Film Study: Askren falls short of 2010 World Team

2010 World Teamer Travis Paulson

On Thursday, Ben Askren will take on Dan Hornbuckle for this season’s Bellator Fighting Championship welterweight tournament title. He also wanted to make the U.S. World Team in freestyle wrestling, but he fell short last weekend.

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Film Study – Matt Lindland Flashback

There is a chance, although a small chance, that Matt Lindland will lose to Spencer Pratt’s homeboy this weekend, so let’s take a little trip down memory lane. Before coming to MMA, Lindland competed extensively in Greco-Roman wrestling. He won an silver medal at the 2000 Olympics. However, he went through quite an ordeal to earn a spot on the Olympic team.

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Film Study – Askren vs Moza Fay

Last Thursday, the Beat the Streets Gala took place aboard the USS Intrepid in New York City. The event raised funds for high school and middle school wrestling programs in the city. Some of the nation’s top wrestlers took part in some matches to entertain the fans including Bellator welterweight tournament participant Ben Askren. For … Read more

Film Study – Junie Browning vs. Reza Madadi

This past weekend Junie Browning tried to get back on track towards the UFC. In February he dropped a fight to Aaron Hall after he refused to come out for the second round. Last Saturday, he took on Reza Madadi on Superior Challenge 5 “Pride and Fury” in Stockholm. Junie Browning vs. Reza Madadi Superior … Read more

Film Study – Shawn Bunch training stand up

This past weekend Shawn Bunch dominated the field en route to winning the U.S. National title in freestyle at 60 kg/132.25 lbs. In the finals, he took a 3-0, 2-1 decision over the man who defeated him in last year’s tournament. To compensate his wrestling training, Bunch has begun cross training a bit with MMA. … Read more

Film Study – JT Torres vs. Dustin Hazelett

Recent Brazilian Jiu-Jistu black belt JT Torres scored an impressive submission victory over Dustin Hazelett at the Ohio Grappling Challenge. Lloyd Irvin recently awarded Torres and UWC bantamweight champion Mike Easton their black belts and the next generation has continued to look impressive. Hazelett is coming back from a serious knee injury and a knockout … Read more

Film Study – Hidehiko Yoshida’s gold medal match

This weekend was the end of a memorable MMA career for former Olympic gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida. His star pupil, Kazuhiro Nakamura, won the retirement fight by decision at the inaugural Astra card. On New Year’s Eve, Yoshida defeated 2008 Olympic gold medalist Satoshi Ishii. Let’s go back to 1992 and check out Yoshida’ gold … Read more

Film Study – Junior dos Santos vs Joaquim Ferreira

This weekend Junior dos Santos takes on Gabriel Gonzaga in perhaps the biggest fight of his still young career. Ever since bursting onto the scene with a highlight reel knockout of Fabricio Werdum, Dos Santos has been considered one of the hottest heavyweight prospects in recent memory. While his striking has been nothing short of … Read more

Film Study – Hector Lombard vs. Damien Stelly

This may be a “calm before the storm” type weekend. There is not really a big card, and next weekend is pretty stacked with shows from the UFC, Shooto, Pancrase and Dream. However, in Sydney, Australia multi-promotion middleweight champion Hector Lombard will defend his CFC title against Team Quest veteran Art Santore. Last year Lombard … Read more