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MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world. Since it first exploded on the scene in 1993 with UFC 1, the sport has grown by leaps and bounds, and now events take place all over the world. In fact, in countries as diverse as Sweden, Mexico and China, MMA is growing at an amazing rate. There is just something special about two competitors being locked in a cage for 15 to 25 minutes, in a battle to determine which fighter is the best fighter that night.

At first, the sport of MMA was strictly a man's game. But after a few years, women decided to get in on the action, and eventually big female MMA stars were born. Gina Carano, who fought for Strikeforce, became an action movie star after her MMA career ended. And now Ronda Rousey, the reigning UFC women's champion, is following in Gina's footsteps, with a recent movie credit in the Expendables 3 with Sylvester Stallone.

But not only are the fighters and fans winning in MMA. The soaring popularity of mixed martial arts has presented enthusiasts on betting with ample opportunity to get in on the action as well. One of the popular amongst online bookmakers is William Hill, where you can wager on MMA and many other sports as well. You can visit their website to see all of their sports betting offers such as on Mixed Martial Arts, boxing, basketball and so on.

There is a lot of money to be made by savvy bettors who study MMA. Knowing the fighters, their strengths and weaknesses, and their current injury status, can tell you a lot about who will win the fight. When it comes to betting on MMA, it's more about skill than luck, so if you are a devoted fan, you definitely have an inside track when it comes to betting on the fights.

Betting on MMA, in some ways, actually makes more sense than betting on team sports. With just two competitors facing off, it's much easier to study the fighters and learn about how their styles will mesh in the cage. In addition, the fighters all have social media accounts, which provide valuable insider information about how the fighters are doing in their training camps, and what fans can expect to see come fight night.

If you're thinking on trying your hand at sports betting, checking the odds on MMA is a great way to get started. But remember to roll it in a trustworthy portal for safety especially when dealing online.

(Pic from RondaRouseyMMA.com)

By Brandon Engel

On July 5, 2014, UFC champion Ronda Rousey defended her UFC Bantamweight title against Alexis Davis. Sixteen seconds in, and Davis was kneed-in-the-groin, flipped over the hip, head held in a deadlock, bam, bam, bam and the fight was over. Rowdy Ronda Rousey had won yet another championship.

It was the sort of spectacle that many have come to expect from Rousey. Certainly, there have been other notable female competitors in the sport, like Gina Carano or Cris “Cyborg” Justino. But a big part of what distinguishes Rousey is that she’s proving to be an excellent mascot, by combining the charisma and beauty of Carano with the in-cage savagery of Justino. Rousey has even managed to parlay her celebrity status into other ventures, modeling for provocative magazine spreads and acting in action films.

She has her detractors, certainly. News of her recent film work has also invited speculation about her dedication to the sport. Is she a superb athlete, or an opportunist whose ambitions lie elsewhere. What some of her critics may not realize, however, is that for Rousey, there are family precedents for greatness in fighting...

In 1984, Ronda's mom, AnnMaria De Mars, was the first American woman to win the World judo championship. Her mom was a tough and determined woman too. She trained Ronda in judoka, and Ronda won the bronze medal in the Beijing 2008 Olympics in judo. Ronda became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in that discipline.

Ronda would decide to enter into the professional MMA world in 2011. She made even more of a name for herself on March 3, 2012 when she fought Miesha Tate, the reigning Strikeforce champion in the women's division. Ronda won two times: first she beat Miesha mentally by evoking Muhammad Ali with her now signature 'trash talk (which Rousey insists is to generate publicity for fights). Ronda used this negativity as a strategy to get Miesha angry and break her concentration. It worked; Ms. Rousey defeated Ms. Tate in the ring with her classic armbar technique.

Their fight drew the attention of Mr. Dana White, head of the UFC. Their fight prompted Mr. White to take a second look at his decision not to have female fighters as contenders inside the Octagon. Because of her prowess as a fighter, Mr. White made Ms. Rousey his next superstar in the UFC. Her next fight with Liz Carmouche signaled another first for Ronda — she and Liz were the first women to fight in the UFC. She won that contest to become the UFC Bantamweight Champion. It has been a wonderful ride for her ever since.

Ms. Rousey has progressively improved her fighting skills, admitting to practicing her striking abilities the most. People have critiqued her on those skills as well as her not acting as a lady should. Ronda knows her weaknesses; that is why she works as hard as she does to improve herself. Concerning being a lady, she is not in a “lady like” profession; a “lady” would not make a living out of beating the crap out of someone!

