Khabib Nurmagomedov Hospitalized UFC 209 Title Fight With Tony Ferguson Cancelled


LAS VEGAS – In a big blow to a two-title fight card, UFC 209 has lost its co-main event interim lightweight championship bout the day before the event.


Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) was taken to a local hospital in Las Vegas on Thursday night after experiencing issues during his weight cut to make the 155-pound title limit. UFC officials made the announcement following the official weigh-ins for the event that the fight with Tony Ferguson (22-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC) is off.


UFC officials said today that Nurmagomedov was released from the hospital, but was not medically cleared by doctors to fight on Saturday, which scrapped the bout. A UFC official told MMAjunkie following today’s official weigh-ins that it had not yet been determined which fight from the prelims will move up to the main card.


Ferguson made weight at 154.5 pounds just before 9:30 a.m. local time in Las Vegas at the official weigh-ins – but it was for naught.



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Don’t Tap Out To Skin Disease


by Zachary Phillips – Zimmah Muscle Therapy


Participating in any sport has an inherent risk of injury, but intelligent practitioners mitigate that risk by eating well, warming up properly and using correct form.


For grapplers, there is also the risk of skin disease, which unfortunately often goes unaddressed (particularly in the first few months of training). If the appropriate steps are not taken, the skin to skin contact of BJJ, wrestling and MMA can result in an increased risk contracting: Ringworm, Impetigo, Staph, Herpes and a host of other nasty things that nobody wants anywhere near them.


Whilst there are a plethora of cures for most problems, prevention should always be in the forefront of our minds.


Firstly, and I can’t stress this enough, DON’T train when you are unwell (or think you are unwell). There is nothing worse than having your training partner end the roll by saying ‘I don’t think I am infectious’, ‘No I haven’t gotten it checked out yet, but it should be alright’ or ‘I am wearing a rash guard, so there is no risk to you’.


Just don’t be that guy. Rather than risk infecting the club, stay at home an extra few days and heal up. Get the rash checked out and take your meds. Remember that training is a long-term hobby: missing one week won’t kill you, but spreading an infection will give you a bad reputation, one that you will never live down.


Secondly, keep clean. Wash your gear after each training session. Yes, all of it. If it touches skin, or gets sweat on it, it is a breeding ground for bacteria. Make sure to regularly air out and clean your gym bag. If you use a public shower or toilet, wear thongs on your feet.


Make sure that before training you are clean and maintain good hygiene, and importantly after your sessions, that you wash yourself thoroughly as quickly as feasible. The longer you wait, the more of a build-up of bacteria, and thus the more risk of it getting through the protective layers of your skin.


Thirdly, check that your gym’s facilities are clean. For grapplers, in particular, the cleanliness of the mat is vital. A clean gym should have a strict ‘shoes on when off the mat and no shoes on the mat’ policy and should regularly sweep, mop and sanitize the mats. There is something distinctly repulsive about realizing that people are bringing the germs from their shoes (think of where you have walked today) and placing it where you will soon be putting your head.



A word on soap.


Make sure to use antibacterial soap (otherwise what’s the point?), and ensure that it is used after each training session. Like the gut, the skin has a plethora of good bacteria on it that if depleted can be harmful to your health. Soap with tea tree oil can help, or you could go for a branded soap like ‘Defense Soap’. They specifically tailor their products towards grapplers taking a “unique approach by developing a soap that keeps your normal skin flora balanced therefore keeping it stronger and enabling it to protect you from infection”.


Their website is a useful resource, check it out for more on skin health, prevention and treatments.


Stay clean, and share this with your training partners.




Georges St. Pierre Vs Michael Bisping CONFIRMED!


It’s official … Georges St-Pierre WILL fight Michael Bisping for the 185 pound title!


UFC honcho Dana White just announced a deal was made over a recent dinner in Las Vegas … and says the fight will go down later in 2017.


White noted that GSP has to go through 3 months of USADA testing before he can fight — but he’s confident Georges will pass and the fight will go down.


