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Polaroid Cube Review

The Fight Nerd March 27, 2015 No Comments on Polaroid Cube Review

The Polaroid Cube has finally arrived, and I got my hands on it some time ago to give it a test. This tiny camera can do it all, from taking wide panoramic photos, to 1080 HD video, all while being less than two inches tall. How does it work, how do the photos and video look, and most importantly, how does it compare side-by-side against a Go Pro Hero camera? We give it an in-depth review in a variety of settings to truly test the capabilities of the Cube and see if it is worth spending your hard-earned bucks on.

If you like the Polaroid Cube and want to buy one for yourself, you can pick it up from at this link here right now.

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“PowerHandz” Training Gloves Review

Did you know there are other sports out there besides MMA? I just learned this recently, it's kind of confusing. They all use balls of various sizes and shapes, and you have to throw them into holes, or hit them into nets, or carry them across absurdly long distances. However, you can not kick someone in the head in these sports to take the ball away from someone else, nor can you slam them, armbar them, or do any of the fun stuff we do in MMA, but to each his own.

Today, we look at a new training tool that is meant for more of these mainstream sports, but also has some uses for the combat sports athlete. Specifically, the PowerHandz training gloves. PowerHandz are, according to their official website, "an athletic training product designed to strengthen hand and arm muscles and intensify players’ dexterity. The glove combines weight strategically placed around flex points on the top side and sheepskin leather on the palm."

I am reviewing the "Pure Grip" glove, but they also come in the anti-grip style, which has an anti-friction material on them to make it more difficult to grip the ball, and therefore make you train harder to maintain control of the ball. There is also a version of this glove for holding golf clubs and the "extreme" one, which is meant for "extreme conditions". The company also makes anti-grip wraps for basketballs and footballs, both priced at $20.

The purpose of the grip glove is to enhance your ability to hold and maintain control of whatever ball you are using in your game, or holding a bat, stick or club. The palm is made from skeep skin, combined with a durable, stretchy nylon and lycra gussets to give you more flexibility as your hands move. Along the fingers and on the back of the hand, there are small pounches of iron sand to add mass and weight to the gloves. Velcro wraps around your wrists like a motorcycle glove to keep your hands nice and tight inside them.

Made for both kids and adults from sizes small to XXL, the gloves are easy to wear and use. The difference is like night and day when it comes to catching balls without them, but since this is a site that focuses on martial arts, I found some other applications for the PowerHandz gloves. For the traditional martial artist, these gloves would be good for training with weapons, like Kendo, to add more weight to your hands as well as making it easier to grip your sword (likewise for nunchuks, tonfas, bo staffs, and most other weapons).

For coaches, these gloves could be good to use on students in self-defense training, especially for breaking grips and holds. I could also see wrestlers wearing these, but not sure about BJJ or other submission grappling arts, since the iron sand finger pouches might make things more arduous in a negative way, giving an advantage to the person not wearing the gloves when it comes to escaping submissions, while making it easier for the person wearing the gloves to hold the other persons limbs.

The best use of these gloves for martial artists and combat sports athletes is general training. These are the perfect way to increase the difficulty in general exercise and crossfit routines. You can also wear these gloves underneath boxing gloves to add more weight to your hands. There are other weighted gloves that you can use when you train, but the mass is usually centered on just the back of the hand. The PowerHandz gloves have the weight spread out more evenly, which is a plus for training.

The PowerHandz gloves cost $70 for a pair in any style or size. If you are a serious ball player or into fitness, these are the gloves for you. For any sport with a ball or stick, PowerHandz are a good way to train more efficiently and play better. When it comes to martial arts, the same can be said, it just takes a little creativity.

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“WWE” and “Tapout” join forces with new strategic partnership

WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Authentic Brands Group, LLC (ABG) today announced a joint venture for Tapout, a newly repositioned fitness lifestyle brand. Tapout is now the official fitness and training partner of WWE, and will be integrated across WWE’s global platforms including TV programming, WWE Network, pay-per-view broadcasts, live events, digital, and social media.

“Tapout was ABG’s first acquisition and it continues to be a global brand with strong sales and blue chip partners all over the world. We have a very strong commitment to the brand’s ongoing success,” said Jamie Salter, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ABG. “WWE is a media and entertainment force and we are excited to partner with them on Tapout’s future growth.”

“WWE is always looking for new opportunities to partner with best-in-class organizations, develop new products for our fans and drive shareholder value,” said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. “This joint venture aligns with our strategic approach, and we look forward to building the Tapout brand.”

