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CONTENTS 8 RANDY COUTURE

EDITORIAL So here it is, the issue you’ve all been waiting for, the souvenir collectors edition of Fighters Magazine celebrating Europe’s biggest ever MMA fan expo, The MMA Show Live! Normally, you’d be reading the words of Fighters Magazine owner, Paul Clifton, but I’ve tied him up in my basement and hijacked his magazine for a month. I GEREGXYEPP]LIEVLMWQYJ¾IHWGVIEQWEW-X]TIXLMWMRE “Misery” kind of way. Don’t worry though, I won’t be doing any hobbling…… yet. It’s been a manic few months leading up to this show. Every ambition we had for the show has become a reality and every vision we have the future is now just EVSYRHXLIGSVRIV8LIJERW½KLXIVWERHMRHYWXV]LEW made this show happen, and I will always be eternally grateful. We have some fantastic interviews in this issue JIEXYVMRKX[SSJQ]EPPXMQIJEZSYVMXI½KLXIVW(ER Henderson and BJ Penn. Hendo gives us a candid look at his 205 title shot against Jonny “Bones” Jones and BJ talks retirement and relaxation. We also take a look at the evolution of Wrestling and BJJ in MMA as well as looking back at both PRIDE and The Ultimate Fighter, two areas of MMA that I TIVWSREPP]½RHVIZSPYXMSREV] I’ve enjoyed every second of creating this issue and I’d like to thank Dan Burgess, Bryan Levick and Matt Freeman for stepping up and helping me. I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together!

12 MICHAEL BISPING 16 BJ PENN 20 DAN HENDERSON 24 TRAINING MASK 28 JAKE SHIELDS 32 LOOKING BACK WITH PRIDE 35 THE MMA SHOW LIVE SURVIVAL GUIDE 44 TUF RETROSPECTIVE 50 MMA JUDGING DEBATE 52 QUICKFIRE Q&A 54 LEX MCMAHON 56 MARK MUNOZ 60 UFC IN THE UK 66 HAYWIRE 70 KENNY JOHNSON 72 KO BULLYING

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RANDY COUTURE Captain America is ready for England

There really is no introduction necessary when it comes to Randy “The Natural” Couture. His many accolades are well known in the world of mixed martial arts and when his name is mentioned people’s heads turn and they think of the many great moments “Captain America” has provided fans throughout his remarkable 14 year career. He has left an indelible mark on the sport and despite no longer being an active ½KLXIVLIMWWXMPPZIV]QYGLMRZSPZIHMR11% When something has been part of your life for so long and has given you so many fantastic memories you never truly can get it out of your system. Couture LEWVIQEMRIHFYW]WMRGILMWPEWX½KLXEKEMRWX0]SXS Machida at UFC 129 in April of 2011. He has caught the acting bug starring in such movies as The Expendables and its sequel. He is still coaching a large stable of ½KLXIVWEXLMW0EW:IKEWFEWIHK]Q<XVIQI'SYXYVI and he will once again handle broadcasting duties for the UFC on Fox 3 in May.

UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia to become the division champion for the third time. The itch can be scratched with some long hours in the gym training EPSRKWMHIWSQISJXLIXSYKLIWX½KLXIVWMRXLI[SVPH ±;LIRIZIV-´QMR:IKEW-´QEXXLIK]QIZIV]WMRKPI day,” admitted the UFC Hall of Famer. “I don’t really KIXXLIMXGLXS½KLXEW-JIIPPMOI-QEHIXLIVMKLXHIGMsion. In today’s society it’s very rare when an athlete gets to go out on his own terms. I felt like I had the privilege to do that and I didn’t have anyone telling me -GSYPHR´X½KLXER]QSVI-LEZIR´XVIEPP]PSSOIHFEGOSV second guessed myself. I’ve been getting more acting jobs and keeping real busy. I’m really excited about commentating and I’ve developed a passion for acting. Things are going really well for me.

1]WSR6]ERNYWXLEHXLIFMKKIWX½KLXSJLMWGEVIIV against Connor Heun when Strikeforce went to Columbus. It was a big step-up for him and Connor is E[MP]ZIXIVER8LEX[EWXLI½VWXGEQT[LIVI-[EWEGCouture may be closing in on 49-years-old, but he tively involved with helping Ryan prepare for his bouts. has the energy of a man half his age. His ambition and &IJSVIXLEX[LIXLIVMX[EW[VIWXPMRKSV½KLXMRK-XSSO drive to succeed is just as strong as it has ever been. a step back and stay out of his way. I wanted him to The demand on his time will always be great because of what he brings to the table.You know when you are allow him to develop on his own terms; it’s already a getting Randy Couture involved with a project you are burden carrying the same last name in both of those going to get the very best from a man who will always sports. The expectations because of the last name have give his maximum effort. Most people are content with put a target on his back right from the start. He came relaxing and spending time with their family when they to me and asked for my help and I was certainly happy to get involved and help him formulate a gameplan. retire, but Couture is not most people. I think he responded very well and it was fun to see him have a great performance.” ±-NYWX½RMWLIH½PQMRK8LI)\TIRHEFPIW²WEMH'SYXYVI±&IJSVIXLEX-½PQIHEQSZMIGEPPIH,MNEGOIH The talk of mixed martial arts recently has been in which I had the lead in, they will both be out this centered on Testosterone Replacement Therapy and summer. I’m heading to LA for a meeting about a movie and I will be commentating for the UFC on Fox whether or not it should be allowed in the sport. UFC once again in New Jersey. We just had our third annual heavyweight title contender Alistair Overeem recently tested way above the limit and has put his UFC 146 <XVIQI'SYXYVI+-*SYRHEXMSRTSOIVXSYVREQIRX bout with champion Junior Dos Santos in jeopardy. with all the proceeds going to wounded soldier and their families. We have our third annual Ride Four Our With Couture being so entrenched in the sport his opinion is always taken seriously. Troops on May 19th. It’s always fun to give back and help those families who need help. Those guys have WEGVM½GIHXLIMVPMQFWERHMX´WWSQIXLMRK-LEZIIRNS]IH “I’m not really sure what’s going to happen with Overeem because at the end of the day he failed a building from the ground up.” drug test,” Couture offered. “I think the athletic com'SYXYVIWIIQWXSFIGSRXIRXORS[MRKXLEXLMW½KLXMRK mission has guidelines they set and he didn’t fall under XLIMVNYVMWHMGXMSR8LIVIMWWYGL½RIPMRI[MXLEPPSJXLI career is over and doesn’t plan on making any more anti-aging stuff that’s out there now. TRT is generally comebacks like the one he made back in 2007 when something a guy does in their 40’s and 50’s when their he returned after a year on the shelf to defeat then

