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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
Visit our You Tube Channel{Baltimore Martial Arts You Tube}.
Email us at:baltimoremartialarts@yahoo.com

Baltimore Martial Arts Academy 6565 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville, MD 21228
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To read more reviews about Baltimore Martial Arts & Fitness please visit our GOOGLE PLACE PAGE.

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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
Looking for a map?

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

To read more reviews about Baltimore Martial Arts & Fitness please visit our GOOGLE PLACE PAGE.


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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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Shogun Rua vs. Rashad Evans moved to UFC 129, March 19 event coming to New Jersey

The Light Heavyweight Championship bout between Rashad Evans and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, initially rumored for a planned Abu Dhabi event in March, will now take place on March 19 in New Jersey, according to a report from The Fight Network.

Per the report, the March 19 event, expected to be UFC 129, will take place from the Prudential Center in Newark.

The UFC is expected to bring an event on March 12, though they are searching for a replacement location and venue with Abu Dhabi now out of the picture for unexplained reasons.

The bout will be Rua’s first defense of the championship he captured when he knocked out Lyoto Machida in May at UFC 113. Evans earned his title shot with a win over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson later that month at UFC 114.

According to the report, previously reported fights between Tito Ortiz and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Michihiro Omigawa and Chad Mendes are expected to take place on the New Jersey card.

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Charles Gamble Wins at XFE’s Cage Wars 4

Charles Gamble of Baltimore Martial Arts Academy, wins at XFE’s Cage Wars 4 “Jingle Brawl”. The Event took place Friday night, December 10th in Boothwyn, PA. Charles won a unanimous decision for all three rounds. The first round started out on the feet with his opponent Malcolm Slaughter and Charles kicking and punching. I gave this round a slight edge to Charles. The second Round this is where the mix up started with the clinch and take-downs, along with Charles getting the top position on the ground. The third round ended with Charles being in the mount for most of the round with some ground and pound from him. Charles has been training hard and this was a well deserved win. Congratulations Charles!!!!

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StrikeForce; Scott Coker waiting until the beginning of the year to make decisions on Nick Diaz and Jason “Mayhem” Miller

“You have to look at a fight between Nick Diaz and Jason “Mayhem” Miller from all different angles. Would it be a fun fight to promote? Sure. I think we should wait until the beginning of the year, and let’s have another conversation on that because with Miller and Diaz I just couldn’t imagine the extra security that I’d probably need to get to make that fight happen… Nick, he could also fight some catchweight fights. I think there’s some fights ahead of him that we would love to promote. He just came off a pretty brutal fight with K.J., so let him rest till the beginning of the year, and we can start having conversations about his next opponent, maybe the turning of 2011… For Mayhem, we’ve got some great fights for him ahead. We’re going to promote all those fights. I saw him fight in Japan against (Kazushi) Sakuraba, I was pretty impressed. I think he’s getting better and better with every fight.”

Scott Coker talks to MMAWeekly.com about a possible fight between Nick Diaz and Jason “Mayhem” Miller, as well as the other options they’ve got for both fighters.

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Nate Marquardt says loss to Chael Sonnen helped him regain focus to be champion

Nate Marquardt finds himself one fight away from a second title shot in the UFC, and perhaps a chance to rematch Anderson Silva, when he takes on Yushin Okami this Saturday at UFC 122. This is the second time in 2010 that Marquardt’s had this opportunity, but he came up short in February when he lost to Chael Sonnen at UFC 109. But Marquardt said that loss helped him regain focus in his career.

“After I lost to Chael, I realized maybe I’d lost some desire and my focus to be champion,” Marquardt said in a pre-UFC 122 teleconference late last week. “Now I have that back fully, and I feel very prepared and ready. It feels the same as when I was a kid. I want to be champ, and I’m one step away.

“The Chael fight reignited that desire. I feel like I lost to a guy I should have beaten, and it makes me mad at myself. Against Chael, I didn’t follow my game plan. Maybe it’s a balancing act; following the game plan and going for the finish 100 percent.”

