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UFC 155 Dos Santos vs Velasquez Fight Pick

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UFC 154 halted my main event fight pick winning streak at 10.  With my fight pick for UFC 155: Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez, I'm confident I will start another solid streak heading into 2013.  This is no easy pick for me either, as last time they met, I picked it wrong!  But I've done the homework and as always, I'll share it with you. Then I'll make my official UFC 155 main event fight pick.  Lets take a look. 

Junior Dos Santos is the best boxer in the UFC Heavyweight division.  Not only that, but he also couples that with a great takedown defense. That great takedown defense  allows him to be able to showcase those hand skills even against big strong wrestlers. Worse for his opponents, his boxing isn't just for pretty looks and peppering shots, his fists have bonafide devastating KO power!  He's now 15-1 with 11 of those wins coming via KO/TKO. He recently demolished UFC vet and former champion Frank Mir, finishing him off with power punches a couple of minutes into the second round.

Cain Velazquez is the best wrestler in the UFC heavyweight division with formidable striking to boot.  He used that solid combination and a great work ethic to win the UFC Heavyweight title. Many thought he would hold on to that belt for a long time but then Dos Santos landed a solid overhand right to his ear area and snatched the belt away.  Since that loss, Velasquez showed that he still has the work ethic and desire to become champion once again.  He elevated his record to 10-1 with 9 KO/TKO victories when he ran through Big Foot Silva in his last fight. 

In the rematch, at UFC 155, Cain Velasquez knows the mistakes he made and needs to correct.  Junior Dos Santos didn't make any mistakes in their first fight, so he'll have to fight his fight and hope that it is good enough once again.  Velasquez, I believe will rectify his mistakes, be more aggressive in his takedown attempts and push the fight into the later rounds where his superior conditioning will become an advantage. 

Look for Cain Velasquez to regain his title in via judges decision, or late round ground and pound TKO over Junior Dos Santos.

Agree?  Disagree?  Feel free to comment. 

Also check out the UFC video, Countdown to UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez

Jiu Jitsu Pasadena - No Gi Kings of Submission

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Last Saturday, the Chingasos MMA Kings of Submission challenge went down in Pasadena, California! Five of the best Mixed Martial Arts gyms/schools in the Los Angeles area entered teams to win the KOS trophy. Here are some thoughts from Chingasos MMA Lieutenant, Ricardo Robles, who was in charge of managing the brackets, running the rules meeting and MC'ing the event.

By Ricardo Robles
I'm extremely happy at the way the Kings of Submission Tournament turned out. I think it was a big success. Here are some of my thoughts:

*Congratulations to the winners:
The Vault MMA and Fitness in Monrovia. Obviously, they have a good program over there. If you're looking for a grappling/MMA school, that would be a good place to check out.

The Vault was represented by:
Ben Barrett – Lightweight (Beginner/Intermediate)
Aaron Sandoval – Middleweight (Beginner/Intermediate)
Simon Shiota – Heavyweight (Beginner/Intermediate)
Anne Starcrack – Women’s Open
Kahlil Moreland – Lightweight (Advanced)
Jose Rivas – Middleweight (Advanced)
Daniel Galvan – Heavyweight (Advanced)

*The competition worked out the way we had hoped. Every single point was important. The Vault are the Kings of Submission, but So Cal MMA, in Eagle Rock, was only two points behind. Even Team Florez Kickboxing, a school known for their strikers, had a chance to win it all going into the final bracket. Their top heavyweight suffered a wrist injury which knocked them out of contention.

*Yes, this was a team competition. However, there were still winners in each bracket. Here is the list:

Lightweight Beginner/Intermediate – Ben Barrett (The Vault)
Middleweight Beginner/Intermediate – Enrique Rolon Jr. (SoCalMMA)
Heavyweight Beginner/Intermediate – Walter Castellanos (SoCalMMA)

Women’s Open – Ericka Newsome (Fightworx/Florez Muay Thai)

Lightweight Advanced – Kahlil Moreland (The Vault)
Middleweight Advanced – Karlo Avdoian (SoCalMMA)
Heavyweight Advanced – Daniel Galvan (The Vault)

*This no gi Jiu Jitsu tournament was completely free. However, the level of competition was outstanding. This was NOT an easy tournament to win. All the grapplers really had to work hard to earn wins in their respective brackets and earn points for their team.

*Honestly, I was nervous about how things would turn out. I tend to be a perfectionist, and obviously I want everything to be perfect. Of course, everything did not turn out perfect, but I’m pretty happy overall with how things turned out. I did see adjustments we can make to make the next tournament even better.

*I was happy with the level of sportsmanship from all of the competitors. I would add, however, that everyone needs to read the rules. I actually heard someone say, “I didn’t know heel hooks were allowed”. Seriously, even though it was specifically written in the rules and discussed at the rules meeting?

*Thanks to Coach Tony from Villa Parke Jiu Jitsu for once again providing a venue for this no gi Jiu Jitsu tournament.

Ricardo did a great job managing the brackets, running the rules meeting and MC'ing this no gi Jiu Jitsu event. We also had help from other volunteers, such as Ismael Ford, Jose Lopez, and my nephew Lupe Robles who offered up much needed help.

Here's a highlight video of the event. 

Stay tuned for info on upcoming tournaments and other MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) events in and around the Los Angeles area as well as UFC fight picks.

Los Angeles MMA - Mansion Fights 4

Mansion Fights 4 Los Angeles MMA
The Los Angeles MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) scene has beet quiet lately, but this Friday, Armored Wings is bringing you sanctioned MMA cage fights at Mansion Fights 4.  Then, Saturday morning Chingasos, MMA is putting on the Kings of Submission Team Challenge in Pasadena.  It should be a fun weekend for combat sports fans.  Let's look into what Mansion Fights 4 is all about.

Mansion Fights 4 is sponsored by Fight Me Clothing, Down2Scrap and will be held at the "Mansion" located at 13311 Sherman Way in Hollywood, California.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the MMA cage fighting action will begin at 7:00 p.m.

After the fights, the party at the Mansion will continue until 2 a.m. with sounds by DJ J-Onez.  Quench your thirst with the authentic Mansion Fights Bar Menu, which will feature the new "REAL SERIOUS" Drink!  Uh oh..

If you need tickets to Mansion Fights 4, go over to WantTickets.com/MansionFights4.

You can see the fight card at http://camo-mma.org/amateur-mma-events/E521/Mansion-Fights-IIII-by-Armored-Wings-Promotions

Don't miss out on a chance to watch sanctioned MMA cage fighting action with a bonus of a Mansion after party! 

Mansion Fights 8 is coming up soon, before going, you should read this article. 

Submission Wrestling - No Gi BJJ Tournament Pasadena

On December 15, MMA gyms and schools in and around the Los Angeles area will get a chance to showcase their talent.  Chingasos MMA has once again teamed up with Coach Tony of Villa Parke Jiu Jitsu to bring together a submission wrestling, no-gi BJJ, competition. If you've been itching to showcase your grappling skills, this is a free competition for you to do so.  Just like our last competition, this one will be set up tournament style, but this time it won't just be an individual affair!  This time it will be a team/gym exhibition tournament!

This team/gym format will allow area gyms to form a 7-person team.  Each person on that team will have an opportunity to earn a point for each win.  Those points will go toward the team. At the end of the exhibition tournament, a school/team will be crowned as Kings of Submissions in the Chingasos MMA Grappling Challenge, hosted by Coach Tony.  A team trophy along with a highlight video produced by Chingasos MMA will showcase the best of the best grapplers in the Los Angeles area!

E-mail Chingasos MMA with the name of your 7 person team, as well as the names and divisions (1 in each division) of each member to register. This team exhibition tournament will be limited to the first eight teams that register with Chingasos MMA.  

