Five Reasons Why Laila Ali is Wrong About Ronda Rousey

Laila_AliBy: Albert Cameron – Laila Ali, daughter of mega legend Muhammed Ali, was accosted by TMZ Sports shortly after Holly Holm’s precision knock out of “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey. In a day and age when anyone with a twitter account (@CageNationTV) has a voice that can be heard, celebrities with no discernable expertise in combat sports have been weighing in on a matter of prize fighting. Donald Trump is glad Ronda lost, because she’s not a nice person. Lady Gaga postulates that Ronda lost because she didn’t touch gloves. When TMZ (Editorial: I hate TMZ and their crap slinging) caught up with Laila Ali, I felt that hers was a voice worth listening to, because she has the expertise. Laila Ali had retired from professional boxing with a perfect 24-0-0 record and two super middleweight championships. She had trained, had been hit and had overcome. Continue reading “Five Reasons Why Laila Ali is Wrong About Ronda Rousey”

OPINION: Rizin FF, Bellator Should Be Moving Forward Instead of Looking Back

RizinLogoBy: Albert Cameron – I remember going to see the latest Avengers movie with some friends from work and I didn’t like it as much as I liked the first Avengers movie. Now, I’m not sure if he was quoting anyone or not, but my friend Garrett says “You can’t recapture the magic of the first kiss.” I’ve always known my friend Garrett to have a wise outlook on a lot of things; while he was talking about a movie that was maybe two hours too long, that particular sageness really holds its water in a lot of different instances, even combat sports. Both Bellator Fighting Championships and the Rizin Fighting Federation (in Japan) are relying on stars of yesterday to be relevant in today’s fighting climate. As many times as we can book Fedor Emelianenko, Kazushi Sakuraba, Ken Shamrock, and Royce Gracie, we’re never going to get those days of their prime back; while we’re waiting on that magic, we’re missing out on great opportunities to expose the up-and-comers. Continue reading “OPINION: Rizin FF, Bellator Should Be Moving Forward Instead of Looking Back”

OPINION: Is Collegiate MMA a Viable Concept?

Cage Nation Patch STATE COLLEGE 2By: Albert Cameron – In this day and age, there is a collegiate club or team for just about every sport or activity you can think of. In State College, PA, there is a store directly across from campus that sells apparel for the majority of those clubs. Right behind the register, you can see t-shirts and hats for the Penn State Wrestling team, Boxing team, Lacrosse team, Swimming team, Rowing team and a host of others. It’s understood that a few of these organizations are “clubs” with no official University sanction, but just about any athletic endeavor has a team of students that compete, intramurally or otherwise. Continue reading “OPINION: Is Collegiate MMA a Viable Concept?”

We’re Not Ready for the Next Evolution of Combat Sports

Bold statement, right? It’s true, at least in my opinion. The other night I was watching a hype trailer for the next Bareknuckle Boxing (BKB) event on Direct TV and I find myself scratching my head. The question that came to my mind was, why? Why go through the trouble of having gloves made that are knuckle-less? Why go through the trouble of trying to update the traditional boxing ring? Why make a product that is different just for the sake of being different? The only answer that I can seem to get out of any major outlet is: “…Because it’s the next evolution of boxing!” I maintain my prior stance: why? Continue reading “We’re Not Ready for the Next Evolution of Combat Sports”