Monday, May 21, 2012

Video of the Day - Del Rosario v. Johnson

Here is Shane Del Rosario fighting Lavar Johnson at Strikeforce - Fedor v. Silva on 2/12/11 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Both Del Rosario and Johnson have made their way to the UFC.

 Del Rosario will make his UFC debut at UFC 146 against Stipe Miocic. Lavar Johnson fights Stefan Struve at UFC 146.

Spotlight - Karate Mart

Karate Mart is an online superstore which can accomodate any and all of your martial arts needs. They have uniforms for Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Jiu Jitsu and Kendo. In stock are a plethora of weapons, including fighting fans, knives, swords, tonfa, throwing stars and throwing spikes. For MMA afficianados, they have rash guards, shorts, sparring equipment, headgear and more. The site literally seems to have no end!

My favorite thing about Karate Mart is that they offer free shipping on all orders over $60. They also have a physical store located on 15th and Indian School Road in Phoenix, Arizona. If you are looking for some awesome gear, check out Karate!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Video of the Day - Jung v. Son

Here is Chan Sung Jung fighting Fanjin Son at Deep 39 which took place on December 10, 2008 in Korakuen Hall,Tokyo, Japan.

Jung next fights Dustin Poirer at UFC on Fuel 3 tonight.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

UFC 146 - Heavyweight Blowout!

This Saturday, UFC 146 will take place in Las Vegas in the MGM Grand Arena.  The card features an all heavyweight main card with some serious power punchers stacking the card.  Headlining is the HW title fight between champion Junior Dos Santos and Frank Mir. 

Originally Alistair Overeem was scheduled to fight champion Junior Dos Santos (14-1), but a random drug test by NSAC discovered elevated testosterone led to his dismissal from the card.  In stepped Frank "Bone Breaker" Mir (16-5).  

Mir is coming off a dominant arm breaking submission victory over Antonio Nogueira. Expect Dos Santos to do everything in his power to keep the fight standing where he can utilize his devastating boxing.  Dos Santos has delivered 6 TKO wins in his 8 UFC wins, taking the title from Cain Velasquesz in his last bout.  The Brazilian slugger has also defeated Shane Carwin, Roy Nelson and Fabricio Werdum in the UFC. 

(Dos Santos punching Cro Cop)

Former UFC champ Frank Mir was getting tagged by Big Nog in his last bout before transitioning to the ground.  Once there, Mir cranked a kimura breaking the large Brazilian's humerus bone.  
While Mir's stand-up has improved dramatically over the past few years, he needs to get the fight to the ground against Dos Santos to have a chance to win.  Mir's biggest wins have come over Brock Lesnar, Cro Cop and Tim Sylvia in the UFC.

(Frank Mir pictured)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Video of the Day - Sandro v. Denis

Here is Marlon Sandro fighting Nick Denis in the Sengoku 8 - in a featherweight Dream Grand Prix bout which took place on 5/2/09 in Tokyo, Japan.

Sandro next will fight Daniel Strauss for the Bellator Season 6 featherweight tournament championship against Daniel Strauss.  Denis, now fighting for the UFC, won his UFC debut against Joe Sandoval before falling to Roland Delorme at UFC on Fox 3.

Fight starts at the 6 minute mark.

Bellator 68 takes place tonight, May 11th in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  As well as the featherweight final, there is also a bantamweight semi-final pitting Marcos Galvao against Travis Marx.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Video of the Day - Petruzelli v. Rutherford

Here is Seth Petruzelli v. Bernard Rutherford from 2/2/07 in UWC, Ultimate Warrior Challenge.

The Karate/Wrestling specialist Petruzelli utilizes an unorthodox style that keeps many off balance while standing. During his time on TUF 2, he beat Dan Christison by unanimous decision before losing to runner-up Brad Imes. His most memorable MMA moment was the toppling of Kimbo Slice's hype with a jab to the face KO.

Petruzelli (13-6) will next fight Carmello Marrero at Bellator 68.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Video of the Day - Galesic v. Marshall

Here is Zelg Galesic fighting former WEC champ Doug Marshall in the Super Fight League, which took place on 5/6/12 in New Delhi, India.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Video of the Day - Barry v. Hawk

Here is Pat Barry fighting Chris Hawk from the World Combat League. The full contact kickboxing league was owned by Chuck Norris and lasted two seasons.

Pat Barry fights Lavar Johnson at UFC on Fox 3 this Saturday.

2012 NCAA Wrestling Results

Here are the 2012 NCAA division I wrestling championships results. This year produced some awesome results, with Penn State, led by coach Cael Sanderson, winning the overall team championship.

Cornell's Kyle Dake captured his historic third NCAA championship at a third weight class, this time at 157 pounds. Dake won at 149 pounds last year after winning the 141 two years back. Unfortunately for MMA fans, Dake will likely try his hand at international wrestling before a potential MMA career.

The most impressive performance of the NCAA tournament was turned in by Penn State's David Taylor. Taylor destroyed the competition, registering four pins and a technical fall to capture the 165 pound championship. Kellen Russell took his second NCAA championship at 141. Matt McDonough won his first 125 pound championship after finishing second last year.

Many of these elite athletes will try to continue a path of amateur wrestling, but some will come to mixed martial arts. Strength, conditioning, mental toughness, the ability to cut weight and quickness are all traits of most high level wrestlers.

The biggest skill that transfers to MMA is the ability to take someone down and defend the take down. However, the mental aspect cannot be overlooked as most of these guys take part in over 100 combat matches over a college career.

125- Matt McDonough (Iowa) def Nicholas Megaludis (PSU) 4-1
133- Logan Stieber (OSU) def Jordan Oliver (Ok St) 4-3
141- Kellen Russell (Mich) def Montell Marion (Iowa) 6-4
149- Frank Molinaro (PSU) def Dylan Ness (Minnesota) 4-1
157- Kyle Dake (Cornell) def Derek St. John (Iowa) 4-1
165- David Taylor (PSU) def Brandon Hatchett (Lehigh) 22-7
174- Ed Ruth (PSU) def Nick Amuchastegui (Stan) 13-2
184- Steve Bosak (Cornell) def Quentin Wright (PSU) 4-2
197- Cam Simaz (Cornell) def Chris Honeycutt (Edinboro) 7-5
285- Anthony Nelson (Minn) def Zachery Rey (Lehigh) 4-1

Team Standings:

1. Penn State - 143
2. Minnesota - 113.5
3. Iowa - 103.5
4. Cornell - 90.5
5. Oklahoma State - 66
Penn State Pictures, Images and Photos

Video of the Day - Palhares v. Nascimento

Here is Rousimar "Toquinho" Palhares fighting Fabio Nascimento in Fury FC 5 - Final Conflict, which took place on 12/6/07 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Palhares fights Alan Belcher at UFC on Fox 3 this Saturday.