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Kamaru Usman and Demian Maia – A match that wasn’t anywhere near pretty

»Posted by on May 23, 2018 in MMA | Comments Off on Kamaru Usman and Demian Maia – A match that wasn’t anywhere near pretty

Kamaru Usman and Demian Maia – A match that wasn’t anywhere near pretty

Any fan of Demian Maia knows that watching him in the ring is like watching a determined explorer finally find some hidden treasure that he had to earn through a multitude of trials. Its magical in a sense and it always lead to an amazing match to watch. Though, just like everyone, Maia has his days where he just isn’t on his A-Game. Which sadly enough, was the case last Saturday during his match in Chile. The well-known 40-year old fighter was throwing multiple shots at Kamaru Usman, and after a while, it all seemed fruitless. Even the audience watching looked as if they just had a floating question mark over their heads.

Though many experts are thinking this fight wouldn’t have been as lacklustre if the fighter was someone other than Maia, who took the place of another fighter, who was originally going to fight Usman, who is dubbed in the MMA world as the fighter that nobody wants to face. Initially, the recently injured Santiago Ponzinibbio was set up to fight Usman in Chile – however, with Ponzinibbio being injured and if no other player stepped in – Chile wouldn’t have a match to watch over the weekend. Due to Maia history of destroying men in the ring, he was easily accepted as a replacement candidate for the fight. Though, if Usman wasn’t Usman, this fight would have felt more intimidating.

As the fight entered its first few seconds, Maia tried to lead the fight into a realm where he is more comfortable, though Usman only did the expected: he made himself unbudgeable. Occasionally, fans could’ve seen Maia tossed on the ground as he was gasping for air – as Usman simply watched him, made another punch, and Maia just moved across the floor – almost as if was trying to invite Usman on the ground with him. Though once Usman got down to Maia’s level, he could only get a few punches into the buttocks and feet, both of which are known as common offensive moves. Other than that, though, this fight as the definition of boring in a sense and offered no real challenge for Usman.

Broken Hand on Usman’s Side

After the fight was finished, the intimidating MMA fighter Usman make the statement that his right hand may have been broken early into the fight, before adding on about the possibility of his other hand being broken as well. But I guess that’s understanding when punching Maia recorded hard skull during the duration of the match. Though, the UFC could have at least given Usman a decorative shirt saying something along the lines of “Came to Chile for fun and left with two broken hands”. Either way though, it goes without saying that Usman did beat Maia almost without effort and it was a mundane task to watch.

Even though Usman did not come out in the effort to have a more competitive match, as he stated once handed the microphone that he would leave it to his managers to choose who he fought that night. Even though he did prompt that Tyron Woodley would’ve been an easier fight that Maia, which can easily be taken as fighting words before considering facing the winning of the upcoming Darren Till and Stephen Thompson fight. Despite those fun fights, just having one with Ponzinibbio would have sufficed
While Usman may have come out of the fight with two managed hands, it did advance his standing a bit. He is now considered an 8-0 fighter in the UFC with six decisions. This was the first match he was able to get five rounds in, which is going to help him on his path of getting a title.

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Seven Ways to Increase Your Mental Strength for MMA

»Posted by on May 20, 2018 in MMA | Comments Off on Seven Ways to Increase Your Mental Strength for MMA

Seven Ways to Increase Your Mental Strength for MMA

1. Its Okay to Allow Yourself to Win

While this may seem like obvious advice – some fighters do need to keep this in mind before a round. To prepare fully for a fight, you must believe in yourself, your abilities, and have in the back of your mind that you are going to win. As many professionals would say, to truly win, you must win the internal fight with your own mind first. Without this vital step, winning any match is going to be increasingly hard for you, no matter your skill level or your opponent’s skill level. As soon as you permit yourself to win, you are opening yourself up to receive positive energy, and putting your actions into motion will become easier. The true mentality of mixed martial arts fighting is to treat yourself highly and allow yourself the opportunities to succeed. While physical training may go a long way, a fighter will never last long if their mentality isn’t where it needs to be.

2. Accept That Loses are Going to Happen

Its understandable, everyone wants to win every fight but that isn’t realistic in mixed material arts. However, this doesn’t mean that you should give up or start doubting yourself before a match. If anything, you should accept losing as a part of life and lose any fear that’s associated with it. This also means that you must start allowing failure into your life. At the end of the day, losing is always a possibility in this sport, and if it happens just know that you are always going to have more chances to win, train harder, and better yourself. Instead of looking at failures and losses as negatives, use them as a new-found motivation to better yourself and increase your skills.

