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Raymond "Ray" Park (born 23 August 1974) is a British actor, stuntman and martial artist, best known for playing Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Toad in X-Men, Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and Edgar on Heroes.
Park was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He was brought up in Govan, Glasgow, where he was educated at Greenfield Primary School, until the age of 7. His family then moved to London. Park has a brother and a sister.
Park was introduced to martial arts by his father, who was a fan of Bruce Lee, and began training in the traditional Chinese Northern Shaolin Kung Fu when he was seven years old. He added kickboxing and wushu to his hobbies by age 14. When he was 16, Park won Great Britain's Martial Arts National Championship for his class and then went to Malaysia to try to improve his skills. He went on to compete in martial arts tournaments around the world and brought home awards before turning his attention to acting in the late 1990s.
He began working in films as a stunt double for the film Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, doing the stunts for both Robin Shou and James Remar. Park also did some cameos as monsters, including Baraka. All of these
Ariel "Arik" Ze'evi (Hebrew: אריאל "אריק" זאבי, born 16 January 1977 in Bnei Brak) is an Israeli judoka, widely recognized as the country's most prominent judoka during the 1990s and until this day.
Ze'evi, a dan 5 black belt in Judo, has had a long and successful career competing in half-heavyweight Judo competitions. He is an Olympic bronze medal finalist in the 2004 Summer Olympics Judo 100 kg class in Athens. His current coach is Alex Ahskenazy.
In 2005, he was voted the 50th-greatest Israeli of all time, in a poll by the Israeli news website Ynet to determine whom the general public considered the 200 Greatest Israelis.
Ze'evi is Jewish, and was born and raised in Bnei Brak, a predominantly orthodox Jewish city in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.
While growing up, he trained in the local Judo club in his neighborhood, together with his older brother, Roni, who was also the club's first local gold medal pioneer after having finished first in the national Israeli Judo Championships. Ze'evi, heavily influenced by his brother and his accomplishment, began training intensively, and at the age of 14 won his first national competition in the adult class, becoming the country's
Jeremy Graham Horn (born August 25, 1975) is an American mixed martial artist with a professional record of 89–21–5. Horn is the only fighter to ever submit UFC Hall of Famer and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell. He holds three victories (two by submission) over UFC Middleweight title contender Chael Sonnen.
Horn's early martial arts training was under Robert Bussey's Warrior International founder, Robert Bussey. Horn earned a RBWI black belt under Bussey in 1992, and spent most of his career with the Miletich Fighting Systems team in Iowa, and is currently training in Salt Lake City, Utah with Elite Performance, the team that he created.
Horn's notable victories include Gilbert Yvel, Forrest Griffin, Dean Lister, David Loiseau, Travis Fulton, Chael Sonnen (x3), Court McGee and Chuck Liddell. He also fought to a draw against UFC Hall Of Famer Dan Severn at Extreme Challenge 7 in 1997.
Horn defeated the eventual light heavyweight champion and UFC star Chuck Liddell via arm-triangle choke at UFC 19. Liddell later avenged his loss to Horn at UFC 54 in the fourth round, when the fight was stopped after Horn told the referee he could no longer see.
At a September 9,
Matthew Allen Hughes (born October 13, 1973) is an American mixed martial artist, UFC Hall of Famer, and former two-time UFC Welterweight Champion. Hughes put together two separate six-fight winning streaks in the UFC, defeated all the available opposition in the welterweight division, won the welterweight title on two occasions, defended the belt a record seven times, and holds the record for most wins in the UFC. He holds notable victories over such fighters as Dave Menne, Carlos Newton, Hayato Sakurai, Sean Sherk, Frank Trigg, Joe Riggs, Royce Gracie, B.J. Penn, Chris Lytle, Matt Serra, Renzo Gracie, Ricardo Almeida, and remains one of only two men to ever defeat Georges St-Pierre. Hughes is considered by many analysts and several major media outlets as the greatest welterweight fighter of all time, as well as one of the greatest pound for pound fighters in history.
He has also had the second-most fights in the UFC with 25, falling behind Tito Ortiz who has had 26 and holds the record of most fights in the UFC. However, he holds the record for the most UFC wins with 18. Hughes was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on May 2010 during the UFC Fan Expo in conjunction with UFC 114.
