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Tony Ferguson Details Negotiations

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Tony Ferguson Details Negotiations

Tony Ferguson, one of the most significant fighters in the UFC, has enlightened reporters into the negotiations that allowed him to battle it out against Khabib Nurmagomedov finally. He also called back onto past experiences during negotiations, as these two fighters have challenged one another on four separate occasions. The fifth and final chance for these two to fight is coming on April 18th, 2020. Fans cannot wait to see the Brooklyn, New York, scrap go down in the Octagon.

Just like any other significant fight in the UFC, there had to be extensive negotiations before these two prized fighters could enter the Octagon. Most of the time, both parties can come to an easy agreement so long as the payday is correct. However, when Ferguson spoke with Ariel Halwani, he mentioned that the negotiations weren’t as smooth as anticipated. Tony Ferguson talked in detail, revealing that the UFC and Khabib didn’t negotiate in the manner he is accustomed to, which caused significant rumours in the fighting league. The prized lightweight noted that he put his fans through hell, but that they remained loyal with him throughout the entire time. Subsequently, Tony plans to walk into this fight as the already victorious champion.

After the negotiation processes didn’t go as planned for Tony Ferguson. He demanded that the UFC sit down with him for a professional meeting, with Khabib and his team involved as well. He forced all parties to start having productive conversations that are personalized towards the company. Subsequently, the new negotiations became more positive over time. However, Tony noted that the process was lengthy and that he is grateful to have agents that have his back. The only downfall to these prolonged negotiations is that fanatics of the UFC have to wait another four months before this lightweight title bout occurs in Brooklyn, New York. Everyone can expect a lot of build-up for this fight, in a similar context as the battle between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor. There is a more than likely chance that the Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov will be the highest-selling and rated pay-per-view in the existence of the UFC.

Need to Know

Both of these fighters have a long history in the UFC, with neither one of them having been knocked out by their opponents. Both Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov have held the lightweight title in their careers, which means this bout will be the fight to end all others. The only thing that could be more exciting than this upcoming April 15th battle is the rematch of Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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UFC Returning to New Zealand

»Posted by on Nov 19, 2019 in MMA | Comments Off on UFC Returning to New Zealand

UFC Returning to New Zealand

The Ultimate Fighter Competition is returning to New Zealand in 2020. The UFC made their official confirmation with the New Zealand Herald that an event would take place in Auckland on February 23rd, 2020. This will be the second time that the fighting competition has arrived in New Zealand, with the first event taking place back in 2017. Fans of the UFC can attend the Auckland Spark Arena in four months to witness multiple matches. Unfortunately, the UFC hasn’t confirmed who the title fighters will be for this event or how much tickets will cost. It’s anticipated that more information on the Auckland Spark Arena UFC Fight will be released on December 1st.

The last time UFC was at New Zealand, more than eight thousand individuals went to the Auckland Spark Arena to witness Derrick Lewis and Mark Hunt battle it out. Fans can expect this 2020 event to be centred around New Zealand and Australian Fighters, which is similar to the 2017 Fight Night. Since the confirmation, fans in New Zealand have requested that Kiwi Fighters be represented. These are the indigenous fighters for NZ and would highlight the nation’s history. Potential Kiwi Fighters include Kai Kara France and Brandon Moreno.

Fans are also debating if any titleholder like Israel Adesanya, the Middleweight Champion for the UFC, will arrive at the New Zealand Fight Night. Considering that these events are meant to display the national talent of NZ, it’s unlikely that this champion will partake at the Auckland Spark Arena festivities. However, there is always the chance that he could demand entry into the NZ Fight Night. Regardless, this upcoming battle will be one remembered in New Zealand History.

