Thursday February 27, 2014
What do Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, Frank Mir, and Vitor Belfort have in common? Beyond excellent careers in mixed martial arts, the four have also fought legally in the UFC while receiving Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). Along with this, Belfort was all ready to apply for a Testosterone Use Exemption (TUE) for his upcoming fight in Vegas against Chris Weidman.
That was, until the Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to ban applications for TUEs for testosterone replacement therapy, effective immediately.
In one word- wow!
Yep, in a stunning turnaround, the commission has gotten rid of a fighter's ability to apply for a TUE. If a fighter already had a TUE in Nevada, the fighter will now be unable to apply for a new exemption when they apply for a renewed license to fight in the state. That said, since fighter licenses terminate at the end of a calendar year, there are currently no fighters that currently hold a TUE in the state.
Big time news. Get ready for a lot of articles on Vitor Belfort :)
What the UFC had to say:
"The Ultimate Fighting Championship fully supports the decision made today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the immediate termination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT)," said White. "We believe our athletes should compete based on their natural abilities and on an even playing field.
"We also intend to honor this ruling in international markets where, due to a lack of governing bodies, the UFC oversees regulatory efforts for our live events. We encourage all athletic commissions to adopt this ruling."
Vitor Belfort Biography
Chris Weidman Biography
Reference: Yahoo Sports
Thursday February 27, 2014
Tony Jaa is the real deal when it comes to the practice of Muay Thai. He's also a true to life martial arts movie action star. Back in 2003, he connected with martial arts fans for his performance in the film: Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior. In 2005 he starred in The Protector.
And now he's the star of Tom-Yum-Goong 2, or The Protector 2. Tom Yum Goong was the original Thai title of The Protector. The name refers to a soup with many different ingredients, which would seem to connect with the multiple martial arts styles displayed in the film.
So if you're looking for hard-hitting action from a man with a truly significant martial arts background, The Protector 2 may just fit the bill. In case you're wondering if it's for you or not, check out the American trailer for the film here (The Protector 2 Trailer).
Popular Tony Jaa Films
Tony Jaa Biography
Jackie Chan Biography
Reference: Protector 2 Has a U.S. Trailer
Monday February 24, 2014
Any time that you hear that someone made the US team in something, it carries some weight. After all, making a national team of any sort is nothing to scoff at, let alone in a country as large and athletically inclined as America. Such was the case when an instructor at the Traditional Chinese Kenpo at Lee's Academy of Kung Fu in Oak Forest, Illinois by the name of Scott Gordon was selected to the U.S. Traditional Wushu Team.
Gordon was selected to the team after completing trials in Tysons Corner, Virginia on Sunday, Feb. 16. By making the team, he will represent the United States at the 6th World Traditional Wushu Championship taking place in China in October 2014. Though he teaches at a different school, Gordon is considered a student representative of Bei Dou Kung Fu Academy in Naperville, Ill., where he currently trains.
"Scott is, and has been, a remarkable instructor for our young and adult students alike," stated Danny Cichocki, owner and instructor at Lee's Academy of Kung Fu, according to this article at the Oak Forest Patch. "His dedication to continued training and now his commitment to pursue his dream of competing for the US Wushu Team is nothing short of inspiring."
The US Traditional Wushu Team and the qualification trials are hosted by the U.S.A. Wushu-Kungfu Federation (USAWKF), the official United States representative to the 145 member-nation International Wushu Federation (IWUF), the official member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The event was organized by the Professional Martial Arts Academy (PMAA).
What is Wushu?
The Chinese Martial Arts Styles
A History and Style Guide of Kung Fu
Saturday February 22, 2014
Robert Whittaker vs. Stephen Thompson was one of those striking battles worthy of note. Would the karate kid (Thompson) win out, or would the former TUF contestant pull it out at UFC 170?
Get ready, get set, go?
Early on, Whittaker landed a nice jab. Later, Thompson hit home with a couple of punches, then a low kick. The two traded evenly. Then Thompson hit home with a punch. Nice jab by Whittaker. Body kick followed by a low kick by Thompson. Nice axe kick by Thompson. Solid combination by the South Carolina fighter. Then he did it again.
The bottom line is that Thompson is hitting with combinations and then moving.
Thompson connected with a hook kick to the head. Then he landed a left-right to the head that floored Whittaker. Moments later, after bunches of punches on the ground, it was all over.
Stephen Thompson defeats Robert Whittaker by TKO at 3:43 of round one.
UFC 170 Results
UFC 171 Results