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Diaz vs Condit UFC 143 Fight Pick and Preview

Nick Diaz is facing Carlos Condit in the main event this Saturday, February 4, at UFC 143.  The UFC Interim Welterweight title is on the line and the winner will face George St. Pierre (GSP)to unify the title when GSP returns from injury.  Let take a look at the fighters, and then I'll make my pick for this fight.

Carlos Condit is coming into this fight at UFC 143 riding a four fight winning streak, all in the UFC.  Condit finished his last three fights with either a KO or TKO. He definitely knows how to throw chingasos with power!

MMA Pasadena: Proving Grounds 7

Fights are going down in Pasadena!  Sanctioned MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fights that is. On Saturday, February 18, Savant Young and his Fight Academy MMA gym in Pasadena will be hosting "Proving Grounds 7".  MMA fighters from all over the Los Angeles area will be meeting in Pasadena, inside of the Fight Academy cage, to showcase their Mixed Martial Arts skills. 

Two years ago, Savant Young, a professional MMA fighter himself, saw the need for a platform for up and coming fighters to showcase themselves in the sport, and began the "Proving Grounds" MMA event. It was the first sanctioned MMA event in Pasadena, and one of the first of it's kind in the Los Angeles area. 

King of the Cage San Manuel Casino

On February 2nd, King of the Cage (KOTC) returns to bring you some MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) action.  King of the Cage is putting on the MMA event "Reckless Abandon" at the San Manual Indian Bingo and Casino.  Reckless Abandon will feature two title fights, as well as the return of UFC vet Shonie Carter.

Fighting for the King of the Cage heavyweight title will be current champ Tony Lopez vs. Ryan Fortin.  The KOTC flyweight title will also be on the line as Marvin Garcia steps in the cage to face off against Frank Baca.

King of the Cage heavyweight champion Tony Lopez is entering Reckless Abandon on an impressive 4 fight winning streak. That winning streak has featured three submissions and a TKO.

Ryan Fortin wants that King of the Cage heavyweight title and he is bringing in an impressive three fight winning streak of his own. That streak has featured two TKO's and one submission.

Lopez vs. Fortin for the King of the Cage heavyweight title will be explosive as both of these fighters have shown they are fight finishers! KOTC "Reckless Abandon" will live up to the events name. 

Marvin Garcia is entering this King of the Cage title fight with an impressive 7-1 record with his only loss coming to Jared Papazian who was recently signed by the UFC and won his UFC debut. Garcia will not have an easy time fighting Frank Baca though.

Frank Baca is 13-1 and is riding into this King of the Cage title fight on an eight fight winning streak. That eight fight winning streak has featured three submissions and three TKO's! If Marvin Garcia doesn't bring his "A" game, he's going to have a tough night at KOTC "Reckless Abandon".

Also on the King of the Cage "Reckless Abandon" fight card will be UFC vet and always entertaining Shonie Carter.  Carter has been doing more losing than winning lately, but it should be fun to watch him enter the cage and put on a show.


Check out the preview video for KOTC Reckless Abandon:


For more information on this MMA event and other King of the Cage events, visit www.KingoftheCage.com

UFC on Fox 2: Evans vs. Davis Fight Pick and Preview

This Saturday, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fans get to watch some top level UFC action. The UFC has put a solid three fight main card for UFC on Fox 2.  The main event will feature Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis.  This fight will decide who gets to face Jon Jones next for a chance at the his UFC light heavyweight belt. Before I make my fight pick, Let's take a deeper look into Evans vs. Davis.

Californina Fight Syndicate MMA Event Santa Monica January 28

Los Angeles area MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fans are in luck.  This Saturday, January 28th, Los Angeles MMA fans get a chance to catch some live MMA action in Santa Monica.  California Fight Syndicate (CFS) is bringing pro MMA fights to the Civic Auditorium.

Tickets for this MMA event at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium start at $35.00. Doors open at 5pm and fights start at 6pm. For Tickets and more info go to www.CFSmma.com.

The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium is located at 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica California 90401 .

Check out the Californina Fight Syndicate promo video for this MMA event.

MMA in the Bay: ECS "The Arrival"

From LA to the Bay, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fight events are on and poppin'! This Saturday, January 28, Elite Combat Sports (ECS) brings you their 2012 debut MMA event "The Arrival".  This MMA event is going down in Gilroy, California at Desero Tequila Town.