This event will be completely free to compete in! There will only be a $2 donation at the door for spectators. 

There will be seven divisions:

Jiu Jitsu BJJ Tournament Pasadena
(one team member for each division)

Men's Beginner-Intermediate

Mens Advanced

7.Women's Open

Weight Classes:
Heavyweight 191 lbs and above
Middleweight 166 lbs - 190 lbs 
Lightweight 165 and below 

Each win in the Men's Beginner-Intermediate and Women's Open Division will earn one point towards the team or school total.

Each win in the Men's Advanced division will earn 3 points towards the team or school total. 

Each match will consist of 1-five minute round.  The only way to win is by submission.  If there's no winner at the end of the five minute round, there will be a sudden death over time where the first person to get a takedown wins. 

Weigh-ins and registration will be from 8:00 a.m. to
9:15 a.m.

Brackets will be set at the end of the registration period, and will be
done a random basis within the respective division.

Rules meeting will begin at 9:30, and all competitors are required to attend.
Matches will begin at 10:00.

Competitors may wear gi pants, gi shorts, MMA fight shorts, grappling shorts, or acceptable gym shorts (referee discretion). All pants and shorts must be free of pockets, metal or hard plastic. Cargo shorts or any other street clothes will not be allowed. Competitors must wear shirt, t-shirt, or rashguard. Wrestling shoes will be allowed. Competitors must also wear a groin protector and mouthpiece.

Chokes, neck cranks, jaw and chin cranks, armbars, shoulder, wrist, and hip locks (straight and twisting armbars, shoulder locks, and wrist locks), knee locks, foot locks, and ankle locks (heel hooks included), and key locks.
All finishing techniques must be applied in a gradual and safe manner or will result in disqualification.

ILLEGAL TECHNIQUES: Strikes of any kind to any part of the body, including elbow, forearm, knee strikes, and head butting. Attacks to the windpipe, eyes and nose. Fish hooking, biting, spiking an opponent on his/her head, pulling hair, pinching, twisting of skin sticking a finger into a cut of an opponent, small joint manipulation, putting a finger into any orifice, interference by a corner with any official or fighter, attacking an opponent before or after the fight, during a rest period or when being attended by medic or any other official. Throwing an opponent off the mat and general unsportsmanlike conduct.

The rules are pretty simple and straight forward.  When in doubt, do the honorable thing, and remember that you are representing yourself, your school or gym, and the sport.  Let's have fun and showcase the sportsmanship in this sport. 

Final day to register your team or school will be Saturday December 7.  This exhibition team tournament will take place in the city of Pasadena at the Villa Parke Community Center gymnasium.   

Villa Parke Community Center
63 E Villa St.  Pasadena, California 91101

Here's a video from the last No-Gi BJJ, submission grappling tournament in Pasadena at the Villa Parke Community Center. 

UFC 154: St. Piere vs. Condit Fight Pick & Preview

This Saturday, November 17, George St. Pierre returns to UFC action! He will try to regain his throne, and once again rule over the welterweight division. Standing in his way is the man that has been holding the interim welterweight championship belt and keeping his seat warm, Carlos Condit. Let's take a closer look at these two fighters, then I'll make my fight pick. If I'm correct, it will add to my UFC main event fight pick winning streak, which currently stands at 10 in a row!

George St. Pierre (GSP) is always in the discussion of who's the best pound for pound MMA fighter. He hasn't lost a fight since 2007 and has an overall record of 22-2. With his well rounded skills, GSP is the epitome of MMA's evolution. GSP can beat you with his striking, his ground game and or anything in between. The one knock on GSP is his inability to finish fights. His last 5 fights have all gone to decision.

Carlos Condit has an overall all record of 28-5. He's 13-1 in his last 14 fights. Since his last loss back in 2009, he's rattled off 5 wins in a row, including the fight versus Nick Diaz, which got him the Welterweight Interim Championship title. In that five fight winning streak, he's also earned a UFC Knock out of the Night honors twice, and a Fight of the Night honor. Condit is definitely a finisher! He has 13 victories by way of submission technique, and another 13 wins via KO/TKO.

While Condit's victory over Nick Diaz was controversial, his strategy of running away from Diaz and not engaging in a brawl worked to his advantage and showed that he can put his pride aside to do what it takes to survive a dangerous opponent.
At UFC 154, Condit will most like employ another cautious strategy. GSP will not chase after him like Diaz did which will make this a battle of who will be willing to engage first. Eventually, I think GSP's rust from his long layoff will do him in and cause an opening that Condit will take advantage of.

Look for this to be a cautious fight where Condit will take advantage of a fighter coming off a career threatening injury and a long lay-off.

Check out UFC Primetime: St. Pierre vs. Condit Episode 1

UFC Primetime: St. Pierre vs. Condit Episode 2

MMA and Self Defense Striking Tips

Self Defense Martial Arts Los Angeles
The UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and the sport of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) have proven that, against resisting opponents, there are techniques that will most definitely work. But, don't get the sport of MMA, confused with what will work optimally in an environment where there are no rules and your life, a family member’s life or a friend's is at stake.

In a street fight and self-defense situation, keep in mind that options open up, and different strategies can and should be used to come out alive. While fighting strategies in MMA and in a street fight/self-defense situation may have similarities, be aware of differences so that you can best apply the Martial Arts in a manner that will be advantageous and legal for you. Here are fighting tips from four Los Angeles MMA and Martial Arts experts.

James Poidog
Boxing and Muay Thai Instructor
TapouT Los Angeles

Striking for self-defense is different than MMA, since in MMA, fighters have taped hands and gloves to protect their hands. Even using a small, four ounce gloves is way different than using a bare hand. For self-defense, a closed fist works well on soft tissue, while you should alter the formation of your fist/hand to attack harder targets.

Due to the padding on your palm, open hand palm strikes on hard spots, like the face, work well without injuring or breaking your hand. Besides the formation of the fist/hand, striking mechanics are the same for both MMA and in self-defense.
In self-defense, targets will differ from MMA because of the rules. To gain an advantage in a self-defense situation, here is a simple rule of thumb: memorize the unified rules of MMA (especially the no hit list) and in self- defense, that's your go to list.

TapouT Los Angeles
400 W. Pico Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90015 http://www.tapoutla.com/tour.html 1-877-4-LA-TAPOUT (877-452-8276)

Anthony Eisenhower
Brood 9 Martial Arts
Owner/Head Instructor

A quick striking concept that is utilized in MMA as well as Muay Thai is the notion of chopping the legs down. Strike the legs hard and fast and the fighter loses strength, mobility, footwork as well as their mental game.
You can use this same concept for self-defense instead of over extending your reach. That is to say, rather than going for facial features, strike at the legs. More specifically, the knees! Use full follow through of a thrusting kick to their knees to take out their mobility, as well as completely mess with their mental state. The less mobile an attacker is, the easier it will be for you to get away.

Brood 9 Martial Arts
6508 1/2 Arizona Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Vincent-Marco Duchetta
Owner/Chief Instructor
Ring of Fire Martial Arts Academy
Low kicks, those delivered below the waist are your higher percentage kicks. In a self-defense situation, strikes to the limbs should be directed against the joints. Also, since James covered the head, I will add that punching to the body as well as open hand strikes should be targeted to the floating rib (bottom one, not fully connected). This rib is fairly vulnerable to breaks and will be painful when struck.

Mike Baig
Submission Factory Mixed Martial Arts

I am primarily a striker, but on the streets, I don't like to strike much at all. If I do, it is to set up a control hold. You must be aware of consequences on the street. Many times police get involved, and if there is evidence that a trained martial artist caused damage, there can be trouble with the law.
I generally take on a passive fight stance where my feet are in position, and my hands are up in a seemingly surrendering position, but ready to strike. By doing this, any witness will see that I was "surrendering" with my hands up. This is universally understood as, "I give up".