Derrick Lewis

Lewis won’t be attending the New Zealand Fight Night. This fighter is anticipated to battle Ilir Latifi in his first heavyweight division battle. This fight is taking place on February 8th on the UFC 247 Pay-Per-view. Multiple sources close to both fighters have confirmed that they have made verbal and contractual agreements. Dana White is the only individual who hasn’t confirmed the fight, which isn’t surprising with his recent actions as leader of the UFC. Regardless, this fight will take place at the Houston Toyota Centre. Latifi will have a lot on the line in his first Heavyweight Battle, where Derrick Lewis is an experienced fighter. Most are anticipated that Latifi will suffer minor to major injuries, with a TKO Final Blow.

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Logan Paul Loses Boxing Match

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Logan Paul Loses Boxing Match

After months of advertisements and fight promotions campaigns, the Logan Paul and KSI Boxing Match finally went underway. Televised on SkySports and DZVN, the YouTube Stars entered the boxing ring and for Logan Paul, the ensuing bout ended with a dramatic loss. These two superstar men met on Saturday Night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in front of a sold-out crowd. Their first boxing match was in 2018, one that ended in a split decision after six rounds. However, this wasn’t the case for their second fight as KSI was declared the victory winner after the referee, Jack Reiss, gave Logan Paul a two-point deduction. This deduction was accessed for Logan Paul illegally hitting KSI while holding him in Round Four.

Logan Paul took his left arm and held KSI’s head in an unmovable position, immediately throwing punches afterwards with his right fist. Logan Paul also hit him a final time with a right hook when KSI was on his knee, which led to the fight being broken up by refs. Ultimately the refs choose to accept this punch but gave Logan the deduction of two points. Two of the three judges rooted for KSI, with the third in favour of Logan Paul’s tactics.

Before this event took place, both boxers spent a great deal of time training with some of the greatest fighters alive today. Both personalities took six months to work out, train extensively, heal their body and repeat the process. Furthermore, the two boys who are known for partying also had to complete drug tests and screenings weekly from the California State Athletic Commission. This was because both at the time were undercard fighters who required licenses before the event transpired. Shockingly, both Logan Paul and KSI shook hands before embracing after the fight completed. Most wouldn’t have expected this sportsmanship out of Logan Paul, who is known for his horrible acts of the past.

Logan’s Bad History

Logan Paul received a bad reputation after New Year’s Eve 2017 when he uploaded a new YouTube Video where a deceased corpse was seen. This deceased corpse hanged himself in Aokigahara, a famous forest located at the bottom of Mount Fuji. This wilderness is also named Suicide Forest, which is a renowned location near Tokyo for Japanese Citizens to take their lives. Ultimately, Logan Paul received backlash from the media and celebrities. His channel was almost removed from YouTube when 500+ Thousand individuals signed a petition to have it terminated. He will forever be known for his insensitivity towards suicide victims.

Additional instances of controversy for this foolish young man include illegally taking a forklift in a Japanese fish market, fighting with individuals half-naked on the streets and hitting nearby citizens with a giant ball. Many would state that they’re thrilled that Logan Paul lost the fight and got beat up twice by KSI.

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Turkish Wrestling

»Posted by on Sep 6, 2019 in MMA | Comments Off on Turkish Wrestling

Turkish Wrestling

Turkey has one of the strangest sports to hit the dirt! Wrestlers, well-oiled with olive oil applied by their opponents, dressed in knee-length shorts, made from water buffalo hide, and are allowed to put their hands down their opponents’ pants (Kispet). This gives him the advantage of having something. Initially, the olive oil was used as an insect repellent and was not washed off before a fight, and this then became traditional, even although more efficient insecticides became available.

Edirne’s Yearly Gathering

Every year contestants and spectators gather in Edirne, this year being the 658th year that this contest took place, and which lasts six days. It is time for celebrations, entertainment, including belly dancing, and traditional dance, song and music. The event has been held in Edirne since 1346 when it was the capital of Turkey and is the most extended surviving sport in the world. Other countries also enjoy wrestling, such as parts of Greece, Eastern Macedonia, and Thrace. Before the tenth-century, wrestlers were naked, and it was only with the advent of Islam that contestants were required to “cover-up”.

