Tanquinho Looks To Advance To 4-0 MMA This Friday

 

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Multiple time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes Looks To Advance To 4-0 in MMA This Friday at Legacy Fighting Championship 38. Tanquinho faces off against Evan Martinez in what looks to be exciting 3 rounder. The fight will be shown live on AXS.tv.

 

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So far Tanquinho has beaten all of his opponents by submission. At 31 years of age he still has plenty of time left to do great things in the sport of MMA.

 

Here is the rest of the fight card:

 

Fight Card (Subject to Change):
TV Card (AXS TV)
155 – Anthony Njokuani (15-9) vs Dave Burrow (12-5)
135 – Joseph Sandoval (7-4) vs Jason Sampson (11-1)
135 – Caio Machado (5-1) vs Steven Peterson (11-4)
135 – Augusto Mendes (3-0) vs Evan Martinez (4-0)
185 – Evan Thompson (5-1) vs Charles Byrd (6-3)
135 – Saul Elizondo (6-4) vs Eli Tamez (8-0)
170 – Andrew Parker (5-0) vs Bilal Williams (3-0)

 

Prelims
135 – Mark Delarosa (2-0) vs Keeton Gorton (2-0)
135 – Tristan Grimsley (5-4) vs George Pacarariu (6-3)
135 – Levi Mowles (1-0) vs Ivan “J.P.” Cole (2-2)
170 Ammy – Cameron Couch (4-0) vs Kris Bickman (3-0)
135 Ammy – Jon Camero (4-1) vs Colton Wright (4-0)
135 Ammy – Federico Olivera (3-4) vs Jarrod Trotter (2-1)
125 Ammy – Anthony Torres (1-1) vs Chris Arreaga (1-1)
135 Ammy – Donis Francois (3-2) vs Dylan Ashburn (3-1)

 

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Check out this insane BJJ match from 2013 where Tanquinho defeats Rafael Mendes!

 

 

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(Tanquinho and BJJ world champion girlfriend Mackenzie Dern)

 

Ex-NFL Cheerleader Rachel Wray BJJ Blue Belt, MMA Fighter

 

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If you want your shot, ladies, Rachel Wray is ready. Or pretty darn close, at least.

 

“Now that I’ve achieved the one goal I have been focusing so hard on for so long, I feel like I can finally turn my attention back to MMA,” Wray, the former NFL-cheerleader-turned-mixed-martial-arts fighter, tells FOXSports.

 

“I may compete in one more tournament in March, but I told my coach I’m ready to fight. He said he may have a fight readily available.”

 

That “goal” above is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, granted to Wray after she won gold Jan. 31 at the 2015 Arkansas Open tourney in Conway, Arkansas.

 

“This (was) literally the moment I (had) been waiting for the entire time I have been training for MMA,” says Wray, a Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader from 2010-11.

 

“I think the reason he decided to promote me at the tournament was because of one of the matches I won. One of the girls there who is a purple belt, a pro and an MMA fighter with a 5-1 record, her opponent was a no-show. So they asked me to fight her. I figured I would probably lose but I wanted to get the experience of rolling with such a high-level grappler. So I said, ‘Yes.’

 

“She dominated me from top position for the entire first four minutes of the match, but then she decided to expose her back for a split second, so I got up and jumped on her back like a little monkey and sank in a rear naked choke. As I squeezed with all my might, I started to get tears in my eyes because I couldn’t believe it was happening. I was going to not only beat this pro, but I was going to submit her.”

 

Wray says she has taken home at least 10 golds in BJJ tournaments over the past 18 months, having fought competition ranging from 130 through 180 pounds.

 

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Now that the blue belt — the second adult rank (after white) in BJJ — is in hand, her focus now is dropping 10 to 15 pounds and “sharpening my boxing.”

 

The former Chiefs cheer squad member, who sports a 2-2 MMA record as an amateur, hasn’t fought since last July 12, when she fell by submission to Jamie “The Pretty Assassin” Clinton after 44 seconds at Attitude MMA Fights II in Lakeland, Tennessee. Wray says she took the date while still battling the effects of a recent concussion, and that Clinton’s choke hold caused her to black out — a sensation she described later as “the same feeling as dying.”

