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.
LA Boxing amateur fighter, Daniel Martinez, will be facing El Paso's Robert Gonzales for the SWKA 185-lb Kickboxing title at Art Monsivaiz presents SWKA Kickboxing and Boxing Championships, which takes place this Saturday, December 1, at Zero Gravity in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Two other SWKA titles will be on the line, as Alex Lagutin (Judgment MMA) faces Mark Morgenstern (LA Boxing) for the 140-lb title, and Joe Rodriguez (El Paso) faces Carlos Juarez (Phoenix, AZ) for the 120-pound title.
Martinez, an Albuquerque native, is an amateur kickboxer/cagefighter with years of training in boxing and kickboxing, having begun at LA Boxing in 2005, after he graduated from Albuquerque High School. Then LA Boxing owner, Chess (a friend of his uncle's), invited Martinez and his sister to try some classes, and they have been regular members since then.
Nick Urso will be stepping into the cage as the co-main event at Jackson's MMA Series X, this Saturday, December 1, 2012, at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, NM. This will be his second professional fight at 135-lbs, as he faces Silver City's David Ruelas (1-1).
Originally from Chicago, IL, Urso (4-1 of Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA) and his family moved to Florida when he was still a teenager.
Already accustomed to being the smallest in any of his classes, Urso had been taught how to defend himself by his father, well versed in old-school boxing and kickboxing, "my father is very knowledgeable, and doesn't train by conventional methods", who drilled it into him from the time he was a child.
Justin Archuleta, amateur fighter out of Mean1 MMA, will be making his MMA debut at Aragon Fight Promotions' Cage Fighter V, this Saturday, November 3, at the Carlsbad Civic Center in Carlsbad, NM. He will be facing Jorrell Sparenburg (Hobbs, NM) for the promotion's 135-pound belt.
Archuleta is a New Mexico native, originally from Albuquerque, then his family moved to Estancia when he was a child. He played football from YAFL in 4th grade, through high school in the 10th grade. It was in his sophomore year that he first became interested in MMA, when his father, Art - one of the owners of ABQ Lasik - had been approached by Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA, to make a mutually beneficially arrangement.
Archuleta decided he wanted to try out the sport, and about 3 years ago, he began to train at Jackson's. "I immediately fell in love with it; I loved the attitude. I love to be around positive people, and that's what fighters are – positive and confident people."
Keep your eye on Brenda Gonzales (3-0 of FIT NHB in Albuquerque), undefeated in both MMA and boxing, and the new King of the Cage Female 125-lb Champion. This woman is on her way up.
Originally from Moriarty, NM, Gonzales was always into sports, playing baseball, softball, volleyball and basketball in high school, and spending much of her free time in the gym.
It was about three years ago that she had her first taste of combat sports, when she visited FIT NHB for the first time, at the invitation of her boyfriend (and now fiancé) UFC fighter Tim "The Dirty Bird" Means. She instantly loved it, and FIT soon became her second home.
On Episode 116 of Low Blow Radio, the guys talk about two deaths that have shocked the combat sports world. We talk about news surrounding Emanuel Steward and Jeff Blatnick deaths along with their impact on their respected sports.
We also rundown an exciting Showtime boxing card that featured the retirement of Erik Morales from American competition. As always you can contact us through Facebook, @TheLowBlow, and e-mail LowBlow505@gmail.com. We are available on the Stitcher Radio App and Itunes.
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Albuquerque Kickboxing & MMA has been a part of Northern New Mexico's martial arts community for more than ten years. Master/Sifu/Coach Ray Yee is in charge and is a longtime student of many martial arts including Wing Chun Gung Fu, Thai Boxing/Muay Thai, Inosanto Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do, Judo/Jiu-jitsu, Combat Submission Wrestling, Filipino Kali/Eskrima/Silat and Boxe Francaise/French Savate.
It began in 2002 as Albuquerque Martial Arts Academy in a small 900 square foot suite on Lomas, and at first, catered mainly to law enforcement, military and their families. When the economy changed and growth slowed, Yee began to move toward teaching civilians and fighters.
In 2006, they had outgrown the facility and moved to the 4th Street location increasing in size to 3000 square foot, and became known as Albuquerque Kickboxing. The location was great for the gym, and they doubled in size of facility and clientele within eight months increasing in size to 6000 square foot. Eventually the gym became known as Albuquerque Kickboxing & MMA.
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.
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.
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