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New England’s Only UFC Heavyweight Fighter Gabriel Gonzaga to Fight Stipe Miocic at UFC FOX 10 in Chicago

Gabriel Gonzaga vs Stipe Miocic

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A heavyweight matchup between Gabriel Gonzaga (16-7 MMA, 11-6 UFC) and Stipe Miocic (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is the latest addition to the UFC’s first FOX-televised event of 2014.

UFC on FOX 10 takes place Jan. 25 at United Center in Chicago, the third straight January the venue has hosted a FOX show. The main card, including a Benson Henderson vs. Josh Thomson headliner, airs on FOX following prelims that are expected to air on FOX Sports 1 and stream at MMAjunkie.

The 34-year-old Gonzaga left the UFC in 2010 after struggling through a 3-5 stretch. However, after a year away from the sport, the submission ace returned to the sport and is 5-1 in his past six fights. All five of those victories have come by finish, including consecutive first-round knockout wins over Shawn Jordan and Dave Herman.

Meanwhile, Miocic opened his career with nine straight wins to open his career before suffering a September 2012 loss to Stefan Struve. He’s since rebounded with an impressive decision win over Roy Nelson at June’s UFC 161 event.

With the addition to the card, UFC on FOX 10 now includes:

Benson Henderson vs. Josh Thomson
Darren Elkins vs. Jeremy Stephens
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Stipe Miocic

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UFC Heavyweights from New England: MMA Training Springfield, MA

UFC Heavyweights Gabriel Gonzaga & Christian Morecraft

On the evening of Wednesday August 8, 2012 Team Link in Ludlow MA was filled with talent. Not only did you have the East Coast’s only UFC heavyweight fighters,  there was also 7 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts together in one gym. Ludlow is a small town in Western Mass for which Team Link MMA and soccer are two main things it is known for. (on a different note, Thursday August 9, 2012 the Stanley Cup was in Ludlow because the LA Kings General Manger, Dean Lombardi, grew up there….cool!) Having the opportunity to witness this type of training is incredible, the place was shook as almost 3,000 pounds of skilled fighters went at it. Most of whom that were there are also preparing for there own fights that will be happening in the very near future. For a full listing of these fights click this link MMA classes Springfield MA

Gabriel Gonzaga is preparing for UFC 153, which will be held in his home county on October 13, 2012 at the HBSC Arena in Rio de Janeriro, Brazil. He will be  facing Geronimo Dos Santos, a powerful new comer to the UFC. With the start of Gonzaga’s official training camp, Team Link is always able to pull together a group of great athletes to push each other to there limits and beyond. In fact the East Coast’s only UFC Heavyweights both currently live and train in Massachusetts.  It was great to these two cross train together. Rumors say this may be common re-occurrence, we will see.

If you ask around a common problem for heavyweights when looking for a gym to train mma in Springfield MA area or anywhere for that matter, is finding quality sparring partners their size. This is not case with Team Link, being the largest team in New England with over 10 ten gym locations, there are plenty of big guys ready to go on the drop of hat. If you live in New England and you are looking for a place to train or if you are a fighter and want to come train with the best, then contact them via there website www.linkbjj.com .

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Team Link Professional MMA Fighter Training Camp : Ludlow MA

The photo above shows as listed from left to right: James Soffen (Team Link Manager), Christian Morecraft (UFC Heavyweight), Darrell Oliveira (Team Link Heavyweight), Master Marco Alvan (Team Link Head Coach/2nd Degree Blackbelt), Ricardo Oliveria (Team Link Spain/2nd Degree Blackbelt), Fabio Serrao (Team Link Utah/MMA Fighter/Black Belt), Juliano Coutinho (Cape Cod Fighting Alliance MMA Fighter/1st Degree Blackbelt), Gabriel Gonzaga (Team Link Worcester Head Coach/UFC Heavyweight/3rd Degree Blackbelt), Ricardo Funch (Team Link Pittsfield Head Coach/MMA fighter/Blackbelt), Jeff Nader (Cape Cod Fighting Alliance MMA Fighter), Alexandre Moreno (Team Link Manchester Head Coach/MMA Middleweight fighter/ Blackbelt), Gil de Freitas (MMA Fighter from Brasil) and Eder Riberio (Daniel Gracie Brown Belt).
Stay posted as articles will be written highlighting each fighter individually.
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Breaking News: Dana White Isn’t The Biggest Fan Of Jiu Jitsu – Springfield MA

Shocker:  Dana White Isn't The Biggest Fan Of Jiu Jitsu

I know this may shock some of you, but Dana White doesn’t seem to care what’s going on in the jiu jitsu world. A few of Dana’s followers tracked Dana down on Twitter to ask him about Diaz no-showing at the World Jiu Jitsu Expo over the weekend. Dana not only gave his thoughts on that situation, but also let everyone know that jiu jitsu isn’t fighting. And as for Braulio Estima? Turns out he’s not quite on Dana’s radar.

A fan stated that Diaz shouldn’t be at the expo at all because he’s on suspension. Dana responded with the following tweet:

@Huck_The_Doctor exactly!!! Nick is on suspension right now. He can’t fight at all. BJJ is FAR from fighting.

Color us disappointed. So if a guy finishes in the octagaon via submission, it’s a fight? But if he doesn’t throw punches first it’s not a fight? What if it’s in the UFC and the submission comes before any punches were thrown? Is it still a fight? I guess not.

