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  • Strikeforce's Vallie-Flagg Ready to Face Cavalcante

    Strikeforce fighter, Isaac Vallie-Flagg (12-3-1 of Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA) will be fighting as a lightweight for the first time in Strikeforce against Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante (16-4-1, Imperial Athletics) at the Strikeforce “World Grand Prix” on Saturday, May 19, on Showtime. Vallie-Flagg made his Strikeforce debut as a last minute replacement against Brian Melancon in the welterweight class last June. Winning that fight by way of split decision has in turn earned him a 4-fight contract with Strikeforce.
  • USCS Behind The Scenes: Jackson's Assistant Striking Coach Brandon Gibson

    You've seen his face in photos and videos next to the biggest stars in the UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator, holding mitts or coaching from the corner. His name is Brandon Gibson, and he is the assistant striking coach at Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA. A native New Mexican, with NM roots on both sides of his family, he grew up in the Southeast Albuquerque. Gibson was always interested in martial arts, even as a child, practicing on things and people. Seeing that he needed an outlet for his excess energy, his parents signed him up at Ed Erler's Martial Arts Karate when he was six-years-old. Since that time, there has not been any period of time longer than one month, in which he has not tr...
  • Mean1 MMA Welcomes Manny Rocha to the Team

    Manny Rocha is the newest member of the Mean1 MMA Fitness Family, and he sat down with US Combat Sports to give us the opportunity to get to know this fighter / boxer / coach. Originally from San Jose, CA, Rocha grew up with soccer as his only sport, attending James Lick High School. He started working in the construction business before he even turned 16-years old, in order to help out his family. It was around that time that he enrolled at Extreme Martial Arts in Santa Clara, for two reasons: he loved martial arts, and he wanted to do something to get into shape, weighing in at 287-pounds.
  • Hector "The Hurricane" Munoz Fully Prepared for Solo Boxeo in the Bosque

    Hector "The Hurricane" Munoz, former WBC USNBC champion, steps into the ring at Golden Boy/Golden Girl Promotions' Gold Rush: Solo Boxeo in the Bosque, set to take place this Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Santa Ana Star Casino, in Bernalillo, NM where he will be facing Louisiana's John "Renegade" Revish (10-5-2) as the co-main event. Munoz (19-7-1) is an Albuquerque native, from the South Valley, who graduated from high school. Like so many others, Munoz was involved in his share of fights in school, but after high school, he joined Henry Anaya's gym. Less than a month later, he had his first amateur fight, "I was out of shape, but I just liked to thro...
  • Monica Lovato Fights for Inaugural King of the Cage Female 125-Pound Title

    Monica Lovato (5-2) hopes to bring home yet another King of the Cage belt to FIT NHB, when she fights for the inaugural KOTC 125-pound belt at KOTC: Nightmare, which takes place on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Buffalo Thunder Resort Casino, just north of Santa Fe, NM. Lovato is a finisher, not only in MMA, with 3 of her 5 wins by KO/TKO (2 in the first round) and the other 2 by submission, but also as a boxer: her record 12-1 at 115-lbs, with 4 of those wins by KO, 3 in the first round. US Combat Sports sat down with Lovato after a quick training session at FIT NHB, to talk about her upcoming fight and get to know this cross-trained fighter.
  • Stephanie Jaramillo and Golden Girl Promotions Bringing Boxing Back in New Mexico

    Golden Girl Promotions has barred no holds and pulled out all the stops in their promotion of their third show, Gold Rush:Solo Boxeo – Maldonado vs Carcamo, on April 28, 2012, at Santa Ana Star Casino, Bernalillo, NM. They have utilized multiple media sources to get the word out about this show, including traditional outlets such as billboards, newspaper and magazine ads, electronic methods including Internet websites, Facebook and Twitter posts and contests, word of mouth, and public appearances at various events, like media workouts, meet-and-greets, and charity functions. One of the main charities they have been involved in is a local firefighter, Vincent Cordova, who was diagnosed with...
  • Former UFC Champion Sean Sherk Discusses Summer Return, Rematching Previous Loss, and Alistair Overeem's Failed Test

    As a new generation of mixed martial artists continues to assert themselves at the forefront of the sport, the careers of some of the most accomplished fighters in history are nearing the end. One of these all-time greats is Sean Sherk. Already holding one of the greatest marks in MMA history at 38-4-1, "The Muscle Sherk" is looking forward to a "couple of more" appearances inside the cage and would love to revenge one of his four losses against Matt Hughes, B.J. Penn, Frankie Edgar, or Georges St. Pierre. "I want to fight in a rematch against someone that I got beat by," Sherk told US Combat Sports. "I think that would be fun getting some kind of a remat...
  • Mean 1's Kucevic Meets Murdock at Midwest UCF Missouri Rumble

    US Combat Sports caught up with Eric Kucevic (2-3 of Mean1 MMA Rio Rancho), to chat about his upcoming fight at Midwest Ultimate Cage Fights “Missouri Rumble”, which takes place this Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Branson Convention Center, Branson, MO. He will be facing Nate “No Mercy” Murdock (15-10 of Inferno Martial Arts) at 145-pounds. Although the fight may seem on surface to be imbalanced, one must take into account the fact that Kucevic has been training since 1999, although he took a break from fighting for several years, to work and provide for his family. He was 7-3 as an amateur, and his training pedigree is as good as it gets, with his original teacher being the world-famous Mike...
  • Travis Marx Discusses Bellator Debut Against Masakatsu Ueda in Bantamweight Tournament

    Jackson's Travis Marx will make his Bellator debut in the Bantamweight Quarterfinals at Bellator 64 this Friday live on MTV2 against Masakatsu Ueda who is on his own win streak of five, with the majority of his victories coming by decision. For Marx, also known as "T-Train", the majority of his wins have come via submission, 10 in fact, which is no surprise given his strong wrestling background as a three-time Utah State champion in high school, and third in NCJAA in college. Marx is competing for a grand prize of $50,000 (half the purse of the Welterweight and Featherweight Championships, which boast grand prizes of $100,000), and a guaranteed shot at the Bellator bantamwei...
  • Frank Baca Makes First Flyweight Title Defense at KOTC: Bad Intentions Against Brandon Hempleman

    Frank Baca, 9-1 out of FIT NHB and King of the Cage World Flyweight Champion, will be making his first title defense, as the co-main event at KOTC: Bad Intentions, taking place at Winstar World Casino against Twisted Genetiks' Brandon Hempleman (5-1). Baca is a New Mexico native, who attended Highland High School, where he was on the varsity wrestling team and went to state all four years. When he became interested in MMA, his wrestling coaches, Shad Olvera and Thomas Schulte (20-9 as 155-lb Cagefighter for KOTC, WEC and Bellator) introduced him to FIT NHB, about four years ago. Baca loved the sport and soon began participating in amateur MMA events for KOTC as well as various other p...

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