Inspiring Story of a UFC Fighter Francis Ngannou! Homeless to UFC Fighter!

This video is really inspiring. Not only for anyone who dealt with homelessness but anyone in general looking for motivation in life or just motivation to exercise.

 

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UFC 216: Preview Video From the UFC

This is a great preview of two dynamic strikers about to face each other. Kevin Lee and Tony Ferguson. Tony Ferguson has a unique style of fighting, in terms of what he throws and the way he throws his elbows and kicks. Its so different, it catches most of his opponents off guard. And, Kevin Lee, looks like he is going to have a strong following based on his momentum and is a dangerous fighter, but combat sports is a cruel sport. Whoever wins this, will steal the other’s momentum and push forward for that title shot.

Plus, the fight card has UFC’s flyweight Demetrius Johnson Vs Borg, which is another great match up. It’s amazing about the truth of the octagon and combat sports because when it all comes down to it, its about the action in the octagon that decides the winner.

It’s almost like a life quote, that action breeds results.  But in this case, especially, in combat sports, victory.

 

 

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Check out this Poetry Collection!

This is a poetry collection, I stumbled across. It’s interesting. Just wanted to share it because we are dealing with words.

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https://www.amazon.com/Broken-Sonnets-1-Poetry-Collection-ebook/dp/B075LQHWNV/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1505505424&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=broken+sonnets+volume+one+leon+x 

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Great Interview with Bellator MMA star Michael “Venom” Page

This is a great interview, from LondonReal. It goes into the details of his background in fighting, why he chose it, and the other interesting topics from fighting for Bellator MMA to just life in general. Anyone just wanting to enjoy something different or have extra time on their hands could check it out. For those who don’t know Michael Page, check out his highlights on YouTube, and you’ll see someone like a Roy Jones Jr of MMA, (although Anderson Silva and Cody Garbrandt are like RJ too, but you’ll know what I mean). Although he still not in the UFC, his abilities are awe-striking.

 

For the second part, you have to join the website. It’s not bad, I joined it and they have full interviews of not only fighters but business people, writers, and other successful people in their craft the content creator wants on his show. Its really interesting.

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Jon Jones: Still one of the Greatest of All Time

For anyone who knows the UFC, Jon Jones is a staple name. The recent controversy with him in the news on the second failed drug test is a blow. I am a Jon Jones fan and have been for years now since he was blowing up around 2012 or maybe it was sooner, but damn, it was a blow. Jon Jones is still maintaining his innocence but who knows what is going to happen  now.

But minus the drug test results, what this man had accomplished in the octagon is untouched by anyone thus far. The ability in him to defeat the highest level of fighters in his division, fighters who are going to be in the UFC Hall of Game or even legends after they pass, he made it look way to easy. The only fight where he was in serious trouble was the Gustaffson fight, where it was extremely close, but his champion heart pulled through. If you look at what he brought to the game, spinning elbows and kicks to the lower region of the legs, he made them more mainstream. The only person who has a a style of that groove, I see, might be Yair Rodriguez. Plus, Jon Jones submits other higher level BJJ practitioners when his experience during those times were from the basic MMA submissions (rear naked, arm bars). Its just amazing how his potential is expressed in this sport when pushed to its limit. And especially in the UFC, the promotion puts fighters right against the best. There is no build up like how boxing works.

But the skills of Jon Jones is one a kind. Even if it remains true that the steroid tests are absolutely positive or if its some type of mistake, the abilities he showed in the octagon are amazing. I don’t think there will be anyone with that style in a couple of years and that type of presence of domination he puts onto his opponents.

I just hope the drug test results have an error in them, but regardless I still think he is one of the G.O.A.T. in the sport of MMA or fighting in general. Just take a look at his highlight abilities and notice his fight IQ on a Joe Rogan podcast, and you will know what I mean. Check out some highlights on YouTube when you’re free and feel free to make your conclusion.

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Painter George Bellows : Unique Style to Painting

George Bellows is an amazing painter. He captured the America people did not want to talk about and that is truly amazing. He made it look beautiful too and his style is very unique. Imagine if he lived longer, how much his style would have improved and the amount of paintings he would have gave the world. Here is a documentary about him and his work. It’s interesting. Plus, he was one of the few painters who actually painted a combat sport like boxing, which has a huge part of American history too.

 

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Pain Management in Martial Arts

First off, as a combat sports fan, you wonder how fighters take those hits to the head and body. Especially when you see someone get cracked with a strong punch or kick. Most professional fighters go down, but some are still standing after such hard shots to their heads and bodies. Which, reminds me of the bout that is going to happen between Golovkin Vs Alverez this Saturday, who are two power punchers.