"The Arrival" MMA event will feature 12 fights with fighters from 12 of the best MMA gyms in the area.  Six titles will be on the line!  Here is the fight card is it stands:

Heel Hook in MMA and Palhares

By Chingasos MMA Contributor
Ricardo Robles

One of the most misunderstood and maligned submissions is the heel hook. Heel hooks are called dangerous. In fact, they're are not allowed in most BJJ tournamnets. Other people say that leg locks don't work at all in MMA. Leg locks in general, but especially heel hooks, are given a bad rap.

Spar Star MMA Rocks Los Angeles

Last night, Friday January 20, Spar Star Promotions rocked Los Angeles with one of the best MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) events in the LA area!  Over 700 MMA fans from all around Los Angeles and the surrounding areas poured into the ballroom area at the Hollywood Park Casino to watch the fights. The card featured 13 fights, 4 ending by way of a submission techniques and 5 ending by way of TKO. 

Here are the fight results and a quick recap:

UFC on FX 1: Guillard vs Miller Fight Pick and Preview

On Friday January 20, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) brings the Major Leagues of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) to the FX network.  Headlining the main event at UFC on FX 1 will be a fight featuring Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller.  Both of these fighters need a win to get back into UFC lightweight championship contention. 

Melvin Guillard is coming off a loss that ended a five fight winning streak.  In that loss at UFC 136, Joe Lauzon finished of Guillard with a rear naked choke in the first round. Guillard has shown explosive power and KO ability, but he has been susceptible to submissions.  Guillard is 29-9 and eight of those losses have come by way of submission.

Edson Barboza MMA Technique and KO of the Year 2012

It's only January and we've probably seen what will go down as the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)technique and KO of the year for 2012.  This chingaso went down in the Edson Barboza vs Terry Etim fight at UFC 142. When that spinning heel kick landed, it was one of those "Did that really just happen?" moments. After all, it was happening in the UFC, the highest level of MMA, and not the movies. Check out the video of the spinning heel kick in action and judge for yourself.



This MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) technique might even go down in UFC as the best kick ever! The timing, the technique, and the accuracy all lined up perfectly for Edson Barboza and unfortunately at the expense of Terry Etim. 

UFC 142 Aldo vs Mendes Fight Pick and Preview

This Saturday, January 14, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) takes the Major Leagues, the NFL, the NBA of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) down south to Rio, Brazil for UFC 142.  Headlining UFC 142 will be a featherweight championship fight between the current champion Jose Aldo and undefeated challenger Chad Mendes.  Here's a quick preview and my fight pick for Aldo vs. Mendes.

Jose Aldo is the UFC featherweight champion and has compiled an awesome record of 20-1 on his way up the ranks.  His stand up is his bread and butter.  Leg kicks are one of his best weapons and he uses those leg chingasos to set up the rest of his game. 

Respect in the Cage MMA Event January 21

On January 21st, there will be some chingasos being exchanged in Pomona, Californina as JP Productions bring you the pro MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) event "Respect in the Cage". If you're in the Los Angeles area, make sure to get your tickets and support these pro MMA fighters as they step into the cage at the Fox Theatre in Pomona in an effort to earn their respect.

Respect in the Cage on January 21st will feature 10 MMA fights and will include a title fight.  Isaac Gutierrez will attempt to earn his respect by fighting Brian Ortega and taking his belt.  Here's what Gutierrez had to say as quoted on the Respect Cage Fighting Facebook page:

“I’m going to ruin his night, Ortega should polish his belt and kiss it goodbye because I’m taking it. He’s good, but don’t think he’s good enough to beat me. I’m 100% trained and conditioned. My mind is right to go in there and take him out. Ortega hasn’t fought anybody that matches up to my skill level. This is going to be the best from “High Risk” that they’ve ever seen. I’m not walking out of that cage without his belt.”

Now those are some fighting words!  But, at the end of the day, words are words, and a fight is a fight.  We will find out who get the best of the chingasos and wins the fight January 21st at the Respect in the Cage MMA event.

The Fox Theatre Pomona is located at:
301 S. Garvey
Pomona, CA 91766

Check out an awesome KO at a previous Respect in the Cage MMA event. 


Don't miss an opportunity to support the sport of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and MMA events in the Los Angeles area. For more info on the Respect in the Cage MMA event, go to www.RespectInTheCage.com 


Respect in the Cage March 31st

Spar Star MMA Event Hollywood Park

If you're in the Los Angeles area, and you're ready to catch some live MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) action, you're in luck.  On Friday, January 20, Spar Star Promotions is holding Friday Night Fights at the Hollywood Park Casino.

