There are a lot of cool stories that come out of mixed martial arts and with the number of promotions around, those impressive appearances are plentiful. Nick Newell's performance at a recent Xtreme Fighting Championship may just take the cake, though.
There are a lot of ways to impress UFC president and mastermind Dana White. The quickest way is to show it in the octagon. At UFC 149 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, newly minted UFC fighter Ryan Jimmo did just that.
Mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey has taken the female fighting world by storm in recent years. She has worked her way through the smaller events in her years in the sport and the 25-year-old blonde has now made her mark in Strikeforce. What she did outside the octagon, though, is what has some attention recently.
We have talked many times here at the WGRD MMA Page about the growing minor organizations for mixed martial arts. The raging debate about hot chicks fighting each other has already taken place. One thing all of us mixed martial arts fans cannot deny, though, is the love of a good knockout.
A lot of times, combatants in the UFC show a lot of animosity towards each other (see: Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen) while others are respectful and stay level headed. While the fireworks may revolve around those high intensity explosions and tough talking, they don't always live up to the hype.
So what would you say might happen if two of those "nice guys" were to happen to run into each other in an elevator during the week of their highly anticipated pay-per-view fight? Lucky for us, we can watch the discomfort and funny moment for ourselves.
Nobody ever tries to say dancing is easy. Dancing in front of a television and live audience is even more difficult. Add in the fact of being well over six feet tall and more than 200 pounds and, well, maybe some things just aren't meant for people of certain stature. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira should take note of that statement.
As the parent company of the UFC continues to buy smaller promotions and fighter's contracts, the roster can seem like a revolving door at some times. Unless you are a big name fighter, there may be a sense of insecurity with all the additions and subtractions. One sure fire way to not lose your job is to become an instant highlight reel, especially in a primetime scenario. Just like Justin Lawrence did a few weeks ago.
Local mixed martial arts promotions are popping up everywhere as the sport grows in popularity. With that edict, these small time campaigns need fresh ideas on the table to bring new fans in and attract a loyal audience. This is where "Backflips and Beatdowns" takes the cake.
There are a lot of memories from past Olympic games that countries can and will be proud of and spotlight to tourists when they visit either during or after the games. The 2008 games in Beijing, China have their large Bird's Nest structure, the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia still stands, just to name a few. Newest on that list is London's idea of a observation tower.
We talk a lot here about how mixed martial arts and the UFC have slowly worked its way into the American mainstream and public acceptance over the course of the past few years. Network television deals have been coupled with more state legislatures agreeing to allow the sport to take place in its arenas. There is nothing more American than a commercial though. Not just any commercial, one for The King of Beers, Budweiser.
With what some may call overexposure of MMA in recent memory with FOX, FX, Fuel TV and Spike all in on the trend, some of the fighters have to go that extra mile to set themselves apart from the pack to become a star. What better time to do that than the long walk from backstage at the event to the octagon to fistfight? For that matter, why not your walkout to the standard weigh-in?
Whether it is wrestling, boxing or mixed martial arts, the championship belts are always a spectacle. Sometimes they are hideous, sometimes they are pretty darn cool to look at. Well, if you have ever wanted the chance to own your very own authentic belt and not want to have to go through the work of being beaten to a pulp to get it, it is your lucky time!
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