Albuquerque's most dangerous barber Conrad Padilla (4-0) puts his perfect record on the line against scrapper Nick Rhoads at Jackson's MMA Series 11, Saturday at Tingley. You can still get your tickets at holdmyticket.com or at the Tingley box office.
Padilla will be preceded by a bevy of talented fighters including the recent winners of the 104.1 Edge Fighter Challenge. Vince Varela, a four time New Mexico State wrestling champion - who recently completed his D-1 wrestling career - will make his amatuer debut against Ray "L'il Nightmare" Vaiza. Accomplished BJJ player David Binder will also make his amatuer debut.
On Saturday, Aug., 3, 2013, three distinctive NFL players were enshrined in Canton, Ohio at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Two defensive tackles and one offensive tackle each earned a spot that will forever have a place in history. Curley Culp, Warren Sapp, and Jonathon Ogden all have one special thing in common; each of these NFL Hall of Famers were wrestlers. Ogden was on his high school team, Sapp won a Florida State high school wrestling championship, and Culp was a NCAA D-1 heavyweight champion.
The Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle was the team’s first ever draft pick in the 1996 NFL draft, selected fourth overall. Ogden is also the Ravens first ever player to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico witnessed the hostile takeover of mixed martial arts by wrestlers. The five division one all-Americans, two of whom are NCAA champions, displayed an overwhelming case as to why wrestling is the strongest foundation for MMA. The fights occurred Wednesday, July 31, 2013, on a night where Bellator and USA Wrestling teamed up bringing awareness to the Saving Olympic Wrestling campaign.
The date was July 16, 1999 and the venue was the Five Seasons Event Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. UFC 21, Return of the Champions, was brought to fans by SEG, Semaphore Entertainment Group and it wouldn’t be for another two more years that SEG would be sold to Zuffa.
But what happened that night paved the way for mixed martial arts today.
WHAT: Vincent’s FIGHT NIGHT UFC 162 Viewing Party - Public Welcome
WHO: Meet and Greet with Frank Mir (Former UFC Heavyweight Champ) and Kenny Thomas (Professional NBA player and former UNM Lobo)
WHEN: Saturday, July 6th, 2013 7:00 p.m. MT
WHERE: Vincent’s men’s salon and lounge 10126 Coors Blvd NW ABQ NM 87144
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's number one contender to the middleweight title, Chris Weidman, took time away from his most vital training camp to date to sign autographs for fans and display a few mixed martial arts techniques and moves, May 31.
The event, held at and hosted by Nielsen Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram in East Hanover, N.J. also provided fans with the opportunity to earn two tickets to Las Vegas for Weidman's upcoming bout, the biggest of his career, July 6 when he looks to dethrone a virtually unstoppable Anderson 'the Spider' Silva.
“To be the best, you have to beat the best,” is an often used—if not abused—term in the sporting world. Every athlete in every sport is told if you want to be the best you can be, then go out and dethrone someone who is better than you. And if you don’t, then you aren’t good.
With her clout in Judo building and with her skills almost undeniable, Ronda had suffered a devastating knee injury at the age of 16 which kept her out of Nationals that year. Devastated, doctors told her that Judo might be a thing of the past for Rousey. They came to this conclusion when she demonstrated certain moves that called for a lot of pressure and strain being placed on her bad knee.
If you do not know the name ‘Ronda Rousey’ by now and you claim to be fan of mixed martial arts, then please for the sake of everything good about this earth, Google her ASAP! Her track record is quite impressive: Olympic Bronze Medalist, Strikeforce Women’s Champion, UFC Women’s Champion, first female fight in UFC history, etc. But in order for her to get where she is now, it all had to start somewhere. Good thing her mom, Ann Maria, just so happened to be one of the most lethal Judokas in the states (I include more detail about this in my previous post at Science of Skill).
Imagine yourself at 12 years old. What were you like; what was your hair like, your social skills, your athletic abilities? Now think of all the outlets you had to channel your youthful down-time into something constructive. For little Ann-Maria Burns, she seems to gladly recalls what she was like. For a little girl in Alton, Illinois who was hitting that awkward stage of life, and with only three sports to choose from at her local YMCA, Ann-Maria “slipped on a banana peel” and found her calling.
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