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RANDY COUTURE UFC HALL OF FAMER TITLES: 9*'0-+,8,)%:=;)-+,8

,)%:=;)-+,88-80)7 LAST FIGHT: LYOTO MACHIDA (L) RECORD: 19-11-0

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MICHAEL BISPING Ea[`Y]d:akhaf_2Ogjcaf_;dYkk@]jg

Talking to Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping about MMA and his role as one of the biggest UK stars, he is quick to play down the hype. Far from thinking of himself as E¾EKFIEVIVJSVXLIWTSVXSVEWWSQIOMRHSJMGSRMG ½KYVI[MXLXLIJERW1MOI¯SV1MGOEWLIMWORS[R EQSRKWXLMWJVMIRHWERHJEQMP]MR'PMXLIVSI¯MWEW down-to-earth as they come. “When people come up XSQIERHXIPPQILS[KVIEX-EQEJXIVE½KLX-HSR´X really know what to say. Being an inspiration to peoTPIERH]SYRK½KLXIVWMWKVIEXFYX-´QNYWXEREZIVEKI bloke,” Mike says thoughtfully. “I’m no better than ER]FSH]IPWI7SQI½KLXIVWXLMROXLI]´VIVS]EPX]FYX I’m just a working class lad who has worked hard and done well.” For Bisping, it is all about working hard and getting the wins. “I never think that I’m some kind of big star. I don’t even like to think that I have fans and I’m quick to correct people on that. I think of them as supporters. Supporters who are great, especially every XMQI-½KLXMRXLI9/&YXQEMRP]XLI]EVIJERWSJXLI UFC.” However, as modest and humble as Mike is, any-

“A[YfloYallgÚ_`lafl`] MCY_Yaf&L`]dYkllae]oYk *()(Yf\alkYdoYqk]p[alaf_ lgÚ_`l`]j]&“ one who has been to a UK UFC event when he has fought knows just how loyal those British MMA fans are for the man who has done so much in the sport. ±-GER´X[EMXXS½KLXMRXLI9/EKEMR8LIPEWXXMQI [EWERHMX´WEP[E]WI\GMXMRKXS½KLXLIVI-´QER Englishman through and through.” Back in the UK to appear at the MMA Live show in Birmingham, Bisping said he’d have attended as a fan even if he wasn’t on the line up. It is this kind of attitude that has endeared him to so QER]JERW%LEVH[SVOIXLMGE½IVGI½KLXMRKWX]PIERH

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an unwavering sense of humour has seen Mike rise up the ranks. After winning The Ultimate Fighter series 3 as a light-heavyweight, Bisping has fought the majority of his career inside the Octagon. Dropping to middleweight after a close split decision loss to Rashad Evans, The Count has taken on some of the best in the business racking up three Fight of the Night bonuses along the way. Technically vicious wins over the likes of Chris Leben, Denis Kang and Yoshihiro Akiyama have all earned Bisping a reputation for being a skilled ERHI\TPSWMZI½KLXIV[LMPWXFMXXIVJIYHW[MXL.SVKI Rivera and Jason Miller set up some intensely thrilling wars inside the cage. Having spent much of his career training out of the Wolfslair, near Manchester, Bisping recently made the move out to California. “My girlfriend is from Australia and her family all moved back. She didn’t really like it and didn’t have any ties in the UK,” reveals Mike about the mother of his children. “So, we compromised and moved to the US. Obviously, there is better training out there but it is also about living life. I was ready for the change.You’ve got to live your life.” Whilst it is a fantastic opportunity for his family, it is also a great decision for Mike’s career having recently trained with the likes of Jake Shields and Dean Lister.

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MICHAEL BISPING UFC MIDDLEWEIGHT LAST FIGHT: CHAEL SONNEN (L) NEXT FIGHT: TIM BOETSCH - UFC 148 RECORD: 22-4-0

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BJ PENN

How will BJ Penn remembered when his career is said and done? Will he be remembered as the lightweight wrecking machine who tore through Jens Pulver, Joe Stevenson, Sean Sherk and Diego Sanchez? Or will he be remembered for his uninspired performances as a welterweight where he couldn’t duplicate the career HI½RMRK[MRLILEHSZIVPSRKXMQI[IPXIV[IMKLX/MRK pin Matt Hughes in 2004? There will never be any argument that Penn is one of the most gifted athletes to ever compete in mixed martial arts. He is without a doubt a natural and he certainly has lived up to his nickname of the Prodigy. He is one of only three men to have won championships in two different weight classes joining UFC Hall of Famer Randy “The Natural” Couture and future Hall of Famer Dan Henderson. The company Penn keeps is incredible and very well deserved, but he fans may think back and remember what could’ve been rather than focus on his many accomplishments. One of Penn’s greatest achievements was when he FIGEQIXLI½VWXRSR&VE^MPMERXS[MRXLIFPEGOFIPX division of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championships in 2000. What’s crazy about this is that Penn was awarded his BJJ black belt just a few weeks before the Mundials in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the tender age of 22 Penn had become a force in BJJ and was now prepared to begin training in all facets of mixed martial arts. At the time the UFC had a 155lb. division and Penn was the perfect addition to a group that included Caol Uno, Jens Pulver and Din Thomas. Baby J would make his UFC debut against Joey Gilbert in May of 2001. He would knock Gilbert out with just XLVIIWIGSRHWPIJXMRXLI½VWXVSYRH,I[SYPH[MRLMW RI\XX[S½KLXWZMEORSGOSYXMRXLI½VWXVSYRHEKEMRWX Thomas and Uno respectively, the win over Uno took just 11 seconds. The UFC awarded Penn a shot at Pulver and the lightweight championship in just his fourth GEVIIV½KLXYRJSVXYREXIP]4YPZIV[SYPH[MRZMEYRERM mous decision. Pulver would leave the UFC vacating the title and after defeating Paul Creighton and Matt Serra, Penn would get another crack at the lightweight title against Uno at UFC 41. -R[LEX[EWSRILMWQSWXHMWETTSMRXMRK½KLXW4IRR and Uno would battle to a draw. We wouldn’t see Penn back in the UFC for nearly a year. The UFC abolished the lightweight division and Penn would go on to face future Pride Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi in Hawaii before returning to face Hughes for

the welterweight title at UFC 46 in January of 2004. In what many considered to be a huge upset at the time Penn stunned Hughes with a rear naked choke ZMGXSV]ERHGETXYVIHLMW½VWX[SVPHGLEQTMSRWLMT 3RGIEKEMR4IRR[SYPHPSSOJSV½KLXWSYXWMHISJXLI UFC and was stripped of his title after signing on to ½KLXJSV*)+´W/SVKERM^EXMSR *VSQ1E]SJXS.YP]SJLI[SYPH½KLX three times for K-1 and once more for Rumble on the Rock. He fought at middleweight against Rodrigo Gracie earning a decision victory, lightweight in a win