She recently won the ESPY Award in the category of “best female athlete” for 2014. She was a contender in the category of “best fighter.” She is the first UFC fighter to ever win that award. She is also gearing up for her role in the Entourage movie. She even plays a role in the forthcoming Expendables 3, sharing the screen with Stallone and Schwarzenegger. In terms of overall visibility, this will be great for Rousey, as both previous installments of the Expendables have performed well at the box office and both are being screened frequently on TV (more info here.) Whether or not this legitimizes or delegitimizes Rousey in the eyes of MMA purists remains to be seen. Regardless, it is very likely that Rousey will attract new viewership, and potentially even bring respect to the MMA for women.

 

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The UFC’s great lightweight fighter, Frankie “The Answer” Edgar was not only in attendance for MSG’s Grapple At The Garden event, but he was also a competitor. Featured as one of the main events, he competed against Brooklyn’s own Phillipe Nover (who also had a stint on The Ultimate Fighter).

After his match, Frankie gave a quickie interview on the subject of wrestling with kids as a positive influence and how he felt going back to his native sport from Mixed Martial Arts.

Another fantastic short film by MMA's premier videographer Kahleem Poole Tejada.

 

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Press release:

World Series of Fighting will soon crown the second champion in company history as Rick "The Gladiator" Glenn (14-2-1) meets Georgi "Insane" Karakhanyan (22-3-1) for the promotion's inaugural featherweight title.

The two meet at "World Series of Fighting 7: Johnson vs. Kyle," which takes place Dec. 7 at PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The night's main card airs on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT following prelims that stream on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com.

Tickets for World Series of Fighting 7, which start at just $29, are available at TicketLeader.ca

"Anyone who's seen Rick Glenn and Georgi Karakhanyan fight knows what kind of exciting, dynamic athletes they are in the cage," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "These two have proven themselves as the top two fighters in our 145-pound division, and I can't wait to see them meet for our first-ever featherweight belt."

Glenn is a 24-year-old member of Wisconsin's famed Roufusport team. An Iowa native, Glenn has been competing professionally since 2006 and is unbeaten in his past 12 contests. He's fought twice under the World Series of Fighting banner, earning a knockout over Alexandre Pimentel in March and returning in September to score an impressive decision win over a previously unbeaten Artur Rofi.

Meanwhile, Karakhanyan brings an eight-fight win streak to the matchup. The 28-year-old Millennia MMA fighter, who was born in Russia but now makes his home in Southern California, also turned pro in 2006 and has since racked up 22 wins, including 12 submission victories and another four by knockout. He debuted for World Series of Fighting in September, scoring an impressive first-round submission win over Waylon Lowe, who had won his previous four fights by knockout.

The winner of the Glenn vs. Karakhanyan will join recently crowned welterweight champion Steve Carl as the first two title holders on the World Series of Fighting roster.

With the addition to the World Series of Fighting 7 lineup, the night's main card now includes:

Anthony Johnson vs. Mike Kyle

Rick Glenn vs. Georgi Karakhanyan - for inaugural WSOF featherweight title

Elvis Mutapcic vs. Jesse Taylor - middleweight tournament semifinal

Sabah Fadai vs. Nick Newell

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Press release:

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 29, 2013) - The World Series of Fighting continues to expand its global footprint with the launch of World Series of Fighting Japan (WSOF Japan).

World Series of Fighting launches its new Japanese division in a partnership with the long-running and highly respected Pancrase organization, a Tokyo-based group that has promoted mixed martial arts events since 1993 and is widely considered one of the most historically important organizations in the sport.

"Japan has long been a home of top-level martial arts competitions of all types, and I personally have enjoyed some of the best moments of my fighting career there," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "I'm excited to announce this new division with the launch of World Series of Fighting Japan.

"I look forward to working with Pancrase CEO Masakazu Sakai and his team, and together we will produce amazing events for the Japanese fight fans, as well as big opportunities for both Asia-based fighters and MMA fighters around the globe."

The first World Series of Fighting Japan event is expected to take place in early 2014. The relationship will allow fighters from both sides of the Pacific Ocean to be featured in fight cards in both the U.S. and Japan, including recent World Series of Fighting addition Yushin "Thunder" Okami (29-8), one of the world's top-ranked middleweights.

The launch of World Series of Fighting Japan marks the second international branch of the WSOF brand to be announced in the past month alone, as World Series of Fighting Canada is set for a Dec. 7 debut. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Press release:

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 14, 2013) - World Series of Fighting officials are happy to announce the addition of perennial top-ranked middleweight Yushin Okami (29-8) to the company's roster.

