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Cage Gear: SUGA Rashad Shirt

JACO SUGA Rashad Shirt

SUGA Rashad Evans shirt

from @sugarashadevans instagram

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Rashad Evans coming out with the SUGA Rashad Shirt. Rashad Evans made his mark on MMA during the most tumultuous time of the UFC Light Heavyweight division. A period of time when the belt changed hands without any successful defences. Rashad Evans earned his title short with a devastating knockout win against the legend Chuck Liddell. He then won the championship from Forrest Griffin.

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Claudia Gadelha II (Full Fight)

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Claudia Gadelha II, UFC TUF 23 Finale, 8 July 2016
Fight of the Night

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Claudia Gadelha IIIn a July weekend full of incredible fights, we have Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Claudia Gadelha II. Personally, this is the fight that I have been looking forward to most. A striker versus grappler match-up between a world-class kick boxer and a tough well-rounded Nova Uniao product.

There has always been doubt in my mind over who won Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Claudia Gadelha I. Joanna started the fight with a great knockdown in the first round. Then Claudia was able to grapple and take Joanna down for the rest of the fight. Since Joanna won the fight she had the opportunity to fight Carla Esparza for the championship. If Claudia won that fight, she would have gotten the fight against Carla. If she was able to capture the belt from Carla, things would be very different.

Now we get to see the two ladies fight again. Finally to settle who the better fighter is.

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Rose Namajunas vs Paige VanZant (Full Fight)

Rose Namajunas vs Paige VanZant, UFC Fight Night, 10 December 2015

rose namajunas vs paige vanzantSo many times we ask ourselves, “What makes a good fighter?”. Is it an undefeated professional record? Is it awesome technique? Is it incredible knockout power? What about heart, toughness, athleticism, or cardio?

In Rose Namjunas vs Paige VanZant, we have the perfect story and example of technique versus toughness. Both girls are young and new to the fight world. Both are tough fighters from a tough background. Over the short period of being professional fighters, Rose has added technique to her toughness while Paige still only seems like she’s just plain tough.

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TUF 21 Last Fight – Hayder Hassan vs Vincente Luque (Full Episode)

Hayder Hassan vs Vincente Luque – Saves the Season!

What makes a fight great isn’t the celebrity status of the fighters, it’s not the money at stake, it’s not even who wins. Its the skill the fighters show, the heart, and the willingness to leave it all in the cage. Sometimes we don’t get to see this display of heart in the more professional platforms any more. Perhaps there is too much reputation, health, career, money at stake.

That is why I like watching The Ultimate Fighter. It’s a chance for us fight fans to see high potential fighters that exist outside of the top promotions. It’s a chance for us to see fighters prepare physically and mentally for upcoming fights that will determine their future. It’s a chance for us to see fighting at a level that is more raw.

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Dustin Poirier vs Akira Corassani (Full Fight)

Dustin Poirier vs Akira Corassani, UFC Bisping vs Kennedy, 16 April 2014

dustin poirier vs akira corassaniDustin Poirier vs Akira Corassani is one of the most entertaining fights in Dustin’s career. There is just something about his style that makes me enjoy watching his fights. His length, his movements, his striking. Everything just looks so crisp and technical.

Every time Dustin Poirier enters the cage, he comes prepared for a fight and he isn’t afraid to engage. The action and the intensity in Dustin Poirier vs Akira Corassani is a testament to the toughness and the striking of this featherweight fighter.

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Clay Guida vs Roger Huerta (Full Fight)

Clay Guida vs Roger Huerta, The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Hughes vs Serra, 8 December 2007

clay guida vs roger huerta

Clay Guida vs Roger Huerta is a beautiful MMA battle between two legendary MMA lightweights. Heavy punches, crisp combinations, powerful take downs, and crafty wrestling. This is a thrilling fight that will leave your jaw hanging.

Going into this fight, fights fans and fight critics said that the wrestling would make the difference between who wins and who loses. It is difficult to say when both Clay Guida and Roger Huerta are outstanding wrestlers who also happen to be phenomenal strikers. This fight also won the 2007 Fight of the Year award from Fight! magazine.

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Diego Sanchez vs Karo Parisyan (Full Fight)

Diego Sanchez vs Karo Parisyan, UFC Fight Night 6, 17 August 2006

diego sanchez vs karo parisyan

Diego Sanchez vs Karo Parisyan is an incredibly closely contested match with non-stop action. Both fighters showing incredible skill and heart. Ala any Diego Sanchez fight, there is no shortage of guts, glory, and awesome back and forth in the centre of the cage and on the canvas. Diego Sanchez vs Karo Parisyan was not only recognized as the Fight of the Night but was also the 2006 Fight of the Year. By the third round, both fighters were showing signs of fatigue but continue to battle through to give one of MMA’s greatest fights of all time. Diego Sanchez vs Karo Parisyan not only add to the legacy of both fighters but contributed to winning fans and to building the sport of MMA.

