Mixed Martial Arts is coming to MSG. Took long enough and it’s goin down Friday, Nov 21st, thanks to Victory Combat Sports. Victory CEO, Kevin Lillis partnered up with Take On Productions to bring in the biggest event ever sanctioned by the WKA in New York. Some of the best Kick Boxers and Muay Thai Fighters will compete alongside the best amateur Mixed Martial Arts Athletes in the tri-state area for this historic event. Title-fights and girl-fights are included.
Coming off a nice win over Chris Carmozzi @ UFC FightNight, Renzo Gracie fighter, Rafael “Sapo” Natal, gives his thoughts on Victory VII coming to MSG.
Former UCL Champ, Chad Hernandez of Radical MMA is set to take on Anthony Glacchina of Serra/Longo in what looks to be a great fight.
Coach Rene Dreyfus of Radical MMA is well aware of the infamous Serra/Longo camp. Nobody can deny that former UFC WW Champ Matt Serra’s KO of former UFC WW Champ George St Pierre and UFC MW Champ Chris Weidman’s KO and TKO of the former UFC MW Champ Anderson Silva, AKA The GOAT were possibly the biggest upsets in UFC history. According to Coach Rene, Chad is more then ready.
Also on the card are 2012 Olympian Ibrahim Faraq, UFC Gym’s NJ Mac, Renzo Gracie’s Max McGarr, NY Combat Sambo’s Hassan Hope and Thomas Doyle, Take On Muay Thai Champ Jason ahim faraqVan Oijen and the ever exciting Bernard Cano who always brings it. Victory VII’s card is stacked. Max McGarr’s submissions are off the hook and who can forget Hassan Hope’s great back and forth match against Brad Bateman? Sambo Steve says his athletes are ready.
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Speaking of stacked, did somebody say GIRL-FIGHT?
The 2013 Female Fighter of the Year, Gianna Smith, Women’s Muay Thai and MMA Phenom Prairie Rugilo, Long Island’s Jessica Cavagnaro, Katalina Morales and Krav Maga Academy’s Viktoria Makarova will hilite this history making event. Just look back on previous Victory and Take On events. Is the next Ronda Rousey fighting on this card?
GIRL-FIGHTS Totally ROCK!
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Madison Square Garden is considered the greatest arena in the world. Dating back to the early 1900s to today, Champions like John L. Sullivan, Jack Jonson, Benny Leonard, Barney Ross, Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Rocky Graziano, Sugar Ray Robinson, Ali, Vito Antuefermo, Duran, Frazier, Sugar Ray Leonard, Holyfield and so many more have all fought here.
I know Former UFC Champs and Hall Of Famers Dan Severn and Royce Gracie would have been honored to fight here as well as Olympic Silver Medalist and UFC legend Matt Lindland.
In our last interview with New Yorker and former UFC Champ Matt “The Terror” Serra, he hinted at a possible comeback if it were at MSG. The Great Renzo would love the chance to compete here too. Former UFC Champ Frankie Edgar has mentioned it. Even UFC Champs, Chris Weidman and Jonny “Bones” Jones hope for the chance to compete in the greatest arena in the world! Refs Big John McCarthy and New Jersey’s Dan Miragliotta also have that itch and Dana White would would like nothing better then having a UFC @ MSG.
MMA fan, Actor Alex Corrado of TV’s Gotham, here with Penguin says “Big Congrats to Victory for bringing MMA to MSG!
UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez said that even before a ruptured MCL forced him to pull out of his planned title defense Saturday in Mexico City against Fabricio Werdum in the main event of UFC 180, he was struggling with another knee injury.
But he so desperately wanted to continue, he told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, that he was willing to fight with a torn meniscus. It was only when he ruptured his MCL that he pulled out of the bout.
“I felt it was pretty loose. In training, I felt like my body would switch one way but my leg would kind of stay in one direction. So I kind of felt like it wasn’t stable.Â It just sucked, you know what I mean? Going through practice everyday, and just limiting [myself], not really doing the stuff that I could do as far as rolling. I tried to roll, some days I could, some days I couldn’t, and I just said, ‘Hey, I’m going to just baby it until I get two weeks out, and once I get two weeks out, I’m going to try to do everything. Kick, be on the ground, it doesn’t matter, but I’m going to do what I can to make the fight.
