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UFC 168 Weidman vs Silva Fight Pick & Preview

Weidman Silva UFC 168 Fight
As soon as UFC referee Herb Dean waived the fight off, signaling the official TKO of Anderson Silva, MMA fans were already calling for a rematch.  Many felt that Weidman had gotten lucky.  This Saturday, the long awaiting rematch will finally take place at UFC 168.  Silva has an opportunity to get his UFC middleweight belt back, and Weidman has an opportunity to show that the first win was no fluke.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters, and then I’ll make my fight pick.  One more correct pick and I’ll be 9-1 for my last 10 picks. 

Anderson Silva was considered by many to be the best pound for pound MMA fighter in the world.  That is, until his loss.  But, most still believe that the loss to Weidman was a fluke and was mostly a result of Silva’s clowning, more than Weidman’s skill. 

I must admit, when I first saw the fight, I thought Weidman got lucky.  As I looked at it again, I can see Weidman had an excellent strategy.  He stayed in the pocket and wasn't distracted by the clowning.  I had also forgotten that Weidman had dominant position in the first round and was landing shots until he went for the knee bar and lost position.

Silva is an MMA legend.  He comes into this fight with an overall MMA record of 33-5.  Included in his wins are 20 KO/TKO’s and 6 submissions.   Before the Weidman loss, Silva had racked up 16 UFC wins in a row.   His last four title defenses, before facing Weidman, had all ended in either a KO or TKO.

Obviously, Anderson Silva has an MMA toolbox filled with everything necessary to be the greatest MMA fighter ever, but father time might have caught up with him.  Two of his most used tools, speed and reaction time, failed to be as sharp as usual in the Weidman loss. 

Chris Weidman is a tough, hard nosed MMA fighter with a great wrestling base and power in his punches.  His fearless strategy, staying in the pocket and attacking, worked perfectly to snatch the UFC middleweight belt from Anderson Silva.

Chris Weidman is now 10-0 with 4 KO/TKO’s and 3 submissions.  Those wins have not been against cans either; they’ve been agains the top fighters in the division.  Weidman is a skilled fighter, has shown no fear, and even though he’s now the champion, he’s hungry to prove to the world that getting that title was no fluke!

Anderson Silva is now 38 years old.  As we all know, speed and reaction time are the first to go.  Silva’s fighting style cannot be successful at the highest levels with those two physical attributes diminished or dulled in any way.  Weidman had a great strategy in the first fight, and I believe he has the blueprint to beat Silva again. 

Look for Weidman to be aggressive and push the pace in this fight.  He’ll fatigue Silva and then find an opening to take Silva to the mat and utilize some ground and pound.  Silva will not be able to regain the belt and another loss will be Silva’s reason to ride off into the sunset as one of the greatest ever.  Weidman has already taken the belt, and at UFC 168 he’ll prove to the world he’s the rightful owner. 

Check out the Countdown to UFC 168 video:

Omoplata to Choke Submission Technique in MMA

Check out this nice choke submission technique from an omoplata attempt in an MMA fight.  This took place at the Nemesis Fighting Aliance MMA event. 

Get Down Promotions Full MMA Event Video

Check out the MMA fights from the CAMO California State So Cal Finals. Get Down Promotions hosted this MMA event at the Yost Theatre in Orange County, California

Here's the complete fight card:

Julio Rios  vs.  Jae Hwang
TMelana Smith  vs.  Farren Romero
Garrett Whitman  vs.  Mathew Arriola
Ivan Lopez  vs.  Joshua Jones
Freddie Cheatham  vs.  Mario Delgado
Heinrich Wassmer  vs.  adrian gutierrez
Eric Wilson  vs..  Edgar Duron
Andrew Mostowa  vs.  Cesar Gonzalez
David Durant  vs.  David Flores
 Angelo Henry  vs.  Jerell Cephas

UFC 167 GSP vs Hendrick Fight Pick and Preview

UFC 167 Fight Pick GSP Hendricks
UFC 167 is going down tomorrow night and it’s time to get into my fight pick and preview.  In the last 8 UFC main event pay per views (PPV’s) I’ve gone 7-1 in my picks.  The one loss in that streak was the Silva vs. Weidman fight.  I think that one surprised a lot of people.  But anyway, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about UFC 167 so let’s take a closer look at George St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks.  Then, as always, I’ll make my fight pick. 

George St. Pierre (GSP) has been a dominant force in the welterweight division.  His skills, and his mental approach to fights got him to the top and have kept him there singe August of 2007.  GSP has an overall record of 24-2.  Those losses were a long time ago, and like a true champion, he’s avenged both of them (Matt Serra, Mat Hughes). 

GSP is the complete MMA package.  He’s great in all aspects of MMA. There’s not very many holes in his game, if any, but…the knock on GSP is that he doesn’t finish fights.  His last 6 fights have all gone to the judges. 

This Saturday at UFC 167, GSP faces his toughest threat yet in Johny Hendricks.  Hendricks has the wrestling ability to smother fighters and pull out decisions, but he also has legitimate and dangerous KO power.  Hendricks has an overall MMA record of 15-1 with 8 of those fights coming via KO/TKO.

This is a dangerous match up for GSP as he won’t be able to take Johny Hendricks down and will have to stand and trade with the heavy hitting KO artist.  I'd like to see Hendricks shake up the division with a convincing win, but GSP is too smart of a fighter to let that happen.  While GSP will have to watch out for that big KO punch, he’s experienced and skilled enough to avoid that big shot while peppering Hendricks with technical striking to pull out a decision victory. 

What do you think?  Will Johny Hendrix be able to land a KO blow?  Or, will GSP cruise into a decision victory with his technical striking?

Countdown to UFC 167

UFC Primetime: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks

UFC 167 GSP vs Johnny Hendricks Primetime Videos

On Saturday, November 16 at UFC 167, George St. Pierre puts his winning streak that’s lasted six years on the line agains hard hitting Johnny Hendricks.  Some say that this will be GSP’s greatest challenge.  Check out the UFC Prime time episodes and you decide!

UFC Primetime: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks
Episode 1

UFC Primetime: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks
Episode 2

Bellator 106 Long Beach California

Did you miss this weekend's Bellator MMA event that took place in Long Beach, California?  If so, you missed some great fights.  The main event, Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler will definitely be a contender for fight of the year!  Check out the official Bellator MMA Highlight fight video:

Bellator 106: Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler, took place at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California. 

UFC 166 Fights Slow Motion Highligh Video

Check out the slow motion highlight video of UFC 166: Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos.  Awesome video the UFC puts out after the fights are done. 

