GLORY 19: WHY KARATE DOESN’T WORK IN THE RING

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.

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

08 Feb 2015 8:36 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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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RIDING A RED HORSE: THE CURRENT STATE OF MMA IN CHINA

05 Feb 2015 10:27 pm Posted by jmorley

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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.

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

11:25 am Posted by jmorley

Originally posted at Evolve-MMA.com

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.

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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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ONE FC 25 in Kuala Lumpur adds 6 bouts, 2 “Malaysian Warrior Superfights” on free-to-air TV9

04 Feb 2015 10:33 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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Originally posted at MMA-in-Asia.com

ONE FC 25 will take place on March 13, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Adriano Moraes will defend the Flyweight title against Asuka Mikami and six more fights have been announced.

ONE FC has made two matches labeled “Malaysian Warrior Superfights” which will air live on tertiary television station TV 9. In the first, Malaysia’s Peter Davis, currently on a huge upswing, will face Rajinder Singh Meena, one of the stand out fighters from SFL in India with a record of 8-1.

In the second, popular female fighter Ann Osman will face Angela Lee, an undefeated amateur making her pro debut.

In the theme of the main event, two more flyweight matches have been announced. Gianni Subba, heralded as the new generation of Malaysian MMA fighters, will face Thanh Vu, who is making his first drop to the division in a comeback bid.

Brutal Muay Thai striker Saiful Merican will face Anatpong Bunrad, who is coming off a great liver kick KO in his ONE FC debut.

The fierce Ev Ting will make his third ONE FC appearance to face Cary Bullos, a standout from the URCC who dropped his first ONE FC fight to surging Major Overall.

Cambodian Chan Rothana will have his third ONE FC fight against Ramon Gonzalez who is turning pro.

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Anderson Silva & Nick Diaz earned a combined payroll of 1.3 million at UFC 183

02 Feb 2015 7:56 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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Originally Posted at TheFightNation.com

To many, the main event of UFC 183 involving Nick Diaz and the greatest UFC Champion of all time, Anderson “The Spider” Silva, did not live up to the hype of a fight that big. While fans might have been disappointed with the Diaz vs Silva match up, we definitely know 2 guys who are not disappointed.

Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz earned a whooping USD800,000 and USD500,000 respectively. That’s a total of USD1.3 million and it’s just the disclosed amount. This has definitely been one of the highest payoffs in UFC main event history.

Here’s the run down on how much everyone got for their performances on the show.

Anderson Silva: $800,000 (includes $200,000 win bonus)
def. Nick Diaz: $500,000

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ONE Fighting Championship is now known as ONE Championship

30 Jan 2015 8:59 pm Posted by jjwakrat

Originally posted at TheFightNation.com

ONE Fighting Championship, Asia’s largest mixed martial arts promotion, is going through a re-branding exercise of sorts. The promotion, usually referred to as ONE FC, will now be known as ONE Championship.

From what we understand, this is merely for branding purposes and will not have any effect on the company or its future events, other than the fact that ONE FC hashtags would look kinda funny. Come on, #ONEFC is way better than #ONEC.

Here’s their official logo moving forward:

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Many Pacquiao v Floyd Mayweather fight to be finalised ‘in days’

6:55 pm Posted by jmorley

Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum says £165m fight will go ahead after the the two fighters met in Miami earlier this week

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Days away: a deal for the mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is reported to be imminent Photo:FameFlynet.uk.com

Manny Pacquiao‘s promoter Bob Arum says the £165 million mega-fight between the Filipino and Floyd Mayweather should be finalized in “the next couple days” on Friday after the two boxers met in Miami this week. “We’re looking to complete the paperwork. Everything is moving in the right direction. Hopefully, the next couple of days it will get done,” said Arum.

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Tommy Toe Hold Show. Where you at Nick Diaz??!

8:56 am Posted by jmorley

Unsung Japanese prospect Takeshi Kasugai gets an unlikely shot at gold in Korea’s ROAD FC

8:39 am Posted by jjwakrat

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Takeshi “Agar” Kasugai took a high stakes, high profile last minute fight against number one contender Song Min-Jong for the ROAD FC interim Flyweight title on February 1, 2015 in Seoul. He’ll aim to stand out in his first live broadcast fight.

Kasugai has flown under the radar, even for fans of Japanese MMA. He’s been fighting professionally since 2009 and he can claim some big wins over current champions. In fact, Kasugai’s first fight was against current HEAT Champion Kazuma Sone, who is now a training partner.

In DEEP, Kasugai’s decision over Naoyuki Kato and armlock finish of current Champ Yuki Motoya led him to his regional promotion of HEAT where he won decisions over both Fumihiro Kitahara and current Bantamweight Champ Motonobu Tezuka (in a non-title bout).

Kasugai’s record now stands at an impressive 14-3-1, with his only loss in the last four years being a decision given up to former SHOOTO Champ and VTJ Tournament Winner Ogikubo. To put it succinctly, he’s on fire.

Kasugai is ripe for a title challenge and ironically it comes in the form of the ROAD FC belt in Korea, his first fight abroad. He’ll be facing a very hungry and able Song Min-Jong, a well-rounded, aggressive, and persistent fighter who is making his third try for gold.

Asia MMA spoke with Kasugai shortly before his match regarding his thoughts on joining ROAD FC and fighting in Korea, his past stellar opponents, and his ultimate goal for 2015.

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