Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for #MMA Fans

Stuck for a last-minute present for that special someone? Have a friend who can’t get enough of the latest UfC and BellatorMMA  action? Check out these MMA-themed books for thoughtful gifts and stocking stuffers for the fight fan in your life!

And because they’re all from Amazon and available with 2-day shipping, they’ll still arrive in time for Christmas Day.

Chael Sonnen — The Voice of Reason: A V.I.P. Pass to Enlightenment

“Like all men of myth and legend, Sonnen strives for the betterment of the human race. Prometheus brought us fire; Dana White brought us the modern-day gladiator; and Chael P. Sonnen now brings us the step-by-step guide to being a great human being and patriot.”

Urijah Faber — The Laws of the Ring

“Urijah Faber offers an unconventional and enlightening guide to mental dominance and personal success… The Laws of the Ring is, at once, a celebration of physical and mental toughness, a serious reflection on success and failure, a colorful account of Faber’s rise to greatness, and a fascinating look at life inside the cage.”

Sam Sheridan — A Fighter’s Heart: One Man’s Journey Through the World of Fighting

“An extraordinary combination of gonzo journalism and participatory sports writing, A Fighter’s Heart is a dizzying first-hand account of what it’s like to reach the peak of finely disciplined personal aggression, to hit—and be hit.”

Georges St-Pierre — The Way of the Fight

“A compelling memoir that offers an intimate, gritty look at a fighter’s journey, told through inspiring vignettes, GSP is a moving account of commitment and power, achievement and pain, dedication and conviction from one of the world’s greatest champions.”

John Kavanagh — Win or Learn: MMA, Conor McGregor and Me: A Trainer’s Journey

“Kavanagh’s portrait of McGregor is a revelation. What emerges is a remarkable portrait of ambition, discipline, and persistence in the face of years and years of disappointment… A must read for every MMA fan.”

 

Ronda Rousey — My Fight/Your Fight

“Packed with raw emotion, drama, and wisdom, this is an unforgettable book by one of the most remarkable women in the world.”

“Big” John McCarthy — Let’s Get It On!: The Making of MMA and Its Ultimate Referee

“In his own words, ‘Big’ John relates his insider’s perspective from the midst of many of the sport’s greatest moments—from Tito Ortiz–Ken Shamrock I at UFC 40 in 2002 to Randy Couture–Tim Sylvia at UFC 68 in March of 2007—along with his account of the birth of the sport in America, its evolution, and MMA’s ongoing struggles for acceptance.”

Chuck Liddell — Iceman: My Fighting Life

“Here, for the first time, is the story of Chuck Liddell inside and outside the Octagon—from his childhood in the poor section of Santa Barbara to the bloodiest battles of his career, to balancing life as a father, a UFC champ, and a superstar. With never-before-seen photos—and an all-new chapter added for this edition—Iceman is the true, no-holds-barred story of Chuck Liddell’s fight to become a champion.”

Bruce Buffer — It’s Time!: My 360-Degree View of the UFC

“I want to tell you about the passion that first led me to bet everything on this sport of ours, way back when MMA was outlawed in half the country and there wasn’t a dime to be made on it. I want to tell you how that passion all started.”

Clyde Gentry III — No Holds Barred: The Complete History of Mixed Martial Arts in America

“Called the bible for MMA, No Holds Barred is the definitive American history of MMA and its rapid rise in the sports and entertainment world… This is the most definitive, in-depth and thoroughly researched book on the history of the sport ever written and a must-have book for every mixed martial arts fan.”

 

Still stuck for ideas? How about these cute Funko POP figurines. Collect them all — Jose Aldo, Chris Weidman, Ronda Rousey, and Conor McGregor.

Check out more great MMA goodies year-round in my Amazon shop! ~Every Fighter Has A Story

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:03+00:00 December 19th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for #MMA Fans

Media Call: UFC’s Holm vs Shevchenko & UFC 201 Lawler vs. Woodley

Two major UFC events still remain in July starting with UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Shevchenko on Saturday, July 23 and UFC 201: Lawler vs. Woodley one week later on Saturday, July 30.