Evangelista Santos (Portuguese pronunciation: [evɐ̃ʒeˈlistɐ ˈsɐ̃tus] born December 12, 1977) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who is a member of the famous Chute Boxe Academy. He has fought in Strikeforce, Pride Fighting Championship, Cage Rage, International Vale Tudo Championships and Pancrase. He is currently fighting for World Victory Road and Strikeforce.
Santos made his Strikeforce debut June 19, 2009 and headlined the Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg event, but came up short against Joey Villasenor losing by a split decision. In his next fight, he went on to face and defeat Marius Zaromskis, who battled Nick Diaz for the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Title.
He challenged Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz for the title on January 29, 2011 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. He lost the fight via armbar submission in the second round.
Santos was due to fight Paul Daley at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson but was forced to withdraw due to a shoulder injury. Santos fought Strikeforce newcomer Jordan Mein on September 10, 2011 at Strikeforce World Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov. After a grueling back and forth fight "Cyborg" was defeated
Yoshihiro Akiyama (秋山 成勲, Akiyama Yoshihiro), also known as Choo Sung-hoon (Hangul: 추성훈, Hanja: 秋成勳), is a Japanese mixed martial artist and judoka. Akiyama won the gold medal at the 2001 Asian Championships for South Korea, and for Japan at the 2002 Asian Games. A a fourth-generation Japanese of Korean descent he acquired Japanese nationality in 2001. Akiyama is known for his high level Judo, technical and brawler-like striking. He holds notable victories over Alan Belcher, Denis Kang, Melvin Manhoef and South African boxer Francois Botha.
Before his professional mixed martial arts career, Akiyama was a decorated judoka.
Representing Korea, Akiyama won the Gold Medal at the 2001 Asian Judo Championships.
Representing Japan, Akiyama won the Gold Medal at the 2002 Asian Games defeating Ahn Dong-Jin of South Korea in the finals.
Akiyama defeated three opponents from France, Mongolia, and Turkey to reach the semi-finals of the 81 kg Light Middleweight division. However, all three opponents claimed that Akiyama had a slippery judogi. Wearing a reserve gi, Akiyama lost two games in a row (semifinal and 3rd-place match) and missed the medal.
International Judo Federation referee director
Shawn Tompkins (March 16, 1974 – August 14, 2011) was a Canadian kickboxer and mixed martial artist, and later trainer. At the time of his death, he was an instructor at the Tapout Training Center.
Tompkins began studying Shotokan karate at the age of six, and went to be a two-time Canadian National Karate Champion and a third degree black belt in the discipline. He began kickboxing at sixteen years old and competed in 47 matches, holding Canadian, North American and South American titles.
At the age of eighteen, he opened his first training facility in Ontario, Canada. He later relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States in August 2007 and worked as the head striking coach at Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts before joining the Tapout Training Center in October 2009. He was also the coach for the Los Angeles Anacondas of the International Fight League, officially taking the reins from Bas Rutten as the head coach on March 17, 2007, just before their matchup against the San Jose Razorclaws.
Tompkins taught such notable fighters as Vitor Belfort, Mark Hominick, Chris Horodecki, Wanderlei Silva and Sam Stout.
On November 30, 2011, at the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in
Shinichi Chiba (千葉 真一, Chiba Shin'ichi, born 23 January 1939), also known as Sonny Chiba, is a Japanese actor, singer, film producer, film director, and martial artist.
Chiba was one of the first actors to achieve stardom through his skills in martial arts, initially in Japan and later before an international audience.
Born Sadaho Maeda (前田 禎穂, Maeda Sadaho) in Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan, he was the third of five children in the family of a military test pilot. When he was four years old, his father was transferred to Kisarazu, Chiba, and the family moved to Kimitsu, Chiba.
After Chiba went to junior high school in Kimitsu, the physical education teacher advised him to do artistic gymnastics. He also was passionate about track and field sports, baseball and volleyball. He participated in those four sports championships of Chiba Prefecture. In high school, Chiba dedicated himself to artistic gymnastics and won the National Sports Festival of Japan while in his third year. He enjoyed watching Western movies like Shane and High Noon.