But back to the topic, watching interviews from the past, I noticed many fighters claim the adrenaline rush. MMA commentator and podcaster Joe Rogan mixes it with cardio. It probably is both, the adrenaline rush plus cardio for sure. However, there could be other factors that can cause pain to be reduced during a fight. Of course, cheating and taking anti-pain medications before a fight, and I’m sure probably does happen in some organizations or done by some sneaky fighters. But, I have seen Floyd Mayweather Jr. working on his neck with weights in training videos, and of course anyone who would like to try that technique would have to be very careful doing so. It could also be linked to genetics, of grandmother/grandfather, mother/father body types and harshness of their environment and situations they may have survived. There are so many factors, I think, and as humans we have not yet fully understood the process of pain. We have come far, for sure, with anti-pain medication and anesthetics but how two fighters get in there, blood pouring, broken bones and other cuts and bruises is amazing to me.

And for sure it is probably the adrenaline rush and then the cardio once the adrenaline is dumped, then the genetics or the power of the human potential and strength, I think. It can also be pride of not wanting to get knocked out or submitted and plus, I always have to reminded myself that fighters love fighting. This is their passion, this is what made them be the person they are today. Its the choice they chose and its working for them too.

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UFC’s Jon Jones – flying round house kick

But that pushes me into a deeper question of the human potential and the power of the human spirit. Look at some of the WW2 veterans who survived hell during WW2 against Nazi and other Imperial regimes and managed to come out alive and thankfully sane. And then, you have cage fighters or even boxers/kick boxers who sometimes go to war with another person (blood, cuts, bruising, KO’s, broken bones) for the win, or if its close a draw (very rare, by the way). Its amazing how much the human system can take from both life itself, war and even in fighting, from what I have seen and learned.

But that’s all I have to write for now. Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

The Coldness of MMA Loses in Close Fights

Now, I just finished watching Nunes Vs. Schevchenko II and it sparked a memory about the sport of MMA, Boxing or any form of combat sports at the highest level. It’s the win or lose situation.

Think about this, that most fighters take 6 – 8 months training for a fight against another human being to raise themselves in the ladder to fight a champion or for a championship belt against a reigning champion. They work hard… blood, sweat and maybe tears. They get into the octagon and fight, and Bam!, only one person can win. Especially, with the build ups UFC does with the fighters with the Embedded series, you sometimes want to see both fighters win, but you realize in this cold sport, that only one person can win. It’s an odd and crazy sport, but it is the truth about it. It;s almost like the purest form of competition, like Joe Rogan would put it, that two humans are fighting and only one can win. People behave like rats and other animals outside of fighting to get ahead, but in fighting, you literally have to be a fighter, a trained human weapon to win a fight. That only one person can win, and the fact that there is only one alpha in each division, whether male or female. And as I grow older, I find it crazy, but its the truth about the sport.

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What motivated me to write this, was about losses. I could only imagine the fighter who trained 6 months for a fight and ends up losing like Schevchenko did. I thought she won the fight by 4-1 but who knows, the judges have different eyes and probably a different understanding of experience. With all respect to anyone who gets into the octagon at the highest level of competition like the UFC, it must be devastating to lose at that level. There have been many fighters who fought and lost, and only stay in the contender level for the rest of their careers, while some lose and come back even stronger, while some lose and really don’t come back at all. It’s such a cold sport because you have the right to beat someone down, so that memory is impressed on the losing fighter. It’s just crazy in my opinion, but maybe, that’s why it’s such a spectacle and an amazing sport to watch because of its crazy level of risk.

Maybe, MotoGP or Forumula One racing is up there, but there is nothing like seeing two high level strikers whether male or female, test their skills against each other to see who deserves to be champion or the better fighter. I personally think its primal, but I cannot complain, because I  watched so much of it. And again, it saves lives, so I cannot comment on that. But I see the coldness in this sport in that only one person could win. It’s not the nice person, the kind one, the one with better speaking ability, its the one who goes in and fights and wins either by KO, Submission or decision. And the runner up, well they have to work themselves back up the ladder, if they have the motivation to do so after a lose. Not to mention, to recover from the broken bones, concussion or even memories of the loss. But again, when you think about it, the fighters did sign up for it. So there is respect to that. I guess the fighters have to accept the risk in the sport before going into it, especially at that grande scale like fighting for the UFC. I learned it’s just the sport of MMA, one wins and another loses, its just the way it is.

Well, that’s all I had to write. Just finished watching Nunes V. Schevchenko II, and it sparked this post. It’s amazing how motivation or inspiration forms.

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