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Taking The Beginners MMA Workouts To Whole New Level

MMA is not just only about speed & flexibility, but also strength, endurance and mental toughness. If you lack the strength and power in your upper and lower body, then you’ll be missing a very important piece of the puzzle. Therefore, being a beginner you need to concentrate on improving your strength. If you’ve been doing the same exercise over and over again, step up from them and try the routine given below.
Core Strength
Cross-Body Crunch

Do: 3 sets x 10 repetitions each side
Lie down with your back on the floor and knees bent at 60 degrees. Place your hands behind your head loosely. Now, simultaneously bring your right shoulder and elbow across the body as you bring your left knee towards the left shoulder. Try to reach for the knee with your right elbow, exhale and contract the abs as you perform this movement. Now, go back to the starting position as you inhale and repeat the same movement with your left elbow and the right knee. Continue performing this exercise in an alternating manner.
Do: 3 sets x 10 repetitions
Do you know that plank is also known as the Prone Iso Abs. No? Well, now you do. So, to reap the benefits of this exercise get into a recumbent position on the floor. Support your complete body weight on your forearms and toes alone. Make sure to place those forearms directly below the shoulders. And, keep your body in a straight line from top to bottom. Hold this position for as long as possible. Once you master it, increase the level of difficulty by raising an arm or a leg simultaneously.

Upper Body Strength
Dumbbell Shoulder Press

Do: 3 sets x 6 repetitions
Hold a dumbbell in each hand and sit down on a utility bench that can support your back. On top of your thighs, place the dumbbells upright. Use your thighs to propel the dumbbells to shoulder height one at a time. Make sure to rotate the wrists so the palms face forward. Let this be your starting position. Now, exhale and push the dumbbells until they reach the top. Hold this position for a brief time. To return to the starting position slowly lower the weights down to the floor. And, repeat it again.

Dumbbell Bench Press
Do: 3 sets x 10 repetitions
Begin by lying down on a bench with a dumbbell in each hand placed on top of the thighs and palms facing each other. Now raise the dumbbells with the help of your thighs one at a time to hold them in front of you at the shoulder width. Rotate your wrist forward, so the palms face away from you. Make sure that the upper arm and the forearm create a 90 degree angle while holding the dumbbells and consider this as your starting position. Then use your chest to push the dumbbells up. Hold this position for a second and return to the starting position.

T-Bar Row with Handle
Do: 3 sets x 5 repetitions
Position the bar in a place to keep it from moving. Load it with an appropriate weight onto your end. Now, stand over the bar and position the Double D row handles around the bar next to the collar. Rise to a standing position using your hips and legs. Take a wide stance with your hip, back & the chest up and the arm extended. Let this be your starting position. So, now pull the weight towards your upper abdomen, retracting the shoulder blades and flexing the elbows. Hold this position for a brief time and then return to the starting position.

Lower Body Strength
Barbell Deadlift

Do: 3 sets x 5 repetitions
Begin by placing your feet shoulder width apart, standing at the center of the bar. Bend down at the hip to grip the bar at shoulder width apart. Use your feet to set a grip as you take a big breath in. Lower your hip and flex the knees. Look forward, keep your chest up, back arched and begin to move the weight up pressing the heels into the floor. After the bar crosses the knees, pull your shoulder blades together and aggressively pull the bar back. Now, lower the bar as you bend at the hips, guiding the bar to the floor.

Split Squat with Dumbbells
Do: 3 sets x 12 repetitions each leg
Place yourself in a position with your rear foot elevated and front foot forward. Hold a dumbbell in each hand by your side. By flexing your knees and hip, begin lowering your body down. Make sure to keep the front knee in line with the foot. Maintain a good posture as you perform the exercise. To return to the starting position, at the bottom of the previous movement, drive through the heel to extend the knees and the hip.
Maintaining a good hygiene in MMA workout training is equally important as the strength training itself. Since you’ll be getting in touch with the equipments used by other people as well. Make sure to wash your hands with the best antibacterial bar soap afterwards Or, even better, take a shower with an antibacterial soap to keep away from the skin infections. So, don’t let anything stop you from working harder! Good luck folks!

evieAmanda Dawson is a fitness coach and health writer based in Boston, MA. Her passion is to encourage others to rediscover their lifestyle and get inspired for organic living.

