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After a seven-year run in MMA, Chip Moraza-Pollard decided he needed a change.

Moraza-Pollard didn’t have to look very far for his new career endeavor, as “The Surgeon” found his second-calling with combat sports in kickboxing.

Up next for Moraza-Pollard will be a meeting with Matt Coleman on April 28 from the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut at Lion Fight 36. The main card airs live on AXS TV in the U.S. and Fight Network in Canada, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

While Moraza-Pollard was still capable of competing in MMA, his desire to grow made the decision an easy one to accept. The native of Plymouth, Massachusetts carries a 3-0 record in kickboxing with him.

“I’m a life-long martial artist, so I’ll be competing as long as I’m able to do so,” he told FightLine during a recent interview. “(In the coming months) I plan on being more well known, getting better as a fighter and continuing to put on a show whenever I’m in the ring.”

Last month at Lion Fight 35, Moraza-Pollard worked his way to a decision victory over Scott Noble, dominating the fight. He picked up a pair of 50-43 scorecards, with the third being 50-44.

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During his MMA career, Moraza-Pollard went 10-9 with a win over Dan Lauzon via second round head-kick being a highlight. He finished five of his opponents with strikes and submitted another, but the “lay-and-pray” style of the sport was draining on him.

“Being a striker and competing in MMA was frustrating at times, so (kickboxing) was always something I knew I wanted to do,” he said. “The biggest change in prep is that I don’t have to spend countless hours drilling takedown defense or having guys sit on me. I get to focus on and get better at the aspects of combat sports that I’ve always loved.”

That desire will lead him into battle against Coleman with hopes of putting an exclamation point on the evening.

“I’m happy to get right back in the ring so soon and am looking forward to showcasing my skills against another tough opponent,” he said. “Hopefully I can get the finish this time instead of letting it go to a decision.”

Moraza-Pollard fought for the World Series of Fighting, Bellator MMA, CES MMA and other promotions during his time in MMA.

UFC president Dana White appeared on “The Herd” Wednesday and discussed the much-talked-about match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor with Colin Cowherd.

Listen in on the complete interview in the video above, as White explains why he feels almost a need now to make the match happen.

The Mac Life hit up Madison Square Garden earlier this year.

On St Patrick’s Day in New York, Conor McGregor walked Michael Conlan out for his professional debut in Madison Square Garden.

Check out behind the scenes, never before seen footage of Team McGregor backstage before and after the fight.

The UFC heads to Buffalo this Saturday night for UFC 210.

In the main event, Daniel Cormier defends his light heavyweight title against Anthony Johnson.

The card also features Chris Weidman vs. Gegard Mousasi, Cynthia Calvillo vs. Pearl Gonzalez and Thiago Alves vs. Patrick Cote.

Below is the complete fight card with start times:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Anthony Johnson

Middleweight: Chris Weidman vs. Gegard Mousasi

Strawweight: Cynthia Calvillo vs. Pearl Gonzalez

Welterweight: Thiago Alves vs. Patrick Cote

Lightweight: Will Brooks vs. Charles Oliveira

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Kamaru Usman vs. Sean Strickland

Featherweight: Shane Burgos vs. Charles Rosa

Lightweight: Josh Emmett vs. Desmond Green

Featherweight: Myles Jury vs. Mike De La Torre

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6 p.m. ET)

Light Heavyweight: Patrick Cummins vs. Jan Blachowicz

Lightweight: Gregor Gillespie vs. Andrew Holbrook

Female Bantamweight: Katlyn Chookagian vs. Irene Aldana

Flyweight: Jenel Lausa vs. Magomed Bibulatov

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will fight Michael Bisping in July if the reigning middleweight titleholder wants it.

Woodley, appearing on “UFC Tonight” recently, made it known that he would be willing to replace Georges St-Pierre if things fall apart between GSP and Bisping.

“I think Georges St-Pierre is playing games with us,” he said. “He didn’t want to fight me, so he went up to middleweight, then mentioned going down to lightweight. Michael Bisping,

“I stand by my offer, ten toes down. If you want to get it on July 8, I’ll be there and I’ll be ready.”

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