This stance allows me to use palm strikes against shoulders and head to set up a control hold if necessary. But of course, the best street defense is to simply not be there. Therefore, I use my words to stroke the other’s ego into believing that they have already bested me, and slowly step away with my hands up and ready to use.

This has worked for me in many years of bouncing at clubs and bars. As far as MMA goes, there are many strikes and targets that are not used, for the most part. I like to use hammer fists on the thighs, inside and out. Also, a good strategy to utilize is punching and elbowing the biceps and shoulders to fatigue them. This often worked for me, and still works for my fighters. There are so many targets on the body. Don't limit yourself to the head and stomach.

Submission Factory Mixed Martial Arts
Los Angeles, CA

Once again, these experts have stepped up with simple tips, that can go a long way to help you win an MMA fight, or come up on top in a street fight or self-defense situation. If you're in the Los Angeles area, and you're interested in getting into MMA, or you just want to learn how to defend yourself, contact them ASAP!

Self Defense, Martial Arts and Your Environment

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The UFC has popularized the sport of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). Many MMA techniques that are used in the UFC and other organizations can definitely be used in self defense situations.  But, what must be kept in mind is that the sport of MMA unfolds in a controlled environment with safety equipment, a referee, rules, and a padded cage or ring.  In a self-defense situation, these aspects will be absent. In a self-defense situation, the environment in a possible attack is of the utmost importance.  It can be used against you, or, you can use it to your advantage.  Check out some tips from a couple of Martial Arts experts in the Los Angeles area.

James Poidog
Boxing and Muay Thai Instructor
TapouT Los Angeles

Know your environment, for example, walls, fences, cars, curbs, etc. Each and every part of your environment can become a potential weapon. Imagine a throw to a brick wall or parking curb. Even if your assailant knows how to land, it's doubtful they've practiced on hard surfaces.

Using the environment to your advantage easily changes the game. Backing an opponent off the curb can not only throw off their attention, giving you that split second to attack, it can cause injury to those that are unaware.

TapouT Los Angeles
400 W. Pico Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90015 http://www.tapoutla.com/tour.html 1-877-4-LA-TAPOUT (877-452-8276)

Vincent-Marco Duchetta
Owner/Chief Instructor
Ring of Fire Martial Arts Academy

The Grandmaster of my Hapkido organization used to teach us that when you are in a self defense situation, position yourself so that the tools of your environment are to your rear, or at an angle off to your side (corners of benches, walls etc). These corners serve as good surfaces to redirect your opponent into using a throw or twisting technique.

Bottom line, be prepared, use your environment, and defend yourself with purpose and conviction.

Ring of Fire Martial Arts Academy
310 S 1st Ave
Arcadia, Ca 91006
(626) 445-7072

These self-defense tips are simple, but they are often overlooked.  Remember that using Martial Arts to defend yourself begins before any striking, throwing, takedown, choking, or joint locking movement on your part.  Setting the stage and using your environment to your advantage when possible, can make the difference between defending yourself successfully, or becoming a victim. 

Also check out,  Self Defense Tips - 3 Experts

UFC 153 Results - Full

 UFC 153 Demian Maia Choke Photo
UFC 153 is going down in history as one of the most exciting events in UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) history!  The main fight card had six fights and five of those were stopped before a winner was left in the hands of the dreaded judges.  Demian Maia, Phil Davis and Antonio Nogueira finished off their opponents with a submission technique. Both Glover Teixeira and Anderson Silva finished their fights via TKO.  Jon Fitch vs. Eric Silva was the only fight to go the distance, but they made all three rounds exciting.  Here are the full results for UFC 153:

UFC 153 Main Card (PPV):
Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar
Light Heavyweight Fight
Results: Anderson Silva wins via TKO at 4:40 in the first round.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Dave Herman
Heavyweight Fight
Results: Antonio Nogueira wins via submission technique (armbar)  at 4:31 in the second round.

Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado
Light Heavyweight Fight
Results: Glover wins via TKO (doctor stoppage) at the end of the second round.

Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva
Welterweight Fight
Results: Jon Fitch wins via judges decision (unanimous)(30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
Light Heavyweight Fight
Results: Phil Davis wins via submission technique (anaconda choke) at 4:29 of the second round.

Demian Maia vs. Rick Story
Welterweight Fight
Results: Demian Maia wins via submission technique (rear naked choke/neck crank) at 2:30 in the first round.

UFC 153 Preliminary Card (FX)
Rony Mariano Bezerra vs. Sam Sicilia
Featherweight Fight
Results: Rony Bezerra wins via TKO (punches) at 4:16 in the second round.

Gleison Tibau vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Lightweight Fight
Results: Gleison Tibau wins via judges decision (unanimous)(29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Diego Brandao vs. Joey Gambino
Featherweight Fight
Results: Diego Brandao wins via judges decision decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Sergio Moraes vs. Renee Forte
Welterweight Fight
Results: Sergio Moraes wins via submission technique (rear naked choke) at 3:10 in the third round.

UFC 153 Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Chris Camozzi vs. Luiz Cane
Middleweight Fight
Results: Chris Camozzi wins via judges decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza Madadi
Lightweight Fight
Results: Cristiano Marcello wins via judges Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

If you want to turn a fight fan on to MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and the UFC, fight videos and highlight videos of UFC 153 is the way to do it!  What were your thoughts on UFC 153? How high does it rank in UFC history as far as exciting events?

UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar Fight Pick & Preview

UFC 153 Silva Bonnar Fight Pick
The UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) returns this Saturday with UFC 153 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In an odd move by the UFC, the main event will feature UFC middleweight champion, Anderson "The Spider" Silva, versus light heavyweight journeyman Stephan "The American Psycho" Bonnar. Silva has very little to gain, and a lot to lose by stepping up a weight class and fighting Bonnar. In any case, I've picked 9 UFC main event winners in a row, and I'm not planning on getting this one wrong. Let's take a closer look at the fighters, and I'll make my fight pick.

Anderson "The Spider" Silva has dominated the middleweight division since his first fight in the UFC way back in June of 2006. In the UFC, he's won 15 straight without a loss and sports an overall MMA record of 32-4. Silva had a stint where he became very defensive and his fights were a bit boring, but he's picked up the pace of late, and has finished his last 4 opponents with 3 KO/TKOs and one submission.

Anderson Silva has a lot of tools and weapons in his MMA arsenal, but his deadliest is his pinpoint striking accuracy. If Stephan Bonnar plans on winning, he's going to have to solve that puzzle, but it won't be an easy task as other fighters have tried and failed.

Most MMA experts would agree that Stephan Bonnar is being fed to Silva as a test fight at light heavyweight, possibly to set up a super fight with Jon "Bones" Jones. Bonnar has had his ups and downs in the UFC and has become somewhat of a journeyman and gatekeeper in the light heavyweight division. He has an overall record of 15-7, but he has won his last three fights. While three wins in a row looks good, it hasn't been against the best competition. Kyle Kingsbury, Igor Pokrajac, and Krzysztof Soszynski weren't exactly the cream of the crop in the UFC's light heavyweight division.

In any case, a win is a win and Bonnar is a gritty fighter that can hold his own. In his 22 MMA fights, he's only been stopped twice (TKO's). He also has a fight were he went the distance with current light heavyweight champ Jon "Bones" Jones.

Unfortunately for Bonnar, holding your own and winning a fight are two different things. I don't think he has enough in his MMA arsenal to do what it takes to win versus Silva. Look for Silva to pick his spots, and pick Bonnar apart with his pinpoint accuracy.

