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  • Three Intriguing Storylines Heading Into Madtown Throwdown 29

    The New Year is set to go off with a bang for Wisconsin mixed martial arts when Madtown Throwdown 29 heads back to Madison's Alliant Energy Center on January 5th. Encompassing one of the most eclectic collection of combatants in recent memory, promoter Pat O'Malley's latest concoction features recognizable veterans such as Eric "Red" Schafer and Nick Thompson as well as up-and-coming prospects like Tyler Hellenbrand and Mike Rhodes. With a high volume of intrigue surrounding nearly every fight on the card, US Combat Sports and WI MMA Today reporter Paul Fladten counts down the six biggest storylines to keep your eye on during Madtown Throwdown 29.
  • Marine Corps Takes a Hit in Ending UFC Deal

    ****The author is a Marine Corps veteran and actually served under Maj. John Caldwell who is cited in this article. The author's opinions are not that of the Marine Corps and have no official endorsement by either the Marine Corps or the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It is purely a matter of personal opinion shared by a Marine Corps veteran and journalist for U.S. Combat Sports**** All good things must come to an end. And in the case of one of the most recognizable partnerships inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship's Octagon, the U.S. Marine Corps and the UFC have officially cut ties. The three-year partnership between the two came to an abrupt halt November 30 after a push...
  • Waukesha MMA Cage Pankration Results and Videos

    As the sport of mixed martial arts continues to increase in popularity, a younger generation of athletes is in constant search of opportunities to test themselves on a combative sports platform. One sport designed to introduce the younger crop of fighters that is beginning to explode within Wisconsin is Pankration. An event was held this weekend at Waukesha Mixed Martial Arts that featured some impressive up-and-comers and some older competitors looking to test their skills. Notable winners from Saturday's Waukesha MMA Cage Pankration event included Wolfie Steel, Ben Tomes, Chris Senner, Donnie Vang-Smith, and many more. Check out the complete list of results below and some videos fro...
  • Welterweight Prospects Mike Rhodes and Quartus Stitt Collide at Madtown Throwdown 29

    Two of the Midwest's top up-and-coming welterweight prospects will scrap next month as part of the stacked Madtown Throwdown 29 card when Mike "Biggie" Rhodes and Quartus "Cool Breeze" Stitt square off. Rhodes, Wisconsin's number two-ranked welterweight, has looked unstoppable since making his professional debut in May of 2012. Over that time he has went undefeated with victories over Torrey Berendes, Matt Gautheir, and Zak Ottow. Possessing the talent and star power that can be found in a number of the up-and-comers out of Roufusport, Rhodes has found it increasingly difficult to locate potential opponents throughout the early part of his career. But Stitt to...
  • Roufusport's Cully Butterfield Upsets Egidijus Valavicius in Flawless Fighting Championship 'Hated' Main Event

    Get used to the name of Cully Butterfield. Known as "The Mason", Butterfield went into hostile territory on Saturday night and delivered the biggest performance of his young career by knocking off Egidijus Valavicius in the main event of Flawless Fighting Championship "Hated". Training out of Roufusport in Milwaukee, Butterfield has made great strides since turning professional back in May of 2009. And following his unanimous decision upset over Valavicius in Chicago, the UW-Milwaukee student has emerged as one of the state's brightest light heavyweight prospects. Entering into Saturday's FFC 2 headliner, Butterfield was looking to rebound from his first loss ...
  • Patricia Vidonic Gets Christmas Wish in Rematch with Felice Herrig Tonight at Bellator 84

    "Little" Patricia Vidonic (7-3, Team Vidonic) is getting an early Christmas present, as she has been given the opportunity to rematch Felice "Lil Bulldog" Herrig (7-4, Team Curran) on Bellator 84, on the main card, which will be broadcast live on MTV2, this Friday, December 14, 2012. Just eight months ago, the two met for the first time, and Herrig came out the victor by unanimous decision; so when, less than two weeks ago, Herrig's original opponent, Michele Guiterrez, dropped out, Vidonic eagerly agreed to face Herrig. Vidonic was born and raised in Medford, OR, where she played highschool softball, and participated on the Olympic weight-lifting team, although wh...
  • USCS Wrestling Technique Spotlight: How to Perform The Slide-By and Improve Your Wrestling Repertoire

    Wrestling season is upon us as conference duals and rivalry matches start coming together before the holiday. And while the possible outcomes are endless, one thing for certain is there will be a winner and a loser. As matches start forming and takedowns become harder, technique becomes crucial to success. A fairly simple move I really enjoyed during my high school and college career was a slide-by. This can be used at all weights in wrestling, as many people have this thought in their minds that they're "big guy" moves and "small guys" moves. I never believe that to be true and never will. A skilled wrestler can perform any skill he or she desires. It takes dedicat...
  • WI MMA Today Features Charles Hanson vs. Craig Eckelberg Title Fight, Anthony Pettis and Sergio Pettis Technique of the Week

    Two of Wisconsin's top amateur fighters are featured on this week's edition of WI MMA Today as the North American Fighting Championship's defending welterweight champion squares off against top contender Craig Eckelberg. As well, superstar mixed martial artists Anthony Pettis and Sergio Pettis demonstrate the WI MMA Today Technique of the Week. Make sure to check out one of the most exciting episodes to date of the program designed to showcase combative sports within Wisconsin.
  • Ben Askren vs. Karl Amoussou at Bellator 86 Features Two Drastically Different Styles

    The game plans will be very different when Bellator Fighting Championships welterweight champion Ben Askren and Season 6 champion Karl Amoussou meet at Bellator 86 on January 24 live on Spike TV. But what won't be different is both men's desire to compete and excel once the cage door closes inside the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The level of competition on that night should be remarkable. Askren, a former Olympic wrestler who has gone undefeated over the first ten fights of his mixed martial arts career, is known as much for his constant work ethic as much his trademark "Funky" wrestling style.
  • XFC 21: Corey Hill and Ryan Thomas are Eerily Even Entering Welterweight Showdown

    Xtreme Fighting Championship has announced that welterweight Corey "The Real Deal" Hill will be fighting Ryan Thomas in the co-main Event of XFC 21: Night of Champions II live on AXStv. Hill comes into the bout with a 3-1 record through his last four fights and has finished his two most recent opponents in the first round. Hill is part of the growing XFC 170-pound division and after a string of unlucky events that included an injury and then a last minute opponent drop, Hill will return to the promotion's cage on December 7 for the final XFC event of 2012. As is standard for XFC fighters, Hill gets a difficult opponent who is eerily similar in many ways, when he fights the 1...

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