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Arnold Classic Officially Adds Amateur MMA
The Arnold Classic, taking place in Columbus, Ohio from Feb. 29 through March 2, celebrates many forms of fitness and martial arts. This year will mark the debut of mixed martial arts at the expo, as an amateur event will take place and champions in multiple weight classes will be crowned. Celebrating its 20th year anniversary, the Arnold Classic has always been a home to martial arts and with the growth of MMA throughout the world the amateur tournament this year is nothing short of historical. Legendary martial artist Terrance “Tokey” Hill, who organizes and leads the charge for the martial arts portion of the Arnold Classic, lobbied to have MMA included in this year’s event and now it is a reality. The event will run alongside many traditional martial arts programs at the Arnold Classic including Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, and San Shou. MMA will debut with an eight-man tournament represented by fighters and teams from across the world.
Submitted Feb 18, 2008 4:34PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
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preview for red belt
Preview for new mma movie coming out with tim allen an randy. Source :
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Yahoo! MMA Top 10 Rankings
Very surprising that a Jan 21st article on Brock Lesnar had more clicks on Yahoo! Sports that week than any other sports article, including Super Bowl articles. Link also includes Yahoo! MMA Top 10 Rankings.
MMA SEMINAR TO BENEFIT PREMATURE BABY
From the Underground: http://www.mma.tv/tuf/index.cfm?FID=1&a=46&TID=0 MMA SEMINAR TO BENEFIT PREMATURE BABY I am asking for help. The seminar is going to be in Jackson Mississippi on March 8. I have Renato Tavares, Rich Clementi, Stephen R Koepfer, and Travis Neagle teaching at the seminar. Any form of donation, help spreading this(bulletins on myspace, just keeping this thread alive) or saying a prayer for this baby and his family would be greatly appreciated. If you have any fight gear, autographed pics, or questions, etc etc please contact Mark at SCHWARZENEGGER2@HOTMAIL.COM, you can email Kyria at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can email Dan Christison at email@example.com. www.myspace.com/Frankshamrockstudent www.myspace.com/fighterdonations Seminar date set for Kaiden Reese Blakeney (premature baby born on 10-6-2007, due date was 1-13-2008, and is still in the hospital) Where- Gracie South 1006 Top St Suite H Flowood, MS. 39232 Date- March 8th Time of seminar- 11am Cost per person-$35 Instructors -Travis Neagle (Robert Kahn and Royce Gracie BJJ brown belt), Stephen R Koepfer (President of American Sambo Association, Head Coach of New York Combat Sambo and Team American Sambo, a regular contributer to Ultimate Grappling Mgazine, and have trained under Alexander Barakov (in the US) and Igor Kurinnoy (In Russia), Renato Tavares (4th degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu Black Belt from Carlson Gracie Sr and American Top Team member), Rich Clementi (UFC veteran and The Ulimate Fighter season 4 contestant). Film-Chabasco aka UFN ( www.ufnmma.com) will be there with his camera man to film the event to put on his new show they are getting ready to do. If you would like to attend or have any items you would like to donate for a raffle, please let me know SCHWARZENEGGER2@HOTMAIL.COM Counting blessings despite hardship: McDonald House keeps family close Richard Lake • firstname.lastname@example.org • December 24, 2007 The baby was born the size of a shampoo bottle but only half as heavy. He was not supposed to survive this long. He cannot breathe normally on his own and does not do well when he is touched. And yet, here is Kaiden, brought into this world by Caesarean section Oct. 6 weighing 1 pound, 1 ounce. He was 11 inches long. Kaiden was born 15 weeks early. He has grown to 3 1/2 pounds, and about 14 inches, but his survival is still not assured. He is still breathing with lungs that do not work right, and he's housed in an isolette, one of those clear plastic boxes. His parents have never held him, but are at his side every day. The first thing on his big sister's Christmas list is for him to leave the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and go home to Laurel, 90 miles to the southeast. That is not going to happen soon. Which means Shaun and Mark Blakeney needed to squeeze a Christmas tree into their room at the Ronald McDonald House on UMC's campus. "Here it is," said Shaun. "This is our Christmas tree." She was pointing at a small, felt-like ornament hanging from a picture hook on the wall. The Blakeneys have been at Ronald McDonald House since not long after Kaiden's birth. Shaun said doctors have told her to expect him to be in the hospital until at least February. He needs the kind of specialized care that is available nowhere in Mississippi but UMC. It would be impossible to drive all the way from Laurel to Jackson every day, so the Blakeneys thank goodness for Ronald McDonald House. "We are so blessed to be here and be on this campus to be close to our son," Shaun said. "It's a hidden secret." They are one of more than a dozen families that will probably be there over Christmas. Tippy Garner, the house's events and development coordinator, said about 500 families each year stay there. The program is designed for families who are from outside the Jackson area and whose children are in town for lifesaving medical care. Often, that means a child injured in a car accident, a cancer patient or a severely premature baby such as Kaiden. The house has 16 hotellike rooms, four full kitchens, a large dining room and other accommodations. It is almost always full or close to it. Sometimes there's a waiting list. More than half the families who stay there pay nothing; the rest pay only $8 a day. Garner