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Life Patterns and Flexibility

Life Patterns and FlexibilityEvery day we are faced with challenges of routine, whether it is creating a routine, maintaining a routine, or changing a routine. More often than not, these happen without intervention, and the results present themselves whether you designed them or not.

The Morning Routine

The day breaks either at whatever time your body clock is set, or the time of your alarm clock. The latter is not ideal because it is an unnatural rising and you’re off into a forced routine. The trouble with this is that you will undoubtedly feel stiff, and your day starts with a ‘forced’ movement, and muscles can stiffen accordingly.

I was on this path for a long, long time, and never considered myself a ‘morning person’ – and always battled with normal, every-day flexibility when starting my day.

The solution: I decided to buy a “Lumie” alarm clock. This was designed to wake you up without noise, without sudden rising, and mimics ‘real light’ to gradually wake you up. The result? By naturally waking up, your body automatically adjusts over 20-30 minutes without you having to do anything at all; the result being you reduce and even remove the standard stiffness you can feel in the morning. Check the light out here:
Lumie Bodyclock ACTIVE 250 Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Extra Audio Options

Once you’re up, you must, must, have a quick morning stretching routine, to get the muscles moving, blood flowing, and generally loosen up. If you don’t do this on a daily basis, or even miss a few days, you perpetuate a stiffness that will lock up your joints, muscles, and hamper any of your sporting and martial arts. My morning routine consists of me pressing myself against the skirting board (!) to push my legs wider and gain myself that bit of leverage. It doesn’t take long before I’m pressed fully against the wall and have full flexibility once more.

All Sit Down?

We’ve all seen the evolutionary picture of ending up crouched over a computer desk, typing away with a hunched back. This is, unfortunately, extremely common and very true. The truth of the matter is, we are more certainly not designed to sit in a chair. Chairs are destructive to our mobility, flexibility, and our overall posture. If you are sitting in a chair, set yourself a simple timer for 15 minutes every day to ensure you get up out of your chair, move about, loosen up, and stop those joints from stiffening up. If you ca, get a standing desk – they will increase your productivity, improve your muscle tone, even burn more calories, but most important they will stop your spine from becoming compressed and causing disc and sciatic injuries.

If you are already in the unfortunate position of having back pain, please check out these videos for relieving sciatic nerve pain.

Beware the Slow Tense

Regardless whether you are in a chair, standing, leaning, kneeling etc. Be very conscious of your body and its positions. Again perhaps use a timer such as a “ring timer” (see below) to force you to check every 5-10 minutes until you make it a habit. What you’re checking for is any constant tension in the shoulders, arms, elbows, buttocks and particularly lower back. Modern day work demands hours and hours of constant work and tension, which too often results in over-tightness of particular areas, which in turn leads to over-compromised positions, disrupting your natural posture. These are very difficult to break unless you pay particular attention to it.

Check out a round-timer to force yourself to check every few minutes for it:
Boxing training round interval timer. Perfect for Boxing MMA Interval Tabata Training Kettlebells by Athlete Technologies

Stretching Before Sleep

Just as you should stretch when you wake up, it is equally important that you stretch yourself out before going to sleep. This will ensure that any tensions you have picked up throughout the day will not stiffen further overnight, and cause the typical and all-too-familiar trapped nerve sensations and full-body stiffness syndrome of the morning.


These routines are not exercise, they are not training, they should be part of every day of your life, and are indeed mandatory in many Japanese companies, where they have the best employee health and fitness ratios in the world.

You need to concentrate on them and do them mindfully, otherwise naturally bad patterns will creep into your life and compromise your body, flexibility and fitness.

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Does Taekwondo Have a Clinch?

