Renzo Gracie black belt, Tom DeBlass, is probably the nicest person on the planet next to your mother, but that does not mean he won’t put up a fight.
Currently assigned to the Bellator 205-pound roster, DeBlass, a former middleweight with rival organization, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, believes he has what it takes to take down Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, former UFC light heavyweight champion who now also fights for the Bellator label.
With roots that date back to its worldwide launch at UFC 1, the grappling arts of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu has been a primary form of combat for many fighters competing in mixed martial arts. Apart of this pack of submission specialist, the Northwest fight scene has received a taste of this method of dominance courtesy of FCFF lightweight champion Bryan Nuro. An ambitious fighter with unparalleled heart and self-drive his transition into MMA as a jiu-jitsu practitioner has offered many challenges for this rising prospect which has rewarded him with great success thus far in his amateur career.
Check out the UFC Fight Club Q&A featuring UFC flyweight champ Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson,from the United Center.
Joe Proctor will look to improve his professional MMA record to 2 and 1 when he competes Feb. 16, against Yoshitaka Ebina at DEEP MMA in Japan.
Proctor, a Captain in the U.S. Army is currently stationed in the Land of the Rising Sun, along with his wife, also a Soldier. Proctor won the U.S. Army Japan Combatives Middleweight tournament in 2012 and has competed in the All Army Combatives Tournament four times.
Few athletes leave an indelible mark on their sport. Achieving records provides the surest route to sports immortality, but as the saying goes “…they were meant to be broken.” Rare is the athlete who adds to the technical lexicon of his sport. One local athlete, Brazilian transplant Rafael “Barata” Freitas has contributed to the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) with his innovative submission techniques, the result of a decade of hard work.
USCS Military Spotlight: Matthew Wilson - Reveals Incorporation of his Military Experience for Teaching Strength Conditioning in MMA
With an individual’s enlistment in the military the venture offers a wide range of benefits and opportunities in professional and personal growth. Exposed to this unique culture, demands and expectations are extremely high as nothing is given forcing one to work hard at accomplishing their goals. Some of the military education learned can be transferable to a serviceman re-entry into the real world as their eyes become set on taking on new challenges that can remarkably affect oneself and other people they come in contact with.
Applying the valuable knowledge gained during his time in the service has assisted Matthew Wilson in his new found role assisting mixed martial art fighters with their careers as the Strength & Conditioning Coach at Ivan Salaverry’s MMA.
Transition and adapting to new changes is a key component to a fighter’s progression as a mixed martial artist. This same ideology can be applied when a combatant takes that huge leap of faith from amateur to the professional divison. Always striving for nothing but the best since his introduction to the sport, Scott Ingram is making his newly presence known in the Colorado fight scene. Making his professional debut at RFA 11 with a successful victory over Dan Manius it is clear from viewing his talent revealed that night Ingram is already putting the community on eyes watch of the rise of a future star in MMA.
USCS recently received the opportunity to speak with Ingram as he touches on his amateur journey, pro debut win, and future aspirations in his continual journey in the pro division.
Yesterday, U.S. Combat Sports reporter Eric Kowal talked exclusively with one of the pioneers in women’s MMA, the brash and ever popular Tonya Evinger who will be fighting this Saturday, Dec. 7 on the Invicta Fighting Championships 7 pay-per-view.
Evinger who holds no punches back let loose right from the get go.
WARNING: Language may be harsh. If you might easily be offended do not continue.
Today is Thanksgiving, a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.
USCS sought out several fighters to see what they were doing for the holiday but more importantly what they are thankful for at this current stage in not only their lives but also their careers.
Below are some of the responses we received.
The MMA industry has always seemed to go against the conventional business wisdom in relation to combat sports, in particular, boxing. When one thinks of the sweet science they may think about skilled fighters who only use their fists to play a game of human chess we also tend to think of sleazy promoters screwing fighters out of millions, placing fake dates with commissions to deter competition and not meeting the criteria of their sponsorship agreements.
While many look at this part of MMA and think, “There’s nothing different on that end,” there are some mixed martial arts promoters who are capable of doing the right thing.
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