Friday December 6, 2013
Dylan Andrews vs. Clint Hester at UFN 33. Wondering how it all went down?
Get ready, get set, go!
Nice low kick by Hester early on. Soon after, he connected with a big time right hand. Hester is doing a good job of sticking hard and then moving. But after a quick body lock, Hester's weakness was on full display, as Andrews took him right down. From there, Andrews continued to treat the fight like a grappling event, attempting to move to a better position unsuccessfully. Eventually, Hester turned him over and escaped a guillotine attempt along the way. Andrews then got back to his feet. The two struggled in the clinch for a period of time, until Hester once again found himself on his back, this time with Andrews in side mount. That's when the bell rang.
Andrews probably won that round based on grappling and control. Hester landed the only really strong punch, however.
The two traded pretty evenly early in round two. But then Hester literally ran forward and tackled his opponent to the canvas. Then, unlike when Andrews was on top, Hester began to hit home with some hard punches and elbows, which opened up a cut over his opponent's left eye. Andrews got up with about 1:15 to go but ate some really hard punches for his efforts. The rest of the round saw some pretty even striking.
No doubt stanza two went to Hester. I think we're all tied here. Andrews looks tired.
Afterwards, we found out that it wasn't necessarily fatigue- Andrews had dislocated his shoulder. And that was that.
Clint Hester defeats Dylan Andrews by TKO after round two.
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Friday December 6, 2013
It's what many martial artists train for their entire lives- a chance encounter with bad guys trying to do them harm. Well, Taekwondo black belt Jack Cunningham had trained for such an encounter for 18 years. And due to this, three robbers that recently targeted his home got all they bargained for from the self-confessed 'geek'.
"I noticed our front door was open and looked outside to see three lads standing outside," he said.
"They asked for 'Marcus', but I told them no-one called Marcus lived here and they must have the wrong house.
"I was closing the door when one of them grabbed me from behind and pulled me to the floor.
"I must have looked like an easy target, I wear glasses and maybe they thought I was a bit of a geek but I soon proved them wrong.
"I've done taekwondo since I was four, so they really picked the wrong house and the wrong bloke to mess with.
"It all happened so quickly. I've done the training for so long that it just comes naturally and it helped me get an advantage.
"I had a bit of a scrap with them, then one of them pulled a weapon out, but luckily my dad ran in armed with a mop.
"Then after a bit of a fight they ran away.
"I think they came off worse, although because they had weapons it could have been a lot more serious. They didn't manage to take anything.
"We have no idea why they came to us. I've never had any trouble with anyone in my life."
Cunningham ended up leaving the scuffle with a black eye. His father, Jack, 48, was also injured.
Cunningham says that the would-be-burglars left empty handed and came off worse in the situation. Police have arrested a 26-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent in connection with the burglary. It's always good to hear a story where the good guys came out okay.
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Monday December 2, 2013
Many believe that the first MMA fight took place on November 12, 1993 at UFC 1. They couldn't be more wrong. Along with this, judo expert 'Judo' Gene LeBell fought boxer Milo Savage in one of the first mixed style bouts in modern times on December 2, 1963 in Salt Lake City, Utah. And being that today is December 2, 2013, Roots of Fight has chosen to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the fight with the release of a short film [and accompanying t-shirt for fight fans] on what many consider to be the first televised, sanctioned, Mixed Martial Arts contest in the history of America.
Responding to a challenge by boxer Jim Beck in Rogue magazine, where he called judo "a complete fraud" and offered $1,000 to any judoka that could defeat a boxer, LeBell agreed to take on Milo Savage in the very first 'Judo vs. Boxing' competition.
"That's the guy that stepped in and did MMA before there was ever MMA," MMA referee "Big" John McCarthy said in the video. And by the way, Savage, who was smaller than LeBell, was a legitimate top 10 caliber fighter at the time.
According to LeBell in some cases, as well as others in the film, he was not allowed to kick his opponent (who was all about punches). Further, his adversary wore a greased up karate gi (not as strong as a judo one). That said, in round four of the five-round fight, the judo expert used a traditional harai goshi throw to get Savage to the ground. He then took the boxer's back and choked him out (literally) in front of a highly partisan boxing crowd.
"People started throwing chairs and pillows," said LeBell. "And in Salt Lake City, that's the way of saying 'Oh, you put on a great show. We love you.'"
In the end, LeBell was a better martial artist than most even realize. "Judo Gene is overlooked, the guy can do it all," said BJ Penn in the documentary. Yep, it appears that "The Prodigy" is right."
For more information on Roots of Fight, visit www.rootsoffight.com.
Reference: The Telegraph
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Thursday November 28, 2013
Russian Sambo was formulated in Russia in 1938 by many accounts. This highly effective martial style was in essence the brain child of the combined efforts of Vasili Oshchepkov, the Karate and Judo trainer for Russia's elite Red Army, and Victor Spiridonov, a man with extensive training in Greco-Roman and other forms of wrestling, who had been working on perfecting hand to hand fighting techniques. Later, Anatoly Kharlampiev's book, Sambo Wrestling, became the first guide for the sport. So here we are in 2013. Yep, the 75th anniversary of Russian Sambo.
Last week, St. Petersburg hosted the World Sambo Championships (November 22-24), which served as the apex of this celebration. The first world championship of Sambo was held in 1973 in Tehran. This year's event set records for participating countries (75) and athletes (600).
Sambo has proven itself over the years, first on the street by many accounts, and then in mixed martial arts competition. Oleg Tatarov, an expert in the discipline, won the UFC 6 tournament championship. And Fedor Emelianenko, by many accounts, is the greatest heavyweight MMA fighter of all time.
So Happy Anniversary to Sambo! May the discipline keep trucking along as it has for many years now.
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