conservative governments might nevertheless opt for a charismatic local Tory. In typically British fashion, new mayoral arrangements have been laid on top of older ones, producing a mess. Liverpool has a city mayor, a metropolitan mayor and a ceremonial lord mayor, for good measure.

The government gave mayors few formal powers, expecting them to be little more than local cheerleaders and problem-solvers. Their ability to raise money is limited. But mayors have large mandates and high local profiles, which give them great informal power. Boris Johnson is prime minister because he won 92,000 votes in a Tory leadership election and then, last December, 25,000 votes in his constituency. By contrast, 360,000 people in Greater Manchester voted for Andy Burnham. Almost 1.2m Londoners voted for Sadiq Khan.

As the government moved from a nationwide lockdown to targeted local ones, it tried to treat mayors mostly as mouthpieces for its policies. Steve Rotheram, Liverpool’s metropolitan mayor, says he found out that his city would be placed into the highest level of lockdown by reading the Times. Sir Peter Soulsby, the mayor of Leicester, says he learned of changes to the rules in his city by studying government news releases: “We were never warned in advance, and never asked for our opinion.” Then the government tried to tighten the lockdown in Greater Manchester, and Mr Burnham dug in.

He had already demonstrated his informal power. In May, he and the city mayor of Liverpool argued against reopening schools. Although mayors are not supposed to control schools, this had a huge effect. In early June only 6% of schools in north-west England were open for children in the reception year, compared with 41% in the Midlands. Mr Burnham dished out more opinions. People in the north-west, he said, were being treated as “canaries in the coalmine for an experimental regional lockdown strategy”. In mid-October a poll by YouGov showed that people in northern England trusted him to handle coronavirus more than they trusted Mr Johnson or Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour Party leader.

Mr Burnham argued that if the government wanted to tighten the lockdown in Manchester, it should shell out more generously to cover the economic damage the city would suffer. After more than a week of negotiations, on October 20th the government refused his demands and went ahead without his approval. The two sides were just £5m ($6.5m) apart.

Still, it is striking that a man holding an office that did not even exist four years ago has made the government negotiate with him, almost as though he were a foreign leader. Mr Burnham and some of the other mayors are beginning to acquire national clout. “I think it represents the coming of age of the metro mayors,” says Lord Kerslake, a former civil-service chief who now chairs the UK2070 Commission, an inquiry into regional inequality. He thinks that more power and funding ought to flow to them eventually.

Covid-19 has exposed the failings of Britain’s centralised state, which is coping with the virus less well than countries with stronger local public-health systems such as Germany and South Korea. But the centre does not give up power easily. A white paper on devolution has been put off. And shortly after slapping down Mr Burnham, Mr Johnson picked a new fight with Mr Khan, over London’s transport system.

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US Election 2020: Trump reverts to form while Biden focuses on pandemic as fight for Florida intensifies | US News

Donald Trump will vote in Florida later as he tries to secure a win in the crucial battleground state.

Stoking the crowd at a series of rallies in the past 24 hours, the president preached to the converted.

After his controlled performance at the final televised debate with Joe Biden on Thursday, he reverted to form.

Cheers erupted as he asked how many people had already voted for him, followed by the predictable pantomime boos when he enquired about support for “Sleepy Joe”.

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Taking aim at Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, he declared she could never be president.

“We’re not going to have a socialist president, especially a female socialist president,” he said, “We’re not going to have it. We’re not going to put up with it. It’s not going to happen.”

While the faithful are unwavering, in a pandemic hotspot Mr Trump knows his COVID-fighting credentials could cost him big.

More than 16,000 Floridians have died with coronavirus and the large retired population puts them at higher risk.

On the day the US reported its highest number of coronavirus cases, Mr Trump reiterated his claim that the country was “rounding the turn” of the pandemic.

Most polls show Mr Biden narrowly ahead in Florida, a state which is seen as a strong indicator for the election.

History suggests that if Mr Trump loses here, he’ll likely lose the White House.

“Get out and vote, it’s so important,” he urged supporters.

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In stark contrast, Mr Biden presented his pandemic plan with no crowds at all, taking aim at Mr Trump, acutely aware the COVID-19 crisis could cement his lead.

“If this is a success, what does a failure look like? We’re more than eight months into this crisis and the president still doesn’t have a plan. He’s given up. He’s quit on you. He’s quit on your family. He’s quit on America,” he said.