The clinch is a close-range grapple technique which either immobilizes the arms or places the players at a position of control to execute elbows, knees, and/or take-downs.

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The art of destruction and why you should practice it

I have observed that destruction has been prevalent in and around discussion topics of training methods, gradings, demonstrations and technique; but why?

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Top Ways To Find Time For MMA Classes For The Busy Individual

if you are interested in learning or simply taking part in MMA or kickboxing classes, you can use the above as guides to help you find time if you are too busy.

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Wanderlei Silva officially files suit against NSAC

Wanderlei Silva has kept good on his word and officially filed a lawsuit against the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), which stems from the harsh and unreasonable punishment that was handed down to him last year. The NSAC held a hearing and ultimately issued a lifetime ban to Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva, which is one of the actions that revealed the commission’s lack of transparency.

Chael Sonnen was handed a 2-year ban from fighting, but was able to compete at Metamoris 4 in California. The NSAC threatened Sonnen with a $250K fine if he went through with the competition, but it hasn’t taken any actions against the former UFC fighter.

If the NSAC did, the case would have likely gotten thrown out the door.

Competitive Grappling, which Metamoris functions as, is not classified as a professional combat sport by the Association of Boxing Commissions, which the NSAC ultimately answers to. The Association of Boxing Commissions only regulates Boxing, Kickboxing, and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

If Sonnen wanted to compete in the Olympic trials to make the 2016 US Olympic Wrestling team, the NSAC would be powerless to stop him. The event does not fall under NSAC jurisdiction.

Metamoris 4 took place in California, where the NSAC has no jurisdiction.

The NSAC would overstep its legal boundaries if it decided to punish Sonnen for his participation in Metamoris 4. Even if Metamoris 4 took place in Nevada, competitive grappling is not classified as a professional sport, which means the NSAC has no jurisdiction.

These circumstances shape Silva’s argument in his lawsuit against the NSAC, which he wants the lifetime ban overturned.

The punishment stems from Silva evading a random drug test on May 24th, which is one of the pre-fight drug tests before the planned fight against Sonnen at UFC 175. You should already know that the fight between the two fighters was canceled because of the controversy.

Silva’s lawyer argues that the NSAC unlawfully gave the lifetime ban for a few reasons. The first reason was that Silva had yet to have an active license in Nevada, which is a requirement to compete in that state. The second reason is that Silva had not agreed to sign for the fight yet, which means he did not have to take the random drug test.

It is important that a ban from the NSAC does not mean that your career is over.

You have to remember that the NSAC’s jurisdiction is only within the state of Nevada.

If you are banned in Nevada, there are other states in the United States to compete in. You can compete in New Jersey, Washington, Georgia, Massachusetts, Illinois, Oregon, California, Arizona, and other states and not get punished by the NSAC.

You can even fight overseas and the NSAC would really overstep its bounds for trying to punish you.

Sonnen is moving on even after the 2-year ban and is trying to talk with Silva for something big.

Silva has used his experience with the NSAC to show his support for Jon “Bones” Jones who, is on the public hot seat after testing positive for cocaine. He used this opportunity to take a pot shot at the NSAC on not following proper laws and protocols.

He even took for its controversial move of signing Phil Brooks, known as professional wrestler CM Punk. Silva points out the controversy just as other fighters have, Brooks has neither an amateur nor professional MMA record. That also became another potshot at the NSAC for its “lack of oversight” when the UFC signed Brooks.

Brooks is currently training at Roufusport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for his debut fight. This is the same camp that houses current UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis and ONE FC Welterweight Champion Ben Askren.

It is unknown if Silva will join in the class-action lawsuits that were filed against the UFC last month.

Nate Quarry, Jon Fitch, and Cung Le are named as “identity class clients,” which means their names are officially attached. That does not mean their names are the only names in the lawsuit. The lawsuit argues that the UFC violated the Sherman Antitrust Act.

Part of the suit argues that the UFC placed harsh restrictions to prevent fighters from working for rival organizations after leaving the promotion. This even extends to a non-combat capacity, which Silva is rightfully sore about.

