UFC Champion Anthony Pettis Earns His BJJ Brown Belt

 

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UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis earned his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt yesterday from Daniel Wanderley, head BJJ coach of Roufusport MMA.

 

Anthony has recently submitted Jiu Jitsu Black Belts Benson Henderson (UFC 164) and Gilbert Melendez (UFC 181) in the octagon.

 

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Check out a video of the champ grappling below!

 

 

Congratulations for earning your Brown Belt Anthony Pettis! Keep up the hard work! Oss!

 

“Jesus Didn’t Tap.” Christian Churches Begin Supporting MMA

 

“Jesus Didn’t Tap.” Christian Churches Begin Supporting MMA

 

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In a seemingly unlikely turn of events hundreds of churches have begun encouraging members to beat each other up because ‘men are made for combat’. You cannot make this stuff up folks. Christian MMA is on the way.

 

According to RawStory more than 700 evangelical US churches now integrate MMA (a combination of Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Greco-Roman Wrestling and Thai Boxing) into their ministry programs. The phenomenon has even been featured in a recent documentary film, 2014’s Fight Church.

 

 

 

 

This tactic has been used in the past to bring men to the Church. Again according to RawStory, “The notion that MMA and Christianity are compatible bedfellows is loosely based on the ideology of Muscular Christianity, a mostly-male, Victorian-era movement that linked the gospel with physical and mental toughness. Two leaders of the movement – Charles Kingsley, a clergymen and scholar, and Thomas Hughes, a celebrated Victorian era author (and boxing coach) – sought to counter the perceived feminization of Church and to attract men to the faith.”

 

I’m sure the thousands of women who do BJJ and MMA are loving hearing this…

 

What do you all think about this one? See you on Sunday?

 

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(Sometimes memes do come true)

 

Risky Attacks Gone Wrong In MMA

 

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Risky Attacks Gone Wrong in MMA

 

A simple acronym for life that generally always holds true is K.I.S.S, Keep It Simple Stupid.

 

I am just as guilty as anyone for sometimes trying to be too creative on the mats. People that roll with me, and my coach, will probably tell you that I am far more guilty than others for trying to be overly creative in terms of reinventing the Jiu Jitsu Wheel. I am not a professional MMA fighter though. The highlight video below shows how trying to show off and be creative can oftentimes land you in horrible position.

 

 

 

MMA 38 Years Before The UFC – Carlson Gracie Sr.

 

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The sport of Mixed Martial Arts was thrust upon the scene in the US in 1993 with the birth of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. For the sport to debut as successfully as it did,  it had to arrive with a sense of polish and professionalism. The Gracie family for many years prior to 1993 were perfecting the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Brazil. Because of this, MMA had extremely technical combatants virtually from it’s inception. Many of those early fighters bore the last name “Gracie”.

 

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(Carlson Gracie Sr.)

 

Check out this wildly vintage and rare match up between Carlson Gracie Sr. and Waldemar Santana. The fight took place in 1955 however the fight closely resembles today’s Mixed Martial Arts fighting! The similarities are amazingly uncanny!

 

 

 

Will Ronda Rousey Ever Face Gabi Garcia In MMA? No.

 

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Will Ronda Rousey Ever Face Gabi Garcia In MMA? No.

 

UFC Bantamweight Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey caused quite a stir in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community when she declared that she could defeat any woman in the world in BJJ. Jiu Jitsu pundits took to the internet to voice there opinion about such an audacious statement. Many female BJJ stars came out to express their opinion on the matter. Most (perhaps all) of those Female BJJ champions who responded would beat Ronda at pure gi Jiu Jitsu. If I was a gambling man, my money would be on Ronda scoring the first take down though, regardless of the outcome. Ok, that is a lie… I do like to gamble on occasion.

 

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There was one BJJ woman champion (and IBJJF Hall of Famer) whose name quickly rose to the top of the list, to be the most probable of defeating Ronda. Her name is Gabi Garcia. Gabrielle Garcia stands at 6’2″ compared to Ronda’s “meager” 5’6″. It would in theory be tremendously difficult for Ronda to defeat Gabi considering Gabi’s size and skill set. It would not be long before Ronda retracted her statement.

 

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Excitement flared when Gabi Garcia announced that she was training to compete in MMA. Individuals began tweeting and commenting that Gabi was coming after Ronda. This is an impossibility unless a “superfight” was made, which would allow for a cross-division MMA fight (that is if any sane athletic commission would sanction a fight with such a weight disparity). Ronda fights at 135lbs, while Gabi claims the lightest weight she could make is 191. Sorry guys, but it’s not happening (and sad for us because Gabi doesn’t plan on competing in the gi for a while).

 

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Chael Sonnen Devoted To The Gi, Advice From Nate Diaz

 

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Chael Sonnen interviewed Nate Diaz for his new talk show recently. At the end of the conversation the two discussed Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the gi. Below is the transcript:

 

Chael Sonnen: I am retired, but I’m staying active. I don’t want to gain too much weight. I don’t wanna lose my shape so I’m staying active in the gym. I joined a Gracie Barra gym, Coach Fabiano Scherner, and I’m doing gi Jiu Jitsu on a nightly basis.Every night we go in at 6:30 and we’re doing gi training. Is that good? Is that gonna help me if I close my eyes at night and see myself as an MMA fighter? Am I gonna benefit from the gi? I know you’ve trained a lot in gi. Am I gonna benefit from the gi or is it a totally different sport? Because right now I’m feeling like it’s a different sport.

 

Nate Diaz: Oh it’s completely different, completely different. But I like the gi. I still train in it. I trained gi yesterday. I’ll fight for a little bit of time, but I’m gonna do martial arts, Jiu Jitsu and stuff, forever. You know what I’m saying? I enjoy Jiu Jitsu. One thing that people don’t understand is that in MMA people will call you out and they don’t train in the gi and these things. The fight starts when you run your mouth, right away. It’s like, “I wanna fight this guy.” Well you know what? Be careful for what you wish for. They’re like, “I don’t do the gi.” Then you go out to a club in Vegas, or where ever you’re gonna go, and there’s this fighter talkin’ s–t and calling you out. That’s when you forget that it’s winter time and you’re wearing a jacket and pants (laughs). Now you’ve never trained in a gi right? You might just get thrown down 10x easier with clothes on then without ’em so..

 

Nate Diaz: I dig the whole gi thing. I’m a martial artist. I think that it’s a fun workout as well, since you want to workout and be athletic. But, it is a different type of workout. If I don’t want to burn-out, get tired and overtrain when I’m trying to lose weight or something, I’ll put the gi on. It slows down the motions, let’s you get a little bit of a recovery workout. Not that it’s not hard. It’s hard too, but it’s slower than wrestling. I think it’s a good idea to train in the gi always.

 

Chael Sonnen: Alright well that’s encouraging. You’ve inspired me.

 

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One would think that by the time you were a Purple Belt you would have a solid idea if you were going to benefit from the gi or not. You would also have actualized that BJJ is indeed a different sport. Oh Chael...