Chiba went to the Nippon Sport Science University in 1957. He was a serious candidate for a place in the Japanese Olympic team in his late teens until he
Kyacey Uscola (born July 10, 1981) is an American professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter. He was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz. Uscola has fought for brands such as Bodog Fight, King of the Cage, and Palace Fighting Championships. He trains out of Sacramento, California with Urijah Faber.
Uscola was born and raised in Idaho and started wrestling when he was a the age of seven. He played football and continued wrestling, becoming a state champion in high school while attending Minico High School in Rupert, Idaho. He enrolled in Southwestern Oregon Community College hoping to obtain a Business Management degree. He was on the wrestling team while at Southwestern Oregon and was an All American his sophomore year. He transferred to Eastern Oregon University for his junior year in college because his former school did not have a football team.
Kyacey originally signed as an MMA fighter for Bodog. He won three of four fights for them before the company shut down.
Uscola defeated Pride Fighting Championship veteran Akira Shoji in 2006 for King of the Cage. The fight was set to be a title fight but the day of the fight, KOTC changed it
André Luis Galvão (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈdɾɛ ɡaɫˈvɐ̃w̃]; born September 9, 1982) is a Brazilian grappler and professional mixed martial artist currently signed with Strikeforce. He has won the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship and Pan American Championships multiple times and has also taken third place in the 2007 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship at both -77 kg and openweight. He made his mixed martial arts debut in 2008, and in 2009 he entered DREAM's 2009 Welterweight Tournament. Since completing the tournament, he has fought in Strikeforce. Galvão was a competitor in the 2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in Barcelona, Spain where he placed second in the -88 kg class. More recently, Galvao had a standout performance at the 2011 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship where he captured gold in both the -88 kg and absolute weight classes defeating Rousimar Palhares and Pablo Popovitch, in each respective finals.
Andre Galvao is a black belt student under BJJ legend Fernando "Tererê" Augusto and now heads the Atos Jiu-Jitsu team in the United States. He is the author of the martial arts book, Drill to Win: One Year to Better Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Jacob Patrick McClintock (born February 25, 1988 in Phoenix, Arizona) is an American mixed martial artist. McClintock is a welterweight fighter and has a record of 7-2, all seven win have been stopped in round one. He is most known for his stint with Bellator Fighting Championships. He competed in their season two welterweight tournament, but lost in the first round.
Jacob was introduced to jiu-jitsu when he was 13. By the age of 15, he had already won every tournament in the United States. He finished 3rd in the world as a purple belt at 18 in the adult class. Jacob took awhile off before returning to competition and winning the nationals as a brown belt against Clark Gracie; a member of the famed Gracie family.
He is currently a second degree brown belt under Gustavo Dantas. McClintock’s nickname, “Tick-Tock”, was given to him by another ACS teammate who said that, “it’s only a matter of time before he wins his fight".
When he was 12 he began his mixed martial arts training at Elite Performance in Phoenix, Arizona but then moved over to Arizona Combat Sports. He made his pro debut in 2007 when he defeated Jason Ward at the event Proving Grounds 1.
He continued his winning ways
Daniel Arca Inosanto (born July 24, 1936) is a Filipino-American martial arts instructor from California who is best known as a student of the late Bruce Lee and renowned authority on Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Martial Arts, and Silat.
Dan Inosanto teaches The Art and Philosophy of Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Martial Arts, Shoot Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Silat, mixed martial arts and other arts at his Marina del Rey, California school, the Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts. He received a shodan from and was an instructor for Ed Parker in American Kenpo Karate before becoming a student of Bruce Lee. Inosanto is one of three people allowed by Bruce Lee to teach his Martial Arts system (Taky Kimura and James Yimm Lee being the other two), and the only one to be given Instructorship in Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do of the third level. Inosanto also studied with dozens of martial arts masters elsewhere in the United States, Southeast Asia, and Europe, including Johny Lacoste (Kali, or Kamot Lihok, lit. "Hand Movement"), and Chai Sirisute (Muay Thai). After Bruce Lee's death, he has become the principal spokesperson and historian for Jeet Kune Do. He has had minor roles in a number of
Frank W. Dux (pronounced "dukes") is an American martial artist and fight choreographer. Dux established his own school of Ninjutsu in 1975, called "Dux Ryu Ninjutsu". He was the inspiration for the 1988 film Bloodsport starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Dux states that he was introduced to and trained in Koga Yamabushi Ninjitsu by Senzo Tanaka. Dux's martial art style, Dux Ryu Ninjitsu, is not a koryu (15th century feudal form of Ninjutsu), but is still claimed to be "based on its Koga Ninja root principles of adaptability and consistent change." Frank Dux formulated the proprietary augmentation technology he calls DUX FASST (Focus-Action-Skill-Strategy-Tactics).