The 32-year-old "Thunder" Okami recently signed a multi-fight deal with the Las Vegas-based World Series of Fighting promotion, and he's expected to make his first appearance for the company in early 2014.

"We're extremely excited to announced that Yushin Okami as the newest member of our middleweight division," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "MMA fans around the world know Yushin has long been among the best 185-pound fighters in the sport, and we're happy to have him as a member of the World Series of Fighting family."

A judo black belt, Okami has been competing professionally since 2002. After building an impressive 16-3 record competing largely in his native Japan, Okami in 2006 debuted for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He would go on to fight 18 times for the UFC, including an August 2011 bid for the promotion's middleweight title.

Okami's career record includes wins over MMA notables Alan Belcher, Dean Lister, Hector Lombard, Nate Marquardt, Mark Munoz, Anderson Silva, Mike Swick and Evan Tanner, among others.

While Okami's debut date and opponent have not yet been officially determined, he could prove an immediate title contender in World Series of Fighting's 185-pound division. The company will crown its first middleweight champion in early 2014, as the winner of World Series of Fighting 7's Elvis Mutapcic vs. Jesse Taylor bout moves on to meet David Branch in the finals of the company's four-man middleweight tournament.

Press release:

INVICTA FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS

RETURNS DECEMBER 7!

 

TICKETS ON SALE

FRIDAY, OCT. 18 FOR

WOMEN’S MMA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TRIPLEHEADER

IN KANSAS CITY

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Oct. 11, 2013) – Women’s world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion Invicta Fighting Championships will return to Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City with a stacked, nine-bout event featuring three world title fights, including a main event showdown between reigning flyweight champion Barb Honchak (8-2) of Bettendorf, Iowa and three-time “Fight of the Night” winner Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (6-3-1) of Pleasanton, Calif.

Tickets priced from $35, for the highly-anticipated return of Invicta FC women’s MMA action go on sale at 10 a.m. CT on Friday, Oct. 18, at TicketFly.com.

“We are excited about returning to the big stage in full force with another loaded card featuring a fantastic mix of world championship bouts and other world-class MMA action that will see a collection of the best women fighters on the planet face off against each other,” said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp.

In the co-main event, Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza (9-2) of Redondo Beach, Calif. will put her strawweight (115 pounds) championship on the line against surging, undefeated superstar Claudia Gadelha (11-0) of Mossoro, Rio Grande Do Norte Brazil.

In the first-ever Invicta FC bantamweight (135 pounds) world championship bout, hard-hitting KO artist Lauren Murphy (7-0) of Anchorage, Alaska will battle fellow unbeaten star Miriam Nakamoto (2-0, 1 NC) of Dublin, Calif.

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(L-R) John "The Quietman" Ruiz, Eddie Rivera, Rich Minor and Eddie Ruiz

Press release:

World Champion John 'The Quietman' Ruiz
Promoting new American Fighting Organization

Amateur & Professional MMA and Boxing

MEDFORD, Mass. (October 7, 2013) - As he prepares to officially launch the new American Fighting Organization (AFO), two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz has become New England's newest combat sports promoter.

AFO will promote amateur and professional mixed martial arts and boxing events, as well as promote MMA fighters and boxers, starting in January with an amateur MMA tournament in various weight classes to determine the best in New England.

"We are going to put on the best shows in New England," Ruiz promised. "I'm investing a lot of money to promote events and fighters, in addition to putting on great MMA and boxing shows for fans."

Ruiz, under Quietman Sports, purchased AFO, its website and debt, which was recently paid off.

"I'd been talking about promoting and this opportunity came out of nowhere," Ruiz continued. "AFO was structured as one of the oldest MMA promotional companies in New England. It was also in place and that was better for us than starting out from scratch. AFO's reputation within the industry may not have been the best but we've paid off its debts and are now prepared to make the new AFO the best combat sports promotional company in New England.

"Fighters are fighters. At my gym (Quietman Sports Gym in Medford, MA) we teach MMA and boxing. It has a nice ring and cage, too. Since I retired as a boxer, I've always felt like I would get into promoting boxing, and AFO will be boxing and MMA. I want to bring more class to both sports. Our shows will offer better competition and more entertaining fights, in both MMA and boxing in New England."

Ruiz said that he is looking throughout New England for a venue that can become the new AFO home and waiting to hear back from prospective television networks interested in airing AFO shows.

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