UFC 166: Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos 3 Fight Pick & Preview

Tomorrow evening, UFC 166: Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos is finally going down!  Dos Santos gets an opportunity to get the UFC heavyweight title back. Velasquez gets the opportunity to show his rematch win versus Dos Santos was no fluke.  This fight has the ingredients to become the fight of the year!  These fighters both have a loss which came at the hand of the other which sets up this trilogy. Who will take the rubber match in the trilogy?  Let's take a closer look at these two fighters and then I'll make my fight pick. 

Junior Dos Santos (JDS) packs some of the best KO power in the UFC. JDS comes into this fight with an overall MMA record of 16-2.  He's a premiere striker and has showed his skill and power on several occasions. Fourteen of his sixteen wins have come via KO or TKO.  JDS has excellent takedown defense and uses that to keep the fight where he can stand and bang. 

Velasquez vs Dos Santos Fight Videos 1 & 2

UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos First 2 Fight Videos
Check out the free UFC video from their first fight.

UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 2
This is the UFC free video of their second fight.

Palhares Heel Hook Gets Him Banned -Fight Video

Check out the UFC fight video of Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Pierce

Rousimar Palhares submits Mike Pierce with a heel hook in 31 seconds.  Dana White cuts and bans Rousimar from the UFC shortly there after.  

Is it the right decision?  
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Can Johnny Hendrix Beat GSP at UFC 167?

Johnny Hendrix is a beast!  But, can he beat GSP at UFC 167?  Take a look at a highlight video of some of his best knockouts. 

SparStar Saturday Night Fights Recap & Photos

This past weekend, Spar Star Promotions put on Saturday Night Fights at the Hollywood Park Casino. While the sport of MMA might seem brutal to some, keep in mind that the athletes safety is of the utmost importance.  Saturday Night Fights got off to late start because of the paramedics missing some vital equipment.  But once they got squared away, the fight action was highly exciting with KO's, submissions and more action that electrified the crowd in attendance.  Once again, Tony Padilla and SparStar promotions did a great job putting together great fights. 

Sergio Pettis - New UFC Phenom?

MMA fighter, and younger brother of UFC champion Anthony Pettis, Sergio Pettis, will now join him in the UFC.  He's 9-0 so far.  Is he the new "Phenom"? Check out some of his fights. 

Sergio "The Phenom" Pettis vs.  James Porter (Hollywood MMA)
September 28, NAFC Battle at the Ballroom

Tom McKenna vs Sergio PettisFinals at Tachi Tournament in Indianapolis

Rhonda Rousey Slow Motion Armbar Submission

Check out Rhonda Rousey apply her go to submission technique, the armbar, in slow motion.  

Proving Grounds 10 - Photos and Recap

By Ricardo Robles
Chingasos MMA writer, editor, and talent scout.

Savant Young is the host of Proving Grounds, one of the top amateur MMA shows in Southern California. The tenth edition of Proving Grounds was held on September 28 in Pasadena, California at The Fight Academy.  For this tenth edition, Young started a four man tournament at 170 pounds. The winner will get his medicals paid for their pro MMA license.

UFC 165 Video Highlights - Slow Motion Fight Action

Slow motion highlights from UFC 165.  Which  was your favorite fight?  Is Jon Jones vs. Gustafsson fight of the year so far?

UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson Fight Preview and Pick

This Saturday, September 21, Jon Jones will take on yet another challenge, and will attempt to defend his title once again!  This time, for UFC 165, the UFC is throwing Alexander Gustafsson at the light heavyweight champion. Gustafsson has been impressive in the UFC, and poses a big threat, but is he ready to strip the title away from Jon Jones?  Let's take a closer look at these two fighters.  Then, I'll make my fight pick. 

UFC 164 Slow Motion Highlights

MMA Events in September - Los Angeles

MMA Events September
As we head into the final days of Summer, the MMA action in the Los Angeles is staying hot, just like the weather!  If you're interested in checking out live MMA cage fighting action in the Los Angeles area, here is a list of MMA events that will be going down in September. 

On Saturday, Septermber 7, BAMMA USA brings you Pro Series 3 from the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, CA.

Pro Series 3 Fight Card
135lbs: Jared Papazian (16-10) vs. Jeff Martin (10-9)
170lbs: Ozzy Avalos (5-2) vs. Nick Reale (7-6)
180lbs: Robert Gleckman (1-0) vs. Alex Rickards (4-8)
135lbs: German Baltazar (3-1) vs. Terrion Ware (4-2)
145lbs: Shad Smith (12-20-2) vs. Emilio Chavez (4-5)
170lbs: TBA vs. Cameron Diffley (3-0)
185lbs: Howard LaCroix (0-0) vs. Moses Murrieta (0-0)
135lbs: David Duran (0-1) vs. Aziz Rashid (0-1)
163lbs: Daniel Clark (1-2) vs. Clayton Macfarland (1-0)
* Fight Card Subject to Change

Doors open at 6PM
Fights start at 7PM
Ticket Prices: $120-$100-$80-$60
For Tickets you can call (714) 912-8822 or Buy Tickets online

Braemar Country Club
4001 Reseda Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

Checkout highlights from BAMMA's Bad Beat 9

On Saturday, September 28, Proving Grounds 10 is going down in Pasadena!  Proving Grounds 10 will be held at the Fight Academy, near Old Town Pasadena. It will feature a 4 man tournament! 

Door open at 5:30 p.m.
Fights Start at 7 p.m.

For tickets go to www.FightAcademyMMA.com, or you can contact Savant Young at 213 -718-3886

Check out the highlight video from Proving Grounds 9.

Check out the Chingasos MMA Facebook Page for more info.  Also, feel free to post a flyer if you have an MMA event coming up in September. 

UFC 164: Henderson vs Pettis Fight Pick & Preview

UFC 164 Fight Pick
UFC 164 is going to feature a Lightweight championship title matchup between two of the most athletic fighters in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Ben "Smooth" Henderson and Anthony "Showtime" Pettis.  Henderson has the UFC Lightweight title, but, his last loss was to Pettis back in the WEC.  Will Henderson avenge that loss and prove he's the undisputed champion, or, will Pettis snatch the title away and leave no doubt that he's the best in the world?  Lets take a closer look at these two MMA fighters.

Ben "Smooth" Henderson is walking into UFC 164 and this title defense with an overall MMA record of 19-2.  Eight of those wins have come via submission and two via KO/TKO.  He has the ability to finish a fight, but, his last 8 fights have all gone to a decision.  Including the loss to Pettis. 

In order to beat Pettis, Henderson is going to have to be more aggressive and go for a finish.  That's not going to be an easy task versus a fighter like Pettis. 