“And when I finally realized that I can’t do it, it’s just not working for me, it just sucked. It felt like something was destined, you know what I mean. Like, this is where I’m destined to be, I’m destined to fight on this card, and it just didn’t turn out that way. So it was just kind of devastating to me.”
Velasquez hasn’t fought since defeating Junior dos Santos at UFC 166 on Oct. 19, 2013, in Houston. He is not sure when he’ll be able to return.
He said he believes he’ll be fine once he finishes rehabilitation, and said he had no thought of quitting.
“When I train, I train well. I think if something’s wrong with me, I just kind of work through it. That’s my mentality. If something hurts or something is injured, I think my pain tolerance is pretty high to where, it’s pretty bad where I might need surgery, but I’ll just kind of work through it. So, you know, again it’s part of the sport. We all go through it. I might’ve gone through it more than most, but I’m going to keep doing it.”
Velasquez also seemed to give an edge to Werdum, who will now fight Mark Hunt for the interim title. He’ll meet the winner when he’s healthy.
“I think Mark Hunt justÂ has that knockout power, and that’s pretty much it. I think Werdum, with his length, also if it goes to wrestling, if it goes on the ground, Werdum has it. I think on the feet, with the power that Hunt has, I think he has a good chance of winning it there. But I think that’s pretty much it.”
Velasquez will be in Mexico City to watch Saturday’s bout, but it’s a big blow to the UFC to not have him compete. It is one of a series of major injuries that has sidelined the biggest stars during all or most of 2014. In addition to Velasquez, stars such as Anderson Silva, Anthony Pettis, Nick Diaz, Gilbert Melendez and Junior dos Santos haven’t fought yet in 2014.
Duke Roufus and the environment at his Roufusport gym have been surrounded by controversy ever since the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel released an investigative piece on the death of kickboxer Dennis Munson Jr.
I’m really sorta surprised that the Vegas odds on this fight are so close (right now it is Jones -155 and Cormier +125) even though I like Cormier a lot & think he’s a very smart & very talented fighter.
And he looks to be a good analyst & announcer once he’s done fighting.
Also he was in the Olympics twice as a freestyle wrestler, & most Olympians do pretty well when switching to MMA, Rousey for one. Although in 2008 he was just honorary captain because of bad weight cutting issues.
But how is he going to deal with a guy who has a huge reach advantage…..84.5" for Jones….72" for Cormier. And height….6’4" for Jones….5’10" for Cormier. That reach & height advantage is huge.
I have my thoughts on what D.C. is going to try to do to win this….but I would like to hear what others think his strategy will be & if they think he’ll win.
By the way, I posted in early 2011 who would lose 1st, Aldo or Jones & I think they are the only two who haven’t lost their titles since then (unless u count GSP). So if Jones wins…on we go.
ComingÂ the day before the sport’s three biggest promotions, the UFC, Bellator and the World Series of Fighting, all staged televised fight cards, the news hasn’t gotten all that much attention.
But featherweight Leonard Garcia’s decision to retire following a loss to Daniel Pineda at Legacy FC 37 was a stinging blow to mixed martial arts.
Garcia was never the most talented fighter, but he gave every ounce of what he had to give every time out, and he’ll be remembered as one of the most exciting fighters of his generation.
Garcia, 35, retires with a pedestrian 18-13-1 mark. In his biggest bout, he was submitted by Mike Brown via triangle choke in the first round in a bout for the World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight title.
But it’s not titles or significant wins that made Garcia so memorable. It was his desire to put on a show, a willingness to accept two punches to land one, that made him popular and makes his retirement a dark day for the sport’s fan base.
He won Fight of the Night four times in the UFC and twice in the WEC. He also had a Knockout of the Night in the WEC and his April 24, 2010, bout at WEC 48 with Chan Sung Jung, aka “The Korean Zombie,” remains high on the list of any fans’ compilation of top MMA bouts.
Garcia fought in a division with men infinitely more talented, but he made himself a name by sheer heart and desire.
The sport would be better with a lot more fighters with the fighting spirit that Garcia brought every time out to the cage.