Silva made is official retirement from fighting a few days before the NSAC hearing, but he is still under contract with the UFC. It is likely the UFC will let Silva out of the contract unless he files a lawsuit.

At Bellator 131, Silva was going to appear at the event and give autographs. That didn’t happen because the UFC threatened to sue Silva if he did because it would be in violation of the current contract.

This situation mirrors Cung Le’s reason for his retirement announcement just recently. Le claims the UFC did not give him the benefit of the doubt when his post-fight blood test came up positive for HGH.

Le was handed a 9-month suspension without letting him give the UFC the benefit of the doubt, but it was overturned when it was revealed that the test was faulty. That was after Le’s last fight at UFC Fight Night 48: Macau, where he lost to Michael Bisping.

He asked to be released from his contract, but the UFC denied the request.

One can speculate if Silva’s lawsuit against the NSAC will connect with the ongoing class-action suits against the UFC because of the unique relationship between the two organizations.

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Tyron Woodley issues Twitter challenge for fans to an 8-week fight camp

UFC fighter Tyron “T-Wood” Woodley has spoken out on hotly debated subject in the sport of professional MMA, which many other professional fighters are likely thinking. You probably have heard people let alone UFC President Dana White say, “don’t leave it in the judges’ hands” because the decision usually never goes the way you or your favorite fighter want it to.

The scoring system has become hotly debated because of its more than fair share of controversy, but is centered specifically on the 10-Point Must System. Under this system, the winner must be awarded 10 points and the loser must be awarded 9 points or less, but most commissions give the loser nothing lower than a seven.

This is why the winner scores a “perfect 30” and the lower scores between 21 to 29, but often scores 27 as the lowest.

UFC commentator Joe Rogan, also an actor and standup comedian, blamed a combination of the scoring system and the judging system for creating problems in MMA. I believe Rogan is right because the MMA scoring system is derived from Boxing, which is an effect of the Association of Boxing Commissions legally regulating MMA by delegation through the state athletic commissions like the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).

The NSAC has its share of controversy and now it faces a lawsuit from former UFC fighter Wanderlei Silva.

Rogan said that Boxing is easier to figure out than MMA because the latter focuses on punches and the latter focuses on virtually everything that is legal. He called for better judges and felt that MMA judges should have a background in the martial arts.

Kelvin Hunt understands Rogan’s point-of-view, but disagrees that there’s anything wrong with the 10-Point Must System. He does share Rogan’s criticism on the judging system.

Bakersfield College professor Daniel Edwards created his own scoring system and addressed UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta on changing the point system. Fertitta said a new system would be nice, but it would not entice fighters to “finish fights.”

I personally am working on a new scoring system for professional MMA and I corresponded with Edwards in December and got a reply back earlier this month. Edwards told me that the current state athletic commissions are not interested in changing the 10-Point Must System.

In layman speak, MMA is judged by people should shouldn’t be judging events in the first place let alone judge Boxing matches.

This place a lot of unnecessary pressure on the fighters.

Tyron Woodley lashed out at MMA fans on Twitter because of the fans criticizing fighters for “letting it go to the judges.

He told MMA fans to “stop telling fighters to not let fights go to judges’ decision” and explained that no fighter thinks that way. Fighters want to get the fight finished as soon as possible, but understand that most fights go all the way.

You want to finish the fight and your opponent wants to finish the fight and unless somebody goes down or taps out, the fight outcome is in the judges’ hands.

His last tweet on the issue was a challenge to non-MMA fighters, which means normal people, to do an 8-week camp and compete in one amateur match to understand the sport and become more appreciative of what these fighters train for on a regular basis.

I do agree with Woodley’s stance and can empathize with him because most MMA fans have little to no understanding of the amount of work they put in for one fight. The typical MMA would be horrified to learn that most professional MMA fighters are paid peanuts in the figurative sense.

It is easy to tell fighters not to let the bout end up in a decision, but it’s difficult to keep that from happening.

