Tim Elliott vs Louis Smolka, UFC on Fox, 15 April 2017
Fight of the Night
Flyweight division fighters are able to do things that no other division can do. It takes the speed of the lightweight division and multiplies it by 10. Watching Tim Elliott vs Louis Smolka was like watching two wasps dancing back and forth. An action packed fight with ferocious scrambling. An exciting matchup that only these two talented and well conditioned grapplers could give.
Ali Words Live on with Anthony Rumble Johnson
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Anthony Rumble Johnson announcing his retirement in the cage immediately following his loss to Daniel Cormier at UFC210. The term Rumble Young Man Rumble was made famous by the boxing legend Muhammad Ali. The words live on with Anthony Rumble Johnson as a true MMA warrior. Anthony wore the Roots of Fight Rumble Young Man Rumble shirt during the 4th episode of the UFC 210 embedded series. However the shirt carries a richer meaning now given Rumbles announced retirement.
Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor, UFC 196, 5 March 2016
The benefit of having a monopoly-like promotion in the fight world like the UFC is that most if not all the best MMA fighters in the world are under one roof. The UFC has the ability to give us fantastic match-ups that are not only fun for the fans but phenomenal for the sport.
One such special fight is Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor. Conor one of the promotions fastest rising stars with legitimate skill to back it up. He has cut through the entire featherweight division on a rampage. But now he meets Nate Diaz, one of the fight world’s favourite rebellious sons with a multitude of fight of the night, submission of the night, and knockout of the night bonuses.
Nobody knows who will win the fight, but what is certain is that it’s going to be an awesome fight to watch.
Urijah Faber is one of the best fighters and best business minds in MMA. He has the foresight to leverage his fame from inside the cage, to growing his fortune outside of it.
Urijah Faber vs Frankie Saenz was likely the most entertaining and intense fight on the UFC194 card. It could have easily won the “fight of the night” honours over Chris Weidman vs Luke Rockhold if the Weidman-Rockhold fight wasn’t a championship fight on the PPV card. During the post-fight press conference, Urijah indicated he would be interested in fighting his former friend TJ Dillashaw or long-time rival Dominic Cruz for the Bantamweight Championship.
But Urijah’s not calling out a championship fight because he wants to be champion. He’s doing it because calling for a title fight means more eyes on Urijah and more advertising for himself and his many businesses. A very wise business man with incredible foresight, Urijah is now fighting to make sure his lucrative business become more successful after his days in the cage are over. And…well…having another championship belt on the wall would make the deal that much better.
A fight fans understanding of why fighters use PEDs: Sometimes it’s not a choice
I have been a fight fan for a long time now. Some of these fighters I have come to admire, respect and even consider to be personal heroes. Learning from the way they train, their positivity, their dedication, the respect and humility they have towards the people around them.
It is difficult to imagine that these fighters, these heroes, could ever cheat in competition by using some kind of performance enhancing drug. It’s even possible that most of them do, but I’m not disappointed.
In interviews, fighters and trainers have always talked about how widespread the use of performance enhancing drugs is. They say that all fighters use them. All fighters except for themselves and their team mates of course. Fight fans are sometimes devastated and disappointed when they find out their favourite fighter used PEDs. The confidence, the trust, the emotional reliance they have on the fighter doing well, all betrayed.
Mayweather vs Pacquiao promotional videos from Showtime and HBO leading up to 2nd May 2015
At cageinspiration we spend the majority of our time following, watching, learning about Mixed Martial Arts. The only exposure we have to the world of boxing is the boxing that is involved in MMA training and fighting. As fight fans, we understand and appreciate the intricacies, the technique, the training, and the heart that it takes to be a boxer. As human beings, we understand the dedication, the discipline, and the single minded devotion it takes to be great at something.
Whether it is boxing, MMA, sports, writing, singing, science. Greatness is easy to understand. Greatness is easy to identify. The path to greatness is easily drawn. The ability to walk that path, and keep walking that path, is an entirely different story.
Since the announcement of her fight against Carla Esparza, I’ve been interested in finding out just who Joanna Jedrzejczyk is and why she deserves a shot at the womens Strawweight Title.