As part of this strategic partnership, WWE will create new content featuring its Superstars and Divas in Tapout apparel and market the brand across all platforms. Tapout branding will also be featured at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, and all performers, trainers, and staff will be outfitted in Tapoutâ„¢ workout apparel.

“WWE’s expansive reach provides a global platform to broaden Tapout’s presence and consumer base,” said Nick Woodhouse, President and Chief Marketing Officer of ABG. “This is a powerhouse pairing given the synergy between Tapout’s brand promise to be the premiere hard-body fitness brand, and WWE’s commitment to training and fitness.”

“Combining ABG’s strengths in retail brand development, licensing and distribution with WWE’s marketing expertise, global reach and passionate fan base, makes for a powerful partnership,” said Michelle D. Wilson, WWE Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer. “The Tapout brand will enable us to expand into new product categories and further grow our current $1 billion consumer product retail business.”

The next generation of Tapoutâ„¢ preserves the original brand essence and drives a hard-body, fitness-centric message positioned around motivation, discipline and determination. An all new line of men’s and women’s performance apparel and accessories will launch at retail in Spring 2016. New Tapoutâ„¢ branding and packaging will roll out in key categories throughout 2015 starting with beverages, supplements and fitness centers.

Via Press Release

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Come check out the New York Open Judo Championship this weekend!

Come see flips, body slams, and arm bars at the New York Open Judo Championship being held on March 29th, 2015 at the New York Athletic Club.

The NY Open is sanctioned by USA Judo and sponsored by the NYAC, BitLanders, Dr Arthur Canario, United Water, Adidas and Skelley Judo. This “Sunday Slam” will feature teams from France, Germany, Poland, Cuba and the United States with both men and women competitors.

The teams in the Judo Tournament will include some of the strongest players in the world, featuring male and female World Champions and Olympians from the US, France and Germany. It will be the first international sporting event held in the US involving Cuban athletes since the recent announcement by the United States of new regulations easing restrictions on travel, business and remittances with Cuba. Cuba's Women's Judo Team will include 2012 Olympian Dayaris Mestre Alvarez.

The event also features NYAC’s Kayla Harrison, the first American to win an Olympic Gold Medal and NYAC’s Marti Malloy, 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist.

Team USA will be comprised of:

Team USA - Women's

-48kg — Katelyn Bouyssou

-52kg - Angelica Delgado

-57kg — Marti Malloy

-63kg — Hana Carmichael

-78kg — Kayla Harrison

Coach — Jimmy Pedro

Team USA - Men

-66 kg Brad Bolen

-73 kg Everet Desilets

-81 kg Garry St. Leger, Travis Stevens

-90 kg Thomas Capra

+90 kg Andrew Jacobs

Advanced tickets are on sale now

General Admission: $20 online, $25 at the door

VIP: $65 online, $85 at the door

VIP with Banquet: $110 online, $125 at the door

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Two title fights headline UFC 189

The Fight Nerd March 23, 2015 No Comments on Two title fights headline UFC 189

In one of the most anticipated matchups in UFC® history, reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo goes head-to-head with Irish superstar Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 189, Saturday, July 11 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Plus, newly crowned welterweight champion Robbie Lawler makes his first title defense against No. 2 Rory MacDonald in the co-main event. The two world title fights will be the signature events of UFC’s International Fight Weekâ„¢, which kicks off July 7 in Las Vegas, the home of the UFC.

Aldo (25-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), second in the pound-for-pound rankings, looks to continue his historic reign and remain the only featherweight champion in UFC history. He will attempt an eighth straight successful title defense against polarizing Irish sensation McGregor (17-2, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland), a winner of 13 straight. After several heated exchanges through the press and social media, these adversaries will finally meet in the five-round main event. The talking ends July 11.

Plus, UFC welterweight champion Lawler (25-10, 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) will make his first title defense in a rematch against a young and hungry MacDonald (18-2, fighting out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada). Lawler handed MacDonald his only loss in the last five years at UFC 167 in November 2013, and then went on to defeat top-ranked contenders Jake Ellenberger and Matt Brown before taking the 170-pound title from Johny Hendricks by decision. MacDonald has rattled off three straight wins over Demian Maia, Tyron Woodley and Tarec Saffiedine to secure his title shot and rematch with the champ.

Additional bouts will be announced soon.

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Bellator MMA signs wrestling star Bobby Lashley to a long-term contract extension

Bellator MMA announced today that superstar heavyweight Bobby Lashley (12-2) has signed a long-term contract extension with the promotion. Lashley is a perfect 2-0 under the Bellator banner, and 10 of his 12 victories have come by way of stoppage.

