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  • Grapplefest VII Proves a Smooth Success

    Grapplers of all ages, sizes and skills filled the gymnasium at the Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho on Saturday, October 20, for the 2012 Southwest Grappling Championships. Although many things remained the same for this event, there were a few new features. For the first time, divisions were given specific start and end times, and the universally-agreed result was that everything went much more smoothly, as evidenced by completion of the event prior to sun-down, a first for the tournament, for which attendance was actually up from last year. "I think this is due to the schools staffing (wrestling team) stepping up," noted an appreciative Dave Friedlander, promoter of the...
  • Sam Alvey's TUF Blog: Another Bad Judging Decision and Why Roy Nelson is a Bad Coach

    So in the latest episode, Episode 6 "Return of the "Big ol" Jedi" the show started with a recap of last weeks fight and it showed Big Country informing Nick that he lost because he didn't listen to him. Team Big Country was just starting to get upset about the coaching style of their leaders and it was apparent it was starting to bug everyone. Then once again it went to Secor picking fights with the other team and this time it was the shirtless wonder, the Canadian sensation, the thunder from down under (the north pole) Mike Hill. It was fun watching the show this week because none of us knew who stole that chicken until now. Apparently it wasn't Mike but he s...
  • Rumble in Rio 9: Cops Beat Firefighters Ironically Going 9-1-1 Over Night

    For the second time in its history, Rumble in Rio was won by the "boys in blue" of New Mexico's Law Enforcement, with an ironic finishing score of 9-1-1 (9 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw) against New Mexico's Firefighters. The "Rumble in Rio" is a non-profit promotion, which raises money for the "Jim Franklin Bike Give-Away Program" and other youth charities, including this year, the addition of "Children's Cancer Fund of NM". Each year, Fire faces Law, not only to raise funds for charity, but also for bragging rights on which public service is the toughest in the state. Historically, the firefighters have held sway over the event, winning 4 tim...
  • USCS Game Changer: Mick Maynard Discusses the Creation of Legacy Fighting Championship

    Lights, camera, action! It's center stage for fighters to showcase their talents in front of a worldwide audience. Each competitor that steps inside the cage aspires to obtain success in order to solidify their status as a Game Changer at their craft. In addition to the athletes that put everything on the line in battle, behind the scenes there are individuals that deal with their own grueling task in trying their hand at changing the landscape of mixed martial arts. Building a legacy is one tough assignment, but something proud owner of Legacy Fighting Championships, Mick Maynard has perfected very well which has set the tone in creating his own lane as a Game Changer in MMA.
  • Sam Alvey's TUF Blog: The Fart Heard Around The World

    So this week was episode five "The Empire (of Carwin) Strikes Back" and it really had no lack of action. The episode started with a brief overview of how last weeks fight went with Julian explaining how he feels right now, and to his credit he really was upset that he lost. Everyone in the house kind of overlooked him as being a threat but he did some real damage to Bristol and was truly shook up that he lost. Then Flash Forward another day it has Julian getting really upset with Secor. When you take a hot head like Julian and put him in a house with a mouth like Secor you know it will get Rough, and this episode was just the tip of the iceberg. For the rest of the season we refe...
  • USCS Military Spotlight: Jason Norwood Pursues Dream of Becoming Bellator Champion

    For many that compete in mixed martial arts, mastery centers on one's commitment to their duties of becoming great fighters. Practicing, testing, and learning are all a part of the stages of development helping in the ascension. Since starting his fight career Army Officer Jason Norwood seems to fit this analogy perfectly. Driven, hungry, and humble these attributes have allowed Norwood to excel rapidly up the ranks in his ultimate quest to reach the top. USCS Reporter Monta Wiley recently had the opportunity to speak with Jason and provide viewers an inside look and in-depth look behind his artistry as an MMA fighter.
  • 2012 Southwest Grappling Championship Set For October 20th in New Mexico

    Where did this year go? The trees are yellow, the NFL is already in week six, and here in New Mexico the smell of roasting green chile can be found lingering in the air. For Jiu-Jitsu fighters around the Southwest, fall also brings the Combat Sports Club’s final tournament of the year. The 2012 Southwest Grappling Championship is scheduled for October 20th at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. This is a double elimination tournament, placing first through fourth, awarding huge, Olympic style medals. All KID (non-medaling) competitors receive a participation medal for their hard work. Join grapplers from New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Colorado and beyond. This is also the last op...
  • Sam Alvey's TUF Blog: Marunde Gets Team Carwin Back on Top, Movie Night, and Sleeping in Bed Again

    So it has been one week since my minor setback by the hands (or foot) of Joey Rivera. Fear not, this smiling guy is back in action for episode four (“A New Hope - For Carwin’s Team”). The episode starts off with Dana treating the house to a movie night. He bought us popcorn and everything! The little twist of this sequence is that we actually did not see the movie until after the Bristol/Julian fight. Yours truly got a little screen time testifying how good the movie was. Let me tell you, I actually really enjoyed the movie Here Comes the BOOM. I don’t expect it to win any Academy Awards, but if you are looking for a few laughs or something to entertain the kids, then it gets 3.5 out of 5 ...
  • CES 'Real Pain' Hosts Stacked Card Featuring Dave Bautisa, John Howard, Marc Stevens, Chad Reiner, Mike Campbell, Local Favorites and More

    In recent weeks Classic Entertainment Sports (CES) has assembled what may well be the biggest card to hit the Northeast since the emergence of mainstream mixed martial arts. The transformation of the "Real Pain" event has left skeptics brushing off their pride off and in search of tickets as former WWE Champion and co-owner of a Gracie Jujitsu Gym, Dave Bautista, faces late replacement Vince Lucero in what should be a debut for the ages. In a card riddled with countless UFC veterans versus local talent, Providence native Luis Felix (7-6) will be taking on the daunting task of meeting UFC veteran Marc Stevens (14-7) inside the cage on October 6th at the Dunkin Doughnuts Center in ...
  • Coach Ken Chertow's Weekend Warrior Camp Tour Visits 13 States

    Interested in an off-season wrestling camp before your high school season starts? USA Olympian Ken Chertow kicked off his nationwide weekend Warrior Training Camp Tour this weekend at Cabell Midland High School in Huntington, West Virginia. The tour will last until December, visiting 13 different states across the country. Coach Chertow will conduct one, two, and three day wrestling camps. The Weekend Warrior Camp’s will be taught by United States Olympian, 3-time NCAA All-American, 3-time Academic All-American at Penn State University. Coach Ken Chertow has been teaching wrestling over 20 years, with successful coaching stints at Penn State University and Ohio State University. The former...

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