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Proving Grounds 6 MMA Event Pasadena

MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) action returns to the Los Angeles area with Savant Young's MMA event Proving Grounds.  Proving Grounds 6 will take place this Saturday October 1 at Savant Young's Fight Academy MMA gym in Pasadena (Los Angeles County). 

Don't miss an opportunity to watch some of the area's up and coming CAMO sanctioned MMA fighters prove their worth in the sport at Proving Grounds 6.  Get your tickets online at http://www.fightacademymma.com/pasadena/tickets-and-current-events, or you can also stop by the Fight Academy during business hours.

If you haven't attended one of the Proving Grounds events, here's what you can expect: Good fights, a full bar, a live DJ, and possibly a band.  Savant Young does an awesome job in turning the Fight Academy into a mini sports arena perfect for MMA fights. 

There are three fighters at this event that will look to stay undefeated.  Carlos Alaniz 4-0 representing The Body Shop, Matthew Reis 3-0 representing the Fight Academy and Eduardo Estrada representing Sityodtong.  Look forward to these guys putting it all out there to stay undefeated and continue up the CAMO MMA ranks.  

I'm officially picking at least 2 fights ending via submission and at least on via KO/TKO at Proving Grounds 6.  Will I be correct?  We'll find out Saturday evening when MMA fights are over. 

If you're in the Los Angeles area, and you're an MMA fan, come support the sport and these up and coming fighters that have worked hard to put on a good MMA event.  

Quake in the Cage 8 MMA Event Results

MMA returned to the Los Angeles area with the Quake in the Cage 8 event at the South El Monte Community Center on Sunday September 25. Quake in the Cage MMA events are put on by The Vault MMA and Fitness Center and Old School Promotions.  Quake in the Cage 8 was stacked with eight CAMO sanctioned MMA fights on the card. Here's a quick recap and results from the night's MMA event.

Jones Will Dominate Rampage at UFC 135

I like watching Quinton "Rampage" Jackson fight, I also like to watch and listen to his pre fight and post fight comments.  He's hilarious, and I think MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is lucky to have him involved in the sport.  Unfortunately for Rampage, he runs into Jon "Bones" Jones on Saturday at UFC 135. 

Jon "Bones" Jones has done nothing but pick apart and dominate MMA fighters in and out of the UFC. Jones only loss was a disqualification due to a downward elbow versus Matt Hamill.  And let's face it, he would have one that fight easily with or without that elbow.  Hamill actually evaded a bigger beat down because the fight was stopped.

Since that DQ loss, Jones has stepped up his game and proved he's the most well rounded fighter in the UFC by defeating a solid striker in Brandon Vera, two fighters with outstanding wrestling in Vladimir Matyushenko and Ryan Bader.  And in his last fight, to win the UFC Light Heavyweight title, he destroyed Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. 

Rampage gets a shot at Jones light heavyweight title this Saturday, but a chance is all he has. Jones will most likely dominate Rampage just like he's dominated every other fighter they have put in front of him.  A dominating win at UFC 135 will just be another day at the office for Jon Jones. 

Rampage does have a punchers chance.  Jones has been so good in his fights that his chin actually hasn't been tested. With small MMA gloves and solid power, if Rampage can somehow land some solid chingasos to Jones cranium, then he might expose a possible hole in Jones game. 

I don't think that will happen, Jones isn't only athletic and skilled, he goes into the UFC cage with excellent game plans and sticks to them with militaristic precision. Rampage is in for a tough night and is facing one more in the loss column, but I'm looking forward to his funny post fight comments.   

Here is the UFC 135 fight card:

Jon Jones vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson

Matt Hughes vs. Josh Koscheck

Travis Browne vs. Rob Broughton

Nate Diaz vs Takanori Gomi

Ben Rothwell vs Mark Hunt

Tony Ferguson vs Aaron Riley

Nick Ring vs. Tim Boetsch

Junior Assuncao vs Eddie Yagin

Takeya Mizugaki vs. Cole Escovedo

James Te Huna vs. Ricardo Romero

Jake Ellenberger MMA Fighting Threat at 170?

Jake Ellenberger continued his winning streak not only in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) but in the UFC, the highest level of MMA.  With the first round knock out win versus Jake Shields at UFC Fight Night 25, he now propels his UFC winning streak to five in a row.  He's an experienced fighter with an overall record of 26-5 and he solidifies his position as a title contender and threat to George St. Pierre.

Unfortunately for Jake Ellenberger, the Welterweight division (170 lbs) in the UFC is stacked with talent, so a title shot might not be in the near future.  Ellenberger will probably be matched up with a gatekeeper at Welterweight before he earns a true title shot.