You can criticize a fighter for trying to win by points, but you have to understand where that person is coming from. Win records are impressive, which means you have to get a win by means. That includes the risk of being a boring fighter to watch.

Former UFC Fighter Jon Fitch, who is a plaintiff in the ongoing class action lawsuit against the UFC, posted a video explaining how much he was paid during his career with the promotion. Fitch said that you get a pay bump if you win and explains that it is important to win your fights.

Fighters do not get paid for their training and most of them still work regular jobs to supplement their income.

UFC fighter Joanne Calderwood, one of the fighters to join UFC’s new women’s strawweight division, had to quit her regular job to dedicate more time to training.

It is difficult balancing your training and your regular job, which is something many people do not understand.

You can understand Woodley’s point-of-view when you think about it, but the challenge he issued was a little immature and petty. That is the part of Woodley’s argument I have to disagree with. It is doubtful that most people that agree to do an 8-week fight camp would be ready for their first amateur fight.

There are many things MMA trainers factor before allowing you to compete.

I wrote an article for Moosin proposing that MMA fighters add Yudo, the Korean version of Judo, to their training. I explained the four staple styles of MMA because the sport is a combination of those four combat sports.

Those four sports are Boxing, Kickboxing, Competitive Grappling, and Wrestling.

Kickboxing can be interchanged with Muay Thai and Competitive Grappling can be interchanged with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

An 8-week fight camp isn’t enough if you enter with no prior background in martial arts let alone Scholastic or Collegiate Wrestling experience. If you join an MMA school and you are out of shape, being battle ready in eight weeks is unrealistic.

It is important to point out that Woodley is an NCAA Division I wrestler.

Most people have school and/or work meaning they cannot commit to a fight camp, which is one of the reasons that Woodley’s challenge is childish at best.

I do not completely agree with Woodley’s argument because of the issue with the scoring and judging system for the reasons already argued by Joe Rogan, Kelvin Hunt, Daniel Edwards, and many other critics.

The scoring system ultimately favors wrestlers, but serves as a double-edged sword. Wrestling wins fights because of the scoring criteria, but makes fighters look boring at the end. If you are boring, you could get cut from the promotion if you lose your next fight.

Jon Fitch and Jake Shields suffered that fate from the UFC.

Fighters are often disenfranchised because of compounded problem form the 10-Point Must System and the judging system, which have led to controversial decisions.

For example, I thought Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was going to win over Dan “Hendo” Henderson by split decision at UFC 139, but was shocked the judges gave the win to Henderson by unanimous decision.

It is easy to say Henderson was “controlling” most of the fight, but I don’t see it that way because the two of them were hammering each other repeatedly. The fight was bloody on both sides.

Yoshihiro Akiyama lost to Jake Shields by unanimous decision at UFC 144 even though Akiyama was able to dominate Shields with multiple throws like the Osoto Gari, which caused Shields to land on his head.

It leads me to think that Wrestling takedowns are scored higher than Judo throws by the judges.

Megumi Fujii lost her retirement fight to Jessica Aguilar by majority technical decision when she suffered an accidental eye poke. The judges gave Aguilar a TKO win, but changed it to majority technical decision even though Fujii was the one that got poked in the eye.

Tecia Torres almost knocked out Carla Esparza a few times in the quarterfinals during The Ultimate Fighter 20. Esparza wanted to take Torres to the ground, but was unable to during most of the fight.

The judges ruled in Esparza’s favor by majority decision.

In 2012, my friend Michael drove to Key West for an amateur fight being sponsored by a nearby MMA school.

Jamie, one of my friends at Tiger’s World of Martial Arts, rode with Michael to work his corner. He shared a room with a fighter who was the opponent of one of the people from that MMA school. The fighter from that school won, but his face was hamburger meat according to Jamie on the fact that he was scoring takedowns.

To sum up everybody, you don’t really get graded on your hard work. That may entice fighters to play for points instead of finishing fights, but on the other hand your opponent could be very difficult to take out.

