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Warrior Challenge

Warrior Challenge

Charles Gamble won his pro mixed martial arts debut at the MMA Warrior Challenge 24 in Woodbridge, VA on July 13th 2013. Charles won decisively in the second round via a referee stoppage due to strikes to the head. Charles’s opponent had been 4-1 at the time before Charles Gamble handed him his second loss. Charles

Warrior Challenge

Warrior Challenge

Watch this video of Charles Gamble’s pro debut MMA fight at the Warrior Challenge 24

Warrior Challenge

Come out and support our Mixed Martial Arts team as Charles and other MMA competitors compete in the near future. Brandon Johnson will be defending his title in a few months and Corbin Pagano is returning to the ring after a fantastic win against a strong opponent who has recently strung two wins together.

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Maryland Cage Combat

Maryland Cage Combat

Corbin Pagano & Brandon Johnson, Mixed Martial Arts fighters from Baltimore Martial Arts, at Maryland Cage Combat in Baltimore Maryland. Video highlights from Maryland Cage Combat 4.

Maryland Caged Combat

Maryland Cage Combat Event
Baltimore Martial Arts
Corbin, Coach Benjamin & Friends

Maryland Cage Combat has had four venues so far of which Baltimore Martial Art’s MMA team has participated. Corbin Pagano has a mixed martial arts record of 1-1. He won in last night’s competition with a rear naked choke (RNC) in the third round. Brandon Johnson has a mixed martial arts record of 2-2. He won a title match on March 16th via a hard fought three round decision. Other fighter’s from Baltimore Martial Arts that have competed in Maryland Cage Combat include Charles Gamble, Erik Milks, Erin Milks & Ray Sydnor.

Maryland Cage Combat

Maryland Cage Combat

Brandon Johnson Maryland Cage Combat Mixed Martial Arts Champion

Maryland Cage Combat

Baltimore Martial Art’s instructors, coaches, friends, classmates & family were in attendance at Maryland Cage Combat Friday March 16th, 2013. Coach Walter, Charles Gamble, Herb Severn, Benjamin Kassim & Gary Berger were there. Mr. Pagano, Corbin’s dad, was more nervous than Corbin before the fight. Mr. Pagano was an accomplished wrestler back in the day. Ironically Corbin’s mother wasn’t nervous at all saying her son and his brother have been fighting ever since birth. Coach Charles helped corner a competitor from another school who was apparently a police officer and was there by himself.

Keep visiting our web site BaltimoreMartialArts.com for news concerning our next competitions and our competitors. Also visit our MMA Page or MMA Blog Page.

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Welcome Tenyeh “Skinnyman” Dixon

Tenyeh Dixon

Baltimore Martial Arts welcomes Tanya Dixon to our professional staff of martial arts & fitness instructors. Tenyeh will be teaching a Mixed Martial Arts class on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-9PM. This class is mainly geared for martial artists and/or athletes with some experience. Tenyeh’s first class will be Thursday February 21st.

Tenya has a Pro MMA record 12-9 with 7 first round finishes. Tenyeh won welterweight championships in Locked in The Cage & Xtreme Caged Combat. Interestingly, Tenyeh had his beginnings at Baltimore Martial Arts many years ago. We are excited to have Tenyeh return and to learn and benefit from his experience and knowledge gained over the years.

Tenyeh Dixon

Tenyeh Dixon – Welter weight Champion Locked in the Cage & Xtreme Caged Combat

Tenyeh Dixon is Maryland’s most decorated and accomplished Mixed Martial Arts Fighter. He is Maryland’s first and only two time MMA Pro Champion. Check out this video of Tenyeh

Tenyeh “Skinnyman” Dixon

Maryland 2 Time MMA Pro Champion

Maryland 2 Time MMA Pro Champion

Some of Tenyeh’s other martial arts accomplishments include winning the 2005 Lei Thai tournament in Hunt Valley Maryland and being a runner up at the King of San Da world ametur tournament in 2004.

Baltimore’s Newest Champion Tenyeh “Skinnyman” Dixon

Check out this article in the Baltimore Sun about Tenyeh Dixon

If you are interested in learning Mixed Martial Arts or if you already have MMA experience and you want to elevate your game to the next level, give us a call and we will schedule a sit down consultation with you to discuss your goals and how Baltimore Martial Arts can help you. In addition to MMA, Baltimore Martial Arts has other support programs and classes that work along with MMA that include: Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Russian Kettlebell Strength and Conditioning classes and more. Baltimore Martial Arts is also working on a venture towards hopefully adding Crossfit to its fitness programs.