Now, Marquardt faces another tough fighter known for his grappling and wrestling ability, but Marquardt says Okami is a different fighter than Chael.

“Yushin has quite a bit different style from Chael,” he said. “He has a different body type, he uses different takedowns and his ground game is different.”

Okami has also been defeated by Sonnen, but Marquardt says he’s not really going to utilize the video of the fight between those two in his preparation, as his style as well differs from Sonnen.

“Chael is a different style of fighter than I am,” he said. “I’m going to be looking for openings to finish the fight. Even if I did see something in [the tape of their fight], it’s not going to help me that much. Chael fought him totally different than how I’m going to fight him. There are several of Yushin’s fights that I’ve watched that were much more valuable for me.”

While there is some concern amongst fans of the possibility of a tentative, and perhaps boring fight, such as Okami has become – fairly or unfairly – associated with, Marquardt says a tentative, counter-striking Okami works into his gameplan just fine.

“I fight best when I look for openings and capitalize and go for the finish 100 percent. That’s when I do the most damage,” he said. “If he’s just going to wait on me, that’s going to make my fight a lot easier. If he’s not going to attack me, then he’s going to be in trouble, and he’s going to lose the fight. Waiting for an opening doesn’t necessarily mean countering. I have to fight smartly to create openings and then capitalize.”

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Baltimore Martial Arts Academy’s MMa Conditioning Training

This is part of our MMA training that we do at the end of every class, which is actually after class. After our class which is a 1.5 hours long we will do some kind of circuit training exercise. This is after working techniques, drills, fighting/sparring, etc.

Come check out or MMA class! We are here to help improve all aspects of your Mixed Martial Arts training!

Check out a video of the circuit training in action!

MMA Conditioning Training

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Erik Koch Stays on WEC 52, Meets Newcomer Francisco Rivera

Erik Koch

After losing initial opponent Josh Grispi, Erik Koch (10-1 MMA, 2-1 WEC) now has a new opponent for next week’s WEC 52 event.

The featherweight contender welcomes promotional newcomer Francisco “Cisco” Rivera (5-0 MMA, 0-0 WEC) to the organization in a Versus-televised main-card bout, WEC General Manager Reed Harris today announced.

WEC 52 takes place Nov. 11 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

The night’s five-fight main card, including a Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki bantamweight headliner, airs on Versus. It’s the second-to-last show the WEC hosts before a January merger with its sister promotion, the UFC.

Koch initially was expected to fight Grispi in a likely No. 1 contender’s bout. However, once the UFC decided to make a WEC merger official, Grispi was moved to a UFC 125 title fight with Jose Aldo, the final WEC champ who’s now the UFC 145-pound title-holder.

Koch recently rebounded from his first pro loss with a submission victory over Bendy Casmir at WEC 49. Prior to that, Koch took on Chad Mendes and was out-wrestled and suffered a unanimous-decision loss at WEC 47. Koch made his promotional debut at WEC 45 and bested Jameel Massouh on points. The Duke Roufus-trained fighter owns seven submissions among his 10 career wins.

Rivera, who trains with fellow WEC fighter Manny Gamburyan, brings an undefeated record to the organization. The two-year pro has posted three knockouts among his five career wins, and each lasted 52 seconds or fewer. The well-rounded fighter’s most recent bout came back in January, when he topped Fernando Bernstein (3-3 at the time) at a Called Out MMA event in California.

The full WEC 52 card includes:

MAIN CARD

  • Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki
  • Joseph Benavidez vs. Wagnney Fabiano
  • Erik Koch vs. Francisco Rivera
  • Chad Mendes vs. Javier Vazquez
  • Demetrious Johnson vs. Damacio Page

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Raphael Assuncao vs. L.C. Davis
  • Edward Faaloloto vs. Anthony Njokuani
  • Zack Micklewright vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Clint Godfrey vs. Michael McDonald
  • Yves Jabouin vs. Brandon Visher
  • Mackens Semerzier vs. Cub Swanson
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Cage Wars – Charles Gamble MMA Competitor


Charles Gamble – Cage Wars Fight October 2010

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Upcoming MMA Events,You Don’t Want to Miss!!

