The Fight Nerd

October 29, 2014

Anderson Silva and “Shogun” Rua to coach fourth season of “TUF Brazil”

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 7:23 PM

Two of the greatest Brazilian fighters of all time will lead the search for the next generation of Brazilian mixed martial artists, as the UFC and Globo announce that Anderson Silva and “Shogun” Rua will coach the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil.

The legendary icon Silva (33-6 in professional MMA, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil), the longest-reigning and most successful UFC champion of all time, will coach the UFC’s flagship reality competition series for the first time. He will coach against a team lead by “Shogun” Rua (22-9, also fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil), the highly decorated striker and UFC light heavyweight champion. In this season’s format, the two coaches will not fight each other at the conclusion of the series.

Nearly 600 lightweight and bantamweight hopefuls attended TUF® Brazil 4 try-outs, which took place on October 27 in Rio de Janeiro.

UFC President Dana White said: “A lot of people were worried we’d never see Anderson Silva back in the UFC. But, not only is he back in the Octagon on January 31 at UFC 183, he’s coaching TUF for the very first time. Anderson Silva is as committed to the UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts than he’s ever been, and I cannot wait to see one of the greatest of all time pass his knowledge on to a new generation of Brazilian fighters.

“And if there’s any Brazilian fighter who can go up against Anderson as a coach, it’s Shogun. Shogun Rua has done everything in the sport and if he trains his team to fight in the same attacking style he’s always used, Anderson’s team is in for one hell of a season.”

After three hugely successful seasons filmed in Brazil, the action will now shift to Las Vegas, as the 16 finalists will be flown to live, train and compete in the fight capital of the world early in the New Year. The reality show will continue under the creative direction of legendary Brazilian TV producer Boninho, who promises the change of location will be one of many exciting innovations for the fourth season.

“Once again, The Ultimate Fighter Brazil was designed and developed by the great partnership between Globo and the UFC,” Boninho said. “We’ve come up with some great concepts for this new season and supervised the creative execution of what I know will be another hit season.”

Silva added: “I think I can offer this next generation of Brazilian talent real insight into what it takes to succeed in the UFC. I will bring everything I know about the martial arts, and my own values of what it means to be a martial artist, to my team.”

Rua said: “To coach on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil is a dream come true, and an opportunity I wanted for a long time. To have my team compete against a team coached by a legend and former training partner like Anderson Silva makes it even better! Me and Anderson go a long way, training together back when we were both aiming to be stars, and to do this with him now on the biggest platform and having a chance to show people what MMA is really about is just amazing! I look forward to finding great talent and helping them become winners!”

“Lo-Bloo” Groin Cup Review

Filed under: Product Reviews — Tags: , — The Fight Nerd @ 2:53 PM

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It seems that I have become an expert on groin cups, what with the sheer amount of them that I have reviewed in my time doing this website. I guess all those years of crotch trauma from being kicked there so much as a kid in Karate has paid off.

Today, we take a look at a groin cup that claims to be an innovation in protecting your crunch-berries, both in safety and design. With roots in traditional Muay Thai, the Lo-Bloo groin cup takes that heritage and makes some advancements in it to fit modern times. The concept was created by a Swedish Muay Thai fighter and international coach, and is also produced in Sweden. Does this cup survive that time warp, or was the original design best left the way it was? Let’s take a look and kick some crotches!

The Lo-Bloo cup is a bare bones do-it-yourself cup meant to resemble a traditional Thai cup, which would not come with a fancy jock strap or compression system but merely strings to tie around yourself. It comes in a small mesh bag which holds your cup, cord for the leg straps, waistband elastic, and a cord lock, plus the instruction pamphlet to explain assembly. The instructions are easy to read, complete with diagrams, but I suggest giving it a full read before putting the pieces together (it took me a few tries because I rushed it). Regardless, assembling the cup should not take more than five minutes total, and that includes messing up for four of those minutes.

Using this cord system, the buyer can truly customize this cup to fit them exactly. After my first use, I found the leg straps sagging during training. On my second trial, I had adjusted the straps and found them staying on much easier. With a bit of trial and error, you can make it fit to exactly your size, and once you have that, you never need to adjust it again since it stays tied. This is a big boon to Thai cups, since those often require help from a second person to tie.

