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These knockout beauties can also deliver the knockout punch. See the the list of the most most beautiful female boxers, martial artists, and kickboxers in the fight game today!

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The Roundhouse Kick

What it is and how it's done

The Roundhouse Kick. No, it is not as fancy as it may sound but it’s one hell of an offensive weapon in fighting. Let’s get everything straight, talk all about the roundhouse kick and how it’s done.

Roundhouse Kick

Kimbo Street Fight

In Different Perspectives

Are you one of those people who scour the web looking for fights? No, I don’t mean someone who picks fights in forums or comment spaces, not that kind of keyboard warrior but the type who searches YouTube for a Kimbo Street Fight, MMA matches, or compilations of knockouts and fight highlights.

Kimbo Sreet Fight

The Knockout Punch

How to make it happen

The knockout punch requires three elements – Power, Accuracy, and Surprise. But before we get into the details on what makes a knockout punch, we must first understand the anatomy of the knockout.

Knockout Punch

All About Shadowboxing

Why is it essential?

Almost all kinds of sports require mastery of particular physical movements. The more adept you are in executing these movements the better your chances of success. Fighting sports is no different. In fact, it is crucial because a fighter incorporates the whole body to perform even just a simple punch or kick. And there are plenty of punches and kicks to be mastered. Shadowboxing helps develop neuromuscular familiarity in executing these actions.

Shadowboxing


Once again, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. has proven his slickness not only inside the ring but also outside of it as well.

What did Mayweather accomplish last Saturday? Well for starters, he did what he was supposed to do and that was to beat a smaller aging fighter that he cherry-picked for his so-called comeback fight.

Sure, it was a dominating win and many might marvel at the technical brilliance of Floyd’s defensive boxing. Personally, however, I have done that a long time ago and in his last fight dubbed as, “Number One vs Numero Uno”, I expected a blowout, a knockout even.




Will Juan Manuel Marquez defy odds and come out victorious against former pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr.?

Mexico’s “dinamita” just turned 36 this August 23. For most boxers, this is already considered as a retiring age. However, for the Mexican people’s champion, age has only made him more crafty and intelligent inside the ring. His recent battles had also proven that his body can still hang with the young and the best.



Everybody likes the heavy bag. You can hit it with all your might and as much as you want and with every hit, it gives you a feeling satisfaction. Since it is made to absorb enormous amount of impact, it will develop your power.

There are speed bags, double-end bags, banana bags, kick pads, power shields… They all have a place in fight training. These equipments, when used properly, improve accuracy, speed, and power. Each gear trains a specific area in your game. Example, double-end bags will develop accuracy and timing; power shields will enhance kicking power; speed bags will build shoulder endurance. Each one provides a different objective but they all have one thing in common…. You have a tangible target. You have something to hit.

A true challenge lies ahead of Frank Mir. The former UFC heavyweight champ and now Interim heavyweight champ will battle the other holder of the belt, Brock Lesnar, in UFC 100.

Mir had proven that he have the skills and the will to be the best. Even after the seemingly career-ending injury, he bounced back to fight again eventually beating the MMA Hall of Famer, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, to claim the Interim championship. Now, to settle the best UFC heavyweight, he will try to defeat Brock Lesnar --- the physical powerhouse he narrowly defeated last year. 


It should be noted that at that time, it was still at the infancy of Lesnar’s MMA experience and development. Frank Mir was severely pummeled and it looked like he was losing. But suddenly, with a stroke of brilliance, he caught the inexperienced Lesnar in a sensational kneebar to win the match.

After that match, Mir had shown huge improvement in his stand-up striking and cardio. He dominated Nogueira and taunted Lesnar saying that he wants half of his belt back. Alternatively, Lesnar had fought twice since their match. He conquered power-punching Heath Herring and the geriatric wonder, Randy Couture. Lesnar had clearly improved in all aspects, especially in his striking and pacing but more importantly, he gained a great amount of experience against the two veterans he had fought. Lesnar had learned to avoid the rookie mistakes and embraced his superior physicality.


In scrutiny, Mir’s distinct advantage over Lesnar is his jiu-jitsu but it is difficult to imagine that Lesnar will make the same mistake of leaving a submission opening again. For sure, Brock will devote his training in submission defense. By negating the jiu-jitsu, he feels that there is no way that Mir can win. Based on the first match, he is massively stronger, more powerful, and deceptively faster. On UFC 100, he will try assert his size advantage through his wrestling skills. He may resort to striking using those cinder blocks he calls fists.