BJ PENN is a 2 weight UFC champion holding titles at lightweight and welterweight. over Duane Ludwig; he would lose to Lyoto Machida who weighed 225lbs while Penn was just 191lbs. He would also defeat Renzo Gracie via decision. Once again the UFC came calling this time with a number one contenders bout against Georges St. Pierre, Penn LEH+74LYVXFEHP]MRXLI½VWXVSYRHFYXWIIQIH to lose steam and dropped a very controversial split decision. As luck would have it, GSP got hurt and Penn would rematch Hughes who had reclaimed the welterweight title by defeating St. Pierre. In what would become the story of Penn’s career as a welterweight he started off quickly against Hughes and had the champion in serious trouble during the second round. Penn came out tired and was dominated on the feet by Hughes who eventually won via referee stoppage 3:53 into the third round. It was later reported that Penn had suffered a rib injury during the second round, but regardless the extra weight seemed to slow Penn down once again and in what may have been the best move of his career he took on the role of coach on The Ultimate Fighter season 5 opposite 4YPZIV8LIX[S[SYPHQIIXMRXLIWLS[´W½REPIERH Penn toyed with Pulver before eventually choking him out in the second round and beginning an outstanding run as a lightweight.

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BJ PENN UFC WELTERWEIGHT LAST FIGHT: NICK DIAZ (L) TITLES: UFC LIGHTWEIGHT & WELTERWEIGHT TITLES RECORD: 16-8-2

MMA SHOW LIVE SCHEDULE SATURDAY MAY 12

10:00: SIGNING SESSION AT THE AUTOGRAPH ZONE

SUNDAY MAY 13

10:30: BJJ SEMINAR AT THE GRAPPLING ZONE 16:00: TUF RETROSPECTIVE ON THE MAIN STAGE


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DAN HENDERSON @]f\ggfBgf]k%JYk`Y\$K`g_mf$`ak[Yj]]jYf\em[`egj]

(ER,IRHIVWSR'LIGO,MQ3YX UFC 17 Middleweight Tournament Champion, check. Rings of Kings 1999 Tournament Champion, check. Pride Welterweight Champion, check. Pride Middleweight Champion, check. Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion, check. These are just Dan Henderson’s professional accomplishments, we would be here for days talking about his amateur background and how successful he was during that time of his career. There aren’t many mixed martial artists who can boast a similar list of accomplishments or who have beaten the caliber of opponents that Henderson has. 2S[XLEXXLI6EWLEH)ZERW.SR.SRIW½KLXMWSZIV and done with we can now move on from the soap opera that was to Jones’ next opponent. UFC President Dana White announced during the UFC 145 post ½KLXTVIWWGSRJIVIRGIXLEX,IRHIVWSR[SYPHFIXLI next man to challenge Jones for the UFC Light Heavy[IMKLX'LEQTMSRWLMT&]XLIXMQIXLI½KLXXEOIWTPEGI Henderson will be close to or will have just turned 42-years-old and from the looks of things he seems to FIPMOIE½RI[MRILIMWKIXXMRKFIXXIV[MXLEKI ±+SMRKMRXSXLI½KLX[MXL)ZERWZW.SRIWMX´WHI½RMXIP] a tough one to call,” Henderson said. “It depends on who comes in and sticks to their game plan and implements it better. I think Rashad has a good chance to win and not many people think that he does, but IMXLIV[E]-XLMROMX´PPFIEGPSWI½KLX-HSR´XORS[ who’s going to win, it’s a tough one to call because I feel Evans will put Jones on his back and we haven’t seen him in that position yet. We’ll see how he reacts to that.”

With Jones coming out victorious via unanimous decision Henderson will not face Jones within the next few months, possibly at UFC 149 in July which will be held at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Jones has defeated four former UFC champions in a row and has done so with relative ease. HenHIVWSRMWGIVXEMRP]XLIQSWXI\TIVMIRGIH½KLXIVXLEX Jones will face, but at 5’11 he will be giving up almost a half foot in height and the reach advantage will once EKEMR[IMKLLIEZMP]MR.SRIWJEZSVQEOMRKMXHMJ½GYPX for Henderson to get inside and land his trademark H-Bomb. “I feel like I match better against Jones and to be LSRIWXMX´PPTVSFEFP]FIEQSVIIRXIVXEMRMRK½KLXXLER if I had faced Rashad,” Henderson admitted. “Evans would’ve looked to put me on my back and try to win XLI½KLXSRXLIKVSYRH[LIVIEW.SRIW[SYPHFIQSVI

“A^]]ddac]AeYl[`Z]ll]j Y_YafklBgf]kYf\lgZ] `gf]klalddhjgZYZdqZ]Y egj]]fl]jlYafaf_Ú_`l&&&“ ETXXSOIITXLI½KLXWXERHMRK-X´WEXSXEPP]HMJ ferent game plan for both guys, but it didn’t matter to me who I fought. I think the fans are happy that I will be facing Jones instead of Evans.” Before White announced that Frank Mir would be replacing Alistair Overeem against UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146 there was some speculation that Henderson could possibly ½PPXLEXVSPI-X[SYPHR´XFIXLI½VWXXMQIXLEX Henderson would have faced a heavyweight. Last July Henderson took on Fedor Emelianenko ERHORSGOIHXLI6YWWMERSYXPEXIMRXLI½VWXVSYRH Before that Henderson had faced Antonio Rodrigo 2SKYIMVEX[MGI[LMPI½KLXMRKMR6MRKWERH4VMHI,I [SRXLI½VWXFSYXFYXPSWXXLIVIQEXGL&IMRKXLEX (SW7ERXSWMWR´XELYKILIEZ][IMKLXXLEX´WE½KLXXLEX would’ve been very interesting.