White also said rumblings of a possible fight between GSP and Conor McGregor never came close to actually happening. At least not yet.



Justin Bieber Destroys Boy With Jiu-Jitsu In The Park


Megastar Justin Bieber has been practicing different martial arts over the past few years.


He has even been seen training with boxing great Floyd Mayweather.



Recently Justin posted the video below to his Instagram account. In it Bieber can be seen armbarring his friend “Scooter”.




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Culture Is King

by John B. Will


Culture is king. The culture that resides at the heart any academy, organization, business enterprise, will shape, make or break … and even though we may start out with a clear idea of what that culture will look like, understand this – a culture has a shelf life and needs constant attention.


The culture is set and maintained, not from the bottom, but from the top and by the top cadre of students/stakeholders.


The beginners/Introductory class (if you have one – and if you haven’t, you should) is the place where we begin to set the tone. here are some of the CC’s (cultural cornerstones) I like to weave into those classes:


– Pay attention to detail – noticing and appreciating the details is what separates the great from the merely good. This habit can transform our lives in many ways.


– Be the kind of training partner that everyone wants to train with. Everyone has their own back-story, their own particular motivation to begin training; their reasons may not be your reasons – look after your partner emotionally as well as physically.


– Be aware of your personal hygiene; this is a close contact activity. Getting outside of our own heads is fundamental to be able to do well in the world.


– Extract the maximum value from your time on the mat. be on time, if repping a technique, keep repping until you are asked to stop. An extra few reps per session, especially over the long-term can amount to a huge compounding effect in skill-uptake.


– The way to be on the mat, is to imagine that the only people there are you and the instructor. never take a back seat. if you don’t understand something … ask.


In my academy, I also conduct Novice classes (3 months training in the Introductory class is a prerequisite for entry into this class) – and also Intermediate level and Advanced level classes. So here are a few more CC’s that I try to install in the higher level classes:


When initially introduced to a technique, ask the following five questions:


– What does our Right Arm/Hand bring to the technique? – What does our Left Arm/Hand bring to the technique? – What does our Left Leg/Foot bring to the technique? – What does our Left Leg/Foot bring to the technique? – What is the most important Angle/Direction of the technique?


In asking – and answering these five questions, students tend to build a pretty solid understanding of the technique and do so very quickly.


Also, as students progress, they need to learn that we cannot always ‘feel good’ and experience ‘success’ – indeed, a willingness to ‘embrace the suck’ is absolutely necessary if we want to move away from mediocrity and experience life beyond the ordinary.


Finally, for the purposes of this short blurb, beyond Blue Belt (before that we should be focused on an overview and fundamentals) students should begin to identify a preferred ‘game’. In doing this, it’s good to start by developing a three-pronged approach:


A passing style

A guard game

A top finishing game from (side control/mount/knee-ride, north-south, etc)


Hope this is of help to those here who want to build a better mat. – John B. Will of Red Cat Academy



Instead Of Parties And Pep Rallies, It’s The BJJ Podium


by Brooke George


I can remember as a little kid, going to the varsity sporting events at the local high school. I can remember always thinking, “I want that to be me!” I want to be the one on the court that everyone comes to watch or the one in the paper as this weeks “Athlete of the Week”. As a young athlete I dreamed about the pep rallies and the community events I could finally be at. I dreamed about wearing my varsity jacket down the hallway.


Now, as a junior in high school I don’t get any of that and that’s okay. I get something better.


For everything I don’t get, there is something I get instead. Sub in courts for mats, newspapers for Facebook posts, pep rallies for podiums, varsity jackets for gis, and its basically the same thing. Okay, not exactly.


Instead of having pep rallies, I have the pre-tournament classes at the gym. As the tournament date approaches and classes get more intense, you start talking strategy and you talk up the whole weekend of going and staying in the hotel. That alone is enough for me. I don’t need a crowd of people cheering me on to get me pumped up. Just talking about the matches gets my adrenaline going.


