Miami, Florida, August 15th, 2014 - Forty fighters entered THE ARENA, and 20 emerged victorious. Saturday, August 9th, ARENA COMBAT 1: SOUTHEAST TRIALS, the first American ARENA COMBAT event was held in Bristol, VA. The sport was introduced to a rowdy studio audience in the Bearcat Den gym, and the crowd was captured from the opening fight to the main event.
Amenities exclusive to ARENA COMBAT bouts such as the padded obstacles, team based maneuvers, and the 2-on-1 Sudden Death round were on dis read news >>
Within the context of combat sports, the concept of teams is virtually unique to MMA. Sure, there are plenty of professional kickboxers who come from the same gym, but the dynamic is vastly different.
In some ways, MMA is looked at almost as a team sport. Indeed, we often talk about success and failure in terms of teams.
When the Blackzilians endured a rough patch, they were criticised as a collective. When Duane “Bang” Ludwig guided Team Alpha Male to a period of unparalleled success, we talked read news >>
Throughout the history of combat sports, different regions have been known to produce a certain type of fighter. Industrial footholds churn out gritty, blue-collar types, while fighters from coastal areas... read news >>
Bloodyelbow.com’s Karim Zidan explores the potential similarities between tennis and MMA in the new series “Strikes & Serves”. This initiatory piece will introduce the topic with a discussion of rivalries, personalities, and why tennis stars often compare themselves to boxers. I write about MMA and tennis.
It's not much of a secret: not many people share my dual passion for both sports. I found the contrasts quite challenging at first, but over time, as I added to my sporting knowledge, I began read news >>
In the world of combat sports, there are some matchups that guarantee a special caliber of violence. When two fighters who have built their respective careers upon aggression and separating their opponents from their consciousness are put inside a locked cage, a special kind of ruckus is sure to unfold.
When the bout between Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown was announced as the main event for UFC on Fox 12 on July 26, it sent an immediate shock wave throughout the MMA community.
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RFA 16 is just the latest step in Maureen Riordon's assault on the combat sports world. Also competing in boxing and kickboxing, Riordon makes her pro MMA debut on Friday night. read news >>
Considered to be one of the most aggressive fighters ever to compete in Brazilian Vale Tudo, Ebenezer Fontes Braga has fought some of the biggest names in the sport, including Dan Severn, Kazushi Sakuraba, Forrest Griffin and Kevin Randleman. read news >>
The word “Comeback” is often a dirty one in the world of combat sports. Simply breaking down the word lets you know that if you’re coming back, you must have left, and if you left... read news >>
DUBLIN – Dana White was in high spirits following one of the more memorable weigh-ins in combat sports history, and he spent more than an hour with reporters at The O2 in Dublin.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>
Bellator is bringing out its big guns for September 5th's unofficial battle for Connecticut. In an effort to keep pace with UFC Fight Night 50, Bellator officials announced on Wednesday that Bellator 123 will be highlighted by the returns of both Cheick Kongo and Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal, as well as the promotional debut of Bobby Lashley.
As previously announced, the event is headlined by a featherweight championship rematch between Pat Curran and Patricio Freire.
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It seems rematches have become more and more common in MMA.
Because rivalries sell in combat sports. Had it not been for the bad blood between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, women's MMA probably wouldn't be where it is today. A recent grudge between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen also helped MMA skyrocket in popularity in Brazil.
More than animosity is needed to make a great rivalry, though. If an unproven prospect starts throwing verbal jabs at Jon Jones, that alone isn't going to get them read news >>