I’m not counting Mir out. I’m just stressing that Frank Mir’s odds are reasonably not good. Personally, I want Mir to win because in his victory, the essence of martial arts will be demonstrated. I want to see that a physically disadvantaged guy can win against a monster by means of skill and heart.

Counter Technique #1

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Jab Slip and Left Uppercut





1) As the opponent throws his jab, sidestep forward while angling to your left

2) Outside slip his punch and throw the uppercut to his jaw

3) It is best to follow up with a straight right

Very good against fighters that has a high guard and can't be hit by straight forward punches. This counter heavily relies on reflexes and intuition. If you're quick and your opponent throws a lazy or overcommitted jab, it will be much easier to pull off.

In the video, Marquez already knew that when he rushes in, Jandaeng throws a defensive jab at him. So JMM executed this counter to neutralize the Thai's jab. Keep in mind that Juan Manuel, is already a move ahead in this exchange because of his ring intelligence and keen intuition. Let me emphasize that Marquez executed this counter move perfectly.

How to improve this technique:
  • Flow Drills
  • Focus Mitts
  • Constant Sparring

note: This is against a southpaw can be done against the right straight of orthodox fighters.




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Some women fighters worth mentioning:





Hot Women Can Also Fight

Sure, in the world of gladiatorial sports and martial arts, strength and physical ability is a requirement. This is the main reason why men dominate the industry and women take the back seat just marveling the spectacle.

But the ever changing norms of society have developed women to join the ranks of men in professional fighting. It is not a career lucrative for men only. Women, nowadays, can have fortune and fame out of fighting. Fans wants to see more of them and suddenly, the awkwardness of seeing two women beating the hell out of each other has vanished.

Female prize fighting is now mainstream. And a lot of women are drawn to fighting glory; women who were once simply preoccupied by making themselves pretty are trading haymakers and roundhouse kicks. Don’t be mistaken, women still do what they do… still dolling-up, looking pretty but in this day and age, they can also kick ass.

Here are some of the most beautiful women in the fight game:

These are the generic styles in MMA. Since it is called “Mixed” Martial Arts, fighters combine these different elements to achieve a better game. But it is apparent that fighters are more inclined to certain style that somehow defines their fighting approach.

Fighting Styles in MMA:

Brawler/Fist Bomber – willing to trade punches; likes to throw haymakers; likes to set up overhands, hooks, and power uppercuts; has the Knockout Mentality; can absorb a great amount of punishment and also a good sprawler

Boxer/Sprawler – very good technical boxing skills, hits hard but avoids trading, good footwork and head/torso movement, good defensive sprawl against takedowns

Traditional MuayThai – Likes to chase and pressure; always square to the opponent and throws powerful Leg Kicks and Knees in the clinch; tough as nails

Finesse Kickboxer - Uses kickboxing tools to control distance; picks shots but does not give full commitment to his attacks; has good footwork; avoids trading blows; avoids the ground as much as possible

Dirty Boxer – prefers hitting on the clinch; good at stand-up grappling while giving effective short punches and elbows; good at defending and making takedowns; has great endurance

Counter Specialist – likes to be chased and wants the opponent to initiate the attack and capitalize on the mistakes and openings; has sharp reflexes; great foot work and movement

Takedown Artist – has the complete tools to pull off the takedown; very technical wrestler with great hips and sensitivity

Ground and Pound specialist – deals the most damage on the ground with good top control and solid blows via elbows, hammer fists, etc….

Submission Artist – Jiujitsu masters; prefers the ground game; may pull guard if the opponent is hard to takedown; does not give full commitment to ground and pound but may throw blows to set up a submission move

Ground and Pound/Submission Hybrid – will give severe ground beating while always on the look out for a submission opportunity; has good takedowns

Wrestler/Smotherer – great at takedowns but when on the ground the main priority is to attain and maintain control; prefers to smother, frustrate, and tire opponents; throws some tentative attacks on the ground but never really commits unless certain of positional advantage; good cardio


More or less, fighters have an amount of expertise in each of these styles. But ultimately, they have a distinct method in which they often use. The style they believe they can count on.