The cup itself is a heavy-duty polymer molded from one piece that can supposedly withstand up to four tons of pressure, and features many vents to improve airflow. While the shape is nothing fancy, the plastic is strong and a good fit and, as we will mention more in a bit, is very easy to wash and dries fast. Most thai cups are metal, but the Lo-Bloo has been made with a plastic polymer for the sake of comfort as much as protection, with no chill or discomfort from wearing the metal. Once you have sized the cup and straps to your body, it’s very convenient to use and stays in place nicely. While I personally like the idea of a longer cup, which is what I normally use (Shock Doctor), I have been using the Lo-Bloo more due to convenience, and the less constrictive design which rides lower on my abdomen thanks to the lack of jock strap makes me feel like I am stretching better in my warm-up, and kicking with less restriction.

How much would you expect to pay for a groin cup that does not use or include compression shorts or a strap? One would think that without that added cost of fabric that the price would drop a noticeable bit. Surprisingly, this cup is $50. In the grand scheme of Thai cups, that is not a horrible price at all, but on first glance I thought it was pricey. Admittedly, I do not normally use thai cups, so I had to do a bit more research than I usually do on the cost of these, and when you consider the savings you will get over time in not having to use a jock strap with it that could need replacing, as well as having to toss that strap in your laundry, the Lo-Bloo incidentally saves you some money and time. It might be a marginal amount of money, but less laundry is less laundry. Overall, this cup is priced in line with other Thai cups, and with some added benefits of convenience, I would say is definitely worth the price.

If you are a serious fighter that trains hard and even more than once a day, this is a great groin cup that will dry out all moisture rapidly, and stay odor free in between gym sessions. Currently, there is only one size of cups, but a slimmer version designed for non-pro’s will be available for adults and children, along with a line of protective gear for women as well. I like this cup and believe it is a fair price for a Thai style cup. If you are serious about Muay Thai, the Lo-Bloo is a cup that will save you time and money, and protect you just as well as your normal Thai cup without hindering your mobility.

If you want to learn more about the Lo-Bloo or order one for yourself, head to this link here.

Use of instant replay returns to New Jersey MMA after six years

Filed under: News — Tags: — The Fight Nerd @ 1:04 PM

Cage Fury Fighting Championships, the first MMA promotion in history to adopt instant replay in New Jersey State seven years ago, will also be the first to bring it back to The Garden State, at its world championship quadruple-header event headlined by a welterweight (170 pounds) title showdown between undefeated, reigning champion Jonavin “The Spider” Webb (7-0) of Marlton, N.J. and superstar Lyman “Cyborg” Good (16-3) of New York, N.Y., live on pay-per-view on Saturday, November 1 from the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.

“Athletes who compete in MMA and boxing are certainly deserving of having errors corrected, right then and there, like other athletes in other sports that use instant replay,” said New Jersey State Athletic Control (NJSAC) Board Commissioner Larry Hazzard, an International Boxing Hall of Fame member who, as commissioner in 2001, helped draft the Unified Rules of MMA and played a central role in New Jersey’s adoption of MMA as a regulated sport that year.

“MMA and boxing are elite professional sports,” continued Hazzard, “as well as individual sports where young men and women rarely get a second opportunity at the big chance so, if you have a referee who makes an error in a world championship fight and it costs the athlete a title, that athlete rarely gets another opportunity, unlike in team sports.

“We are excited to usher in a new era in the sport of MMA in New Jersey with the restoration of instant replay, thanks to Commissioner Hazzard, who has been one of MMA’s biggest advocates for many years as well as a tremendous leader in combative sports,” said CFFC President Rob Haydak. “With the use of instant replay, all CFFC athletes can receive a fair shake in competition in our cage.”

During Hazzard’s initial tenure as commissioner, CFFC, under its previous ownership, was also the first MMA promotion in New Jersey State history to adopt instant replay at its third-ever live event on Jan. 19, 2007.

Following Hazzard’s return to the role of commissioner last month, NJSAC Board members voted on Oct. 16 to restore the use of instant replay at MMA events.

Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) 43 will be distributed at a price point of $19.95 in The United States by Go Fight Live (GFL), in association with Integrated Sports Media, for live viewing, beginning at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on November 1, both on cable via iN DEMAND, as well as online at www.gfl.tv.

In the co-main event, two furious, aggressive-minded finishers in Ronald “Choirboy” Stallings (12-4) of Belcamp, M.D. and Tim “The South Jersey Strangler” Williams (9-1) of Millville, N.J. will face off for the vacant CFFC world middleweight (185 pounds) crown. To date, both fighters have claimed all of their professional victories by way of (T)KO or submission.

In other world championship action on the live televised main card, Jimmie “El Terror” Rivera (14-1) of Elmwood Park, N.J. will look to secure his 14th consecutive victory when he collides with fellow star Anthony “The Death Dealer” Durnell (11-3) of Pittsburgh, Penn. for the vacant CFFC bantamweight (135 pounds) crown. Durnell is aiming for his 4th straight win.

CFFC World Heavyweight Champion and heavy-handed KO artist Zu “The 8th Wonder of the World” Anyanwu (7-2) will put his strap on the line against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Plinio Cruz (6-5) and, in the first live, televised bout, rising stars Jonathan “The Devastaor” DelBrugge (5-1) of Ellicott City, M.D. and Jordan Stiner (8-1) of Hatfield, Penn. will lock horns in a lightweight (155 pounds) co

Crowd Excitement Blamed for Aldo’s Late Punches

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Fight Nerd @ 1:30 AM

BY JUANJO DELGADO

UFC President Dana White has blamed the excitement of the boisterous crowd at UFC 179 for the referee’s failure to hear the buzzer at the end of the first round.

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The joy of the Rio de Janeiro crowd on Saturday night was apparently too much for referee Marc Goddard. It seems that he failed to hear the buzzer at the end of the first round, allowing featherweight champion José Aldo to land two significant punches against challenger Chad Mendes after the round should have finished.

When you know that a bonus of $50,000 is awarded to the winner, it’s not difficult to see how this could raise controversy. José Aldo is already among the top ten earning featherweights but would probably not turn his back on a bit of extra cash, and may have already been tempted by the casino lights like his boss, UFC President Dana White.

White, who has since defended the referee, claiming that he too could not hear the buzzer over the crowd noise, is himself a well-known gambler. So successful in fact that he was banned by a Las Vegas casino after winning $2 million. But not to worry, he may have already turned to online gambling and sites such as My Casino Room to learn where to get high roller bonuses and the best places to keep on playing poker at any time of the day or night.

Feast of UFC

But to come back to the match, perhaps it should come as no surprise that by the time Aldo and Mendes had arrived in the ring the crowd had already worked themselves up into a frenzy. Their headline bout was, after all, the 11th Brazilian fighters to the ring including Glover Teixeira, Wilson Reis and Fabrício Camões before the man from Manaus took on Mendes. on the bill and the crowd had already welcomed several

1. Featherweight José Aldo (c) def. Chad Mendes

2. Light Heavyweight Phil Davis def. Glover Teixeira

3. Light Heavyweight Fábio Maldonado def. Hans Stringer

4. Featherweight Darren Elkins def. Lucas Martins

5. Lightweight Beneil Dariush def. Carlos Diego Ferreira

6. Welterweight Neil Magny def. William Macario

7. Lightweight Yan Cabral def. Naoyuki Kotani

8. Catchweight (128 lbs) Wilson Reis def. Scott Jorgensen

9. Featherweight Andre Fili def. Felipe Arantes

10. Lightweight Gilbert Burns def. Christos Giagos

11. Catchweight (158 lbs) Tony Martin def. Fabrício Camões

Goddard criticised

Aldo’s fight with Mendes, a rematch following a January 2012 contest won by first round knockout by the Brazilian, didn’t hinge on the punches he threw following the buzzer but the knockdown he inflicted will clearly have hit Mendes’ confidence. It is hard to blame Aldo for continuing the fight after the buzzer – it has to be Goddard’s responsibility to ensure that the fight does not continue after the end of the round. If the fighters are forced to concentrate on listening for the buzzer then their attention will not be fully on their opponent and in combat sports that can be fatal.

Aldo v Mendes 3?

