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Holloway Creating a Legacy

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Holloway Creating a Legacy

Max Holloway, he is an individual that cannot be wavered in the octagon or her personal life. The consistency of this fighter is unlike anything else in the UFC, which allowed him to become the championship holder for the featherweight division. This athlete has combined his personal goals into his career, forming himself a legacy that will remain with the UFC for decades to come. This will come to light when Max Holloway defends his championship against Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 245. It will mark the fourth fight of his year, with his performances considered record-breaking. Holloway’s performance assisted him in the defeat of Ortega, prompting the champion to win.

Challenges Await

Max Holloway isn’t considering his upcoming bout with Volkanovski to be simple. It will be his hardest challenger of the last twelve months, with the Australian-Born Competitor winning his previous seventeen matches. Max Holloway hasn’t faced such an impressive opponent since 2018, with Volkanovski being more impressive in his physical stature. He stands with a 71.5-Inch Reach at 5’6 Feet. However, it should be noted that Volkanovski is 31 years of age, and Holloway is only 28. The difference in four years could give Max the advantage needed to hold his title until 2020.

The young champion is aware of the challenges facing his way. The featherweight division in the UFC has begun to increase in physicality and mentality, requiring more out of the athlete. However, Max Holloway references himself to Michael Phelps at the Olympics. He has noted numerous times that his mindset is similar. It’s the reason that he’s continually beaten prized fighters, individuals that were expected to dominate Holloway in the octagon. Because of this, there is a good chance that Max will defeat Volkanovski in the upcoming bout. It should be noted that if he beats Volkanovski, it’s immediately planned for him to fight Zabit in 2020.

The Las Vegas Fight

The UFC 245 Feature Event of Holloway Vs. Volkanovski is the first time that Max gets to participate in a Las Vegas Venue. The dominating featherweight division champion has expressed his excitement towards participating in a title venue in Vega. His first Vegas Fight should’ve first happened last year but was postponed because of injuries. Throughout every interview, he hasn’t seemed nervous or remotely intimidated by his upcoming bout. We will keep our readers updated on the result of this belt-contention battle.

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Spartacus

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Spartacus

Spartacus was born a Thracian in the area to the south-east of present-day Europe. Little is known about his life before he became a gladiator in Rome. The chance are he was taken prisoner when the Thracians and the Romans crossed swords, or he joined the Roman army of his own free will and deserted and was captured and, because of his fighting skills, was sent to a gladiator school. His school was based at Capua with other slave/gladiators where they lived, trained and were held captive, not unlike a prison of today. These men devoted all their time to training and learning how their opponents, who came from all over the known world, fought and weapons and tactics they employed.

In 73BC he escaped with a group of gladiators and, together with the other runaway slave, they based themselves on the slopes of Mt Vesuvius where they all received training from the experienced gladiators. Spartacus was assisted in the leadership by Crixus and Oenamus, two Gauls.

Rome underestimated the strength of the slave army and the first four Roman armies sent to subdue the rebellion, were defeated. Escaped slaves flocked to join Spartacus and his free army. Numbers soon reached over 100 000 and Rome was forced to start taking them seriously. The leaders were divided in their aims. Crixus wanted to invade Rome to recruit more soldiers, but Spartacus wanted to escape over the Alps to live a free life away from Rome. They split up, and Crixus with 30 000 men headed for Rome.

Roman citizens were terrified. An army of gladiators and slaves could cause chaos, together with Roman’s slaves, who were poorly treated by the Romans. Rumours of atrocities perpetrated by the slaves on other slave owners were spreading like wildfire. Their bad treatment was coming back to bite them! Another uprising in Sicily 60 years previously had taken two years to subdue.

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Martial Arts Self Defence

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Martial Arts Self Defence

Aikido

Aikido is not for the professional hoping to beat an opponent with other martial arts skills. It is useful, however, when it is necessary to subdue someone who is not an expert. For instance: a prison warder subduing an unruly inmate or a cop with an aggressive bar fighter.

The Approach

This is a martial art to be very wary of! Developed by Eddie Quinn, he started by learning Silat. With self-defence as its criteria, the speed and strength are what makes a proponent of Approach a fighter to be reckoned with. Size does not matter in this sport; it is the quickness and energy that counts.

