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

“Copa Combate:” Tournament Matchups Set for Live NBCSN & Telemundo Event

“Copa Combate:” Tournament Matchups Set for Live NBCSN & Telemundo Event

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COMBATE AMERICAS ANNOUNCES MATCHUPS FOR “COPA COMBATE”
ONE-NIGHT, EIGHT-MAN, $100,000 GRAND PRIZE TOURNAMENT 
LIVE ON TELEMUNDO AND NBCSN ON SATURDAY, NOV. 11

HISTORIC EXTRAVAGANZA PITS WORLD-CLASS FIGHTERS FROM 
THE U.S., LATIN AMERICA AND SPAIN AGAINST EACH OTHER 
IN CANCUN, MEXICO

CANCUN, MX – November 7, 2017 – Combate Américas announced earlier the official matchups for the quarterfinal, or opening stage, of the highly-anticipated “COPA COMBATE,” one-night, eight-man bantamweight (135 pounds) Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) tournament that will award its winner a grand prize of $100,000, live on both Telemundo and NBCSN from Cancun, Mexico on Saturday, November 11 at 11:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. CT.

The event, which takes place at Grand Oasis Cancun, marks both the first NBCU simulcast in history of an MMA event, and the first-ever Telemundo broadcast of MMA programming.

“COPA COMBATE” also represents the first time that world-class fighters from the U.S., Latin America and Spain will represent their respective countries in an epic, one-night tournament showdown in which the winner will have persevered through three consecutive bouts.

In the first quarterfinal stage bout in tournament bracket “A,” vicious striker Mikey “El Terrible” Erosa (12-5) from San Juan, Puerto Rico will take on red-hot Marcelo “The Pitbull” Rojo (12-4) from Cordoba, Argentina.

At 36 years old, Erosa is the oldest competitor in the tournament field. A combat sports tri-athlete who also boxes and kickboxes professionally, Erosa is the first recognized Puerto Rican world champion in the sport of MMA.

The 29-year-old Rojo is both the number one ranked bantamweight, as well as the top ranked featherweight (145 pounds) in his native Argentina.

A former semifinalist on The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America reality television series, Rojo has produced 10 of his 12 career wins by way of (T)KO or submission and will enter the tournament riding a four-fight win streak, including two consecutive wins in his first two Combate Americas starts.

On the same side of the tournament draw, wildcard entrant and relentless brawler Ricky “El Gallero” Palacios (9-1) of Mission, Texas, will clash with fast-rising star Carlos “Lobo” Rivera (12-2) of Mexico City, Mexico.

The 30-year-old Palacios, the longest standing member of the Combate Americas fighter roster, has won all six of bouts in La Jaula, the Combate Americas circular cage.

In his last two starts, Palacios, also unbeaten as a professional boxer, earned victories over two different Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veterans – a split decision over Roman Salazar on April 20, and a unanimous decision over Chris Avila on July 27.

Rivera is a 24-year-old member of the famed “Bonebreakers” fight squad.  He has produced 8 of his 10 professional career wins by way of (T)KO or submission, and will enter La Jaula for the first time in his career, with three straight victories under his belt.

On the other side of the tournament draw, 25-year-old trailblazer John “Sexi Mexi” Castaneda (14-2) of Mankato, Minn. will battle national Muay Thai champion Kevin “El Frio” Moreyra (4-1) of Lima, Peru.

Tied with Palacios for the greatest number of wins – six – in La Jaula, Castaneda recently re-signed with Combate Americas where he has yet to be beaten, after emerging victorious by way of unanimous decision over Cheyden Leialoha in UFC President Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on August 1.

Moreyra is an aggressive-minded, 24-year-old who also boasts a 4-1 record as a professional Muay Thai combatant, and is regarded as Peru’s fastest rising MMA star.

In the second tournament bracket “B” bout, battle-tested, number one ranked Spanish bantamweight Marc “Lufo” Gómez (20-10) of Barcelona will collide with number one-ranked Colombian bantamweight Andres “Doble A Leal “ Ayala (14-4) of Bogota.

At just 25 years of age, Gómez has already racked up 30 professional bouts, making him the most experienced of the tournament field and, of his 20 career victories, an astonishing 17 have come by way of (T)KO or submission.

Ayala is a gutsy, 27-year-old striker who also boasts a spectacular finish rate, with 9 of his 11 career conquests having come by way of (T)KO or submission.  In addition to his place as the top ranked 135-pound fighter in his country, Ayala also owns a top 10 ranking in Mexico.

The live simulcast of “COPA COMBATE” on Telemundo and NBCSN will feature the tournament’s complete semifinal stage consisting of two bouts that pit the winners of the quarterfinal stage matchups in each tournament bracket against one another, as well as the championship stage showdown.

