Dan Hardy Fight Magazine Interview

Just woke up to find a bunch of really cool, well shot interviews by Fight Magazine featuring Dan Hardy. Really cool interviews indeed.

Dan Hardy -M’Lady

Dan Hardy- From Artist To Martial Artist

Dan Hardy – GSP

Dan Hardy – Hearty

Dan Hardy- China

Check it out!!

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Learning How To Train MMA: The Youtube Way

Anybody that believes that  people who go in to any sort of Mixed Martial Arts competition and don’t train can win are just straight up idiots. Even someone like BJ Penn found out that if you don’t train, then you will find out how tough the octagon can be for you – the hard way.

However, if you can’t afford to go to a gym to learn your basic MMA  or you’ve got a little set-up in your house which allows you to do any sort of training, then MMA UK would like to give you the basic principles of the training – or try to :). We’ve compiled a bunch of really interesting youtube videos and articles for you guys to get some sort of knowledge on how a serious MMA esque gym session could be like.

1. Can you take a punch to the stomach?

A smart fighter won’t always go for headkicks or punches to the temple. Sometimes a well placed shot to the stomach can stop a fighter in his tracks. Ask this guy. Definitely a future Knockout of The Week.

Scott Smith Vs Pete Sell

Also a fantastic article by Raymond Ho, one of MMA UK’s friends, describes throughly how to get hard abs.

http://zenmyfitness.com/2010/06/mma-core-workout/

2. Cardio is King

There’s arguably nothing worse than seeing a fighter “gas” early in a fight. It means that they didn’t train hard enough on their cardio. If your opponent is feeling fine in the 5th round and you’re feeling as if you’re about to cough up a lung, then you’re training was a waste. Here’s how to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Now if you want to talk about cardio, then the fight between Clay Guida and Diego Sanchez is the perfect example of two fighters who trained hard with their cardio.

Clay Guida interview and training.

Diego Sanchez training

Sometimes find that working on their cardio is easier whilst training other things. Just because you can be run on a treadmill for an hour doesn’t mean you can last 25 mins in a cage with someone.

3. If You Can’t Push The Weights, Then I’ve got My Money On The Other Guy

Strength is obviously a key factor in your training schedule. You may have a perfectly precise punch, but it doesn’t mean anything if you don’t have the power to back it and this is where the strength aspect of the training comes in.

Forrest Griffin talks weights

Mark Munoz showing us his strength exercises

There you have it…we’ll be focusing more on techniques from now on. Those will be special features.

Hope you enjoy and have been educated

UFC 118 Trailer

Not sure if I’m as excited for this as I am for UFC 117, but I’m a huge fan of BJ Penn and we’ve got some MMA UK boys on the card (Andre Winner and Nick Osipczak) so the team and I will definitely be watching.

Submission Of The Week

If you’re like me and thought that Alastair Overeem was all about beating you down with kicks and punches, then you’d be mistaken. The Dutch kickboxer also has another tool in his arsenal that I didn’t know of until recently – he has an amazing guillotine choke.

Check out this video of him applying his infamous choke to James Thompson

This Dutch wrecking ball will knock you out...or choke you out. Whatever you fancy really!

Knockout Of The Week

I was watching an old PRIDE FC DVD with JB the other day and it reminded me of the first MMA knockout I ever saw. My first introduction into MMA was Critical Countdown 2004, where Quinton Jackson fought Ricardo Arona. It was definitely a battle of styles as Jackson was known for his knockout power, whereas Arona was a skilled grappler. Just before this amazing knockout, Arona had Jackson caught in an incredibly tight triangle choke until…

This legendary knockout cemented Jackson as one of the most powerful light heavyweights in the world

Chael Sonnen: Digging Your Own Grave

For those of you who aren’t up to date on the Anderson Silva Vs Chael Sonnen issue, please realize that after this, you’re either going to think he’s hilarious or you’re going to completely hate him.

Let’s get the facts out there.

Chael Sonnen is a damn good wrestler. In fact, it’s arguable that he may be the best wrestler in the entire UFC. A US Olympic team alternate from Oregon, he’s also a politician and a real estate agent. Sonnen became the number one contender for the title after defeating former King Of Pancrase fighter Nate Marquardt.

Build up there fight

Sonnen after fight

So after winning his fight against Nate Marquardt, Sonnen decides that it’s time to go on a campaign to verbally destroy Anderson Silva. Someone would argue that he’s done pretty well with it as well. Truly a great use of his political prowess.

Various Interviews where Sonnen trashes Silva

Even Silva’s manager, Ed Soares chimed in with his opinion

How does Anderson react to Sonnens shenanigans?

However, this interesting fan video was filmed. Who knew that Silva and Sonnen have already met before the fight?

You guys make your minds up….whose side are you on come August 7th?

UFC On Versus 2 Predictions

Who will prevail in the second UFC On Versus event

The MMA UK team have surfaced and are ready to make their predictions heard for the Upcoming “UFC On Versus 2” fight card which will be on August 1st 2010.

Frequent writer JB, newcomer Kris and myself are here to share our predictions on this explosive card

Takanori Gomi Vs Tyson Griffin

Kris

 
Two high profile lightweights coming off losses. Both fighters desperate for a win to gain momentum in a stacked division. I expect Gomi to come in and throw haymakers, using his knockout power that made him such a big name in Pride. However his lack of head movement and technical ability will be his downfall. Tyson’s boxing is very crisp. (no pun intended with referencing ‘Tyson’ and ‘boxing’ in the same sentence) As he displayed against Hermes Franca, He is quick, good footwork and he knows how to mix it up and create angles. I see it playing out similar to the Gomi vs Florian fight.

