(Check out Matt's charity www.FightIIWalk.com) It said that “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”. "Everyday in bjj and in our daily lives we are often forced to deal with obstacles which prevent us from living happy lives. Whether it is dealing with a stream of loses in competition, a serious injury, or even losing your job.
Whatever the case may be it is clear that sometimes life can be pretty unfair. However in a lot of cases those problems that we are forced to deal with are merely roadblocks that try to stop us from reaching the true goals that we wish to accomplish in life. Take MMA fighter Matt Betzold for example. A 26-year-old fighter from Phoenix, Arizona Matt Betzold has had many tough battles on the mat and in the cage.
UFC welterweight fighter Daniel “Ninja” Roberts is no stranger to the ground game. He has 12 years of jiu jitsu experience, and in that time has picked up a grappling record of 69-14. He is a 3x NAGA Champion, a 2x NAGA world finalist, a 2x jiu jitsu world medalist and 1x world finalist, an ADCC medalist, and a 1x Jiu jitsu national champion. This in addition to his background as an NAIA All-American wrestler at Bacone College in Oklahoma. (Enjoy the video and Halloween stunt he pulls). Read on...
Looking for a little fun on October 16th, check out the Video Game Open in NYC wheere competitors go head-to-head with UFC Undisputed 2010.
Fight Nerd Video Game Open debuts in NYC
On October 16, 2010, TheFightNerd.com and 8 bit & Up Gaming are holding their first live gaming event together, a UFC Undisputed 2010 tournament entitled “The Fight Nerd Video Game Open: Fall Brawl 2010!
Jesse “Kid Hercules” Forbes is best known for his short stint on TUF 3 in 2006, and made his way back to the UFC this past January after scoring 11 wins (including 4 submissions and 5 knockouts) and just 2 losses outside the UFC since his 2006 loss to Matt Hamill.
Unfortunately, Forbes is now fighting outside the UFC again after a controversial split decision loss to Nick Catone at UFN 20 and a submission loss to Ryan Jensen at UFC 114. “Forbes' eyes are firmly fixed ahead. I just want to get back on a win streak and go back to the UFC,” he said.
The UFC gym in Rosemead, CA has engaged BJJ Black Belt Mauricio "Tinguinha" Mariano as the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program Director.
Besides directing the program, Professor Tinguinha is leading the BJJ team, teaching classes at the UFC Gym and in an effort to coordinate a strong and very technical Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program. Accompanying him is part of the Tinguinha BJJ Instructor Team: Kenric Toliver, Russell Cantorna & Greg Lawson. The program will extend beyond BJJ into NoGi, as expected. "I am very pleased to be a part of such serious and big company as the UFC Gym. I look forward to coordinate a legitimate and strong BJJ program with all the martial art's values and philosophy", Professor Tinguinha stated.
OTM Fight Shop Corona is celebrating its 2nd Birthday in grand style. Saturday, hundreds and hundreds of people turned out for a chance to meet UFC's current Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. People started lining up at 8am and by 11am the line went out the parking lot.
OTM invited for autograph signing Rob McCullough, Brandon Vera, Mark Munoz, Nino Schembri, & Marcel Louzado. If you missed it today don't fret you've still got today (Sunday).
It would not be inaccurate to state that the genesis of all mixed martial arts in the United States, comes from one place primarily, and that is Brazil. The roots of it go all the way back to the 1920's, as Carlos Gracie was studying jiu-jitsu, in his native country, under one of the renowned masters of the art, Mitsuyo Maeda. The entire Gracie family fell in love with jiu-jitsu, but it was Carlos' brother Helio who created a variation of it, and by necessity, as he suffered from dizzy spells and had to gear it to his own physical limitations. He did so by emphasizing ground work, submissions and choke holds, and thus what became known as "Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu" was born.
Helio built a reputation, and a clientele, by promoting himself through challenge matches, many of which came against competitors who practiced a different form of martial arts. Just about anything was allowed, including punches and kicks, and for this reason the nature of the competition took on the name of "vale tudo," which is Portuguese for "anything goes."
Drysdale speaks up about the 2010 Pan am Jiu Jitsu Championship... His recent injuries that lead to a cancelled MMA fight and a potential Muy Thai fight, Robert seems ready to fight anyone, anywhere, anyhow.