Cris Cyborg Signs with the UFC

25 Mar 2015 6:23 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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Check it, Ronda Rousey is headed to Brazil to give another one of her unforgettable performance on August 1st. She’ll defend her title versus Bethe Correia, one of two very vocal Brazilian ladies who want nothing more than the blonde head of the current women’s bantamweight champion of the world.

The other one is, you guessed it, Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. But while in the past Cyborg vs. Rowdy has been nothing but talk, it seems like we’re approaching the day in which we will actually see Cyborg challenge Rowdy’s belt. No one’s made any official statements yet, but the current Invicta FC featherweight champ has taken to her social media to challenge Ronda yet again, announcing that she’s in fact signed a contract with the UFC.


Aisling Daly Is Unsurprised by Jedrzejczyk’s Victory over ‘One-Dimensional’ Esparza

23 Mar 2015 2:47 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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Enjoying her first real break since filming of TUF: A Champion Will Be Crowned, ‘Ais the Bash’ Daly is gearing up for the sternest test of her career when she meets Claudia Gadelha in Krakow on April 11.

On her exit from the TUF house, Daly was adamant that the biggest challenges that would stand in the way of her winning the strawweight title would exist outside of the series’ original cast. The Dubliner’s theory proved correct on March 14 when Polish starlet Joanna Jedrzejczyk dethroned Carla Esparza in her first title defense.


Imminent MMA Legalization in NY: Ronda Rousey Heads to Empire State to Lobby

1:55 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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Since the arrest of Sheldon Silver—former New York State Assembly speaker and shadowy opponent of MMA in the Empire State—on account of a series of corruption charges, the horizon has looked bright and fertile in terms of legalizing and regulating professional mixed martial arts in the state.

The sport has been effectively banished from New York State since 1997, when governor George Pataki outlawed it. Since then, according to Lorenzo Fertitta, an unresolved feud with the Culinary Union in Las Vegas has carried over to the union’s allies in New York, who have worked arduously to keep professional MMA out of the state. Fertitta is a majority owner of Station Casinos, which employs thousands of non-unionized workers who refuse to join the ranks of the union.


Completing the cards: ONE Championship heavyweight division plus another

20 Mar 2015 8:52 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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Originally posted at The Fight Nation

As ONE Championship continues to take shape as a dominant force in the Mixed Martial Arts realm, one of the natural steps it must take is to crown a champ for all its divisions.

Of all the divisions that doesn’t have a king yet, the heavyweight class is the most talked about. The 220-pounds-and-above bracket has UFC veteran and Muay Thai monster, Brandon Vera, who made waves on his Asian MMA debut last December; it has ex-pro basketball player Chi Lewis-Parry who’s emerging to be an unstoppable destroyer with a clean 6-0 win-loss record; and, it has former American Football player Paul Cheng who has grabbed back-to-back wins already in the promotion.

Even with these talented and interesting figures at the roster, ONE Championship Vice President, Rich Franklin, notes that the organization cannot yet have a heavyweight titleholder


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Casey Suire: the American daredevil takes on Mark Striegl on ONE FC

07 Mar 2015 7:46 am Posted by jjwakrat

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The next ONE FC event takes place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 13, 2015. Indonesia-based and trained Casey Suire takes on his toughest opponent yet in Mark Striegl.

It’s not often one hears of an American training MMA in Indonesia, and even rarer when someone actually began their MMA career in the Southeast Asian country. Suire is that man. He’s racked up a comfortable 5-0 with 4 chokes and a KO fighting in Southeast Asia, with his most recent wins being in ONE FC as first round finishes of Raymond Tan and Stephen Langdown.

Aside from his record and those two fights on tape, there isn’t much else out there about Suire. Therefore, ASIA MMA caught up with Suire just before fight week to find out what makes him tick.



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The New Masters on BBC

06 Mar 2015 10:03 am Posted by jmorley

Originally posted on Facebook by the New Masters Documentary team

The New Masters Documentary is on the BBC !!!
(or the BBC World Service’s Youtube channel anyway…)

Tune in to hear our director Chris Cherry discussing the topic of professional MMA being a route out of rural poverty for young Chinese.


09 Feb 2015 10:16 pm Posted by jmorley

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Glory 19 was headlined by heavyweight veterans, Ricco Verhoeven and Errol Zimmerman, but that fight devolved into a sloppy, playground-like scrap and ended with a self inflicted injury to Zimmerman. The real action of the night was in the four man welterweight tournament and the meeting between finalists, Nieky Holzken and Raymond Daniels.


The UFC is holding back Anderson Silvá’s 6 million paycheck following failed drug tests

08 Feb 2015 8:36 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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Originally Posted at TheFightNation

I’m pretty sure that the first thing you noticed about this article is that “HOLY CRAP” Anderson Silva made 6 million dollars for his fight against Nick Diaz. The man, who was widely considered the greatest of all time (aka GOAT for all you smart marks out there), returned to the Octagon at UFC 183 and defeated Nick Diaz in a dominant 5 round performance. Many felt that Silva was back and looked good for someone who was returning from a horrific injury.

Then he failed a pre-fight drug test, testing positive for 2 different types of steroids.


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05 Feb 2015 10:27 pm Posted by jmorley



By Sascha Matuszak

With the Chinese New Year coming up in two weeks, it’s good time to look back on the martial arts scene in China and see what happened in 2014. China is a battleground for various MMA promotions and the region has scene a marked uptick in events, gyms, and fighters with promise—but the most populated nation in the world still hasn’t produced any breakout stars. The China market is drastically underperforming, especially when compared to tiny nations like Ireland that can move the needle with one show and one man.

Nevertheless, there’s been some progress.


These 12 BJJ Drills Could Improve Your Game Instantly! (Video)

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Many Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts agree that drilling is the key to overall improvement in BJJ. In a martial art that is comparable to chess, staying ahead of your opponent is imperative.

Drilling consists of multiple repetitions of the same move in order for technique, timing, and conditioning to become second nature. Many athletes attribute their success to drills. Football players, for instance, do footwork drills to keep themselves nimble on their feet and in constant contact with the ball.


In this video, ONE FC Fighters and BJJ World Championship Silver Medalists Almiro Barrosand Marcos Ratinho show us a selection of technical and movement drills one can practice with a partner to improve their BJJ skills. Almiro suggests that you do at least a hundred repetitions of each drill several times a week in order for everything to become muscle memory.

As Bruce Lee once said, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” There’s no doubt that this adage pays tribute to the importance of drilling for any martial artist.


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