Tenya Dixon Instructor

Tanya Dixon MMA Champion

Tenya Dixon MMA Fighter Baltimore

Baltimore Martial Arts & Fitness

Walk in M-F, 5-8 PM Saturday, 8:30AM – 2PM & Sunday 2-4 PM
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Baltimore Martial Arts Academy 6565 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville, MD 21228
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Maryland Cage Combat

Maryland Cage Combat

Corbin Pagano & Brandon Johnson, Mixed Martial Arts fighters from Baltimore Martial Arts, at Maryland Cage Combat in Baltimore Maryland. Video highlights from Maryland Cage Combat 4.

Maryland Caged Combat

Maryland Cage Combat Event
Baltimore Martial Arts
Corbin, Coach Benjamin & Friends

Maryland Cage Combat has had four venues so far of which Baltimore Martial Art’s MMA team has participated. Corbin Pagano has a mixed martial arts record of 1-1. He won in last night’s competition with a rear naked choke (RNC) in the third round. Brandon Johnson has a mixed martial arts record of 2-2. He won a title match on March 16th via a hard fought three round decision. Other fighter’s from Baltimore Martial Arts that have competed in Maryland Cage Combat include Charles Gamble, Erik Milks, Erin Milks & Ray Sydnor.

Maryland Cage Combat

Maryland Cage Combat

Brandon Johnson Maryland Cage Combat Mixed Martial Arts Champion

Maryland Cage Combat

Baltimore Martial Art’s instructors, coaches, friends, classmates & family were in attendance at Maryland Cage Combat Friday March 16th, 2013. Coach Walter, Charles Gamble, Herb Severn, Benjamin Kassim & Gary Berger were there. Mr. Pagano, Corbin’s dad, was more nervous than Corbin before the fight. Mr. Pagano was an accomplished wrestler back in the day. Ironically Corbin’s mother wasn’t nervous at all saying her son and his brother have been fighting ever since birth. Coach Charles helped corner a competitor from another school who was apparently a police officer and was there by himself.

Keep visiting our web site BaltimoreMartialArts.com for news concerning our next competitions and our competitors. Also visit our MMA Page or MMA Blog Page.

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Ray Sydnor Wins at MMA Tournament in Millersville MD

Ray Sydnor, fighting out of Team Baltimore Martial Arts in Catonsville, wins 170 pound amateur Mixed Martial Arts tournament held last Saturday April 14th, 2012 in Millersville, Maryland. Ray Sydnor had a very hard fight against an opponent from Noel Smith’s BJJ, a school known for its tough fighters and strong Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Rays opponent had excellent stand up skills which his corner expected, but his ground game was surprisingly good.


Mixed Martial Arts in Baltimore Maryland

Kimura Arm Lock

Ray was caught in a very ugly Kimura arm lock from his opponent’s guard (see photo right) but Ray purservered and eventually got out of it. The fight was back and forth with takedowns and takedown attempts from both fighters. Mid way into the third round Ray put together a ferocious flurry of punches from his opponent’s guard while having him against the fence. The barrage was so intense that the referee stopped the fight giving Ray the win by TKO.

Mixed Martial Arts in Baltimore Maryland

Baltimore Martial Arts Cornermen Charles Gamble and Brandon Cherry

Ray Sydnor was cornered by Charles Gamble and Brandon Cherry. Charles is also a mixed martial arts fighter from Baltimore Martial Arts but was not competing that evening. Brandon Cherry is also an MMA & Muay thai competitor and also the Muay Thai Kickboxing Coach for Baltimore Martial Arts.

Maryland Mixed Martial Arts Training

Ray Sydnor 170lb MMA Millersville Winner

Baltimore Martial Arts has a complete mixed martial arts competition program for competitors and non-competitors. We have a professional MMA team of instructors which includes but is not limited to Boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo & Wrestling. Our strength and conditioning program also includes a team some of whom hold a level 2 RKC (Russian Kettlebell) and a CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) certification. Baltimore Martial Arts also has Judo, Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jiu -Jitsu for children and fitness programs for adults.

