BJJ World Champion Michelle Nicolini Looking To Make Her Name In MMA




BJJ World Champion Michelle Nicolini Looking To Make Her Name In MMA


Michelle Nicolini has established herself as one of the most decorated female Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitors in the history of the sport.


Now, the eight-time world champion and member of the BJJ Hall of Fame is looking to put her stamp down in the world of mixed martial arts.


“I just moved to Singapore to train full-time at Evolve MMA and I already signed with ONE Championship,” said Nicolini to Yahoo Sports. “I am super excited to have my first fight, and I think we really have the best team at Evolve MMA.


“The instructors are always there to patiently help and teach me. I totally trust in them, and have no doubt they will help me to improve my game and be a world champion in MMA. I will have to adapt my game to MMA because BJJ is not the same. I must learn Muay Thai, wrestling, and boxing, but my dream is to bring one more belt to Evolve MMA.”


While it won’t be Nicolini’s debut in MMA, her permanent move to an MMA gym will surely help to shape a well-rounded game.


“On my journeys I have visited some other MMA gyms around the world, but this was the first time that I imagined myself moving to one permanently. The training is hard, the instructors are all world champions in something, and the head coach, Heath Sims, has so much experience. I feel like this is the place I was always looking for.”



Mackenzie Dern Wins Her MMA Debut! [Video]




Mackenzie Dern Wins Her MMA Debut! [Video]




Jiu-jitsu star Mackenzie Dern made her mixed martial arts debut Friday night, and scored a dominant victory.


The multiple-time grappling champion took on fellow MMA newcomer Kenia Rosas at Legacy FC 58 in Lake Charles, La., and wasted no time in the striking area. Dern rushed for a takedown seconds into the first round, quickly getting Rosas’ back and working on a rear-naked choke. Rosas’ submission defense was on point, allowing her to survive the constant attacks from the jiu-jitsu wizard.


The pressure continued in the second and third rounds, with Dern having no trouble taking Rosas to the ground and quickly improving to the mount. The decorated black-belt landed hard shots from the mount in the second round, hurting Rosas, but couldn’t get the finish. In the end, Dern scored her first MMA win via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26 and 30-25).


“I could have went for the armbar and saw that her arm was really flexible,” Dern said after the dominant win. “I went for the toehold. I figured if her arm was flexible, than her feet were flexible too. I obviously didn’t want to go three rounds. I tried to practice my punching, but she defends very well. I was happy with my performance.”


In the final moments of the bout, Dern locked an armbar that looked deep, but Rosas didn’t tap.


“I didn’t hear a noise but it was backwards,” said the strawweight prospect about Rosas’ elbow during her post-fight interview. “She has some flexibility so that’s maybe why they thought it was a good match-up. She punches really hard and I tried to punch hard too. I was glad I was able to take it to the ground all three rounds.”


Check out the action in the video player below!




Mackenzie Dern Makes Her MMA Debut Tomorrow Evening [Interviews + Training Videos]


Photo Credit: Mackenzie Dern


Mackenzie Dern Makes Her MMA Debut Tomorrow Evening [Interviews + Training Videos]


Mackenzie Dern is set to make her transition to mixed martial arts tomorrow evening at Legacy Fights 58!


She will be competing at 115 lbs. Her opponent is Kenia “Aztec Warrior” Rosas.


Dern is training at The MMA Lab for her mixed martial arts debut.


Check out her pre-fight interview and training videos below! Go Mackenzie!






New Online Dating Service For BJJ Giving Away Free Memberships!




New Online Dating Service For BJJ Giving Away Free Memberships!


BJJ Dating has just been launched and is giving away free lifetime memberships to get the profile population going. As a reward, you will get to enjoy “founders status” and never have to pay! This is very limited and could end at anytime so share with as many people as possible!