With four rounds still to go in the contest, American Chad Mendes did well to regain his composure and take the fight to points but the punches landed after the buzzer will certainly have taken it out of him. Had it not been for the unfortunate incident then he may well feel that he could have gone on to claim the belt from Aldo. He may also now feel entitled to another rematch.

Having waited nearly three years since their last meeting at UFC 142, he may have to bide his time but, after such an incredible fight and a wonderful spectacle at UFC 179, it is certain that an Aldo-Mendes rematch would capture the public’s imagination and deliver similar levels of crowd excitement to those seen in Rio. Only next time let’s hope that the buzzer is loud enough for everybody to hear.

October 27, 2014

“Hayemaker” wants to make comeback for the gold

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — The Fight Nerd @ 12:23 PM

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BY JUANJO DELGADO

In the world of heavyweight boxing, it has become apparent that the British two-time World Champion David “The Hayemaker” Haye has come out of retirement and is setting his sights on a comeback and eventually a possible fight with heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

The 33 year-old originally planned to have the first fight of his comeback sometime this month, yet no fight has been arranged. After being out of the ring for two years following an injury that originally forced him to retire, Haye plans an assault on the division in an attempt to win either the WBC or WBA titles. He wanted to have at least two fights before the end of this year but that remains to be seen now. He has been back in training for a number of months and believes he still has what it takes to become a world champion for a third time.

With Vitali Klitschko, the brother of Wladimir having now retired, he has targeted the WBC belt that has been vacated before, once again attempting to take on Wladimir in a revenge rematch. Klitschko won the previous encounter in 2011 on a unanimous point’s decision, something that Haye wants to get even on.

Of course, this match will all depend on how things go with his first two matches and then whether he will become a mandatory fight for Klitschko as he believes Wladimir will not fight him voluntarily. He plans on a fairly easy match-up for his first fight as he has been out of the ring for two years and then will take on either Bermane Stiverne or Rusian Chagaev – who hold the WBC and WBA titles respectively – before trying to seal things with a fight against Wladimir.

His last fight was two years ago when he stopped the highly rated Dereck Chisora before the end of the fifth round. However, a bout of injuries led to him canceling his next three fights. It was a shoulder injury that eventually sealed his fate after being advised that he should not fight again by doctors.

Before that injury, it was a hand injury that forced him to withdraw from a fight against Manuel Charr and then after that came a cut that forced him to back out against Tyson Fury. The shoulder injury meant he could not fight Fury again in a rescheduled bout.

Since first retiring, Haye has been flirting a little bit with showbiz, appearing on television, taking small parts in movies and being a pundit, though he has stated on many occasions that he misses the ring and would love to come back if he possibly could.

One such foray into showbiz saw him taking part in the Full Tilt Poker Rush Challenge where he was tasked with having to play poker while being driven around a racing track in a Lamborghini. Also he has been seen on Twitter taking part in what was called the first ever Weather Pawcast, which was recorded to bring awareness to dog safety during hot weather.

However, none of this it seems to have been enough to convince him that he is done with boxing for good, as he is seemingly desperate to get back to the top of the sport he has competed in for most of his life. It remains to be seen if this does come about, but he is certainly suggesting that it is what he wants to do.

October 24, 2014

A guide to some unusual martial arts

Filed under: Features — The Fight Nerd @ 12:27 PM

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BY MATT FERIM

So you think you know your martial arts? Although you may be aware of plenty of different forms of martial arts there are always some new types that you might not ever have heard of.

Of course, we are all familiar with names like kung fu, judo, karate and kick boxing. And mixed martial arts are now so accepted as mainstream sports that you can even bet on some of the matches – check out the range of mixed martial arts that you can place bets on at BetFair, the online betting exchange.

However, we’ve put together some info on the more unusual and off-beat martial arts for your perusal below. Though martial arts have been around for a long period of time, there are some newer martial arts included here, and some of the ones that may seem new have a surprisingly long history attached to them.

If you’re interested in finding out about a new way that one opponent can take on another in a demonstration not only of physical, but also of mental, strength; then check out the list. A lot of those listed, however, are likely to remain on the fringes of sport for a good long time, though. Why would that be? Read on and you’ll soon find out.

