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  • Baby Grappling: Not So Childish

    Some of the world's best grapplers began learning their trade at a very early age, naturally providing them with an edge over their competitors. Many of these young practitioners began rolling with a jiu-jitsu gi. The jiu-jitsu gi is an outfit or uniform if you will, often times worn by participants of the sport. The gi consists of a heavy cotton jacket, trousers and a belt. Learning jiu-jitsu with a gi is even more advantageous to the competitor because if used properly the gi can also be used as a weapon. Now more than ever children are starting to get involved in the sport not only for exercise but also for self-defense.
  • Marco Alvan Discusses BJJ Beginnings, Team Link, and Carlos Gracie Jr

    Marco Alvan is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt as well as head coach of Team Link in Ludlow, Massachusetts which just opened a new location. Alvan has won countless black belt tournaments as well as open weight class tournaments under IBJJF rules. Alvan also coaches a group of "Elite Athletes" which includes UFC Heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga, UFC Welterweight Veteran Ricardo Funch and now UFC Fighter and TUF Alumni Jon Manley. UFC Fit Magazine recently crowned Alvan the top grappling specialist over all his peers, and it is with great honor that I was able to speak with Marco Alvan. Don't miss this informative interview.
  • Ray Elbe Sustains Horrific Injury Outside the Cage

    ****WARNING: GRAPHIC MATERIAL, NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART**** Ray Elbe (23-11) was probably a name you did not recognize as a fan of mixed martial arts, although the fighter did compete on an episode of the Ultimate Fighter in 2009. Unfortunately for Elbe he did not make it into the house as he lost in the preliminary bout to determine who would make the roster. But that stain may not be the worst pain the fighter has ever endured as Elbe recently went to YouTube to talk about a horrific injury that would surely send chills down the spine of every viewer.
  • NFL Cheerleader Looks to Remain Undefeated in MMA

    Rachel Wray (no, not celebrity chef and entrepreneur Rachael Ray), but the former Kansas City cheerleader type just wishes to extend her amateur mixed martial arts career to 2-0 as she eagerly awaits an opponent for a scheduled Jan. 25 fight in Kansas City. Training out of HDMMA, Wray is coming off a second round TKO victory in her first sanctioned bout in September. Her opponent in that fight was Ashleigh Tilman who was also making her amateur debut.
  • 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...
  • Brittney Palmer Brings Joy With 12 Days of MMA Christmas Video

    Gamma Labs, a sports nutrition company dedicated to supplying its customers with natural supplements based on the latest science has just released a festive video in spirit of the upcoming holiday season. The classic tune 12 Days of Christmas, which has been redone on too many different facets to even begin to count, is performed by MMA superstars Chuck Liddell, Urijah Faber, Chris Weidman, Brittney Palmer and more. Below are the following items that each was delivered via their true love:
  • Combat Sports Enthusiast and Radio Personality Scotty Brilliant Discusses the Fight Game

    Known as "The Valley's Real Rock Station," WWYY 107.1 The Bone is one of the most highly listened to stations in the Lehigh Valley, Poconos and western New Jersey. On any given day listeners can find a variety of classic rock, hard rock, alternative, and metal music along with radio personalities Gina Crash and Scotty Brilliant. Brilliant, a lifelong fan of mixed martial arts and student of the sport has been featured in local newspapers such as the Express Times and on the cover of Exposed. The stories revolve around the fast rise of MMA in the Valley and the intense training routine young fighters must go through to make it to the big time. The outgoing and comical Brillia...
  • Triad Fight League Brings New Approach to Mixed Martial Arts

    The newest thing to hit the mixed martial arts scene is not in the UFC or any of the other well-known organizations. Instead, it comes from promoter Alexo Bell who is currently looking at somewhere on the Eastern Seaboard to bring an event. The Triad Fight League, with Bell at the head, has formed one of the largest mixed martial arts organizations in the world. Bell and company have organized teams from all over the United States and even from outside the US to compete in an event like no other. Most MMA events are a one night only, but in this event, competitors will compete against each other over a three-day event. 300 competitors will compete in three different cages with the ultimate...
  • 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...
  • Valley Fight Series 7: Heckman Dominates Acosta, Nuno Topples Mountain (PHOTOS)

    The Valley Fight Series returned to the Event Center at the Sands Casino and Resort in Bethlehem, PA last night with an all-around amazing card from start to finish. The promotion was headlined by Bellator Fighting Championships veterans and local MMA and wrestling standout, Scott "The Animal" Heckman (12-3) vs. Ralph Acosta (10-6). Heckman moved down to bantamweight for the first time in his career even after riding a four-fight win streak at 145. From bell to bell the Animal from AMA Fight Club bloodied American Top Team's Acosta and dominated him on the mat. On occasion Acosta was able to defend himself and work submission but the presence of plasma loosed the grip and He...

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