On the 12th of December 2014, Carla Esparza officially captured the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship Title by defeating Rose Namajunas in the finale of Season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter. She will be defending her title for the first time against Women’s Strawweight standout Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
The more and more I read and watch about Joanna Jedrzejczyk, the more I become excited for this fight. I am always a sucker for awesome Muay Thai fighters in MMA and Joanna Jedrzejczyk is no exception. She started her fighting career in Muay Thai and is a WKN World Champion, J Girls Champion, WBKF Champion, WKF European Champion and the WMC Champion. In her amateur career, she was the 5-time IFMA Muay Thai amateur world champion and the 4-time IFMA Muay Thai European Champion.
Her perfect and deadly striking technique is on full display in the MMA cage especially in her most recent fights against Rosi Sexton, Julianna Lima and even her fight against Claudia Gadelha (full fight videos below).
Most of us know Chael Sonnen as the man who almost beat Anderson Silva in a jaw-dropping-and-stayed-dropped 5 round fight. More of us know Chael Sonnen as the brash and arrogant smack-talker who earns his fights more through talk than skill. But did you know Chael Sonnen is also an inspiring motivational speaker? Chael Sonnen may not be the best fighter in the UFC, but Chael Sonnen is my role model because of who he is and what he stands for…that is if you can see through the smoke and mirror arrogant persona he has built for the media.
I have derived encouragement, guidance, and inspiration from him and I hope you do as well. Click through to see clips of Chael Sonnen the Motivational Speaker.
Chael Sonnen The Motivational Speaker: Inspiring points to live by
- Never refuse to participate
- No intensity no victory
- If you have a goal, start working on it now
- Find your flow, once you do, there is nothing that can stop you
- Tackle a difficult situation one small visible step at a time
- Don’t do it for the fame, don’t do it for the money, do it for the accomplishment
- Don’t be defeated by your emotions. Remember your training
My first Melvin Guillard fight was against Rick Davis at UFC 60. At the ring of the bell, Melvin explodes out of the corner like a bat out of hell. His physique is like a Gleison Tibau, packing as much muscle as possible but still making 155. He punches like Mike Tyson, fighting you as if you stole something from him. His speed, his aggression, his will to win. He has every intention of taking your head off and throwing it to the crowd.
He immediately takes the action to Davis and finishes the fight via knockout under 2 minutes in the first round. That’s the first Melvin Guillard fight I saw. That was nine years ago. That night, he won me over as a fan. Every single one of his subsequent fights, I have looked forward to Melvin getting his hand raised, standing in the center of the cage, arms raised, holding the severed head of his opponent to the roar of the arena.
Unfortunately, Melvin Guillard’s record in the UFC has been volatile. It shows that his aggressive style and killer instinct isn’t always the right approach when faced with well-rounded elite MMA fighters. Melvin’s striking is both his strength and his weakness. But what makes Melvin Guillard the scariest fighter in MMA? Well it’s because every time he steps in the ring he isn’t looking to defeat his opponent, he’s looking to kill him.
Luke Rockhold is a fighter I just love to hate. For no good reason. Maybe because he’s too good looking. But Luke Rockhold is legit.
Luke Rockhold just signed a new 8 fight deal with the UFC. According to Fight Matrix rankings as of 20 November 2014, he is currently 6 best in the world right behind Ronalda Jacare Souza and Anderson Silva. But why is it that for some reason I don’t think that Luke deserves to be there?
He’s one of those fighters that I just love to hate. And for no good reason. I mean for goodness sake, he was the former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion! He’s a good fighter! But I just love to hate him. Like Jon Jones. Not sure why I don’t like Jon Jones either. Possibly one of the best Light Heavyweight fighters in MMA history and possibly the best Light Heavyweight Champion in UFC history. Him and Luke Rockhold. Love to hate them, don’t know why.
MMA media continuously tells me that Luke Rockhold is too good looking for MMA. And I’m starting to think, or convince myself, the reason why I don’t like him is because I’m jealous of his devilish good looks. Perhaps it’s because he suffers from the Brad Pitt syndrome. Not the syndrome where he can’t recognize faces. The syndrome where he was too good looking for people to accept that he was actually a really good actor. Even for this post I was thinking of putting up a Luke Rockhold weigh-in picture. But decided to replace it with a picture of him getting knocked out.
Despite fans like me, Luke Rockhold has put in his time, his work, and his sacrifices to be a top MMA fighter. He is able to set aside the benefits of being pretty and even continuously puts his physical appearance and well-being to the test in the cage. That’s worth something. Luke Rockhold is legit. Luke Rockhold deserves to be in the top 10 middleweight ranking. The UFC middleweight division is getting interesting and it’s great Luke Rockhold has his new deal ’cause I want to see him get beat.