Baltimore Martial Arts Academy 6565 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville, MD 21228
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Walk in M-F, 5-9 PM Saturday, 9 AM – 2 PM & Sunday 2-4 PM
Visit our You Tube Channel{Baltimore Martial Arts You Tube}.
Email us at:baltimoremartialarts@yahoo.com

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Mixed Martial Arts Catonsville

Baltimore Martial Arts and fitness in Catonsville Maryland teaches Mixed Martial Arts.

Baltimore Martial Arts has a mixed martial arts competition team that trains together like family. Between Mixed Martial Arts classes, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practice & Muay Thai Kickboxing, the MMA competition team gets together for strength and conditioning training.

Mixed Martial Arts classes in Catonsville

Herb Severn, MMA Coach for Baltimore Martial Arts

Saturday is always different, it’s advanced technique and hard sparring day and most of the team wouldn’t miss this for anything. Coach Herb is leading this Saturday’s Mixed Martial Arts session. Everything we train during the week comes together on Saturday and it’s time to see if you actually improved from the last week. Sometimes Saturday’s MMA practice is dedicated to sparring with other gyms, but this week we are training to get one of our fighters ready for a fight Dec 17that Ibiza night club, Operation Octagon!

Women Mixed Martial Arts - MMA Fighters

Erin, MMA Competitor for Baltimore Martial Arts in Catonsville, Maryland

Erin Milks has been a standout female on our Mixed Martial Arts team and is ready to represent Baltimore Martial Arts in her first Women’s MMA fight. Coming from a few months of getting ready for various RKC Kettlebell and personal training certifications and passing, she immediately dove into a fight training camp to prepare for this fight. Training hard isn’t anything new to our schools female slaughterhouse, just look at her husband Eric (aka Stone Cold) who’s always trying a new technique on her whether at the gym or at home.

Stone Cold Steve

Stone Cold Erik, MMA Competitor for Baltimore Martial Arts in Catonsville, Maryland

Mixed Martial Arts in Catonsville, Maryland

MMA Strength and Condititioning

Strength and Conditioning Training Mixed Martial Arts

Everything went smooth this week and momentum is exploding as we steam into the last few weeks of our Mixed Martial Arts training camp. As a fighter, there are so many things to worry about; having a team that puts together an intelligent training program for you is a must. All of this is thanks to the mastermind behind the scenes of it all Master Gary Berger (aka El Patron), owner and operator along side his wife Danielle. Stay tuned for more features from the BMAA Mixed Martial Arts fight team and around the gym and of course come in and check us out!

Visit our Mixed Martial Arts Web Page – Catonsville Mixed Martial Arts

 

 

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Baltimore Mixed Martial Arts – Strength & Conditioning

Baltimore Martial Arts teaches Mixed Martial classes in Catonsville, Maryland. Baltimore Martial Arts MMA classes are held throughout the week and weekends. Our MMA program caters to beginners as well as advanced competitors.

Grappling Jiu-jitsu

Submission Choke

Baltimore Martial Arts MMA classes in Catonsville are taught in conjunction with other programs like Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu BJJ & Judo. Baltimore Martial Arts is now forming a wrestling program which will further contribute to our MMA competitors training.

 

Serious MMA students are offered free nutritional guidance and strength and conditioning programs through Danyelle Berger. Danyelle Berger is a certified strength and conditioning specialists (CSCS) licensed by the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Danyelle Berger is also certified as a Russian Kettlebell Challenge level one instructor and soon to be level two July 8th 2011. CSCS and RKC certifications are very very difficult to obtain. Just do a Google search of these organizations to understand what we mean. Below are some examples of kettlebell exercises.

28 KG Turkish Get-Up 1/2 Body Weight

Kettlebell Swings

Our MMA program in Catonsville is second to none. Nobody else can offer what we offer under one roof. Regardless of whether you are looking to learn MMA for fun or whether you want to compete in MMA competitions, Baltimore Martial Arts will teach you what you need to know.

Be sure to watch UFC 129 April 30th when George St. Pierre fight Jake Shileds.

For more information about our Mixed Martial Arts classes or any other classes that Baltimore Martial Arts offers, please call us at 410-465-7799 or click the link below.

Baltimore Martial Arts Contact Page

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Cole Konrad vs. Paul Buentello in April

 

Bellator Heavyweight Champ Cole Konrad has an opponent for his first non-title appearance for the organization. Konrad will meet Paul Buentello at one of Bellator’s April events.