WEC 52
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Arco Arena
Sacramento, CA
Airing on Versus

MAIN CARD

* Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki
* Erik Koch vs. Josh Grispi
* Wagnney Fabiano vs. Joseph Benavidez
* Chad Mendes vs. Javier Vazquez
* Demetrious Johnson vs. Damacio Page

PRELIMINARY CARD

* Zack Micklewright vs. Dustin Poirier
* Clint Godfrey vs. Michael Mcdonald
* Mackens Semerzier vs. Cub Swanson
* Raphael Assuncao vs. L.C. Davis
* Anthony Njokuani vs. Edward Faaloloto
* Yves Jabouin vs. Brandon Visher

UFC122
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Konig Pilsener Arena
Oberhausen, Germany
Airing on Spike (delay)

* Nate Marquardt (#2 Ranked MW) vs. Yushin Okami (#4 Ranked MW)
* Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara
* Dennis Siver vs. Andre Winner
* Amir Sadollah vs. Peter Sobotta
* Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Goran ReljicMAIN CARD
PRELIMINARY CARD (un-aired)
* Alexandre Ferreira vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
* Pascal Krauss vs. Mark Scanlon
* Duane “Bang” Ludwig vs. Nick Osipczak
* Rob Kimmons vs. Kyle Noke
* Seth Petruzelli vs. Karlos Vemola
* Kris McCray vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
 

 

Strikeforce Challengers 12
Friday, November 19, 2010
Jackson Convention Complex
Jackson, MS
Airing on Showtime

* Vitor Ribeiro vs. Justin Wilcox
* Antwain Britt vs. Ovince St. Preux
* Ryan Couture vs. Juan Zapata
* Jan Finney vs. Liz Carmouche

UFC 123

Saturday, November 20, 2010
The Palace of Auburn Hills
Auburn Hills, MI
Airing on PPV
MAIN CARD (PPV)
* Lyoto Machida (#2 Ranked LHW) vs. Quinton Jackson (#4 Ranked LHW)
* BJ Penn (#3-tie Ranked LW) vs. Matt Hughes
* George Sotiropoulos (#7 Ranked LW) vs. Joe Lauzon
* Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao
* Tim Boetsch vs. Phil Davis
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)
* Mark Munoz vs. Aaron Simpson
* Matt Brown vs. Brian Foster

PRELIMINARY CARD (un-aired)

* Dennis Hallman vs. Karo Parisyan
* Darren Elkins vs. Edson Barboza
* Paul Kelly vs. T.J. O’Brien
* Nik Lentz vs. Tyson Griffin

The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 Finale/u>
December 4, 2010
The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort
Las Vegas, NV
Airing on Spike

* Kendall Grove vs. Demian Maia (#6 Ranked MW)
* Stephan Bonnar vs. Igor Pokrajac
* Rick Story vs Johny Hendricks
* Dave Branch vs. Rich Attonito
* Leonard Garcia vs. Tyler Toner
* Random Lightweight #1 vs. Random Lightweight #42

Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Scottrade Center
St. Louis, MO
Airing on Showtime

* Dan Henderson (#7 Ranked MW) vs. Renato Sobral
* Paul Daley (#10 Ranked WW) vs. Scott Smith
* Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Lindland
* Antonio Silva vs. Valentijn Overeem
* Herschel Walker vs. TBA

UFC 124
* Georges St-Pierre (#1 Ranked WW) vs. Josh Koscheck (#3 Ranked WW) for UFC WW Championship
* Thiago Alves (#7 Ranked WW) vs. John Howard
* Jim Miller vs. Charles Oliviera
* Joe Stevenson vs. Mac Danzig
* Sean McCorkle vs. Stefan Struve
* Dan Miller vs. Joe Doerksen
* Dustin Hazelett vs. Mark Bocek
* Ricardo Almeida vs. T.J. Grant
* Jesse Bongfeldt vs. Rafael Natal
* Anthony Waldburger vs. Matt Riddle
* John Makdessi vs. Pat Audinwood
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Bell Centre
Montreal, QC, Canada
Airing on PPV
 

