(Video) Ryan “The Wizard” Hall Is The New Ultimate Fighter!
Ryan Hall dominated Artem Lobov and showcased his wildly creative Jiu Jitsu to win a $100,000 UFC contract! Check out the highlight video below!
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.”
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.
Firas Zahabi Teaches How To Setup The Triangle From Closed Guard
“In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the Guard is the heart of the art. Most BJJ battles are won and lost during the Guard battle. If you are on top you need to pass if you are on bottom you need to sweep or submit. The transition to triangle is a key maneuver when it comes to being successful playing from the bottom.
In this video I cover key aspects for successfully transitioning from guard to triangle. Be sure to study this transition carefully and it will serve you well.” – Firas Zahabi
Rafael Lovato Jr Scores Another MMA Win! Full Fight Video!
The most decorated American Jiu Jitsu artist is definitely making a splash in the MMA world. Rafael Lovato Jr. moves to 2-0 after last night’s win over Kevin Holland at Legacy Fighting Championships 46. I don’t want to spoil the fight for you so check out the full video below!
Ryan Hall Talks BJJ And MMA From Iceland Parts 1 & 2
Ryan Hall was recently in Iceland training with UFC fighter Gunnar Nelson. During his visit he gave this great interview.
Part 1: The Jiu Jitsu skill in MMA is low
Part 2: I think deep half guard works in MMA
This is only speculation but if Ryan is currently training with UFC fighters, he very well could be the winner of this new season of The Ultimate Fighter. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!
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Congrats to UFC Strawweight Fighter, Rose Namajunas and her fiancée former UFC fighter, Pat Barry. On Saturday at the 303 Training Center in Westminster, CO, Professor Tony Basile awarded Rose with her purple belt in BJJ and Pat with his blue belt.
Congrats Rose and Pat! You are two of my favorite fighters!
Conor McGregor On Mayweather – “Ronda And I Would Dismantle Him In Seconds”
UFC interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor was recently interviewed by The Guardian. Regarding a potential mega-fight with undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather, he had this to say:
Why would he take me on? If you’re talking about a fight that could generate half a billion—it’s this one. There’s never going to be another boxing fight like this. Only a cross-style match between Mayweather and me could generate that kind of interest and revenue.
So maybe it could happen. I would certainly be up for it. I am capitalising on every single opportunity. It’s a strong word, one of my favourite words: capitalise. I’m ready to capitalise on everything.
In a real fight I would dismantle him in seconds. Ronda would dismantle him in seconds—100 percent. When you don’t know how to grapple you don’t stand a chance.
For us, it’s like playing with a baby. People who don’t understand the sport cannot understand how vulnerable they are. There are always clinches and Ronda is a judo Olympian. She would throw Floyd on his head in a second. Me? I would knock him out. Cold.
BJ Penn, Matt Hughes and Frank Trigg Joke About Fighting Each Other
MMA legends and Hall of Famers BJ Penn, Matt Hughes and Frank Trigg candidly discuss their fights during the golden age of the UFC. BJ Penn poked fun at Frank and Matt’s rear naked choke technique. This epic video made my day! Hope you all enjoy!
Click the player below to watch!
UFC 189 Full Embedded Series + McGregor & Mendes Open Workouts
UFC 189 is just around the corner! For those who haven’t seen the highly entertaining embedded series which encapsulated the build up to this mega-fight, we have it here for you! It is well worth a watch!
I could be happy with a Mendes or a McGregor win, for different reasons. One thing I noticed though in Conor McGregor’s open workout video below, is that he was seemingly being beat up by his mit holder and grappling partner. It was a little weird to see. I’m wondering if anyone else saw this as well, or if it was just me.
Ok enough rambling. Enjoy the videos!
And if you simply can’t get enough, below is the UFC 189 press conference call.
This Saturday, July 11th it all goes down! See you there!