Turkish Wrestling

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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.


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 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.


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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More Doubt for the Return of Conor McGregor

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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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