The 6'3 wrestling standout started training in the sport at age 12, and would go on to win several titles including three National Championships at Missouri Valley College, an NAIA National Championship, a CISM World Championship Silver Medal and a two-time Armed Forces Wrestling Championship when he served in the United States Army.

With his amazing wrestling pedigree, "The Dominator" signed a developmental contract with the WWE in 2004 and made his professional debut for the organization in 2005. Lashley would go on to fight for ECW and TNA as well, but wanted to prove himself in the world of MMA.

In 2008, Lashley began training in MMA full time with the American Top Team (ATT) gym in Coconut Creek Florida. He would later open his own ATT gym in Denver, CO, and trains between the two facilities with several respected athletes including Josh Barnett, Antonio "Big Foot Silva", and Todd Duffee.

"I've had two fights with Bellator, and I'm happy to be calling the promotion my home," said Lashley. "Scott Coker and the company have really reignited my desire to fight and I'm looking forward to a huge year with some dominant wins."

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Superhero “Phoenix Jones” makes WSOF debut at WSOF 20 on April 10

A war hero versus a real-life superhero — both fast-rising stars in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Who do you root for?

That is the question that fans will be faced with when Emmanuel Walo (7-2-1) squares off with undefeated Ben Fodor (5-0-1), also known as costumed crime fighter “Phoenix Jones,” in a welterweight (170 pounds) contest at the much-anticipated WSOF 20: Branch vs. Markes event at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. on Friday, April 10, live on NBCSN.

“This is a matchup between two of the most prolific prospects in our great sport, and a fabulous addition to our first-ever event in Conn. that is already stacked with a tremendous lineup of talent,” said WSOF President, six-time world champion and two-time Hall of Famer Ray Sefo.

Another new addition to the WSOF 20 fight card will see Steve Mocco (4-1) of Coconut Creek, Fla. battle Juliano Coutinho (6-1) of West Yarmouth, Mass. in a heavyweight tilt.

In the midst of his fourth year as a professional fighter, the 28-year-old Walo of Jersey City, N.J. is also a member of the National Guard who saw action in Iraq during the war there. It was while he was stationed in Iraq that Walo was introduced to MMA through a fellow U.S. military operative and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt who offered to teach Walo

After returning home from combat, Walo followed what had become his passion, reeling off a 2-0 record in amateur MMA competition in 2011, before making the jump to the professional ranks.

Walo received a rude awakening in his professional debut on Dec. 10, 2011, losing a unanimous decision to Michael Wilcox, but rebounded and went unbeaten in his next eight starts.

The 26-year-old Fodor of Seattle, Wash. signed a multi-fight contract last week with WSOF after being covered in a compelling feature segment on ESPN SportsCenter that profiled his strenuous lifestyle as both a prize fighter and a costumed crime fighter dedicated to curbing street crimes and assisting people in distress in Seattle’s streets.

Fodor is coming off a third round (3:06) technical submission (rear-naked choke) victory over Jason Novelli on Feb. 21, 2015.

In the main event, reigning WSOF World Middleweight (185 pounds) Champion David Branch (15-3) will move up to light heavyweight (205 pounds) and face off with fellow Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Ronny Markes (15-3) in what represents the second bout of the multi-event WSOF tournament that will crown its winner the promotion’s inaugural world light heavyweight champion.

In the lightweight (155 pounds) co-main event, Melvin “The Young” Assassin Guillard (32-14-2, 2 NC) of New Orleans, La. will collide with fellow hard-hitting, KO artist Ozzy Dugulubgov (6-2) of Hackensack, N.J.

Leading off the live NBCSN telecast that will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT, is another lightweight matchup between Nick Newell (11-1) of Springfield, Mass. and Joe Condon (12-7) of Victorville, Calif.

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WBC will present custom Emerald Belt to winner of Mayweather VS Pacquiao

After an intense voting week, fans have ruled that the winner of MEGA-FIGHT between Mayweather vs. Pacquiao will triumphantly hold aloft ... The Emerald Belt!

This exquisite masterpiece is especially designed by the World Boxing Council for a unique bout that is already gracing the pages of boxing history.

In order to appropriately recognize the winner of this titanic and epic event on May 2nd, emeralds have triumphed. It was a very close decision, as the emerald belt won by a margin of 53 percent to 47 percent for the onyx belt. The emerald-studded belt cost $1 million to make and will only be given to the winner of the May 2 fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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The World Boxing Council is very grateful to the multitude of fans who participated in this process by voting on our web page to choose the historic belt Mayweather or Pacquiao will proudly possess.