I agree with Woodley’s argument to an extent, but it masks the problems of the point and judging systems.

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Cung Le Makes His Retirement Official After Eight-Year MMA Career

Former Strikeforce middleweight champion and UFC fighter Cung Le Makes His Retirement Official from fighting on Tuesday through his management, Athletic Management Representation Group.

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Jose Canseco wants to fight CM Punk, confident he'll win

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The UFC is not without its share of controversy, which is not surprising due to the sport of professional mixed martial arts (MMA) being riddled with countless problems that can be compounded into one collective problem. If you keep up with the latest MMA news, you already know about the partnership between the UFC and Reebok, which requires all fighters and people working their corners to wear a standard uniform.

They will be required to wear the uniform at all events on the week of the fight. Lorenzo Fertita, who shares a majority stake with his brother Frank, is confident that the partnership with Reebok will elevate the UFC to the same level as the NFL, MLS, NHL, NBA, and other major sports leagues. There are fighters that applaud the deal and there are more fighters who are against it out of fears it would make them lose needed sponsorship money.

If you thought that was major, you would not see what came a few days later: an antitrust suit filed against the UFC. Nate Quarry, Jon Fitch, and Cung Le are part of a class action suit that accuses the UFC of violating the Sherman Antitrust Act. They are “identity class” clients, but it does not mean they are the only fighters in the class action suit. It rounds down to the UFC’s treatment and payment of the fighters that compete in its matches.

The suit goes the angle of accusing of the UFC for creating a monopoly, which led to the current work conditions for the fighters because the promotion has no major competition.

Now a second class action suit has been filed by the UFC with Javier Vasquez and Dennis Hallman as the plaintiffs. The lawsuit also accuses the UFC of creating and maintaining its monopoly over professional MMA. The fighters in that suit are also being represented by the same lawyers that filed the first class action suit.

You would assume things couldn’t get more controversial, but that’s far from the case.

December’s been a controversial month for the UFC. The signing of former WWE wrestler CM Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, is the cherry on the proverbial sundae. You already know that CM Punk was signed by the UFC.

It’s not uncommon for fighters to go into promotions like WWE. Ken Shamrock joined the WWE for a short time when it was known as WWF. Tank Abbott and Dan Severn joined WCW for a short time. Tito Ortiz and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson temporarily joined TNA Impact for a storyline that got canceled because of their Bellator obligations.

Brock Lesnar left WWE, but he’s back now, to compete in MMA, where he became a UFC Heavyweight Champion. Here is the thing, Lesnar didn’t get an immediate shot at the UFC. You have Punk, with neither actual Wrestling experience nor professional MMA experience and he’s only a white belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, who will have his first UFC fight sometime next year.

UFC President Dana White’s justification is to allow CM Punk to “live out his dream.

We have no idea who Punk will fight in his debut match, but it has generated a lot of controversy.

Controversy can either be good or bad, but can generate enough publicity regardless, which turns into a lot of money.

Jason David Frank, famously known for playing Tommy Oliver in the Power Rangers franchise, offered to be Punk’s first opponent. He holds a 1-0 professional MMA record. That is good for fighter of Frank’s age. You have to understand that Frank is incredibly busy that he doesn’t have the time to train to put more wins on his record.

It seems unlikely that Frank and Brooks will fight, but the former is putting his name in the hat.

Former MLB player Jose Canseco has offered to fight Punk and is confident that he will win, too. That seems very absurd and ridiculous, but the idea might not be as bad as you think. It’s not a well-known fact that Canseco competed in a professional MMA match in 2009. That didn’t become international news because the fight took place in Japan at DREAM 9.

It’s important to note that celebrity matches are common in Japan. Bobby Ologun, a Nigerian-born TV personality, had a stint in MMA, which earned him the title of “The World’s Most Dangerous Newcomer.”

Canseco’s opponent was South Korean fighter Hong-Man Choi, who stands at 7’2. The fight was one-sided with Choi as the victor. You have to applaud Canseco for not backing down from the fight even when you are the T-800 fighting against the Starship Enterprise.