As Mr Trump puts in more Floridian face time this weekend before heading to North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin, Mr Biden will be joined in Pennsylvania by Jon Bon Jovi.

Barack Obama will drum up support for the Democratic Party from voters in Miami.

With just over a week to go, the fight for Florida is intensifying.

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How U.S. Air Force Special Operators Will Fight America’s Future Wars

U.S. Air Force Special Operators are slightly shifting tactical focus to prepare for major power warfare, raising interesting questions regarding the additional mission scope they will be picking up following fifteen years of counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The changing threat landscape, requiring some slight training adjustments and new preparation exercises, was cited by the U.S. Special Operations Commander, Army Gen. Richard Clarke during a visit to Joint Base San Antonio, Lackland, Texas. 

“The realism and intensity of this training is vital because when these Airmen finish their training, they’ll need to address challenges we may not be able to predict,” Clarke said, according to an Air Force report. “AETC is training leaders who will be asked to address an ever-changing landscape where the fight we’ve engaged in since 9/11 may not resemble the threat our adversaries will present in the coming years. The physical toughness, intellectual capacity and ethical core these Airmen are developing during their training will help the Joint Force address the worldwide range of challenges each geographic combatant commander faces.”

Interestingly, much of the skill set Special Operators will need for great-power war does have many similarities to mission envelopes pursued in recent years in Iraq and Afghanistan. Special Operators would need to conduct pararescue missions behind enemy lines, engage in high-risk forward reconnaissance operations, perform tactical air controller targeting and even conduct direct attack air assault ambushes when needed. 

Close-in attacks and hostage rescue operations could easily bring great value in the kind of close-quarter battle likely to unfold in any kind of large-scale mechanized force on force engagement. While there are of course many longer-range sensors and weapons to consider when it comes to the possibility of major rival combat, however, future warfare involving large armies by no means removes the need to close-up attack once initial battle formations are breached and attackers penetrate. 

Laser painting, spotting or finding ground targets for fighter jets and bombers to attack is a mission arguably even more pressing and important for Special Operators should they be immersed in a major war campaign. Much of this might require the kind of intelligence mission expertise required of Special Operators because they may need to conduct these kinds of operations in secret. Forward-operating clandestine reconnaissance missions, to find targets, destroy supply lines, gather intelligence or launch targeting hit-and-run attacks on high value enemy areas, are all mission capabilities performed and practiced by Air Force Special Operators. 

Air Force Special Tactics Squadron warriors painted Taliban targets for air attack assets in Afghanistan, and similar yet slightly more protected or hidden operations would likely be in great demand should there be massive, large-scale warfare. 

Kris Osborn is the new Defense Editor for the National Interest. Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army—Acquisition, Logistics & Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He has appeared as a guest military expert on Fox News, MSNBC, The Military Channel, and The History Channel. He also has a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University. 

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UFC legend Anderson Silva admits to feeling ‘sad’ ahead of ‘last fight’ against Hall — RT Sport News

Anderson Silva, the UFC’s record longest title-holder, has admitted that his fight against Uriah Hall in Las Vegas on October 31 will “probably” be his farewell contest as he eyes retirement more than 23 years after his MMA debut.

Former middleweight champion Silva, 45, appeared to all-but confirm his retirement after he faces Hall at the UFC Apex in his final UFC outing.

The legendary Brazilian had two fights left on his UFC contract before he appeared to be encouraged to make only one further appearance following more than a year out of the sport.

Pinpointing training as the element he would most miss, Silva explained to MMA Junkie: “Preparing my mind, preparing my body…is most important and I feel sad because I don’t have this anymore.

“This is the last one. This is the last fight. For sure, this is the last fight. Probably.

“I love the sport. I’ve prepared my mind for this. I’ve prepared for fights my entire life but yes, this is my last fight in UFC.”

Silva has won just one of his eight fights in more than eight years since two knockout defeats to Chris Weidman, ending his record middleweight title reign of almost 2,500 days.

He defended his crown ten times but has not fought since a first-round defeat to Jared Cannonier in Rio de Janeiro in May 2019.

Fans were split on the prospect of one of the greatest fighters of all time finally bowing out, with some arguing that the faded veteran should have retired closer to his peak.