said operating expenses are taken care of through donations and volunteers. The program has only four full-time employees and two part-timers. If not for Ronald McDonald house, the Blakeneys might be in serious trouble. Shaun, 37, has suffered from thyroid problems her whole life, she said. She was having trouble over the summer, and was in and out of the doctor's office many times. On one occasion, they shocked her with news of her pregnancy. She was already four months along. She and Mark, 29, who'd met last year when they both worked at the mall in Laurel, married and planned for their future. They'd raise Shaun's daughter, Laken Davis, 9, and their new baby together. But Shaun's health problems persisted. Surgery was scheduled for February to remove her thyroid. And then, her blood pressure measured 230 over 200. Doctors worried about a condition called preeclampsia, hypertension during pregnancy, that can harm both the mother and the baby. In fact, Kaiden was having what are called brain bleeds. He needed to be born if he was to survive. The day before the surgery to give birth to Kaiden, the experts prepared the Blakeneys for the worst. "They told me he would probably live 30 minutes," Shaun said. He lived, though just barely. He looked like a pink skeleton when he was born. "He was little bitty," said Shaun. "He could fit in your hand." Mark commuted back and forth between Jackson and the Coast for three weeks until he finished training to become a truck driver. Now, both he and Shaun are at the Ronald McDonald House full time. They spend all day, every day by Kaiden's bedside, they said. They sleep at Ronald McDonald. They will celebrate Christmas there with family, who will make the drive from Laurel, they said. Laken, who will be 10 next month, has been staying with her grandmother. She visits on the weekends. "Santa knows where she's at," Shaun said
Rage In The Cage XVI
"Wildfire" Johnny Rage returns with his weekly column. In this week's column he tackles UFC 81, a preview of UFC 82, World Victory Road and his thoughts on MMA "Smart Fans" and his thoughts on the Super Bowl.
Submitted Feb 5, 2008 2:45PM by tberg420 - 1 comment
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- Shawn Bias realeased, starts road to recovery
Shawn Bias is on his way to making a full recovery from injuries allegedly sustained in a recent struggle with Oroville police. The former Palace Fighting Championship featherweight champion was released from the Oroville Hospital on Wednesday and spoke about his incident for the first time. Bias allegedly ran from officers outside an¬ apartment complex in Oroville at about 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20. Oroville police were called to investigate a disturbance and upon making contact with the 22-year-old mixed martial artist, Bias reportedly ran and ignored orders from police to stop or be shot by a taser. The Chico Enterprise Recorder reported that Bias was eventually caught by two officers and was tased a total of five times according to Oroville Police Chief Kirk Trostle. Some of the tasings were “drive stuns” which involves the taser making direct contact with the victim. Bias was restrained and taken to the Oroville Hospital where he was treated for a heart attack and went into kidney failure. Good to hear he is going to make a full recovery, especially after being given only a 30% chance to survive.
NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer Discusses Year-Round Drug Testing
Earlier this month the Nevada State Athletic Commission issued a memo detailing new drug-testing procedures — procedures that could have a major impact on the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs by MMA fighters. Keith Kizer is the executive director of the NSAC, which is generally considered the most powerful state athletic commission in all of combat sports. His memo sent a very clear message: MMA fighters are subject to drug testing at any time — for just about any reason — throughout the year, regardless of whether or not the fighter is scheduled for an upcoming event. Basically, testing is now done year-round, and a missed test is treated as a failed test.
Pondering Brock Lesnar's Future
Brock Brock Brock. Brock Brock. Brock. Enough Brock Lesnar for you? No? OK, I thought that might be enough, but somehow it seems like everybody is very interested in this guy. Hell, so am I.
Submitted Jan 30, 2008 12:42PM by ohiostate1016 - 22 comments
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Looking at NCAA Wrestling Champions in MMA
Brock Lesnar’s notoriety as a World Wrestling Entertainment champion and headliner has created great interest in his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut on Saturday night against former UFC champion Frank Mir. But because his fame comes from scripted entertainment, many aren’t aware of his successes in legitimate athletic competition. Lesnar was 106-5 in four years of college wrestling, winning the junior college national championship in 1998 and the Division I championship for the University of Minnesota in 2000, both as a heavyweight. High-level amateur wrestling is a great asset in mixed martial arts, as many of UFC’s biggest stars all have a substantial wrestling background, Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Quinton Jackson, Dan Henderson, Matt Hughes, Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch, Diego Sanchez, Rashad Evans, Tito Ortiz, Clay Guida, Keith Jardine, Roger Huerta, Jake O’Brien, Frankie Edgar, Matt Hamill, Brandon Vera, Gray Maynard, Corey Hill, Matt Grice and others. But wrestling success is no guarantee of MMA success. For every Couture or Dan Severn, both of whom competed on the U.S. national team in international competition and are among only a few fighters in the UFC Hall of Fame, there are great wrestlers, including national champions and Olympians, who have gone nowhere in MMA.
