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Ryan Hall on Next Season of Ultimate Fighter

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!

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Ronda Rousey and Wrestlemania… Really? Sigh.

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!


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UFC 184 and the 14 Second Submission

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!


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Interesting Post about MMA Ban in France

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.


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Happy Friday! Never You Will Never Be As High Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

Ok, this is probably going to be the last time I mention this, mainly because I hate beating a dead horse, but I saw this online and giggled a little:

nick diaz high

That’s all for today folks- have a great weekend!

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UFC Fighters Silva & Diaz Both Tested for Drugs, Both Fail…

And only one of them I’m actually surprised about.

According to Bloody Elbow, “Anderson Silva has failed a pre-fight drug screening for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone” and later it was also revealed that he may have tested positive for another PED, Androsterone. Nick Diaz also tested positive for drugs as well post fight- marijuana.

A pot user tests positive for pot? Whaaaaaaaat.

Seriously though, I really am surprised about Silva and his pre-fight drug test- and to be honest, disappointed. I imagine the pressure to perform has to be tremendous, so I get that, but just how far can the benefits of using a banned substance outweigh the risk of getting caught?

Let me know what you think- otherwise, have a great day everyone!




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Jon Jones Tests Positive for Cocaine


Kevin Hart Face

And here I thought steroids and weed were our biggest concerns when it came to MMA fighters (for the most part, anyway).

Cocaine? Really?

I really don’t know much about the circumstances, but I would be interested to hear Jones’ side of the story, and at what point he may the conscious decision to use cocaine. Basically, I want an explanation as to what the hell he was thinking. He has made a statement that he apologizes to everyone- friends, family, fiancée and their children, and has agreed to go to a drug treatment facility, but I’m still a little shocked by this news.

Check out the article on ESPN and let me know what you think. Otherwise, have a great day everyone! And don’t do drugs. Please.



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UFC and Reebok- Uniforms for Fighters?

Apparently UFC has joined up with Reebok (surprise, they still exist!) for a mutually beneficial relationship: Reebok will pump money into the organization- presumably to the benefit of the fighters- and in return fighters will wear more standardized uniforms in competition.

But… Other than Metamoris, where else will I be able to see Josh Barnett in a speedo?


On the one hand, if it benefits the fighters and helps avoid potential wardrobe malfunctions that have happened in the ring before (remember the guy who basically just wore underwear?), then I’m all for it. Some fighters have voiced their approval of the decision, saying it takes the burden of chasing down sponsorship money off of them, and helps to legitimie the sport. Other fighters however have an issue with this partnership, citing that it means the death of sponsorship money from smaller companies, or just are balking at the idea of uniforms, including (surprise, surprise) one of the Diaz brothers (at this point I feel like they are just caricatures of people, not actual human beings anymore).

We’ll see how the deal plays out, I guess. What do you guys think? An awesome development for the sport, or a detriment? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day!

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Why You Should Always Drain Your (Cauliflower) Ear

Did anyone see this past weekend’s UFC? If so, then you know exactly what I’m about to talk about.

First, let’s go over exactly what cauliflower ear is, just in case anyone isn’t sure (courtesy of Wikipedia, of course):

“Cauliflower ear… is a condition that occurs when the external portion of the ear suffers a blow, blood clot or other collection of fluid under the perichondrium. This separates the cartilage from the overlying perichondrium that supplies its nutrients, causing it to die and resulting in the formation of fibrous tissue in the overlying skin. As a result, the outer ear becomes permanently swollen and deformed, resembling a cauliflower.”

Basically, when the ear receives enough trauma, the skin on the ear will separate from the cartilage and fluid will fill the space. Eventually that fluid hardens into scar tissue and that’s how you get cauliflower ear.

For a number of people this is seen as a badge of honor, if you will, and refuse to drain the fluid that builds in the ear. For those folks, hopefully this is your “scared straight” moment:

exploding cauli ear

Yup, that’s right: this girl was struck in the ear with enough force that her cauliflower ear exploded.

The officials thankfully stopped the match, but really, ew.

I’m posting the video below of the moment (obviously NSFW, unless your superiors are cool with exploding ears):

In short, drain your ears kids- you may think it looks cool now but even if someone isn’t punching at them, cauliflower ear can lead to more complications down the road.


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Raphael Lovato Jr Debut MMA Fight: Congratulations!

This past weekend Ribeiro black belt and Metamoris 5 competitor Raphael Lovato Jr. had his debut MMA fight and won via arm triangle!

Hooray! Congratulations!

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