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  • Decorated Amateur Wrestler Shawn Bunch to Make MMA Debut Against Chad Coon at Bellator 82

    Former Olympic hopeful Shawn Bunch came up a match short of representing the United States of America in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Bunch transitioned from being purely a World competitive amateur Freestyle wrestler to a professional Mixed Martial Artist. Bunch nick named "Bunch the Great", signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator Fighting Championship in June of 2012. The young career of Bunch began when Bellator Fighting Championship CEO Bjorn Rebney took a leap of faith on the former Edinboro University NCAA runner-up and 3-time All-American. "The best way to describe Shawn is just explosive and dynamic," fellow wrestler turned mixed martial artist Ben Askren said...
  • Anthony Pettis: I'm the number one fighter in the lightweight division

    When Anthony Pettis steps into the cage against Donald Cerrone at UFC on Fox 6 it will have been nearly a year since his last appearance within the Ultimate Fighting Championship. And a lot has happened over that time. Benson Henderson has taken and defended the 155-pound strap against Frankie Edgar, Nate Diaz has ascended to top contender status, and Pettis has found himself battling a rash of shoulder injuries. But according to "Showtime", the one thing that hasn't changed is the fact that he is still the best lightweight fighter in the world. "I'm the number one fighter in the lightweight division," Pettis told WIMMA Today reporter Paul Fladten. "I...
  • US Army Vet Conrad Padilla Working for the Trifecta at Jackson's MMA Series X

    US Army Veteran Conrad Padilla (2-0 of Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA) is looking to add another win to his undefeated professional MMA career, when he faces Team Tompkins' Rolando Cespedes (2-1) for Jackson's MMA Series X on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, NM. An Albuquerque native, Padilla graduated from Highland High School – where he played football, was on the swim team and ran track. A month after he graduated, Padilla joined the Army, and served his country for four years, in the airborne logistics division. He spent half of his term in Korea, which is where he decided to learn Tae Kwon Do, under a local Korean Special Forces Operator; he studied TK...
  • USCS Amateur Spotlight: Mean1 MMA's Justin Archuleta Shoots for Aragon Fight Promotions Title

    Justin Archuleta, amateur fighter out of Mean1 MMA, will be making his MMA debut at Aragon Fight Promotions' Cage Fighter V, this Saturday, November 3, at the Carlsbad Civic Center in Carlsbad, NM. He will be facing Jorrell Sparenburg (Hobbs, NM) for the promotion's 135-pound belt. Archuleta is a New Mexico native, originally from Albuquerque, then his family moved to Estancia when he was a child. He played football from YAFL in 4th grade, through high school in the 10th grade. It was in his sophomore year that he first became interested in MMA, when his father, Art - one of the owners of ABQ Lasik - had been approached by Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA, to make a mutually beneficially ar...
  • Sergio Pettis on RFA 4 Bout Against Jimmy Jones: 'It's my time to shine'

    A quick glance at this Friday's Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4 lineup reveals one of the more outstanding cards of 2012. Arguably measuring up to many of the year's Strikeforce events and outshining some Bellator cards, RFA looks to be well on its way towards breaking into the upper echelon of fight promotions. Featuring a roster full of Ultimate Fighting Championship veterans, including a main event that pits Efrain Escudero against Tyson Griffin, Greg Shea and company have proven their willingness to shell out the cash necessary to sign big name free agents. But it's the RFA's crop of young superstars that is most impressive. A host of prospective superstars such as...
  • Female Fighter Focus: FIT NHB's Brenda Gonzles Remains Undefeated in Combative Sports

    Keep your eye on Brenda Gonzales (3-0 of FIT NHB in Albuquerque), undefeated in both MMA and boxing, and the new King of the Cage Female 125-lb Champion. This woman is on her way up. Originally from Moriarty, NM, Gonzales was always into sports, playing baseball, softball, volleyball and basketball in high school, and spending much of her free time in the gym. It was about three years ago that she had her first taste of combat sports, when she visited FIT NHB for the first time, at the invitation of her boyfriend (and now fiancé) UFC fighter Tim "The Dirty Bird" Means. She instantly loved it, and FIT soon became her second home.
  • World Class Trainer Ray Yee Inspiring Youth at Albuquerque Kickboxing and MMA

    Albuquerque Kickboxing MMA has been a part of Northern New Mexico's martial arts community for more than ten years. Master/Sifu/Coach Ray Yee is in charge and is a longtime student of many martial arts including Wing Chun Gung Fu, Thai Boxing/Muay Thai, Inosanto Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do, Judo/Jiu-jitsu, Combat Submission Wrestling, Filipino Kali/Eskrima/Silat and Boxe Francaise/French Savate. It began in 2002 as Albuquerque Martial Arts Academy in a small 900 square foot suite on Lomas, and at first, catered mainly to law enforcement, military and their families. When the economy changed and growth slowed, Yee began to move toward teaching civilians and fighters. In 2006, they ha...
  • Inside The Heart of a Fighter: Colton Smith Strives For Success in MMA and Life

    The front line is the center of a conflict or struggle between two parties. In the art of combat it all comes down to whose techniques and determination is strong enough to withstand the brunt. Whether the goal be championship gold or Olympic prestige, a Fighter's Heart takes him through an ordeal because in his mind there is something desirable at the end of the tunnel. A fighter's heart can sometimes be built from prior events, which evidently aids in their current and future career pursuits. Case in point, active serviceman SSG Colton Smith has been constructed through suffering, maturity, and divine will.
  • USCS Game Changer: Mick Maynard Discusses the Creation of Legacy Fighting Championship

    Lights, camera, action! It's center stage for fighters to showcase their talents in front of a worldwide audience. Each competitor that steps inside the cage aspires to obtain success in order to solidify their status as a Game Changer at their craft. In addition to the athletes that put everything on the line in battle, behind the scenes there are individuals that deal with their own grueling task in trying their hand at changing the landscape of mixed martial arts. Building a legacy is one tough assignment, but something proud owner of Legacy Fighting Championships, Mick Maynard has perfected very well which has set the tone in creating his own lane as a Game Changer in MMA.
  • USCS Military Spotlight: Jason Norwood Pursues Dream of Becoming Bellator Champion

    For many that compete in mixed martial arts, mastery centers on one's commitment to their duties of becoming great fighters. Practicing, testing, and learning are all a part of the stages of development helping in the ascension. Since starting his fight career Army Officer Jason Norwood seems to fit this analogy perfectly. Driven, hungry, and humble these attributes have allowed Norwood to excel rapidly up the ranks in his ultimate quest to reach the top. USCS Reporter Monta Wiley recently had the opportunity to speak with Jason and provide viewers an inside look and in-depth look behind his artistry as an MMA fighter.

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