UFC President Dana White’s new show on Discovery debuts tonight. “The Fighters” features gym owner and former fighter Peter Welch as he enlists Boston’s top boxing trainers in an effort to revive boxing in Boston. The man who helped build the UFC (and by default, MMA) into the highly-popular sport it is today, is hoping to pump new life blood into another sport dear to his heart.
In a recent talk with media members about “The Fighters” and his own boxing roots, White expounded on the time when he and former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz were going to have a little boxing match of their own.
Ross Pearson was set to rematch Melvin Guillard at UFC Fight Night 37 after their last bout ended in a no contest due to a knee that was deemed illegal by Melvin Guillard. UFC lightweight Michael Johnson (14-8) has agreed to step in and face “The Young Assassin” at the UFC Fight Night 37 event on March 8 in London, England.
In China, 2014 is the Year of the Horse, in the IOC this is the Year of the XXII Olympic Winter Games, but in MMA many are calling this the Year of the Strawweight. The UFC, the sport’s premier organization, is set to lead the way by establishing a Women’s MMA strawweight division complete with an entire twentieth season of its hit reality show The Ultimate Fighter geared around crowning the winner as the promotion’s first-ever strawweight champion.
For mixed martial arts fans, the checkerboard pattern of Croatia is commonly associated with one man: the legendary Mirko Cro Cop. While he may be the most commonly known Croatian fighter, the small nation of just over four billion has a rich tradition in producing fighters that have reached the top level of their craft. From the storied kickboxers Stefan Leko and Branko Cikatic to former UFC fighters Igor Pokrajac and Goran Reljic, it’s easy to see the deep roots of Croatian mixed martial arts. But the man who dons the checkerboard shorts today in the octagon is not one from Croatia, rather, he hails from Cleveland, Ohio.
I would like to say that the techniques in this video look even remotely close to something that would work against a wrestling shot or jiu jitsu takedown, but I can’t. This looks like how Kip from Napoleon Dynamite would be fighting off uncle Rico’s unwanted advances. There is nothing here that says the guy in prison orange could defend himself in a real fight unless he was able to dictate how and which arm to use when getting attacked. Rex Kwon Do comes to mind.
After breaking his back and having surgery, Batista, through his friendship with Nick Diaz, began training in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and even dabbled in mixed martial arts for a time. He actually had one pro fight, defeating Vince Lucero via first round TKO in 2012. Now listen in as “The Animal”, now 45-years-old, talks about his return to the WWE and his desire to become the undisputed heavyweight champion.
Longtime UFC middleweight scrapper Chris “The Crippler” Leben (22-11) announced his retirement from professional mixed martial arts competition on Monday. On Tuesday “The Crippler” took to Facebook to thank his supporters and let them know that he will still be involved in MMA, coaching and cornering young fighters out of Victory MMA & Fitness in San Diego.