Posts in category "MMA"

A Modern Martial Arts Master: Mark DellaGrotte

My paths have crossed with Mark DellaGrotte many times over the years.  But until 2014, this path didn’t facilitate much conversation or interaction. When I worked as a free-lance writer for Ultimate Grappling Magazine covering many of the UFC events, the hustle and bustle of pre-fight interviews, and the frantic fight-time coverage did not leave... Read more »

What I learned from Rich Franklin at Chicago Ideas Week

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Chicago Ideas Week has been offered great lectures and words of wisdom in many areas of business, enterprise and life.  It’s our city’s 4th year offering an eclectic menu of topics to expand your mind. The events that have captured my attention have little in common: Veterans: Life After Service featuring Mark Doyle (a student... Read more »

UFC in Chicago last night: Rashad Evans' win served as preparation for Jon Jones match

UFC in Chicago last night: Rashad Evans' win served as preparation for Jon Jones match
UFC on FOX last night was much better than I anticipated.  Rashad Evans (17-1-1) vs Phil Davis (9-1) was the headlining bout.  Former Penn State wrestler Davis entered the octagon on a winning streak, yet without truly equal skills to his opponent,  the favored Evans.  Despite Davis not being my first pick for a bout... Read more »
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10 Worst UFC Moments, Shouldn't Have Been Mentioned

10 Worst UFC Moments, Shouldn't Have Been Mentioned
Yesterday I picked the 10 greatest moments in UFC history.  The credit on doing these two write-ups belongs to Scott Hamill, Bleacher Report writer who compiled his 100 Greatest Moments in UFC History.  After finally getting through the list he put together, I found myself shaking my head at several points while reading.  I already gave you my top ten from his list and today I give you the opposite. I would have never placed these events on the top 100 moments in UFC history.  I hope to hear back on some of your favorite’s from Scott Harris’ list on the Bleacher Report.  I am sure you will find my opinion is more defined in this list I have compiled below.  I didn’t rank them in any particular order.  The number in front indicates where you can find them on Scott Hamill’s original Bleacher Report blog in the slideshow he compiled.  So here are my 10 picks of the most unworthy UFC moments that were chosen for UFC’s 100 Greatest Moments.  Just for fun, I would love to hear what you feel does not deserve to be listed either...

10 Greatest UFC Moments

10 Greatest UFC Moments
The Bleacher Report does some great stories and always offers my favorite fight coverage. They recently did a write up on the 100 Greatest Moments in UFC History. From a writer’s point-of-view – how unbelievably time consuming.  Scott Hamill (the writer) I need you to know it took me a couple days to get through your list with reflection.  But I respect how long it must have taken to put this list together and the collaborative effort to really think through all the monumental events in the history of MMA – which has been facilitated mostly by the UFC organization. Although I don’t agree with everything they have listed, I decided to feature two of my own lists.  The first list is below.  They are the 10 most worthy mentions on the Bleacher Report list of 100 Greatest Moments.  Tomorrow, I will give you the 10 worst picks on the list. The number in front of each moment is the slide it corresponds to with Hamill's write on the Bleacher Report (click on any of htese links to see it)...

Bas Rutten Visits Chicago: 5 Things He Taught

Bas Rutten Visits Chicago: 5 Things He Taught
Bas Rutten came to Chicago-land last weekend  to offer a striking seminar.  It was hosted by my friend and colleague Sue Garski, the Owner of Illinois Krav Maga.  This was the 3 or 4th seminar I have taken with Bas (I can’t really remember), but it did not fail to deliver.  Although Bas Rutten and... Read more »
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Tire Training, Achieving the Perfect Fighting Stance

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This drill is a cool variation on shadow boxing. I use a tire sometimes to work on balance and maintaining my center of gravity. This tire is the perfect size for me. It is also a great way to work on circular movement. It can help you learn how to move right and left. If... Read more »

Develop Punching Power: Great for Cross-Training

There are so many fantastic sport specific exercises for boxing, muay thai, MMA and kickboxing.  I consider this to be a fundamental exercise.  It offers a true application of straight punches.  The difficulty with this exercise is that you need to know how to punch before adding it to your routine.  This exercise expects you... Read more »

Fedor Vs Henderson at the Sear Center Goes on Pre-Sale Today at 10am

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced 5 days ago that a catch-weight, 220 lb matchup between Fedor Emelianenko (31-3) and Dan Henderson (27-8) will happen in our great city.  On July 30th the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates will showcase these two MMA icons.  It isn’t Fedor’s first time at the Sear Center, in fact last... Read more »
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WEC Merger Makes Me Worry

If you are part of the MMA industry on any level then you know that there are a lot of talented fighters.  So many of them have seen the lime-light on PPV cards, yet they sit on a bench waiting to be called into the octagon once again.  Many organizations have offered the growing talent... Read more »