Holly (The Preachers Daughter“) Holm, is the No. 2 UFC bantamweight contender. She is a professional boxer and kickboxer and is the first person to win championships in both boxing and martial arts. She is highly regarded as one of the best female fighters in the world. The 5’8″ southpaw quickly rose to fame after capturing the division’s title from Ronda Rousey in 2015, however Holm lost the belt to Miesha Tate in  her first ever career loss.

Russian born Valentina Shevchenko, nicknamed, “The Bullet”, began training at the age of five. Shevchenko is a decorated Muay Thai Fighter and kickboxer.   A fierce competitor she has won many titles such as the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur World Championships and World Muaythai Council  and is known for her precision, calculated striking and clinch work. Shevchenko most recently fought Amanda Nunes on March 5, 2016 at UFC 196 but lost the fight by unanimous decision. No stranger to competition  Shevchenko has a 56-2 professional record  Muay Thai/K-1  and has defeated Joanna Jędrzejczyk and Caley Reece. Look for this fight to be a chance to see some spectacular stand-up by both  of the ladies.

San Diego native, Robbie Lawler is a professional mixed martial artist and the current  UFC Welterweight Champion. He has been competing since 2001. He is best known for his 2015 title defense against Rory MacDonald, a match some refer to as one of the greatest world title fights of all time. He is a fan favorite and is know to leave it all in the Octagon. This fight marks his third title defense.

Tyron Woodley, nicknamed “The Chosen One”, fought in his first professional Strikeforce fight in 2009 and is currently #3 in official UFC welterweight rankings.  Woodley has a strong wrestling background and is a  NCAA Division I All-American as well as team captain of the University of Missouri wrestling team He also won the Big 10 title in 2003. Woodley hasn’t fought since UFC 183 in January 2015 so ring rust could be an issue. The two fighters both fight out of the American Top Team banner and are friends but will put their friendship aside to see who is the best welterweight is. Look for Lawler to use his experience and grit to grind out the win.

The four fighters had this to say on the UFC media conference call when they were asked about their upcoming fights.

Holly Holm: ” Valentina is definitely a seasoned athlete.” I do know it is just one fight at a time. I’m definitely thirsty right now, I want victory”

Valentina Shevchenko: “My focus is the fight.” and “This is my life, this is what I want to be. My destiny was to be a martial artist.”

Robbie Lawler: “I’m sick of the Fight of the Night. “I am a mean fighter. I just want to take people out and I just want to win!”

Tyron Woodley: “The difference between me then, and me now is that I’m putting everything together and I’m ready to take off! I’m just a mean fighter who is looking to finish people and do what I do.”

You can catch UFC FIGHT NIGHT  Saturday July 23rd, 2016 Holm VS Shevschenko at 8PM/5PM ET/PT as well as a host of other great fight.

Watch Lawler vs. Woodley on July 30th LIVE on Pay Per View HERE

By | 2016-07-18T20:51:31+00:00 July 18th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Media Call: UFC’s Holm vs Shevchenko & UFC 201 Lawler vs. Woodley

UFC 200: Tate vs Nunes Bantamweight Title Fight On The Line

Mixed Martial Arts fans can look forward to a spectacular fight at UFC 200 when Miesha Tate (18 -5) takes on Amanda Nunes for the Bantamweight Title Saturday July 9th on PPV

Miesha “Cupcake”Tate (18-5) has a strong background in wrestling and good standup. A pro for 9 years, she has seven wins by submission and three by knockout. A fan favorite, she’s on a five fight winning streak. She is former bantamweight champion for Strikeforce and has 1 Performance of the Night and 2 Fight of the Night honors.

Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes on the other hand is not a newcomer to the sport. She boasts a (12-4) record and is an aggressive competitor. A pro since 2008, she has nine wins by KO and two by submission. With 9 first round finishes and a 4 inch reach advantage and a 4 inch leg advantage over Tate look for Nunes to come out guns blazing.

The two fighters had this to say on the UFC media conference call when they were asked about their upcoming fight.

Miesha Tate: I think I’m definitely battle tested and I’ve proven that, so I have a great mindset, and a lot of great skills that I bring to the table. I know that no matter where this fight goes that I’ll be prepared. That’s what I’ve trained to do. Every single time that I fight, I’m prepared to go all five rounds, if necessary. But you know, I’m hoping to get these finishes out there faster and faster each time. So that’s my goal.

Amanda Nunes: I’m going to be ready for whatever Miesha’s bringing. Whatever, she’s going to bring it doesn’t matter. We’re going to be ready for her and take the fight. Taking the win is the more important thing. Whatever happens, I’m going to be ready.

Miesha Tate: Everybody seems to think that I’m going to win this fight, which adds a lot more pressure; even more pressure then there was before. You know, other people don’t deal well with that pressure. They just want to fight, they don’t want to have to deal with the media, and they don’t want to have to deal with us. I’m here to do all of it and show that I’m the best in the world. I’m doing everything and I’m really confident, you know in my abilities to deal with this because I’ve been here so many times before. I know exactly what’s going to go down, I know exactly how it all happens, and I’m very comfortable in this position. I think that I was meant to be the champion and I think my destiny will continue with a win on that night.

Amanda Nunes: I came out here early, you know. I’ve stayed here, I’ve been here these last two weekends and I’m going to be staying until the day after the fight. I think this is going to help me a lot, and right now, I feel very good, you know. Since the day I have gotten to Vegas, I’ve been training very well, I’ve been responding to everything, and I’m going to be ready for this fight. Saturday, I will show everybody, you know, everything that I’ve prepared to bring in that day.

You can catch Tate and Nunes Saturday July 9th on PPV as well as a host of other great fights at 10PM/7PM ET/PT.

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:41+00:00 July 8th, 2016|News|Comments Off on UFC 200: Tate vs Nunes Bantamweight Title Fight On The Line

Smack Talk Continues between TUF 23 – Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha

UFC Tuf 23 Coachesfierce rivals Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha will finally get the chance to settle the score this week in another one of the “must see fights”, that are a part of the UFC’s Fight Week.

The 27-year-old Gadelha (13 -1) is a BJJ black belt expert, training with the likes of Jose Also and Renan Baraao. She has six wins by submission – five armbars and one rear naked choke, which by the way if you did not know is her favorite grappling technique and two by knockout. The only mark on her otherwise stellar record is a controversial split decision loss to Joanna Jedrzejczyk, the current strawweight champion in December 2014.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk (11-0) on the other hand at just 28 years of age, has 1 Performance of the night and 1 Fight of the Night honors. She is a skilled and lethal fighter with a strong background in Muay Thai and Boxing, where she is know to use her vicious elbows. She holds a slew of titles as a pro: WKN World Champion, J Girls Champion, WBKF Champion, WKF European Champion and the WMC Champion.

Look for this fight to be as vicious and venomous as it was when the two ladies were on last week’s media conference call.

Claudia Gadelha: I’m very motivated, not only because I’m fighting for the title, but because I’m fighting her. It’s something that I want. I wanted to do it, I wanted to have that opportunity to fight her again because I watched that first fight, too many times and I don’t see how the judges gave the fight to her.

Joanna Jędrzejczyk: Yes, I was the underdog in that first fight. Now, I’m centered, I’ve become a defensive fighter, defense person, and I’ve got much more experience than Claudia Gadelha. I had three fights; I fought eleven rounds. Claudia Gadelha had just one fight against Ayaka Hamasaki, and she fought three rounds, so I’ve got more experience and I feel ready to go.