“Last fight in UFC or in MMA all together?” asked one. “Not the same thing.”

Another pointed out: “Dana [White, UFC president] kept saying it was his last fight while Silva did not.

“Now Silva is saying, ‘what Dana says’. Sounds to me like this is not really his decision, especially when he throws in ‘last fight in UFC’.”

‘The Spider’ said he was looking forward to a match-up with former Ultimate Fighter runner-up Hall.

“I can’t say, ‘oh, this fight goes to the ground, this fight is done in the standup,’” he observed.

“It’s two good strikers. Uriah’s a very, very athletic guy and has a good technique in the striking. I try to do my best. I try to do the best show for my fans.”

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Ethiopian Farmers Fight Locusts as UN Agency Warns of Worsening Situation

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization has warned of worsening locust problems in East Africa, as “more swarms are forming from current breeding in Ethiopia and a new generation of laying has started in central Somalia.” Farmers in Ethiopia have been battle successive waves of locusts since late 2019, in the worst extended infestation in 25 years, according to the FAO. Ethiopian state media quoted Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as saying 420,000 hectares of land have been devastated in 240 districts. In its situation report, the FAO said breeding was “underway on the Red Sea coastal plains,” meaning “additional swarm migrations and further increases in locust numbers can be expected.” It added, however, that the region was better prepared than at the same time last year. On October 19, China donated 72 tons of pesticides, 2,000 hand-held sprayers, and 20,000 personal protective gears to help Ethiopia in its locust-control operations. Credit: Getachew Aregawi via Storyful

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Fight for Bledisloe Cup still rages on

The Wallabies and the All Blacks believe there’s little separating them as the trans-Tasman rivals head to Australia for the final two matches to decide the Bledisloe Cup series.

The All Blacks finished the New Zealand leg with a 1-0 advantage after their 27-7 win in Auckland on Sunday after a 16-all draw in the opener in Wellington.

While the hots were more emphatic at Eden Park, consigning Australia to a 20th straight defeat at the ground, coach Ian Foster was taking nothing for granted before the third and fourth Tests in Sydney and Brisbane on October 31 and November 7 respectively.

“Was it a perfect performance? No, it wasn’t,” Foster said.

“There’ll be some things we have to move forward because they’re a good team and now we have to go over there.

“But that’s the level we need to start at and we’ve just got to climb because it’s a tough series.

“This is a better Wallabies team than I’ve seen for a while.

“They want to stay in the fight, and we had to fight for 80 minutes.”

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie also believes the difference between winning and losing is a thin line.

“We felt at halftime we’d fallen off a lot of tackles and gifted a bit of ball to the All Blacks,” he said.

“Yet we were only down 10-7, so we thought we were right in it.”

Rennie felt the game could have gone differently, even when the All Blacks scored twice in six minutes to start the second half to lead 20-7.

However, Marika Koroibete couldn’t ground the ball when held up over the line while Brandon Paenga-Amosa was penalised for a double movement when touching down soon after.

Captain Michael Hooper had no doubt the Wallabies were on the right track and that home-ground advantage would help their quest to win the symbol of trans-Tasman supremacy for the first time since 2003.

“Absolutely, there’s a lot to like about our team,” he said.

“The way our staff are preparing us for a game, the way our boys are reacting to what staff are throwing at us, there’s a lot to like here and a lot of hunger.

“We’ll go back home now, you know … two games on home soil.”

The Australians have an injury worry over Matt Toomua, who strained a groin when making a clearing a kick.

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Fight for a Year-Round Beach Body

“Don’t stress. What is meant to be, will be. Just focus on kicking ass at life and fun, the rest will work itself out.”

Aussie Avril Mathie has made an illustrious career for herself in fitness, modeling, and boxing. She stays in great shape all year, and took the time to chat with FitnessRx Women this past week and share her training and diet tips, beauty regimen and her favorite inspirational quotes.


FitRx: Hi Avril! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this! Can you start by telling us a little bit about yourself currently?

Avril: Hey! I am 28 and from Australia and recently just moved to Miami. I’m a bit of a gypsy. My goal in life is very simple: to see every corner of this earth, to learn something from everyone I meet and to add some kind of value back to their lives. I always find it hard to describe my “job title,” but basically I work in fitness. For the past seven to eight years I have been a personal trainer and gym owner (in Australia) and recently just launched my online fitness program Body By Avril Mathie. It took me 3.5 years to create, but the feedback has made it so worth it!