Konrad, the two-time NCAA D-1 wrestling champion from the University of Minnesota and training partner of former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, moved his record to 7-0 during Bellator’s third season. Defeating Rogent Lloret and Damian Grabowski to get to the season three final, Konrad became the first Bellator Heavyweight Champ with a first round keylock submission over Neil Grove.

Buentello enters the Bellator cage for the first time off a decision win over Kerry Schall in December at the plagued Nemesis Fighting event in the Dominican Republic. That win was a bounce back for Buentello after a KO loss to Tim Sylvia last summer. The former UFC Heavyweight Title challenger will mark the most experienced opponent Konrad has faced with over 40 fights to his credit.

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Chael Sonnen’s Legal Issues

Chael Sonnen’s is still batteling with legal issues.

The UFC middleweight contender was set for court on Monday for sentencing for a guilty plea to federal money laundering charges stemming from a real estate deal in 2006. The UFC then froze Sonnen’s contract until the situation is resolved, and were awaiting this sentencing before Sonnen moved on with his fighting career.

However, Sonnen’s court appearance has been rescheduled back to April 8 at the U.S. District Court in Portland, Ore. Sonnen is expected to receive two years of probation and a $10,000 fine, along with having his real estate license revoked as part of his plea deal.

Sonnen hasn’t fought since his fifth round loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 117 last August. Which he was winning the fight.  He tested positive for steroids after the event and was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission for a year, though he appealed that result and had it reduced to six months, a time he has now completed. Hopefully we will see him back in the UFC and I would love to see the rematch to fight for the title once again.

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White House Conference Tackles Bullying

“For a long time bullying was treated as an unavoidable part of growing up but more and more we’re seeing how harmful it can be for our kids, especially when it follows them from their school to their phone to their computer screen,” the president said in a video promoting the event. Read More…

Bullying Baltimore Martial Arts

White House Summit on Childhood Bullying

Bullying is a serious problem that affects every child. Yesterday I had a parent and his son come in for a talk concerning this subject.

Bullying can shatter a child’s confidence and can have lasting affects on their ability to socialize with others.

Martial Arts is an excellent way to instill confidence in a child so that they can stand up to a bully. Attitude is everything when it comes to facing a bully and attitude is what we teach and practice at Baltimore Martial Arts in Catonsville Maryland.

Attitude must be built upon a pillar of self-confidence which is gained through a process of achieving goals and overcoming challenges. Baltimore Martial Arts Youth Martial Arts Programs have a proven methodology that has helped children gain confidence and has also helped them learn effective self defense techniques that serve them in school and in life.

If you have a child that you think would benefit from our youth martial arts program please don’t hesitate to call me to discuss personally.

Thank you,
Gary Berger
Owner of Baltimore Martial Arts

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Don’t Miss UFC 127

For the second straight fight, Jon Fitch has had the “#1 contender fight” label attached to a bout, as UFC President Dana White on Tuesday said the winner of the bout between Fitch and B.J. Penn at UFC 127 will be next in line for a title shot. I personnally don’t think much of Fitch. And I think BJ is a great fighter. I think his last fight or two, he has not has the same intense aggression as he had in the octagon before.

“They’re definitely in the title picture,” White said. “The reality is B.J. Penn has held titles in [two] weight classes, Fitch has fought for the title and has literally dominated that division for a long time, just couldn’t win the title.”

“Either one of these guys who wins this fight is in the mix; not in the mix, they’re the number one guy.”

But though White says the winner will be the next guy in line, neither fighter is looking past the other heading into their meeting in Australia.

“As of now, I’m not even thinking about that,” Penn said. “I’m not thinking about titles. I’m just happy to be fighting an opponent on Jon Fitch’s level.”

For his part, Fitch has heard all of this before, and he’s not letting any talk of title shots get in front of the task at hand.

“I don’t really want to waste any time thinking about anything more than fighting B.J.,” Fitch said. “As a welterweight, I have certain advantages in size but that won’t be enough. I’ve had to work a lot on speed, explosiveness and keeping everything tight to make sure there aren’t any mistakes in this fight.”

Don’t miss this event this Saturday only on Pay Per View.

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Strikeforce reportedly delaying second set of Heavyweight World Grand Prix quarterfinal bouts

Strikeforce’s Heavyweight World Grand Prix kicked off  with their February 12th event in New Jersey, but the second set of quarterfinal bouts may not be getting started as planned according to Sherdog.com.