Anthony "Showtime" Pettis comes into UFC 164 with an overall record of 16-2. Seven of those wins have come via KO/TKO, another six of those wins via submission.  Pettis is definitely a finisher!  He's coming off of two exciting KO's. The last one agains a very good opponent in Donal Cerrone and the KO before that was agains another very good opponent in Joe Lauzon. 

Pettis has the power to finish, and he has the power to finish high level MMA fighters! But, Henderson has never been knocked out.  Henderson's only other loss was way back in 2007 via an anaconda choke in only his third professional fight.  Obviously Henderson has come a long way since then. 

Henderson is a UFC champion, and he's defended the title three times.  You can never count out a champion.  The experience gained at the highest level of competition is an extremely useful tool that can be used to get through a tough fight and pull out a victory. 

With that being said, Pettis has beat him before, he's been a champion (WEC). The confidence of beating Henderson in the past, along with his athleticism, explosive MMA toolbox, and hunger to become champion once again will fuel his journey to victory. 

Look for Pettis to pull off a decision victory by keeping the fight standing and outstriking Henderson.  Agree?  Disagree?  Feel free to comment below. 

Check out the UFC video: UFC 164 Extended Preview. 


U of MMA -Fight Night 3 Photos

U of MMA
Last night, Jay Tan, Turi Altavilla and the U of MMA put on Fight Night 3 at Club Nokia at L.A Live in Los Angeles.  The U of MMA has absolutely risen the bar as far as putting on an MMA event.  This was one of the most professionally run MMA events that I've attended.   An elegant venue, an excited encouraging crowd, and a slew of skilled fighters entering the U of MMA cage made it an awesome night of MMA action in Los Angeles.   The night culminated with the main event where the U of MMA title was up for grabs! 
U of MMA Title Photo Fight Night 3
The women got in on the fight action!
U of MMA Womens Fight
Punches in bunches!
women fight los angeles
face punch U of MMA
This was one of the exciting fights at U of MMA's Fight Night 3. It eventually ended with an armbar submission technique.
 Mens MMA action More photos from U of MMA's Fight Night 3 will be posted soon. You can check out some of the weigh in photos on the Chingasos MMA Facebook.  
What goes up... 
mma takedown
...must come down!
 takedown slam
In MMA, like in life, you can find yourself in a really bad position. bad mma position
But, if you keep fighting, you can find your way out of it and win!!
 MMA Fight Winner
 He came to throw hard punches!
 hard punches mma
More photos coming soon...

The Classic: Griffin vs Bonnar Fight Video

The Classic: Griffin vs. Bonnar

Take a look back at one of the greatest fights in UFC history, Forest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar.  This fight surely earned the UFC some fans.  It was truly a chingasos-fest!  Grab a beer, and check out the fight video! 

This is one of the fight videos you want to show a prospective MMA fan!  What are your thoughts on this fight?  What fight video would you show someone that is interested in the sport of MMA?

Free MMA Fight Video: Cameron Harris vs Jesus Curioso

SparStar Promotions
Friday Night Fights

Cameron Harris vs. Jesus Curioso

This fight video is sponsored by PKG. 

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MMA Fight Video: Andre Nickelson vs Andre Williams

SparStar Promotions
Friday Night Fights

Andre "The Closer" Nickelson vs. Andre Williams

This free MMA fight video is sponsored by Final Round Fight Gear! It's not for the weak!  

Women's MMA Fight Video: Melana Smith vs Evette Garcia

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Friday Night Fights

Melana Smith vs. Evette Garcia

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MMA Fight Events - August 2013

There's been some great MMA cage fighting action this Summer so far, but there's still more to come in August.  If your a fan, or a fighter, here are the MMA events going down in the Los Angeles area to keep an eye on.  Get your tickets early, and catch some live chingasos!  Also, if you're a reputable organization, and you're putting on an MMA event, e-mail Chingaso MMA with your event info if it's not listed here already.

Free MMA Fight Video: Joel Lopez vs Gilbert Garcia

SparStar Friday Night Fights:
Joel Lopez vs. Gilbert Garcia 

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Free MMA Fight Video: Steven Tassin vs Chris Jenks

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Steven Tassin vs. Chris Jenks

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UFC 163: Aldo vs Korean Zombie Fight Pick

UFC 163 Jose Aldo vs Korean Zombie Fight Pick
UFC 163 goes down this weekend. The featherweight division is still relatively new to the UFC, but it's becoming one of the most competative divisions.  UFC 163 will feature a championship fight between the champion Jose Aldo, and number one contender Chan Sung Jung "The Korean Zombie".  Jose Aldo is one of the most athletic MMA fighters today. Chan Sung Jung has no fear an due to this fearless fighting style has earned himself the nickname "The Korean Zombie".  This fight has fight of the year possibilities.  Let's take a closer look at each fighter, then I'll make my official fight pick. 

Jose Aldo comes in to this fight as the UFC featherweight champion and sports an impressive overall MMA record of 22-1. His last loss was way back in 2005! His stand up is top notch and his 13 KO/TKO's prove it.  He's no slouch on the ground.  Aldo is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt. 

Chan Sun Junk, aka The Korean Zombie is coming into this fight with an overall record of 13-3.  He's on a three fight winning streak in the UFC and has finished all three of those fights! Two of those via submission and one via KO.  The Korean Zombie is a beast on the ground.  Eight of his thirteen wins have come via submission.  His relentless, fearless, attacking style have made him a fan favorite, but Aldo is his toughest match up yet.

The Korean Zombies will be facing the most athletic and technical fighter yet. Aldo will be able to handle everything the Zombie can throw at him. The Zombie's chance in this fight will be in the later rounds, where Aldo has had trouble.  But, can he get it there with enough to finish? 

I doubt it!  Aldo will be able to use his better technical stand up skills and athleticism to win rounds.  The Zombie will come forward, only to be met my technical punches kicks and takedown defense.  Look for this fight to go the distance, the Zombie is tough, but Aldo will pull out a decision. 

Check out the Countdown to UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie

Who's your pick for UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie?

MMA Coach -To the Fight and Through the Fight

MMA Coach and Fighter Checking in
By Ricardo Robles
Chingasos MMA Writer, Editor and Talent Scout

What does it take to be a coach? Do you think you have what it takes? What does it take to be an MMA coach? Do you have what it takes? Are you sure? Can you handle being an MMA coach and the rest of life's duties?

Daniel "El Leon" Hernandez is a pro MMA fighter and an MMA coach. He is also the owner of The Vault MMA & Fitness located in Monrovia, California. Not only is he the owner and the MMA coach,  he is the head coach at The Vault. If that wasn't enough, Daniel also volunteers as the Monrovia High School wrestling coach as well as being a full time father and husband.