Via press release

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NJPW on AXS TV: Episode 10 Review – Tanahashi VS Nakamura

Disclaimer: If it was not for Japanese pro wrestling, I doubt my love for MMA would have became as huge as it did. When I first started becoming aware of the world of MMA outside of the UFC in the very late '90's, I was lucky to have a tape trader that was within walking distance of my house. He was stocked up on all of the past Pride FC events (which was how I first saw that promotion), as well as other fight shows from around the world, not limited to Vale Tudo matches, Pancrase, RINGS, and many others. Being a pro wrestling fan as well, this opened my eyes up to New Japan Pro Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling, Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling, and some of the garbage promotions like IWA and BJW.

Long story short, I got as hooked on Japanese pro wrestling as much as I did MMA, but the biggest problem was figuring out what the heck was going on. It only took around 17 years from when I first started watching it for someone to get the bright idea to translate it into English and air it in the US, and surprisingly it was AXS TV. I already interviewed the English-speaking commentary team, Mauro Ranallo and Josh Barnett, some time ago to discuss all of this, and have been happy to hear that the show has been doing pretty well. I was even more happy to hear that AXS wanted me to review an episode of the show before it aired. The best news of all - the episode was going to feature Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Shinsuke Nakamura.

For whatever reason, MMA fans tend to split drastically on liking pro wrestling, let alone tolerating it if they dislike it. For the haters, stick with me for a second because I hope to convert you by the end of this. This modern era of NJPW will get you hooked on puroresu, just watch the clip above teasing this upcoming episode.

This specific match is from January 2014's "Wrestle Kingdom 8", which is NJPW's equivalent of Wrestlemania. Tanahashi has been the golden boy of NJPW for awhile and had held the prestigious IWGP Heavyweight title six times already, but after losing the belt to his rival, Kazuchika Okada, was forced to move on to new pastures. Only a few years early, NJPW created their very first Intercontinental title, which was mostly midcard wrestlers who were not too important. Then along came Shinsuke Nakamura, "The King of Strong Style" who was known for his affinity of Michael Jackson and incredibly stiff style of wrestling that often involved kneeing or kicking the life out of his opponents. Nakamura won the IC title and became a hugely popular super-heel in the promotion, and named Tanahashi as his choice for #1 contender to meet him at Wrestle Kingdom 8... in the main event. Yup, a second-rate title was the main event of NJPW's Wrestlemania show, because the fans voted for what would be the closer for this event, and Tanahashi VS Nakamura won by a landslide because they are just that damn good.

And that brings us to the match, which you can watch on March 20 on AXS TV. This match brought a lot of much-needed gravitas to the Intercontinental title, and put Nakamura in the running as the future top heel in NJPW while giving Tanahashi the boost he needed to start working his way back up to the top of the mountain in NJPW. Tanahashi is a risk-taker known for his top-rope maneuvers, while Nakamura is a no-nonsense brawler who would rather kick your teeth in rather than grapple, even though he can do that just as good as anyone else on the roster.

This clash of styles made for a very interesting match that certainly did not go the way fans expected it to. The slams, strikes, and psychology of which wrestler would adapt or reinvent their idealogy in the match will keep you on the edge of your seat. This was not the first time that Nakamura and Tanahashi had met in the ring (they previously held tag team titles together), but this bout had a ton of hype and momentum behind it, which you can listen to Mauro Ranallo explain more during the episode.

35,000 fans were in the Tokyo Dome that night when Tanahashi and Nakamura went to battle, and you few skeptics out there who might not be into pro wrestling will most likely be freaking out by the end of the match. If you think pro wrestling is just fake and soft, you need to see Nakamura dropping hard knees on the ground like he was Kevin Randleman in Pride FC. I would say Nakamura is the main reason behind my renewed interest in NJPW and once you see this match, you will become addicted too.

Last month, Barnett appeared on the MMA Hour and, among other notable news, announced that NJPW on AXS TV was highly likely to get renewed for another season. New episodes of this will continue to air until mid-April, at which point puroresu fans will wait with bated breath for more New Japan action with official English commentary. Do not worry about not knowing who anyone is, you will figure it out quicky. As someone who has not followed modern Japanese wrestling in years, I was able to catch on quick courtesy of AXS TV's english commentary team and good choices in matches, letting you figure out who is who due to each wrestlers distinct style. If you have not seen any of this show yet, this is the episode to watch and start catching up with.

Tanahashi VS Nakamura from Wrestle Kingdom 8 will air on NJPW on AXS TV on March 20 at 8 PM EST.