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Should Jiu Jitsu Academies Enforce Contractual Obligations? (Opinion)




Should Jiu Jitsu Academies Enforce Contractual Obligations? (Opinion)


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that is filled with many realities. Fake people, fake belts and fake techniques are recognized with a quickness that is simply stunning to behold. One of the nuanced realities of BJJ is that we train at academies that are operated by business owners. Whether we like it or not, martial arts is a business. Most of us rational individuals recognize this dichotomy and make our adult decisions to be in accord with this dialectic.


It is obligatory for an academy to keep its doors open and the business operational in order to properly serve its body of students. To achieve this, capital is necessary. On top of the costs to operate the business, the academy owner also needs to provide for his or her family. Should a Jiu Jitsu black belt live in pious poverty like a guru of religion? Or, should they be allowed to live a comfortable life comparable to others?


I am not an academy owner but I can picture what it would be like to be one. You would want to build a gym with a family environment that is based on the concept of a team. Yet you also need money, or none of it will exist at all.


BJJ academies make the bulk of their money from monthly membership dues. Cross-fit gyms, regular gyms, yoga studios, dance academies, etc, all have contracts in place to ensure that a continuous stream of income can not only be collected, but counted on. When you are planning for the future it is extremely helpful to be able to gauge how much money will be coming in at a particular time. This is facilitated via contract. Having a contract also serves the purpose of making the contracted person feel obligated to show up to the academy as opposed to just coming a few times than quitting.


The sticky part of the situation occurs when a student wants to outright back out of their contractual agreement, that they as an adult, agreed to sign in to.


Should the academy owner let everyone who wants to, break their contract? If yes, can we justify a reason to therefore have a contract in the first place? Is there a certain point in time where your friendship with the academy owner supersedes their need for capital? Probably not.


In my opinion it is reprehensible and irresponsible adult behavior to sign an agreement that you do not 100% believe that you can oblige. For instance, my academy offers 1, 2 and 3 year contracts. The 3 year is naturally cheaper because the owner can rest easy for 3 years knowing that that revenue will be coming in. The 1 year contract is cheaper to buy out of but is more expensive per month because the academy owner cannot add into the accounting the 3 years of guaranteed income.


Most contracts have clauses to help the student if the need arises. If you are injured, more than likely you can have your academy “freeze” your account while you heal up. When you are fit to train, the contract will start back up again. The months that you didn’t attend will be added onto to the term of the agreement.


If you are moving, all you need to do is prove it through documentation.


If you simply want to quit, most contracts have a buy out clause. You may have to pay a few hundred dollars, but that is what adults do. You made a decision to enter an agreement that you couldn’t handle, so you must absorb some of the financial obligation.


Does this mean that you should now be angry with the academy because you were in err? Should you “tell the world” how evil the academy owner is for actually enforcing their contracts the way any other business in the world does?


Try telling your mortgage company that you cannot pay and you will lose your house. Tell your auto loan company that you cannot pay and you will lose your car. They will repossess your car, and you will still owe the balance! Why? Because you signed an agreement that says you understand the terms.


Your instructor is not faking their friendship with you, nor the family and team environment. If you cannot meet your obligations, you are not a friend, teammate or family member. I like to associate with those who stick to their agreements and those who make wise decisions. I tend to disassociate with those who make rash decisions that they regret later.


In summary, I believe that your BJJ academy should honor their agreement to keep the doors of the business open, and to teach me the martial art that they sold me on during the introduction period (giving me full view of the academy and what is taught BEFORE the contract was signed). I also believe that the student should meet their obligation to pay, or expect the penalties included in the contract to be enforced. This could mean court, attorney’s, etc.


Consider it a blessing that you only have to deal with small claims court, and not an angry Jiu Jitsu black belt hunting you down.


‘Nuff said.






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Kron Gracie, Gabi Garcia And Some Guy Named Fedor Fighting New Years Eve!



(In terms of Fedor’s return, no one is happier than this guy.)


Kron Gracie, Gabi Garcia And Some Guy Named Fedor Fighting New Years Eve!


Check out the exciting weigh-in highlights from RIZIN FF day 2 featuring Fedor Emelianenko versus Jaideep Singh in the main event. Also featured on the card are Brazilian Jiu Jitsu stars Gabi Garcia and Kron Gracie! Check out the full fight card and weigh-in highlight below!