These are some of the fighters with their ingredient of techniques:

Anderson Silva - Counter Specialist, Finesse Kickboxer, Ground and Pound/Submission Hybrid

Fedor Emelianenko - Brawler/Fist Bomber, Takedown Artist, Ground and Pound/Submission Hybrid

Georges St. Pierre - Takedown Artist, Ground and Pound/Submission Hybrid , Finesse Kickboxer

Lyoto Machida - Counter Specialist, Finesse Kickboxer

Rampage Jackson - Counter Specialist, Brawler/Fist Bomber, Ground and Pound specialist

Demien Maia - Submission Artist, Takedown Artist

Clay Guida - Wrestler/Smotherer, Dirty Boxer

Randy Couture - Dirty Boxer, Takedown Artist, Ground and Pound specialist, Wrestler/Smotherer

The JAB

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Boxing coaches will often overemphasize the importance of the jab to their fighters.


“You cannot fight if you can’t throw the jab right.”


Old school trainers live by that code.


The Jab is the fastest offensive tool. It travels a short distance and it is highly intuitive; therefore, very effective if used correctly.


In boxing, successful fighters respect and know the value of the jab. They utilize it in ways that will add to their advantage. Most of the time, the effectiveness of the jab is the deciding factor of the match; the difference between winning and losing. Sometimes, jabs do not need to be powerful, do not even have to land…. But it all depends on its purpose.


Part 3: The Match-up

GeorgesSt. Pierre has never fought someone like Thiago Alves. This also goes for Alves, who has never faced of someone St.Pierre’s caliber. Knowing their skill sets, it is easy to say that GSP must bring it to the ground and Pitbull must stay off the mat and make it a kickboxing match…. but in MMA, it is not always that straightforward.


Ever since, the champion has been fighting with a reasonably general strategy customized with few critical tweaks and fine-tuning based on his opponents’ strength and weakness. Mixing things up, strike using his quickness and technical brilliance then, with it, set up a takedown. After that, severe ground and pound while keeping an eye for submission opportunities. If it goes standing again, repeat step one. It’s rather simple and only GSP can to pull it off to perfection. But this time, against the man they call the Pitbull, he has some crucial obstacles to contend with


It is very rare and perhaps, the first time that GSP will face a bigger and maybe even stronger opposition. St. Pierre is already considered a big welterweight but Thiago Alves will probably outsize him on fight night. This size factor will somehow work in favor of Alves. Will the Canadian take him down? Can GSP control him on the ground? These are the questions that will be answered in the fight. We all know that GSP is a takedown and ground n’ pound genius but Thiago has been brilliant in his takedown defense. For sure, he has been improving this facet in his game and he will come prepared against GSP’s wrestling. Additionally, the Pitbull may be too big or strong enough to dwarf St. Pierre’s ground game. For GSP, it will all come down to technique and this will be another opportunity for him to display his superior wrestling knowledge.


Thiago Alves knows that his chances of winning are much higher if the fight will stay standing. He believes that he hits harder and he has the better kickboxing skills. Indeed, a more than 50% KO ratio strongly suggests that he’ll be better off striking. Thiago, as usual, will play the stalker, in your face pressure fighter route; a very traditional muay thai approach where he stays square and always in front the opponent. He will set-up his kicks especially the leg-kicks but he must be aware that St. Pierre is very good at catching those kicks then following up with the straight right or takedown or both. But then again, Alves does not seem to telegraph does leg kicks and he does not throw them haphazardly just to be caught by a counter. Thiago just needs to be careful with those. Although it is quite a big risk for GSP making it a stand-up fight, he just might get the better of Alves if he will use his innate quickness and footwork. A good stick–and-move, in-out-in-out, up-down-up-down, may just work against the challenger. But I repeat, BIG risk!


If Thiago avoids being taken down and if his leg kicks consistently lands even for just two rounds, the fight will most likely go his way. GSP must avoid those punishing kicks so he can still be explosive in his offense. If you take away GSP’s legs you take away the tools he heavily relies on --- footwork, takedown explosiveness, superman attacks, kicks.

Battered thighs = GSP, a sitting duck.


The safest route for Georges to take is to stay off the striking pocket of Alves by either staying on his toes in striking or by bridging the distance then do some clinching and grappling depriving Thiago sufficient distance to tee off on his attacks. The latter will be much safer and if he takes Alves down, even better for St. Pierre. GSP needs to do this for at least three rounds. No matter how excellent the conditioning of Thiago Alves, he will never outcardio St. Pierre. His large muscles will work against him; his bulky body utilizes more oxygen and without any championship round experience, it will be a big disadvantage for him. Well, as for St. Pierre, he is obviously a cardio machine. There is no doubt about that.