Karate

Karate ranks above most martial arts due to its diversity. Proponents utilize all the skills of martial arts: kicking, blocking, punching with the use of the hands, elbows, knees, and feet all play a part in this art. High fitness is a requirement of Karate as it is fast-moving and stamina is needed.

Keysi

Keysi is one of the best self-defence systems being taught. Developed from street fighting and is at its best when being attacked by more than one opponent.

Judo

Judo is a martial art dating back some centuries. It is not hitting, kicking sport, but one of mainly throwing, arms locking and pinning. As a street fighter, it is not the best idea to be thrown onto a hard surface – serious injuries will be inflicted. The whole concept of Judo is to catch hold of your opponent – and to put him down. If one combines Judo with Russian Sambo, a powerful attack and defence, martial art will result. With the accent on Sambo, it will take Judo to new heights.

Krav Maya

Developed by the Israeli Defence Force, it has proved to be one of the best self-defence systems ever designed. When faced with a knife or a pistol, Krav Maya is the way to take down your assailant, fast!

Silat

Don’t be misled by the dance-like moves of the exponents of Silat. This is a martial art of fast strikes, and the use of your attackers balance to throw him off-kilter, or the disabling of arms and legs. Silat comes from and is practised from Indonesia to the Philippines. In Silat, the groundwork and wrestling make it an art to be reckoned.

Muay Thai

Also known as Thai boxing it is a system of strikes, being from the feet, fists, knees and elbows. Although ideal for self-defence, many MMA fighters are students of Muay Thai, because of its devastating kicks. Brought to Thailand by the Chinese a few hundred years ago, Muay Thai has developed into one of the best self-defence arts. A weak point of Thai Boxing has been the lack of ground skills.

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Death in the Ring

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Death in the Ring

Becoming a contender in any of the martial arts can be detrimental to the combatant’s health – even fatal. This is about fatalities in the boxing ring. Maxim Dadashev died four days after his fight with Sabriel Matias, on the July 23rd 2019. Maxim fought in the light welterweight division. He had a winning record without a defeat in his three-year professional career, with 13 wins, 11 knockouts.

Although his trainer, Buddy McGirt, realized in the ninth bout that Dadashev was struggling, he only stopped the fight in the eleventh bout. In the way back to the change rooms, Maxim vomited and collapsed and was rushed to hospital where he died four days later. Maxim left a wife and a two-year-old son.

Hugo Santillan

A few days after the boxing death of Maxim Dadashev, Hugo Santillan suffered the same fate. He died after a fight Eduardo Abreu, of Uruguayan. Santillan collapsed after the battle, which was drawn. He was admitted to hospital with kidney failure. The swelling on the brain affected other organs, and while being operated on for a blood clot in his head, he went into cardiac failure and died. He was 23 years old.

Patrick Day

On Saturday 12th October 2019, Patrick Day suffered brain damage after being knocked out. His opponent, Charles Conwell, landed a flurry of blows to Day’s head in the 10th round after Day was down for a few minutes. Day, who fought in the welterweight division as a professional, was in the top 10 ranked by the WBC and the IBF. He won two championships, the WBC Continental Americas in 2017 and the IBF International in 2019. Conwell expressed his remorse in a message to Day on the Sunday after the fight.

Leavander Johnson

Like a lightweight boxer, Leavander had 34 wins under his belt with five losses and two draws. On September 17th 2005, Johnson took on Jesus Chavez to defend his IBF crown. The fight came to an end after Chavez landed a series of blows to Johnson’s head. Johnson collapsed, and he was rushed to the hospital, but after Surgery, he passed away, five days later. Johnson started his professional career in 1989. He was undefeated after 22 matches, and against Sharma Mitchell, who he defeated in the eighth round, which opened the door to a title fight in 1994 against Miguel Gonzalez for the WBC lightweight crown. The conflict reached the eighth round when it was stopped – Johnson’s first professional loss.

His second attempt at a world title shot, was against Orzubek Nazarov, for the WBA World Title. He was stopped in the seventh round – his second title loss. After no title fights for seven years, in a battle against Javier Jauregui for a vacant title in 2003, he lost again. In the next year and a half, he fought Zoff for the IBF crown and won. Two years later, he fought Jesus Chavez to defend his title with disastrous results.