In addition to the tournament action, Telemundo’s and NBCSN’s live television coverage of “COPA COMBATE” will feature the previously announced women’s strawweight (115 pounds) co-main event between undefeated knockout artist Melissa “Super Melly” Martinez (2-0) of Mexico City, Mexico, and submission expert and Miesha Tate pupil Gloria “Gloriosa” Bravo (4-2) of Santiago, Chile.

The entire quarterfinal stage of the tournament, as well as two tournament alternate bouts and a second women’s bout that will be announced soon, will stream live on the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo app and TelemundoDeportes.com. Coverage on NBCSN will be live streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:06+00:00 November 7th, 2017|News|Comments Off on “Copa Combate:” Tournament Matchups Set for Live NBCSN & Telemundo Event

UFC 217: BISPING vs ST-PIERRE — #GSP Returns to the Octagon

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Las Vegas – Three world titles will be at stake and a legend returns when the Octagon®lands in New York City for UFC 217®: BISPING vs ST-PIERRE on Saturday, Nov. 4. Middleweight champion Michael Bisping looks to defend his crown for the second time against one of the greatest mixed martial artists in history, Georges St-Pierre who makes his comeback after four years away from the sport in the main event. In the co-main event, former training partners turned bitter rivals will settle the score when bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt clashes with No. 2 TJ Dillashaw and strawweight powerhouse Joanna Jedrzejczyk chases Ronda Rousey’s record for most successful title defenses in the women’s divisions when she meets No. 3 Rose Namajunas .

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:09+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|News|Comments Off on UFC 217: BISPING vs ST-PIERRE — #GSP Returns to the Octagon

EDDIE ALVAREZ AND JUSTIN GAETHJE NAMED COACHES FOR SEASON 26 OF THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER

FORMER UFC® CHAMPION EDDIE ALVAREZ AND ELECTRIFYING NEWCOMER JUSTIN GAETHJE TO COACH NEXT SEASON OF THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER® 

New season debuts Wednesday, August 30 on FS1

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Las Vegas – For the second time in series history, the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter® will introduce a new weight class and crown a new champion. At the helm, will be two of the sports’ best and most exhilarating athletes when No. 3 lightweight Eddie Alvarez and No. 6 Justin Gaethje assume the coaching responsibilities forThe Ultimate Fighter®: A New World Champion.

Alvarez and Gaethje will lead 16 flyweight women throughout the season and lead them to a shot at UFC® gold, with the winner of season 26 becoming the inaugural women’s 125-pound champion. Season 20 saw Carla Esparza emerge victorious earning the strawweight world title via third-round submission over Rose Namajunas. The Ultimate Fighter remains the highest rated and most watched original show on FS1 and will premiere Wednesday, August 30 at 10 p.m. ET.

Former UFC champion Alvarez (28-5, 1 NC, fighting out of Philadelphia, Penn.) has held a title in nearly every promotion he’s ever competed in and will utilize that world-class pedigree to groom a champion in the UFC’s 12th weight class. He has 22 finishes – 17 knockouts and five submissions – in his 28 professional wins and packs one of the most powerful punches in the 155-pound division.

After making an impression in his promotional debut during International Fight Week™ with a second-round knockout of No. 5 Michael Johnson, Gaethje (18-0, fighting out of Arvada, Colo.) will set his sights on coaching the next world champion in route to taking another step toward becoming a champion himself. With 15 knockouts and one submission to his credit, Gaethje has become must-watch television every time he competes and will no doubt try to pass his highlight reel moves on to the ladies he’s coaching.

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:12+00:00 July 19th, 2017|News|Comments Off on EDDIE ALVAREZ AND JUSTIN GAETHJE NAMED COACHES FOR SEASON 26 OF THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER

INTERNATIONAL FIGHT WEEK MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL THURSDAY, JUNE 29

UFC® 213: NUNES vs. SHEVCHENKO 2
THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: REDEMPTION FINALE
MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL

Thursday, June 29, 2017 – 2:30 p.m. PT/5:30 p.m. ET

Las Vegas – The biggest week of the year is nearly upon us and UFC® has two action-packed
events in store for fans during International Fight Week™ including two world title fights atop
the card for UFC 213: NUNES vs. SHEVCHENKO 2. Women’s bantamweight champion Amanda
Nunes puts her title on the line against No. 1 Valentina Shevchenko in the main event and No.
1 middleweight Yoel Romero collides with No. 3 Robert Whittaker for the interim 185-pound
world title in the co-main. Also scheduled for the event is a 170-pound clash between fan favorites
No. 3 Robbie Lawler and No. 7 Cowboy Cerrone.

Headlining Friday’s THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: REDEMPTION FINALE is No. 5 lightweight
Michael Johnson and promotional newcomer Justin Gaethje as both knockout artists jockey
for position in one of the most stacked divisions in MMA.

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:13+00:00 June 27th, 2017|News|Comments Off on INTERNATIONAL FIGHT WEEK MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL THURSDAY, JUNE 29