As an athlete in any sport you have to have a support system in order to succeed. In Jiu-Jitsu you don’t have the student section in the stands cheering you on or the group of girls you’ve went to school with since you were five; but you have your family, teammates, and coach standing behind you. You have the people that travel hundreds of miles with you just to watch you compete.


That’s a pretty awesome support system.


With Jiu-Jitsu you don’t get a varsity letter, but it’s not just a four year thing. Jiu-Jitsu isn’t just a sport, it’s a lifestyle. When you join, you aren’t just joining a team, you’re making a lifestyle change that will stick with you until you die.


Everyone may not know that I have a tournament because I’m wearing the same shirt as all the girls on my team down the halls like they do, but they know because I’m the only one wearing a shirt from my gym and I’m the only one with my hair in cornrows. I get so many comments in the hallways when people see my hair in braids, because that’s when they know it’s go time.


I don’t get the typical high school sports experience, but I wouldn’t trade what I have for anything.



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Be The Person Everyone Wants To Train Jiu-Jitsu With!


We hear the phrase all the time, but what does it actually mean? Conflicting remarks are said when it comes to sparring and rolling, and what one should do and why they should do it. Some people are in favor of going hard and fast, believing that iron sharpens iron, being fed to the lions, etc. Others have a calmer demeanor when it comes to sparring and rolling and say that one should never push their training partner past their physical limit in fear that it might lead to injury.


There are also people who think there is a happy medium where you can train hard while not training so hard that you hurt your training partner. But what do you do when you are much better, or much stronger? Or maybe your partner is better than you but YOU are stronger? Do you go all out? Or the other side of the same coin, do you “go light?” What do you do!? My answer? “You train WITH your Partner not ON Your Partner.”


Let me put it this way: I want to be the person who everyone wants to roll with, who everyone wants to spar with; and so should you! Not the person people cower away from when asked if they want to spar or roll. Or the person everyone is saying “I went with so-and-so yesterday and they completely killed me.” Translation: “I am not looking forward to training with them again but I will to show my true grit.”


Personally, I want to be able to roll with a Heavy Weight 10x Black Belt World Champ and have them say to themselves “that was fun, can’t wait to roll with him again!” while at the same time be able to roll with the smaller, older-than-me non-competitive blue belt or spar with a brand new student and have them say “wow, that was a lot of fun! Let’s go again!” This would mean being able to dial up or dial down my intensity to match my training partner’s physical and technical attributes. If everyone does this, we ALL win! “Train WITH your Partner not ON Your Partner.”


Some people say, “But competitive fighters need to be pushed, so why would they waste their time with some non-competitive student who isn’t as good/strong/big as them?” “Why ‘go light’ when in competition we go as hard as possible?” Opposing opinions will say, “Do you get paid to go hard in the gym? Do you like getting knocked out in training? Then why not save the big blows for when you are actually getting paid!?” For grappling, “Why push your joints to the breaking point just to see if you could get out of the submission rather than tapping? Do you like going to the hospital?!” Sure it would be great to be able to train with people our exact level and size all the time but that is just not how most gyms work.


The truth is, “rank” or “experience” often blinds people into thinking they are better in some way than someone else or someone else is better than them. “This guy just started, there is no way he is going to get the better of me.” In comes our good old friend “The Ego.” People don’t want to admit someone else is better than them or that they “caught” them in a submission/hit them in sparring, especially if they are outranked. “Oh I was going light . . . (or insert endless excuses here).” Well for those of you who are ready to be honest and admit when you get caught even if it is by someone lower ranked or less experienced than you, I’ve got the last excuse you will ever have to use, and it is an honest one. ATTRIBUTES! If you keep in mind the Attribute Equation you will always be honest in your training. What is the Attribute Equation? Easy, acknowledging all of the physical and technical attributes that go into you and your training partner. “Hey listen, I’m a 110 pound female. Most men, if they went 100% against me, have the physical attributes to beat me.” “I’m a 365 pound male. If I used my weight and strength against everyone, people would hate me and I wouldn’t have any training partners.” Let’s take those two examples and pin them against each other but add technical ability into the mix for fun.


