After Matt Brown lost in UFC 198, apparently his old BJJ coach popped out of the woodwork and attacked him. According to the story on 411 Mania, the coach was Rodrigo Botti, who attended the event to corner Cyborg for her fight.
The UFC issued a statement saying they are investigating the matter. Geez…
Anyway, check out the article and have a great day everyone!
So MMA Junkie posted an article about how Conor McGregor has trained a couple of times at Eddie Bravo’s gym. Bravo states he would be willing to train McGregor in jiu jitsu, but with a caveat.
What’s the catch? I read the article, and it sounds like Bravo wants McGregor essentially to drink the 10th Planet Koolaid:
“…But my style isn’t something you can come by for a couple of days and pick up some stuff. My style, you’ve got to make it a lifestyle to make it work. It takes a while.”
Check out the article, let me know what you think- otherwise, have a great day everyone!
“Ronda Rousey’s Coach is Teaching Vince Vaughn How to Grapple”
I think this is tremendously funny: mainly because we live in a world where a woman’s name vanishes the moment a (also relatively successful) man is involved. Don’t get me wrong, Rener Gracie is a pretty well known name in his own right, but the fact that he has to be referred to as “Rhonda Rousey’s [Grappling] Coach” just tickles me in all the right places.
Check out the article, and have a great day everyone!
Oh, it already happened. Garcia won, MMA Junkie reports:
“The anticipated MMA debut of 10-time jiu-jitsu world champion Gabi Garcia (1-0) played out like the spectacle many had expected when she stopped Seini Draughn (0-1) by first-round TKO after a sloppy, back-and-forth women’s heavyweight fight… After some wild striking exchanges, Garcia clipped Draughn with a backhand that caused a knockdown. Garcia got on top and pounded away with hammerfists until referee John McCarthy called an end to the contest.”
Feel free to check out the rest of the rest of the article, which includes the rest of the summary of Garcia’s fight, as well as the results for Kron Gracie and Feder Emelianenko’s fights.
Have a great day everyone, and see you in the New Year!
Well, at least they’re the same height.
This past Friday apparently the two met in St. Louis, MO (I’m still not sure why Missouri,but hey, whatever) and the announcement was made that the two will fight in Tokyo on New Year’s Eve.
Garcia’s opponent- Lei’D (pronounced Lady?) Tapa, is a jiu jitsu blue belt, in addition to her pro wrestling background. Both apparently had words to say about the event, Garcia stating, “I’m ready. I was born to be challenged.”
Tapa also had her own statement, claiming how she is the “Queen of Rings” and “destined for greatness”.
So, I guess we’ll see how this plays out on New Year’s Eve: who do you think will win? Garcia or Tapa? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!
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Well, this is interesting- apparently I missed that Rhonda Rousey announced that she wants to be the best at jiu jitsu. That’s cool, I guess. I think she has the potential to do well in jiu jitsu, but it sounds like she feels it’s going to be a breeze, where I feel it’s going to be more difficult than she may realize. But then again, she may enjoy the challenge: it gives her something to aspire to while she currently holds her title in UFC.
And then on the other side of the fence, jiu jitsu black belt Mackenzie Dern apparently just announced her intentions to move to MMA, which sounds pretty cool. I don’t really have anything to say on the subject, so we’ll just have see how that plays out.
Oh hey, look at that: White Belt BJJ posted an article about the contestant line up for the newest season of Ultimate Fighter, and Ryan Hall is on the list.
Full disclosure- I haven’t really watched that many of Hall’s matches, or much of the Ultimate Fighter, for that matter. But, I’ve competed against his wife Jen a couple of times and we chat when we see eachother at tournaments, so I’m totally (unabashedly) biased and rooting for him to win.
Check out the article, and have a great day everyone!
I know some people are really into pro wrestling in addition to MMA: I know this isn’t even the first pro wrestling/MMA cross-over. Brock Lesner has that honor, as far as I know- please feel free to correct me if this isn’t the case (although of course someone will correct me: this is the internet, afterall).
But I can’t help but just sigh a little in disappointment ever time I see these crossovers happen.
Rousey apparently threw one wrestler around, and “beat up” another one.
Ok, let’s be real folks, no one was legitimately beating anyone else up, and if you really think that’s what happened, I have some bad news for your regarding the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus…
I even understand a number of people probably love this kind of cross-over, but considering the bad rap MMA gets, is this really the sort of publicity the sport needs?
Let me know what you guys think. Otherwise, have a great day everyone!
So, Zingano vs. Rousey….How ’bout that fight?
It was surprising to say the least. I’m sure there’s some argument for what Zingano did- best defense is a good offense or whatever, but it was a big mistake that most certainly cost her.
What did you guys think about the fight? Or the fight between Ellenberger and Koshcheck? Personally, I have no love for Koshcheck so I’m fairly satisfied with the outcome- but that’s just me.
Let me know!
I know everyone and their mom is talking about the kid who received his 7th degree black belt and their thoughts on it (which in short, my opinion is I don’t agree with it and the owner of the school should have found an alternative means to improve student retention among the minors in his academy) but here’s another interesting article from Bloody Elbow.
France recently banned judo coaches from teaching students MMA- how you can ban that sort of thing is beyond me, but whatever. This decision has drawn a lot of criticism, including a comment from the current president of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation, Bertrand Amoussou:
“The latest statement made by the president of the French Judo Federation, Jean Luc Rougé, threatening to ban judo coaches from teaching MMA in France, is a characteristic abuse of power.
Thanks for keeping it real, Bertrand.
For more info about this ban and those who disagree with it, check out the article and let me know what you think. Personally, I think it’s hurting the sport of Judo more than helping it: instead of attracting people to the sport to keep it alive, you’re driving people away, almost guaranteeing a drop in participants and endangering the vitality of the sport. It’s hard to keep a martial art alive if no one is around to practice it.