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out who’d win that battle.

Canseco claims to be a certified martial artist with Dan ranks in Karate and Tae Kwon Do. He claims to have Kung-Fu and Muay Thai training, too. I can believe that Canseco does Tae Kwon Do because of the kicks he hit Choi with, but the Muay Thai is harder to believe because he didn’t bother kicking Choi’s legs.

If Canseco is a certified martial artist that would make him suitable to fight CM Punk, but his age is a factor. CM Punk is 36, Frank is 40, and Canseco is 50. It’s doubtful that Canseco will have the same shot that CM Punk have with the UFC.

At least Canseco has a professional MMA record even it was only one fight, which he lost badly.

I personally do not have a problem with CM Punk fighting in a professional MMA match, but I felt that it should never be in the UFC or another major match. It should have been an exhibition match let alone against another celebrity.

You have to remember that CM Punk has no MMA record. He is a person that came directly from WWE. Professional fighters have to go through a process before ever being considered for a shot at the UFC. Punk is an untested fighter with neither an amateur nor professional record. He has the necessary durability, but there’s more to winning MMA than just being tough.

Punk’s first opponent will likely be a low tier fighter with a 1-0 or 2-0 fight record, but still, he has no record, which is a risky investment for the UFC.

A fight between CM Punk and JDF is not a bad idea and neither is a fight between CM Punk and Jose Canseco. Yes, Jose Canseco claiming he can beat Punk in a fight comes off as being ridiculous, but at least he’s tested. Let’s be realistic, you can’t expect a first-timer like Canseco to have beaten Choi.

It is realistic that Punk will fall on his face as he admits could happen to him. If you think about it, Punk vs. Canseco doesn’t seem like a half-baked idea.

You can argue against the idea of Canseco, but remember Punk has no record either. I strongly feel Punk would lose his first match regardless of the fighters offering to train him. Kimbo Slice was trained by Bas Rutten for his match against Seth Petruzelli in EliteXC, but he lost. That lost damaged EliteXC, which ended up folding.

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Bellator and UFC could get into bidding war over Brock Lesnar

There are a couple of questions one may ask about the idea of Brock Lesnar leaving professional wrestling and going back into mixed martial arts (MMA).

Do the fans want to see Brock Lesnar return to the steel cage?

How will the WWE react if Lesnar decides to leave the promotion? His contract with the WWE will be over after the next Wrestlemania, which is next year.

Will Lesnar re-sign with the UFC or jump on board with another promotion?

There is the possibility that Lesnar may not re-sign with the UFC and may instead join Bellator. You would think the idea to be nonsense, but Bellator CEO Scott Coker is adamant about signing Lesnar to the promotion. UFC will need to take Bellator seriously in the near future as a rival major promotion.

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If you have kept up with the news, a class-action antitrust suit was launched against the UFC. Cung Le, Jon Fitch, and Nate Quarry, three notable fighters with grievances with the promotion, held a press conference announcing a suit was filed against the UFC on charges of violating the Sherman Antitrust Act.

The documents allege that UFC called other promotions let alone Bellator “minor league.”

If Lesnar leaves the WWE, which his contract is supposed to expire afterWrestlemania 31, he will be a free agent. It is important to note that the WWE, like the UFC, usually adds a non-compete clause in the exit contract. Vince McMahon of the WWE believes the UFC to be a rival even though professional wrestling and MMA are two very different things.

Phil Brooks, who is famously known as CM Punk, talked about the non-compete clause when he got fired from the WWE, which was on his wedding day. That is the reason Brooks cannot fight immediately even though he was recently signed with the UFC. Don’t be surprised if the WWE adds a non-compete clause if Lesnar leaves the promotion. The WWE could say Lesnar cannot work for a rival promotion for at least two years. It is unknown if the WWE would, but it could. The WWE is preparing for that possibility.

