You can turn around just about anywhere and see a local mixed martial arts promotion trying to stage events in seemingly every nook and cranny in the country nowadays. The UFC has brought the sport into the mainstream and these organizations are trying to capitalize on its growing popularity. With that popularity comes unexpected match ups and even more unexpected knockouts. Something like a 53-year-old man on one hour's notice facing off against a trained 21-year-old?
Sometimes in mixed martial arts, you see a lot of weird stuff after the final bell rings. Sometimes there will be extra trash talk, a few extra punches or both fighters claiming victory. It usually involves an extra show of display exuding confidence, sometimes arrogance, but always proclaiming victory. But what about....a tumbling competition?
Mixed martial arts is known for its brutal knockouts and vicious finishes. Most of the time, they end with one fighter punching or kicking or choking his opponent until the referee has to physically remove him from his unconscious opponent. Except for one fighter.
While it may be an annual event, the Kentucky Derby is full of rich tradition most of us do not know about nor care about. It involves large, floppy hats and overly priced drinks for rich, white people to indulge in while the rest of us wonder what in the world is actually happening...
There is no questioning what makes people love watching mixed martial arts. Athleticism, fist fighting, ring girls and the idea of two men entering and one leaving the victor are all reasons to tune in...
The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs have been quite a bumpy ride thus far this year. Penalty minutes are up, hits become a bit harder, more blood is shed. Let us take a minute then and enjoy a gentler side of this physical sport, gawking at females in the stands.
With a deal inked last year, the UFC and the FOX network have been saturating the market with mixed martial arts events. Not all of them are worth your time. One thing holds certain though, and it is that UFC matchmaker Joe Silva typically always delivers the goods when it comes to their pay per view events.
For many years, mixed martial arts was banned in most states and looked down upon in states it was allowed. That took a quick turn when Dana White re-organized the entire sport and banning such barbaric maneuvers as groin kicks, biting, etc. Still, such a sport had a difficult time grabbing a share of the spotlight in the United States. That was until Spike TV began airing The Ultimate Fighter
During this expanded downtime with an extended break from major UFC or mixed martial arts action (thanks a lot, cancelled Canadian event!), we here at WGRD are looking back at our earliest and in some cases, most fond MMA memories. Today is a visit down memory lane that lands as one of the best submissions and comebacks in MMA history.
The saying goes in boxing as well as mixed martial arts, "Defend yourselves at all time." The spotlight was shining on this topic more so than ever since boxer Floyd Mayweather knocked out Victor Ortiz in the fourth round of a bout last year that was deemed by many as "dirty." Well, this may not be on the same scale as a mega pay-per-view event, but this brings up the same question...
This layoff from the usually consistent barrage of pay-per-view UFC events has us here at WGRD looking to the future for what is to come in 2012. As it turns out, the wait for the next month may just be worth it for the year that is in store.
Here at WGRD, we are equal opportunity mixed martial arts fans. In the most recent couple of years, that has come to include women, for better or worse. That begs the age old question asked by men for generation: Are two women in a cat fight or better yet a cage fight, hot?
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