Claudia Gadelha:. I grew up in the BJJ philosophy, you know, I grew up with other martial arts kids, and I learned how to respect my opponents, and their coaches and everybody around me. So I have that problem with her because I don’t think she grew up in that philosophy, you know, and it kind of bothered me.

Joanna Jędrzejczyk : You can see, you could see that I didn’t have any problems with the other opponents, you know. Even my stare-downs are from fighters, so, but I shake their hands with my opponents before the fight and after the fight. I’m having the problem just with Claudia, so that’s why this fight is going to be really big.

You can watch 10 pm/ 7pm ET/PT on Friday July 8, 2016 on FX1.

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:42+00:00 July 7th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Smack Talk Continues between TUF 23 – Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha

Today’s #UFC200 Pre-Fight Press Conference – Does Not Disappoint

Fans and journalists alike packed the KA Theatre at MGM Grand today for the UFC 200 pre-fight press conference ahead of what is being billed as the biggest show in UFC history.

As expected Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier seemed ready to throw down right there. The star of the show was Brock Lesnar who displayed his usual charisma and charm while fielding a barrage of questions.

Watch Cormier vs Jones and Lesnar vs Hunt -Saturday July 9th on PPV as well as a host of other great fights at UFC 200 10PM/7PM ET/PT

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:42+00:00 July 6th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Today’s #UFC200 Pre-Fight Press Conference – Does Not Disappoint

ATTENTION UFC FANS! It’s almost time for Dos-Anjos VS. Alvarez

In the first of 3 action packed nights of UFC fights and for the hard core MMA fan who is keeping count, that’s a whopping 36 fights over a 3 day span, we have Dos-Anjos vs Alvarez.

Dos-Anjos is one of a few UFC legends that have held the Lightweight Belt the others titleholders include Frankie Edgar, Bj Penn, Sean Sherk and Jens Pulver.

But former Bellator Champ Eddie Alvarez feels rejuvenated and ready to go since he’s back at his old training camp working with striking coach Mark Henry.

In case you were wondering what the fighters had to say about their upcoming match up. We’ve rounded up some of the best quotes for you.

Rafael Dos-Anjos: I’m excited and confident in the training that I’ve been, you know, all my work, you know. I been training so hard. I feel that I’ve been proving a lot, and I still have a lot to improve. I just feel that I’m so confident because I feel that I have more weapons than Alvarez. He’s a tough guy. He’s a tough opponent, but I just feel it’s my time.

Eddie Alvarez: I really don’t go into fights with expectations. The only thing I really expect is that when things happen, I’ll move correctly and do the right thing. Like Dos Anjos I haven’t, I didn’t finish my last two fights, but I’m a finisher. I have a high finishing ratio and I feel like he feels a bit confident in his stand-up and this could hurt him. I feel like I can catch him if he gets over-aggressive and it can go bad quickly. So this is going to be highly explosive, violent from the very beginning.

Rafael Dos-Anjos: I have twenty-five minutes to fight, you know. I will be patient, but throwing hard punches always, you know. If I can get the finish before, I will, like I always go. I’m looking for the finish always. But, you know, I’m training for all situations, and like I said, I need to be patient, I have twenty-five minutes to fight but if I have an opportunity to finish, I will take advantage of it.

Eddie Alvarez: I think Rafael, out of everyone I’ve fought, is the most complete fighter. When I look and watch him fight, it’s hard not to be sort of a fan. He does things quickly, violently. I like the way he fights. It’s the kind of fight that I welcome. I like when guys are aggressive, I like when guys are mean and violent. It gets me excited, and it makes me move in ways, always that—I always fight up when I fight guys.

You can catch Dos-Anjos vs Alvarez  July 7, 2016 starting at 10PM est /7PM pst and can be seen on Fight Pass.

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:42+00:00 July 6th, 2016|News|Comments Off on ATTENTION UFC FANS! It’s almost time for Dos-Anjos VS. Alvarez