THE INFO episode 18: featuring Scott Smith, Kurt Osiander & Raul Castillo

It was another packed show as Scott Smith, Kurt Osiander and Raul Castillo joined PRO MMA’s (promma.info) Matt De La Rosa and “Fast Eddie” Constantine on the latest edition of THE INFO. Smith just signed on to fight Nick Diaz at Strikeforce’s June 6th show in St. Louis, Missouri. Smith and Diaz were both victorious … Read more

2009 Pan Ams – Braga Neto takes two titles

This year’s Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championships recently took place this past weekend in Carson, California. The action was heavy until the finals of the black belt division. Three of the division finals did not have a contested match as both fighters represented the same team. This is a dilemma that will hold back the sport of BJJ from its huge potential.

The concept of respect amongst the teams is a huge factor in the Jiu-Jitsu world, but I feel it is disrespectful when representing your team to not leave it all on the mat. I reflect back to the days when there was only one Gracie academy and the internal academy qualifiers were akin to their own championships as teammates would battle it out for the honor to fill one of the brackets against the other academies.

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PRO MMA Exclusive Audio Interviews

PRO MMA was in attendance at Strikeforce: Destruction this past Friday at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Throughout the night Fast Eddie caught up with mixed martial artists Luke Stewart, Kurt Osiander and Ryan Bastianelli. The topics discussed were the evening’s event, contract situations, upcoming bouts and the future outlook for 2009. Don’t forget to checkout the PRO MMA gallery featuring photos from this past weekend.

Luke Stewart interview:
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Kurt Osiander interview part 1:
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Strikeforce weigh-ins: news and notes

Promma.info’s Eddie Constantine and Matt De La Rosa were on hand at the The Hotel DeAnza to witness the Strikeforce:Destruction weigh-ins Thursday night.

The only thing colder then the San Jose weather was Joe Riggs’s attitude. Riggs’s was visibly showing the affects of a twenty plus pound weight cut and became frustrated with the athletic commission’s handling of the scale, forcing Rigg’s to strip down prior to stepping on the scale.

Another fighter noticeably shaken from cutting weight was middleweight Terry Martin. Martin was seen lying on the floor before weighing in. Immediately after he stepped off the scale Martin rushed out of the room to begin replenishing himself for tomorrow’s co-main event.

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Strikeforce: Destruction on Nov. 21 in San Jose

Strikeforce will bring Destruction to California on Friday, November 21 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose starting at 7:30 PM (Prelims at 6:00PM). There will be two title fights, lightweight and light heavyweight, on this card. Here’s how this event lines up: (Main Event) Lightweight Championship Fight: 155 lbs. Yves Edwards (34-14-1) vs. Josh … Read more

Fast Eddie’s Minute – Gladiator Challenge Summer Showdown recap

What a time to be an MMA fan. This past weekend had more exciting bouts and finishes than any other in recent memory. The Affliction and Ultimate Fight Night events both ended in short and spectacular fashion, with the favored fighter coming out on top. This was also true of the Gladiator Challenge this past … Read more

Fast Eddie’s Minute- Gladiator Challenge Summer Showdown

by:  Fast Eddie The weigh-ins just took place for the next installment of Tedd William’s Gladiator Challenge. All fighters made their contracted weight and everything went off without a hitch. It blew me away when Tedd stated that he has promoted over 200 shows. Gladiator Challenge has produced some of the biggest names in MMA … Read more

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 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