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Best of MMA in 2011

By Chingasos MMA Contributor
George Hernandez

[El Monte] With the year coming to an end, I have been reflecting on some of the amazing MMA moments in 2011. We got to see Jon Jones run through the UFC light heavyweight division, Dan "Hendo" Henderson and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua have a chingasosfest, and another Brazilian top the heavy weight class. Those are just a few of the great MMA and UFC moments of 2011. Here is a rundown of those moments and other "best of 2011".

UFC 141: Lesnar vs Overeem

 By Chingasos MMA Contributor
Ricardo Robles

Who you got in the UFC 141 main event? Do you think Brock Lesnar will ground and pound his way to another UFC win? Or, do you think Alistair Overeem, with his world class striking, will come out el mas chingon in his UFC debut?

When I first heard about this fight, my thought was,"Ouch, easy fight. Why are they feeding Brock?" Hijole, I was extremely surprised when I found out that Las Vegas had Overeem as the favorite. So, I had to look back at their fights and think about this again.

Nate Diaz vs Donald Cerrone Preview and Pick

By Chingasos MMA Contributor
Erika Villareal

On December 30th, two of the UFC’s fearless fighters in the lightweight division, Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone, will meet in the Octagon. Both fighters are coming off “Submission of the Night” showings.  Both fighters are in the hunt for a UFC title shot. A win for either Cerrone or Diaz would go a long way in determining the immediate future of the division,and possibly earn one of them a title shot in 2012.

Should Gilbert Melendez Be in the UFC?

Gilbert Melendez deserves a UFC title shot!  Or does he?  He's the Strikeforce lightweight champion, he's won six MMA fights in a row, and he just defended his title on Saturday against Jorge Masvidal in the Strikeforce main event. Isn't that enough to earn a trip into the UFC octagon?

At first glance, that resume would make it very clear that Gilbert Melendez deserves to throw chingasos in a UFC lightweight title fight. But, if we look closer, those that feel Melendez deserves a shot in the UFC, might change their mind.

Chingasos MMA on Mat Time Radio

Last Sunday, we headed to Skidrow Studios in Downtown Los Angeles to chat it up with Crail and Rich live on their show, Mat Time Radio. We chopped it up on MMA, the UFC, Frank Mir's kimura that broke Big Nog's arm, Brock Lesnar vs Alistair Overeem and a bunch of other chingaderas. If you missed it live, check out the podcast. 


Is Jon "Bones" Jones Unstoppable in the UFC?

By Chingasos MMA Contributor Ricardo Robles

Jon "Bones" Jones is spectacular. Jon "Bones" Jones is brilliant. Jon "Bones" Jones is phenomenal. Jon "Bones" Jones is Superman wearing 4oz. gloves. What is hyperbole? According to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, it is extravagant exaggeration. In MMA, we are prone to hyperbole, although unintentional. Like El Chavo del Ocho used to say, "Fue sin querer queriendo." It seems that whenever we get a new UFC or MMA champion, we like to think and say that he is unbeatable. Right away we want to put him on list of the greatest of all time. We want to give him all the praise of an unbeatable Greek god. But, we do have to be careful with too much praise.

Can Lyoto Machida Stop the Jon Jones Train at UFC 140?

Jon Jones has been a runaway train in the UFC light heavyweight division.  That train ran wild through the division, right into, and through a UFC title fight. Quinton Rampage was sent to stop this runaway train at UFC 135. Jon Jones demolished him, finishing him off with a rear naked choke in the 4th round. This Saturday December 10th, at UFC 140, Lyoto Machida steps in front of that train.  Will Lyoto Machida be the fighter to derail Jon Jones?

Ralek Gracie First Known Fight Video

If you're a fan of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), you already know that back in the day, the Gracie's, the first family of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), had challenge matches. The Gracie's held these challenge matches or fights, to prove the efficacy of Gracie Jiu Jitsu in real fights. 

While you might have already known about those old school challenge matches, you might not have known that Ralek Gracie, Rorion Gracie's son, now fights in MMA, but also had an old school Gracie challenge match/fight. 

Here's the video of Ralek Gracie as a teenager in what looks like one of the old school Gracie challenge matches.  Check out the fight.

Ralek Gracie hasn't had many MMA fights.  He's 3-0 in MMA.  His first fight was in June of 2007 at the MMA event K-1 Heros.  Most recently, he defeated MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba in May of 2010 at the MMA event Dream 14. 

Ralek Gracie's future in MMA is unclear, but it would be interesting to have the new breed of Gracie fighters make a run at MMA in it's current and advanced form. 

Savant Young at Tachi Palace Fights 11

Photo By Riley Kern
A couple of weeks ago we stopped by the Body Shop Fitness in Lakewood and the Fight Academy in Pasadena to shoot video of Savant Young training for his MMA return. Shooting the video, I knew win or lose, it would be inspirational and motivating to anybody that trains or fights in the sport of MMA.  I felt it would be even more inspirational and motivating for anybody that has ever fought back from and injury. 

How did Savant Young's MMA comeback go?  Well, check it out the fight for yourself.  Here's the video of Young's fight versus Robert Washington at Tachi Palace Fights 11 that took place at the Tachi Palace Casino in Leemore, California.