Sambo is one of the best martial arts for MMA. It has throws, takedowns, submissions, and just about everything you need to be a well rounded fighter. Fedor Emelianenko, arguably the greatest fighter of all time, is a Sambo stylist and the art has served him very well in his career. Check out this video history of the art of Sambo, featuring Fedor himself. This is good stuff!
Not only is Fedor Emelianenko the greatest HW fighter of all time, he's a big time family man as well. In this video he frolics at the water park with his daughter. Nice to see the human side of the man who many believe is half-man, half-machine.
Tom DeBlass was already the Ring of Combat Light Heavyweight champ, and last Friday night he added the ROC HW crown to his resume, with a quick and stunning heel hook victory over tough Randy Smith. It took just 41 seconds for Tom to land his submission and win the crown, and cement the idea that he belongs in the UFC.
Kristen Brown was able to get Tom away from his swarming, adoring fans long enough to sit down for this excellent post fight video interview. Enjoy!
Chris Weidman beat highly ranked Demian Maia on just 10 days notice to vault himself up the UFC rankings. In this exclusive video interview, I asked Chris about the fight, and what he'd do against Anderson Silva, the UFC MW champion. Chris did not hesitate before saying that he'd "finish" the legendary Brazilian fighter. He also talks about his new found Fox fame, and the brutal weight cut for Maia.
Iron Mike Tyson, one of the most exciting boxing heavyweights of all time says that MMA is on the rise while boxing is in the doldrums. He also talks about Fedor, who he admires greatly. Check out this video interview.
There's an axiom in boxing that you never "hook with a hooker" but in Jim Miller's case, that does not apply. Although people see him as primarily a grappler due to his wrestling background and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, he has done quite well on his feet in fights with guys known for their striking. He "tends to shock" strikers with his strikes, before taking them down and going for the submission.
Tomorrow night, in the UFC on FX 1 card, Miller headlines the card in a bout against Melvin Guillard, a fighter who is very well known for his striking prowess. This fight is guaranteed to be explosive. Both Miller and Guillard are coming off losses and both have something to prove. It's a fantastic match up style-wise and it's a perfect fight to headline the inaugural show.
My analysis of the fight is that Miller, who fights out of the AMA Fight Club in New Jersey, will get in Guillard's grill and push the pace as hard as Melvin does. He will eventually take Guillard down, and then work him over on the ground before subbing him out. Still, it's going to be exciting while it lasts, and will put the winner back in the title hunt.
Here's a video interview of Jim by Damon Martin of MMA Weekly, where Jim talks about striking with strikers and his plans for Melvin Guillard.
Edson Barboza made history tonight in Brazil at UFC 142. His spinning wheelhouse kick KO of Terry Etim will forever be replayed on MMA highlight reels. It was an absolutely amazing kick, timed perfectly and executed with precision and destruction. Etim went stiff, his knees locked up and fell back, planking face up on the mat, out cold. Edson knew it was over the instant his heel caught Etim's chin, and so did the crowd who went wild. Commentator Mike Goldberg exclaimed that the kick resulted in "maybe the most spectacular knockout in UFC history." Hard to argue with him there.
Edson Barboza is a serious contender for the 155 pound UFC title. Tonight, he sent a message to the UFC's most stacked division: Beware the power of Edson Barboza.
Here's a video of Edson warming up earlier today, hours before his fight.
There is a rift between boxing and MMA, and it's kind of silly if you ask me. They are two very different sports and both are great. Guys like Bob Arum constantly try to diminish MMA, but it's usually sour grapes. In the case of the boxers themselves, however, it's a different story. Many great boxers are fans of MMA, including Mike Tyson, Roy Jones Jr., Oscar De La Hoya and the list goes on and on. Added to that list now is Wladimir Klitschko. In this video, Klitschko gives props to MMA fighters and admits that MMA involves too many different skills for him to even contemplate fighting in a cage. It's nice to the boxing's HW champ showing respect to the sport of mixed martial arts. Here's the video.
Tom DeBlass just keeps getting better. Every time out he looks more and more like a guy who is destined for MMA stardom. DeBlass is a well rounded fighter who is equally as dangerous standing and on the ground, and it's a great pleasure calling his fights at Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat, where he holds the light heavyweight title. Tom is fighting again in February at the ROC, and if you haven't seen him in action yet, now is the time. Or else you might have to wait for a UFC, Strikeforce or Bellator event, because I expect Tom will get the call sooner than later.
Here's an excellent highlight reel of DeBlass doing what he does best.