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Tag: Bellator

INSTANT CLASSIC! Shlemenko vs Cooper

Posted on January 15, 2015  in MMA Fights

 

Remember that time when Brett Cooper and Alexander Shlemenko went to war for 5 rounds for the Bellator Middleweight Championship?

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Didn’t watch last night’s Fights??

Posted on November 16, 2014  in Videos

Cage Warriors 74: Joseph Duffy defeats Julien Boussuge via KO

 

 

 

 

Here’s David Branch winning the WSOF 185 Title against Yushin Okami.

 

 

Justin Gaethje vs Melvin Guillard highlights.

 

 

 

Mark Hunt Interview after UFC 180

 

 

 

If you want to listen to a bunch of jack offs talk about UFC 180, here’s the

UFC 180 post-fight show.

 

 

 

You can download Sherdog.com’s Beatdown After The Bell by clicking this link!!!!

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Best fighters outside of the UFC?

Posted on October 11, 2014  in Writing

 Light Heavyweight results with 281 votes

  • Emanuel Newton – 26%, 74 votes

  • Tyrone Spong – 21%, 59 votes

  • Quinton “Rampage” Jackson – 17%, 48 votes

  • Liam McGeary – 11%, 32 votes

http://poll.pollcode.com/84778513_result?v

 Middleweight results with 782 votes

  • Yushin Okami – 49%, 380 votes

  • Mamed Khalidov – 13%, 100 votes

  • Melvin Manhoef – 10%, 81 votes

http://vote.pollcode.com/22263212

 Welterweight results with 742 votes

  • Ben Askren – 67%, 500 votes

  • Jake Shields – 9%, 64 votes

  • Rousimar Palhares – 8%, 56 votes

http://vote.pollcode.com/88289456

 Lightweight results with 740 votes

  • Michael Chandler – 38%, 281 votes

  • Shinya Aoki – 22%, 165 votes

  • Will Brooks – 16%, 117 votes

  • Justin Gaethje – 10%, 74 votes

http://vote.pollcode.com/12754527

 Featherweight results with 92 votes

  • Patricio “Pitbull” Freire – 62%, 57 votes

  • Pat Curran – 13%, 12 Votes

  • Daniel Straus – 5%, 5 votes

http://vote.pollcode.com/64238217

 Bantamweight results with 74 votes

  • Marlon Moraes – 53%, 39 votes.

  • Eduardo Dantas – 15%, 11 votes.

  • Bibiano Fernandes – 15%, 11 votes.

http://vote.pollcode.com/62529553

 Flyweight results with 59 votes.

  • Adriano Moraes – 42%, 25 votes.

  • Alexis Vila – 8%, 5 votes.

  • Pietro Menga – 8%, 5 vote.

http://vote.pollcode.com/35725911

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A brief history of Ben Askren and his opponents records

Posted on September 8, 2014  in Writing

Ben Askren 14-0

KO/TKO: 4 Sub: 4 Dec: 6

  • 2009.02.07 – TKO Josh Flowers (0-2)

  • 2009.04.25 – SUB Mitchell Harris (1-3)

  • 2009.08.28 – SUB Matt Delanoit (14-6-0-1)

  • 2010.04.15 – SUB Ryan Thomas (10-3)

  • 2010.05.20 – UD Ryan Thomas (11-4)

  • 2010.06.17 – UD Dan Hornbuckle (21-2)

  • 2010.10.21 – UD Lyman Good (10-0)

  • 2011.04.09 – UD Nick Thompson (38-13-1)

  • 2011.10.29 – SD Jay Hieron (22-4)

  • 2012.04.06 – UD Douglas Lima (21-4)

  • 2013.01.24 – TKO Karl Amoussou (16-4-2)

  • 2013.07.31 – TKO Andrey Koreshkov (13-0)

  • 2014.05.30 – SUB Bakhtiyar Abbasov (12-2)

  • 2014.08.29 – TKO Nobutatsu Suzuki (11-1-2)

Counting Ryan Thomas twice, Askren’s opposition had a combined record of 200-48-5-1 going into their fights with him.

