After the longest running term a wrestling coach has served at West Mesa High School, Lenny Lovato passed the baton to his nephew, Mike Lovato, on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at West Mesa High School Gymnasium, in front of stands full of fans, former and current students, and the two teams competing for NM State. With an illustrious career full of highly-notable achievements, Lovato has left behind a legacy and some pretty big shoes for his nephew to fill. Not only did he coach for 27 years, but he also has these claims to fame:
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.
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.
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