Strikeforce’s April 9 event was expected to feature heavyweight grand prix quarterfinal bouts between Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum, as well as Brett Rogers and Josh Barnett, but now Sherdog.com reports that both of those fights will be delayed.

Per the report, Strikeforce is now planning to run the event in California, and both fights are likely to be pushed off the card.

Instead of those two bouts, Strikeforce is planning a Welterweight Championship bout between Nick Diaz and either Paul Daley or Tyron Woodley, as well as a lightweight bout between Gilbert Melendez and Tatsuya Kawajiri.

For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Josh Gross reports that Strikeforce has been looking at both St. Louis and Houston for the April 9 event, but also states he’s not yet sure what to believe from the organization as even Scott Coker’s staff doesn’t have an idea what he has planned as of now. I believe the best part of the tounament was going to see Alistar Overeem, take out Fabricio Werdum. After Overeem fresh off winning the K1, Dream, and being the Strikeforce heavy weight champ, he will be hard to beat. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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Baltimore Martial Arts Charles Gamble to Fight for Title at Cage Wars 5

Jackson Duncan

On March 11, 2011 Charles Gamble will be fighting for the XFE Title. Charles will be fighting Jackson Duncan fresh off of a win over Mike Jenkins at Cage Wars 4 were the fight lasted 3 rounds and went to a decision. Charles will have his toughest fight to date. Duncan who has six mma fights has the experience needed to win. Duncan now has 4 wins and 2 loses and will collide with Charles Gamble 1 win and 1 loss at Harrahs in  Pennsylvania. The much bigger Duncan has won his last fight by controling Mike Jenkins on the ground. Charles will have to use his footwork and speed to control the fight. I predict Charles’s cardio will allow him to constantly put on the pressure giving him the win. I hope everyone can come to support Charles. For more information contact Herb or Gary or visit http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/mma.cfm?go=events.detail&eid=b3120976-b4f9-47e8-b696-6d43b0be1d88

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10 Best Fights of the Decade!

This past decade is now history and there are thousands of fights to choose from. Use any set of standards you want. It can be the best war, biggest impact, best energy or its place in history.

Of course this is only my opinion, and this could be alot of other fights too. So take this with a grain of salt and let’s discuss what you think some of the best fights should be.

10.  Scott Smith vs. Pete Sell, TUF  Finale, Nov. 11, 2005 — Las Vegas
Smith has a penchant for pulling victory from the jaws of defeat. Neither middleweight has ever been a top fighter but they do what fans like, slug it out. Sell and Smith traded shots from the opening bell. Just over a minute into the fight, both guys are so fired up they clap and give each a high five. The crowning moment came with 1:40 left in the second when Sell drilled Smith with a body shot. A doubled over Smith throws a hail mary, last ditch right and down went Sell. Smith repeated the feat five years later at Strikeforce in April. He was getting destroyed by Benji Radach when he pulled out a miracle knockout in the third round.

9. Royce Gracie vs. Kazushi Sakuraba, PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 Finals, May, 1, 2000
It may not have been the most exciting fight but it lasted an incredible 90 minutes. Plus it featured the originator of the sport, Gracie, against Japan’s biggest fighting icon in Sakuraba. They battled through dozens of submissions attempts, kicks, punches and stomps. The Gracies finally threw in the towel when Royce could continue no longer with what turned out to be a broken leg. There had to be some controversy. It looked like Sakuraba tapped from a guillotine choke (1:08 mark).

8. Cristiane Santos vs. Gina Carano at Strikeforce, Aug, 15, 2009 – San Jose
Go ahead and chuckle. This may be the fight that launches female MMA to the mainstream. Even if it doesn’t, it matched the two female fighters recognized by most as the best at the time. The five minutes of non-stop action, mixed with the energy at the HP Pavilion matched any big fight atmosphere this decade, male or female!

7. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Bob Sapp, PRIDE Shockwave, Aug. 28, 2002, Tokyo, Japan
Bob Sapp is a freak show and he shouldn’t have been in the same ring with a legitimate MMA legend like Big Nog. But that’s what made it great. In the opening minute of the fight, the 360-pound Sapp landed a pile driver on Nogueira (0:07 mark). Sapp had top control for much of the first round and took a beating. His left eye was nearly closed and he had a nasty cut under the eye. Nogueira, as always, survived and mentally broke Sapp. The big guy came out for the second and was easy picking as Nogueira submitted him with a nasty armbar.