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DAN HENDERSON UFC LIGHT ,)%:=;)-+,8 LAST FIGHT: SHOGUN RUA (W) NEXT FIGHT: JON JONES RECORD: 29-8-0

MMA SHOW LIVE SCHEDULE SATURDAY MAY 12

13:00: PRIDE RETROSPECTIVE ON THE MAIN STAGE

SUNDAY MAY 13

10:00: SIGNING SESSION AT THE AUTOGRAPH ZONE 12:30: WRESTLING SEMINAR AT THE WRESTLING ZONE


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<mjaf_`ak[Yj]]j$K]YfK`]jc`Ykg^l]fmk]\`akkmh]jagjklj]f_l`Yf\[gf\alagfaf_lggn]jo`]de`akghhgf]flk& @]j]`]\ak[mkk]kl`]=d]nYlagfLjYafaf_EYkc$gf]g^l`]lggdk`]mk]klglYc]`akÚlf]kklgl`]f]pld]n]d& Looking like a Special Forces soldier in the gym can sometimes draw a few puzzled glances from fellow training partners yet donning a gas mask has, for a long time, been one of Sean Sherk’s secret training tools. During his career the former UFC lightweight champion truly took to the idea that strength and conditioning is king. Holding a seriously impressive MMA record of 36-4-1 that includes wins over the likes of Nick Diaz, Manvel Gamburyan and most recently Evan Dunham, ‘The Muscle Shark’ was never short on power or fuel in the tank when he stepped into the cage. Few MMA fans will forget the footage SJ7IER´W½KLXGEQT preparations; a relentless and unforgiving circuit

SJ[IMKLXWWTVMRXWX]VI¾MTWERHEPPSXLIVQERRIVSJ lung burning, body fatiguing exercises. However, Sherk recognised that at the elite level of the UFC, every advantage was necessary. Having superior conditioning was another tool, just like boxing or wrestling which the Minnesota native could use against his opponents. Much like the evolution of Mixed Martial Arts, the sport has seen the huge advances and changes in the methods behind strength and conditioning regimes. Sean was one of those athletes who took his training to the next level. “I was always looking to push myself harder in training. I came up with the idea of using the KEWQEWOMREFSYXERHMX[EWEKSSH½XJSVTYWLMRKQ]WIPJMRXVEMRMRK²WE]W7IER±8LI½VWXSRIW[I used were really big and clunky.You couldn’t see the pads to hit them and you couldn’t run with it because MX[EWEP[E]WWPMTTMRKSJJ;I´ZIHI½RMXIP]MQTVSZIHMX a lot now.” Instead of using an old military gas mask, XLI8VEMRMRK1EWOMWWTIGM½GEPP]HIWMKRIHXSIRLERGI XLIEXLPIXI´W½XRIWWPIZIPW&EWIHSRXLIXLISV]SJLMKL altitude training, the mask claims to limit the amount of oxygen available making it seem to the body that it is working in an environment way above sea level. At high elevation the air contains less oxygen meaning that the body compensates by increasing red blood cell production. This increase in red blood cells allows you to take up more oxygen from the air available meaning that when you go back to sea level where there is more oxygen in the air your body is much QSVIIJ½GMIRXEXGEVV]XLIS\]KIR-RWLSVXMXVIWYPXW in your muscles getting more oxygen, allowing you to train or compete harder and longer.

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MMA SHOW LIVE SCHEDULE SATURDAY MAY 12

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,I[EWSRISJXLIQSWXLMKLP]HIGSVEXIH½KLXIVW SYXWMHISJXLI9*'3RISJXLI½VWX%QIVMGERWXS[MR a title in Shooto, earning a number of wins in Japan as [IPPEW[MRRMRKXLIQMHHPI[IMKLXGLEQTMSRWLMT½VWX MR)PMXI<'ERHXLIRMR7XVMOIJSVGI[LIVILMWZMGXSVM ous battles with the likes of Paul Daley, Jason Miller and Dan Henderson, won him a serious reputation EQSRKWXXLIJERW%WEZZ]KVSYRH½KLXIVERHERSVMKM nal member of the Scrap Pack, Jake Shields is a true Mixed Martial Artist; a killer in the cage and a total gentleman outside it.

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%JXIVKSMRKYRHIJIEXIHJSVSZIV½ZI]IEVW.EOI7LMIPHW´ pedigree as a top contender was set in concrete or, more appropriately, championship gold. His stunning [MRSZIV(ER,IRHIVWSRMRE½ZIVSYRH[EVPIJXJI[ doubting the Californian’s heart, toughness and all round game. With the UFC’s management acquiring the Strikeforce promotion, Jake made the move over to the Octagon to begin his journey toward another title but this time back at welterweight. After a tough MRXVSHYGXMSRXSXLI9*'MREKVYIPPMRK½KLX[MXL1EV tin Kampmann, Jake was offered a shot at Georges St. Pierre and the championship. “Fighting at middleweight I’d bulked up a bit so the drop back down to welterweight was tough. I didn’t cut right for the Kampmann ½KLXFYX-[EWKPEH-QEHIXLIQMWXEOIXLIRVEXLIV than against GSP,” explains the 33-year old. Testing the champion, Shields pushed his Canadian opponent JSV½ZIVSYRHWZMWMFP]LYVXMRKLMQMRXLIWXERHMRK I\GLERKIW±-[SYPHLEZIPSZIHXSKIXXLI½KLXMRXSE grappling match. I know I had him hurt early on and I should have pushed a bit harder. Maybe next time,”

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says Jake truefully. Though GSP hasn’t fought since, Jake has been very active dealing with the highs and lows of both competition and life.On August 29th 2011, Jack Shields, Jake’s father passed away. Three weeks later, Jake, not wanting to disappoint the fans or the UFC, stepped into the cage against the dangerous Jake )PPIRFIVKIV±-X[EWHI½RMXIP]XLIXSYKLIWXHIGMWMSR I’ve had to make. I didn’t really know what to do,” says Jake with brutal honesty. “I ended up going through [MXLXLI½KLXWS-HSR´X[ERXXSQEOIER]I\GYWIW )PPIRFIVKIVMWHI½RMXIP]WSQISRI-´HPMOIXS½KLXEKEMR XLSYKL-XLMRO-GSYPHHI½RMXIP]FIEXLMQERH-´ZI asked the UFC for a rematch but they’re not ready to give it to me yet.” It shows the heart of the man who, having just lost his father, manager and mentor would ½KLXERHQEOIRSGSQTPEMRXW-XEPWSLMRXWEX.EOI´W [MPPMRKRIWWXS½KLXEX[IPXIV[IMKLX[LMPWXXLI9*'ERH Joe Silva want him to compete at middleweight. “I am