Hollywood Park is known for horse racing, the adjacent Hollywood Park Casino is known for poker, but on Friday January 20, it will be known for chingasos! Spar Star Promotions is one of the premiere MMA event promotions in the Los Angeles area and they have put on several successful MMA events.  This one at the Hollywood Park Casino should be another good one.

The doors to the Hollywood Park Casino MMA event will open at 7 p.m., and the CAMO sanctioned MMA fights get going at 8 p.m.  For tickets and more info you can call 1-800-996-6278.


There will be an after party after the MMA fights in the Hollywood Park Casino ballroom that will be open to the public.  If you're at the fights, make sure to stick around.   

The Hollywood Park Casino is located at:
 3883 W. Century Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90303


Check out some video of a previous Spar Star Promotions MMA event. 


Don't miss this opportunity to support the sport of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and catch a live MMA event in the Los Angeles area.

Does Nate Diaz Deserve a Title Shot?

By Chingasos MMA Contributor
Erika Villareal

Nate Diaz's performance Friday night (Dec. 30, 2011) at UFC 141 delivered above expectations. Diaz has proven that he can not only talk the talk, but he can walk the walk as well.

BloodBank MMA Gym Hacienda Heights

Haciends Heights, located in the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County is home of BloodBank MMA. If you're in the area, and you're interested in joining and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) gym, you should stop by and check out BloodBank MMA. BloodBank MMA is a full service MMA gym. They have classes in Boxing, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Brazilian-Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, as well as classes for strength and conditioning and MMA conditioning.

BloodBank MMA is located at 16413 Colima Avenue, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745.
Their hours of operation are:
Mornings:
Mon. - Thur. 8:30 am to 10:30 am
Fri. 8:30am - 9:30 am
Evenings:
Mon. - Thur. 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday classes:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Children's classes:
Mon. - Thur. 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fri. 5:00 - 6:00pm

BloodBank MMA also has open mat on Fridays from 9:30 pm to 10:00 am and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and Saturdays from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

Check out a video we put together of a visit we made to BloodBank MMA. 


Professional MMA fighter Aaron "Blood Spiller" Miller is the owner and main instructor at BloodBank MMA. BloodBank MMA already has over 5 professional fighters and 6 amateur fighters currently sanctioned and fighting.

Fight Academy Santa Clarita

Fight Academy is a full service MMA gym. They have classes in Brazilian-Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Chun Kuk Do, Kickboxing, and Wrestling, as well as classes for MMA conditioning.

Fight Academy is located at 17750 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country CA 91351.
661-373-0399

Their hours of operation are:
Mornings:
Tue. & Thu. 10:00 am
Evenings:
Mon. - Thu. 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Fri. 5:30 pm
Saturday classes:
11:00 am
Children's classes:
Mon. 4:30 pm
Tue. - Thu. 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Sat. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fight Academy also has open mat on Tuesday through Thursday from at 12:00 pm.

Fight Academy founder and head trainer, David Dunn, is a 2nd degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Jean Jacques Machado since 2004. The Fight Academy has been in operation since 1995.

MMA in La Puente: The Florez Gym

If you're in the Los Angeles area, and you're interested in training in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), check out the Florez Gym in La Puente. The Florez Gym is a full service MMA gym. They have classes in Boxing, Muay Thai, Judo, Brazilian-Jiu-Jitsu and MMA.

The Florez Gym is located at 15813 Main St. La Puente, CA 91744. Their hours of operations are:
Mon. - Thur. 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Fri. 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sat. 10:30 am to 3:00 pm
The Florez Gym also has open sparring Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 10:00 am.

Check out a video of one of their training/workout sessions we put together when we stopped by for a visit on a Saturday morning. 


The Florez Gym has the following people leading the way:
Kru Alan Florez: Muay Thai Hall of Fame, 8 x champion in 4 weight classes and Pro Boxer.
Kru Mark De La Cruz: Muay Thai Hall of Fame, 3 x Muay Thai Champion at Super Heavyweight.
Sensei Derrick Martinez: Judo Black Belt, Purple Belt BJJ, trained in Sambo, background in Amateur Boxing and Kickboxing.

Florez Gym also has 2 Muay Thai Champions, Raj Patel at Super Featherweight and Beto Rodriguez at Welterweight, as well as MMA Fighters Derrick Martinez, George Hernandez, and Alexis Bonilla.