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”

Are Guys Like Mike Wilkins the Next Generation of Main Eventer?

mikewilkinsThe June 14th main event between Mike Wilkins and Eric Calderon was the first Gladiators of the Cage (GOTC) main event that didn’t feature Chris Dempsey in a long time. When you find yourself in the main event, for a promotion that is dog-fighting for market share in a major metropolitan area, the pressure is immense. There is high-caliber training to be concerned with, proper diet, day jobs and selling tickets to offset training costs; now let’s add that to the pressure that your fight is for the promotion that brought such Pittsburgh classic fights like Jaime Chesney vs. Jessica Richman (the first female fight in the metropolitan area), the grudge fight between Dominick “The Honey Badger” Mazzotta vs. Cody “No Love” Garbrandt and Chris Dempsey’s come-one-come-all title defenses. Continue reading “Are Guys Like Mike Wilkins the Next Generation of Main Eventer?”

Valley Fight League Rebounding From Altoona Disaster; VFL 43 to Take Place in October

VFLLogoJuly 19th, 2013 is a night that may very well live in infamy, especially to the men and women, the fight fans, of the Logan Valley. The Jaffa Mosque throw down was scheduled to have twelve MMA fights and at bell time, only three were given the green light to go by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission.

July 19th was dripping in the worst-case-scenarios that any fight promotion could have expected: contract disputes, guys not making weight and the State Athletic Commission not approving guys to fight. Fighters were angry, fans were angry and the media had the difficult job of having to report on the downturn of an event that they had very high hopes for. Speculation ran rampant that Valley Fight League may be forced to stop promoting. Continue reading “Valley Fight League Rebounding From Altoona Disaster; VFL 43 to Take Place in October”