Tyson Griffin by Decision.

JB

Poor Gomi. He really hasn’t looked the same, bla bla bla, we’ve heard this before. At one point, when Penn was MIA, Gomi was the undisputed king of lightweights. Undisputed. As in anyone telling you different will be going to hell for lying. Problem is that for whatever reason (and I have many) his stock has fallen along with the stock of Japanese MMA. It might be his refusal to train overseas, it might be his strict adhearance to the wild brawling style or it might be his mental game… yeah, probably his mental game. In any case, and it saddens me to say this, he’s going to have to reinvent himself to take out Griffin. Griffin will not go easy on Gomi at all and if he gets Gomi down he will either stop him there or grind out a decision. Gomi either needs to work on his striking along with his takedown defence or/and have worked on his submissions or sweeps off his back to take this one.

Either that or do his best Scott Smith impression. Griffin wins by submission (arm triangle)

Aundre

Although neither fighter looked incredibly impressive in their last fights, if I had to pick a fighter to win out of these two, I’d go with Griffin. “The Fireball Kid” had his flame put out by Kenny Florian in a dominating fashion and I just feel that he no longer has the will or desire to compete against quality fighters. Griffin was also beaten in his last fight, but as always he came to fight and gave an energetic performance. I feel that Griffin has some really quick hands and he’ll finish Gomi.

Griffin/TKO/2nd Round.

John Howard Vs Jake Ellenberger

Kris

 
Easily a candidate for fight of the night. Two of arguably the most natural athletes in the Division. Strong, explosive and versatile fighters. I believe Ellenberger will be able to use his Wrestling to take down Howard and beat on him for the majority of the fight. Howard looks good off his back but Ellenberger’s base is solid. They are both good strikers but I don’t think Ellenberger wants any of Howard KO power.

Jake Ellenberger by decision.

JB

I’m feeling good about this fight. Both guys have knockout power and are willing to scrap. Ellenberger is fresh off his TKO win over Mike Pyle after wearing him out for a round and staying out of Pyle’s submissions while Howard sports his KO of the night performance from the last UFC on Versus (strangely both he and Jones seem to be mainstays here). Who wins? Well Howard can certainly know anyone out but I think Ellenberger could control him and get a decision. Only time will tell.

Aundre

This match has either “Fight Of The Night” or “Knockout Of The Night” written all over it. I’m a fan of both fighters and both have shown some talent in the cage. However, I feel that Howard might catch Ellenberger with a strike and daze him. If Ellenberger is able to smother him and hold him down for 15 mins then it’s Ellenberger’s, but for this fight I’m going to give it to Howard as I believe that he might just be too strong for the wrestling supremo that is Ellenberger.

Howard/KO/3rd Round

Yushin Okami Vs Mark Munoz

Kris

Yushin Okami (King of the undercard) is one of (if not thee) biggest middleweight in the division. Mark Munoz is without a doubt one of the best wrestlers in the division, not just technique, but also a great mental toughness that wrestlers seem to develop. This was on display in his last fight against Kendal Grove (which was a SPECTACULAR fight by the way) I think Munoz will use his Grit and determination to finish this John Fitch style.

Mark Munoz 3rd round TKO (punches)

JB
An old school battle of the wrestlers. Okami has proven again and again to be quite the challenge with his size and wrestling but Muñoz has ridiculous heart and comes from what is arguably one of the most stacked camps in the sport right now in Blackhouse. Okami is great but I think Muñoz can take this, probably by decision.

Aundre

 I believe that this fight is either going to be a snore-fest or an all out brawl. Mark Munoz really impressed me with his fight against Kendall Grove where he came back from near death and delievered some serious ground and pound against Hawaian. Okami was quite the polarizing figure when he began his UFC career, but I feel that his stand up, takedown defence and overall MMA game has excelled. It’s hard for me to pick which fighter will win, because they both feel relatively similar to me. However, I think that Munoz has the better wrestling and probably the better hands.

Munoz/Unanimous Decision

Jon Jones Vs Vladimir Matyushenko

Kris

Can anybody remember the last time the odds were so stacked for one fighter in a main event? Maybe Matt Serra vs George St Pierre? I don’t see the same type of upset happening this time round. Vladimir’s strength is his wrestling, but when you take in to account Jones’ Greco Roman background with his athleticism and his explosiveness, I can only seeing this being one way traffic. Vladimir needs to find a way to keep Jones on his back otherwise the Janitor is going to get taken to the cleaners.

Jon Jones by TKO 2nd round

JB

This always struck me as an odd match-up and it still does. Jon Jones has destroyed every single man to get in his way so far and I can’t see him having trouble here either. Matyushenko is a tough dude, no doubt about that, and being a veteran he might have some cards up his proverbial sleeve. Problem is that Jones usually does as well so I see this coming down to who has an ace in the pocket to begin with… this is if they’re playing texas hold’em. In their fight Jones wins by TKO.

Aundre

I think a lot of people are underestimating Matyushenko. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think he’s going to win, but I think he has a better chance than most people give him. In my eyes, he’ll provide a difficult challenge for Jon Jones. Matyushenk has only been TKO/KO twice and those came from Andrei Arlovski and Antonio Rogerio Nogueria – neither of whom are slouches in the stand up area.I warn you – do not think that Jones is going to KO Matyushenko with ease. However, I think that Jones quickness and Greco-Roman wrestling ability will stop Matyushenko from utilizing his main strengh – wrestling.

Jon Jones/Unanimous Decision

Thanks for reading guys and welcome to the team Kris