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TJ Dillashaw and the Blurring of Reality

Each individual has one responsibility above all else. It is to find your life pattern. The pattern is not always set out for us. More often than not, it is hidden and we must search for it. But once you find your pattern, you must trust it, believe in it, and forge a path for yourself. You work hard, and if it is the correct path, then your efforts will have more effect than if you were on the wrong path. The pattern, the path, the focus and the belief allow you to blur the lines of reality such that the success and the victory you visualize in your mind will inevitably become an undeniable reality.

At UFC 173, the fight world witnessed a spectacular fight in TJ Dillashaw versus Renan Barao. A spectacular fight is not always easy to come by. Almost like the cultivation of a Brazil Nut Tree, all the elements must be perfectly, immaculately, aligned in order for a spectacular fight to happen. The fighters, the context, the expectation of the audience… Renan Barao and TJ Dillashaw, competing for the UFC Bantamweight Championship in a fight where almost the entire fight world wrote off to be another easy victory for the Champion. That night, that fight, that belt. The elements were aligned and TJ Dillashaw vs Renan Baroa turned out to be a spectacular fight, an apt display of the beauty in MMA.

If you were a fight fan like me, the lustre of the fight will fade slowly and you may end up asking yourself, how did TJ Dillashaw do it? Not to take anything away from TJ, but Renan Barao is a better fighter. On any given Saturday night (except of course 24th May 2014), Renan Barao would win. The difference between the two fighters is that TJ Dillashaw has found his life pattern and has dedicated every ounce of his reality into his victory.

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TUF Brazil 3 Finale: Maldonado vs. Stipe Miocic (31 May)

stipe miocic

TUF Brazil 3 Finale: Maldonado vs Stipe Miocic, 31 May 2014, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Main Card

Stipe Miocic def Fabio Maldonado*
(TKO punches – round 1)
Antonio Carlos Jr. def Vitor Miranda*
Antonio Carlos Jr. wins TUF: Brazil 3 heavyweight tournament
(unanimous decsion 30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Warlley Alves de Andrade def Marcio Alexandre Jr.
Warlley win TUF: Brazil 3 middleweight tournament

(guillotin choke – round 3)
Demian Maia def Alexander Yakovlev*

(unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Robert Peralta def Rony Jason*
(split decision 29-28, 27-30, 30-27)

Preliminary Card

Rashid Magomedov def Rodrigo Damm*
(unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ernest Chavez def Elias Silverio
(rear-naked choke – round 3)

Gasan Umalatov def Paulo Thiago
(unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Kevin Souza def Mark Eddiva
(TKO punches – round 2)

Preliminary Card

Ricardo Abreu def Wagner Silva*
(rear-naked choke – round 2)
Marcos Rogerio de Lima def Richardson Moreira
(KO punches – round 1)

Pedro Munhoz vs Matt Hobar
(TKO punches – round 1)

*Cage Inspiration’s most anticipated fights
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UFC 173: Barao vs Dillashaw

UFC 173

UFC 173, 24 May 2014, Las Vegas Nevada

 Main Card 

 T.J. Dillashaw def Renan Barao*
(T.J. won UFC Bantamweight Championship)
(TKO Strikes – round 5)
Daniel Cormier def Dan Henderson*
(submission rear-naked choke – round 3)
Robbie Lawler def Jake Ellenberger*
(TKO strikes – round 3)
Takeya Mizugaki def Francisco Rivera
(unanimous decision 29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
James Krause def Jamie Varner*
(TKO injury – round 1)

Preliminary Card 

Michael Chiesa def Francisco Trinaldo*
(unanimous decision 30-26,30-26, 30-27)
Tony Ferguson def Katsunori Kikimo*
(TKO punch – round 1)
Chris Holdworth def Chico Camus*
(unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mitch Clarke def Al Iaquinta*
(submission d’arce choke – round 2)

Preliminary Card

Vinc Pichel def Anthony Njokuani*
(unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Sam Sicilia def Aaron Phillips*
(unanimous decision 29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Jingliang Li def David Michaud
(split decision 29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

*Cage Inspiration’s most anticipated fights.

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