The accuracy of many of Dux's personal claims have been disputed, including his martial arts background, fighting in the "Kumite", and prior military service. According to the Los Angeles Times, the organization that allegedly staged the Kumite had the same address as Dux's house, and the trophy he claims to have won was bought by him at a local trophy store. This was disputed by Dux, who claimed the receipt was fabricated. He also claims his critics are part of a conspiracy to discredit him, led by ninjutsu master Stephen
Eddie Wineland (born June 26, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist from Chesterton, Indiana who fights in the bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Wineland is a former WEC Bantamweight Champion. Wineland is known for his good head movement and Knockout power. Wineland is currently ranked as the #8 bantamweight fighter in the world by Sherdog.
Wineland began his mixed martial arts career competing in regional organizations in his native Midwestern United States. He had compiled a total of 15 professional fights before signing with World Extreme Cagefighting.
Wineland became the inaugural WEC Bantamweight Champion after defeating Antonio Banuelos at WEC 20. Wineland lost the title in his first defense against Chase Beebe at WEC 26.
Wineland was defeated by Rani Yahya via first round submission on April 5, 2009 at WEC 40.
Wineland defeated Manny Tapia via unanimous decision on October 10, 2009 at WEC 43.
Wineland was scheduled to face Rafael Rebello on January 10, 2010 at WEC 46, but Rebello was forced off the card with an injury. Instead he faced UFC veteran George Roop, winning via unanimous decision.
Wineland was scheduled to face Charlie Valencia on
Mirko Filipović (Croatian pronunciation: [mîrkɔ fǐːlipɔːʋitɕ]; (born September 10, 1974) is a Croatian heavyweight kickboxer, and retired mixed martial artist, politician, and law enforcement officer. Filipović was a member of the Croatian Parliament from 2003 through 2007 on a list of Social Democratic Party of Croatia. His nickname, Cro Cop, short for "Croatian Cop", comes from his membership in the Lučko Anti-Terrorist Unit, Croatia's elite Police Special Forces tactical unit.
Filipović has been successful in both K-1 and Pride Fighting Championships. On September 10, 2006, he won the 2006 Pride World Open-Weight Grand Prix, and in 2007 entered the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Filipović owed his mixed martial arts success to a combination of elite-level kickboxing and near-impregnable takedown defense, making him one of the most dangerous strikers in history and a prototype for the modern sprawl and brawler. Filipović's signature move was his lightning quick left head-kick, once famously described as "right leg, hospital; left leg, cemetery." His legacy remains as a true legend in mixed martial arts, as well as one of the greatest heavyweights in the history of the
Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; January 17, 1942) is an American former professional boxer, philanthropist and social activist. Considered a cultural icon, Ali has both been idolized and vilified.
Originally known as Cassius Clay, Ali changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam in 1964, subsequently converting to Sunni Islam in 1975, and more recently practicing Sufism. In 1967, three years after Ali had won the World Heavyweight Championship, he was publicly vilified for his refusal to be conscripted into the U.S. military, based on his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War. His 1966 statement, "Man, I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong", was one of the more telling remarks of that era.
Widespread protests against the Vietnam War had not yet begun, but with that one phrase, Ali articulated the reason to oppose the war for a generation of young Americans, and his words served as a touchstone for the racial and antiwar upheavals that would rock the 1960s. Ali's example inspired Martin Luther King, Jr. – who had been reluctant to alienate the Johnson Administration and its support of the civil rights agenda – to voice his own opposition to
Chris Scott Lytle (born August 18, 1974) is a retired American mixed martial artist, boxer and a veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Lytle was prominently featured as a welterweight on The Ultimate Fighter 4: The Comeback. In Chris's MMA and boxing career he was never knocked out or submitted, though he did lose in MMA competition by TKO by way of cut stoppage.