On Friday July 26, Chingasos MMA followed El Leon as he coached Jose "Monster" Rivas for his pro MMA debut at Pandemonium 9 in Pomona, California.  I met Daniel at The Vault prior to the fight. I arrived there early, so I got to watch part of the wrestling practice. The boys were working hard on basics before they got some live rounds in. This is the off season, yet Daniel gives his time to help out the high schoolers who want extra training.

Daniel closes up the wrestling workout, and we're off.  He drops off his wife and daughter at home, and he makes a quick stop at the store to buy gauze. We get on the freeway  and as we're driving to the venue through rush hour, we talk about his busy schedule. "I coach my daughter's soccer team.  There are some coaches out there that get too competitive."  Daniel goes on to recount how a coach was chewing out his own daughter for allowing a goal. "I don't even do that to my pro fighters. If my guy gets knocked out, I help him up and let him know that it happens and that things will be ok."

When we get to the venue we hear a voice yelling, "I need everyone to go out".  MMA fights tend to be a circus act. You'll get a hodgepodge of individuals who feel the need to assert their "authority". You get everyone from the officials of the state athletic commission to the event security trying to get people to do as they say.  Everyone, fighters and their corners, gets ushered out. Another security guard yells at everyone to form a line.

We all get checked in and allowed to go to the dressing room. As it turns out, the dressing room is located at a horse stable. The dressing room itself is the dressing room for jockeys. No one ever said that fighting was always the glitz and glamour you see for the pay per view events.

Crail Chris, the fight inspector, walks in to let Monster know the basics and to check on his equipment. Chris  leaves and Monster offers Daniel a piece of gum. "Fuck you," retorts Daniel. Daniel had his mouth wired shut following his most recent fight. He's been on a liquid diet, and he already weighs 15 pounds less than his normal weight.

Monster puts on his earphones and sits down to wait. There is a lot of pre-fight waiting.  6:15 comes around and  Crail Chris wants the fighters for the first five fights to have their hands wrapped already. Brandon Michels, Monster's official first corner, wraps Monster's hands. Michels finishes, and Monster puts his earphones back. Everyone goes back to waiting.

Michels is also a pro MMA fighter under Daniel. Daniel talks to Michels about a possible next fight. "Here me out." Being a pro fighter is not necessarily a lucrative career when you're an up and coming fighter. The fight promotion that is interested in Michels isn't offering much. They go back and forth discussing the details, weighing the pros and cons. "It might be worth it, but you'll have to sell a lot of tickets." Having to sell tickets is one part of a pro MMA fighter's life that most people don't know about.

In the meantime, Monster is sitting listening to music, still waiting.
"MMA fighters! Rules meeting," a voice yells  from outside the dressing room. Everyone walks out and makes their way toward the front where Big John McCarthy is waiting. Crail Chris takes roll. Everyone goes back to waiting.

The unified rules of MMA are going to be used. The referee goes over basic rules, no hair pulling, biting eye-poking, etc.  However, the brunt of the rules meeting is dedicated to fighter safety. "If you scream like a twelve year old girl, we'll stop the fight."

Everyone goes back to the dressing room. Monster is the second fight on the card, and amongst other things, they have to figure out what time to start warming up. "They probably won't start on time, but we'll start warming up on time anyway."
Daniel goes over fight strategy with Monster as well as giving him some words of encouragement. "Put it on him.  It's your fight. Just go out and have fun. Do your thing."

It's time to start warming up and Daniel gets out his stopwatch. Michels holds the pads while Daniel gives out instructions. The first round is dedicated to basic striking combos.  "You're made to knock people out. Just go out and do it," Daniel says to Monster before they go back to warming up. As the warm up continues, Daniel has Monster throw combinations that are more geared toward fight strategy. Monster is now throwing elbows, knees, and upper cuts from a low position. Daniel is expecting Monster's opponent to rush in and go for a takedown.

It's past 7:40 now, Monster is warmed up, and there is no announcement of the fights starting. Monster goes back to the dressing room to sit down and wait.
Finally at 7:45, the fight announcement comes over the PA system. Chris comes in the dressing room to do a final check and let the guys know that he'll be walking them out.

Daniel gets his latex glove on and double checks his fight supplies. After making sure that he has everything he needs in the bucket, he gathers Michels and Monster at the center of the dressing room and says a prayer. 

The first fight is a 4-round boxing match, and Daniel keeps an ear out.  He hears a bell, "That's the end of round two. Two more rounds."  Monster paces around, getting his head straight.  Finally, the boxing match end , and it's Monster's turn to throw chingasos. Monster's walk-in song comes on, and Monster, Daniel, and Michels head towards the ring. Since there are both boxing and MMA fights, they are using a ring instead of a cage.

When the fight starts, Monster touches gloves with his opponent. Immediately, they start throwing chingasos and it is non-stop action. Monster's opponent gets a body lock on him and gets the takedown. Monster is at the bottom, holding his opponent in half guard, and Daniel is concerned.  Monster's strength is his stand up.  Although, Monster gives up his back, he is able to get the fight back to standing. Monster's opponent goes for another takedown, but it is Monster who ends up on top. Monster starts throwing fist from the top then starts raining down elbows until the referee finally steps in to stop the fight. Monster uses scary ground and pound to earn the TKO victory.

When the ref steps in to stop the fight, there is a huge cheer from the crowd, as Monster has a good amount of fans show up to watch him throw chingasos, and Michels and Daniel jumped in the ring to congratulate him. Monster, in MMA's customary show of camaraderie, goes to shake hands and show respect to his opponent. After all the smiles and pictures are done in the ring, Daniel accompanies Monster to the mandatory meeting with the doctor. The doctor clears him, and everyone goes back to the dressing room to gather their belongings.

Monster makes his way back to the crowd to meet with his fans. Daniel goes with him to say thank them for their support and to take pictures. He then digs his hands in his pocket, finds and takes out his car keys, and he rushes off. Daniel could not stay to enjoy the rest of the fights or to join in the rest of the celebration. Daniel's wife is pregnant and  due to deliver at any moment. No rest for the weary. Daniel's next job is to be in his wife's corner as she gives birth to their first son.

Amateur MMA Fighters - Need to Know Info

How To Fight MMA CaliforniaBy Ricardo Robles
 Chingasos MMA Writer, Editor and Talent Scout

So you're looking to fight amateur MMA or maybe you've fought amateur MMA already. I've written about my experience already leading up to my first amateur fight under CAMO (California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization), the sanctioning body for amateur MMA in California. You can find that article here: Road to The Fight Academy Cage

Fighting in the cage, however, has another aspect, the business side. The promoter is looking to make as much money as possible. You, on the other hand, will be fighting for free. Not only that, the promoters are charging quite a lot of money for people to go watch you fight. In the MMA events I have fought at, ticket prices have started at $35 (plus fees) for standing room only to $75 for VIP. There are some MMA promotions that charge even much more. In fact, I have seen promotions charge $150 for tickets!