Here's the video, UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar Extended Preview

Self Defense Tips -3 Martial Arts Experts

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It's been said that it's better to have and not need than to need and not have.  When it comes to self-defense, it's a good idea to have workable Martial Arts skills, both mental and physical, even if it's just the basics.  We've all seen what works in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) competition. Some of those skills, as well as a good head on your shoulders, can possibly save your life, a family member’s life, and or a friend's life. 

Recently I asked some Martial Arts experts in the Los Angeles area for some Martial Arts and self-defense tips for our Chingasos MMA readers.  Here they are:

Vincent-Marco Duchetta
Owner/Chief Instructor
Ring of Fire Martial Arts Academy

When you find yourself in a self-defense situation on the street, physical altercation should be your last resort. If "verbal judo" doesn't diffuse the situation and you are forced to go the physical route, make sure your technique is fast, strong and precise. Whether it is a punch, kick, joint lock or throw, commit 100% to it.

Ring of Fire Martial Arts Academy
310 S 1st Ave
Arcadia, Ca 91006
(626) 445-7072

Anthony Eisenhower
Brood 9 Martial Arts
Owner/Head Instructor

If caught in a situation that requires you to use physical self-defense, keeping calm and keeping a relaxed breathing pattern is extremely important (not always achieved). Also, think about points of control and breaking points on a person’s body. Any way that a limb shouldn't move, but especially joints such as the knee, elbow, ankle, etc., strike them hard and fast and make them move in the way they shouldn't move. Remember, there are no rules if your life is involved.

Brood 9 Martial Arts
6508 1/2 Arizona Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90045

James Poidog
TapouT Los Angeles
Boxing and Muay Thai Instructor.
TapouT Los Angeles

The things I'd like to emphasize are the things we can do to avoid conflict well before it comes to any decision on engaging in violence at all. Situational awareness is a skill set used by both law enforcement and military to avoid or minimize possible conflict scenarios. How many folk walking to their cars, gym, or home at night are engrossed on their phones texting, etc. or lost in thoughts about the day? Even those who know better, do it. Simply engaging the mind on the now and scanning the field around you with eyes and ears can alert you to suspect individuals, groups, and environmental changes, giving you more time to asses and enact defensive movement or preparation. It's surprising, to me, how many of us don't do this, and how easy it is when trained.

TapouT Los Angeles
400 W. Pico Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90015
1-877-4-LA-TAPOUT (877-452-8276)

Those tips are simple, yet workable, and they can save your life, a family member’s life or a friend's life.  If you are in the Los Angeles area and you're interested in the Martial Arts for self-defense, contact one of these experts so that you can learn proper self-defense techniques.  Again, it's better to have and not need than to need and not have.

For another overlooked concept in self-defense and Martial Arts, check out: Self Defense, Martial Arts, and Your Environment

UFC 152 Jones vs Belfort Fight Pick and Preview

UFC 152 Fight Pick and Preview
When Dan Henderson was hurt and pulled out of UFC 151, MMA turned into a bit of a soap opera, but the dust has settled. The best pound for pound fighter in the world and UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, will now face Vitor Belfort this Saturday at UFC 152. Let's take a closer look at these fighters, and then I'll make my fight pick. I'm confident I can continue my winning streak of fight picks!

Jon Jones has run through the who's who in the UFC's lightweight division. And I'm not just talking about picking up "W's"! Except for his fight against Rashad Evans and the disqualification against Matt Hamill where he was dominating, Jon Jones has finished off every opponent since UFC 100 back in July of 2009! He has an incredible overall finishing percentage of 81% including 8 KO/TKO's and 5 submissions.

Jon Jones has the athletic ability, the body type, and the coaches around him to continue to sharpen his already super effective skills. But, he's now on top of the world in the UFC and MMA, and there's always a big target on him every time he steps in the cage. Will he be able to handle the pressure?

He's also been so good that no fighter has even come close to hurting him. How will he react when in trouble? If someone wants to beat Jon Jones, they're going to have to take a big swing, go for the long pass, in other words, take a risk! Vitor Belfort might just be the man to do so!

Vitor Belfort was on a five fight winning streak before he ran into Anderson Silva's front kick at UFC 126 that knocked him out. Since that loss though, he's come back with two solid wins. He finished off Yoshihiro Akiyama with punches at UFC 133 and then submitted Anthony Johnson with a rear naked choke at UFC 142.

Belfort has great hand speed and excellent power.  However, like everyone else that has fought Jon Jones, the question will be, can he get those hands on Jones’s chin? I don't think so! Jones is too smart, too long, and too well coached to let Belfort come inside and use his best weapon, his hands.

Look for Jones to pepper Belfort from the outside while shucking off any of Belfort's attempts to get inside. Once Jones gets comfortable dominating from the outside, look for him to go in for the finish! This fight won't go past the third round.

Check out the UFC 152 Extended Preview video:

IFS 12: Gladiators Collide

IFS MMA Los Angeles Event
If you're in the Los Angeles area and you're attempting to turn a boxing or Muay Thai fan on to MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), the IFS (International Fight Showdown) event is a good one to start with. Boxing and Muay Thai fans love seeing a good stand up war, but are sometimes turned off to the ground game. The IFS is changing all that with their brand of fighting.

The IFS came up with an innovative idea and changed up the normal MMA round system a bit so as to feature stand up fighting while still allowing full on MMA. Under the IFS, the fights are still three rounds. However, the first round is all boxing with boxing rules but MMA gloves. The second round is Muay Thai with Muay Thai rules but MMA gloves. If the fighters make it to the third round, that one is full on MMA. Yes, with MMA gloves! The fighters do not change gloves in between rounds. They fight the entire fight with the same MMA gloves.

IFS 12: Gladiators Collide, will have plenty of action for those that attend. The event is broken up into Pro 1, AM 1 and Muay Thai. The Pro 1 will feature professional fighters mixing it up with the IFS special round system. The AM 1 will feature up and coming amateur fighters that are getting ready to make the leap to the next level. Last but not least, there will also be nine regular Muay Thai fights.

IFS 12: "Gladiators Collide" will take place September 16 at the Industry Hills Expo Center. The Expo will open at noon, and the fights get going at 2 p.m.

Industry Hills Expo Center:
16200 Temple Avenue
City of Industry, CA 91744

General admission is $30. To get your tickets, you can call (714) 588-9327, or visit www.IFSPRO.com.

Here's a video explaining the IFS

Here's the complete fight Card for IFS 12: "Gladiotors Collide"
Pro 1 Fight Card:

Toby Grear vs. Eddie Hernandez

Jason Williams vs. Darren Smith

David Barrious vs. Adam Rothweiler

Terrion Ware vs. John Sassone

AM 1 Fight Card:
Jonathan Del Rosario vs. Kevin Bee

Michael Koelzer vs. Glen Spencer

Muay Thai Fight Card:

Jasmine Singh vs. Marie Choi

Raj Patel vs. Daniel Macdonald

Jose Zamora vs. Steve Martinez

Natelie Morgan vs. Renee Rosas

Crystal Lagunas vs Lisa Mauloin

Cristian Gonzalez vs Danny Durkin

Jonathan Puu vs Marquis Ross

Marcus Guevara vs. Victor Jovel

Eduardo Alvarado vs. Jay Alvarez

Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Kaufman Fight Pick

This Saturday, August 18, Strikeforce will feature a women's MMA fight as the main event. Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Kauman will be going down and several questions will be answered. Is Ronda Rousey for real? Can a female MMA fight draw an audience? Will this fight be the beginning of a push for the UFC to bring women's MMA into the Octagon? First, let's take a look at these two fighters, and then I'll make my fight pick.

