Monday, March 24, 2014

Video of the Day - Riggs v. Grove

Here is Joe Riggs fighting Kendall Grove at Pro Elite - Arlovski v. Lopez which took place on 8/27/11 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Longtime MMA vet Joe Riggs (40-14) was the tournament champion of Bellator's Fight Master reality show. He defeated Rob Mills, Eric Scallan, Evan Cutts, Cole Williams then Mike Bronzoulis in the final. Since winning the show, Riggs had an injury setback and does not currently have a fight scheduled. Riggs has career wins over Nick Diaz, Chris Lytle, Phil Baroni and famous MMA ref Herb Dean.

TUF 3 champion Kendall Grove will next fight Brett Cooper in the Bellator Season 10 middleweight tournament on March 28th. Grove went 7-6 in the UFC, notching submissions over Alan Belcher and NCAA champ Jake Rosholt, while capturing decisions over Evan Tanner, Ed Herman and Goran Reljic.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Video of the Day - Shields v. Cooper

Here is Jake Shields against Ray Cooper for the Shooto MW title in Shooto: Hawaii which took place on 7/9/04. Shields faces Hector Lombard at UFC 171 next.

Shields has held belts in Strikeforce, Elite XC, Rumble on the Rock and Shooto and holds other career wins over Dan Henderson, Robbie Lawler, Demian Maia, Tyron Woodley, Mike Pyle, Carlos Condit, Yushin Okami, Martin Kampmann and Dave Menne.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Video of the Day - Judge v. Suzuki

Here is Nobutatsu Suzuki fighting Austin Judge at ZST 30 which took place on 11/23/11 in Tokyo, Japan.

Suzuki will next fight UFC veteran Brock Larson at One FC 14. The winner will fight Ben Askren for the One FC welterweight title.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Video of the Day - Kim v. Ando

Here is Dong Hyun Kim fighting Jun Ando in Deep 27 which took place on 12/20/06 in Tokyo, Japan.

Kim (18-2) will next fight John Hathaway (17-1) in the headliner of TUF China Finale.

Igor Vovchanchyn MMA Legend


Igor "Ice Cold" Vovchanchyn (47-9) is one of the most devastating strikers in hand to hand combat history. His record more likely has another 20 or so NHB, no holds barred, and MMA fights in bouts that weren't sanctioned or reported. Prior to and during his MMA career, Igor also kickboxed in Russia, becoming Russia's kickboxing champion. Most databases have Igor's kickboxing record listed at (58-2).

The 5'8" spark plug threw heavy leather and never backed down from heavyweights who often towered over him. Sherdog has him listed as having the most KO victories in 95' and 96' during a time when many fights had few rules, long time limits, no gloves and meager paydays.

Igor debuted in mma in 1995, winning 4 fights in one day at the IAFC 1, in Moscow, Russia. It is unclear if he won that event, as another heavyweight had 4 wins on the 28 bout fight card. Igor won other tournaments including MSG 96', DNRF, IFC 1, IAFC 3, and World Vale Tudo Championship 5.

In WVTC 5, Igor KO'd all three opponents, and in the finale, KO'd Nick Nutter with a knee in 14 seconds, Nutter's last fight of his career. At this point, Igor was (23-1-1) and began his epic Pride Fighting career, becoming known for his knockout power.

Igor started off with a bang in Pride, knocking out Gary Goodridge with some nasty punches. Goodridge was a crowd favorite in that fight, making the victory at Pride 4 even sweeter. Igor spent the rest of his mma career fighting primarily in Japan, notably winning over Mark Kerr, Kazushi Sakuraba, Yuki Kondo, Gilbert Yvel, Valentijn Overeem, Enson Inoue, and Dan Bobish. He holds one of the nastiest KO wins in mma history over Francisco Bueno at Pride 8.

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