To add to all of this, you'll be doing a lot of the promoting. Amateur MMA event promoters expect you to sell tickets. They depend on you, the MMA fighter, to sell tickets. You'll be telling your friends, family and teammates about your fight. The promoter will be expecting you to let them all know in person and through social media.

Just as the promoters are looking to protect their finances, you need to look out for yourself as well. While you are an amateur and promoters are not allowed to pay you, you can still look out for yourself within the framework of the CAMO rules. You or your coach/representative needs to talk to the MMA promoter about the following CAMO rules .

*****303. Amateur Status.
No person shall appear as a contestant in any amateur MMA contest who has or will receive any compensation or reward from the promoter of such contest in any form, except for actual travel and hotel expenses, and/or a per diem not exceeding $100 per day, or trophies, for competing in MMA contests.
While the promoter has expenses, you, the fighter, do as well. Under the rules, you can be compensated for your hotel, if you need one, and you are allowed to be compensated for your travel expenses. You will have other expenses the day of the fight. Under CAMO rules, the promoter can compensate you $100 for these expenses.

*****304. Limitations on Value of Trophies.
Except as provided in Section 303, only a trophy may be given to each contestant in any amateur MMA contest, but provided the value of such trophy does not exceed the sum of five hundred dollars ($500). No portion of an admission fee or fees charged or received for any MMA contest shall be paid or given, either directly or indirectly, to a contestant in connection with an event he/she is competing in, including without limitation, any commission on ticket sales for an event he/she is competing in.

*****305. No Payment to Amateur Indirectly – Expenses Allowed
Unless the written permission of CAMO is first obtained, it is strictly forbidden for any promoter to pay or cause to be paid to any coach, trainer, or representative of any amateur mixed martial artist participating in a contest, any sum of money other than the actual traveling and per diem expenses incurred by such coach, trainer, or representative and amateur mixed martial artists in traveling to and from their respective residences to the MMA contest in an amount to be approved by CAMO. For purposes of clarification, a coach, trainer or representative of an amateur mixed martial artist shall be permitted to receive a reasonable commission on any tickets they sell to an event, provided such commission is paid in connection with their services as a ticket seller as opposed to being compensation in connection with the participation of any athlete competing on such event.

These two rules together don't allow for commissions to be paid to you, the fighter. Yet, the promoter will be expecting you to promote the event. However, your coach, trainer, or representative can be paid a reasonable commission. You'll be busy getting ready for your fight. Let someone else in your camp take care of any ticket sales. A 10% commission should be the minimum, but a 25% commission would still be reasonable. Remember, the promoter is doing a lot of work but so is anyone in charge of selling tickets. Anyone selling tickets should therefore receive a commission.

Speaking of tickets. The promoter can and should give you tickets or wristbands for your closest family members. It doesn't have to be, and probably can't be many, but the promoter should give you some. You are already fighting for free. You shouldn't have to pay for your closest family members to go watch you fight.

A fight is a fight. Modern day MMA, on the other hand, is also entertainment and it is definitely a money making opportunity. Promoters will have no problem making sure that their finances are taken care of, so make sure that your finances are taken care of as much as you can as an amateur.

SparStar MMA Event August 2

MMA Los Angels SparStar
As we head into the heart of the Summer season, SparStar Promotions returns with Friday Night Fights at the Hollywood Park Casino.  Tony Padilla and his MMA fight promotion company SparStar Promotions has truly set the bar and shown how an MMA show should be run.  They've become the premier MMA event company in the Los Angeles area. On Friday August 2, you have another chance at catching some live MMA action and a well produced show.

If you're an up and coming fighter and you're looking to get involved in MMA competition, this is one of the events you should become a part of.  If you're a fight fan and you're interested in checking out MMA and cage fighting action for the first time, this event would be a great choice.

For more informations, visit www.SparStarPromotions.com or you can call 626-562-244-8067.

At Chingasos MMA we pride ourselves on giving this awesome sport as much exposure as possible, and we're more than glad to work with those that strive to do the same.  We appreciate fight promoters like Tony Padilla and organizations like SparStar. 
Mark Kriski, Mike Beltran, Tony "T-Bone" Padilla
Thanks to Tony Padilla and his understanding of how important it is to give these fighters exposure, on August 2, we'll be at the Hollywood Park Casino doing some photography and giving these fighters much needed exposure. 

Hollywood Park Casino
3883 W Century Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90303
 (310) 330-2800

MMA Official David Micheal Bell on Reffing, Rules and More

MMA ref rules and more
By Ricardo Robles
 Chingasos MMA writer, editor and talent scout. 

Every sport has some kind of referee and/or judge. MMA is no exception, having both referees and judges. You can ask any MMA fan and they will let you know without a doubt that referees and judges are clueless. All of us MMA fans know that they are blind and that they don't know what the hell they're doing. Is that really the case, though? ChingasosMMA got a chance to sit down and have a conversation with one of the best up and coming referees and judges in MMA, David Michael Bell. David is highly knowledgeable and he shared some of his insights as an MMA official.

Chingasos MMA: Thank you for sitting down with Chingasos MMA and sharing your knowledge. First of all, you work with many great referees and officials such as Herb Dean and Big John McCarthy, and you've also worked with a great referee like Mike Beltran. How tempted have been to just grab Mike Beltran's mustache?

DMB: You know he has a great stache right there. You put a cowboy hat on him and a couple of six shooters and you have Yosemite Sam. Hats off to him. He's grown a great one and he braids it now and keeps it trimmed. It's unique to him. That's for sure. I wish I could grow it like him. I'm half Armenian and I can't grow the hair like that.

MMA refs
Chingasos MMA: Ok well, can you tell us about your fight background?

DMB: I started in 96 in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I started with a Rickson Gracie affiliate, Michael Ortiz, and a Jean Jacques, affiliate David Dunn. I also trained a little bit in Muay Thai. I have trained a little bit of judo and wrestling, but mainly Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is my background.

Chingasos MMA: Did you get a rank?

DMB: I am a purple belt under Michael Ortiz. I still currently train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I still do gi jiu jitsu , but mostly no gi. I don't really care too much for the pajamas.
When you get so involved in the MMA game, it's kind of hard to, but I still train at Big John's. Gene Lebell is a judge in the commission and he invites me to go train at his gym, so I I've been there a couple of times.

Chingasos MMA: Have you competed?

DMB: I've done some Pankration back in the days. Amateur wasn't sanctioned in California until 2004, 2005 so it was hard to get fights back in the day. So, I didn't do much of that stuff. There was Pankration at Camp Pendleton.

