Frank Edgar is one of the tougher fighters of all-time. In fact, a ways back he made our About.com Toughest MMA Fighters list. Which leads us to the hard job that referees have. These guys have to protect fighters in the ring, and in the same breath know when not to stop a fight. Ridiculously difficult. Just ask Urijah Faber, Frank Mir, and more who believe their recent fights were stopped prematurely.
Which is exactly the kind of thing that Edgar decided to comment on.
"If it's me, let me be limp before you stop it," Edgar recently told MMAjunkie Radio. "It's tough to be a ref, especially in that situation when they've got to protect the fighters. But I want every chance I can get. Let me go out on my shield."
"It's definitely the referee's discretion, but I want every chance to come back," Edgar said. "In the Maynard fights, someone else may have stopped it. Obviously the ref didn't, and he made the right choice because I bounced back. That was the right choice."
"I'm a fighter; I can't help it," Edgar said. "I'm a competitor. I want to win, and if I feel a ref stopped it too early, I would be upset.
"I just want the chance to come back. I'm sure it would never be like that where I'm getting my head beat in and the ref wouldn't stop it, but I just want a chance to come back."
Good stuff. Next up for Edgar is BJ Penn at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale on July 6. Here's hoping that who referees the contest does the right thing when/if someone gets tagged.
In one of the most anticipated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu matches ever at Metamoris III this past weekend, Royler Gracie and Eddie Bravo fought to a draw in a bout which could only be won by submission (no points). Afterwards, the majority of onlookers felt as if Bravo would have won a decision if such a thing had been available.
Remember that Bravo had defeated Royler in one of the great jiu jitsu upsets of all-time back in 2003 by triangle choke at Abu Dhabi 2003. So there was a lot of hype surrounding this match. And apparently adding to it afterwards was Royler's brother Royce Gracie, who wasn't all that happy with Bravo.
"I thought I won," said Bravo, as transcribed by MMA Mania. "The headline on The Underground 20 minutes later was 'Bravo dominates Gracie at Metamoris.' He actually thought it was a legit draw at the press conference. I was sitting there at the press conference saying, maybe I'm delusional. Then I got back on The Undergound, and it was 90 percent, Eddie Bravo won, and Eddie Bravo dominated.'" Read More...
Forget the Rest of the World- Steven Seagal Believes that Vladimir Putin's Actions in the Ukrainian Province of Crimea are "Very Reasonable"
Located just south of the Ukrainian mainland and west of the Russian region of Kuban, the Crimean Peninsula, also known as Crimea, is a land mass almost completely surrounded by water. Recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to annex the region has been condemned by both Europe and the United States. That said, one United States citizen appears to believe that Putin is in the right on this one.
Seagal, who considers Putin a personal friend and has a connection to him through the martial arts- Putin is a judo and Kyokushin kaikan karate black belt- has labelled the former KGB lieutenant colonel "one of the greatest world leaders" and declared his actions in the Russian-majority Ukrainian province "very reasonable," according to The Moscow Times.
Speaking to the state-run newspaper Rossiskaya Gazeta, in comments first noted by the same Moscow Times, Seagal also went a step farther, describing western policy on the Ukraine as "idiotic".
Needless to say, there are a lot of people who disagree strongly with Seagal on this one. What say you?
Nikita Krylov vs. Ovince Saint Preux. We're talking about two powerful strikers here at UFC 171. Wondering who took it all home?
Keep reading to find out.
Early on, Saint Preux grazed with a body kick and then took Krylov down. The former Tennessee football player took side control quickly. And from there, Saint Preux executed the Von Flue choke. And that was that.
Unusual ending to the fight. That's one powerful man.
Ovince Saint Preux defeats Nikita Krylov by Von Flue choke at 1:29 of round one.
Kelvin Gastelum, also known as the youngest TUF winner ever, vs. Rick Story. Talk about a tough fight between grapplers who like to push the pace. Wondering who came out on top?
Keep reading to find out.
Early on, Story came out aggressively, landing a body shot. Gastelum hit home with a solid jab. And basically, for half the round Gastelum landed solid jabs, while Story connected with hard body shots in aggressive fashion. That is, until Gastleum connected with a hard left hand and followed it up with a high kick that floored his adversary. Gastelum was able to take his adversary's back until such time as Story escaped. Nice punch by Gastelum again, following it up with a clinch and knee. Then came a combination from the former TUF winner.
Pretty even striking from there on in. That said, Gastelum took the stanza easily.
Round two saw Gastelum, rather surprisingly in my opinion, give Story a boxing lesson. That is, until such time as Story landed a huge left hand with 18 seconds to go that staggered his adversary. Then came a lot of trading, followed by a left hand that put Gastelum on the ground. Ground and pound followed until the bell.
Story won that round at the tail end. Any knockdown could signal a two point round, but since Gastelum was winning the whole time, it was likely only a one point stanza. Heck, Gastelum floored Story in the first after winning the majority of the round and that one looked to be only a one pointer to me as well.
Early in round three, Gastelum did well with jabs and then shirked a Story takedown. At around the halfway point of the round, Gastelum hurt Story and then took him down, taking his back. Story, however, turned the tables on his adversary quickly, taking the younger fighter's back. With 41 seconds left, Gastelum turned the tables on his adversary and got to his feet. There the two began to trade with Gastelum getting the better of things overall. Then came the bell.
Wow- great fight!
I'm honestly not sure who won that final stanza. I'd say it was one to one coming into it.
Kelvin Gastelum defeats Rick Story via split decision.
Jimy Hettes vs. Dennis Bermudez. We're talking about a rather intriguing match up coming in. Check out how it really went down below.
Early on, Bermudez landed a hard overhand right. Then he hit home with two low kicks. Another nice low kick by Bermudez. Hettes forced a clinch. Lots of struggling against the cage, with knees and the like. Bermudez took his adversary down. Hettes got right back up. Then lots of struggling in the clinch again. Then came another takedown by Bermudez, a trip. Hettes got right back up. The two traded strikes before Bermudez took him down again. Hettes got up; Bermudez took him down again with a slam. Hettes got back up.Read More...
Omari Akhmedov vs. Gunnar Nelson. Nelson, with his high level karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills was the one so many were watching. But Akhmedov also brought some serious accomplishments to the Octagon. Who would win?
Keep reading to find out.
Early on, Akhmedov landed a low kick. Nelson took the center of the ring, getting hit with another. The two clashed knees when they both threw leg kicks. Grazing right hand by Akhmedov. Then came a big time left hand, of the sudden karate style from Nelson, which allowed him to transition to a takedown on an off balance opponent. Nelson immediately took top control, then the mount. Some blood coming from the face of Akhmedov. And from there, Nelson, in spots, landed solid elbows on his adversary which clearly took their toll, especially toward the end of the stanza. After some scrambling, Nelson stood, took side control, and then fell back with the guillotine choke in hand. And that was that.
Gunnar Nelson defeats Omari Akhmedov by guillotine choke at 4:36 of round one.
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."
Reference: Yahoo Sports
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).
Reference: Protector 2 Has a U.S. Trailer
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).