Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva 2

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On July, 6th, 2013, Chris Weidman shocked the MMA world by handing Anderson Silva his first loss in over 6 years. He defeated the Brazilian at the 1:18 mark of the 2nd round. Many people picked Weidman to win this fight; however, it was how he won this fight that possibly makes this the most shocking moment in UFC history.

Silva is widely considered the greatest mixed martial arts fighter of all time, a name he earned by setting UFC records with a 16 fight win streak (Longest in the UFC history) and 10 title defenses (Most in the UFC history). It is undeniable what Silva has done for the UFC and MMA in general; nonetheless, even the greatest athletes are not exempt from the detriment of Father Time. Could this be the end of Silva? Is this the beginning of a new era, a passing of the guard? Many people speculate that Silva was not himself in the fight against Weidman and it was a fluke knockout.

Weidman is a young (29) mixed martial artist known for his incredible wrestling pedigree. Weidman started wresting as a youth and won Nassau County and New York State wrestling championships. He continued to wrestle throughout his high school career and became an All-American wrestler in Freestyle and Greco Roman. Weidman continued his impressive winning ways earning All-American twice at NCC before transferring to Hofstra. He was the first junior college wrestler in history to be a New York State collegiate champion. While at Hofstra, he was a two-time, Division 1 All-American, and placed 3rd his senior year at a NCAA tournament. Weidman, with a friend from college, started training in Jiu-Jitsu after being invited to help some fighters with their wrestling. After 3 months, Weidman won the East Coast Grapplers Quest in his weight class and the Absolute Division winning all 13 of his matches with a submission.

Silva and Weidman are set to face again in a rematch on December 28th, 2013, at UFC 168 leaving many people questioning why is this rematch even happening. After Weidman defeated Silva at UFC 162, Silva seemed relieved in his post-fight interview and stated he did not want to rematch Weidman for the belt. This news of the rematch has many people asking what does Anderson Silva have to prove? Most importantly, what happens if Silva wins? People will say the first fight with Weidman was a fluke and that Weidman never really deserved to be champion in the first place.This would be discrediting to the current champion if Silva wins the rematch. On the other hand, what happens if Silva loses? It would seem as if he would never hold the middle weight belt again and be stuck somewhere in limbo either being a gatekeeper for the middle weight belt or coming up a weight class and fighting much larger competition. Let’s not forget, if Weidman was to finish Silva in such a devastating fashion again, what would be left of Silva? He is 38 years old and many people would consider it dangerous for a person to be knocked unconscious two fights in a row.

Be sure and tune into UFC 168 on December 28th, 2013, when the new breed in Chris Weidman takes on the greatest of all time Anderson Silva for the second time! This fight in a must see for every MMA fan.

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The Elite Life ep 5 “Alden’s B day Pt 2”

Check out part 2 of Alden’s birthday party:

In this episode of The Elite Life, Alden makes a wish and blows out the candles on the birthday cake. Alden does some modeling of his own, and gets a massage. You also get to eavesdrop on some interesting dinner table conversation.

Don’t forget to tune in every Tuesday for a new episode of The Elite Life!

Here is part 1 in case you missed it: The Elite Life Ep. 4 – “Alden’s B-Day Pt. 1”

The First Female Superfight?

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Cristiane (Cyborg) Justino vs. Ronda Rousey

Champion vs. Champion: Imagine the First Female Superfight, the stage has been set for two female champions from two different organizations to meet at a catch weight and decide once and for all who the best female fighter in the world is. This has been a hot topic for a while now as these two women have no love loss for each other. Styles make fights and these fighters have the perfect styles to make this the fight of the year.

Rousey is far from shy as she seems to feed the media a laundry list of insults towards her opponents, even athletes in MMA athletes she is not scheduled to fight, as well as fighters outside the sport itself. This is certainly not an exception for Cyborg whom has requested to fight Rousey multiple times; however, Rousey antagonizes Cyborg stating that if she wants the fight that bad, she needs to cut to 135 lbs. Cyborg and her managers have stated that medically she cannot make 135 lbs. and doctors have advised her to not cut past 140 lbs.

Rousey is widely considered the first lady of MMA. She is the first UFC female bantamweight champion and hosts a record of 7-0 all by first round submission (armbar). She is a former Judoka competitor and a bronze medalist in the Olympics.

Her style is very judo based.  There is very little question to whether she wants this fight and whether she will in due time get this fight. Rousey trains her boxing under Lucia Rijker (undefeated boxer and kickboxer) and often trains her jiu-jitsu with the Diaz brothers at Cesar Gracie jiu-jitsu. She is referred to as a one trick pony by many; however, her skillset allows her to land thearmbar against opponents even when they know it’s coming.

Cyborg is another female mixed martial artist who is no stranger to controversy. Her questionable physique was brought to attention after she tested positive for the steroid, Stanozolol. She was stripped of her Strikeforce belt after the evidence surfaced after the 4th defense and also suspended from the sport for a year as well. Cyborg still fights with her Chute Boxe Academy. They are known for being extremely aggressive in training and during their fights. She has great Muay Thai under the tutelage Rafael Cordeiro and won gold in the IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship two years in a row. She just may be the first woman able to prevent takedowns and avoid the armbar by Rousey.

At this time, we can only speculate on how this match would end up at either weight class. Both fighters are incredibly dominant in this sport. They pose a huge threat to each other and this fight would be built as the ultimate grappling female vs. the ultimate striking female. There doesn’t seem to be a better time than now to market this fight. The fans and media alike want to see this fight and the stocks of these fighters are at an all-time high. Only time will tell if we see this “first female super fight”.

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