Chingasos MMA: Who licensed you? How are you sanctioned?

DMB: I first got licensed by CAMO by JT Steele in 2009 I believe. I was licensed first as an inspector and a judge.

I had taken big John's referee class in 2007 and I had tested back then, but we didn't have any amateur MMA in California, so I didn't use it until I got into CAMO. I took big John's class again. There was more detail with the ring work and cage and I passed it again, so then I got licensed in 2010 or 2011 as a referee in CAMO. In 2012 I got licensed with CSAC under George Dodd. I had done a couple of years of amateur work and I had demonstrated the skills to earn my pro referees and pro judges license.

Chingasos MMA: So did they evaluate you live?

DMB: I had received recommendation letters from other pro officials. Then I was given a chance with what is called like a permit, to work with pro, and given a probationary period to demonstrate my skills.

So right now I can referee and judge under CAMO and CSAC. I'm not a licensed inspector, but on the same token, I usually show up early for events and I'm there to help as far as checking in fighters and making sure they have their equipment. In CAMO, a lot of times we come in two hours early just to help out and make sure all the hand wraps are taken care of, just to give them a head start so the fights can start on time.

Chingasos MMA: What made you want to become a ref?

DMB: Obviously being a fan of the sport and obviously training at big John's. I built a relationship with Big John McCarthy. He is the guy that started it. He pretty much wrote the book of being an MMA official. Just seeing what he does. All fighters want to work with him. Also, just saying to myself that I know I can do it. As a fighter you want to make sure that someone is in there who knows what they're doing, to give you a chance to fairly compete, and on the same token, someone who will protect you when you cannot protect yourself anymore. I believed I could do it, so I wanted to give it a shot.

Chingasos MMA: What do you see as the differences in the different types of shows? For example, what are the differences you see in a CAMO show versus any regular pro show versus a UFC event?

DMB: Well CAMO, of course, is amateur so the amateur rules apply, which means no elbows and no knees to the head and then no rotational leg locks. Also, in amateurs, fighters aren't in there getting paid. They're just in their testing their skills, so you will tend to pull the trigger a little faster on stoppages if you feel the fighter is taking punishment. Maybe an arm lock is on. In the pros you might give them time to work themselves out of it and possibly break that arm, but in the amateurs, if you think that submission is locked on pretty good and you don't think that fighter can get out of it and you think something might break, you'll stop it, where you won't do that in the pros.

As far as pros versus UFC, in pro fights, especially in California, there are still 3-3 minute rounds and not the five-minute rounds like the UFC. But, usually after four or five fights, you do your five-minute rounds as a pro. The UFC is obviously a well-oiled machine as far as getting their fighters ready and being on structured time. Even in some of the pro shows, the scheduled time to start the show will be 7:00, but it ends up being 7:30 or 8:00 or something like that. In the UFC you know they have TV limits, so they have to start on time. They'll have six cutmen back there to wrap hands, and they have a big crew to make sure that everything is organized. But even in some of the Pro shows, they don't have a budget to do all of that.

Chingasos MMA: Earlier you mentioned stopping fights a little bit early for the fighter's safety, but fighters don't see it that way sometimes. How much heat have you caught?

DMB: I've caught a little bit. Obviously as a beginning ref, when you first start, you don't want to be the guy that is there when someone gets really hurt. You try to time it as well as you can. You look for signs that the fighter is not intelligently defending himself, and in rules meetings backstage, you try to give them a fair warning that fights are going to be stopped a little bit early. You tell them, "Here's what I'm looking for. If I tell you work, improve your position, get out, that's your cue to show me that you are still in this fight."

However, sometimes a fighter might be turtled and the blows he is taking aren't necessarily punishing, but they're not moving. I tell them work it out and they're just staying. You know you've already warned the fighter backstage that if that happens, you're going to stop the fight. Some other times, just the intensity of the blows, and you can tell that they are severely being punished.

Chingasos MMA: Are there any rules you would change in MMA?

DBM: The 12 to 6 elbow or downward elbow, sky to earth elbow. It's no different than any other elbow that you do. Obviously, someone is going to say you can put the tip of the elbow in someone's eye, but it's no different if you were going forward and put the tip of the elbow in someone's eye or someone getting punched in the eye and then claiming they got poked. Obviously, a strike to the spine is a concern, but every blow to the spine is illegal. It's considered the back of the head area.

The heel kick to the kidneys is another rule. It's the Royce Gracie rule from back in the day. But, are those any more damaging than a kick to the kidneys standing up or a punch to the kidneys or a punch to the liver?

Chingasos MMA: How about equipment?

DMB: I don't know if it can be done, but you see it a lot more often when fighters are in the pocket and their fingers are extended and people get eye poked. Obviously we warn them, as a ref, to keep their hands closed or keep the palms up. But, it would be helpful if something could be made where you could still have the flexibility, like a mitt, but not have fingers that could poke people in the eye. Same thing when you are pushing someone's face only the fingers get loose. It's not that the fighter is being deliberate, but it happens.

Chingasos MMA: How often you do you see that happening?

DMB: Often enough where it's a concern. It's something you penalize people for, but it's just something that happens in a fight. It's in our nature to push away when someone's coming towards you. When trying to engage, sometimes a fighter ends up getting poked. A guy like Anthony Johnson is an example. He got poked pretty badly and he took a loss for it, which was an accidental foul that wasn't seen.
And then the grounded fighter. Anything besides the soles of your feet being down, and you can't get kneed or kicked to the head. Sometimes that becomes such a judgment call because they put their finger down or they took a blow and all of a sudden they fall to a knee and they take another blow. Is it a foul because that person was shooting for a takedown or is it not a foul because that first blow rocked them and the fighter was already set to throw the second blow? So, it's a tough call. If there was something more concrete like being on all fours or flat you can't be kneed or kicked to the head.

Chingasos MMA: Do you think fighters abuse that rule?

DMB: You can hear coaches tell their fighters to drop or to put their hand down to make sure that they don't get kneed.

Same thing with fighters that are passing the guard that don't want to get up kicked; they will drop to a knee to make sure they don't get that up kick. In the Ben Henderson/Melendez fight, Melendez saw that Henderson had nailed Frankie with some nasty up kicks, so he dropped to a knee to make sure he didn't get them. I mean it's smart; it's the rule. Mainly for wrestlers that are taking on strikers, how much of their game is affected if they are allowed to get kneed when they are coming in?

Chingasos MMA: We had discussed referees and judgment calls. What kinds of punishments are there for refs who make bad calls, stopping fights too early or too late or any other bad decision that a ref makes?