I also do a little bit of modeling, mainly swimwear and active wear, public speaking and pageants. I got into pageants mainly because I LOVE traveling and there are some great opportunities for that, though it turned out they are quite lucrative too and after winning Miss Swimsuit USA International 2014 and the $50,000 Las Vegas International Model Search six months ago, it has turned into a career that has led me to move to the opposite side of the world!

I also have a luxe women’s active wear label, Mathie Athletic that I launched earlier this year and a blog ( that covers all my favorite things and personal experiences—d fitness, fashion, food, travel— so between all that life is always pretty fun and interesting!

Avril Mathie


FitRx: Wow, so you definitely stay busy! In addition to being a model, you are also a boxer, which is super awesome! How did you get into boxing?

Avril: I am! I basically I started out doing Muay Thai after a guy grabbed me on the butt at a high school party and I nearly broke my thumb punching him incorrectly (don’t get the wrong idea; I am generally not a violent person, but being touched inappropriately is something I will not tolerate). I did Muay Thai on and off for years mainly just for fitness, though after a string of injuries and a broken toe, I started boxing just to stay fit.

The coach I had at the time started to teach me more the tactical side of the sport rather than just how to punch, and that was when I first became interested in fighting— I mean, how else to put my new knowledge to the test? I had my first fight six months later (May 2013) and I was addicted, so it was only natural to follow it up with 10 more. My current record is 11 fights, eight wins including one TKO. I haven’t fought in about 18 months now, though; I traveled a lot and worked, so hard last year it was impossible to focus on a proper fight training schedule. But since moving to Miami two-and-a-half months ago, I have been training at the 5th Street Gym every day with some top notch coaches and pro boxers there, and I can’t wait to jump back in the ring this June/July!

Avril Mathie

FitRx: That’s exciting… good luck! You have an insane physique and great abs, which you maintain all year. Do you have an ab workout you can share?

Avril: Oh, thank you! Boxing has a lot to do with that. I actually don’t have a specific ab workout that I do, in fact I don’t train abs too much at all. I prefer to work my inner core unit, pelvic floor, transverse abdominals and obliques, as it gives me more “shape” (that curvy tighter waist, bigger hips look) and a flatter stomach.

These are some of my favorite ab exercises:

Tabletop Kickouts: Lie on your back with your feet up— knees can be bent or straight— and slowly and with a lot of control kick out and then in one leg at a time while focusing in drawing in your lower abs

Mountain climbers

Oblique twists on the cable machine— don’t move anything below your hips

Single-arm wall ball slams (throwing a heavy ball really powerfully against a wall with one arm and then catching it as fast as you can)

Any jumping exercises (you’ve got to make sure you lift from the pelvic floor when you launch up)

I usually just add about 10 minutes of core work to the end of a boxing session twice a week, and then might throw one or two of these exercises into the resistance training circuits that I do.

I think boxing on its own is actually one of the best core workouts, as it works your muscles from all different directions as you powerfully twist and move. Plus, it’s so much fun that you don’t even realize how hard you’re working while burning a ton of calories, so you rip into shape very fast! For this reason, boxing workouts are a big part of my BodyBAM program!

Avril Mathie

FitRx: Thanks! I’ll have to try some of those tabletop kicks my next workout. Those are new to me! I’m sure your diet is also really important to maintaining your physique as well, what does your typical diet look like?

Avril: Diet is so important for more than just my physique, it’s about feeling good and having a ton of energy all the time too! Over the past 10 years I’ve tried a lot of the fad diets going around— sometimes just out of curiosity— so I can honestly tell you that nothing beats a balanced diet. I prefer to think of food in term of food groups rather than macros; it’s a lot easier and healthy. Effective nutrition is about more than just protein, carbs and fats anyway. I eat a lot of vegetables and carbs, and a little meat, dairy, fruit and fat. It’s not rocket science; if you stick as much as possible to chemical-free, unprocessed natural foods then you’re on the right path. The rest is just getting the quantities and balance right.

My typical day looks something like this:

Breakfast: 2 whole egg omelet with sweet potato, zucchini, asparagus, onion, sundried tomatoes and spinach, topped with avocado and goats cheese mash. And green tea, sometimes plain black coffee. I have friends that joke that this is not an omelet, it’s more of a veggie scramble with barely enough egg to hold it all together.