 

6. Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg, UFC 52, Apr. 16, 2005 — Las Vegas
There may have been more heat going into this fight than any in MMA history. The loudmouth Trigg just rubbed Hughes the wrong way. The “good guy” won with a dramatic comeback. Trigg, with the aid of a low blow, slapped on a rear-naked choke. Hughes looked like he was seconds away from going out when he was able to turn out of the hold. The fight got to the feet where Hughes picked up Trigg and carried him across the cage before slamming him to the mat. Hughes was able to put on his own rear-naked choke. Trigg fell back dramatically as referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the fight.

5. Randy Couture vs. Tim Sylvia, UFC 68, March 3, 2007 — Columbus, Ohio
Couture was forced to retire a year earlier after suffering a second brutal knockout at the hands of Liddell. The 220-pound Couture decided to make an improbable run at the heavyweight title against 6-foot-8, 265 pound Tim Sylvia. Couture knocked Sylvia on his butt in the first 30 seconds of the fight. This may have been best the atmosphere in UFC history. A record crowd of 19,000-plus routed against the giant. Couture confused Sylvia the entire way and cruised to a 50-45 victory. Couture captured the moment when he said, “Not bad for an old man,” to UFC color voice Joe Rogan.

4. Quinton Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva, PRIDE Final Conflict 2003, Nov. 9, 2003 — Tokyo, Japan
Silva was the most dominatant fighter in the world from 2000-2004. He reeled off 14 wins in 15 fights. Two of those wins came against Jackson. But what made those fights special was the fact that Jackson was the only guy who didn’t seem afraid of Silva and that brought a special level of rage out of “The Axe Murderer.” In their first meeting, Silva brutalized Jackson at times but the American seemed to have the fight under control when he slowed the pace with top control. That’s when the Japanese referee decided to stand things up prematurely. It spelled doom for Jackson who finished the fight lying face first on the ring ropes.

3. Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva, UFC 79, Dec, 29, 2007 — Las Vegas
Fans had waited for this fight for years. Liddell was the longtime UFC champ at 205 pounds while Silva had crushed folks for years in Japan. A potential matchup was ruined by Quinton Jackson in 2003 when he beat Liddell during a tournament. There was still a buzz but there was a feeling maybe it was too late for both and a great fight wouldn’t materialize. Wrong. This one turned out to be an absolute slugfest. Liddell and Silva both had their moments. Both landed big shots. Liddell just landed more.

2. Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar, TUF 1 Finale, Apr. 9, 2005 — Las Vegas
This was the turning point for mixed martial arts in the United States. The UFC rolled the dice putting a reality show featuring 16 fighters on cable television. Griffin and Bonnar met in what was the most viewed fight in U.S. television history and they didn’t disappoint. The light heavyweights slugged it out with Griffin taking a close decision. Griffin went on to win the UFC 205 title while Bonnar has been a victim of injuries and circumstance since.

1. Fedor Emelianenko vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, PRIDE Final Conflict 2005, Aug. 28, 2005 — Saitama, Japan
This was one of the rare times in MMA when the top two fighters in a weight class meet while both at the top of their game. Cro Cop was scaring the hell out of heavyweights with his lethal head kicks and Fedor had torn through 19 straight opponents finishing eight of the last nine. Cro Cop entered on a seven fight win streak finishing six of those opponents. It was three rounds of nail-biting action. If it went to the ground, Cro Cop was in trouble and if he landed one of those kicks, Fedor was dead meat. Fedor backed up Cro Cop for much of the fight and got the decision. Cro Cop was never the same fighter. Fedor went to win eight straight.

Dont forget to post your comments and let me know what you think  the best fights of the last 10 years were.

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UFC 128 now set, Pyle vs. Almeida, Miller vs. Catone officially announced

The UFC’s March return to New Jersey is complete, as the organization on Tuesday announced the final two fights for the night’s card.

The final two bouts announced were both previously reported, as Mike Pyle meets Ricardo Almeida and Dan Miller meets Nick Catone. The card takes place on March 19 from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The event, headlined by a Light Heavyweight Champinship bout between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Rashad Evans, is the UFC’s first trip to New Jersey since March of last year, when UFC 111 emanated from the Prudential Center.