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JAKE SHIELDS UFC MIDDLEWEIGHT GYM: CESAR GRACIE LAST FIGHT: YOSHIHIRO AKIYAMA (W) RECORD: 27-6-1

MMA SHOW LIVE SCHEDULE SATURDAY MAY 12

16:00: BJJ IN MMA DISCUSSION ON THE MAIN STAGE

SUNDAY MAY 13

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Japan has had a long love affair with martial arts, proving itself to be the catalyst for many styles of ½KLXMRKXLEXEVIWSTSTYPEVXSHE]-X´WEXLPIXIWTPERXIH the seeds for the growth of Judo, the birth of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the emergence of Sambo in Russia and many other forms of grappling and striking inside and outside of the sporting arena. Japan is also, like Brazil ERHMXWLMWXSV]SJ:EPI8YHSQEXGLIWSRISJXLI½VWX places to encourage the development of Mixed Martial Art competition. Whilst MMA would emerge from XLI+VEGMIJEQMP]GLEPPIRKI½KLXWMR&VE^MP.ETER´WS[R

with its mix of high production values and top level ½KLXIVW4VMHI*'UYMGOP]IWXEFPMWLIHMXWIPJEWEJER favourite. It also became the stomping ground for a number of MMA’s biggest stars. Wanderlei Silva, Fedor Emilianenko, Rampage Jackson and Dan Henderson all earned their reputations in the Pride ring. That pure white canvas was also home to one of the brightest ERHFIWX.ETERIWI½KLXIVW/E^YWLM7EOEVEFEORS[R affectionately as ‘The Gracie Killer’. A catch wrestler taught by American Karl Gotch, Sakuraba’s career was HI½RIHF]LMWVMHMGYPSYWXSYKLRIWWERHLMWYRTVIGIHIRXIHEFMPMX]XSHIJIEXXLI½VWXJEQMP]SJ11%XLI Gracies. His career was an inspiration to a generation SJJERWERH½KLXIVWEWLITVSXIGXIHXLITVMHISJ.ETER in the ring, defeating Royce, Royler, Ryan and Renzo. Yet even Sakuraba had his nemesis in the form of another Brazilian called Wanderlei ‘The Axe Murderer’ 7MPZEE½KLXIV[LSYXMPMWIHXLITVSQSXMSRWVYPIWIXXS his own, vicious advantage.

To Read The Rest Of This Article Why Not Take Out A Subscription, 9RPMOIQSHIVRHE]11%ERHXLIYRM½IHVYPIWIQag. Rounds ersmsystem. ployed,Vis Pride FC worked to aht different w.fig ww it GSRWMWXIHSJE½VWXXIRQMRYXIVSYRHJSPPS[IHF]E WIGSRH½ZIQMRYXIVSYRH8LI½KLXW[IVIRSXNYHKIH co.uk/subscribe by each stanza but instead as a whole match. Most ½KLXWGIRI[SYPHFIFSVRJVSQEGYPXYVISJTVSJIWWMSREP[VIWXPIVW[LSLEHXMVIHSJ½\IHQEXGLIWERH [ERXIHXSGSQTIXIMRTVSTIVWLSSX½KLXW8LIMRXIVGSRRIGXIHLMWXSV]FIX[IIR:EPI8YHSMR&VE^MPERH Shooto in Japan would continue when both the UFC ERH:EPI8YHS.ETERLIPHXLIMV½VWXIZIRXWMRXLIIEVP] ‘90s. Rickson Gracie dominated in Japan whilst Royce was victorious in America. The popularity of MMA in Japan grew exponentially and by 1997 a new promotion emerged, LSTMRKXSLSWXWSQISJXLIFMKKIWX½KLXWXLI world had seen. Once again Rickson Gracie featured in the headlining bout defeating Nobuhiko Takada by armbar. The same card saw a number of UFC stand outs compete, including Dan Severn, Oleg Taktarov and Kimo Leopoldo. The success of these events saw the promotion regularly draw crowds in excess of 50,000 and

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» Michael Bisping » 8MQ6EHGPMJJI » .MQM1ERY[E » 2IMP+VSZI » &VMXXRI]4EPQIV » 8SQ;EXWSR

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STAND SIGNINGS 10:30

CLEAR VISION: Brendan Schaub

11:00

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14:30

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» &VEH4MGOIXX » Jason Young » Rob Sinclair » Diego Sanchez » 8LMEKS%PZIW

STAND SIGNINGS 10:30

TRAINING MASK: Sean Sherk

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TRAINING MASK Sean Sherk

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BOXING Che Mills

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13:45

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GAIDOJUSTSU Diego Sanchez

12:30

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11:45

KO BULLYING

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13:45

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16:00

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Brendan Schaub

WRESTLING ZONE 10:30

WRESTLING Mark Munoz

12:30

WRESTLING

Dan Henderson

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12:30 BJJ

Jake Shields

14:30 BJJ

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13:45

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16:00

GYSPY JIU JITSU John Maguire

STRIKING ZONE 1 10:30

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12:30

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11:45

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MAIN STAGE SATURDAY 10:00

JACKSON’S MMA DISCUSSION

WITH: .SR'LEMQFIVK8SQ;EXWSR /IMXL.EVHMRI (MIKS7ERGLI^

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PRIDE RETROSPECTIVE

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BJJ IN MMA DISCUSSION

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UFC IN THE UK DISCUSSION

WITH: &VEH4MGOIXX.EWSR=SYRK Ross Pearson & John Maguire

11:30

TEAM ALCHEMIST DISCUSSION

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13:00

FIGHTING HOME OR AWAY

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14:30

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TUF RETROSPECTIVE

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ROSS PEARSON

MATT MITRIONE

BEING AN ULTIMATE FIGHTER ,S[QER]XMQIWLEZI*SVVIWX+VMJ½RERH7XITLER Bonnar been told that their rock ‘em, sock ‘em, all out war on The Ultimate Fighter Finale I is the main reason that the sport of MMA and the UFC is where it MWXSHE]FIGEYWISJXLEX½KLX#-J]SY[IVIXSEWOIEGL man they would probably say they hear it more than they can remember. The sport was around and had its hardcore fans before The Ultimate Fighter began airing SR7TMOI8:MR.ERYEV]SJFYXXLIQENSVMX]SJXSday’s fans will credit the show with showing the world what the rest of us were missing. The Ultimate Fighter has come a long way over the past seven years. This year also marks the debut of XLIWLS[SR8LI*<2IX[SVOERHMWXLI½VWXWIEWSR [LIVIXLI½KLXWEMVPMZIIZIV][IIOSR*VMHE]RMKLXW No matter how high or low the ratings go the show still serves a purpose and has brought in some of the sport’s biggest and brightest names along with helpMRKXSEHHJYIPXSXLI½VISRQER]SJQM\IHQEVXMEP arts top rivalries. Who can forget watching Tito Ortiz needle Ken Shamrock every opportunity he had on season three? Or watching and listening to Josh Koshcheck try to goad Georges St. Pierre into a pissing contest on season 12? There show has also had its share of lowlights none