Post-Training: Fruit with Kefir (fermented yoghurt) and high fiber cereal

Lunch (maybe an hour later): Chicken and salad and some avocado and tomato on toast while I whip it up (I am so impatient when it comes to food), or a huge roast veggie and feta sandwich with some chicken or fish on the side. Since moving to USA I am addicted to the sesame Ezekiel bread!

Dinner: Salmon and noodles with spinach, zucchini and lemon juice. Often dinner is just some kind of half-cooked, half-raw thrown together of whatever protein, carbs and vegetables I have in the fridge and is cookable in 10 minutes or less. And then I just use one or five of garlic, herbs, onion, paprika, dukkah, acuka (a low-calorie European capsicum paste), olive oil, sea salt or feta cheese to add some flavor if necessary.

Avril Mathie


FitRx: You make healthy eating sound so fun and easy! I love it. In addition to your diet, what does your training currently look like?

Avril: At the moment, my training is mostly boxing orientated because I am going to be fighting again soon. On days I train twice I eat a lot more than above, though this is usually only twice a week. When I’m not fighting I usually only train once a day over six days: two days resistance/plyometric based, two days high intensity (usually boxing), two days low-intensity boxing or cardio, and then yoga on my off day.

Right now my schedule is:
Sunday: Resistance training and a long run (about an hour). These two sessions are separate at different times of the day.
Monday: Boxing and core work.
Tuesday: Sparring (boxing) and finish with footwork drills (gets the legs and glutes). Sometimes I might go running in the evening for 30 minutes, but faster pace than my long run.
Wednesday: Boxing and core work. This one is not a super hard session, focusing more on technique.
Thursday: Sparring (boxing) and finish with some plyometric and upper body resistance exercises.
Friday: Boxing. Sometimes a run in the evening, but I usually limit to two runs per week, one long and slow and one that’s shorter and faster.
Saturday: Rest day. I stretch every day, but today I’ll do some deep slow yoga and really relax and unwind my body.

My resistance training is very functional and usually almost all bodyweight and plyometric stuff, sometimes using bits and pieces of equipment. I travel a lot so I’ve been able to come up with some pretty killer hotel room workouts in my time, which was actually the inspiration for the BodyBAM workouts.

Avril Mathie

FitRx: Sounds tough, but effective! As a fitness model, you pretty much have to be in shape all year. How do you do that? Are there any major keys to staying motivated and in great shape all year?

Avril: I always tell my clients, the way you get fit (eat/train etc) has to be something that you can do forever. Staying in shape all year round is actually really easy with a balanced diet, and when you get enough sleep and don’t over-train. I feel like where most people go wrong is by wanting results tomorrow, and so they do these crazy diets cutting out food groups or taking supplements, or exercise regimes that they are never going to be able to maintain. Of course you will get great results in the short term, but as soon as you stop whatever you are doing (inevitable) then you’re going to lose your results.

When you over-train, deprive yourself of sleep or cut out food groups, over time your body becomes deficient and you get cravings often for worse things. I don’t get cravings because I eat to fuel my body and give it everything it needs—l though don’t get me wrong, I have in the past before I figured this all out. Of course, there are times where someone puts an amazing cheesecake in front of me and if I really want it, sometimes I’ll have it, because it’s not going to kill me once in a while. But I don’t go seeking out these things because I don’t feel I need them— and often when I do have them, how I feel the next day is a subtle reminder of how life will go if I keep at it.

I don’t train for more than 45-60 minutes at a time and if I need a rest day mid-week, I’ll take a rest day. Paying close attention to how your body feels and responds to things and staying on top of it is important. Constantly reminding yourself not just of the end goal, but WHY you want to achieve this goal and how it will make you feel when you do is key to maintaining motivation.

Avril Mathie

FitRx: Great advice. Your clients are lucky to be learning from you. What beauty regimen do you use daily to keep your face photo shoot ready?

Avril: Sweating, good nutrition and drinking a lot of water! Years ago, before I was as healthy as I am now, my skin was always very oily, even though I would wash my face with a good face wash three times a day, I’d still get the pimples here and there. Now that I drink around 4L of water each day, eat so much better and train regularly I find I only need to wash my face with a face wash once a day when I shower, and then at other times just with water. I always moisturize every time I wash my face, even if only with water. My favorite products are from Biotherm. I have to buy it online, but I just haven’t found anything better!

