Vinny Magalhaes’ future in MMA

It is said that everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame. Some shine, some dont. In the case of Vinny “Pezao” Magalhaes, his 15 minutes could last a bit longer if he works on his standup.

In a TUF Finale post fight interview, Vinny admits that his standup is “horrible”. Vinny is a grappler, that is his bread and butter, but to last in MMA jiu-jitsu alone does not make a champion.

Vinicius ‘Pezao’ Magalhaes is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and hails from Gracie Humaita in Rio de Janeiro, the school founded by Helio Gracie. To say that Vinny knows his jiu-jitsu is an understatement. He has been heralded as quite possibly the top BJJ practitioner in the world.

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Getting back to his roots: a PRO MMA exclusive with Jorge Gurgel

Jorge Gurgel will be heading back to his home country of Brazil in just a few days. He is headed back home to reconnect with those roots that are the foundation of the man he is today.

Everything Jorge is, started from the seeds of jiu-jitsu that were planted back in Brazil. He is returning to the homeland to reconnect with old friends, with family, with the sunshine and to surround himself with the familiarity and security of it all.

Jorge will meet up with old training partners now Black Belts in their own right; the guys he grew up with, rolled and sweated with perfecting their art of jiu-jitsu.

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The truth about Eddie Bravo & rubber guard

Jiu Jitsu is evolving. The fight game is evolving. Like all of the arts it involves creativity. In this very interesting video Joe Rogan, George Sotiropoulos, and Jason Chambers share their insight about Eddie Bravo’s contribution to Jiu Jitsu and the evolution of MMA. Props to Jeff at www.mmasync.com for this video. Please like & … Read more

Drysdale ready to turn pro

Although BJJ phenom Robert Drysdale has had only one amateur MMA fight, apparently he’s ready to give it a go in the professional ranks.

The Fight Zone, Inc. sent out a press release today announcing that Robert Drysdale will be turning professional within MMA.

His announcement to turn pro is not surprising.  What’s even more surprising to some is he even bothered having an amateur MMA bout at all.

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U.S. Open XIII Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Oct.18-19 in Santa Cruz

The U.S. Open XIII Brazilian Jiu Jitsu dubbed “America’s Favorite Tournament” will be held this weekend, Oct.18-19, in Santa Cruz, CA. at the Civic Auditorium. Many schools which are also home to many great MMA fighters will be represented at the event.

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Fast Eddie’s Lessons in Humility Volume 2

This week’s lesson was simple – frequent tapping. As you will see, in the following videos, both of my sparring partners were very respectful and humble in teaching me a thing or two about humility. I want to personally thank both of them along with head instructor Kurt Osiander. First up was Yuji Uchida, Ralph … Read more

Fast Eddie’s Minute – Catching up with Kurt Osiander

“Keep your head on the inside!” Kurt Osiander shouted as two of his students were drilling their single leg takedowns during our interview. Kurt’s number one priority is sharing the knowledge of the art of Jiu-Jitsu that was given to him so many years ago. You may remember Kurt as the man who choked the … Read more

Fast Eddie’s Minute – Got Ink? Luke Stewart does

Though he may have the typical look, there is nothing typical about Luke Stewart. Yes, his ears have cauliflower from nearly 10 years of Jiu-jitsu. Yes, he is heavily tattooed having gotten his first at the age of fourteen. But what you would not expect from Luke was that he spent 2 years of his … Read more

Fast Eddie’s lessons in humility with Kurt Osiander

  Welcome to the newest segment from Fast Eddie and ProMMA.  About 10 years and 30 pounds ago, I was quite active in the BJJ and MMA worlds.  Having begun my Jiu-Jitsu training at the Ralph Gracie academy in 1996, I have had the opportunity to see the evolution of the sport of MMA first … Read more

Fast Eddie’s Minute – Joey Armstrong, MMA’s Renaissance Man

Fighter. Father. Artist. All of these describe Joey Armstrong. This 33 year old member of the Ralph Gracie team has a lot on his plate right now. Armstrong moved to the San Francisco Bay area 10 years ago from Austin Texas looking for a fresh start. What he found was a family, in and out … Read more