Check out this cool little documentary from our friend Dan over at RAGEDMental. Here's part of the discription:

Knockouts are the most sought out subject in the history of combat sports. "Knockout Secrets", is the first film ever to be conclusive, about the ability of knocking out an opponent. This documentary will take you on a quest to discover every secret of the knockout artist, and their abilities to K.O. a human being.

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I was able to catch up with Ron Foster, a former MMA fighter and the man in charge of making the magic happen for the rapidly accelerating Shine Fight Promotions.

Shine Fights vaulted into the MMA spotlight with the star-studded lineup of their second event, titled "ATT vs. The World".  The card featured a compelling and diverse blend of both experienced veterans as well as promising up and comers, such as Yves Edwards, Roan Carneiro, Micah Miller, Jorge "Macaco" Patino, Junior Assuncao, and Luis "Buscape" Firmino.

Shine Fights has been swallowing up oodles of talent as of late, signing former pro boxer Ricardo Mayorga (who will make his MMA debut for the promotion in March of 2010), Murilo "Ninja" Rua, and Russian fighter Alexander Shlemenko, to name a few.  The upcoming Shine card will feature Mayorga's debut against a yet to be announced opponent (although Din Thomas is quite vocally lobbying for the fight), Hector Lombard vs. Alexandre "Cacareco" Ferreira, the rematch between Luis Azeredo and Luis "Buscape" Firmino from their stellar fight at Pride Bushido 6, and exciting Luta Livre fighter Luciano Azevedo versus the HIT Squad's BJJ coach, Kyle Watson.

 

Last Friday's Asylum Fight League 24 show was a rousing success.  I did a write up on it on Saturday, and today you can relive the event with a slide show of photographs taken by one of MMA's finest photographers Mr. Dan Rod.

Dan was front and center at the AFL show and he captured all the great moments.  Check out his website at DanRod.net.

Thanks for pics, Dan!

 

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Wow, what a night of fights!  You never could have guessed that the fighters at AFL 24 last night were amateurs.  These guys fought their hearts out and left everything in cage.  In fact one fighter, James Funaro from Long Island, left so much in the cage that it took ten minutes for the staff to clean up the blood.

James was in an absolute war with Iron Mike Fischetti.  Iron Mike apparently broke Funaro's nose in the first round.  Funaro was not fazed, however, and continue battling but the blood was too much and referee Tom Velaquez stopped the bout. Fischetti has been dominant in his amateur career and he was absolutely beastly last night.  He's a kid who is going places.

In the two title fights, both Noah Faunce and Julio Arce showed why they are true champions.

Faunce fought the very tough and talented Pistol Pete Burdge for the vacant AFL 170 pound title.   Burdge held his own, but it appeared that Faunce was just a little too big and strong for him and won the decision.  Not surprising since Noah also holds the AFL 205 and 185 titles as well.

I am about to head down to Edison, NJ now where I will be ring announcing the Asylum Fight League's 24th show.  Tonight there are two titles on the line and foru undefeated fighters looking to retain or become champion.

In the 167 pound division, two undefeated fighters are clashing for the strap.  Current title holder Noah Faunce out of Long Island will look to remain champion against New Jersey's Pete Burdge who trains with the Pelligrino camp.  That fight alone is worth the price of admission.

In the 140 pound division, two more undefeated prospects will battle for the belt.  Julio Arce and Chris Wright will be mixing it up to see who leaves the cage with the title.

I am very excited about this card and can't wait for the action to begin.  Check out AsylumFightLeague.com for ticket info.

If you can't make the show live, it might be airing live on GoFightLive.tv.  It will be free, so check it out.  The broadcast depends on whether they can get a signal at the venue.

After the jump, check out the full card

Breaking News from TheGARV.com:  Tim Credeur is injured and out of the Mike  Massenzio fight at UFN 20.  Mike's new opponent will be 13-2 Gerald Harris.  This has been confirmed by sources close to Massenzio.

Tough break for Tim.  I think Harris is a good replacement.  I know Mike is more than ready to get back in the Octagon after his injury and he wants to show people what he can do.  I'll be interviewing Mike before the fight, so look for that soon.

Here's a Hightlight reel of Mike in action:

 

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Great news for hardcore MMA fans. Rafaello "The Tractor" Olivera will be fighting in the UFC. He is scheduled to take on Sean Sherk at UFC 108 on January 2. Olivera is well known for his ferocious fighting style and has competed extensively in Brazil. He is training now with my good buds over at AMA Fight Club in New Jersey, which is run by Mike Constantino and is home to the Miller Brothers of the UFC and other great fighters.

Looking forward to seeing The Tractor back in action next month. In the meantime, check out this great highlight real of him in action in Brazil.

 

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Edson Carvalho recently won the 2009 Pan American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament by winning 10 matches.  Edson is very well known and respected in BJJ and MMA circles.  I know that Mike Massenzio of the UFC got his blue belt under Edson.  Check out this video of Edson in action at the 2009 Pan Ams.

 

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Jerry Bohlander is one of the original members of the infamous Lions Den camp, the first official UFC Lightweight Champion, and one of the fighters who inspired my involvement with MMA.

I was fortunate enough to get a chance to correspond with Jerry on a number of topics, such as training at "The Den", what he thinks of the evolution of the UFC and MMA, and what it was like being coached by Ken and Frank Shamrock. Jerry also discusses his war with Scott Ferrozzo, which is still one of my all-time favorite fights.

Since you were such a prominent figure in MMA during a unique time in the sport’s youth, how do you feel about what the sport has evolved into today?

"I think the growth is great. The potential for a fighter to make a great living is there. I like the fact that there are so many quality clubs right now that offer a variety of techniques, skills, and styles. Of course, just about every McDojo out there offers some kind of MMA class with an expert instructor. Even in the little town that I live in there is a guy claiming to have trained extensively with Ken and frank (Shamrock). By extensively he is referring to the 1 time a week he used to drive out to the Lodi Lions Den back when we used to train there. Anyway, I’m going to get off of my high horse and tell you that I appreciate where the sport is going. It offers a lot for the guy or girl that is willing to put in the time and effort to excel."

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