3. The Harder the Training, The Higher the Trust

Its simple, most people don’t ever plan to fail. Instead they fail due to the lack of having a solidified plan. The easiest way to earn confidence is by training hard and setting goals. Once you reach your training goals, you’re just confirming that you do have the ability to do this sport and that no matter what happens, you aren’t willing to give up your aspirations. At the end of the day, training and mixed martial arts is an investment. Once you prove to yourself that are aren’t willing to give up that investment – the more trust you’re going to have within yourself.

4. Fight in the Moment

While creating a plan of action during a match may sound ideal, this practice can ultimately lead to a disaster in the ring. To put it simply, when you’re competing in a match, just trust your training. If you trained hard and worked even harder, then you’re going to be okay. Once of the main rules that fighters forget is to get into the mental zone during a match. This means letting go of fear of losing ad failure, stop planning every move, and just try tour hardest to come out of the ring victorious.

5. Have a Mindset That’s Dedicated to MMA

No, this doesn’t mean allow for your mixed martial arts part of your life to take over all the other parts. Instead, just created a wall between your normal everyday world and your MMA world. You must get your game face ready and once you step into the gym or the ring, all you should focus on is MMA. To achieve this, you are going to have to mentally prep yourself. An old proverb that is continuously used by professional MMA fighters is to sharpen your focus and do not let outside forces, such as your normal life, affect your MMA life – and vise versa.

6. Remain Calm, no Matter What is Happening Around You

No matter if there is an array of unorganized chaos surrounding you, you must be the calm in the storm. Even if you are getting ready for a match and the crowd is going wild, or tensions are flying high backstage, you can’t let all the extra energy get to you or affect your performance. You must ground yourself, take a deep breath, and focus on your sport and performance. As the mental game of mixed martial arts always says, poise and confidence are the keys to success.

7. Make This Your Prime Commitment

The most successful people in any career all have one thing in common: they have the willpower to stay and see things through. The ones who run when the first signs of trouble arise are the ones who aren’t heard from again. Having a commitment to MMA will help you have that additional motivation to stay true to yourself, no matter if you’re having a bad day, lose a match, or even don’t feel motivated to work out – commitment will give you the extra push needed to stay dedicated.

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Stacking the Pounds: The Top 5 MMA Fighters and Upcoming Fights

»Posted by on May 13, 2018 in MMA, Top 5 MMA Fighters and Upcoming Fights | Comments Off on Stacking the Pounds: The Top 5 MMA Fighters and Upcoming Fights

Stacking the Pounds: The Top 5 MMA Fighters and Upcoming Fights

There’s a lot of movement going on within the boxing division of MMA. Due to the discussion of several upcoming battles, many champions are training to move up to a new weight class to tes6 their skills against other belt-holders. Since this development has happened, many fans, along with other boxers, are debating which champions are going to have a solid chance of successfully moving up.

Starting off these new battles will be by the longtime champion title holder Jorge Linares who’s fighting against the two-division champion Vasyl Lomachenko. The fight is going to be held at Madison Square garden in New York City. Though many ESPN experts are placing their bets that Lomachenko is going to take this battle and win it either by a knockout or by the judge’s decision. This fight will be held this upcoming Saturday, May 12.

Moreover, two more fights are happening on the same day. First Terence Crawford, the former unified 140-pound champion, is moving up to fight against the World Boxing Organization Australian welterweight champion, Jeffrey Horn. This fight is to be taken place in Las Vegas. On the same night, the World Boxing Association featherweight champion, Leo Santa Cruz, is said to be participating in a rematch with world champion, Abner Mares at the Staples Center. This rematch is due to Santa Cruz’s win at the Battle for Los Angeles, which had a total of over 2,000 combined punches, where he won thanks to a majority vote. Mares on the other hand, is looking forwards to this rematch due to the pair allegedly having a fight planned last year that never happened for one reason or another.

Though, one of the most anticipated fights is going to be between the England heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, and the Alabama based Deontay Wilder. However, the undisputed heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko who has sparred with both men, stated that he personally believes that Joshua is going to shine in this battle.

Despite these highly anticipated upcoming matches – we have given a top 10 list of MMA Boxing Fighters and where they currently stand.

Terence Crawford


Crawford is a junior welterweight who doubles as being the only male boxer who carries a four-belt champion title. As he moves up to a new weight category, he has made plans of a highly anticipated fight between himself and the World Boxing Organization welterweight champion, Jeffery Horn.

Gennady Golovkin

Golovkin is known for two things: being dedicated and throwing the hard punches. However, while Golovkin has been waiting for Canelo Alvarez to come off from his suspension – he has made plans for possibly fight one of these 5 opponents: Demetrius Andrade, Billy Joe Saunders, Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Gilberto Ramirez, or even Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan.

Vasyl Lomachenko

This two-division professional champion grew in popularity after he bested the double-gold medalist, Guillermo Rigondeaux in December. However, he is now about to fight Jorge Linares for his consistent pursuit of gaining a third belt under his name.

