In the aftermath of the second Wilder vs. Fury fight, the question of whether his cornerman, Mark Breland, a high-level, ex-fighter himself, was errant in throwing in the towel and ending the fight as he felt his man was taking a hiding with no hope of overcoming it was asked.
It's a weird time to be a wrestling fan. Professional wrestling is, at its core, people pretending to beat the living hell out of each other in brutal, real athletic contests. It was two, or four, or more men doing their best to convince their audience that they were real, the fight was real, and that wrestling was real. People were fired, beaten or excommunicated for exposing the tricks behind the magic they'd perform in the ring, because keeping that illusion was the single most important thing to the wrestling business. Well, outside making money.
Just when you think that someone would be mature enough to stay away from certain venues, that’s when they fail you. Boxer Adrien Broner received the steel bracelets at a weigh in for the Fury-Wilder fight. A few months ago, Broner took instruction to not appear on the premises of the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada. What all of this points to is a young male who is defiant, out-of-control, and longing for the taste of another bout.
Whenever you watch an action hero on the silver screen, the camera tends to focus on them winning fights. In fact, between expert technique, a rock hard physique, and an iron jaw there's no possibility the hero could ever lose; foes fall with broken faces and shattered spirits under the hammer blows of their fists, but when the bad guys get a solid blow in the hero just keeps on coming. On the one hand this could be blatant abuse of main character powers... on the other hand it's entirely possible that our lead has simply learned the most important skill any fighter needs to have in his or her arsenal.
Every guy out there wants to learn how to fight. It's why we shell out huge amounts of cash for martial arts lessons, read up on combat strategies from around the world, and watch professionals in the ring. What we're hoping is that we'll learn the secret that'll turn us into a Hollywood-style action star. The unfortunate reality of fights that take place off the silver screen, though, is that 9 times out of 10 they go to the ground. So it doesn't really matter if you've mastered the spinning butteryfly scissor kick if you have no ground game. Fortunately, grappling is just another martial art, and one of the simplest holds you can put an opponent in is called the Guillotine. Sounds fearsome huh? Well, it's also relatively simple to do.
Any wrestling fans out there? Cup your hands to your ear, and let the crowd roar.
"The fame is great, but you can't take your foot off the pedal. Everyone wants your title."
Whenever the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) comes to Madison Square Garden, they always pack the card with very good fights from top to bottom. The UFC 244 event this past Saturday night did not disappoint because there were seven KO's or TKO's out of the twelve fights that were in the early preliminary bouts, in the preliminary bouts, and in the main card. Without further ado, let us take a look at the stoppages.
Anyone that's studied a martial art that includes a form of grappling has learned about pressure points, and the weaknesses that every human body shares. When it comes to quick knock outs, though, there are only three things that you can do; great harm to the head, interrupt the flow of oxygen to the brain, or cut off the supply of blood to that same, very-necessary organ. All of these are risky moves, but when they work, they are fight enders. The infamous Sleeper Hold uses the third strategy, and once you know that, it's a fairly simple thing to execute.
Mixed Martial Arts can be an unforgiving sport at times, and while the days of it being "No Holds Barred" are gone, it's just as difficult. The competition seems to be that much stiffer, as big bucks can be made by many a combat athlete. Grappling is definitely a main stay in the sport, and separates it from the striking sports, but can definitely be negated these days. No longer can a grappling superstar dominate, like a Royce Gracie or a Mark Coleman. The 26-year-old McKenzie Dern has a ridiculously good record in JiuJitsu, boasting 22 gold medals in world championship tournaments. The transition to MMA was only natural, where she holds a record of seven wins and, as of yesterday, one defeat. So, how has such a legendary grappler suffered a defeat so early into her career. I think that's due to the direction the sport has headed since Dana White took over the UFC.