The look in Koreshkov’s eyes after the takedown in the second round in Askren-Koreshkov fight made me Askren fan.

Before the fight started they mentioned that Koreshkov did not bring wrestlers into the training camp. When Koreshkov had been completely dominated in the first round and Askren started the same wrestle-fuck in the second, you could see how light went out from Koreshkov’s eyes. He didn’t stop trying or give up, but you could see how his spirit was broken from the non-stop catch-and-release wrestling.

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FightQuest

Posted on September 1, 2014  in MMA Related Videos

Fight Quest follows 2 friends, Jimmy Smith and Doug Anderson, as they travel the world discovering various fighting styles and training for several days before taking on a veteran of the sport in a fight. Jimmy is a professional mixed martial artist and former math teacher, and Doug is an Iraq War veteran and former army body guard.

I came across this series on Youtube (which seems as though it was aired on Discovery International previously) and really enjoyed it. Although each episode only focuses on one particular martial art, watching the entire series really gave me a much greater appreciation for the fighting arts, and all the various styles within it (though it only covers 13 of the many many forms).

There are episodes focussed on styles that are very common in most sanctioned MMA competitions (Muay Thai, BJJ, Boxing) some more uncommon styles (Kyokushin, Savate, Hapkido) as well as ones which for various reasons would not be utilized in a sanctioned MMA match (weapon based styles, Krav Maga, Kajukenpo). However, seeing as how this subreddit is dedicated to mixed martial arts, and not just competitions, I thought it would be worth posting this.

Each episode is linked below, with a brief description pulled from Wikipedia for those who are unfamiliar with the style.

If you have the time I highly recommend watching. Hope you guys enjoy watching it as much as I did.

EDIT It seems as though the BJJ and Wing Chun episodes don’t work, so if I find a new link to those I’ll post it.

Episode 1: Kung Fu:kung fu or gung fu and wushu are a number of fighting styles that have developed over the centuries in China. These fighting styles are often classified according to common traits, identified as “families”, “sects” or “schools” of martial arts. Examples of such traits include physical exercises involving animal mimicry, or training methods inspired by Chinese philosophies, religions and legends. Styles that focus on qi manipulation are called internal, while others that concentrate on improving muscle and cardiovascular fitness are called “external”.

Episode 2: Kali: Eskrima, Arnis, and Kali are umbrella terms for the traditional martial arts of the Philippines (“Filipino Martial Arts,” or FMA) that emphasize weapon-based fighting with sticks, knives and other bladed weapons, and various improvised weapons. It also includes hand-to-hand combat, joint locks, grappling and weapon disarming techniques. Although in general, emphasis is put on weapons for these arts, some systems put empty hands as the primary focus and some old school systems do not teach weapons at all.

Episode 3: Kyokushin Karate:Kyokushin is a style of stand-up, full contact karate, founded in 1964 by Korean-Japanese Masutatsu Oyama. Kyokushin is Japanese for “the ultimate truth.” Kyokushin is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training.

Episode 4: Hapkido: Hapkido is a dynamic and highly eclectic Korean martial art. It is a form of self-defense that employs joint locks, grappling and throwing techniques of other martial arts, as well as kicks, punches, and other striking attacks. There is also the use of traditional weapons, including knife, sword, rope, jool bong (nunchaku), cane, short stick (dan bong), and middle-length staff which vary in emphasis depending on the particular tradition examined. Hapkido contains both long- and close-range fighting techniques, utilizing jumping kicks and percussive hand strikes at longer ranges and pressure point strikes, joint locks, or throws at closer fighting distances.

Episode 5: Savate: Savate is a traditional French martial art which uses the hands and feet as weapons combining elements of western boxing with graceful kicking techniques. Only foot kicks are allowed unlike some systems such as muay thai, and silat which allow the use of the knees or shins. Savate is a French word for “old shoe”. Savate is perhaps the only style of kickboxing in which the fighters habitually wear shoes.