 

WEC 53
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Jobing.com Arena
Glendale, Arizona
Airing on Versus
MAIN CARD
 
 

 

* Benson Henderson (#8 Ranked LW) vs. Anthony Pettis (for WEC Lightweight Championship)
* Dominick Cruz vs. Scott Jorgensen (for WEC Bantamweight title)
* Shane Roller vs. Jamie Varner
* Donald Cerrone vs. Chris Horodecki
* Bart Palaszewski vs. Kamal Shalorus

PRELIMINARY CARD

* Danny Downes vs. Tiequan Zhang
* Danny Castillo vs. Will Kerr
* Renan Barao vs. Chris Cariaso

Dynamite!! 2010
Friday December 31, 2010
TBA
TBA
Airing on HDNet

UFC 125
Saturday, January 1, 2011
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, NV
Airing on PPV

* Frank Edgar (#1 Ranked LW) vs. Gray Maynard (#2 Ranked LW) (for UFC Lightweight Championship)
* Jose Aldo vs. Josh Grispi (for UFC Featherweight Championship)
* Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann
* Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim
* Clay Guida vs. Takanori Gomi

* Brandon Vera vs. Thiago Silva (#10-tie Ranked LHW)
* Matt Wiman vs. Cole Miller
* Antonio McKee vs. Jacob Volkmann
* Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares

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Greg Jackson’s “The Ground Game” delivers in-depth MMA grappling guide

While Greg Jackson’s reputation as a master of the mental side of mixed martial arts is well-deserved, the famed trainer’s latest instructional book again demonstrates his grasp of the techniques and physical approach necessary to succeed in the sport.

Just as 2009’s “The Stand Up Game” tackles a complete array of techniques on the feet, Jackson’s newest offering, “Greg Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts: The Ground Game,” covers the grappling aspect of MMA in stunning depth.

Recently issued by Victory Belt Publishing and co-authored by noted MMA author Kelly Crigger, “The Ground Game” is a title suitable for a wide range of readers – from fans simply looking to better their understanding of the fight game to aspiring octagon warriors.

“The Ground Game” opens with a bonus 10-page section on sports nutrition. Jackson offers advice on general nutrition principles and how to best decide overall caloric needs, as well as specific approaches to nutrition before, during and after a workout. Jackson also offers a handful of recipes suitable for professional fighters but equally beneficial (and palatable) for even couch potatoes looking to improves their overall health.

But if the nutrition section is a welcome appetizer for “The Ground Game,” it’s the opening chapter where the perfectly cooked meat and potatoes truly begin.

Chapter One sees Jackson devote nearly 100 informative pages on all aspects of the most basic position in MMA ground fighting: the full guard. While Jackson makes it clear the guard is not necessarily an advantageous position, he offers in meticulous fashion the numerous opportunities  the full guard presents.

Jackson describes the various submissions, strikes, sweeps, transitions and escapes available from the full guard and then takes to the mat himself to demonstrate the techniques. The positions are then displayed in a series of full-color photographs that capture the key parts of each maneuver from two (and sometimes three) different angles.

Chapter Two focuses on variations of the guard, including the butterfly guard, spider guard, sit-up guard, downed guard and half-guard. While “The Ground Game” might not stand out from similar titles as a revolutionary approach to grappling the way publications from Eddie Bravo and Marcelo Garcia are widely perceived, Jackson does an outstanding job of sharing techniques best-suited for MMA – in which competition is strictly no-gi and competitors must concern themselves with strikes, as well. “The Ground Game” also excels in describing when best to turn to the techniques detailed.

Subsequent chapters of this instructional title address techniques from more advantageous positions, including side mount, rear control, rear mount and full mount. Jackson dissects each position with the same painstaking detail offered to the guard.

Throughout the book, Jackson presents the techniques as individual parts of an overall approach to fighting success. It’s an idea outlined in Jackson’s introduction.