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Tito Ortiz Wants To Set Up Retirement With Bellator Gold


Tito Ortiz has always been one of the most divisive figures in MMA. The "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" was the UFC's most prominent champion for a time in the early 2000s and his one­sided grudge matches with Ken Shamrock were PPV hits for the company. He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame and will always be hailed as one of the leading lights who helped to get them through some dark days. His big mouth and often wild claims have not endeared him to every fan but it is hard to suggest that he is not a legend in the sport.

It seemed for a long time that Ortiz was done, in a competitive capacity at least. Following a loss to Forrest Griffin in 2012 and only one win in his last nine fights, he closed the door on his career. It did not take much to woo him back. Ortiz inked a deal with Bellator and was scheduled to return in November of 2013 against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who was himself a former UFC light­heavyweight champion.

Though injury sidelined that fight, Ortiz was determined to fight again. He was deemed healthy last year and went on to put together an unexpected resurgence. Bellator's middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko moved up to 205 lbs to face Ortiz in a feature fight and the Californian needed just half a round to dispatch his Russian foe with an arm triangle. He had convinced the doubters that he was not done just yet, and went on to beat Stephan Bonnar by split decision in November to go 2­0 under the Bellator banner.

This puts him in a position not many expected ­ as a legitimate contender to the title. Ortiz is light years ahead of most Bellator fighters when it comes to being in the mainstream consciousness and they would be stupid not to capitalize on that while he is still capable. Liam McGeary recently took the title with a hard­fought win over Emanuel Newton, and now Ortiz is eyeing up that silverware before he retires.

@liam_mcgeary congrats on the fight #Bellator134 enjoy it now because I'm coming for that title! #OrtizChamp2015

— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) March 1, 2015

With two more fights on his agenda, the chance to win the Bellator gold and then head out with a successful title defense would be the dream scenario. "Get that world title, defend it and retire as champion," he asserted. With Ortiz's pulling power, McGeary's championship gold and the building tensions, it would be very surprising if the fight was not made imminently to make the most of the ensuing coverage and bring in the audience.

However, despite his immediate plans, again Ortiz is making plans for his life after fighting. "I want to go on to bigger things," offered the UFC Hall of Famer. Being a world champion does not leave much room for improvement, but he does have some options available to him, many of which he has already started to nurture along the way to form the bedrock of his retirement plan.

Though he officially stepped down as Cris 'Cyborg' Santos' manager last year, under the guise of Primetime 360 Entertainment and Sports Management, Ortiz will likely further his interests there. For someone known to like the limelight, it allows him to stay in the media's eye, while also utilizing the knowledge and respect he has accrued over his 18­year fight career. Whereas, in general, most MMA managers are low key and behind the scenes, Ortiz was front of stage when accompanying "Cyborg", and he would no doubt blend well into a more vocal role like we see in the boxing world.

On top of that, to keep his hand in the sport of mixed martial arts, Ortiz used the days of PPV points and championship money to fund his brand Punishment Athletics, as well as his gym in Huntington Beach, Punishment Training Center. As much as the detractors have piled in to Ortiz over the years, you cannot deny that he used his brain when needed. A combat career is a short one and the good times do not always last. Using his business sense to fund these projects and help them develop while he was active means he has a more viable future with them when the cage no longer calls.

Another potentially lucrative avenue that Ortiz is exploring is his increasing love for poker, which is also leading to more success. There are many attributes he has honed as an athlete that will help in that one, and it's not uncommon now for us to see crossover between the two. The poker tables have been encroaching more and more into MMA territory over the past few years and we're seeing an increased amount of fighters use their focus and commitment to have success on thetables. "It's just repetition," said Ortiz. "In fighting it's the same thing."

As well as furthering his own interests, it looks like Ortiz is also willing to invest his time into others. Not just through his gym or management, but by giving his time to motivate others in different capacities. After knowing some struggles in his life, Ortiz found sanctuary in wrestling and then MMA. Now you can often see him giving back to the community with speaking roles and mentorship. Despite the brash exterior that has to hype fights, Ortiz recognizes the need to inspire the next generation and that is a noble quest, especially when he has a lot of irons in the fire.

Purely speculatively, after he has strapped on the 4oz gloves for the last time, it would not be a surprise if Ortiz moves into his own promotion. He has always been at loggerheads with Dana White, has been a fierce critic of the UFC and their huge market share, and he knows what fighters want from a fighter's perspective, not from the perspective of a promoter who is ultimately using them for profit.

Whatever he does and however much he sticks around, MMA has a lot to thank Ortiz for. There is no doubt we will still be seeing that distinctive hair style on the homepages of MMA media sites for years to come ­ a character like Ortiz does not like too long without the focus being on him.

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