Episode 6: Pencak Silat: Pencak Silat is an umbrella term for the martial arts of Indonesia. The clear distinction between Indonesian and Peninsular silat is a relatively recent one based largely on post-independence patriotic sentiments. There are hundreds of different styles but they tend to focus either on strikes, joint manipulation, throws, bladed weaponry, or some combination thereof.

Episode 7: Boxing: Boxing is a combat sport in which two people engage in a contest of strength, speed, reflexes, endurance, and will, by throwing punches with gloved hands against each other. Boxing is supervised by a referee over a series of one- to three-minute intervals called rounds. The result is decided when an opponent is deemed incapable to continue by a referee, is disqualified for breaking a rule, resigns by throwing in a towel, or is pronounced the winner or loser based on the judges’ scorecards at the end of the contest.

Episode 8: BJJ: Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting fundamentals. BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense.

Episode 9: Krav Maga: Krav Maga is a self-defense system developed for the military in Israel that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from boxing, savate, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Judo, Jujutsu, wrestling, and grappling, along with realistic fight training. Krav Maga is known for its focus on real-world situations and extremely efficient and brutal counter-attacks. Krav Maga has a philosophy emphasizing threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers, and aggression.

Episode 10: Kajukenbo: Kajukenbo training incorporates a blend of striking, kicking, throwing, takedowns, joint locks and weapon disarmament. A driving principle behind Kajukenbo is transitioning smoothly from one specialty into the next to create an optimal response to any situation. This radical approach to training led to Kajukenbo being known as, “The First American Mixed Martial Art”. The name Kajukenbo comes from the original arts of which it was composed: KA for Karate, JU for Judo and Jujutsu, KEN for Kenpo and BO for both Western and Chinese Boxing (Chu’an Fa Kung Fu).

Episode 11: Muay Thai: Muay Thai is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.This physical and mental discipline which includes combat on shins is known as “the art of eight limbs” because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins , being associated with a good physical preparation that makes a full-contact fighter very efficient. Muay Thai became widespread internationally in the twentieth century, when practitioners defeated notable practitioners of other martial arts.

Episode 12: Kalaripayattu: Kalaripayattu is an Indian martial art. One of the oldest fighting systems in existence, it is now practiced in Kerala, in contiguous parts of Tamil Nadu and among the Malayali community of Malaysia. Kalaripayattu includes strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry and healing methods. Some of the flexibility training methods in northern Kalaripayattu are applied in Kerala dance forms and kathakali dancers who knew martial arts were believed to be markedly better than the other performers. Some traditional Indian dance schools still incorporate kalaripayattu as part of their exercise regimen.

Episode 13: Wing Chun: Wing Chun is a concept-based Chinese martial art and form of self-defense utilizing both striking and grappling while specializing close-range combat.

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Night of Upsets?

Posted on March 14, 2014  in Uncategorized

Just letting everyone know that a parlay of

Pat Curran
Rick Story
Jake Sheilds
Diego Sanchez
Robbie Lawler
Tyron Woodley

Is actually paying $370 for a bet of $1.  Let’s get lucky.

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Training Blog #2

Posted on November 4, 2013  in Uncategorized

You have to earn a view like this

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So fresh of the heels of Bellator 106 I’ve decided to write a quick blog about, maybe some stuff I noticed about Bellator and what I have been doing in Thailand.

Quick Bellator notes.  Does Eddie Alvarez have the best head movement in MMA?  I don’t know, however his head movement was top notch, his footwork was amazing and so was his jab.  Eddie used that jab to make Chandler pay every time he came forward it seemed.  That was such an incredible fight, I was more impressed with Eddie than I was with Chandler, but that’s not to say Chandler didn’t have his moments.  That flying knee late in the fight was really impressive, as well as the 4th round which was 100% Micheal Chandler.  His top game was awesome, and so were his take downs.  I agreed with the judges, I had Eddie winning the second round, and I do believe that would have been the round that was razor thin, super close fight and it actually was close enough where it could have gone either way. Hopefully no one is screaming robbery about this.  It’s good of business, now Micheal Chandler can win another tournament and set up the third match. Overall I am loving Bellator’s Tournament format.  I feel that it’s adding a legitimate sport feel to Mixed Martial Arts after we have been conditioned to the sports entertainment style match making that the UFC has conditioned their fans with over the years.