In summer (when I’m training in shorts and singlets and rubbing shoulders with other sweaty people) I sometimes get a bit of body acne, so I use an anti-bacterial face wipe on my face and body straight away after training, as well as acne-fighting body washes that keeps my skin clear!

FitRx: Thanks for sharing! Sounds simple, especially with all the photo shoots you do. What are your current fitness goals?

Avril: My friends laugh at this one— to become a boxing world champion without getting super muscular arms and abs…or legs… basically, without getting super muscular. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, and I think other girls look great like that, but it doesn’t work for my modeling career. I guess black eyes don’t either, though, but at least you can cover them up with makeup.

FitRx: The goals people laugh at are the best goals in my opinion! Even if it sounds crazy, that is a great motivator! What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Avril: I have been given so much great advice in my time. Some of the more life-changing tips at the time for me were:

Not every training session has to be a super hard one. Low-intensity training is a lot more beneficial than many people realize.

Never compare your chapter one to someone else’s chapter 20.

Eat carbs.

The flower doesn’t dream of the bee. It blossoms and the bee comes.

Avril Mathie

FitRx: I love those! Do you have a quote or motto that you live by?

Avril: Actually, I wrote myself a note when I first moved to Miami, and a picture of it is now my screen saver on my iPhone putting me at ease on the daily:

Don’t stress. What is meant to be, will be. Just focus on kicking ass at life and fun, the rest will work itself out.”

FitRx: Love that too! My screen saver is Que Sera Sera – “what will be will be.” But I love the focal point that your motto adds. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your training and beauty secrets with me and FitnessRx for Women! Before you go, is there anything else you would like to share?

Avril: Over the next few months, I will be presenting free seminars, workshops and boot camps around the country, so make sure you follow me on Instagram to stay up to date with any events in your area!

FitRx: Sounds Great! Thanks again! Best of luck to you in everything, Avril!

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Said Nurmagomedov knockout, video, Fight Island, updates

The Fight Island action continues to deliver for UFC fans with Sunday’s card getting off to a blistering start.

In a card headlined by a blockbuster showdown between Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung, it was a Nurmagomedov who stole the limelight early.

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Said Nurmagomedov went up against Mark Striegl to kick off the action and in the blink of an eye, it was all over.

Striegl had never once been knocked out in 21 fights, that spanned over his 11 year fighting career. That all changed on Sunday.

From the opening bell, Nurmagomedov was aggressive and charged at his opponent before landing the devastating left hook that dropped Striegl.

Striegl desperately grabbed onto the leg of Nurmagomedov but monster punches rained down and it wasn’t long before the referee stepped in to bring the fight to an end.

“Said Nurmagomedov kicks off a big night in combat sports in style. Wow. Drops Mark Striegl with a counter left hand basically while he’s falling backwards, that was crazy. Sub-minute KO,” ESPN’s Brett Okamoto said.

“Mark Striegl had never been knocked out in 21 bouts spanning 11+ years. Said Nurmagomedov destroyed him in less than a minute. Brutal KO,” MMA reporter Robert Sargent wrote.

“Wow. Said Nurmagomedov just brutalised Mark Striegl with some nasty ground and pound.

Emphatic finish,” MMA Fighting reporter Damon Martin wrote.


Jun Yong Park just etched his name into the UFC record books in his fight against John Phillips.

The demolition job saw him land 258 ground strikes, surpassing the previous three-round UFC record of 251. Set by Matt Riddle back in 2009.


Brian Ortega vs. Chan Sung Jung

Katlyn Chookagian vs. Jéssica Andrade

Jimmy Crute vs. Modestas Bukauskas

Claudio Silva vs. James Krause

Thomas Almeida vs. Jonathan Martinez


Mateusz Gamrot vs. Guram Kutateladze

Gillian Robertson def. Poliana Botelho by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27 x2)

Jun Yong Park def. John Phillips by unanimous decision (30-25 x3)

Fares Ziam def. Jamie Mullarkey by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Maxim Grishin def. Gadzhimurad Antigulov by TKO (punches) at 4:58 of round 2

Said Nurmagomedov def. Mark Striegl by TKO (punches) at 0:51 of round 1

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