Let’s say there is a lightweight female black belt, for example, going against a heavyweight male purple belt or any other variation of such a dichotomy for that matter. Should the heavyweight male go harder in hopes of nullifying the technical abilities of the female black belt? Should they expect the black belt to be able to deal with their weight and strength advantage? Moreover, should the black belt assume that their technique will always get them through tough rolls with people who possess more physical attributes than them? My answer? “Train WITH your Partner not ON Your Partner.”


Be honest with your own physical and technical attributes and have your training partner do the same! I for instance am a 6’1”, 185 pound male. If I go with a 110 pound female, I am going to acknowledge the fact that I can hit harder in sparring and am stronger while rolling. What should I do in this situation? Dial back my physical attributes to the point where the playing field is even and work my technical game, without making it blatantly obvious. Is there a chance I am going to get hit/submitted by doing this? Yes. Is that okay? Yes. If you go 100% and always try to “win” without thinking about your training partner’s specific goals or physical/technical attributes, you will soon find yourself with a very small group of people, maybe even nobody that will want to train with you. Everyone will be hurt or simply avoid you so they don’t get hurt. This is especially true when rank comes into play. This leads us to our final points. I caution you to avoid “Upper Belt Syndrome.” You know, when you think that just because you are an upper belt that a lower belt isn’t going to tap you, or, the other way around. Or, you think that just because they are a higher belt than you that you can go 100% and try and kill them. Regardless of their physical attributes like size, age, etc.


Remember, the belt is often a blinder to people who don’t want to admit the truth when it comes to physical attributes. Treat the 65 year old brown belt the same way you would treat a 65 year old blue belt with the same attributes. Sure they have more knowledge but that doesn’t give you the right to try and kill them, even if they have a higher belt. 97-years-old-blue-beltI’ll leave you with this: be honest with yourself and the training partner you have in front of you. Don’t let the belt/experience level intimidate you into thinking you or your partner is “better.” Don’t ignore the Attribute Equation. Instead, look at the person you have in front of you. Are they smaller than you? Okay then, don’t use all your strength. Are they older than you? Okay, be aware that they might not be as flexible and limber as someone younger. Are they a lot bigger than you? Okay, maybe don’t use all your speed. However, do look forward to the times when technical and physical attributes align. It leads to extremely exciting rolls and sparring sessions! Look forward to training with people who are not in your “division” but also look forward to training with people who are! Lastly, if you find yourself on the other end of the rope and someone is going too fast or too hard, etc., and you are worried about your physical safety you should never, EVER feel embarrassed or think it is not okay to tell them to slow/calm down. Albeit this can feel a little humiliating, especially if you are the upper belt asking the lower belt to chill out. If someone tells YOU to chill out/slow down/go lighter, don’t be offended or think less of them.


Also, don’t think that it means you are the almighty and have just dominated them. There are almost always factors (attributes) at play that you are not recognizing. The “it’s not you, it’s me” line comes to mind. Be respectful in such a situation and dial it back! Some situations may present themselves where you feel it is inappropriate to bring it up to the person during training. If this happens, don’t feel like it is tattling to go to your instructor and tell them that someone needs to dial it back a bit and is going to/did hurt someone. In most cases the instructor will already have an eye on someone like this and will or has already talked to them. It is better to inform the senior instructor of this rather than pouting to yourself or complaining to fellow students or just flat out not wanting to train with that particular person. In my gym everyone trains with everyone, and we all benefit because of it. In the end, educating your training partners will help you and your gym retain ALL training partners which ultimately makes the entire gym better!







The Top 10 Videos That Prove BJJ Is Effective In Street Fights


This video is not intended to glorify violence It has been made for educational purpose only. This is a compilation of BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) videos highlighting how it can be used in street fights against not skilled or less skilled opponents.


In this clip you can see how it works, how effective it is, and how does it looks when someone uses BJJ in a self-defense situation. Remember that senseless violence is a very bad thing and Jiu-Jitsu should be used when protecting yourself or others.