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Twister Submission at UFC Fight Night 24

Last Saturday at UFC Fight Night 24, Chan Sung Jung a.k.a the Korean Zombie made MMA fans go wild as he pulled of the first twister submission in UFC history.  I almost committed a party foul by coming close to spilling my drink as I jumped out of my seat in amazement.  Luckily, I was able to hold on to my drink as the Korean Zombie held on to the twister and submitted Leonard Garcia.  

The twister submission was made famous by Eddie Bravo, but most experts see it as a low percentage submission that wouldn't work in high level MMA competition. The Korean Zombie surprised MMA experts!   

By pulling off the twister submission, Jung earned a post fight bonus of $55,000.  The UFC matched up Jung and Garcia in a re-match because of the chingasos trading war they engaged in during their first fight. I'm sure the UFC was looking for another exciting performance, but the twister submission being pulled off and making history was much more than what they probably expected.  This submission will go down as submission of the year, and possibly the decade!

Here's a free video of Chan Sung Jung (The Korean Zombie) vs. Leonard Garcia I found on youtube.  Check out the Zombie pulling off the twister submission. 

UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs Davis

Coming off an exciting UFC 128 where Jon Jones picked apart Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, the UFC brings free MMA action back on Spike.  UFC Fight Night will feature MMA and Pride veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira facing off against another rising UFC star in Phil Davis.

Nogueira vs Davis is another match up that pits an MMA and Pride veteran against an athletic well rounded MMA fighter.  We all saw how that went down last Saturday in UFC 128.  I think this fight night will be a repeat of what happened in UFC 128.  A well rounded, young, skilled and athletic fighter well beat an old school MMA fighter. The new breed of MMA fighter is taking over.  

Look for Davis to dominate and take the win over Nogueira.  But remember, that in MMA anything can happen and Nogueira is tough as nails.  He won't go down easy.  

Check out the free preview video of UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs Davis.

MMA in Los Angeles:Brood 9 Martial Arts

Last Sunday, Chingasos MMA  accepted an invitation from Anthony Eisenhower, head instructor at Brood 9 Martial Arts in Los Angeles, California. We were excited to see what was going on at their gym and took a Sunday morning drive to Brood 9 Martial Arts. 

The Sunday morning conditioning class at Brood 9 Martial Arts starts at 9:30 a.m. but we got there a little early and got to see Anthony do some pad work with their boxing and Muay Thai coach Khru Dan Peterson.  It was clear that Khru knew how to teach how to throw chingasos (boxing and Muay Thai strikes), and that Anthony knows how to throw them. Luckily, I was watching Anthony punch the pads, and not my face. 

UFC 128 Fight Card Saturday March 19

This Saturday, March 19 the UFC treats MMA fans with a great title fight at UFC 128.  Fast rising MMA star Jon "Bones" Jones gets a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title that Mauricio "Shogun" Rua is clinging to.  UFC 128 is not just about the main event as they've put together a well rounded fight card for the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  Here is the full fight card for UFC 128.

Fighting for the UFC Light Heavyweight title:
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (19-4) vs. Jon "Bones" Jones (12-1)

Fighting at Bantamweight:
Urijah "The California Kid" Faber (24-4) vs. Eddie WineLand (18-6-1)

Fighting at lightweight:
Jim Miller (19-2) vs. Kamal "Prince of Persia" Shalorus (7-0-2)

Fighting at Middleweight:
Nate "The Great" Marquardt (33-10-2) vs. Dan Miller (13-4, 1NC)

Fighting at Heavyweight:
Mirko Cro Cop (27-8-2, 1NC) vs. Brendan "The Hybrid" Shaub (8-1)

Fighting at Light Heavyweight:
Luiz "Banha" Cane (11-3-1) vs. Eliot "The Fire" Marshall (8-3)

Fighting at Lightweight:
Edson "Junior" Barboza  (7-0) vs. Anthony "The Assassin" Njokuani (14-4)

Fighting at Welterweight:
Ricardo "Big Dog" Almeida (13-3) vs. Mike "Quicksand" Pyle (20-7-1)

Fighting at Lightweight:
Kurt "Bat Man" Pellegrino  (21-5-0) vs. Gleison Tibau (31-7)

Fighting at Bantamweight: 
Joseph Benavidez (13-2) vs. Ian "The Barn Owl" Loveland (14-7)

Fighting at Middleweight:
Nick "The Jersey Devil" Catone vs. Costantinos Philippou (7-1, 1NC)

Now that's a nice looking fight card!  UFC 128 should be an exciting one, and if I'm correct, we will see a new UFC light heavyweight champion! 

Jon Jones Debut MMA Fight

Jon Jones fights for the UFC light heavyweight title on Saturday March 19th at UFC 128.  He will be trying to take the title away from Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.  Jones has made it to a title shot in the UFC, but have you ever wondered how he looked when he first started in MMA?  Well, you don't have to wonder anymore.  Here is the free fight video of Jon Jones MMA debut fight.  

I bet there wasn't many MMA fight fans in the crowd that night that would have guessed Jon Jones would be fighting for the UFC title a few years later.  If you're a fighter just starting in MMA, keep working hard.  You might get your shot to throw chingasos in the big show one day!

Kettlebell Training For MMA Workshop

A while back I did a review of the Combat Kettlebell Systems Volume 1 DVD.  Last Saturday I got the opportunity to attend the first ever Combat Kettlebell Workshop at So Cal MMA, an MMA gym in Los Angeles.  Joey Alvarado, creator of the Combat Kettlebell systems and co-owner of So Cal MMA led the kettlebell training for MMA workshop.  

To be honest, I thought the workshop would be fun, but I wasn't expecting to learn much.  Boy was I wrong!  If you enjoyed the DVD, the workshop was even better.  It was awesome to have the man himself walk you through the exercises, explain the correct technique and correct common mistakes.  It was also great to hear him talk about his experience and philosophy behind his method and it's application to MMA and other combat sports.  Joey did a great job of teaching and presenting his kettlebell training method.  Best of all, he did it in a down to earth and humble way.

An added benefit of the workshop was that it was a bit of a who's who in MMA and fitness in the Los Angeles area.  Mark De Grasse of www.MyMadMethods.com, Anthony Eishenhower of Brood 9 Martial Arts (www.Brood9.com), Samson Ramirez of Nutrition 4 Less (www.iWantN4L.com), Shawn Powers of www.UndergroundStrengthCamp.com, and MMA fighter and cardio machine Oscar Torres were all in attendance.  Not only were they in attendance, but during the breaks, they eagerly traded fitness tips, tricks and ideas.

Check out So Cal MMA student and cardio machine  Oscar Torres throwing chingasos! 

If you're looking for a tool to add to your strength and conditioning tool box, definitely get the Combat Kettlebell Systems DVD.  If you get the chance to attend the workshop, I would highly advise you to jump at the opportunity. You will learn different methods on how to use kettlebell training for MMA.  Joey's kettlebell system will definitely enhance your MMA and or submission grappling game.  

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