The night’s full 12-fight card is below:

Main Pay-Per-View Card

* Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Rashad Evans (Light Heavyweight Championship)
* Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland
* Jim Miller vs. Kamal Shalorus
* Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Nate Marquardt
* Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Brendan Schaub

PRELIMINARY CARD

* Luiz Cane vs. Karlos Vemola
* Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani
* Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle
* Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau
* Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian Loveland
* Raphael Assuncao vs. Manny Gamburyan
* Nick Catone vs. Dan Miller

What a great card I can’t wait for this one.

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Georges St. Pierre, manager Shari Spencer part ways

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UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre has become one of the biggest names and most visible MMA stars in the sport over the last several years, in large part due to manager Shari Spencer. Spencer was key in St. Pierre landing sponsorship deals with Gatorade, Under Armor and more, thrusting St. Pierre into the spotlight further off of his in-cage domination.

But on Thursday, the two sides announced an “amicable” split in their working relationship. In a press release, the reason given for the split was that “They felt they had a different vision for the future of Georges’ career and it was best to remain close personally but dissolve their business relationship.”

The two spoke highly of each other in the release, and made it clear there’s no animosity involved in this separation.

Said St. Pierre, “Shari has been very valuable to me and my career over the last several years. We broke through a lot of barriers together and so I will always be grateful to her and call her my friend.”

Said Spencer, “I am extremely proud of the representation I provided to Georges and the incredible opportunity to have partnered with an athlete of his caliber. I am thankful for the trust that he displayed in me in managing his career since mid 2007 and I wish him the best going forward.”

For now, St. Pierre will remain with the Creative Arts Agency, and is expected to hire a new manager shortly.

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Charles Gamble’s Nutritional Secrets to MMA Success

Secret Formula

Some may wonder what nutrition plan Charles Gamble uses in order to cut weight for his MMA fights. Obviously Charles is doing something right since he’s able to cut 20-35 pounds in such short notice.

We aren’t going to give any details about Charles’ diet, however we will divulge this photograph for any inquisitive competitors or MMA practitioners who have been looking for ways to cut weight.

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Alistair Overeem says tournament a great way to prove he’s the best fighter in the world

“I have been looking for a big fight for more than a year now… Tournament or no tournament, Werdum was going to be my first fight in Strikeforce… All the fighters in that tournament are good, so there are no easy fights. I’m a little surprised about [the bracket set up], and I don’t know why this bracket is designed this way, but my job is to fight. I’m not picking opponents, so if that’s the way they made the bracket, so be it. I can show the American fans that I’m the No. 1 fighter of Strikeforce. Entering such a tournament is not only great for the MMA fans but also a great way to prove that I’m the best fighter in the world.”

-Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem talks about the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix and getting a chance to prove his place in the heavyweight division.

I believe he is the best heavywieght in Strikeforce. I think Fedor evens knows it. Fedor and his Manager said the had no interest in fighting Overeem. I thought Whaaaaaatttt? Why would you not want to fight the person who has the belt.

Post your comments and let me know who you think the best heavywieght in Strikeforce is.

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Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Thiago Silva Agreed To For UFC 130

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After a fairly one-sided decision win over Brandon Vera at UFC 125, Thiago Silva is going to get a crack at a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Silva will now meet Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 130 in May in a fight that could have definite implications in the title picture.

Silva’s bout with Vera was his first in a year after injuries sidelined him for the almost all of 2010. His last bout prior to the injury layoff was a decision loss to another former Champion in Rashad Evans. It was only Silva’s second career loss, as he had also suffered a knockout loss to future Champion Lyoto Machida in early 2009.

Jackson bounced back from his own loss to Evans with a split decision victory over Machida in November. That headlining victory was Jackson’s first since a March 2009 win over Keith Jardine.

UFC 130 is expected to take place from the MGM Garden Arenain Las Vegas, Nevada as the UFC’s annual Memorial Day Weekend show.

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STRIKEFORCE HEAVYWEIGHT GRAND PRIX ANNOUNCED

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Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix is official, as the organization – in conjunction with M-1 Global and Showtime – announced the eight man tournament, along with the multi-year contract signing for co-promoted events with M-1 Global featuring Fedor Emelianenko.

The four previously reported bouts, Fedor vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Andrei Arlovski vs. Sergei Kharitonov, Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum and Brett Rogers vs. Josh Barnett, were all announced as quarterfinal matchups. Fedor vs. Silva and Arlovski vs. Kharitonov will take place on February 12 in New Jersey, though the Overeem vs. Werdum and Rogers vs. Barnett fights do not yet have a date or location.

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