During an exclusive interview with USCS reporter Eric Kowal talks to Marcus "The Irish Hand Grenade" Davis, one of the most exciting fighters to ever fight inside the Octagon.
The respected veteran talks about his gym Team Irish MMA Fitness Academy, cutting weight to the point of near death, and how a misunderstanding of words led to a new beef with British fighter Paul Daley.
"The Irish Hand Grenade" also discusses his bad blood with Dan Hardy, interest in another season of the Ultimate Fighter the Comeback, and the outcome of the rematch between Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez.
As women's MMA continues to make its meteoric rise in the world of televised sports - recently catapulted with the advent of a women's division to UFC, the all female promotion Invicta, will be holding its fourth event.
Gaining international attention with hundreds of thousands of online viewers (over 230,000 for the first, over 300,000 for the 2nd, and an even greater number on the thirrd event), the promotion earned "Story of the Year" on BJPenn.com's 2012 Women's MMA Awards, and the President/CEO of Invicta, Shannon Knapp, earned Best Contribution to Women's MMA.
Carla "Cookie Monster" Esparza (8-2, Team Oyama), one of the nominees for "Who to Look Out for in 2013", will be the main event, facing Bec "Rowdy" Hyatt (4-1 of Impact MMA in Australia) for the inaugural Strawweight Belt at Invicta 4, this Saturday, January 5, 2013, at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS.
"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 what she truly wanted to do - compete on the wrestling team – was forbidden to her as a female, at that time.
Leg Lock techniques have become a very popular trend that has elevated the sport of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Submission Grappling. Many great competitors have formulated their own strategic approach concerning this sector of the grappling game.
Offering his take on the subject Black Diamond MMA instructor and BJJ brown belt Dan Faggella has created his own fundamental learning system for anyone aspiring to master the concept of leg locks.
With the release of his new DVD "Leg Locks of Doom" Dan's remarkable translation on the topic gives all viewers a vivid perception of the hierarchy of constructing a leg lock game. Explaining the full background on this masterpiece Dan Faggella gives us an in-depth look of development of this great DVD.
Explaining the benefit and details on this masterpiece Dan Faggella gives us an in-depth look of the concepts and development of this great DVD.
Over the past year Heather Bassett has emerged as one of the brightest amateur prospects within Wisconsin. Showcasing an exciting fighting style that has earned her a multitude of "Fight of the Night" honors and the nickname "Hand Guns", Bassett has proven to be a draw despite the fact he career is still in its infancy.
Now, as Bassett prepares for a hopeful battle northward on September 15, the Unified Martial Arts prospect joins US Combat Sports for the first edition of her weekly video blog in hopes of giving fans and promoters an inside look into what drives her to compete.
Veteran MMA Official Rob Hinds Gives Insight to the Decision Victory for Benson Henderson at UFC 150
On Saturday night at UFC 150 Frankie Edgar dropped a second straight decision to UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson in a contest that could have been scored for either fighter.
While one judge gave the fight to Edgar via a score of 49-46 the other two officials saw it for Henderson by a score of 48-47. The scores declared Henderson the champ once again and instantly reopened the debate concerning judging in mixed martial arts.
Hoping to get some inside knowledge on the situation USCS Reporter Carl Lange had the chance to sit down with veteran MMA Official Rob Hinds to review the fight and help shed some light on if the decision was correct or incorrect.
Certain gyms just seem to personify certain individuals. Case in point: undefeated lightweight prospect Tyler Hellenbrand enters his Madtown Throwdown 28 bout against Jimmy Kim with the same determination and desire as many of the Chosen Few predecessors before him.
After spending a few months at Trainers Elite in Madison in the early stages of his training, Hellenbrand instantly noticed that in order to reach his potential he would have to find a facility that stressed competitiveness. After one session at Chosen Few he was hooked.
"I started training at Chosen Few around two years ago and right away I fell in love with all the guys and the gym," Hellenbrand told US Combat Sports. "It was right up my alley and my game improved tenfold. It helped me put everything together from a whole mixed martial arts aspect. My game instantly became more complete."
Jake Shields doesn't care what people think about him. Throughout his whole life, Shields has been criticized. He has learned to not only take this criticism in stride, but allowed it to create an unbreakable level of self-belief.
While the positivity of his loyal teammates at Caesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu motivates Shields to train hard, it is truly the criticism of his detractors that gets him out of bed in the morning. It always has been.
Growing up as a lifelong vegetarian, Shields was always told he couldn't be successful, as he recalls, "All throughout high school and college everyone told me I couldn't be an athlete, so I wanted to prove them wrong." Prove them wrong he did, as Shields became a two-time All-American wrestler at Cuesta College.
The game of life constructs its own voyage for each individual fighter. Going through a rollercoaster trip of highs and lows it's no surprise how these warrior's hearts remain so strong through the storm as they continue to chase their desired goals.
While one fighter's heart hungers for MMA aspirations and providing a better life for his family, another combatant's heart pumps profusely for the aim of reaching a feat no American athlete has done before him.
When examining the heart of American Judoka Nick Delpopolo it demonstrates the prime example of how a person's consistency and perseverance can take them to the highest pinnacle in combat sports competition.
Another month means another career-defining fight for Team Quest's Sam Alvey. Set to square off with Strikeforce veteran Lucas Lopes tomorrow night at ShoFight 20 in Missouri, Alvey is looking for a victory and another opportunity to inch closer towards his dream of reaching the UFC.
Still only 26-years-old, Alvey's early career has seemingly spanned the globe having competed in countries such as New Zealand, Mexico, and Trinidad. Most recently, "Smile'N Sam" defeated Daniel "Jacare" Almeida in Canada.
"That was a great fight and a great experience fighting against Mr. Almeida," Alvey told US Combat Sports. "He was being followed around by a camera crew for a tv show and it made it all the more exciting. I don't think I was supposed to win, and everyone wanted me to lose, but I wasn't going to."
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