bigger than during season 8 when Junie Browning decided to turn into a drunken fool and create controversy throughout the entire season. We have also seen some of the most outrageous practical jokes that have caused some serious altercations including when Koshcheck and Bobby Southworth decided it would be funny to soak Chris Leben who was sleeping on the front lawn with a water hose, letting Leben loose and out for blood. Season 1 was obviously a memorable one with UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture WIVZMRKEWGSEGLIWFYXXLIPMWXSJ½KLXIVWSRXLMWWIEWSRMWMRGVIHMFPI*SVVIWX+VMJ½R7XITLER&SRREV1MOI Swick, Chris Leben, Diego Sanchez, Josh Koscheck, Kenny Florian, Nate Quarry and Chris Leben not only XYVRIHSYXXSFIKSSH½KLXIVWXLI]EPPLIPTIHQEOI the season memorable for what went on outside of XLIGEKINYWXEWQYGLEWMXHMHMRWMHI+VMJ½RMWXLISRP] one to have won a championship as he defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson for the light heavyweight title at UFC 86 in 2008. Florian is a two time lightweight title challenger and also had an opportunity at winning the featherweight title as well. Each time he came up short. Quarry challenged Rich Franklin for the 185lb title and Sanchez lost to BJ Penn in his attempt at wining the 155lb title. All in all a very successful season


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CHRIS LEBEN

BJ PENN

ULTIMATE FIGHTER RETROSPECITVE DISCUSSION WITH BJ PENN, CHRIS LEBEN, ROSS PEARSON & MATT MITRIONE

NEC, BIRMINGHAM MAY 13 ON THE MAIN STAGE TH

GETTIHSJJF]XLI+VMJ½R&SRREV[EWXLEXWE[+VMJ½R win the light heavyweight contract and Sanchez beating Florian for the middleweight crown. Bonnar was also awarded a contract based on his performance EKEMRWX+VMJ½R%JXIVMX[EWEPPWEMHERHHSRI'SYXYVI and Liddell faced off at UFC 52 in April of 2005 for Couture’s light heavyweight championship. Season 2 saw Joe Stevenson walk away with the welterweight crown and an undersized Rashad Evans cut Brad Imes down to size for the heavyweight contract. )ZERW[SYPHKSSRXSHIJIEX+VMJ½REX9*'MR(I cember of 2008 for the light heavyweight championship and Stevenson would square off against BJ Penn at UFC 80 for the vacant lightweight title. Other notables from this season were Marcus Davis, Melvin Guillard and Keith Jardine. The coaches were UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes and UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin. Not a very eventful season, but produced some one of the best light heavyweights in Evans.

To Read More Articles Like This Make Sure You Get The Next Issue Of Fighters Available From ith & AllforGo Season 3 was more theod Smmemorable Wh bickering back and forth between heated rival Tito Ortiz and agentsOrtiz wsShamrock. NeKen certainly knew how to push Shamrock’s buttons and it led to many memorable

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JUDGING IN MMA

Bm\_af_ Y Ú_`l ak f]n]j ]Ykq Zml$ Yk EYj[ ?g\\Yj\ hgaflk gml$ qgm f]]\ lg mf\]jklYf\l`][jal]jaYÚjklZ]^gj]qgm[YfeYc]Yfqcaf\g^\][akagf& A major part of the process that has helped to make Mixed Martial Arts the legitimate sport it is today has been the introduction of rules and regulations. Included in that has been the need for rounds, weight classes and judges who score the bouts. Whilst in the early days ½KLXW[IVISRP][SRF]WXSTTEKIZMEWXVMOIWSVWYF mission, the UFC introduced judges to score matches during its eighth event as part of its ever evolving attempts to codify the sport.

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winner of each round is given 10 points whilst his opponent is awarded 9 points or less. That means that XLI½KLXIV[LSLEWWLS[RQSVIEKKVIWWMSRFIXXIV striking and grappling should win the round. But, the problem lies in how those simple criteria are understood by the judges (and the fans). At times a counter striker is seen as being more effective though he is not being the aggressor, or a BJJ specialist is seen to dominate with submissions though he has spent the QENSVMX]SJXLI½KLXMRLMWFEGO11%MWEQYPXMJEGIXIH ERHGSQTPMGEXIHWTSVXERHNYHKMRKE½KLXMWRSTMGRMG Sometimes those decisions create such controversy that instant rematches are awarded to solve the issue. One such decision occurred recently when Benson Henderson challenged Frankie Edgar for the lightweight title. For Marc Goddard, one of the UK’s most respected referees, any problems in judging is down to interpretation. “There is a big difference between [EXGLMRKE½KLXERHNYHKMRKE½KLX²1EVGWXEXIW±8LI ten-point must system is the most perfect scoring system there is,” insists Marc, adding, “Regardless of how QER]TSMRXWXLIVIEVIMREW]WXIQSRI½KLXIVQYWXEP

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ways win the round and it is the judges who decide on who that is. The points are irrelevant. It comes down to criteria.” As Mr Goddard rightly points out, humans interpret the world in many different ways and that holds for those four simple statements regarding how XSWGSVIE½KLX±;I´VIEPPLYQERERHXLI[SVPHMWJYPP of debate. If everyone saw everything the same way the world would be a very boring place. It is the same with MMA judging criteria. It is open to interpretation but that is why there are three judges.” “To have a balanced debate you must understand the GVMXIVME½VWX8LITVSFPIQMWXLEXWSQINYHKIW[MPP favour wrestling or striking because that is where their base is. It is only human. But, just as we now have ½KLXIVWIQIVKMRK[LSEVITYVI11%EXLPIXIWNYHK ing is undergoing a similar journey. Judging is evolving XSXLIWEQITSMRX[LIVISJ½GMEPWJYPP]YRHIVWXERHEPP the aspects of the sport, the scoring system and the criteria.” It all boils down to how those three Com-

mission appointed judges see and interpret the criteria. What is clear is that, like referees such as Goddard, Big John McCarthy, Herb Dean and Leon Roberts, judges must also be as highly experienced and well versed in all aspects of MMA.