DMB: It all depends on which athletic commission. The athletic commission and the executive officer of each athletic commission are the ones that give assignments to referees. If you have an executive officer who feels that the fight was unjustly stopped, the fighter can appeal it and the commission can review it, and if it's something that can be overturned, then it will be a No Decision. It has happened. On the same token, an executive officer might not give assignments to that referee or not as many assignments or not big assignments because they question the person's judgment. But, that all depends on the executive officer.

Chingasos MMA: So there's no suspension?

DMB: You can get your license suspended. It all depends on what kind of call it is. If it's a judgment call and it's a close judgment call, then you have to go with the judgment of the referee. Now if it's something that's not a judgment call, maybe it's mechanical, then things will be looked at differently.

Chingasos MMA: Since you also judge fights, how difficult is it to judge fights?

DMB: It all depends on what kind of fight you're doing, what activity is going on in the fight. Obviously, the two top criteria are effective striking and effective grappling. You have to determine what's effective. Maybe one fighter is the busier fighter and he's throwing more strikes but not necessarily landing, while the other one is landing strikes in there.

Lyoto Machida is an example because other fighters might be busier, but he's a counter fighter that lands the cleaner shots. It's not pretty to watch sometimes because he's working on not getting hit, but he hits the other person.

With effective grappling, someone might get three takedowns in a round, but what did he do with those takedowns after he got them? Whereas a person that is landing strikes and damaging his opponent or effectively striking his opponent while the person getting the takedowns didn't do anything, you have to look at the end of the round and you have to decide which fighter you would rather be.

The other flip side, maybe someone has an armbar on for a long time and the guy gets out of it but he was in an armbar for thirty seconds defending, squirming with his arm hyperextended. It was an effective armbar, you have to understand. Or like a triangle. Someone has a triangle for a long time but you know the triangle was near his ears and there's still an air gap in there and you know it's not as good as a solid triangle.

Chingasos MMA: Especially in CAMO because of the short rounds, you'll see a fighter win the round with a simple takedown, regardless of whether or not there was any damage done. What are your thoughts?

DMB: It all depends. If the takedown was all there was in the round, yeah, you probably give it to the guy that got the takedown. But, if he got the takedown but the guy at the bottom is dictating the fight, looking for submissions, attempting sweeps, and the guy at the top is the whole time defending, the referee is keeping it at the bottom because the guy at the bottom wants to keep it there and he's the one dictating the fight. Then the guy at the bottom should get the round. Maybe the top guy is throwing strikes to the body whereas the bottom guy, and this doesn't happen in CAMO, is throwing solid elbows that are landing. Obviously you have to know what you are looking at, but that's an example of the bottom guy winning the fight. If he's going for submissions, he's going for moves and the top, fighter is trying to hold on and doesn't try anything, the bottom fighter gets the round. There are a lot of criteria. Because there are two minute rounds, you don't get as much of the material to work with. That's why if you are at the bottom, you have to be super active to show that," Hey! This is my round".

Chingasos MMA: What about aggressiveness? How does that fit in?

DMB: Same thing, if that's the only criteria. There's effective striking and effective grappling then aggressiveness and cage or ring control.

Chingasos MMA: So, it looks like for you, the main criteria is effectiveness.

DMB: Well, those are the main criteria, but if there's nothing effective going on, then the only thing that you have there is the aggressive fighter. Then you give it to the aggressive fighter.

I bring up Machida for the same reason. Fighters are more aggressive than Machida, but Machida scores his points. But if you have a fighter who wasn't doing what Machida does, and the other fighter is just coming forward, yeah, you have to give it to the aggressive fighter. But those don't happen too often, but they do happen to the point that, especially with new fighters who are afraid to engage, you don't give credit for defensive, but you do give credit for aggressiveness.

Chingasos MMA: From a fan's perspective, in the close fights, especially where you have a split decision, you're left wondering. You'll see the scores go 29-28, 28-29, then the third judge will score it 30-27. What do you think causes such discrepancy in the scores?

DMB: I can only speculate because you never know what's in the mind of a person. The judges are located in three different areas and sometimes one judge sees straight on what's gong on. Maybe there's a submission locked on and you're the judge that sees the backside of the submission. So you can't really see if it’s on or if it's not. Maybe you think it's on, but it's really not whereas the guy seeing it sees that it's clearly not on and doesn't give credit for it.

Same thing sometimes with the intensity of strikes. If they're on the other side of the cage, maybe one fighter has the other pinned up against the cage. The guy that's pinned up against the cage is throwing some great strikes that are actually pretty solid, but the judge on the backside doesn't have a good angle and can't really see it. Sometimes the posts are in the way and the judge can't really see it. That's just some speculation.

Sometimes certain judges give credit to certain things. Not that they should, but some judges might give credit to striking while other judges give more credit to grappling.

I think, at least in California, we're getting in people that are well versed in all aspects of MMA.

Chingasos MMA: So, do you think is it easier to judge an amateur fight where the cage is smaller as opposed to a UFC cage that's bigger where you could have the action way on the other side of you?

DMB: The UFC gives you lots of tools. They also give you monitors, so that if it is an area that you can't see, you can peek down real quick. Plus there are the five-minute rounds, so you have more material to work with. There are always going to be the fights that are very close to where you have close rounds that could go either way. You could almost score those rounds 10-10, but you're encouraged not to do so. Your job, as a judge, is to pick a winner of the round. Even MMA journalists, if you look at it, half of them will pick one fighter and the other half will pick the other fighter. There are going to be those fights that are razor thin and you could see that either one could win.

Chingasos MMA: What's the worst thing that has happened to you as a referee after anything controversial?

DMB: There was a fight, and I won't give the details, where the fighter did a soft tap, and they were warned about it; if it looks like a tap, it's a tap. So of course the fighter was angry and the corner was angry. The winning fighter had a mounted guillotine and the bottom fighter made a soft tap hoping the top fighter would alleviate the pressure. I stopped the fight and other officials agreed that it was a tap.
This was the main event of the fight card and I was getting ready to leave the cage. The venue was supposed to pour all alcohol into plastic cups but they hadn't. Some of the audience started throwing their beer bottles, but luckily some of them only hit my backpack.

Chingasos MMA: Has anything funny, as a referee, happened to you?

DMB: I had a few incidents where fighters have come after my legs after the fight was over. There was also a fight where this guy was running away from punches but he got caught. I stopped it and he thought he was good, so he got up but he was on wobbly legs. The doctor came in and asked him where he was and he yelled back "Hollywood!" The doctor asked him what day it was and he yelled back "Hollywood!" That happens where guys think they're okay but they're actually really not.

Chingasos MMA: Thank you! Last question and we'll wrap it up here. Superman or The Hulk, who wins?