Joe Riggs winning the Fight master Tournament?  Cool, I thought that was why they put the show on, to get an established Journeyman a little of his luster back.  We have had it pounded into our heads over the years that “everyone loves an underdog story.”  Well this is Bellators!  Joe Riggs,now because of his Fightmaster tournament win, is now a credible opponent for whoever he faces in the upcoming 170 tournament, and good for him.

King Mo lost, I’m interested in seeing what’s up with him after the fight.  He had a strong first round but seem to fade hard afterwards. Maybe he thought he was winning those rounds, I have no idea. I think maybe I am not giving Emanuel Newton enough credit, it was a stellar performance and this is one of the times where I legitimately bought into the hype.  I was convinced that King Mo was going to crush Newton in the rematch.  Shame on me for riding that hype train, but this just goes to show that even after being a fan for now 12 years, even the most jaded fan can buy into someone’s hype.

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So on to Training and Thailand talk. Last week I spent the most of my time building on what I had worked on the week before, and that was snapping the bottom part of your leg into your kick your kick, it’s like a whip.  Last week I spent most of my time working on leg kicks, body kicks, elbows, knees from outside the clinch as well as proper footwork when preparing to throw a knee/kick, and then the proper footwork to ensure that you are back in the correct stance that you need to be in after the strike has been thrown.  I have been going to the morning sessions where it is basically 1 on 1 with you and the coaches.  I have been working with one that speaks good English and I’ve improved in the week with his guidance.  It’s such a rewarding feeling, working on something for hours, and then getting it, finally throwing it the proper way, and resetting and then throwing it again.  Very cool stuff, after a week like that it makes me even more excited to get back to training.  I normally don’t train on Mondays but I think I’ll show up to the afternoon session, just to get into the swing of things. This weekend I did a few things.  I go cut off by some old man and it made me fall off my scooter.  I have a gash on my right elbow because of it, so to say the least I won’t be throwing any right elbows for awhile.  I went shopping for some fresh clothes.  Let me go into that a little bit.  Here in Thailand there are mostly two prices for things, the price that merchants charge Thai people, and then the “Farang” price.  Farang is the word for westerner.  So, I went out to get some more shirts and I was so happy that the stores gave me the Thai price without me even having to haggle for it.  Very cool stuff.  But I bought maybe 5 new shirts, and 2 new pairs of shorts. Nothing exciting, I just wanted to mention it. Lastly, I went to the top of one of the mountains here in Chaing Mai, and I took some pictures.  You can take a cab up there, or walk, I chose to cab it but I saw a lot of people walking and running up it, maybe it’s something I’ll do at some point, but I considered it a lazy weekend.

In closing I want to point out how enjoyable it is watching Muay Thai with people that are involved in the sport.  Watching MMA has never been a social thing for me, it’s normally something I’ve done by myself or with a few core friends that have been forced to watch it if they wanted to see me on a weekend.  The times where I did go out I encountered what I like to call “fat dudes at the bar.”  They like to talk about how this fighter needs to do this, or that fighter needs to do that, or my favourite is they couldn’t fight because of their mentality.  “Once I go, it’s to the death bro.”  While casual fans are important for the business of combat sports, that doesn’t mean I have respect that sort of bullshit.  I remember staying up watching streams on 240 of fights in Japan.  Why?  Because that was the old way to watch international mixed martial arts back then, and guess what?  There were a lot less douchebags, and fat know it alls involved both the community and online community.  While I think it’s awesome that MMA has been on TV since 2005, being involved in the online community really tests my passion for the sport.  People that have no idea about being in shape, have no idea of throwing punches, people that probably breath heavy while eating a meal, are now online and masquerading as experts in something they have no APPLICABLE knowledge about.  It bothers me, but I’ll get over it.

It’s refreshing to spend time with people that train full time and have a love and respect for a sport, they they train in, compete in and most importantly a sport that they understand.

Stay Gangster, I’m out.

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