As MMA Arrives in Ontario, Anti-MMA Voices Surface

By Michael David Smith

We’re used to it by now. Those of us who love mixed martial arts have come to accept that our sport will be subjected to ignorant, unfair commentary from people who don’t understand it and don’t care to understand it, and that the anti-MMA voices will grow particularly loud any time the sport becomes regulated in an area where it had previously been banned.

But even if we’re used to it, and it would be easier just to ignore it, sometimes it’s valuable to point out some of the over-the-top assertions about MMA that come out in the local media whenever the sport arrives in a new town.

So with MMA recently being legalized in Ontario, let’s take a look at some of the problems with this Windsor Star column by Anne Jarvis.

Jarvis starts with this:
“So, Maximum Fighting Championship 29: Conquer is coming to Caesars Windsor next month. They’ll have to hose the blood off the floor of the Colosseum.  Mixed martial arts is the full-contact, almost no-holdsbarred sport combining boxing, wrestling and martial arts. Bouts are fought in a cage. It’s bloody barbaric, and I meant that pun.”

Good one.
“Half of bouts end in a knockout, technical knockout or “choke out,” all of which can cause brain injury. Some of these guys will likely suffer chronic traumatic encephalopathy, like hockey player Bob Probert.”

 

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Jorge Santiago says Brian Stann is the perfect opponent for him, declares he can beat Anderson Silva

Speaking via Heavy.com, Santiago said:

“I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity. Come back to the United States, fight in the UFC, Brian Stann, an American hero, main card, May 28th. I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity, you know?”

“As soon as I heard he was the guy I was supposed to fight, Brian Stann, he’s [making] a lot of noise, I was like, `man, perfect, right away, yes.’ Like I said, I want to come back to the United States and face the best guys, and right now, he’s an [up-and-coming] fighter, and I think it’s the best time for me to prove myself to all the American fans, you know?”

“There’s a lot of people doubting me because I’m not here, I’m not fighting the guys everybody sees on every month on TV, because the Japanese fighters don’t get the same exposure here in the United States. Like I said, I’ve fought a lot of good guys, I’ve [beaten] a lot of good names, I’ve [won] a lot of titles in my life, but I just want to come back and take it one step at a time.

I’m getting back to the UFC; I’ll have this fight, of course, one day, I want to fight for the title, but I just want to prove myself and do everything I did in Japan. I want to [do the same things here in the UFC.] Sky’s the limit, my friend.”

Santiago also spoke about how he feels he stacks up against current UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, explaining no one is unbeatable and that he’s more than capable of getting the job done.

“Of course; nobody is unbeatable man, we know that. With the right game plan, I think one advantage I have to my game is that I know how to mix it up. I’m not just a striker; I do jiu jitsu, wrestling. If somebody wants to come and just bang, it’s not something that I’m going to do. I’m going to chose what I want to do. We saw the fight against Chael Sonnen; everybody has their weaknesses, their bad day. I think I have a big chance.”

 

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Georges St-Pierre graces the cover of Gracie Magazine

By Graciemag.com

He’s seen as unbeatable and bears an undecipherable game, to the point of Dana White naming him as the much heavier Anderson Silva’s next opponent – with whom he battles for post of most well-rounded fighter in the UFC.

What is black belt Georges Saint-Pierre’s training like, and how has Jiu-Jitsu – its techniques and philosophies – helped him hang on to his UFC 155-lb belt for so long?

We took advantage of GSP’s trip to London, for drawn-out training sessions with Roger Gracie and Bráulio Estima, to reap significant lessons from the champion for readers and your average practitioner, assembling them in an eight-page layout. With GSP even teaching one of his most famous finishes. It’s a can’t miss issue, not just for Jiu-Jitsu and self-defense fans, but for readers keen on the goings-on in the world of MMA.

Get your copy of GRACIEMAG at home by clicking here.

Report: UFC to Malmo, Sweden on November 5th

Sweden is to have its first MMA show on November 5th, it has been reported.

The UFC is set to visit the prominent city of Malmo with a Fight Night event on November 5th, according to Swedish site FightPlay.tv

The report cites sources at MMA clothing giant TapouT, a leading sponsor of UFC events. Previous cities under consideration were Stockholm and Gothenburg but and Malmo has apparently won out.

Presumably the card will feature Swedish names such as Alexander Gustaffson, alongside one or two newly-signed local names from Sweden and the surrounding Scandinavian area.

The north European region is a hotbed of MMA activity and the sport has a considerable following in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

Malmo, Sweden’s second city, has an arena capable of holding around 15,000 spectators. The UFC would probably attract a capacity crowd for its first show in the country, making for an unusually large live gate for a Fight Night event.

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Report: UFC fighter Pat Barry goes on a naked rampage!

Word coming out of Vegas is that UFC fighter Pat Barry has “blown a gasket”. He has reportedly been running around the city kicking the snot out of innocent pedestrians. In the photo above, you can see Pat threatening a helpless street entertainer for not doing a good job playing a Michael Jackson medley on his accordion. Moments later Pat attacked this Mexican street performer with a vicious display of a GSP-esq superman punch followed by some brutal ground and pound!

Here is a picture of the aftermath…

Not only did he kick the shit out of the poor guy, he stole his hat and his accordian as well!!

As if that weren’t enough, he was later seen attacking a pair of Elvis impersonators…Here is the before picture…

I would post the after picture, but it was just to gross. Two bloody Elvis impersonators laying in a pool of their own blood and feces.  Oh the humanity of it all!!

Pat was last seen trying to sleep it off on the street beside some dude he met…

Moments after this picture was taken, he threw that guy off that overpass and kicked the shit out of the dude with the camera!

If you see Pat Barry in your area, do not attempt to restrain him yourself. He is a world class UFC fighter and will probably kick your ass. So just run!

 

More news on this breaking story coming as it becomes available!

Shinya Aoki vs Lyle Beerbohm Strikeforce April 9th

By MMA Japan

Mark your calendar – the Baka Survivor Shinya Aoki will be facing Lyle Beerbhom on the April 9th Strikeforce event. This comes from the man himself, Mr. Aoki. This should be a very exciting matchup as both have won by way of submission many times. Beerbohm is coming off of his loss to Pat Healy at the last Strikeforce Challengers event, while Aoki is coming off of a loss (if you want to call it that) to Jienotsu.

Contract signed, i’s dotted, t’s crossed. Add it to the calendar.

 

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Marcus Davis Gets New Opponent for MFC Debut, Curtis Demarce Steps Up to the Challenge

By Damon Martin

Marcus Davis will still make his Maximum Fighting Championship debut in April, but it will be with a new opponent.

Original opponent Kajan Johnson is out with an injured shoulder, and Curtis Demarce has stepped in as a replacement.

Sources close to the negotiations confirmed the new bout to MMAWeekly.com on Sunday.

 

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