Bellator MMA is bringing The Toughest Tournament In Sports back to Southern California as Pechanga Resort & Casino hosts the Welterweight Tournament Semifinals Friday, April 11th live on Spike TV. The night will also feature a light heavyweight showdown between Vladimir Matyushenko and Joey Beltran.
After more than a decade of fighting MMA as a professional, The Ultimate Fighter season 1 veteran Chris Leben (22-11) has announced his retirement. UFC fans may recall Leben quit on his stool between rounds following a brutal first round against Uriah Hall at UFC 168 back in December. The loss marked Leben’s fourth straight defeat.
Jack Bratcher: It seems like wrestling is generally perceived as the best fit for the sport as a foundation.
Dr. Rhadi Ferguson: Yes it does seem that way but it’s a false read that people are getting. What you see in MMA is called a convenient sample. You are looking at a sample of population of people which has a huge North American/United States bias and slant on it. There are more practitioners of martial arts in the world than there are wrestling practitioners. And if you don’t think so, just look at the adult population.
World Series of Fighting’s eighth event overall and first of 2014 took place Saturday night in Hollywood, Florida’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The card featured two title fights, in the Lightweight and the Women’s Strawweight (115 lbs) divisions, both of which saw a one-sided result. The card’s co-main event featured two former UFC fighters in Anthony Johnson vs. Mike Kyle, wherein Johnson continued his winning streak outside of the UFC with a decisive knockout victory.
He jiu jitsu world was shocked in 2003 when Eddie Bravo did the unthinkable and submitted Royler Gracie at the ADCC. Some say it was a fluke and some people stand by Bravo as a testament to his skills Now, 11 years later, they will meet at Metamoris 3 to settle it. Bravo has went on to establish one of the most recognized systems in the world with his 10 Planet Jiu Jitsu brand. Both men are older and wiser in the business and the anticipation is already growing for the event.