Yagli Gures

Yagli Gures (oiled wrestling) was first practised in the days of the Persians possible as far back as 1000BC. These days there is a substantial prize, the winner being awarded +- 100 000 Us Dollars, and if the winner can win three years in a row, he receives a 14ct Gold Belt. Businesses can also sponsor champions, adding to their winnings. In the early days when wrestling was just for fun, two competitors fought from early morning through the day, until midnight, and both died was exhaustion. Most top wrestlers train an apprentice who will ultimately take over from his master when the master retires.

Rules

Each match is limited to 40 minutes, and, if there is no winner, a further seven minutes is fought, and the winner is selected on points. In lessor categories, the contest lasts thirty minutes, and if there is no winner, a further seven minutes is allowed, and the contestant scoring the last point, known as the Golden Point, wins.

Before 1975, some matches could go on for two days until there was a winner. On the final day of the sports, the country’s President attends the games and presents the prize to the ultimate winner. The most excellent winner in the history of the competition was Alico, who held the title for 27 years.

Before the final match is contested the organisers (the municipality) holds an auction and the highest bidder becomes the “Aga” for the next year’s tournament when he is able to preside over the games, welcome guests and invites them for dinner and generally oversees the games, even to the extent of cancelling fights, adjudicating over the arguments and intervening wherever he chooses. In 2018 Seyfettin Selim won the auction with a bid of 113000 Euros, so he was the Aga for the 2019 celebrations.

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History of Martial Arts, USA

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History of Martial Arts, USA

The history of Martial Arts in the USA does not go very far back in time. In 1948 the first association of the arts was started. The United States Karate Association was inaugurated in 1948 when karate was brought back by army personnel after the Second World War.

The first exhibition/competition was staged at the University of Chicago in 1963. With the help of Theodore Roosevelt, instructors were brought out from the East, Japan in particular. The USA armed forces soon recognised the value of the arts and Judo was introduced to the USA Air Force as part of the personnel’s training in unarmed combat.

As there were many martial arts instructors in Hawaii, which became a state of the USA in1959, their teachings soon spread to the other States. When Robert Trias, a combatant in the USA Naval Reserve, learnt the art, he was based in the Solomon Islands. This is where Tung Gee Hsiang, a Chinese missionary of Buddhism, taught Okinawan Shuri-Te karate. He and Trias started the first karate training facility in the USA. In 1959, Bruce Lee’s skills in unarmed fighting and acting featured in films about the martial arts and brought them to the American public, generating immense interest.

The purpose of martial arts is to teach individuals in personal defence and attack when in a combat situation. Although it is difficult to assess the number of schools and students in the USA because of “back yard” schools, it is believed that there are 16000 dojos and nearly four million students. Most Asian schools have strict religious philosophies such as Buddhism, Daoism and Shinto. Methods of training include group training or katas practised by individuals or pairs.

Types of Moves

  • Striking: Punching, including kicking, hitting with knees, elbows and hands.
  • Grappling: Throwing, locking in the joints, and pinning the head, among others.
  • Weapons: There are many different types of weapons used. Some of these include swords, spears, axes, sickles, clubs or sticks, bows and arrows, and blowguns, to name a few.

Kickboxing

Kickboxing is a product of three martial art forms, karate, boxing and Thailand’s Muay Thai. The first World Championships were held in 1974 and has developed into an accepted martial art, but it still has not been approved by the International Olympics Committee.

When kickboxing gained popularity in the ‘70s, most fighters came from a karate background and had trouble with following through with their blows as karate exponents were taught to pull back on their punches. The sport requires a tremendous amount of fitness if opponents want to last the full ten rounds.

Competition

There are many kickboxing associations around the world, and each has its own rules and regulations. Therefore there can be no fair international competitions as some associations allow clinches and kneeing and others don’t.

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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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