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.
Few athletes are able to reach the pinnacle of their chosen sport. Fewer still remain at the top for any duration. Carlos Condit is that rare athlete, an MMA fighter who has enjoyed the highest level of success for over a decade.
Condit began his professional fighting career at the tender age of eighteen and has since amassed a record of 29-7, taking out a who’s who of the sport along the way. He earned championship gold in the World Extreme Fighting championship, a title he defended three times until the UFC came calling.
For East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania’s Hiller Family collecting autographs is just another day at the office.
The family-owned and operated, MMA Signatures, houses what is quite possibly one of the world’s largest collections of authentic mixed martial artist autographed items and apparel.
A.J. Hiller has been collecting autographs of not only MMA fighters but all athletes for more than 30 years. He has owned and operated several storefronts, currently running the operation out of his home and website mmasignaturesusa.com
Starting its franchise in 1993, K-1 has been a major fighting platform featuring some of the best strikers in the world.
A lifelong dream for any standup fighter, the event is considered the culmination of one's years of hard work which gives a competitor the opportunity to showcase their talents on a worldwide stage in their goal of being dubbed the best. For those that have reached this level all have benefited graciously from the K-1 experience as it has aided in motivating and propelling their careers in their future fight endeavors.
Meet Pennsylvania’s newest fight promoter – Jeff Darienzo - Fighter, judge, referee….promoter of ECCM, East Coast Caged Monkey MMA
When you ask the casual mixed martial arts fan when it was that they started watching the sport, most will tell you....”the beginning man. I watched UFC 1 live,” yet they could not tell you who Royce Gracie defeated to win the organization’s first event that November night in Colorado back in 1993.
Jeff Darienzo is actually one those fans who has been there and has done that. How do we know? Because I have been friends with and known Jeff for more than 20 plus years.
Jimmy Pedro is one of America’s top Judo competitors (having won two medals from the Olympic games), and can be argued to be one of our finest Judo coaches well. When I got the chance to interview Jimmy about the benefits of Judo training for the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner, I knew from the get-go that I was dealing with the right guy.
In this brief article, I’ll cover the three major benefits that Jimmy identified as critical for any BJJ practitioner looking to gain from Judo training.
It is not often you will find the last name ‘Gracie’ in the losing column when searching an opposing fighter’s win-loss record and it is even more rare to discover a mixed martial artist has beaten two Gracies back to back.
Rich Patisnock, now 6-1, did just that this past weekend at World Series of Fighting 5 at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J when he earned a unanimous decision victory over Gregor Gracie.
Fight fans, especially those from the 505, will enjoy this excellent article by J. Hobbs, borrowed from the officialxfc.com website ubout local fighter and XFC warrior Joby Sanchez:
Joby Sanchez (4-0) has been a martial artist since the age of 7. The New Mexico fighter has studied several disciplines over the years, finding success with every one. One of Chavez Dojo’s most decorated students, Sanchez’s stand up and striking background is well documented. The 1st Degree Black Belt in Kajukembo Karate also holds a Silver Gloves Championship, with an impressive record of 32-3 as a boxer. Not wanting to leave any holes in his game, Sanchez competed in wrestling during his high school years. In 2009, Sanchez was the New Mexico State Runner-up in his weight class.
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