By: 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”
Half of the fun of going to fights are the entrances of some of our favorite fighters. The Melee Mixtape is a collection of the songs and themes that our favorite local and regional fighters use to get the crowd, and themselves, hyped up for the battle to come. Our first installment is Pinnacle FC’s “Pittsburgh Challenge Series 10”. Continue reading “Melee Mixtape: Pinnacle FC, Pittsburgh Challenge Series 10”
The 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?”
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”
On Saturday, November 23, Gladiator Challenge will be home to the first ever North American MMA Tag-Team fight. The event has been titled “Season’s Beatings” and will be held at the Thunder Valley Resort Casino in Lincoln, California. While details are sparse right now, we do know that the bout is between the teams of Jaime “El Cucui” Jara and Mike Quaintance vs. UFC veteran Scott “Hands of Stone” Smith and Blaine Wilson. Continue reading “Gladiator Challenge Promoting First American Tag Team Fight”
July 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”