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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Historic MMA Rivalries, part 3: Brazil vs. Japan

Kimura vs. Gracie

Brazil vs Japan

For many years, two countries have been represented well by their native sons in the sport of mixed martial arts. Each culture embodies the spirit and wisdom necessary to be successful in the sport, as well as helping it evolve over time. 

The roots of Brazil and Japan’s contributions to MMA runs far deeper then the sport’s short history of fifteen years. The art of Jiu-Jitsu had been developed in Japan during the Feudal period as a form of hand to hand combat for war. Centuries after its development, Jiu-Jitsu found its way to Brazil thanks to Mitsuyo Maeda.

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Historic MMA Rivalries, part 2: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu vs. Wrestling

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu vs. Wrestling
When Brock Lesnar faces the winner of UFC 92’s interim heavyweight championship bout between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria and Frank Mir, an age old question in MMA will be asked again.

Which martial art holds the bragging right of being called the best starting base for a mixed martial arts competition? This is a point that has been contested since as far back as fans can remember.

Royce Gracie made the case in the early UFC tournaments that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was the supreme discipline by showcasing BJJ’s superiority over traditional martial art techniques. Gracie’s ground display introduced the martial arts community to the importance of submissions and grappling.

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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 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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New Lion’s Den MMA training facility to open in Connecticut

Ken Shamrock’s World Renowned Lion’s Den Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Training Facility to Open in Connecticut

The Most Comprehensive MMA Training Facility of its Kind in Connecticut

Middletown, CT. – October 9, 2008 – Ken Shamrock’s Lion’s Den Middletown, Connecticut’s premier 16,000 square foot Mixed Martial Arts training and fitness center, will be celebrating its grand opening the weekend of November 1st. This impressive multi-level state-of-the-art facility has over 14,000 square feet of training space, with top of the line cardio and weight training equipment, over 60 hanging bags for conditioning, two professional boxing rings, a full size competition hexagon for mixed martial arts and two large areas of mat space for grappling and striking, which includes a 1,200 square foot caged in mat area. In addition, Lion’s Den Middletown has unrivaled amenities, such as full locker rooms, a phenomenal pro-shop stacked with name brand training gear and MMA apparel, a juice bar and lounge area in which to re-fuel, as well as a convenient in-house internet café.

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Robert Drysdale to make MMA debut

by: Jack Bratcher

PRO MMA has just learned that the Xtreme Couture BJJ instructor and grappling phenom, Robert Drysdale is set to make his amateur MMA debut at Tuff-N-Uff’s Future Stars of MMA on October 17 at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Whenever we speak to fighters from the Xtreme Couture gym in Vegas, one name always comes up when the subject of grappling is raised, and that is Robert Drysdale.  His name seems to have reached almost mythical proportions and this has stemmed from the way top level professional fighters describe his grappling abilities.

Now while MMA is a different ballgame than straight jiu-jitsu, Drysdale is certainly surrounded by some of the best fighters in the game at Couture’s that can help round out his skills.  I certainly would not want to learn that one of the first fights in my amateur career would be against Robert Drysdale.  No opponent has been named yet.  Hopefully Tuff-N-Uff can find an amateur willing to get in there with him.  Good luck with that Barry!

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