For the casual MMA fan, Sarah Kaufman has flown under the radar. But, she's no joke and sports a record of 15-1 to prove it. Ten of those wins have come via KO/TKO. Her stand up is exceptional and she can hold her own on the ground. Even so, she's coming in as a heavy underdog in this fight with Ronda Rousey.

Ronda Rousey has plain and simply run through the competition. She went undefeated as an amateur MMA fighter, submitting all three opponents with an armbar. Rousey quickly went pro and continued to armbar everyone in her path. She's 5-0 as a pro and has won every fight in the first round with an armbar submission. Sarah Kaufman, though, will be her toughest opponent yet.

This fight will be a battle of Rousey wanting to get the fight into the grappling realm while Kaufman will try to use her stand up to keep Rousey's grappling at bay. Unfortunately for Kauman, Rousey is too good at employing her game plan and will relentlessly go after some sort of clinch. Rousey will then work from there and get the fight to the ground where she will dominate.

Check a nice highlight video of Ronda Rousey and Sarah Kaufman.

You can check out the fight on Showtime at 10 p.m. Here's the link to Showtime MMA.

Pandemonium MMA & Boxing Los Angeles

Los Angeles is hot this year with MMA action.  There's already been some great MMA events this Summer, including but not limited to a UFC fight at the Staples Center a couple of weeks ago.  If you're in the Los Angeles area, and you've missed the action, no worries, MEZ Sports is bringing you "Pandemonium VII" this Saturday live from the newly renovated Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, CA. 

MEZ Sports is returning "Pandemonium" to Los Angeles. In order to commemorate a new relationship with the Hollywood Park Casino, MEZ promoter and MMA and boxing match maker Tom DiFranchesco has set up the biggest and best fight card yet!

This "Pandemonium" event will feature 10 fights on the card, headlined by a 4- man Flyweight (125 lbs) tournament. The tournament will eventually culminate at "Pandemonium VIII" where the winner will be crowned as the MEZ Sports Pandemonium Flyweight Champion!

The first semi-final Flyweight bout will be Steve Swanson vs. Jesse "The Puerto Rican Game Cock" Cruz.  Steve Swanson is the brother of UFC Featherweight contender Cub Swanson, and will be putting his undefeated record of 6-0 on the line.

In the other semi-final fight, Team Quest's Federico "Kiko" Lopez, who's fought tough fighters such as DREAM and UFC fighter Norifumi Yamamoto, will be facing Millennia MMA's Will Gates.  Gates is on a four fight winning streak and has KO power!

The undercard will feature undefeated TUF Season 15 contestant Jared Carleston and Chingasos MMA sponsored fighter Daniel Hernandez. Check out Hernandez training the first day of his fight camp. 

Pandemonium VII will also feature four boxing matches with two undefeated fighters trying to keep their records unblemished. 

Here is the complete fight card for Pandemonium VII:
Full Fight Card (not in bout order)

Jesse Cruz vs. Steve Swanson - Semi-finals of Men’s Flyweight Tournament 125lbs
Willie Gates vs. Kiko Lopez - Semi-finals of Men’s Flyweight Tournament 125lbs
Jared Carlesten vs. Enrique Briones 145lbs
Jonny Chacon vs. Justin Santistevan 150lbs
Juan Rivas vs. John Robles 136lbs
Lucas Taber vs. Daniel Hernandez 185lbs

Brandon Adams vs. Moses Alviso 4 rounds 160lbs
Kurli Ortiz vs. Vincente Medelin 4 rounds 112 lbs
Victor Medina vs. Jeremy Willis 4 rounds 160lbs
Humberto Zatarain vs. Daniel Martinez 126lbs

Tickets are available by calling 714-933-4519, emailing craig@mezsports.com or at the door the day of the fight. The first fight is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. and the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100, $75, $50, $35, $25 (standing room) and VIP tables are available. Fights are subject to change and all fights are sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission.

MEZ Sports has been promoting professional fights in Southern California since 2008.  They've promoted fights throughout California including Upland, Los Angeles, El Monte, San Diego, Hollywood, and they were the first and only professional fighting promotion in the City of Riverside.

UFC 150 Results

UFC Results Henderson Edgar
Saturday night's UFC main event wasn't as explosive as most MMA fans probably wanted it to be, but all in all, it was a good event as three of the five fights on the main card ended in exciting TKO/KO fashion. Six of the ten overall fights ended in a TKO/KO.  A submission finish kicked up the total fights finished before going to the dreaded judges to 7 of 10. That's a pretty good MMA fan pleasing ratio. On a side note, I continue my streak of picking the winners in the main event. Here are the full results for UFC 150.

Main Card:
Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar
Fighting at Lighweigth (155 lbs)
Results: Ben Henderson wins via a split decision. (46-49, 48-47, 48,47)

Donald Cerrone vs Melvin Guillard
Fighting at Catchweight (157.5 lbs)
Results: Donal Cerrone wins via KO (head kick followed by punches) at 1:16 of the first round.

Jake Shields vs. Ed Herman
Fighting at Middleweight (185 lbs)
Results: Jake Shields wins via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Yushi Okami vs. Buddy Roberts
Fighting at Middleweight (185 lbs)
Results: Yushi Okami wins via TKO (Punches) at 3:05 of the 2nd round. 

Max Holloway vs. Justin Lawrence
Fighting at Featherweight (145 lbs)
Results: Max Holloway wins via TKO (punches) at 4:49 of the 2nd round.

UFC 150 Preliminary Card on FX:
Dennis Bermudez vs. Tommy Hayden
Fighting at Featherweight (145 lbs)
Results: Dennis Bermudez wins via submission (standing guillotine choke) at 4:43 of the first round.

Michael Kuiper vs. Jared Hamman
Fighting at Middleweight (185 lbs)
Results: Michael Kuiper wins via TKO (punches) at  2:16 in the 2nd round.

Erik Perez vs. Ken Stone
Fighting at Bantamweight (135 lbs)
Results: Erik Perez wins via TKO (punches) at 0:17 in the first round.

Chico Camus vs. Dustin Pague
Fighting at Bantamweight (135 lbs)
Results: Chico Camus wins via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

UFC 150 Preliminary Fight on Facebook:
Nik Lentz vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
Results: Nik Lents wins via TKO (punches) at 3:45 of the first round. 

Stay tuned for my UFC 151 main event fight pick as well as more MMA from the Los Angeles area including gym profile and fighter videos. 

UFC 150 Henderson vs. Edgar Fight Pick

Henderson vs. Edgar 2 Fight PIck
Henderson vs. Edgar 2 at UFC 150 will be a rematch of the fight where Edgar lost his title to Henderson. Can Edgar clean up his mistakes, capitalize on opportunities and pull the UFC lightweight title back? Or, will Henderson make this fight a repeat of their first match up? Let's take a closer look at these fighters and then I'll make my fight pick.

Benson Henderson came to the UFC lightweight division sporting a record of 12-2. Since his arrival, he's done nothing but win, including snatching away the UFC Lightweight title from Frankie Edgar in his 4th UFC fight. He hasn't had an easy road either. He has UFC wins over Marc Bocek, Jim Miller, Clay Guida and Frankie Edgar. Henderson is athletic, fast and has all the MMA skills to stay on top and hold the UFC Lightweight title for a long time.

Frankie Edgar made a name for himself in the UFC Lightweight division by bringing the action and engaging in exciting fights. Beating B.J. Penn to win the UFC Lightweight title really put Edgar on the map. By beating B.J. Penn in the rematch, it put his doubters doubts to rest and it elevated him to superstar status.

Henderson vs. Frankie 2 will be a chance for Edgar to redeem himself and regain the Lightweight title. Edgar has a chance to show the world that the loss to Henderson was just a fluke. Unfortunately for Edgar, I don't think that first loss to Henderson was a fluke. At Lightweight, Henderson matches up with Edgar's speed, yet he's bigger, stronger and a better striker. This fight might be the one that forces Edgar to go down a weight class to the Featherweight division, where he will size up better with the top fighters in the division.

