The History of Wrestling

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The History of Wrestling

Wrestling is one of the first sports practised by man. 15000-year-old cave drawings have been found in France, showing men pitting their strength against each other. Carvings and pictures in caves and tombs show combatants in holds still used today. Different forms of wrestling have evolved over the years which have culminated in the way used today at the Olympic Games.

The Samarians

The Samarians practised wrestling which included the use of referees to oversee the rules of the fight. The Epic of Gilgamesh, together with the sculptures and other forms of art mentioned already, discusses wrestling as it was 5000 years ago, which even predates the bible!

The ancient Egyptians

The ancient Egyptians enjoyed the sport and drawings showing hundreds of combatants engaging each other to show their skills and strengths.

The Greeks

Revered the art of wrestling and the famous participants were idolised. The Olympic contestants had to excel at a combination of different sports, discus, the long jump, the javelin and long and short distance running – wherein the wrestling was the main and final event. The winner of the wrestling was the competitor who managed to get his rival down on his back, hips, knees, chest, or elbows. The winner was crowned as the athlete of the games – the only award given! After the games, the combatants who had oiled their naked bodies and were subsequently covered in sand and dirt would bathe in hot water, and they would then have slaves scrape the oil and sweat off with a curved instrument called a strigil.

The Romans

In Roman times, wrestling was the sport of choice at all social levels – from the aristocracy to the soldiers and down to the shepherds in the fields. Unfortunately, in 393, Emperor Theodosius put a stop to any pagan events, which led to the demise of this type of game. Although wrestling continued to be a popular sport, it never reached the popularity of the olden times. Many attempts were made to introduce wrestling again; it wasn’t until Pierre de Coubertin formed the International Olympic Committee in 1896; it was never a national sport.

Professional Wrestling

Professional wrestling, which started in France in 1830, was considered a show and competed with wild animals, fat women, deformed people, and hairy women in travelling shows. The sport then spread around Europe. Fixing of matches and fraudulent results brought the competition into disrepute. Modern wrestling at the turn of the last century wrestling was introduced to the United States of America. When nit was reintroduced to the Olympic games, it gained popularity with public opinion. The World Wrestling Federation (WWF) grew with media such as television, and although this is not wrestling in the pure form, it is a lot more exciting and appreciated by the spectators. It is showmanship at its best and still requires a tremendous amount of skill and athleticism.

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Martial Arts and the Money It Generates

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Martial Arts and the Money It Generates

Martial Arts is filled with gruelling action, creating a fascination with the sport. It is this fascination which it delivers in the crowds that are continually increasing the volumes of viewers. Large groups bring in significant revenue, making the sport in the end, very much a game about money. But the large crowds are mainly driven by a few valuable fighters. Hence let’s explore who are the top five fighters in UFC bringing in megabucks and receiving a handsome reward for doing so.

Number Five, Demolition Man

In the heavyweight division, Alistair Overeem has been making a name for himself as being a decorated fighter. Being a champion in their own right, he has deserved a position in many promotional avenues over the recent years. These include Strikeforce, Dream and K-1 World Grand Prix. He has had victory over some great names, which brought him higher earnings and increased sponsorships. Bringing him to number five on the list with an income of just over $6 million.

Number Four Goes to the Greatest Striker

Anderson Silva or Spider Silva is a Brazilian mixed martial artist with the reputation of the greatest striker ever in the Octagon. His performance brought him to Mecca, Cage, PRIDE and other MMA promotions. After a short ban due to a positive test for synthetic testosterone, he returned and continued his success. Earning a total income of just below $7 million.

Canadian Strength, Georges Rush St-Pierre

With an annual income of slightly over $7 million, this Canadian mixed martial artist is third in the line of highest earners in the industry. Before retiring in 2013, he had a winning streak of 12 fights with the UFC and then continued further with triumphing over Johnny Hendricks. Just before his return in 2017, he defeated Michael Bisping, making him middleweight champion. A title which he shortly afterwards gave up due to ulcerative colitis. Still, the fight alone earned him $2 580 000 plus bonuses and increased sponsorships.