Entering the fourth and fifth rounds, GSP can safely gamble more in stand-up considering his legs are not battered. At that point, you may witness some flashy moves from the champion. If this is the case, in the final rounds, St. Pierre will dominate Alves in all facets of the game.


This will be their probable strategies:


Georges St. Pierre:


Rounds 1-3: Fairly defensive and low-risk; avoid the Pitbull legkicks; some striking but mainly to set-up the wrestling and takedown attempts; main purpose is to tire Alves; if fight goes to the ground…work,work,work


Rounds 4 and 5: Dominate! ; if uncertain go ground and work,work,work



Thiago Alves:


Rounds 1-3: Bully GSP on striking; Pressure effectively, land those leg kicks and if in clinch, throw those knees but be aware that one leg off the ground is 50% more susceptible for takedowns; Capitalize on openings, knock him out whenever possible; Never get on your back. If there is an opportunity, being on top of GSP is a good position; Pace yourself avoid gassing out


Rounds 4 and 5: If all goes to plan in the early rounds disposing GSP in these final rounds will be fairly easy


This match will be decided by the fighter’s successful execution of gameplan, particularly in the early rounds. The winner will be the one who effectively imposes his will and cancels the oppositions’ strengths.


My pick: St. Pierre by TKO in Round 5


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Part 2: The Challenger

As the number one contender, Thiago “The Pitbull” Alves will have a crack at Georges St. Pierre’s welterweight title in the upcoming UFC100.


Thiago Alves is a hard-hitting Muay Thai juggernaut. With his 16-3 record (7-2 in the UFC) 10 wins via KO, his fights were always sensational. His striking is by far one of the most feared among the welterweights. Evidently, the Pitbull can dish out pain. He has power in both hands, awesome knees and powerful leg kicks. In MMA, the counterpart of the boxing's body shot is the chopping leg kick. And Alves has the best leg kick in the business. It is not telegraphed and it always hits the target. Alves unleashes kicks with the intention to break femurs. He executes it differently but more efficiently. It seems to come from the top. Alves cocks his legs way above the target as it reaches its apex, he puts his whole torso on it and bombs his shins through the opponents’ thighs. Josh Koscheck had a pretty tight defense against Thiago but while Josh was preoccupied defending upstairs, the Pitbull was punishing Koscheck’s legs with thunderous kicks. In the long run, Kos offense had lost its spring and explosiveness. Takedowns attempts were slow and obvious; punches lack the power to hurt. It was caused by battered legs that couldn’t produce sufficient force because of trauma. As one of Alves tools of pain, he builds his striking game plan out of those thigh-bruising kicks. He knows that he can always count on them. It is pretty difficult to fight if you worry about receiving kicks downstairs.


Considerably, a Muay Thai practitioner must have exceptional knee strikes and this Brazilian fighter is Muay Thai at its best. Similarly to Anderson Silva, Alves has very good knees in the clinch. If Alves takes a hold on someone’s neck then tees away with his knees as he pulls their head down, it is like watching someone repeatedly getting their faces bashed in. Those knees are fast, sharp, and hard. He is able to throw them from awkward positions and his flying knees are highlight reels. A hit from those, is a certain KO. Just ask Matt Hughes, Karo Parisyan, and Tony Desouza. All of them had tasted those knees.


Thiago Alves at 5’9” is solidly built. He’s a big welterweight. He has to cut a lot of weight to fight at 170. He had been suspended for failing a drug test. Apparently, he had used a diuretic spironolactone to lose excess water weight. Alves also weighed 4 lbs above the welterweight limit when he was scheduled to fight Hughes but the latter accepted the fight at catchweight. Despite these problems in making weight, Alves is too strong for the welterweight class. At fight night, he balloons to a hulking build, an intimidating figure that you know will create a lot of destruction. His size, strength, and athleticism compensate his still questionable wrestling skills. At least, it is harder to take him down and control him on the ground because of his physical attributes. He had troubles against good wrestlers like Jon Fitch and he had early problems with Parisyan's wrestling strategy before knocking him out. But his fights with takedown artists, Hughes and Koscheck, proved otherwise,


Thiago Alves had outstanding performances. He had defeated good fighters and pummeled a Hall of Famer in Matt Hughes. He finishes fights and KO’s most of his opponents. But Thiago Alves has a lot more to prove and a win against St. Pierre will erase all doubts.


