****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 from members of Congress, women's groups and labor unions. The Marine Corps Recruiting Command came under a lot of pressure after labor union, Unite Here, launched a massive campaign to ban and prohibit spending on marketing and advertising expenditures with the UFC.
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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UFC President Dana White is finally warming up to the idea that women have a place in his organization. White, who had previously been extremely critical over women inside the octagon, now entertains the idea ever since he laid eyes on one, "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey.
Rousey, currently the women's bantamweight champion for the Zuffa owned Strikeforce, has been destroying her opponents each within the first round of competition and is currently ranked the number one female fighter on the planet.
Of course, before Rousey there was Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, but Santos derailed her own train after testing positive for a banned substance. The one-time queen of the featherweight division was stripped of her title and banned from the sport for one year.
There is no sport more demanding than wrestling. Wrestling is a team sport that requires individual effort to accomplish the ultimate team goal of being successful.
This is a sport that has been around longer than any other high school athletic activity and dates back to the beginning of mankind, which requires strength, power, speed, and mental toughness.
If you're a high school student and find your self interested in staying in shape or bored during the winter, check out your local high school's wrestling team as all high schools are always looking for individuals to participate on the team.
Last night the unfortunate and saddening news broke that rapidly rising featherweight Erik "New Breed" Koch was forced to pull out of his UFC 153 title bout against 145-pound killer Jose Aldo.
Koch, who was pegged to be the first Roufusport fighter to ever fight for a UFC title, was obviously extremely disappointed by the situation. But what did other fighters, promoters, and fans think about Koch being replaced by former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar?
Check out some reactions from people in all walks of life about the injury to "New Breed" and the new UFC 153 main event from the industry's best including Koch, Edgar, Dana White, Anthony Pettis, Ariel Helwani, Mike Straka and more.
Watching fights nearly every weekend is a hardcore mixed martial arts fan's dream. But sometimes dreams are interpretations of a reality that easily drift too far away.
The recent cancellation of UFC 151 not only sent shockwaves through the sport and ultimately may define fighter legacy in Jon Jones, but it may have also brought UFC executives back down to earth.
The perennial king of MMA, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has been promoting one to two or sometimes even three events per month. Who could complain about that, right?
Wrong. The sport is evolving so much, and so quickly that the list of well-rounded fighters on the roster is continually growing.
As the mixed martial arts community is left reeling from the news that UFC 151 has been canceled, a lot of people are left picking their jaws up off the ground. General consensus comes down to Jon Jones being to blame for the cancellation of the event from both fighters and fans.
Is Jones the bad guy though? Is it really his fault that Dana White canceled the event? Speculation looms over UFC 151 that much is without doubt, and doesn't help the fighters left without a paycheck or a fight this Saturday, so who do we blame?
Jon Jones focused his entire camp on competing against Dan Henderson. I feel that comparing Henderson and Sonnen, which I am completely positive some are, would be absurd almost like comparing apples to oranges. Henderson is a different breed, to say the least.
On this edition of the Low Blow we discuss an exciting night of fights that featured Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Lyoto Machida getting huge victories on national television.
We also talk about the men of the USA Boxing's failure to bring home a medal and the women team's stealing their thunder. The hosts also debate whether or not Jon Jones can be a good role model after getting his new global Nike deal and we discuss UFC 150.
Little Observations in the Big World of MMA: Anderson Silva, Youth MMA, Televised Fights, and Training Injuries
Take a look back at the world of mixed martial arts five years ago. Middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva was just beginning to create his legend within the UFC, televised MMA was a privilege not a right, and youth MMA was only a portion of what it is today.
With the combative sports world continuously growing each day, read along as US Combat Sports Reporter Carl Lange recounts the firsthand observations he has witnessed within the fight scene on a handful of topics.
It took just 12 seconds for former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia to dismantle Randy Smith at NEF Fight Night 3 last month, making it three straight consecutive wins for the former champ.
After a bash of criticism from UFC President Dana White and not being able to win over the hearts and minds of UFC fans while serving as the organization's kingpin champion, Sylvia parted ways with the organization.
It appeared as if Sylvia would soon be near the end of his career after leaving the UFC on a loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, then Fedor Emelianenko in Affliction, and then to boxing standout Ray Mercer in just 9 seconds in their bout at AMMA 3 in 2009.
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