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I love the sport with a true passion; much like I'm assuming anyone reading this article does.  One of the facets I enjoy most about MMA is witnessing the meteoric rise of fighters who materialize out of nowhere to isolate themselves as standout competitors through dominant and exciting performances.

In that vein, I would like to introduce Amilcar Alves, an 11-1 fighter who has taken the Brazilian combat scene by storm by overwhelming his opponents with an immeasurable array of offensive weapons.  Training alongside elite-echelon fighters at the highly touted Nova Uniao fight team like world champion Jose Aldo, top Sengoku featherweight Marlon Sandro, and upcoming UFC brawler Ronnys Torres, Alves is known for unleashing a hurricane of hostile Muay Thai on the feet, and he's also proficient with aggressive submissions on the mat.

He has an extensive 25 years years of experience with Judo, 10 years with Muay Thai, and now several years of intense Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the tutelage of the great Andre Pederneiras.  Pederneiras has overseen such submission grappling greats as B.J. Penn, Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro, Marc Laimon, Marcus Aurelio, and Renato "Charuto" Verissimo.

After trouncing Fernando Paulon (video), the only fighter to ever best him

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Strikeforce's Robbie Lawler vs. Melvin Manhoef fight was absolutely amazing.  Melvin is known as one of the hardest hitters in MMA and his power was on full display for the first three and a half minutes of the fight.  He was destroying Lawler's right leg with his inside kicks and then following up with vicious punches and kicks to Lawler's midsection.

At one point in the fight, Lawler appeared to be playing a bit of Scott Smith's possum game, but Melvin did not rush him and instead continued to break down the leg and body.  That game plan was very smart but the bad news for Manhoef is that he abandoned it shortly thereafter.

At around the 3:30 mark in the first round, Melvin sensed that he had Lawler hurt and went in for the kill, which is exactly what Robbie wanted him to do.  Manhoef has a tendency to drop his hands and go balls out when he smells a finish and this time was no different.  Well, actually it was different because Lawler seized the opportunity and blasted Melvin with a looping right hand that left him badly dazed.  Two more punches by Lawler and the fight was over.

Of course, a lot of Internet experts saw the right hand as a lucky punch, but Lawler sure didn't.  He spoke to Showtime's Lucia Rijker in the following video interview and talked about Melvin getting too "greedy" which led to the KO.  Check it out.


New Jersey has always been a pioneer of MMA, blazing the way for the sport to become as mainstream as it has.  Nick Lembo, counsel to the NJSACB, is one of the people most responsible for the growth of MMA in the United States.  Nick helped unify the rules and he runs a tight ship in New Jersey where MMA flourishes.  Not only does the state host the biggest promotions (the UFC is coming to Newark on March 27), he presides over local shows that are a springboard to the big leagues for many local fighters, including the Miller brothers, Mike Massenzio, Frankie Edgar, Jay Silva and many more.  Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat promotion was the home of many UFC stars, including Matt Serra, Pete Sell and a host of others.

Matt Serra is training hard for his upcoming fight against Frank Trigg at UFC 109 on February 6.  There are quite a few videos out there with him and I've compiled the best ones for your viewing pleasure.  Check em out!

Great quote from Cris Cyborg today at the Strikeforce conference call. She was asked: Cris, you beat Gina Carano, who was the face of women’s MMA fighting. I guess now you are the face of women’s MMA fighting. Do you like that role? Cyborg replied:
I wasn’t thinking about who is the face of MMA when I fought Gina. Gina was just another opponent like anyone else. With me being the face of women’s MMA or not, I’m just going over there and doing my job, making sure I’m training hard and leading up the pack for all women in MMA.
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Our good friend Igor from Russia has some new Team Fedor pics.  Igor is close to Fedor's camp and always delivers the goods.  Thanks, Igor!!

 

I had the pleasure of hosting the fights last Saturday night in Dover, NJ, for the Evolution Amatuer MMA promotion, run by Jose Suarez.  Jose did a great job with the event and the place was packed.  Steve Katz, a very well known figure on the tri-state MMA scene did a great job of matchmaking and running the show.  Plus we got to see him all dashed out in a suit that was even cooler than mine.

The fights were amazing and featured some great new talent.  I was in the ring doing the announcing and was joined at the commentary table by pro fighter Andrew Montanez, who writes for this site on occasion (check him out on Twitter twitter.com/AndrewJitsu). We had a blast doing the commentary, which was live on GoFightLive.tv.  In fact you can see all the action for free on their website.

There were some spectacular KOs and subs and the action was so good the crowd didn't want to leave after the show.

It's always great fun getting to hang out with NJ's Nick "Luscious" Lembo and the gang.  Dr. Sherry Wulkan was on hand to ensure the fighters' safety along with the birthday boy, Dr. Eaton.  Not only is Dr. Eaton a great doctor, he is also apparently an aspiring audio director (don't quit your day job, doc!).

All in all in was a great debut for this new promotion and the next show is already scheduled for March 6.  My thanks to Jose and Steve Katz for getting me involved.  And thanks to all the fighters for leaving it all in the cage...you guys rock.

For a complete writeups, check out Jim Genia's blog and MidAtlanticMMA

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