Mikey Garcia

While Garcia earned is fourth belt due to defeating the Russian fighter, Sergey Lipinets, he has decide to plan another fight to increase his changes of facing off with Jorge Linares or a fascinating 2019 showdown with the champion Lomachenko – depending on who wins their upcoming fight this Saturday.

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

While his official upcoming fight date is unknown, along with his next potential opponent – Rungvisai has been making waves up his intense knocking power combined with his agility. Many fans are other champions are looking out to see how Rungvisai next battle, which is assumed to be sometime in September, plays out.

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5 Benefits Martial Arts Brings To Children

»Posted by on Apr 27, 2018 in MMA | Comments Off on 5 Benefits Martial Arts Brings To Children

5 Benefits Martial Arts Brings To Children

Martial arts have been around for a very long time, but it’s around this time now where gyms are starting to accept martial arts into their programs. Specifically mixed martial arts. Even though that is happening, it may be wise to consider taking a vanilla martial arts (like kra maga, tae kwon do, karate, etc.) first, especially with kids.

As a child, there are many benefits to taking martial arts. Furthermore these benefits also apply to others who are practicing martial arts.

Balance and Posture

This is a problem for many people regardless of age, but it most likely stems from when we were between the ages of 3 and 6 years old. It’s a very basic skill but it gets often overlooked. By practicing martial arts you need to be in particular stances and as such you need to maintain a certain posture, but also balance. Poor posture leads to cramped organs, improper breathing, and more.

Memorization and Retention

When we get older, some of us claim that we have poor memory or forget things often. But even as a child, this can happen as well. For children they need to remember their parents phone numbers, emergency contact, and many other things. Martial arts can assist with memory and retention as you’ll have to memorize the particular stances and even some of the movements.

Self-Esteem and Confidence Building

Regardless of your age, there will be periods of time where you lack confidence or have a low self esteem. There are many studies that show that fitness can help with boosting those areas as you are getting closer to getting the ideal body you want. Martial arts for that matter is a series of exercises. Not to mention going through classes ensures you have others who are positive and are lifting you up as well.

Self-Discipline

In order to get better at something you need to practice. If you slip up on your practices, that’ll get noticed. But by devoting yourself to practice that can be filtered into various aspects of your life. For children they learn the importance of focusing and not getting distracted will ensure that they will succeed and grow. For older individuals that’s the same case but martial arts provides a facility for us to practice further.

Physical Fitness

For children, it’s important for them to learn this at a very early age as child obesity is becoming a more prominent issue. Obviously marital arts will help in losing weight and developing muscles, but for adults this really gets driven home too. In order to be healthy and continue martial arts training, it’s important to be eating properly. Children will begin to learn that while for adults this lesson gets reinforced, prompting the individual to start changing how they are living.

There are many other benefits to martial arts training for kids and adults, however these also can be moved into mixed martial arts trainings as well. Let alone any other type of physical fitness.

 

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5 Other Health Benefits Of Martial Arts

»Posted by on Apr 21, 2018 in MMA | Comments Off on 5 Other Health Benefits Of Martial Arts

5 Other Health Benefits Of Martial Arts

Martial arts and mixed martial arts have the same kind of benefits regardless of what level you are at. But because of the particular styles and forms, there are some different benefits that these methods give us when compared to the average workout routine.

There are some real benefits for children learning about respect, discipline, and many other ethical things, but here are some other benefits that can be passed on by participating in a martial arts or mixed martial arts activity.

Total Body Workout

Martial arts incorporates a lot of elements from high-aerobic exercises. Aerobics in general are known for exercising that focuses on every muscle group in the body and in general covers a lot. As such, martial arts can help in boosting stamina and muscle tone, your flexibility and balance, and even your strength.

A Healthier Lifestyle

Because martial arts incorporates so much into it’s training, you will be burning a lot of calories during those classes. Furthermore, because of the intensity of martial arts, most participants discover that their natural eating signals are better regulated. What this means is that those who stay in the classes and practice them regularly will reduce their food cravings and will also generally be eating less. Not to mention from all of that exercising, you may find yourself picking healthier foods like meats, fruits and vegetables.

Boosting Self Confidence

Again, because martial arts is fitness related, it’s going to help in getting you closer to an ideal body. Furthermore in martial arts programs, goal setting, positive encouragement as well as the respect for values are very common themes in quality programs. Because of this people who go there often will find a significant boost in their self-confidence.

Improve Cardiovascular Health and Reflexes

Research into martial arts has shown that the only way to improve the health of your heart is to participate in activities that stress it. Things like martial arts does that along with running, walking, hiking and more.

Furthermore, research has also shown that those who practice martial arts actually have faster reflexes than others. This faster reflex can be filtered into daily life as at times we find ourselves in situations where we need to act in a split second. Being able to react almost instantly does have its perks.