Lerdrit

If you enjoy Thai fighting, then Lerdrit is likely to be of interest to you. It’s a variation of traditional Thai fighting moves that has been put together as a new martial art.

Lerdrit is what the commandos of the Royal Army in Thailand practice. They are highly trained in the skilled fighting technique of Lerdrit. Amongst other Thai fighting sports Lerdrit’s ancestors include Muay Thai and Muay Boran. However modern-day Ledrit has been developed to be even more brutal than the older sports – perfect for today’s society’s mentality!

Examples of how Lerdrit differs from previous but similar martial arts include the fact that fighters are supposed to move to attack with no warning. The aim is to get the target (opponent) on the ground as quickly as possible and finish the fight with a kill strike. This could be, for example, a boot against the throat. Equally good would be elbowing the competitor’s temple.

Lerdrit fighters keep their hands open when fighting – no fists – and often-used moves include kicks, knees, grappling, forward pressure, elbows and locking.

Bakom

In Peru, the fighting sport of Bakom (otherwise called Vacón) has sprung up from the back streets of Lima. This is a sport designed to disable or kill an opponent as soon as a fight begins. Hidden weapons often feature in Bakom and it’s a fighting sport that has developed from the extreme poverty of the streets of a district in Lima called Villa El Salvador.

Although many martial arts have ancient roots, this isn’t the case with Bakom. It was developed in the 1980s but a former prisoner and ex-Marine called Roberto Puch Bezada. You can see echoes of jujutsu and Vale Tudo-style street fighting in Bakom.

This isn’t a sport for the weak-stomached spectator. Moves include things such as arm locks which can result in snapped bones, and combatants specialize in aiming kicks and punches at vital organs such as the kidneys. The pace is very quick, with the aim of the attacker finishing off their opponent before they even really know the fight has begun.

Bokator

This is one of the oldest martial arts around and has its historical roots in the battle fields of Indochina more than 17 centuries ago. Legend has it that Bokator was the secret weapon of the Khymer Empire. Movements in Bokator are reminiscent of the movements made by creatures such as eagles, snakes, horses, lions and cranes.

A lot of strength and brute force is required; which makes sense as this would indeed be the case when warriors fought without guns on the battle field. There are over 10,000 different moves which include hits with the knee or elbow, locking joins and a range of various throws. This is a sport that you won’t believe until you see it in the flesh.

JHR – AKA Jailhouse Rock

Jailhouse Rock isn’t anything to do with Elvis Presley’s song. It’s actually the name for an extremely violent kind of fighting that has developed – as you might guess from the name – in prisons in the United States of America. Put a load of frustrated guys full of pent-up aggression in a confined area, equip them with weights and gym machines and give them nothing else to do, and what else do you expect them to spend their time doing?

Although Jailhouse Rock is a recognized martial art, it has few rules attached to it. It’s one of only two martial arts that are recognized as such in the USA. Some of the more weird training techniques include being tasked with picking up a whole pack of playing cards one at a time while a group of other men beat you up.

Another name for JHR is 52 Blocks, although some practitioners would dispute how close the two sports are. Both are a combination of dirty boxing with martial arts thrown in. There’s a lot of use of the upper body (arms and elbows) to block incoming strikes and punches. 52 Blocks is also taught as a self-defense skill as well as for use in the mixed martial arts arena.

Dambe

A martial art that is popular in West Africa is Dambe. Its origins are the hand to hand fighting techniques that were used in ancient Egypt.

Although it is a popular martial art for different groups, Dambe is the preferred martial art for the Hausa people. The main way to injure your opponent is to use your ‘strong side fist’. Each fighter’s hand and lower arm is wrapped in a cloth and then held in place with tight cord. Years ago the cloth could be dipped in a mix of resin and shards of glass to make the fist more deadly, but this is no longer allowed.

A thick chain is wrapped around one leg. With the two weapon limbs, the idea is then to get the best of your opponent before they have the chance to do worse to you.

Kino Mutai

A Filipino martial art that is not for the squeamish is Kino Mutai. The translation of the name is ‘the art of biting and pinching’ and as well as using biting techniques, eye gouging is also employed, along with a wide range of grappling moves. However, the rules state that fighters should not aim to ‘bite’ their opponents, but only use the biting technique when the situation is suitable.