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The Strongest Warriors

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The Strongest Warriors

Spartacus, born in Thrace, fought for the Romans. When Rome started the war against the Germans, Spartacus decided that this was not his battle, so he deserted. The Romans did not take kindly to this, and after they caught up with him, he was sold into slavery. His ability to fight found his training to be a gladiator. His weapon of choice was a shield and a straight sword of 450mm in length. Spartacus still wanted his freedom, so he orchestrated to revolt against Roman authority with a group of the best gladiators. He was also a strategist, and he and his army stampeded through Italy, killing dozens of Roman soldiers. They then went on to free their wives. In 71BC, he was dead, and his army of 6600 was captured and crucified.

Genghis Khan

Born to a nomadic semi-tribe Temujin (his birth name) found himself fatherless in his early teens. His family were abandoned by the tribe when his father died, and he and his four brothers, one older and three younger, scavenged to survive. When Temujin killed his older brother, he became the man of the gurt.

He slowly built up his tribe by joining other roaming sub-tribes and eventually became a leader of by uniting all the tribes of Mongolia – with him as the leader. He and his warriors became an efficient killing machine, thanks mainly to their ability with the bow and arrow and with their horse-riding skills. Genghis was amongst the best. His talents with the bow inspired his men. Firing off arrows so fast that there were more than one in the air at a time, their success was the ability to shoot off an arrow as their mounts were mid-stride, giving them a stable platform for a split second, long enough to release the arrows.

Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto became a master of the katana, and he fought his first sword fight at the age of 13. As a Ronin (a wandering samurai without a master) he roamed Japan challenging all who would oppose him. His technique with the katana, which is a two-edged sword, was unmatched. His most memorable fight was against samurai Samaki Kojiro when Miyamoto delayed his appearance for about two hours, causing his opponent to become incredibly angry and flustered. Masashi faced him with a wooden sword carved from an oar while he kept him waiting and killed him with a blow to the head. He is believed to have died from thoracic cancer at the age of 60.

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Soldiers of Mongolia

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Soldiers of Mongolia

Genghis Khan’s soldiers dominated their enemies because of their training and discipline. All soldiers were proficient with the bow and arrow, and they could have more than one indicator in the sky at a time! Their accuracy was legendary and unequalled in the world. They could even shoot backwards, without missing a target. These horsemen and soldiers carried composite bows which were made of wood, bone and ligament and were their prized possessions. When not at war they trained daily with the emphasis on the bow and arrow. Apart from their bows, they carried swords, similar to sabres and maces and axes for hand to hand fighting with the leading cavalry carrying spears which they used to thrust and also to throw.

Bow and Arrow

Mongol bows were superior to any user in the Western world and the Middle East. Twice as effective as the English longbow, they could easily reach 200 meters and sometimes as far as 250 meters (the Japanese Yumi bow) could equal this, but were much longer, sometimes longer then the archer was high!), which decimated the enemy before they could retaliate.


They could fire six arrows in a minute – one every ten seconds! They had differently designed indicators for different targets. Long-range, short-range and heads for killing. Arrows were used for penetrating the enemies armour. Some had whistles which could intimidate their enemies and some were dipped in naphtha and set alight to set fires in the where they landed. The rider’s accuracy at shooting was due to their ability to be able to release the arrow when their horse was in mid-stride with all hooves off the ground at the same time, giving a stable platform for a milli-second.

Spears & Shields

Spears were used by horsemen and foot soldiers alike. They were used for throwing and for stabbing at close quarters. The heavier horseman’s spear was 4 meters long, and the head had a hook that was used for pulling enemy horsemen from their mounts. Shields were used by all of the armies – foot soldiers and horsemen alike. The shield is small and round, made of wood and covered in horse or cowhide. These had to be light so that all the weaponry could be carried into war without hampering the wielder.

Armour

Mongolian armour was of a similar style to those used by most armies in the east. The armour was made up of plates, each three or four layers thick and glued together. These were then laced with leather cords in such a way that, if the wearer bent over in any direction, would slide under each other without hinder body movement. The affair was lined underneath with silk which had the incredible strength to stop any arrowhead from penetrating through the leather armour without injuring the wearer. The horse’s armour covered the sides, the back behind the saddle, the chest down to the knees and an iron piece covered the front of the head.

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