The full RIZIN FF New Year’s Eve card starting at 1am ET. on Spike TV will feature:


Fedor Emelianenko vs. Jaideep Singh
TBD vs. TBD [Grand Prix Tournament Final]
Kron Gracie vs Asen Yamamoto
Baruto Kaido vs. Peter Aerts
Yuichiro Nagashima vs. Andy Souwer
Bob Sapp vs. Akebono [Shoot Boxing Rules]
Gabi Garcia vs. Lei’d Tapa
Soo Chul Kim vs. Maike Linhares
Takeru vs. Yang Ming [K-1 Rules]
Brennan Ward vs. Ken Hasegawa
Muhammad Lawal vs. Teodoras Aukstuolis [GP Tournament Semi-Final]
Jiri Prochazka vs. Vadim Nemkov [GP Tournament Semi-Final]
RENA vs. Jleana Valentino


(Seems Legit.)


Have a safe and Happy New Year!


Royce Gracie Returning To MMA To Fight Ken Shamrock Again




Royce Gracie Returning To MMA To Fight Ken Shamrock Again


Last night during the Bellator 145 broadcast it was announced that on February 19th in Houston Ken Shamrock would fight Royce Gracie for the 3rd time, and Kimbo Slice would fight Dada5000.


Below are the videos of the announcements.




On November 12, 1993 Shamrock and Gracie had their first fight in the newly formed Ultimate Fighting Championship at UFC 1. The event was held under a one-night tournament format. Ken Shamrock submitted Patrick Smith by heel-hook in the quarter finals.


Shamrock’s opponent in the semifinals of UFC 1 was the Brazilian Royce Gracie. During the match, Shamrock grabbed Gracie’s ankle and sat back to attempt a heel hook. According to Shamrock, however, his arm had gotten tangled in Gracie’s gi and when Shamrock sat back, it pulled Gracie on top of him. Gracie then secured a rear-naked choke and advanced to the finals. The ending was a source of controversy because the referee did not see the tap and ordered the two fighters to continue fighting after Gracie had let go of the hold. Shamrock paused for a few seconds but declined, admitting to the ref that he tapped out and that it would not be fair for him to continue fighting. After the fight, Shamrock admitted that he underestimated Gracie: “I didn’t know who Royce Gracie was…when I saw him in his gi, I thought he was some karate guy.”



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On April 5, 1995, at UFC 5, Shamrock got his rematch with Gracie in a match called “The Superfight,” which would determine the UFC Champion. At the time, Gracie had a reputation as being seemingly unbeatable. Gracie had obvious concerns about his relative lack of size in comparison to Shamrock, so he came into the octagon at 190 pounds – roughly fifteen pounds above what had been his normal fighting weight; Shamrock also cut his weight down to 205 pounds for the bout. Hours before the event, the UFC suddenly instituted a 30-minute time limit, mainly due to pay per view time constraints. Both Gracie and Shamrock were upset at the sudden rule change. For Shamrock, it ruined his game plan, who had been training for months to utilize his natural advantages in size and strength to wear Gracie down over the course of two hours. Shamrock and Gracie fought for the entire allotted time of 30 minutes along with 5 minutes of overtime before the match was declared a draw due to the fight not having judges. Gracie left with a melon sized welt closing his eye, a result of a standing punch due to a sudden change of the rules in which both of the fighters were restarted on their feet. Shamrock was not satisfied with his performance against Gracie, saying “it’s certainly not a win. You gain nothing (with a draw)”. Shamrock expressed desire to fight Gracie again for a third time in 1996, saying that if it went to a draw again, he would have Gracie declared the winner and Shamrock would forfeit his UFC Superfight Championship belt to Gracie. Gracie left the UFC after his fight with Shamrock and did not return until 11 years later. [Source]




Gracie and Shamrock will face each other on February 19th, 2016 at Bellator 149 in Houston, Texas.