- 2 years ago
- 189 views
After three amateur fights - themselves an accomplishment because of the
winding road he took to reach his dream of mixed-martial-arts training -
Jonathan Harris nearly had to quit the sport.
It was about three years ago. He could barely, if at all, afford the gym
dues needed to continue his work. He was bouncing from buddy's couch to
"Basically," Harris told MMAjunkie.com, "I was homeless."
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- 7 months ago
- 36 views
Before his fights, after he has finished his training and gained the focus he discovered was important with his only professional loss, Danny Roberts travels to visit his mother. Filed under: Cage Warriors, Featured, News, Only on Junkie Tagged: Cage Warriors 68, Danny Roberts (...) read news >>
- 9 months ago
- 49 views
Kevin Croom was working one of his two jobs, this one the graveyard shift at a gas station, when a person walked in the door who would change his life.Filed under: News, Only on Junkie Tagged: Kevin Croom, Titan FC 27 read news >>
- 11 months ago
- 87 views
After high school, Robert Washington found himself almost 7,400 miles from home in Guam while stationed with the U.S. Navy. It just so happened that the island had a strong MMA community even back in 2002.Filed under: News Tagged: Robert Washington read news >>
From his upbringing in a small Italian community in Pittsburgh – complete with the smallish houses, mountains of food and family-run businesses – Mark Cherico was very familiar with support with no questions asked. read news >>
When Joe Heiland finished his college wrestling career, becoming the first member of his small-town family to graduate from college, he knew he wanted to keep competing. read news >>
As usual, the conversation about a fighter's life and background begins with a question about the beginning. For Australian fighter Jessy Jess, that meant growing up while "going around in a van with my mom and brothers and sisters." read news >>
Six years ago, Luke Harris traveled to Brazil for an international judo
tournament. He had participated in the sport since he was 8 years old,
and it had been his passion, although he had started paying more
attention to mixed martial arts.
Before he left, Harris tried to augment his judo by dabbling in
Brazilian jiu-jitsu, specifically training in the areas where judo was
Harris was instantly hooked, and an MMA career came shortly after. Now, as the founder of Hayabusa Fightwea read news >>
- 3 years ago
- 198 views
If things had continued as they were going when Lucas Pimenta was a 13-year-old living in Brazil, he might never have been drawn to mixed martial arts. He might be a boxer instead.
Back then, Pimenta traveled to his boxing gym nearly every day for six months, embracing the sport that was popular in both the area in which he lived and throughout the country.
But crime in the area closed the streets that he used to travel there, and Pimenta was not allowed to pass through to train.
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- 3 years ago
- 145 views
When certain people talk, you make sure and listen. Carlson Gracie was one of those people.
So when budding luta livre esportiva competitor Milton Vieira received Gracie's praise after a quick test, the Brazilian youngster realized what his future entailed.
That assessment took Vieira off the streets and into the gym to launch a 10-year MMA journey that now sees him make a Strikeforce debut in August.
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Late in his teens, He Nan Nan hung up a punching bag in his school dormitory to practice some punching. There were early bumps, but it’s starting to pay off. Filed under: News read news >>
Marcelo Castaneda was close to giving his full attention to a college wrestling career. Then he found MMA.Filed under: News read news >>
Denis Smoldarev wasn’t the biggest fan of sports when he first started. His father had been an athlete, so he wanted his son to be active, but Smoldarev wasn’t very enthusiastic.Filed under: News read news >>
When Mehdi Hassan arrived at Georgetown University as a freshman football player from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., he was in the same mindset as many as of his college freshman peers. He didn’t quite know how hard the work would be.Filed under: News read news >>