The fight between two welterweight contenders was a clear choice for "Fight of the Night" earning both Rory MacDonald and Demian Maia a "Performance of the Night" bonus. The Mandalay Bay was filled with pleased fans with the way the two athletes displayed heart in a grueling battle.
MacDonald came out in the first round in a low stance in attempt the fight going to the ground. Each fighter exchanged strikes before Maia snagged a single leg dump takedown. Maia remained in the top position for the majority of the first round. He threw a heavy amount of strikes landing on the grill of MacDonald while in the full mount position. While on bottom, the Canadian showed great maturity while on his back defending against on of the UFC's best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners.
At UFC 170 Daniel Cormier demonstrated his superior skills over his opponent and UFC new-comer Patrick Cummins. The co-main event flashed in front of the eyes of the fans inside the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Patrick Cummins (4-0) made his UFC debut, after taking the fight on ten days’ notice. Cormier went to 14-0 after finishing Cummins in an impressive fashion.
The former Strike Force heavyweight champion fought his first MMA bout at light heavyweight at UFC 170. Cormier used his striking to punish Cummins. Cummins attempted a couple takedowns that the former wrestling Olympian laughed at. Cormier packed a brutal uppercut that stunned the former Penn State all-American.
The Resurrection Fighting Alliance sent another fighter to debut in the UFC, as Pedro Munhoz (10-1) battled Raphael Assuncao (22-4) inside the octagon on FoxSports1 prelims at UFC 170. “The young Punisher” Munhoz fell short in his first taste of UFC action losing a three round decision. The two Brazilian bantamweights put a show on for the fans watching the free prelim fights.
On Sunday, the Big Ten Network televised an excellent wrestling dual-meet between defending three-time national champions and the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The dual came down to the final match at heavyweight. The back and forth dual-meet decided the Big Ten dual-meet champions. Legendary wrestler Cael Sanderson led the #1 Penn State Nittany Lions into the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minnesota to battle legendary Golden Gophers’ Coach J Robinson.
The match was full of action with the top ranked wrestlers in the nation. Penn State earned two majors and three decisions, as Minnesota came up with one fall and four decision victories. J Robinson and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers edged out the power house Penn State to win the meet by a point.
Here are photos from the North American Fighting Championship (NAFC) this past Friday, January 31, 2014. The event took place at the Eagles Club Grand Ballroom at the Rave in Milwaukee. The fight card included fighters Larry Watson, Kali Robbins, Kevin Vazquez, Christian Vazquez, Rob Coulliard, Raquel Magdaleno, Emmanuel Sanchez, and many more. All photos take at the NAFC Super Brawl were taken by Marissa Biese Photography.
Last Night the North American Fighting Championship (NAFC) produced another remarkable event for the fans of Milwaukee. NAFC Super Brawl was hosted at the historic Eagles Club Grand Ballroom at the Rave. At full capacity the Grand Ballroom exploded during every fight as the action was nonstop for the Brew City fans.
A pro debut for two strawweight fighters in the women’s division headlined the stacked card. Raquel Magdaleno of Roufusport went three rounds with Albuquerque, New Mexico fighter Amanda Lovato. Lovato fights out of Judgement MMA and challenged Magdaleno for three rounds with her leg kicks despite losing by unanimous decision. The former Menlo College wrestler persevered through the leg assault to toss her a couple of times for takedowns and earn a double leg takedown as well.
Friday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey Chris Wade of Long Island MMA finished Pat Defranco to bring home the Ring of Combat lightweight belt. The title fight for the vacant weight class was the main event of the evening. The Ring of Combat XLVII event was held in the Garden State at Tropicana Casino and Resort. The fights started at 8:30 EST. and were for purchase on GFL.TV.
Pat Defranco (4-2) entered the fight with high expectations. The lightweight fights out of Serra-Longo on Long Island. Defranco entered into the bout with Wade on a two fight win streak. All six of his professional bouts have been with in the Ring of Combat organization.
On Sunday, the New York State Catholic High School Athletic Association (NYS CHSAA) held their 2014 wrestling Dual-Meet Championships at Chaminade High School’s beautiful Activities and Athletic Center facility in Mineola, NY. The Dual-Meet championships involved nine teams from across the Empire State for an action packed five-round tournament.
Wrestling began at 9 A.M. on four mats, as defending NYS CHSAA Dual-Meet Champions Monsignor Farrell High School started the day with a bye in the first round. The Lions muscled their way through the tournament to capture their second straight crown.
On December 30, 2013, Northwestern University hosted their 51st Ken Kraft Midlands championship.
The finals took place on the Big Ten Network.The power house conference, The Big Ten showed their dominance by entering a finalist in all ten weight classes.
Seven of the ten were off the Iowa Hawkeye roster.At 125-pounds, Jarrod Garnett of the Bison wrestling club, seeded 2, squared off against Iowa's fourth seeded Thomas Gilman.
The Long Island native Chris Weidman entered Saturday night’s headliner at UFC 168 at the MGM Grand in hopes to solidify his status as middle weight champion. Anderson Silva showed up to Las Vegas looking to bring back the belt he owned for nearly seven years prior to their first match at UFC 162.
After another unusual ending, Weidman remains the champion of the middle weight division, while Silva heads into surgery for a career threating injury.
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