Michael Bisping, The Count

Not only known for his performance in both Cage Rage and middleweight, but also his brilliant trash-talking skills. Also known for being an actor as well as a sports analyst and then being the only fighter ever to win the UFC Championship from Britain. Even though he made a lot less from the fight he had with St-Pierre, it came after he already had a winning streak of five matches. His total annual income delivers him in second place, only slightly further above the $7 million-mark than St-Pierre.

The Champion – McGregor

Miles ahead from number two in the position of highest income is Conor McGregor with earning well over $9.5 million. The Irishman has a fast mouth and a sharp wit which made him a superstar in the field of combat sports. This seriously increased his marketability and delivering on the pay-per-view numbers. His fight against Mayweather is still standing at 4.3 million buys as the pay-per-view event scoring the second-highest ever.

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More Doubt for the Return of Conor McGregor

»Posted by on Jul 6, 2019 in MMA | Comments Off on More Doubt for the Return of Conor McGregor

More Doubt for the Return of Conor McGregor

It has now been a long wait to find out more about the return of Conor McGregor. He retired about four months ago with a post on social media, but nothing has been considered. Dana White says Conor will be returning to the octagon in 2019 and the fighter has not let me know anything about retirement.

Thus, most of us can only assume the retirement is another attention-seeking matter, much like we saw back in 2016. However, that retirement treat lasted for only two weeks.

Now, in July 2019, McGregor throws yet another curveball with news about his possible return still not happening due to a hand injury. He posted on Instagram about the matter where he is in hospital and getting a cast on his hand. This could mean he is out for the 2019 season and we might not see him come back at all.

Let’s face it, McGregor has been out of the fighting scene for almost a year now having lost his last fight at UFC 229 in October of 2018 against Khabib. Sure, his separation from MMA started with a six months suspension for his part in the brawl after the fight, but that has been cleared and he could have taken part in fights since May.

According to Dana White a few months ago (just after the retirement post), Conor was talking to him about a comeback in MMA, possibly lining up fights. He even offered Conor a co-main event, which was thrown back in his face as McGregor wanted shares in UFC before he would attend the match. Unsurprisingly, they didn’t agree.

About this Hand Injury

The hand injury would mean even more time away from MMA for Conor McGregor, which could eventually lead to the fighter retiring and focusing fully on his new Whiskey adventure. However, things seem a little fishy with the hand that was hurt late in May 2019.

This week, McGregor posted another video where he takes part in the bottle cap challenge, which involves a spin wheel kick. Of course, McGregor nailed the challenge and even went as far as to challenge Floyd Mayweather. The interesting thing is that McGregor didn’t have a cast anymore, making it seem as if his hand has headed quite quickly.

His coach revealed more details about the hand in an interview not so long ago, claiming McGregor hurt in hand while training. He accidentally punched a spur on the back of the head. The coach also reported that McGregor is currently going through therapy for the hand and should be in full swinging action soon.

Interestingly, the coach went on to talk about what McGregor wants, which is to follow through with retirement. At the end of the day, that is what McGregor said he wanted, still just somewhat unreal.

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Top Fighters in MMA Lightweight

»Posted by on Jun 28, 2019 in MMA | Comments Off on Top Fighters in MMA Lightweight

Top Fighters in MMA Lightweight

The lightweight division of MMA is one of the most action-packed of them all. Not only for brilliant fights but drama outside the octagon as well. We all know some of the stories involving Conor McGregor and some of the other fighters. However, with this list, we purely look at who are the best in the division.

The list is an excellent start for beginners to get familiar with some of the most prominent fighters and the ones worth watching.

Khabib Nurmagovmedov

Khabib is currently rated as the top MMA lightweight fighter. The Russian professional martial arts fighter remains undefeated, even after 27 fights in his professional career. Winning the Combat Sambo Championship twice and also claiming the lightweight title from Conor McGregor in 2018 makes him stand out among the rest.

Khabib was born in 1988 and specializes in various combat sports, including martial arts, judo, freestyle wrestling, sambo and kickboxing. In 2018, Khabib left the UFC for 12 months due to a suspension and will only return in September of 2019. His lightweight championship belt currently belongs to Dustin Poirier who won a fight against Max Holloway to claim the interim title while Khabib is suspended. Thus, Khabib would need to face Dustin in his first fight back in the UFC, determining who the real lightweight champion is.