“To me mixed martial arts is one of the most beautiful art forms,” Jackson states. “I think this because it encompasses so many elements from the worlds of science, psychology, music and many other disciplines. Your journey through the martial arts is not just a journey of technique, but also a journey of understanding.

“All of the techniques in [‘The Ground Game’] will stand on their own as basic ways of learning physical combat. But the idea I’d really like to impart is that the techniques also represent a way to train the conceptual themes underpinning our art.”

Whether you’re hoping to round out your skills on the mat or simply hoping to gain a better understanding of what’s unfolding on the screen in front of you as you tune in to your favorite MMA events, “Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts: The Ground Game” is for you. Perhaps the most thorough grappling-for-MMA manuscript on the market today, “The Ground Game” offers real insight to battle-tested groundfighting techniques.

Coupled with Jackson’s 2009 striking-focused “The Stand Up Game,” Victory Belt Publishing’s two “Greg Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts” titles provide a comprehensive instructional how-to from one of MMA’s most respected minds.

Grab your copy and let me know what you think!

“Greg Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts: The Ground Game” is now available at all major online bookstores, including Amazon.com.

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Urijah Faber “Can’t Wait for Superfights” Following UFC Merger

WEC Featherweight Champ Urijah Faber

The MMA world was flipped upside-down Thursday when UFC president Dana White announced they were going to absorb the WEC. While some thought Urijah Faber might be saddened to see the company he helped build be wiped away with a blink of a eye, the WEC poster boy claims he couldn’t be happier. In fact, he says bring on the super-fights.

“I’m stoked. No more explaining to people why I’m not in the UFC,” Faber stated. “We’re finally going to be under one banner, which means bigger opportunities, more exposure and less misunderstandings.”

Although he appreciates the chance to achieve his “dream” of capturing a UFC title, first thing’s first for “The California Kid.” Faber headlines the WEC’s second-to-last show on November 11th against Takeya Mizugaki inside The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

After an unprecedented title run in the WEC’s featherweight division, Faber lost his belt to Mike Brown at WEC 36 and followed it up with a unanimous decision loss in their mulligan at WEC 41. What sealed the bantamweight deal for Faber must have been when Jose Aldo did THIS to his thigh at WEC 48 in April.

Faber submitted the WEC’s current bantamweight champ in a 145-pound scrap back in March 2007. With an impressive win over the gritty Japanese fighter, it’s possible he could find himself right back in a championship battle. If that doesn’t work, the new powerhouse promotion he now works for can offer up a plethora of intriguing inter-divisional superfights, as well.

See Video Here: Urijah Faber

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Discussion: Rampage Vs. Machida/ Huges Vs. Penn

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I wanted to start a discussion about the upcoming UFC 123.

Let me know your comments on who you think will win between Rampage and Machida. Let’s also discuss the Huges Vs. Pen fight.

Jackson (30-8 MMA, 5-2 UFC) looks to bounce back from a May loss to nemesis Rashad Evans at UFC 114. The contest was the culmination of 14 months worth of rivalry and a coaching gig on “The Ultimate Fighter” opposite Evans.

Prior to the loss, Jackson had earned back-to-back victories over Keith Jardine and Wanderlei Silva.

Meanwhile, Machida (16-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) also looks to bounce back from a loss – the first defeat of his career. “The Dragon” was knocked out in the first round of his May rematch with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and relinquished his belt in the process.

Prior to the defeat, Machida had earned eight-straight UFC wins and both claimed and once defended the UFC’s light heavyweight title.

Penn and Hughes, of course, have met twice before. Penn won the first meeting via submission at UFC 46, but Hughes got his revenge at UFC 63 and scored a third-round TKO. Hughes lost his long-held welterweight belt for the first time with the UFC 46 loss. Prior to UFC 63, he reclaimed the title with a win over Georges St-Pierre and successfully defended it with the Penn victory.

Hughes (45-7 MMA, 18-5 UFC), who was once on the verge of retirement in recent years, has found new life in the UFC’s loaded welterweight division. After a 1-3 skid that saw him lose his belt, the recent UFC Hall of Fame inductee has rebounded with consecutive wins over Matt Serra, Renzo Gracie and Ricardo Almeida.