Look for Henderson to stuff takedown attempts from Edgar and use his reach and superior striking to pepper Edgar with chingasos for most of the fight. I'm picking Henderson in this fight, most likely by a unanimous decision.

Check out the video: Countdown to UFC 150

Cerrone vs. Guillard UFC 150 Fight Pick

By Ricardo Robles
Chingasos MMA

UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II is already this Saturday. While there is much discussion about the rematch between Henderson and Edgar, the fight between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard, has the potential to steal the show.

Like the Jones vs. Evans fight, when Cerrone gets into the Octagon against Guillard, it will be a battle between former teammates. Not only that, it will also be a battle between a Jackson’s Mixed Martial Art’s student and a former Jackson’s Mixed Martial Art’s student turned Blackzilian. Who will end with their hand raised? Will it be the current Greg Jackson student or will it be the Blackzilian?

Cerrone has an 18-4 professional record, and he is 5-1 in the UFC. While Cerrone is a national champion kickboxer, he has been ferocious on the ground. 13 of his 18 professional MMA fights have come via submission. Despite his prowess on the ground, his striking skills are still outstanding and he has been known to work his opponents’ legs with his kicks.

Guillard has a professional record of 30-10-2. His career has been marked by setbacks and rebounds. His record in the UFC is a respectable 11-6. Guillard is known as athletic and fast. When he wins, he usually wins in exciting and spectacular fashion, even knocking out Gabe Ruediger with a body shot. When he loses, Guillard usually loses by submission. In fact, all of his 6 losses in the UFC have come by submission.

So who will win the battle of former teammates? The Young Assassin says he wants to turn this fight into an all-out brawl. Greg Jackson fighters are too smart to get sucked into a brawl when that’s not their strength. Cowboy’s technical stand up skills will allow him to evade any full force assault that the Young Assassin will launch. There is no doubt that Cerrone will be able to pick Guillard apart with his exceptional technique. When the fight hits the ground, Guillard will once again be at a disadvantage. Guillard has not proven that he is over his susceptibility to submissions. Despite the fact that Guillard had a five fight win streak in the UFC between 2010 and 2011, he is 1-2 in his last three fights with both losses coming via rear-naked choke (RNC). Of Cerrone’s 13 submissions, four have come via RNC. Cerrone also has six triangle choke victories, a submission that wrestlers are vulnerable to. Taking all the facts into account, I'm  giving the nod to Cerrone.

Check out the video: Countdown to UFC 150: Cerrone vs. Guillard 

UFC on Fox 4 Results

The main event at tonight's UFC on Fox 4 was an absolute war between Muaricio "Shogun" Rua and Brandon "The Truth" Vera.  The main event capped off a great night of MMA fan pleasing action in Los Angeles, California at the Staples Center.  Here are the full results for UFC on Fox 4.

Main Card:

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Brandon Vera
Fighting at Light Heavyweigth (205 lbs)
Results: Rua wins via TKO (Punches) at 4:10 in the 4th round.

Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader
Fighting at Light Heavyweight ( 205 lbs)
Results: Machida wins via KO (punches) at 1:32 in the 2nd round. 

Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner
Fighting at Lightweight (155 lbs)
Results: Lauzon wins via submission (triangle choke) at 2:44 in the 3rd round.

Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson
Fighting at Welterweight (170 lbs)
Results:  Swick wins via KO (punches) at 1:20 in the 2nd round.

Preliminary UFC on Fox 4 results:
Cole Miller vs. Nam Phan
Fighting at Featherweight (145 lbs)
Results: Phan wins via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
Fighting at Light Heavyweight (205 lbs)
 Results: No contest due to an accidental eye poke from Davis at 1:28 in the first round.

Rani Yahya vs. Josh Grispi
Fighting at Featherweigth (145 lbs)
Results: Yahya wins via submission (north south choke/Monson) at 3:15 in the first round.

Oli Thompson vs. Philip De Fries
Fighting at Heavyweight
Results: De Fries wins via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:16 in the 2nd round.

Machihiro Omigawa vs. Manny Gamburyan
Fighting at Featherweight (145 lbs)
Results: Gamburyan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).

Ulysses Gomez vs. John Moraga
Fighting at Flyweight (125 lbs)
Results: Moraga wins via KO (punches) at 3:46 of round 1.

All in all, there where ten fights at UFC on Fox 4 including the the main and preliminary card.  Out of those 10 fights, eight of them were finished!  Now that's a event!  The fans want to see finishes, and the fighters at  UFC on Fox 4 in Los Angeles definitely delivered! 

Spar Star Fight Night Los Angeles Results

Spar Star Los Angeles MMA
By Chingasos MMA Contributor
Ricardo Robles

Spar Star Promotions Inc. put on yet another solid CAMO sanctioned MMA event. With the fights taking place at the beautiful Hollywood Park Casino in Los Angeles, California, there was no doubt that fight fans would not be disappointed. This event had seven fights on the bout card, including a championship bout, and chingasos came at a fast pace. Now let’s take a look at what happened.

Roger Muntain vs. Tyrone Bethley
Round 1
Bethley connected with a left hook chingaso. Muntain got the reversal on the Bethley takedown and moved right to mount. Muntain went for a triangle but Bethley escaped. Bethley ended the round with a takedown and dropped chingasos.

Round 2
Both fighters clinched but Bethley got the takedown and top position and moved to mount. Muntain was able to reverse and move into Bethley's guard as the round came to an end.

Round 3
Bethley landed a hard left again, clinched, got the takedown and moved to side control. Muntain got half guard but Bethley dropped hard shots. Muntain got the reversal as the round ended.

Results: Bethley won via split decision

Fabian Calzada vs. Kyle Estrada
Round 1
Estrada shot in and got the takedown, but Calzada was able to get back up. Both men threw chingasos, and Estrada got another takedown. Estrada took mount, moved to the back, and finished the round transitioning between mount and back.

Round 2
Calzada came out and dominated the center of the cage. Estrada went for a takedown, but Calzada stuffed it and threw chingasos. Estrada timed a double leg and got the takedown. The fighters got up to throw more chingasos. Estrada timed another double leg to end the round.

Round 3
Estrada went for a takedown but Calzada stuffed it. They clinched and Estrada got the throw and ended up in mount. Estrada transitioned between mount and back and then started landing chingasos from the mount.

Results: Estrada won via unanimous decision.

Tanner Chapman vs. Daniel Gonzales
Round 1
Chapman landed a low blow to open up the fight. After the fight continued, Chapman went for a guillotine but Gonzales escaped. Gonzales stood up and threw kicks to Chapman's legs. The fight went to the ground, and Gonzales landed in Chapman's guard and he threw chingasos to end the round.

Round 2
Chapman landed chingasos and Gonzales attempted a takedown. Chapman went for guillotine. The fighters disengaged and started throwing again. Gonzales landed a hard chingaso before clinching again. Chapman jumped guard to attempt guillotine. Gonzales escaped, but Chapman went for a triangle. Gonzales held off to end the round.

Round 3
Both fighters were obviously tired but both kept firing and landing chingasos. Gonzales went for the takedown and landed in the guard. Chapman locked up a triangle but Gonzales escaped. Gonzales ended the round throwing from inside the guard.

Results: Gonzales won via split decision.

Eliseo Carbajal vs. Matthew Spencer
Round 1
Spencer came out firing right away. They clinched and Spencer threw knees. Spencer threw Carbajal around the cage before finally throwing him to the ground. Spencer went for an armbar but Carbajal defended. Spencer went to the mount and rained down chingasos until the referee stopped the fight.
Spencer wins via TKO

Darien Mathews vs. Kyle Olsen
Round 1
Mathews went for a takedown and eventually got it. Olsen got back up, went for a hip toss, but Mathews reversed and got the throw. Mathews controlled top position.