You’re In A Better Mood

Lastly, martial arts also helps in putting you in a better mood. If you have a regular exercise routine, research has shown that this is one of the best ways to improve your mood. Fitness in general already places you in a state of higher confidence, which means it places you in a more optimistic and better mood. Doing exercising regularly will ensure you maintain that state. It all stems from the endorphins that are released by doing physical activity.

Conclusion

By practicing martial arts, you are doing a lot of good things to your body. As such, one way you can stay committed to martial arts and continue to have these benefits is to start buying into the idea of respecting your body more and more.

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10 Star Actors Who Kick Ass In Martial Arts

»Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 in Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on 10 Star Actors Who Kick Ass In Martial Arts

10 Star Actors Who Kick Ass In Martial Arts

As martial arts and mixed martial arts are starting to become more and more popular, perhaps one of the reasons this was spurred on due to the many action films that people watch. After all there are many actors in Hollywood who grew up learning how to do a variety of martial arts and even used those skills on the big screen. Here’s 10 star actors who kick ass in martial arts!

Iko Uwais

Iko Uwais is one of the youngest actors that hits this list at 34 years old. Since his career is just getting started, action fans can get excited to be seeing more of this guy. He first appeared in 2009’s Merantau, hand picked by filmmaker Gareth Evans who spotted Uwais in his Silat dojo. That being said, he didn’t make it big until his second collaboration in 2012’s The Raid.

Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly was a multiple time world champion in the early 70’s before he turned to acting. It all started with him opening a Shorin-ryu Kaarate school in LA. From there, Jerry Weintraud, producer of Enter the Dragon, found Kelly and brought him onto the film. Starring with the famous Bruce Lee, the amazing response from this film bolstered Kelly’s acting career, allowing him to star in a few other films like Black Belt Jones, and Three The Hard Way. Because of Kelly amazing performance, he helped pave the road for other black martial artists to enter the scene.

Jean-Claude Van Damme

Jean-Claude Van Damme

Even though Jean-Claude Van Damme may not be getting many awards, the question is does that really matter? He’s starred in many cult classics in the late 80s such a Bloodsport (1988), and Kickboxer (1989). His more memorable roles are his roles in Street Fighter, Universal Soldier, Hard Target, and Double Impact.

Tony Jaa

In the MMA world today, Muay Thai is a pretty popular form among MMA fighters, however that wasn’t the case when Tony Jaa exploded. Jaa appeared on the big screen in 2003 with Ong-BakL The Thai Warrior. Because of his amazing talents, this brought forth two prequels of Ong-Bak, 2005’s The Protector as well as international attention to this fighting style.

Michelle Yeoh

She started off in Chinese cinema and became one of the most celebrated actresses in that area. She eventually became an international star part thanks to her work in some Hollywood productions. Like the famous Jackie Chan, she became known for doing her own stunts in the films she starred in. Yeoh’s appeal cam from her work in Magnificent Warriors, Executioners and Tai Chi Master. That being said, she became internationally known in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.

Chuck Norris

The “Facts” meme himself. Setting that aside Chuck Norris is the real deal here. With multiple black belts in a variety of styles, he’s used those abilities to star in many great films. There is the iconic fight between him and Bruce Lee in Way of the Dragon, but Norris has also starred in other great films. Examples are The Delta Force, Firewalker, and Missing In Action. There’s also his long-running TV series Walker, Texas Ranger.

Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen made a name for himself in his native land of China. He’s exceptionally gifted in martial arts, being proficient in several different styles. Yen broke into the business in 1983 as a stuntman in China. While overseas though, he started playing supporting roles and helped a lot in films like Highlander: Endgame, Blade 2, and Shanghai Knights. But what brought him into the spotlight was his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Jet Li

Following behind the work of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, Jet Li has achieved incredible fame in his homeland before arriving to Hollywood. What broke him into Hollywood film was his role as the villain in 1997’s Lethal Weapon 4. Since then he’s been steadily working in other films since then. They may not be as popular as the film Hero, but he starred in films like Romeo Must Die, The One and War, which are still worth checking out.

Jackie Chan

Famous for doing his own stunts, this man is a loveable character both in film and in real life. He had small roles in Bruce Lee’s films before breaking out into stardom. Films that really helped him to shine was his roles in films like the Rush Hour series, Shanghai Noon and The Forbidden Kingdom.

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee, The Dragon, the legend. Although his life was cut tragically short at 32, Bruce Lee accomplished significantly more in that small time than most people would do in a century. He mastered Kung Fu, wrote several books, taught Westerners Chinese martial arts, and most notable became one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Even to this day, the films he was involved in are still very much the standard for martial art action films today.

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