When asked if Dana had any thoughts on Diaz vs Estima, he sent out the following tweet:

@JackHammerMMA I have never heard of the guy he was supposed to grapple. Lol, guess I am WAY out of the f#$#^ loop

Sorry Braulio. If it’s any consolation, we know who you are. Sure, we may not have millions of dollars to throw at you in contract money, but you have our respect. And what’s worth more than that?

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Is Jiu Jitsu Changing? Springfield MA

 

What if I told you the answer to that question might be “no”. Most people would say that the answer can’t be “no”- not now at least, not after the evolution that has occurred over the last decade. You can point to the exponential growth of competition and it’s competitors, the availability of high-level instruction, the prevalence of video instruction, and a growing group of professional jiu jitsu athletes as proof that the sport has advanced far beyond where it was just 10 years ago. But, all of those things are elements of the sport, not the jiu jitsu. So again I’ll ask the question, has the jiu jitsu actually changed?

There is no doubt jiu jitsu techniques are hard to hide in this day and age, and that new positions and techniques are available like never before. Now with live streaming of every major event, and YouTube, there are no more secrets, so it forces everyone to evolve and grow. But are the fundamentals that win championships any different than they were 10-15 years ago? Earlier this year when we were out in San Diego visiting Master Royler Gracie, he shared something with us that was sort of eye-opening. He told us that the approach he would take to competition now would be no different than the approach he took in 1999 (discussing technique and strategy). Now you are more than welcome to form your own opinions about this topic, but I can tell you that Royler was very sincere in this sentiment.

Let me submit an argument that perhaps you don’t always have to learn the “latest” techniques (although there is nothing wrong with this) to compete at the very highest level in this day and age. The case would be that jiu jitsu in it’s pure unadulterated form can be learnt and applied the same way today in competition as it was in 1999, and that in fact, jiu jitsu’s effectiveness is not changing, merely it’s competitors.

 

Exhibit A: Royler winning the Mundials in the late 90′s

 

Exhibit B: Kron winning the Pans in 2008 with relatively similar, and equally fundamental BJJ

 

Exhibit C: Roger Gracie,  one of the most dominant competitors in the last few years

I understand completely that it is pretty absurd to suggest that jiu jitsu isn’t changing, especially given what you see the Mendes Bros., Miyao Bros., and other high level competitors doing on the mats, but I would simply like to suggest the idea that jiu jitsu is not evolving beyond it’s own effectiveness.  The premise of this article is that fundamental jiu jitsu is never changing, even though the execution might look different.

How can this benefit you? Don’t always concern yourself with learning everything that’s out there. Learn  proven technique from qualified instructors, and focus on application. All jiu jitsu works, old and new. So study all the above videos, there si something we can all learn from each of them.

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Bruce Lee, Father Of Mixed Martial Arts MMA Jeet Kune Do

Western Mass BJJ is a big fan of how Bruce Lee affected martial arts in Springfield Ma.
Mixed martial arts or MMA as this popular fighting sport is commonly known is a combination of different martial arts combat styles including kickboxing, jiujitsu, wrestling, boxing and others.  The MMA fighters are basically using the most effective fighting techniques from different styles of martial arts in the ring.  Interestingly enough, there is a Bruce Lee connection to MMA.
So instead of training in just one discipline like wrestling or boxing, MMA fighters must train in a variety of techniques from different martial arts which make them better rounded fighters.  Although it may seem like a novel or revolutionary concept, this idea of using the best of different martial arts styles is not new.
In fact, the martial arts legend and action movie star Bruce Lee, is considered by many in the martial arts world to be the father of mixed martial arts.  He was the first to publicly advocate training in a variety of martial arts styles including western boxing and wrestling.
Bruce Lee moved away from being a traditional martial artist utilizing classical forms, stances and techniques.  He created his own style of martial arts called Jeet June Do which is pretty well his style of mixed martial arts.  He even compiled his ideas of mixed martial arts in his book called Tao of Jeet Kune Do.
This caused some controversy among some of the traditionalists in martial arts back in his time, especially before he became famous through his movies.  But as time went on, even after his death, his concepts became more accepted by modern martial artists around the world.  He has influenced countless numbers of martial artists to train with a variety of martial arts techniques.
History now suggests that Bruce Lee was way ahead of his time with his early ideas of mixed martial arts.  If he can only see what he has started now with the explosion of MMA as a popular sport.  He would be certainly be proud.  The mixed martial arts MMA world definitely owes a lot to Bruce Lee for having the ingenuity and courage to go against the traditionalists to develop the mixed martial arts concept so many years ago.
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MMA, Rugby & Polo Combine to Make “Ultimate Ball”

There have been some horrible MMA ideas in the past. Yamma Pit Fighting, Jared Shaw, Kimbo vs Houston Alexander, Bob Sapp vs….well anyone. The list goes on and on. But this may be the worst MMA-related idea I’ve ever seen. I say that with not an ounce of exxageration. I even had a hard time watching just a few seconds of this horrible idea known as, ‘Ultimate Ball’. I’m not sure what’s even happening here, but I guess it’s supposed to be a mix of polo and MMA?? Whatever it is, I dare you to try to sit thru this entire video. Good luck.