Submitted Jan 29, 2008 7:10AM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
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More Details on Nevada's Expanded Drug Tests
Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer last Friday announced that the Commission has expanded steroid and drug testing for licensed fighters and those applying for licenses. In addition to the testing performed on contestants on fight night, the Commission will require licensed fighters and licensing applicants to be tested at other times during the year. Selection of licensees for testing will be made in one of three ways: 1. Fighters may be randomly chosen for testing. 2. If there is some indication that a fighter is taking a non-approved substance, they may be tested. 3. If a fighter has previously tested positive for using a non-approved substance, they may be tested. MMAWeekly.com recently questioned Kizer on some of the particulars of the new testing.
Former PRIDE Producer Found Dead
Former PRIDE producer Hiromichi Momose was found dead in his Tokyo apartment Sunday morning. He was 67. Momose was one of the most powerful figures in the Japanese fight game and put forth the first 50 million yen to begin DSE, PRIDE's parent company.
“Fight Science” on National Geographic (A review)
Dr. Cindy Bir wasn’t a fan of mixed martial arts before she started working on the new installment of “Fight Science.“ But after getting to know MMA luminaries Randy Couture, Bas Rutten, Tito Ortiz and Dean Lister, the associate professor of biomechanical engineering at Wayne State University started to appreciate their understanding of the human machine and how they came to it. “They learned the hard way,” she said. Bir is one of three researchers at work in the Fight Science studio. Developed to measure the destructive power of so-called traditional martial artists for the first episode of the show, the studio is part laboratory, part gym, and part television studio. Two years after the first special aired, “Fight Science” returns at 8 p.m. ET, Jan. 27 on the National Geographic channel to subject MMA to the same scrutiny. Can't wait to see this, looks to be really interesting.
Kevin Randleman vs Jeff Monson
Nevada ups the ante on drug testing, including random testing during the year.
Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer on Friday announced that the Commission has expanded steroid and drug testing for licensed fighters and those applying for licenses. In addition to the testing performed on contestants on fight night, the Commission will require licensed fighters and licensing applicants to be tested at other times during the year. In a memo issued to “All Nevada Licensees” dated Jan. 7, 2008, Chairman John Bailey noted that some fighters “...have become very sophisticated in the timing of taking prohibited substances,” which is why the Commission has instituted additional random testing.
The 10 Greatest Post-Fight Meltdowns
I'm no physician -- barely capable of applying a Band-Aid, even -- but I'm nonetheless going to petition the American Medical Association to consider acknowledging a new phenomenon: PFADS, or Post-Fight Adrenal Dump Syndrome. This debilitating affliction has compelled many a combat athlete into making bizarre proclamations or exhibiting odd behavior in the moments immediately following a bout. Chemically, it's the result of the body unable to deal with the massive adrenaline surge that accompanies a hard-earned victory (and occasionally, a devastating loss). Athletes become manic, unpredictable and perhaps even dangerous to nearby civilians.
MMA and boxing finally go head-to-head
While I know that most fans have given up the boxing vs. MMA debate, I don’t want to ignore the fact that the two most popular combat sports will be going head to head tomorrow for the first time. On the boxing side, Roy Jones Jr. (51-4, 38 KO) faces Felix Trinidad (42-2, 35 KO) in a 12-round light heavyweight bout. On the MMA (UFC) side, B.J. Penn (11-4-1) faces Joe Stevenson (28-7) for the Interim UFC lightweight title at UFC 80.
Submitted Jan 18, 2008 4:30PM by ohiostate1016 - 27 comments
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411's MMA Roundtable 1.14.08: 2007 - A Year to Remember
Fans would be hard-pressed to find a twelve-month stanza in Mixed Martial Arts history filled with as many memorable moments as 2007. Dubbed by many as "The Year of the Upset", the MMA world would bear witness to multiple "Fight of the Year" candidates, phenomonal individual performances, underdogs overcoming the odds, and countless other memorable moments inside arenas from coast-to-coast. The past year also brought forth the creation of 411Mania's MMA Zone. What started out as a handful of Mixed Martial Arts enthusiasts bombarding the board with original content and news bits soon morphed into one of 411Mania's most popular areas. Now featuring fresh submissions on a daily basis from a pool of talented MMA writers, an increasing score of exclusive interviews, and a constantly-updated news section, it stands to reason 2008 should be an even more-successful year.
Submitted Jan 13, 2008 11:33PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
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The Science of MMA
I just saw this, it says its on the national geographic channel so keep an eye out for it. Should be interesting to watch an they have some well known faces on the show. Sorry heres the
411 MMA Fact or Fiction 01.12.08
Should Georges St. Pierre really be ranked ahead of Anderson Silva on p4p charts? What kind of edge if any does marijuana provide before a fight? Will Matt Hamill defeat Stephan Bonnar on TUF 7 lead-in show? All of this and more in the latest edition of 411 MMA Fact or Fiction.