Round 2
Mathews held Olsen against the cage until he was able to get the takedown. Olsen tried to work his way up, but Mathews landed chingasos.

Round 3
Olsen threw a teep that Mathews caught. Mathews came back with a hard straight right. Olsen went all out for a takedown but Mathews stuffed it. Mathews slammed Olsen to the mat as the final bell rang.

Results: Mathews won via unanimous decision.

Izic Fernandez vs. Rick James
Round 1
Both fighters took their time to feel each other out. At the end of the round, Fernandez went for the takedown but James reversed.

Round 2
Both fighters threw punches but mostly kept their distance. James and Fernandez clinched as the round ended.

Round 3
Fernandez went for a takedown. He got James down, but James was able to quickly work back to his feet. Both fighters landed knees from the clinch.

Results: Fernandez won via unanimous decision.

B. Kris Law vs. Jose Diaz
This one was for the Sparstar Welterweight Championship Belt. Before the fight even started, it was clear to see that both of these men trained hard and that both of these men wanted to go home with the belt. Law was looking to take away Diaz's belt and give him his first loss. However, Diaz was looking to put a quick end to Law’s championship dreams.

Round 1
Law came out and took contol of the center of the cage. Diaz shot in and got the takedown but Law quickly got up. Law was able to slam Diaz, but Diaz reversed position and worked to side control as the round ended.

Round 2
Diaz timed Law's strike and shot in for a takedown. Law worked for a submission from the guard, but Diaz passed to side control. Diaz got to the mount, but was unable to land much as the round ended.

Round 3
The fighters clinched with both fighters landing knees to the body. After they released, Diaz shot in and got the takedown. Diaz quickly passed guard and moved to the mount. Diaz landed some good shots from the mount and attempted an armbar as the fight came to an end.

Results: Diaz won via unanimous decision to retain his title.

UFC in Los Angeles: Shogun vs. Vera Fight Pick

UFC Los Angeles Shogun Vera
The UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) finally makes its return to Los Angeles. UFC on Fox 4, headlined by Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Brandon Vera, will take place Saturday, August 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  Let's take a look at the main event, and then I'll make my fight pick.

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua made himself an MMA legend by proving himself to be a dominant fighter in the PRIDE organization.  When he came to the UFC, he had compiled an overall MMA fight record of  16-2.  But, he hasn't faired so well in the UFC, going 4-4 versus the best in the world.  A win in Los Angeles August 4 is a must if he plans on making a run to regain the Light Heavyweight belt. 

Brandon "The Truth" Vera exploded on the MMA scene going undefeated in his first eight fights.  Then he stalled.  In his last 10 fights, he's failed to rack up a solid win streak and has gone 4-5 with a no contest.  Vera has all the tools to be a great fighter. However, he needs to show off those tools in a solid win versus Rua, if he plans to stay in the UFC and make a run at the Light Heavyweight title. 

This UFC fight is difficult to pick. Both fighters have struggled lately, yet they both have the tools necessary to be dominant.  I'll give the edge to Rua, though.  He came to the UFC and was quickly thrown in against the best.  His recent losses have come to the cream of the crop in the UFC, Jon Jones, Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida. Fighting Vera will be a step down in competition.  With several fights against the best in the UFC, Rua is now ready to unveil his full potential and take his fight game to the next level. I expect him to do well against Vera and pull out the win.

Here is the fight card for UFC on Fox 4 in Los Angeles:

Mauricio Rua vs. Brandon Vera
Fighting at Light Heavyweight (205 lbs)

Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader
Fighting at Light Heavyweight ( 205 lbs)

Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner
Fighting at Lightweight (155 lbs)

Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson
Fighting at Welterweight (170 lbs)

Cole Miller vs. Nam Phan
Fighting at Featherweight (145 lbs)

Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
Fighting at Light Heavyweight (205 lbs)

Rani Yahya vs. Josh Grispi
Fighting at Featherweigth (145 lbs)

Oli Thompson vs. Philip De Fries
Fighting at Heavyweight

Machihiro Omigawa vs. Manny Gamburyan
Fighting at Featherweight (145 lbs)

Ulysses Gomez vs. John Moraga
Fighting at Flyweight (125 lbs)

Stay tuned for the results, as well as more MMA in Los Angeles, gyms and fighter reviews and videos. 

MMA Fights Los Angeles August 3

Los Angeles MMA Fight Night
If you're an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fan, and you've been wanting to catch some live cage fighting action, this Friday will be a great opportunity to do so. Tony Padilla and his Spar Star MMA promotion company are putting on Friday Night Fights at the Hollywood Park Casino. It's a great venue for MMA, and there will be plenty of exciting CAMO sanctioned MMA fights.

The doors to Friday Night Fights open at 7 p.m. and the fights get going at 8 p.m. The atmosphere will be electric with music, drinks, and MMA apparel companies showing off their gear. And, let's not forget all the hard working cage fighters that will be putting their skills on display. If history is any indication, this event will be full of action with fighters willing and ready to throw chingasos. So, get there early and grab a seat close to the cage and all the MMA action.

Hollywood Park Casino
1050 South Prairie Avenue
Inglewood, CA 90301

For Tickets to Fight Night, call 1-866-996-6278 or visit www.SparStarPromotions.com

MMA Fight Night Fight Card:

Roger Muntain (Temple Fitness MMA / Fight House MMA) vs.Tyrone Bethley (Rampage Jackson Fitness Academy)

Fabian Calzada (Full Force Fight Academy) vs. Kyle Estrada (Black House MMA)

Victor Piceno ( Pradation MMA) vs. Daniel Gonzales (Miller Fitness Academy - Bloodbank MMA)

Eliseo Carbajal (Predation MMA) vs. Matthew Spencer ( N/A)

Darien Mathews (Brood 9 Martial Art) vs. Kyle Olson (King's MMA)

Izic Fernandez (N/A) vs. Rick James (10th Planet Jiu Jitsu / True Warrior)

Luna Varone (Werdum Combat Team) vs. Brooksie Bayard (FightWorX)

B. Kris Law ( Huntington Beach Ultimate Training Center) vs. Jose Diaz (Cleber Jiu Jitsu and MMA)

Stay tuned for more MMA videos, updates on Los Angeles MMA and UFC Fight picks!

UFC 149 Results

UFC 149 Results
To say that UFC 149 was lackluster would be a beginning, but I'm pretty sure MMA and UFC fans have some stronger adjectives for the borefest that was on last night.  UFC 149 was supposed to be a chingasosfest with two explosive MMA fighters in the main event and a much anticipated arrival of Hector Lombard in the co-main event.  Instead, it became an event that you would never show someone on the fringe of becoming an MMA fan.  They'd probably fall asleep.  Luckily, for UFC and MMA fans, the preliminary fight card did have some exciting finishes.  Here are the full results for UFC 149:

Main Card (Pay Per View):

Renan Barao vs. Urijah Faber
Fighting at Bantamweight (135 lbs)
Results: Barao wins via unanimous decision.

Tim Boetsch vs. Hector Lombard
Fighting at Middleweight (185 lbs)
Results: Tim Boetsch wins via split decision.

Cheick Kongo vs. Shawn Jordan
Fighting at Heavyweight
Results: Cheick Kongo wins via unanimous decision.

James Head vs. Brian Ebersole
Fighting at Welterwieght (170 lbs)
Results: James Head wins via split decision

Mathew Riddle vs. Chris Clements
Fighting at Welterweight (170 lbs)
Results: Mathew Riddle wins via arm triangle submission at 2:02 in the third round.

