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Cage Gear: Daniel Wellington Watches

Fighters Style. Daniel Wellington Watches.

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from @kailincurran instagram

BUY on AMZN: Starting at $60

I’m always intrigued by and sometimes try to imitate (however unsuccessfully) the balance between rugged and gentle. Cody Garbrandt’s neck tattoos peeking out from the top of his tailored suits. The mild and gentle nature of a trained killer in GSP. Felice Herrig’s fighter athletic body under her elegant and stylish gowns. An attractive combination of elegance and violence. Now we have one more to add to the list. I noted Kailin Curran recently sporting a Daniel Wellington watch from the Classic Petite line on her instagram.

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Cage Gear: Kozuji Winning Boxing Gloves

Winning Gloves, Winning Spirit, Winning Daniel Cormier

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from @dc_mma instagram

BUY on AMZN: $289.95

A fighter’s hands are arguably their most important assets. Whether it’s with combinations, defensive moves, or one punch knock outs, these are the tools that bring them victory in the cage. When training, it is important to know what kind of gloves to use, what size, and what brand.

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Cage Gear: Grapes Phone Chargers

Grape Juice For Your Phone

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From @lukerockhold instagram

BUY on AMZN: $24.95

External phone chargers have become a fashion statement in themselves. The type of external phone charger you carry around makes a statement about who you are. Are you a tech savvy person? A luxurious glamour person? Or someone who doesn’t really care and just uses the free give-away phone chargers you get at conventions and events.

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Cage Gear: Mike Tyson Catskill T Shirt

Iron Mike Tyson Catskills T Shirt

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BUY on AMZN: $25.29

Whether you are a fight fan or a fighter, wearing a Mike Tyson T Shirt is paying homage to one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of our time. Even though his days of fighting are long behind him, Mike Tyson proves his championship material with a successful show called Undisputed Truth. I hear it’s an amazing show filled with fun anecdotes from his time as a young hoodlum from the streets of Brooklyn to becoming one of the most feared men on the planet.

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Cage Gear: GRRRL Clothing

Fight Like A GRRRL

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                                                                         www.grrrl.com

GRRRL Clothing seems like a genuine and honest clothing company. They describe themselves to be strong, independent, and borderline aggressive. They celebrate the many different sizes and shapes that women come in and cater their clothing styles and designs to them. They seek to unite women, to re-energize them, and in doing so, give women a bigger say in how things work and how things happen. All for the end goal of making a better world. And frankly I don’t disagree with them.

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Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen I and II (Full Fights)

Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen I, UFC 117, 7 August 2010
Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen II, UFC 148, 7 July 2012

anderson silva vs chael sonnenFrom 2006 to 2013, the UFC Middleweight division was dominated by one of the best MMA fighters of all time, Anderson “The Spider” Silva. He surgically and systematically destroyed every single opponent the UFC put in front of him, defending his Middleweight Title 10 successive times. He destroyed Rich Franklin with knees. He rained elbows down on Travis Lutter while having him in a triangle. He choked Dan Henderson out with a rear naked choke. He even danced his way to victory against Demian Maia. It got to a point where Anderson Silva and the Middleweight division started getting boring to watch. Anderson Silva made every single fighter in the division look like they didn’t have the talent and the training to compete.

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Cage Gear: Stipe Miocic T Shirt – Cleveland Pride

Stipe Miocic T Shirt – Cleveland Pride

Stipe Miocic T Shirt


BUY on AMZN: $27.99

I lived in Cleveland for about a year at the Reserve Square downtown. I fondly recall sitting in the bar downstairs, watching people try their luck at the lobster claw machine. Legend has it, if you catch a lobster using the mechanical claw, the kitchen will cook it for your free. Legend only as I don’t believe anyone has been successful yet. Cleveland was one of the most enjoyable and memorable places I’ve lived. It’s character, it’s culture, it’s bitter cold lake-effect winters. The great lakes, the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, and not to mention the incredible sports culture. Little needs to be said about the Indians, the Browns, and the Cavaliers except that it leaves MMA fairly under represented.

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Cage Gear: Official UFC Fight Gloves

Own a pair of Official UFC Fight Gloves

Official UFC Fight Gloves

BUY on AMZN: $67.95

The UFC started out as a no-holds barred tournament. Pitting the very best fighters from around the world against each other. The aim was to find out which was the best style of martial art and who was the Ultimate Fighter. Fighters joined the tournament and came from around the world to put their art to the test. In the beginning there were no UFC Fight Gloves. Fighters had a choice of wearing fight gloves or not. Submission fighters like Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie didn’t wear gloves. Karate guys like Gerard Gordeau didn’t either. We even had Art Jimmerson who famously wore only one boxing glove on the left hand.

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Junior dos Santos vs Stipe Miocic I (Full Fight)

Junior dos Santos vs Stipe Miocic, UFC on Fox Dos Santos vs Miocic I, 13 Dec 2014

 

junior dos santos vs stipe miocicIt’s no secret, all fight fans love a stand-up battle, especially between heavyweights. In Junior dos Santos vs Stipe Miocic, we have two of the best heavyweight fighters in MMA, both with boxing backgrounds, and both willing to battle to the death.

For a long period of time, the UFC heavyweight division was dominated by Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. They defeated everyone they fought until they met each other in the cage. At the time of their first fight, Cain was the champion. Cain had defeated half the heavyweight division and then champion Brock Lesnar. Junior earned the contender position after beating the other half of the division. Junior won the first fight and Cain came back to win the second to regain his title and the third to retain it.

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Dominick Cruz vs Cody Garbrandt (Full Fight)

Dominick Cruz vs Cody Garbrandt, UFC 207, 30 Dec 2016

Dominick Cruz vs Cody GarbrantThe great Urijah Faber will go down in MMA history as a legend of the sport. He paved the way for the great lighter weight fighters we know and love today. He made being 150 pounds and under cool when the fight industry was dominated by 200+ pound wrestlers. As legends are created, they also need to come to an end. Urijah Faber lost his WEC Featherweight belt and the belt changed hands multiple times before going to another great Featherweight fighter, Jose Aldo. Before he left the ring, Urijah Faber and his Team Alpha Male made one of the greatest rivalries in the sport against Dominick Cruz.

Time and time again, Team Alpha Male came up short against what seemed to be an allusive fighter with a unique style that couldn’t be deciphered. Urijah Faber, Joseph Benevidez, TJ Dillashaw. All the top guys from Team Alpha Male all came up short. Tonight, at UFC 207, we witness history in the making and perhaps one of the greatest moments in Team Alpha Male history if not MMA history. Cody Garbrant, a long time disciple of Urijah Faber, finds victory over Dominick cruz in one of the most incredible Bantamweight fights.

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