If that is the case, expect Bellator and the UFC to get into a brutal bidding war to sign Lesnar. Bellator could offer Lesnar a lot of money because its owned by Viacom, which makes more money than Zuffa Inc. The UFC does have things that would likely say Lesnar to its favor.

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Why would that happen?

If Viacom injected more money into Bellator, provided it gets board approval that would affect how much the promotion can pay the fighters. Why did I mention board approval? Viacom is a publicly traded company versus Zuffa, which is a privately-owned LLC. The Fertita brothers, with regard to Zuffa, hold majority interest, which means they make the final decisions.

How would signing Lesnar benefit Bellator?

Lesnar would remain a big draw. When he left WWE, one assumed Brock wouldn’t get that far, but he surprised virtually everybody by making it into the UFC and actually becoming UFC Heavyweight Champion. He became one of the biggest pay-per-view draws in the promotion.

I remember watching the PPV fight on December 30th, 2011. The main event was between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem. I arrived at restaurant early, but had a hard time finding a parking spot because all the spots were taken.

Once I got to the restaurant, it was difficult to find a table. As if the place wasn’t packed enough, more people entered in preparation for the final match. A lot of people were angry when Lesnar lost to Overeem.

Then Lesnar returned to the WWE bigger than ever. His stint in the UFC was beneficial. When he was in the UFC, support from his former co-workers in the WWE was beneficial, too.

When Lesnar fought in the UFC, he already had a viewer base from the WWE. He created more viewers from the UFC. Lesnar returned to the WWE and brought back those same viewers plus the addition of the new viewers. The addition of fans from the UFC benefited the WWE greatly, which meant more people tuning in to watch its events, even though WWE is scripted.

We shouldn’t discount the WWE once Lesnar’s contract expires. It may do whatever it takes to get Lesnar to re-sign. You have to expect the possibility there will be a 3-way bidding war for Lesnar.

White doubts Lesnar will sign with Bellator because he believes the “UFC has the best fighters.” That is becoming more subjective because of the recent signing of Brooks, who has no professional MMA record.

It would be stupid to compare Brooks to Lesnar because the former has no actual Wrestling training and the latter is an NCAA Division I wrestler.

Bellator is interested in signing Lesnar for many reasons. It is obvious that signing Lesnar would bring more eyes to Bellator. The second reason is to teach the UFC that Bellator should never be taken lightly. Coker wants to show the MMA world that Bellator will be able to afford and access any fighter on the face of this earth.

Contacting Lesnar proves that Bellator is bearing its fangs.

Bellator could still over Lesnar a lot of money, but still lose him to the UFC. This was the case with Gilbert Melendez, who recently lost to Anthony Pettis. The UFC matched the signing amount Bellator was offering Melendez.

The UFC could do the same with Bellator plus there is the past working relationship between the two.

Lesnar would likely be one of the few fighters that would financially benefit from the partnership between the UFC and Reebok. Ronda Rousey and Jon Jones, respectively the UFC Women’s Bantamweight and Men’s Light Heavyweight Champions, have signed individual deals with Reebok.

It is doubtful that Reebok would be blind to Lesnar’s popularity. That could influence Lesnar’s decision to join the UFC if he is adamant about returning to fighting.

Bellator isn’t centering on Lesnar, it has an interest in signing Fedor Emelianenko. If that happens, it would be good for Bellator and bad for the UFC, which has been trying to sign Emelianenko for a long time.

That could be a possibility given Emelianenko and Coker’s past working relationship in Strikeforce. It could be a good way to convince Lesnar to sign with Bellator instead of re-signing with the UFC as the latter was trying to secure a match between Lesnar and Emelianenko, which ended up a pipe dream.

Emelianenko could stipulate that Bellator and M-1 Global cross-promote. M-l Global, which is located in Russia, is partially-owned by Emelianenko. If that happens, a cross-promotion would be beneficial to Bellator as it brings in many fighters from Russia and Europe. The UFC refused the idea when it tried to sign Emelianenko.

Bellator’s not afraid to draw blood and its recent actions show it.

Originally written for and published on The News Hub.

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