 

“Once I can lose lots of weight and my hands are back to where they were two years ago, I will definitely be ready to fight again,” Wray says. “I’m also praying I don’t reinjure my ankle or get any more concussions, because those are always major setbacks.”

 

 

 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Helps Marine Overcome PTSD

 

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Helps Marine Overcome PTSD

 

Robert Consulmagno is 42 years old. His father committed suicide when he was very young and his stepfather beat both him and his mother.

 

Robert joined the Marines in 1991 to escape the abuse and find a purpose, but sadly, things got worse. He was always getting into fights and couldn’t get along with others. He was honorably discharged in 1996.

 

Next, he tried college; however, he was always fighting with professors and unable to maintain any healthy relationships, so he went looking for answers at a VA Hospital and learned he had PTSD. He also learned that he was bipolar.

 

Three years ago, Robert found Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and it has done for him, what medication couldn’t.

 

 

Please like Robert’s Facebook Athlete Page to follow his BJJ journey!

 

Gracie Nationals Streaming For Free This Weekend!

 

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If submission only Jiu Jitsu that isn’t hampered by some time limit is your thing, Sherdog.com has you covered this weekend (Saturday and Sunday).

 

The 2015 Gracie Nationals will stream live and free on Sherdog, and will culminate with a superfight pitting Javier Vazquez against Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon.

 

The event takes place at the L.A. Convention Center, in Los Angeles and also features Denny Prokopos taking on Eddie Cummings.

 

 

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Insane Kimura Variation Landed In Pro MMA Fight!

 

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An insane Kimura variation was just landed in a pro MMA fight! The match took place at ROAD FC 21. The fighters were Tyrone Henderson and Hong Young-Gi.

 

Tyrone gets his back taken. He is then mounted. Watch the way he handles the situation in the video below. It is quite remarkable to say the least.

 

 

Anderson Silva And Nick Diaz Fail Drug Tests For UFC 183

 

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It seems that both UFC 183 headliners have failed their pre-fight drug tests. Nick Diaz for marijuana and Anderson Silva for a steroid that is used in cutting weight.

 

Official statement from the UFC reads as follows:

 

“On February 3, 2015, the UFC organization was notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Anderson Silva tested positive for Drostanolone metabolites on his Jan. 9 out of competition drug test,” read a UFC statement.

 

UFC’s understanding is that further testing will be conducted by the commission to confirm these preliminary results.

 

Anderson Silva has been an amazing champion and a true ambassador of the sport of mixed martial arts and the UFC, in Brazil as well as around the world. We are disappointed to learn of these initial results.”

 

Anderson Silva not only tested positive for Drostanolone metabolites in a January 9th out-of-competition drug test, but traces of the banned substance Androsterone were also found in the legendary champion’s system, according to Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) executive director, Bob Bennett.

 

Drostanolone is a common form of anabolic steroid. Androsterone is a form of endogenous testosterone. Both substances are banned according to the World Anti-Doping Agency code.

 

Silva, 39, defeated Diaz via unanimous decision on January 31st at UFC 183. According to Bennett, Silva was tested out-of-competition on January 9th, then January 19th with an in-competition test. Another in-competition test was administered on January 31st. Silva passed the latter two tests according to Bennett.

 

“I think it’s very unfortunate,” Bennett told MMAfighting.com‘s Ariel Helwani. “The UFC have made a tremendous effort to level the playing field in their fight against Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs). Credit goes to them for doing the right thing based on principles and they continue to support our out-of-competition drug testing efforts.

 

“You can’t lose sight of all the other athletes that do what they are supposed to do and fight cleanly. The UFC deserves a great deal of credit for supporting the PED challenge that we currently have. It’s just unfortunate for all of us.

 

Bennett added that the NAC’s new objective will be to receive out-of-competition drug test results within a week, and that the commission is at this point not aware of Silva failing any other tests other than the one administered on January 9th.

 

The last two UFC events have been riddled with shocking failed drug tests; Jon Jones for cocaine, Anderson Silva for steroids and Nick Diaz for marijuana (okay Nick Diaz on weed isn’t very shocking). What in the world is going on over there at the UFC? If we find out Ronda Rousey is on heroin after UFC 184 I don’t think I am watching anymore.

 

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