The most touching martial arts video we have seen in a long time

We have tremendous respect for the military and the sacrifices they make. They are separated from their families for long periods of time and often the family is left wondering when or worst case scenario if they are coming home. When they do come back it is always a magical and in this case highly … Read more

VIDEO: Funny and slightly racist old military self defense promo

This is an epic propaganda video for the US military during what sounds like a time they faced the Germans and Japanese in war. It is a testament to how valuable martial arts was and is today. This was effectively mixed martial arts training at its simplest form. The US soldiers and Marines were already … Read more

Through the Fire: The Journey of Pat Minihan

When Pat Minihan steps into the cage to take on the young up and coming Ky Hollenbeck at Cage Combat Fighting Championship this Saturday, the bout could be viewed as a classic ‘prospect versus journeyman’ match up. However, Pat does not fit the mold of a typical grizzled veteran.

Minihan, a 33 year old American Kickboxing Academy welterweight and the last man ever required to try out for the team, left MMA in 2002 and stopped fighting professionally for five years. Despite devoting himself to fighting since 2000 and following three years of military service, Minihan walked away from the cage after a bout in Boise, Idaho.

“There was a zip tie on the cage and I ripped the top of my knee off. I could see everything moving inside my knee. The insurance didn’t go through and then the promoter’s number changes. That cost me 1800 bucks to get my knee fixed. I got stuck with the bill; I was upset and said, ‘I’m done. Forget this.”

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Brian Stann vs. Steve Cantwell set for UFC’s Fight for the Troops

by:  Jack Bratcher

Yes you read that correctly, Brian Stann will face Steve Cantwell for the third time, but this time the fight will be in the UFC. This fight is scheduled for December 10 at Ft. Bragg, NC as part of the UFC’s Fight for the Troops card. Stann last fought Cantwell back in July when he lost his WEC Light Heavyweight Title by a round 2 TKO at WEC 35. It was Stann’s first title defense after defeating Doug “The Rhino” Marshall at WEC 33 in March of this year.  To have Stann fight at this event is pure genuis.  He is an Iraqi war veteran and considered the “Pride of the U.S. Marnie Corps” by military men and women who love to see one of their own compete at such a high level.

So how did Brian Stann and Steve Cantwell end up in the UFC? The Zuffa-owned (same company that owns the UFC) WEC, has decided to put a close to their light heavyweight and middleweight divisions. The organization which was founded in 2001, will now focus its efforts entirely on the bantamweight (135lbs.), featherweight (145lbs.), lightweight (155 lbs.), and welterweight (170lbs.) divisions.

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