For when these moments occur there are nine Artery Points that fighters should aim for. The ultimate goal of the biting technique is to be in a position where they can achieve ‘uninterrupted biting’. This is where a fighter holds their opponent in a grip hold and basically bites until the opponent submits.

The style of Kino Mutai is vicious and without mercy, and the principle goal is survival. However, as it’s such a brutal sport, the Filipino martial arts community in general doesn’t consider it as one of the martial arts, more a method of street fighting.

Kalari Payat

One of the oldest types of organized fighting techniques comes from Kerala, a southern Indian state. While most people might think of the swaying palm trees, golden sands and gentle people who live in Kerala, this sport shows a whole other side to the garden paradise of India.

Different versions of Kalari Payat can involve armed and unarmed combat. In a Kalari Payat match, there are more than 100 places on the body that are considered as vital, and therefore also considered as primary targets. The aim of the fight is to attack your opponent’s vital points – basically using all of your strength to hit the vital points as hard as possible. Like many of the mixed martial arts discussed here, Kalari Payat can be hard to watch.

Okichitaw

As we continue our perusal of different martial arts around the world, we take a look at Okichitaw, a fighting sport favored by the American Indians in North America. This is a real traditional sport in the American Indian culture and history and it’s based on combat methods devised by the Plains Cree American Indians.

The contemporary version, which was developed by a man called George J Lepine, involves a combination of different Asian martial arts techniques along with the traditional ferocity and spirit of American Indian culture.

Lepine was a student of different martial arts including hapkido, judo and tae kwon do. To these skills he added the use of a gunstock war club and several tomahawk throwing disciplines. The overall combination is violent and gutsy fighting.

Behind every move in Okichitaw is the principle that your hands and legs are weapons with which you can fight. For example, the hands are representative of tomahawks, and the legs, when poised and used at a slight distance, are representative of spears.

Okitchitaw is now one of the last-known examples of how American Indians have fought through the centuries.

Silat

Traditionally, Silat was created and developed by head hunting tribes in the countries of the Phillipines, Singapore and Malaysia. Silat is not just one martial art; it’s a collective term for a set of martial arts. The different methods used include throws, joint manipulation, hitting with the hands, grappling and the use of sharp weapons.

According to urban legend, the armies of the countries mentioned above still use Silat techniques, though it’s not officially recognized. The range of martial arts that is held under the umbrella of Silat has a long, long history in the region.

Coreeda

Australia only has one native-born martial art and that’s Coreeda. The martial art today is a combination of moves that are seen in a traditional kangaroo dance with a range of traditional grapple methods.

According to Aboriginal legend, the origins of Coreeda are held in the spiritual belief system of the Aboriginals, known as the Dreaming. The legend has it that when an Aboriginal elder had witnessed many young warriors dying in battle, he sat down by the river to think about what had happened. His thoughts led him to consider how the warrior techniques and skills of his tribe could be improved. As he sat there in contemplation, the elder was approached by a Rainbow Serpent which told him to study the kangaroos. The elder did as the serpent suggested and realized that kangaroos used similar fighting techniques to the tribe’s warriors. The elder was inspired by watching the kangaroos to put together the art of Coreeda.

Although it has yet to reach such well-known status as some other martial arts, today Coreeda is gaining popularity and has become a member of the World Martial Arts Union, acknowledged by UNESCO.

Bartitsu

An almost forgotten martial art, Bartitsu had a short lifespan. It was first created in 1898, by Edward William Barton-Wright, an Englishman who defined his new fighting art as ‘self-defense in all its forms’. The name is a mix of Barton’s surname and Jujitsu, the Japanese martial art.

Bartitsu combines elements of a number of martial arts, including jujitsu, savate, boxing, fencing and La Canne, a stick fighting style that has its origins in Switzerland.

Actually, Bartitsu was only practiced for three years but it may sound familiar as it was often referred to in the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle. Conan Doyle miss-spelt the name, referring to it as Baritsu, but it’s clearly the same sport as described when Sherlock Holmes uses Bartitsu to fight and beat the villain Moriarty in “The Adventure of the Empty House”.

