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ROOTS OF MMA: VALE TUDO

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Vale Tudo, MMA prototype Vale Tudo, Brazil’s version of MMA has been entertaining crowds since the 1920s. While most fight fans were not aware of all-in, no-holds-barred fighting until UFC 1 in 1993, and only a select few were going to cage fights in bars on the wrong side of the tracks before then. In […]

ROOTS OF MMA: BJJ

GOLDEN ERA GREATS: SAMART PAYAKAROON

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Samart Payakaroon: The Muhammed Ali of Muay Thai The name Samart Payakaroon is heard spoken with reverence whenever the subject of who is “the greatest” comes up. While the King of Thailand awarded Apidej Sit-Hirun the title of “Fighter of the Century”, he competed in the 1960s, a couple of decades before the Golden Era. Samart […]

MUAY THAI RHYTHM

COLIN BYRNE JAB COUNTER TAKEDOWN

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Colin Byrne Jab Counter Takedown Colin Byrne of Shinobi MMA shares a simple, yet effective jab counter takedown. For those in the know, Colin ‘Serpico Ninja’ Byrne requires no introduction.  Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Colin is the head coach at Shinobi MMA Academy in Lagos, Portugal.  Colin works with the highest level of competitors and coaches, such […]

HOW I BEAT MR FINLAND: ARNOLD ALLEN MMA TUTORIAL PT1

ROOTS OF MMA: BOXING

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Power Punching: Boxing for MMA  In the early 19th century, the world’s first star sports writer, Pierce Egan, called boxing “the sweet science of bruising”.  It was a century-old sport that was a major, if illicit, part of English sporting life along with horse racing, cockfighting and cricket.  The English prize ring was the crucible of early […]

MCGREGOR VS MAYWEATHER: SHOULD IT HAPPEN?

BRAD PICKETT: UK MMA PIONEER

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Brad Pickett UK MMA Pioneer Brad “One Punch” Pickett’s credentials can never be doubted.  The former Cage Rage UK Featherweight Champion and UFC Bantamweight contender is a legend of the game.  He has fought in four weight divisions and recently come out of retirement to fight once again on the Russian Absolute Championship Berkut promotion.  […]