Tony Ferguson

Tony Ferguson is a favourite for many lightweight MMA followers. The 35-year-old became a professional fighter in 2008 and managed to make his way through the ranks rather quickly. He has won the ultimate fighter 13 and has tired of taking part in UFC title fights multiple times. However, there’s always something in the way that stops the fight from happening. In 2019, Tony took time off from fighting to deal with personal problems and has now returned with a mission to get himself the title fight he deserves. Tony managed an impressive career with 25 wins and only three losses.

At UFC 238 on the 9th of June, Tony finally managed to claim his spot in an upcoming title fight taking place once Khabib and Dustin determine who the titleholder is. The UFC set up an even with Tony vs. Donald Cerrone, which Tony managed to win. Thus, he will be the first to take part in the next title fight.

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor is by far the most well-known name in the world of UFC lightweight. The fighter has taken part in significant fighting events, and commonly appears on the news even when outside the octagon. He has one of the most impressive fighting records with a total of 25 MMA fights, of which he managed to win 21. An impressive 18 of those wins was by knockout, one by submission and two by decision.

As with Khabib, Conor was also suspended in October 2018, leaving him out the sport for at least six months. Up to now, Conor has not competed in MMA in 2019 and has resigned. However, the same has happened in the past, and we expect to see him return towards the end of 2019.

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UFC 242 – Major Fight Night in Lightweight

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UFC 242 – Major Fight Night in Lightweight

If you’re already looking for some of the best betting opportunities with the UFC, the best place to get started is the UFC Fight Night events. These happen once a month and usually feature the most significant upcoming events we’ve all been waiting for.

At UFC 242, we see some of the most significant fighting action come to life as the lightweight division once again sees Khabib step into the octagon after being suspended for nine months and sitting out for another three.

Some might recall that Khabib won the title against Conor McGregor back in October of 2018 but got suspended right after. His claim was given up for grabs until he returns, which resulted in a grand fighting opportunity for those seeking a title fight. It ended up with Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier, which was offered to many other UFC lightweight fighters, including Tony Ferguson. Dustin managed to emerge as the winner, making him the current interim title holder.

UFC 242 Fight Night Events

UFC 242 takes place on the 8th of September 2019. It would include four fights, of which three are lightweight.

The first and most significant fight of the night would involve the lightweight title. As mentioned above, the current interim holder in Dustin Poirier who needs to face Khabib Nurmagomedov. This would determine who gets to hold onto the title for good and be crowned as the ultimate lightweight fighting champion.

Khabib currently has a 27-0-0 record, which makes him one of the most amazing fighters we’ve seen in the whole of UFC. It also makes it reasonable that those odds are firmly against Dustin, but Dustin has been training hard and seems ready for the fight. He does have a more extended reach than Khabib, but his record of 25-5-0 doesn’t make him quite as impressive. With that said, Khabib has been out of the octagon for 12 months now; things could’ve changed.

The Co-main event at UFC 242 features a heavyweight fight between Shamil Abdurakhmov and Curtis Blaydes. This would once again be a massive fight as these two well matched. Sure, Shamil is a bit older at 37, but he has a better record with 20-4-0. On the other hand, Curtis is only 28, a bit taller and has an additional 10cm reach, which counts a lot for those punches. He also has just under 14kg more than Shamil, but his record of 11-2-0 doesn’t quite match up. However, he is still a rather new and young fighter with a lot to prove, which might count in his favour for the fight.

The third fight would involve Islam Makhachev and Davi Ramos. Islam has the upper hand for the battle with a record of 17-1-0 compared to Davi’s 10-2-0. Islam is also younger and has a bit longer reach. The last fight involves Mairbek Taisum with a history of 27-5-0 against Carlos Diego Ferreira with a 15-2-0. Both these fighters are in their early 30s with the same weight and only 2.6cm in reach difference.

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Best Way to Bet on MMA as a Beginner

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Best Way to Bet on MMA as a Beginner

MMA betting is rather challenging, especially when you’re not familiar with the fighters and what they are capable of. There are so many different fighting styles, and just about anything can happen in the octagon. We’ve seen champions beaten by rookies when the odds are firmly against them and fighters without lots of experience make their way to the top to become the ultimate fighting champion.