DMB: That's a tough one. How can you argue against the man of steel, Superman? They're both some of my favorites. I'll never get tired of watching movies like that. I went to watch Man of Steel when it first came out. I've seen all the Hulk movies, especially the one with Edward Norton where they start off the scene with Rickson Gracie doing yoga and slapping him.

Chingasos MMA: Anything else you would like to add?

DMB: I'm blessed to officiate this sport that we both love and to be a part of its continued evolution and growth. The sport is a lot different than when we started, the amount of athletes that are doing it now and the things they can do now that couldn't be done back in the days. I think the next generation of fighters, in the next 10 to 15 years, who started from MMA versus someone who started in one discipline and ended up learning MMA in their 20s, are going to be that much better. I think there are better athletes and better types of training. I think MMA has pioneered a lot of multiple training that even football teams are using, programs built around explosion and stamina and cardio. That ability to fight 5-5 minute rounds at that level, the average human would have a hard time going one minute at the pace that these guys are going. It's a testament to all the hard work these guys are putting in in the gym. It's not easy to get in there 5-6 days a week to put your body through that punishment and still come in and perform at a high level.

Chingasos MMA sends out a big thank you to David Michael Bell for sitting down and doing this interview.  Please share, and help expose this great sport to the world.  Also stay tuned for more interviews with fighters, trainers, and other MMA officials. 

UFC 162: Silva vs Weidman Fight Pick & Preview

UFC 162 Silva vs. Weidman
UFC 162 is going down this Saturday, July 6.  Anderson Silva will face his biggest threat yet in Chris Weidman.  Weidman brings in to this title fight the MMA skills that have given the champion trouble.  Weidman is young and hungry!  Silva is a seasoned vet and a legend in the sport! Who will win?  Let's take a closer look at these two fighters and then I'll make my UFC 162 main event pick. 

Weidman is 9-0 overall with the last five wins coming in the UFC.  He's finished six of those 9 fights, three via KO/TKO and three via a submission technique. His great wrestling ability has gotten him a decision win over Demian Mai and he mixed in some excellent striking skills to get a KO win over Mark Munoz in his last fight. 

Weidman has the best wrestling/grappling in the UFC's middleweight division.  Wrestlers/grapplers have given Anderson Silva problems.  But, Silva has overcome those problems with great wrestlers/grapplers to pull out victories.  However, Weidman has the best striking of any of those other strong wrestlers/grapplers Silva has faced. 

 Anderson Silva is 33-4 overall. Since entering the UFC back in 2006, he's undefeated at 16-0.  His last loss dates back to January of 2006 where he was disqualified for using an illegal kick versus Yushin Okami.  Silva avenged that DQ loss at UFC 134 when he dismantled Okami and won via TKO in the second round. 

Anderson Silva's striking accuracy has become amazing as his last four opponents can attest to.  None of them have made it past the second round.  The improvement in his takedown defense since the close call in his first match with Chael Sonnen has been noticeably making his striking even more of a weapon. 

While Weidman posses the skills to give Silva problems, pulling out a victory is going to be tough.  Silva has a huge toolbox of MMA skills to dig into, and the tools he usually reaches for are dangerously sharp! Silva has a wealth of experience to fall back on.  He's been in trouble.  He's been in big fights.  He's fought the best of the best. 

Look for Weidman to push the pace and use his wrestling to get the fight to the ground. Silva will be able to counter and land solid strikes.  As the fight progresses, Silva's experience and striking accuracy will build momentum that Weidman will not be able to overcome.  Silva will stay undefeated in the UFC and hold on to his Middleweight belt. 

Check out the UFC 162 Extended Preview video.

What's your fight pick for UFC 162: Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman?

MMA Los Angeles Events - July 2013

MMA Events King of the Cage
As the Summer heats up, the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) cage fighting action does as well.  If you want to catch some live MMA cage fighting action in or around the Los Angeles area, here are some of the MMA events that will be happening in the month of July.  Some of these events can get pricey, so choose wisely as they're not all created equal.  Support the fighters and the sport, help us help the fighters and these events by spreading the word. 

King of the Cage returns with "Validation"in Highland, California on Thursday, July 11.  King of the Cage is the premiere professional MMA promotion in California.  Several UFC fighters including but not limited to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson began making their name at King of the Cage. 

The King of the Cage - "Validation" MMA event will start at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets range from $50 to $90.  KOTC- "Validation" will take place at the San Manuel Casino.

San Manuel Casino
777 San Manuel Blvd.

 Highland, CA 92346
(909) 864-5050

For more information you can call 1-888-777-7404 or visit www.KingoftheCage.com

Respect in the Cage returns Saturday, July 13.  Respect in the Cage continues to put on professional MMA events in an exciting venue. While we haven't had a chance to cover them, positive reviews have come through the wire.

Respect in the Cage will be held at the Fox Theater in Pomona, California. There will be a fully stocked bar, 3 levels, 3 patios, 3 replay screens and parking is free.  Tickets range from $40-$150. 

Fox Theatre Pomona
301 S Garey Ave.

 Pomona, CA 91766
(877) 283-6976

For more info, visit www.RespectintheCage.com

Mansion Fights 8 will go down Sunday, July 14. If you want to catch some amateur MMA fights in and event run by amateurs, Mansion Fights 8 would be it.  Chingasos MMA has attended several of their events and their professionalism in all aspects is lacking to say the least.  While Mansion Fights is now on their 8th event, improvement in their overall production and professionalism has lacked. You can read more on Mansion Fights and Armored Wing Productions here: http://www.chingasosmma.com/2013/06/mansion-fights-mma-armored-wings.html

Tickets for Mansion Fights 8:
 $35 plus a  $5.25 service charge (standing room only)
$55 plus  a $8.25 service charge (seating)
$75 plus a $10.13 service charge (VIP seating)

Mansion Fights 8 will be held a LightHouse Paros located at:
13311 Sherman Way 

North Hollywood, CA

Doors to Mansion Fights 8 will open at 3:30 p.m. and the fights will begin at 6 p.m.

Summer Fist 6 goes down Sunday July 14.  Summer Fist 6 will be held at the the OC Fair - Action Sports Arena.  This MMA event is CAMO (California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization) sanctioned and will feature some of the areas best up and coming MMA fighters.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m and the fights start at 6:00 p.m. 

OC Fair Event Center
88 Fair Dr

 Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 708-1500

For more information visit www.FightClubOC.com

Stay tuned for more information on MMA events in and around the Los Angeles area as well as UFC main event fight previews and picks. 

If you need help gaining exposure for you MMA event, gym and or fighter, feel free to contact us.  Chingasos MMA is here to help promote this awesome sport!  We'll do our best to give those that are representing the sport in a positive way extra exposure.