Chess Boxing

Chess Boxing is a bizarre combination of boxing matches and playing chess. Players can win with a knockout during a boxing round or by putting their opponent into checkmate during a chess round.

The matches include six rounds of chess and five rounds of boxing. The chess rounds are about four minutes and the boxing rounds three minutes. Origins of the sport are from the graphic novel Froid équateur, written by comic book artist Enki Bilal. However the man who brought the game into the real world in 2001 was Dutch comic artist Lepe Rubingh.

Two years later, the first World Championship of Chess Boxing was held and Lepe Rubingh is the current Chess Boxing world champ. He claims that chess boxing is the ultimate challenge for mind and body and the motto for the World Chess Boxing Organisation echo this sentiment: ‘Fighting is done in the ring and wars are waged on the board’.

October 22, 2014

Boxing Champion Pawel Wolak to make Pro-MMA debut at Matrix Fights 9

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 1:53 PM

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In response to published reports, Matrix Fights officially announced today that former WBC light middleweight champion Pawel “The Raging Bull” Wolak will make his professional Mixed Martial Arts debut at Matrix Fights 9 on Friday, December 5 at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory in Philadelphia.

“During his time as an active boxer, Pawel was a top ten ranked fighter and held world titles in two separate weight classes,” Matrix Fights promoter Sam Caplan began to state, before continuing. “Pawel wrestled in high school and for the past couple of years he has received world class training from Renzo Gracie’s top MMA and BJJ instructors while also sparring the likes of Eddie Alvarez and Frank Edgar. Simply put, Pawel Wolak has all the tools to be a wrecking machine in MMA. I played a small role in helping launch the championship MMA careers of Cole Konrad and Michael Chandler and it’s exciting to have the opportunity to promote Pawel in his first pro MMA bout.

“A lot of promotions pursued Pawel and his camp in order to try and get him to make his debut on their show. We are very excited that Pawel and his management team chose Matrix Fights as the promotion where he will launch his professional MMA career.”

While the pursuit for Wolak’s pro MMA debut was hot and heavy, Wolak felt that signing with Matrix made all the sense in the world.

“Matrix made a lot of sense to me to debut with because of the similarities it has with me,” he said. “Location is close to where I live and they are upcoming in the sport just like I am about to be. They treat me well and appreciate where I am trying to go and that counts for a lot. I can fight close to home too so this was a no brainer for me.”

Wolak’s professional MMA debut on Dec. 5 will represent the first step in a journey towards high-level success in MMA. But Wolak respects the challenge ahead.

“I plan on being champion,” stated Wolak. “I am not doing this for fun I am doing this because I want to be world champion and the most successful crossover boxer ever into MMA and I believe I will be. It won’t be tomorrow. It’s a process. But I come in respecting every fighter out there regardless of their records and rank. I’m not dumb enough to think that nobody is unbeatable. That’s why we fight.”

An opponent for Wolak on Dec. 5 has yet to be named but Matrix officials are in the process of finalizing his opposition for the event.

Wolak’s fight joins previously announced bouts for Dec. 5 that include active Bellator MMA roster member Will Martinez squaring off with former Bellator MMA and Strikeforce fighter Ian Rammel in a lightweight contest; Bellator MMA veterans Jesus “Chavo” Martinez and LeVon Maynard set to do battle in a 180 lbs. catchweight dream match; and Philly MMA stalwarts Brylan Van Artsdalen and Steve McCabe going head-to-head for the first time in featherweight action.

Mark Hunt replaces injured Cain Velasquez in title fight at UFC 180, AKA PRIDE NEVER DIE!

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 1:35 PM

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The UFC announced today that UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez suffered a right knee injury during training and was forced to withdraw from his championship fight against No.1 contender Fabricio Werdum in Mexico City on November 15.

As a result, No.4 heavyweight Mark Hunt (10-8-1 in professional MMA, fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand), who is coming off a walk-off knockout against the iron-chinned Roy Nelson in Tokyo in September, will face Werdum (18-5-1, fighting out of Los Angeles via Porto Alegre, Brazil) in the five-round main event for the interim UFC heavyweight title.