I'd like to see him fight a strong striker like Thiago Alves to prove he can stand and bang with the best strikers at Welterweight.  If he can exchange chingasos and beat a strong striker like Alves, then he would prove he's well rounded enough to be a threat to the champ GSP and earn a title shot.

With so much talent in the UFC, and with so many things that can happen in a sport like MMA, Jake Ellenberger is on the right track to a title shot, but the stars still have to align properly for him in order for that to happen.  If everything goes right for Ellenberger, look for a title shot within the next year to year and a half. 

Los Angeles MMA Promo Party

There's a time to fight, and there's a time to relax and have a beer.  Tomorrow night, as an honor to the sport of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), MMA gyms, schools, fighters and trainers, we have decided to host an MMA Los Angeles Promo Party. 

If you're in the Los Angeles area, and you're somehow involved in the sport of MMA, or if you just like to hang out and relax, come have a drink at Blitz Ultra Lounge in Alhambra California.  Here're the link to the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=210971158964258

Feel free to bring promotional material to your MMA event, gym, or clothing line.  Show off your MMA product to the Los Angeles MMA fan base.  We will have a photographer present and photos will go up as soon as we recover from a good night.

Part of our decision to do this MMA promo party was to show the community that MMA is an honorable sport with honorable people involved in it.  It's time to squash the misconception that fighters and people involved with MMA are street fighting meat heads.  Come out and help us continue to promote the sport of MMA, gyms, fighters and trainers in a positive light.  

The Los Angeles MMA Promo Party will be held at Blitz Ultra Lounge located at 119 Main St. Alhambra, California and it will kick off at 10 p.m.  Make sure to get there early.  If you have any questions feel free to e-mail us at ChingasosMMA@gmail.com 

Daniel Cormier Next MMA Fighting Star

If you checked out the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament last Saturday, you witness a rising star in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts).  Daniel Cormier demolished Antonio "Big Foot" Silva in the first round.  But who is Daniel Cormier?  Was this MMA win just a fluke or is Daniel Cormier for real?

Daniel Cormier started his professional MMA career by fighting in the Strikeforce MMA event Challengers 3 back in September of 2009.  He won that fight via TKO due to punches in the second round and has done nothing but win since.  He's now 9-0 and is looking more and more impressive.

Cormier has a strong wrestling background.  He has earned a gold medal in the Pan American Championships in both 2002 and 2003.  But he's not just a wrestler in MMA, just like training partner and UFC champion Cain Velasquez, he's added strong boxing skills to the mix.  This allows Cormier to dictate the fight.  If he wants to use his explosive punching standing, then that's what he does because no one can take him down.  If he wants to put someone on their back and ground and pound, then that's what he does due to his strong wrestling background. 

Cormier is looking like a Cain Velasquez clone.  Unfortunately for Cormier, he broke his hand in the win against "Big Foot" Silva.  That will be the only thing stopping him from dominating Strikeforce and then making his mark in the UFC.  A title match in the UFC would be unlikely though because of the man that currently holds the title, Cain Velasquez, a training partner. 

Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Barnett vs Silva

The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament continues tonight, September 10. The four fighters left should make things exciting for MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)fans.  Josh Barnett, Sergei Kharitonov, Big Foot Silva and Daniel Cormier are the last MMA fighters standing in the tournament. Winning the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix catapults that fighter into the limelight and into UFC title contention.

Barnett vs Kharitonov pits two PRIDE veterans in one of the semi-finals.  Barnett is making a strong push to renew his MMA career. He's coming off a solid win where he defeated Brett Rogers via arm triangle submission. Look for him to use his wrestling and submissions to pull of a win.

Kharitonov knocked out Andrei Arlovski in his last fight.  He's a skillful striker and will look to keep the fight standing.  He'll have to watch out for Barnett's improved striking abilities while delivering his own chingasos to pull off a win.

In the other semi-final of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix you have Antonio "Big Foot" Silva vs. Daniel Cormier. Silva demolished Fedor Emelianenko, the once considered pound for pound best MMA fighter in the world, in  his last fight.  Silva is a huge MMA fighter, but he is also extremely skilled.  Look for Silva to do some damage from the ground to pull out a win.

Daniel Cormier is coming off a solid win in defeating Jeff Monson via unanimous decision. Cormier is going to have to step up his game against a much bigger fighter in Silva.  Cormier is a strong wrestler, but he has vastly improved boxing and it will be interesting to see what strategy he employs against Silva.

The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix will be shown on Showtime at 10:35 ET/PT.