To read the rest 1EVGHI½RMXIP]JEZSYVWXLIMHIEXLEX%XLPIXMG'SQQMW t le whandy no artictraining of thbeiscontinually sions should educating its SJ½GMEPWEWE[E]XSHIEP[MXLXLITIVGIMZIHGSRXVSZIV visit and issue, assessment back “Continual adecisions. sies ofor thede judges r education is essential for any industry. Constant training is a must, especially when it comes to ag understanding sm er ht fig w. ww the criteria and its interpretation. But is this problem as big as some would make out? I don’t think it is as bad ue baso,cktheiss o.uk/ .ctimes.” as it seems at Even debate around judges decisions continues, something Marc is happy to see so long as the arguments are informed and educated about the rules and regulations.

JUDGING IN MMA DISCUSSION WITH MARC GODDARD, GARETH A DAVIES, MICHAEL BISPING & BEN HENDERSON

NEC, BIRMINGHAM MAY 12TH ON THE MAIN STAGE


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MARK MUNOZ

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Before an injury forced him out of his bout with Chael Sonnen in January on the UFC on Fox 2 card, UFC middleweight Mark Munoz was on one hell of EVSPP,ILEH[SRJSYVWXVEMKLX½KLXWMRGPYHMRK[MRW over Chris Leben, former UFC Middleweight Championship contender Demian Maia, C.B. Dolloway and Aaron Simpson. In fact since coming over to the UFC from the WEC Munoz has a record of 7-2 with his only losses coming to light heavyweight Matt Hammill and another former number one contender in Yushin Okami. Munoz has become the guy that no other midHPI[IMKLXVIEPP][ERXWXS½KLX

The bout with Sonnen was to determine who would go on to face current UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, but as fate would have it Munoz was YREFPIXSWSPHMIVSR[MXLMRNYVMIWLILEHFIIR½KLXMRK JSVEPSRKXMQI&IMRKXLIQERERHXLI½KLXIVXLEXLI is, Munoz chooses to look at the time off as a blessing and despite being 34 years old; he knows that the time off was something his body and his mind really needed. Munoz knows even the toughest warriors have to know when to say when. “I feel great, I’m training and sparring, I feel really good,” said an excited Munoz. “For the past few years I’ve had problems with my elbow. I kept ignoring it until they found out I had some bone spurs after my ½KLX[MXL'LVMW0IFIR1]IPFS[[EWXLVSFFMRKERH the pain was so great, my doctors told me I needed surgery.

It turns out that those bone spurs had made their way into my joints. They ended up pulling out 24 pieces of bone six of which were a centimeter and a half in diameter. I was so disappointed afterwards because I had been waiting to get a title shot for a long time, but everything happens for a reason and now I am coming back stronger than before.” When Munoz does make his way back to the Octagon XLIVIEVIVYQSVW¾]MRKEVSYRHXLEXERSTTSRIRXLEW already been selected. Chris Weidman is the man that many people feel Munoz will face when he comes back and that bout would certainly be an interesting one with certain title implications behind it. Weidman last fought Maia on the Fox 2 card as a replacement for Michael Bisping who stepped into the co-main event slot opposite Sonnen. “I have been hearing those same rumors as well,” admitted Munoz. “I feel like I match him up against him really well. He has great stand-up and he is a solid wrestler who takes people down and uses top control to force his will on them. He has good BJJ and is EP[E]WPSSOMRKJSVWYFQMWWMSRWERHGLSOIW-EQHI½RMXIP]PSSOMRKJSV[EVHXSXLEX½KLXMJMXHSIWLETTIR² There have been some interesting middleweight match-ups since Munoz got hurt and there is one very MRXIVIWXMRK½KLXSRXLILSVM^SR1YRS^MWELYKIJERSJ the sport and watched the Sonnen-Bisping bout with keen interest and will be watching intently when Sonnen and Silva meet once again in Brazil at UFC 147.

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±-[EWZIV]WYVTVMWIH[MXLXLI7SRRIR&MWTMRK½KLX XLIVI[EWEPSXSJGSRXVSZIVW]EFSYXXLEX½KLX²WEMH 1YRS^±-VIEPP]FIPMIZIXLEX7SRRIR[SRXLI½VWX round, Bisping won the second and the third could’ve gone either way. I thought that the judges gave the nod to Sonnen because he got the takedown, but either [E]XLI½KLX[EWVIEPP]GPSWI-[EWXLMROMRK7SRRIR [SRXLEX½KLXFYXIZIV]SRIWE[XLEX½KLXHMJJIVIRXP] everyone was surprised at how Bisping was able to control Sonnen in the clinch and how he pressed him against the cage. I never saw that coming and it shows how hard Bisping trained and how well he was TVITEVIH&MWTMRKQE]KIX¾EGOJSVLMWQSYXLFYX-´ZI learned that if you don’t speak up you can get passed SZIVEPSX%XXLIIRHSJXLIHE]XLIQERGER½KLXERH


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MARK MUNOZ UFC MIDDLEWEIGHT LAST FIGHT: CHRIS LEBEN (W) RECORD: 12-2-0

