As readers of this site know, I'm a big fan of the Bombsquad.  Here's an awesome documentary about the team.  Check it out and check out their website at BombsquadMMA.com.

 

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Coming off an impressive win over Randy Couture, Antonio "Rodrigo" Nogueira is training hard for his upcoming fight against Cain Velasquez, which headlines UFC 110 this weekend. Big Nog looks great in this video and this fight is sure to be a great one.


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Michael Bisping is preparing to face Wandelei Silva at UFC 110 this coming Saturday.  The cocky Brit has put out a new Vlog, which you can check out right here.

 

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Gina Carano is currently filming a movie by Steven Soderbergh, the Academy Award director of  Traffic.  In this brief clip, Gina runs across the street.

 

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My good friend The Mad Fabe has uploaded Fedor's first three fights onto his YouTube Channel.  You can see very clearly in these early fights, the style that would come to dominate MMA's heavyweight division.  These early fights are from the legendary Rings promotion.  I've embedded all three right here for your viewing pleasure.

Fedor's First Fight: Martin Lazarov

Team Bombsquad up in Cortland, NY, led by head trainer Ryan Ciotolio, is stacked with talent.  These guys have a lot of trouble getting fights because they just don't lose.  Here's a sweet little promo video about the team.  You can also check out thier website at BombSquadMMA.com.

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Props to TSIGOR and tmr from the UG for this translation of an interview with Fedor Emelianenko thas was posted in Russian here:  http://www.pl.com.ua/?pid=61&artid=10594&ccatid=66.
(c)Reznichenko Dmitrii, pics Sergei Vovk

In Russian there’s two expressions (the ones I use here are the closest translation I can come up with) that are commonly used one for “no holds barred” (literal translation is “fights without rules”) and one’s “mix fights” (mma equivalent). Most of the people use them as interchangeably, the first question is clarifying just that.

Q: “fights without rules” (nhb), is it really what the expression means – anything goes? Because in reality, there’s quite a few rules. What do you think – are they “soft” or “hard”?

A: In “mixfights” you are not allowed to hit below the belt, you cannot hit the back of the head or the spine. Any  action against the eyes is also forbidden, as well as biting etc. You also cannot hit the back. In reality – there’s quite a few rules. But more importantly are the referees; they are specialists in the ring that are ready to interfere at any moment.

Personally, I’m happy with all of that. The rules are a lot softer than in our sambo. In mixfighting you cannot head butt or hit the groin – which is allowed in combat sambo.

New Wand training video featuring Mayhem Miller, Werdum, King Mo and Babalu.  Good stuff!

 

 

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