Penn (15-7-1 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC) , meanwhile, looks to gain some traction at 170 pounds following his quick descent at lightweight. Once the world’s universal No. 1 ranked 155-pounder, Penn lost his belt to Frankie Edgar at UFC 112 and then suffered another decision loss to “The Answer” at UFC 118 in an August rematch. Perhaps surprisingly, Penn hasn’t fared well at 170 pounds and owns a career 1-3 mark in the division.
Please post your comments, thanks.

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Chris Lytle wants a fight with Carlos Condit

The welterweight division in the UFC continues to be one of the premiere divisions in the sport, and with things starting to shape up at the top of the division, there are a number of possible exciting fights for the UFC to book. One of those fights could be between Carlos Condit and Chris Lytle, two always exciting and scrappy fighters, and it’s a fight that Lytle would really like.

Lytle said he’s targeting that fight after Condit’s knockout win over Dan Hardy at UFC 120 this month.

“I wanted to fight the winner of the Condit-Hardy fight,” Lytle said. “After seeing Carlos knock Hardy out, it made me want it even more. He’s looking really good right now, beating good people and he’s a really exciting fighter. That’s what I’m looking for.”

“I’ve always appreciated how he fights. He’s always coming forward, coming after people. He’s got a lot of tenacity, as we just saw he has knockout power, he has good submissions and he tries to finish fights. He even comes back and wins fights he’s losing. That’s the mark of a good fighter. Some guys fold under adversity. He doesn’t. Everything for a great fight is there.”

Lytle understands that his time to make a run at a title shot is now. He’s 6-2 over his last eight fights, with decision losses to Josh Koscheck and Marcus Davis in that span, but he’s now won four straight fights and hopes a win over a contender can get him there.

“It’s do-or-die time,” he said. “Hopefully you’re going to see the best me you’ve ever seen and I’ll put on some good fights. I just want to keep stepping up my competition level and fighting tough guys. I feel like it’s now or never.”

I feel with Lytle ‘s past wins it is now for him to take the next step. This would be a big win for him getting him closer to that title shot.

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UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011. Events to air on Versus and Spike TV

The Ultimate Fighting Championship plans to merge with World Extreme Cagefighting in January 2011. UFC president Dana White confirmed the news earlier today with MMAFighting.com, and a formal announcement is scheduled this afternoon. The merger’s primary intent is to fold the WEC’s bantamweight, featherweight and lightweight divisions into the UFC. “The timing was right,” White said. “The reality is we purchased the WEC, (and) we started getting these lighter-weight guys exposure on television. … Now, as the UFC continues to grow globally, and we’re doing more and more fights, now we’re bringing in those lighter weightclasses.” WEC 52 and WEC 53, scheduled for Nov. 11 and Dec. 16, respectively, will be the final events under the existing promotion. In January, the lighter-weighted promotion will cede its talent to the UFC. White said the WEC’s featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, will become the UFC featherweight champion when he first fights inside the octagon in January. Current WEC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz defends his title against top contender Dominick Cruz at WEC 53. The WEC’s lightweight championship will also be on the line at WEC 53 as current champ Ben Henderson takes on Anthony Pettis. It’s currently unclear what will become of the WEC’s lightweight title, but UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta hinted of a champion vs. champion superfight at the UFC Fan Expo London 2010. “We’d love to see kind of a ‘champion vs. champion’ type bout with Ben and Frankie Edgar or something like that,” Fertitta said. “Ben Henderson is a great fighter, and I think he could do really, really well against some of the top guys in the UFC at 155 (pounds).” Zuffa, LLC, the UFC’s parent company, purchased the WEC in 2006. The lighter-weighted promotion quickly found a new television partner, Versus channel, which aired all but a few of its events. WEC 48 also went to pay-per-view and was considered a rousing success. According to White, four UFC events in 2011 will air on Versus, the current home of the WEC. Additionally, the UFC’s longtime partnership with Spike TV will also remain in place.

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