“I’m so unbelievably disappointed that this happened,” Velasquez said. “To say I was looking forward to fighting in Mexico for the first time is an understatement. I wanted to fight on that card so bad. Looks like it wasn’t meant to be and it’s not going to happen. I’m going to get my [right] knee fixed and get back to training as soon as I can. I’m sorry to the fans in Mexico who were expecting this fight, and I hope to be able to come down and still be a part of this historic event.”

For Werdum, it was never about Cain, it was always about the title. “I’m ready for whatever comes. I have been training in Mexico for nearly two months and accept the challenge that is presented to me. I’ll continue to prepare and will arrive ready to fight on behalf of all my Latin American fans,” said Werdum.

Mark Hunt, never one to shy away from a big opportunity, wasted no time accepting a dream opportunity to fight for UFC gold.

“I feel blessed to have this opportunity to fight for another world title. This is something that doesn’t happen often to people. First K1 and now UFC – how can I say no, even though it’s on short notice? I’m dropping everything and flying to Mexico tomorrow so I can best prepare myself for this fight. I have to get into shape and acclimatize to that environment, which is really important.

“There’s nothing to lose when you’re competing against the best at the top level,” Hunt added.

UFC 180: WERDUM vs. HUNT scheduled for November 15 at the Arena Mexico City, sold-out in only eight hours, and will welcome more than 20,000 fans. Along with the explosive main event, fans will also be treated to six other bouts featuring Latin American contenders.

October 15, 2014

Announcement for OSMMA Review Awards, Vol. 1

Filed under: Nerd Stuff,News — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 1:51 PM

The Fight Nerd and Zane Simon have joined forces once more for the sake of promoting Old School MMA, but this time for something a little bit different.

Starting in the coming weeks, YOU, the fans, will be able to vote for your favorite (and sometimes least favorite) people and moments from our Old School MMA Reviews. There will be a dozen categories in which to vote, as well as a special lifetime achievement award, that will encompass all of the SEG UFC events that we have reviewed so far, starting at the first UFC and ending at the Ultimate Ultimate 1996.

For those OSMMA Review fans wondering what is next, we will be doing our first old school documentary review in the coming weeks when we take a look at “Choke”, and will follow that up with our award show before returning back to the SEG UFC era with UFC 12.

Voting information will be added soon, so make sure to follow myself and Zane Simon on twitter to get the appropriate links to vote. In the meantime, I suggest you go and rewatch all of our old episodes and refresh your memory on the best and worst moments in Old School MMA history!

October 14, 2014

Bellator adds Royce Gracie as brand ambassador

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 1:43 PM

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Known simply as the pioneer of mixed martial arts, Royce Gracie is widely considered the most influential and important figure the sport has seen. Engaging in some of the most memorable fights in MMA history during his time with the UFC and PRIDE Fighting Championships, Gracie has now joined Bellator as an official brand ambassador for the Viacom-owned promotion.

“I have known Scott for a long time and have always respected him as not only a promoter but as a martial artist who has always treated fighters with respect and truly understands their value,” Gracie said. “Bellator and Viacom want to give fans exciting fights and enable fighters to continue to grow and most importantly provide for their family, and it’s something I want to be a part of. UFC has done a great job over the past twenty years in building this sport and taking it globally and I’m glad to have been part of that, but Bellator is a growing organization I am honored to be a part of, and with the dedicated and talented people already associated with the company, we can further the growth of mixed marital arts as a sport worldwide.”

Gracie will immediately be involved with Bellator including promotion for Bellator 131, which is headlined by a light heavyweight showdown between Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar, along with a Lightweight Title fight between Michael Chandler and Will Brooks on November 15. Moving forward Gracie will host seminars, be involved in autograph and promotional appearances, as well as aiding in the International expansion of Bellator around the world. Bellator and Gracie will also be involved in a co-branded merchandise line that will debut in 2015.

“To call Royce a legend would be an absolute understatement,” Bellator President Scott Coker said. “Royce and the Gracie family are directly responsible for making this sport what it is today and we are incredibly fortunate to have him be a part of the Bellator family. Royce will serve in many different capacities for Bellator and I look forward to our fighters, staff and most importantly, our fans, in having the chance to interact with one of the most iconic figures in sports.”

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