So, how do you get into MMA betting, and how could you possibly gain some profit by using the necessary details? Well, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to boost your outcome and cover yourself to ensure an advantage over a long period. Below, we look at some of the best ways to get into MMA betting and still stand a chance to claim some winnings while learning about the fighters involved.

Choose One Weight Division

If you’re going to try and cover all the weight categories, you’ll make things much harder for yourself, which is sure to result in some confusion and losses. If you don’t know the fighters, you can’t go wrong by choosing just one weight category to start with. This will help you get familiar with the soldiers much faster, giving you an edge over only a few days. For example, if you choose the lightweight division, you’ll quickly get familiar with Conor McGregor, Tony Ferguson, Dustin and Khabib. These are the most prominent fighters in a lightweight and certainly the best.

Once you have the top fighters in the glass you desire, do some research about them and find out when they are fighting again. You might even pick up on some exciting challenges between the two most prominent fighters and have the opportunity to place your first bet.

Use the Odds of Betting Sites

This is an excellent way for beginners to get in on the fighting action while doing the research. You’ll find betting sites give you loads of unique details about the match and who is most likely to take the fight.

The odds of a specific fight automatically tell you who is the favourite and the underdog. Of course, most would wager on the love as he might have more experience, a better track record or just a compelling way of fighting. Before you place your bet, find out what’s the big difference between the favourite and underdog, which is sure to reveal some unique details about each fighter as well. If the odds are close, consider doing more research. One of the opponents might be better at actual fighting while the other would be great at wrestling.

You can also rely on the odds completely by betting on the favourites. To play it safe, you can choose the fights where odds are far apart. This means love is the most likely to win for multiple reasons. Choose low odds on many matches and create an accumulator bet for the best results.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Signs new UFC Deal

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Signs new UFC Deal

Khabib Nurmagomedov signs a new deal with the UFC, which is turning out to be one of the biggest in UFC history. According to Khabib’s manager, he is currently the highest paid fighter.

Khabib has been suspended since last year October and is finally getting really to return to UFC and once again show why he is the best. The undefeated lightweight champion won the title against Conor McGregor last year, which was the same fight that got him suspended due to a post-fight attack on one of the McGregor’s training partners.

Due to suspension, Khabib’s lightweight title was put up for an interim titleholder, featuring a fight between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier. Dustin ended up winning the battle, making him the current lightweight champion and the first to fight Khabib.

The fight is booked and seems to be an incredibly lucrative opportunity for Khabib, thanks to a new multi-fight contract with UFC. He will begin by fighting against Dustin at the UFC 242 on the 7th of September in Abu Dhabi.

According to Khabib’s manager, Ali Abdel-Aziz, the UFC gave them precisely what they want and didn’t even try to hold back. He also says it didn’t take much negotiation to get the deal they’re after, making them happy and looking forward to upcoming fights. He also added that it’s one of the most significant guaranteed contracts in UFC history.

Up to now, Khabib has managed a fantastic track record with 11 wins and no losses. This includes the 2018 April fight against Al Iaquinta and the title victory he led against Conor. The title fight didn’t last long as Khabib managed to win by submission in the fourth round, granting him the title.

As mentioned by Khabib’s manager, we are currently looking at the greatest fighter. He manages to dominate in all his fights, winning every one of them. He has never been knocked out, beaten or even caught. He also adds that it’s the reason they got the deal they wanted from the UFC. He is currently the best, and the top fighter everyone wants to see his way to the top again.

With the proven track record, there’s little doubt that he won’t win the title again in September. Sure, Dustin has been training hard and putting in the work, but when you look at the competition, we don’t see him defeating Khabib.

If Khabib wins the title, we can expect some incredible fighting events to come, including the most prominent fighters in UFC lightweight. Of course, Tony Ferguson would like to have the first pick and so would Donald Cerrone, which is why these two are booked in an upcoming fight to see who gets the title shot against Khabib or possibly Dustin Poirier. It’s also been reported that we might see Conor and Khabib enter the octagon again, but nothing has been confirmed.

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