Preliminary Fight Card on FX:

Nick Ring vs. Court McGee
Fighting at Middleweight (170 lbs)
Results: Nick Ring wins via unanimous decision.

Francisco Rivera vs. Roland Delorme
Fighting at Bantamweight (135 lbs)
Results: Francisco Rivera wins via KO (punches) at 4:19 in the first round.

Ryan Jimmo vs. Anthony Perosh
Fighting at Light Heavyweight (205 lbs)
Results: Ryan Jimmo wins via KO (punch) at 0:07 in the first round. Tied for the fastest KO in UFC history.

Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon
Fighting at Bantamweight
Results: Bryan Caraway wins via rear naked choke submission at 1:39 in the third round.

Preliminary Fight Card on Facebook:

Antonio Carvalho vs. Daniel Pineda
Fighting at Featherweight (145 lbs)
Results: Antonio Carvalho wins via KO (punches) at 1:11 of the first round.

Anton Kuivanen vs. Mitch Clarke
Fighting at Lightweight (155 lbs)
Results: Anton Kuivanen wins via split decision

Next up the for the UFC will be UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera.  Shogun vs. Vera will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  Los Angeles fans spoke up and the UFC listened.  So, if you're in the Los Angeles area, make sure to get your ticket ASAP an support MMA in Los Angeles. 

UFC 149 Faber vs Barao Fight Pick

UFC 149 Faber vs Barao
With so many MMA events going on recently, UFC 149, Faber vs. Barao has flown under the radar, but hardcore fans know that this fight has the ingredients, for a fight of the year candidate.  UFC 149, which will the be first UFC event at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, will surely have Canadian MMA fans wanting the UFC back for more chingasos!  Let's take a look at the main even, which will be for the UFC Interim Bantamweight title, Urijah Faber vs. Renan Pegado "Barao".

Renan Pegado "Barao" started his MMA career with a loss.  Since then, he hasn't looked back and has done nothing but rack up win after win, amassing a total MMA record of 28-1.  Included in those wins are has last three that have all been in the UFC.  He's no stranger to finishing fights either, as he has 6 KO/TKO and 13 submission victories.  Barao is well rounded with excellent striking ability, which he uses to set up his submission attempts.  He has the ability to beat a fighter in any realm of MMA.

 Urijah "The California Kid" Faber was a dominant fighter early in his career racking up a record of 21-1 in his first 22 fights.  Then, things got a little rocky when he suffered a TKO loss to Mike Brown in his 23rd fight. Since that loss, he hasn't won more than two in a row and is only 5-3.  To his credit, his last three losses have all been on decision. If he can finally shake off that TKO loss and be more aggressive, he has a chance to once again unveil his full potential. 

Unfortunately for Faber, this fight will not be an easy one to unveil his potential.  Barao is a better striker, and is better on the ground.  I am picking Barao to take this victory by being able to defend all of Faber's takedown attempts and by picking him apart standing.  If Faber is not careful, Barao will find an opening and finish Faber off. But, most likely, the the fight will go to the judges and Barao will take the decision victory. 

The winner of Faber vs. Barao will face Dominick Cruz to unify the titles in a future UFC event. Check out the video "Countdown to UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao":

MMA in Anaheim July 21

Anaheim is the home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but on Saturday July 21, it will be the place where MMA fans should focus their eyes. Momentum Fighting Championships (MFC) is putting on "Momentum Fight Night", which will feature 10 CAMO sanctioned MMA fights, including 6 title fights! This will be a chingasosfest for sure!

One of the title fights to keep an eye on is Benji Gomez vs. Keith Carson 2. Gomez sports a solid MMA record of 9-2 with one of those smudges coming to Carson. Carson is running through the division and plans on improving on his 8-3 record with another win over Gomez, and taking the MFC bantamweight title.

Their first fight went to the judges and had some controversy. "I know last time it was a split decision; this time I guarantee I ain't leaving it to the judges. I'm gonna knock him out," said Gomez in a recent interview. Carson responsed, "It was obvious that I won the fight. I'm going to prove to everybody that I'm really better than him in every aspect of MMA." This fight is going to be action packed, so make sure to keep your eyes open!

Another title fight to keep an eye on is Isaac Velasco vs. Abraham Nava. Velasco is coming off a long lay-off, but he is on a three fight win streak and sports an overall record of 6-2. Nava started his career with three straight wins, but then it was derailed with two losses. He's recently racked up another win, and Velasco is his next target.

Check out an Isaac Velasco training session Chingasos MMA filmed:

Velasco definitely works hard! It will be interesting to see if Nava can handle the pressure.

Montentum Fight Night goes down Saturday, July 21. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the fights get going at 6 p.m.  Percentage of the revenues will be going to Momentum Kids Foundation, helping families with cancer and other life threatening illnesses and diseases.

Here's the complete fight card for "Momentum Fight Night":
Rick Rojo vs. Shuhei Sakaguchi
Fighting at Flyweight (125 lbs)

Devan Klemm vs. Davis Dennis
Fighting at Lightweight (155 lbs)

Dmitry Gerasimov vs. Blake Butin
Fighting at Lightweight (155 lbs)

Michael Villareal vs Michael Chang
Fighting at Middleweight (185 lbs)

Roger Brito vs. Lam Pham
Fighting at Lightweight (155 lbs)

Joseph Querubin vs. Andre Camarena
Fighting at Featherweight (135 lbs)

Shannon MacKenzie vs. Eric Rios
Fighting at Bantamweight (125 lbs)

Justin Blankenship vs. Takashi Munoz
Fighting at Welterweight (170 lbs)

Benji Gomez vs. Keith Carson
Fighting at Bantamweight (125 lbs)

Howard LaCroix vs. Namun Paik
Fighting at Middleweight (185 lbs)

Stephanie Gonzalez vs. Kaiyana Rain Tan
Fighting at 115 lbs

Steven Ciaccio vs Akkim Lee
Fighting at Lightweight (155 lbs)

For more information on "Momentum Fight Night":

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Samurai Pro MMA Los Angeles

This Friday night , Los Angeles MMA fans get a chance to witness some professional Mixed Martial Arts fighting action!  The Samurai MMA Pro 3 event is going down at the Culver City Veteran's Memorial Auditorium. These are all up and coming pros so expect a chingasosfest as they try to prove a point while climbing up the ranks!

The doors to the Samurai MMA Pro event will open at 6:30 p.m. and the first MMA fight will get going at 8 p.m.  Special guests, and MMA legends Fabricio Werdum and Renato "Babalu" Sobral will be in attendance.  There will also be beer, cocktails and food on hand. 

One of the fights to keep an eye on is Terrion Ware vs. Paul Amoro.  Ware is making his second professional entrance into an MMA fight and has been looking explosive in training. A while back, when Terrion Ware was still fighting his way through the amateur ranks, we were able to catch a glimpse of him training.  Check out a promo video Chingasos MMA put together for him back in his amateur days:

Here is the complete fight card for Sumurai MMA Pro 3

Fernando Vargas vs. Jonathan Rivera
Fighting at 170 lbs (Welterweight)

 Magno Almeida vs. Darren Smith
Fighting at 155 lbs (Lightweight)

Cooper Gibson vs. Felipe Lavandoski
Fighting at 145 lbs (Featherweight)

Alex Coates (debut) vs. Walter Selva
Fighting at 185 lbs (Middleweight)

Marcus Kowal vs. Mike Kubeska
Fighting at 135 (Bantamweight)

Eric Steans vs. Jerome Buchanan
Fighting at 155 lbs (Lightweight)

Paul Amaro vs. Terrion Ware
Fighting at 135 lbs (Bantamweight)

Stay tuned for UFC fight picks, and more MMA in Los Angeles.