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BRAD PICKETT

JOHN MAGUIRE

UFC IN THE UK :jalak`Yl`d]l]kYj]]klYZdak`af_l`]ek]dn]kafl`]lghEE9hjgeglagfafl`]ogjd\ Zmll`]bgmjf]q`YkZ]]fYklgm_`Ykl`]Ú_`lkafl`]G[lY_gf& ;LIRXLI9*'½VWXGEQIXSXLI9/MRXLI event barely made a murmur outside of the hardGSVI½KLXMRKWGIRI9*'&VE[PMRXLI,EPPLIPHMR London at the Albert Hall saw some of Britain’s best compete inside the fabled Octagon including a stunning ten second KO win for Mark Weir and a grindingly brutal TKO victory for Ian Freeman as he defeated American star Frank Mir. The show was headlined by none other than Matt Hughes as he defended his welterweight title against Carlos Newton yet the event HVI[PIWWXLERJERW-X[SYPHFIERSXLIV½ZI years before the promotion returned to these shores but in that time everything changed dramatically. %JXIVXLI9*'´W½VWXJSVE]MRXSXLI9/X[SQENSV promotions in the UK MMA pantheon emerged; Cage Rage, based in London and Cage Warriors, based in Coventry and Nottingham. These two shows would go on to promote the sport, giving the chance for WSQISJXLI[SVPH´WFIWX½KLXIVWXSGYXXLIMVXIIXL Athletes such as Anderson Silva, Jorge Rivera, Jose Aldo, Michael Bisping, Dan Hardy and Brad Pickett all fought and earned their stripes in the UK. Whilst MMA became more popular in the UK, the UFC had

not forgotten their desire to expand outside of the USA. Dana White knew he wanted to hold shows in Britain and he knew there was a growing pool of talented competitors ready to make the step up. The Ultimate Fighter was the perfect platform for the promotion to showcase its events. The reality show had opened doors in America in 2005 and it was set to do the same in the UK. The Wolfslair’s Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping, a champion in three UK organisations, appeared on TUF 3, winning the series and establishing LMQWIPJEWXLI¾EKFIEVIVJSV9/11% When the UFC returned to Britain in 2007 the show MR1ERGLIWXIV½PPIHXLI1)2%VIRE[MXLSZIV fans all eager to see Bisping. The media was in frenzy whilst The Ultimate Fighter show had seemingly produced a whole new generation of British fans. Walking out to the deafening roar of the crowd, Bisping’s reception hailed a new era for the sport in this country. In a brutal encounter, Bisping defeated the Australian veteran Elvis Sinosic in the second round. The show was a massive success and it marked a sea change in the sport’s popularity. The UFC then travelled to Belfast for UFC 72 before returning to England to host


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ROSS PEARSON JASON YOUNG

UFC IN THE UK DISCUSSION WITH JOHN MAGUIRE, BRAD PICKETT, ROSS PEARSON & JASON YOUNG

NEC, BIRMINGHAM MAY 13TH ON THE MAIN STAGE a massive event at the O2 Arena in London as Dan Henderson took on Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson in a XMXPIYRM½GEXMSRFSYXEX9*'1SVIIZIRXWJSPPS[IH in Newcastle, London, Birmingham and Dublin. It was clear that the UK was the UFC’s launch pad into Europe and a place it had made its home. 7SSRSXLIV&VMXMWL½KLXIVW[IVIFIMRKKMZIRXLI opportunity to take to the international stage and along with the likes of Bisping, Paul Taylor and Terry )XMQQSVI[IVI½RHMRKWYGGIWW*SVKIHMRXLIXIWXMRK grounds of the UK promotions, the grass root events were producing some impressively talIRXIH½KLXIVW.SLR,EXLE[E]4EYP Kelly and Dan Hardy all earned contracts with the promotion, each bringing an army of fans with them. By 2009 Dana White announced The Ultimate Fighter: US vs. UK reality show and, following in the footsteps of Bisping, Ross Pearson emerged victorious. Under the tutelage of Michael Bisping, acting as the UK team’s head coach opposite Dan Henderson’s US team,

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To Read More Articles Like This Make Sure You Get The Next Issue Available From s er ht Fig Of TUF had opened the path for even more British athletes to take the world’s biggest All Good & MMA Wh Smith stage. As the WEC was merged with the UFC, bantamweight ents ag News Brad Pickett transferred over to the Octagon to capitalise on his successes whilst


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KO BULLYING

Cfg[cgml:mddqaf_2:mad\af_[gfÚ\]f[]Yf\k]d^%]kl]]el`jgm_`EE9 Bullying affects thousands of people every year but now there’s a new kid on the block. Spiked’s Knockout Bullying campaign in association with Kidscape, a long standing charity helping abused children, is looking to get to the problem at its root. Using the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, Spiked’s managing director, Matt Walton, is hoping to give kids the tools and the con½HIRGIXSSZIVGSQIFYPP]MRK8LIEMQMWXSLIPTKMZI GLMPHVIRFEGOXLIGSR½HIRGIXLI]RIIHF]KIXXMRK them to build their self-belief through a set of structure goals and targets, all the while teaching them the concepts of respect and ability through the sport of MMA. “My father began teaching me to box when I was 5-years old,” says Matt Wilton, head of the KO Bullying campaign. “I’ve been boxing and studying Muay Thai and BJJ for a long time now but at the time I didn’t realise what my dad was doing for me. He was the head of sports science and taught me and all my mates at school. I didn’t see it then but I realised later on in life that we were all very

GSR½HIRXERHLETT]KVS[MRKYT²,EZMRKXVEMRIHYRHIV Master Sken from 1991 and Roger Gracie from 2000, 1EXXORI[½VWXLERH[LEXQEVXMEPEVXWGERSJJIV±- VIEPMWIHXLEXFIMRKWIPJGSR½HIRXQEHIQIEFPIXSHIEP [MXLER]WMXYEXMSR²8LIMHIESJGSR½HIRGIERHFIMRK comfortable with one’s self is a key to Matt’s philosophy on life, especially when it comes to children dealMRK[MXLFYPPMIW±;LIR-½VWXWXEVXIHGSEGLMRKEPSXSJ my students were kids whose parents wanted them to FIEFPIXSHIJIRHXLIQWIPZIWERHKEMRWIPJGSR½HIRGI because of bullying.” It struck a chord with Matt who began doing his research. “A lot of bullying isn’t physical but emotional so I aligned myself with experts who knew about abused kids to try to answer the quesXMSRSJLS[XSKMZIFEGOXLIWIOMHWXLIMVGSR½HIRGI² Working alongside Kidscape, Matt introduced the idea that sport, especially combat sport, is a great vehicle to inspire and teach self-belief, self-reliance and social unity. Whilst Kidscape works with children who have already been abused and exposed to serious physical and mental threats, KO Bullying aims to get to kids earlier and help them combat their problems before the abuse becomes too much.

To read the rest of this article why not However, Matt isn’t advocating the use of violence. 6EXLIVLI[ERXWXSYWI11%EWEGSR½HIRGIFYMPHMRK it ue, vis back theissself-belief r a children degives orthat project to overcome bullies. He wants to give vulnerable children the ersmagto prevent the techniques and knowledge ht fig w. ww problem whilst teaching them a skill steeped iniss respect and temue ck ba .co.usetk/ pered with a solid work ethic. “MMA is such a fantastic sport because you have to learn respect for others and yourself.

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