Friday 5ive: Five of the Most Important Changes to MMA

Cage Nation Patch MMABy: Albert Cameron – On a long enough time line, you and I are going to disagree about something. Who is the greatest of all time? What was the best title fight knock out? Eventually, we are going to disagree. I can’t tell you why, but the topic that I am writing about seems to be the most divisive topic, at least in the circles I run in. Perhaps it’s important to clarify that I enjoy “the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)” more than I enjoy “Fighting.” I’ll be accused of splitting hairs, but there is a very palatable difference between the two. In this week’s Friday 5ive, I’m counting down the five most important changes that turned MMA from “Ultimate Fighting” to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Continue reading “Friday 5ive: Five of the Most Important Changes to MMA”

Friday Five: MMA’s Street Fighter II Counterparts

Cage Nation Patch MMABy: Albert Cameron – Happy New Year everyone! May the upcoming year bring you more joy and success than you know what to do with. We’re kicking off 2016’s first Friday Five with a fun one. It’s common knowledge that the ultimate competition in combat sports began on November 12, 1993 in Denver, Colorado. Two years before that, in the land of the rising sun, Street Fighter II hit the arcades. Over nearly two hundred UFC’s and five versions of the Street Fighter franchise, there are a lot of parallels to be drawn. This week’s Friday Five: Five MMA Fighters and their Street Fighter II counter parts. Continue reading “Friday Five: MMA’s Street Fighter II Counterparts”

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”

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?”