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Part 1: The Champion
Georges St. Pierre, the UFC welterweight champion, will battle the Brazilian MuayThai specialist Thiago “Pitbull” Alves as a co-main event in the upcoming UFC 100.

St. Pierre, regarded by many as the top pound for pound MMA fighter, has dominated all the fighters he had fought. His only two losses, one of each from the feuding Serra and Hughes, were soundly avenged. GSP made it clear that these losses were just flukes. Matt Serra got tenderized by the French-Canadian’s ground and pound while Matt Hughes got dominated in the octagon in both of the rematches. St. Pierre’s only unconvincing win was from the hands of BJ Penn. And sure enough, three years later, GSP showed the world that “The Prodigy” is no match for him --- greased or not greased.

St. Pierre is a complete mixed martial artist. He excels in all aspects of cage fighting. His Kyukushin Karate background gave him a solid base for his stand-up. He works with premier boxing and muay thai coaches to further improve that base. He has a great step jab that worked well with his 1-2 combo and his counter left hook is also one of his useful hand tools. His kicks were even more amazing. He habitually utilizes the less common left inside leg kicks. Sometimes, he fools opponents by unexpectedly throwing left headkicks. Also, if he feels cocky enough, he throws occasional spinning back kicks and wheel kicks. The most amazing thing is when GSP use his hands and legs combination. He makes it look effortless. It’s a thing of beauty, a fast and fluid
display of martial arts. GSP’s trademark stand-up moves are his superman punch combo. It’s not just for show; it has been effective in his fights. It is a deceptive combination that he usually ends in a leg kick. St. Pierre had shown that he can also do it from both sides, either from the lead or from the rear.

Georges stand-up is superb but his bread and butter skill is his wrestling. His strength and conditioning training complements his wrestling and focuses particularly in core strength but he is not only strong, his technique and hip sensitivity is impeccable. He trains with the Canadian Olympic wrestling team; he could’ve even wrestled in the Olympics if he wanted to. Even without amateur or collegiate experience, he is a wrestling standout in MMA. Reportedly, he outwrestles his heavier stable mates at Greg Jackson’s camp and takes light heavyweight Rashad Evans, down at will. He surprised his opponents (Sherk, Hughes, Fitch, Koscheck, Trigg), that even with their better wrestling pedigree, he is able to take them down with relative ease. This Montreal native is a monster on top position. He dominates on top by pounding with knees, fists and elbows. Excellent top control with relentless but effective attempts to pass the guard makes him a nightmare on the mat. He had already passed the reputed guards of Penn and Fitch, making them looked like amateurs.

GSP is already a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Sometimes, he even travels to Brazil to train. With only two wins via submission, his submission grappling skills is often overshadowed by his wrestling supremacy. But with closer look, the Brazilian martial art is evidently present in GSP’s game. He knows how maneuver himself to get away from very threatening jiu-jitsu positions. He knows that a set-up for submission is coming and his knowledge for counters against those is broad. As he ground-and-pounds his opponents he’s always on a lookout for an opportunity to submit them. He will take what is given to him. He’s not shy of giving up a position just to grab a neck, leg, or arm for possible choke or lock. For GSP’s opponents, the threat is always there.

Last but not least, St. Pierre’s cardio is second to none. He has not been outworked before. His pace is too fast and too tiring for opponents. As the enemy tires and fatigues, GSP is just warming up. Fortunately for St. Pierre, as a champion, he fights five rounds. It works well with his asset in the cardio department. He has the liberty of taking challengers in deep waters, ultimately, drowning them.

What makes Georges St. Pierre so special is the way he integrates all of these skills into a single mastery with fluid transition. It results in an effective fighting style that gives plenty of threats to worry about and this unpredictability intimidates GSP’s challengers.


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Money Pacquiao!!!

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Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao cracked the Forbes top ten list of highest earning athletes. He replaced Floyd Mayweather as the highest earning boxer of today. Floyd was dropped from the Forbes list since he has not fought since December 2007.
Manny is the highest-ranking among the four newcomers on the list.



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