Lytle was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and graduated from Southport High School in 1993. At Southport, he was an active member of the wrestling team. In fact, to this day, he still participates in workouts at the Southport High School with the wrestling team, Coach Petty and Coach Dildine. Lytle attended Indiana University where he achieved a degree in Sports Management.
Lytle started training for fighting in 1998, saying that it was "something to keep me active". He trains part-time outside of his regular job as a firefighter, attending single-discipline gyms rather than MMA camps. He has held championships in the Hook N' Shoot and Absolute Fighting Championship promotions and won the Cage Rage World Welterweight Championship. He became the 175 lb Indiana state boxing champion, saying, "By the end of the year
Roger Gracie Gomes (born September 26, 1981) is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and mixed martial artist. Roger was awarded his black belt by his cousin Renzo Gracie at the behest of Carlos Gracie, Jr. whilst training in New York in 2003. He is currently a second degree black belt. A member of the Gracie family, he is the son of Reila Gracie (daughter of Carlos Gracie) and Mauricio Motta Gomes. Roger Gracie is the founder and head instructor at The Roger Gracie Academy located in Kensington, London, England.
In 2005 Roger competed in the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship and won all 8 of his matches both at weight and absolute by submission. In the 2009 Mundials he submitted all of his opponents in his weight class and the absolute (open weight) with a choke from the mount. Roger has not been submitted in competition since he was a blue belt.
Gracie has 10 wins at the IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships as a black belt, with three of those victories in Open Weight competition.
Gracie defeated Ron Waterman in his mixed martial arts debut by armbar submission in the 1st round at the Bodogfight pay-per-view USA vs Russia. On May 18, 2008 Roger Gracie competed in the
Quinton Ramone Jackson (born June 20, 1978), also known as Rampage Jackson, is an American mixed martial artist and actor. He is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Jackson rose to prominence in Japan's Pride Fighting Championships where he was noted for his powerful body slams including a knockout victory over Ricardo Arona. In the United States, he is known for his tenure in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Jackson is the first person to unify any of the UFC and Pride FC championship belts, defeating Pride Fighting Championships Middleweight title holder Dan Henderson in 2007. Jackson is ranked as the #10 light heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.
Jackson appeared for a second time as a coach on the reality series The Ultimate Fighter opposite Rashad Evans. They were scheduled to fight at UFC 107, but this bout was cancelled when Jackson took a movie role to play B. A. Baracus in The A-Team feature film. Jackson guest co-hosted WWE Raw on June 7, 2010, along with his A-Team co-stars Bradley Cooper and Sharlto Copley. Jackson refuted any doubts to whether acting was getting in the way of his fighting by saying, “I got a whole bunch of movies coming up, they ain’t got
Shane Bannister Carwin (born January 4, 1975) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is the former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion.
Carwin and his two brothers were raised by his mother, who had the goal of getting all her sons college educations. He received a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines as well as a bachelor's degree in Environmental Technology from Western State College.
Carwin wrestled in college, becoming a two-time NCAA Division II Wrestling National Runner-Up Heavyweight in 1996–97 and the NCAA II Wrestling Heavyweight National Champion in 1999. He was also a two-time All-American in football for Western State and was chosen to participate in the Senior Bowl.
Carwin became an engineer out of college and continues to work in that field while pursuing his MMA career. Carwin is also a volunteer wrestling coach for the University of Northern Colorado.
Carwin won his first eight fights by first round stoppage and became the Ring of Fire heavyweight champion before signing with the UFC. He trains with Grudge Fight Team. Shane is based out of
Travis S. Lutter (born May 12, 1973) is an American mixed martial artist who won the The Ultimate Fighter 4 reality show. His UFC record, not including his exhibition wins on The Ultimate Fighter 4, is 2–4. He is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlos Machado.
Travis Lutter moved quickly through the quarter-finals when he defeated Scott Smith by rear-naked choke at 1:13 in the first round. On the semi-final episode, which aired on October 26, 2006, Travis Lutter defeated Pete Sell to move on to the finals set for November 11, 2006. At the finale of The Ultimate Fighter 4, Lutter defeated Patrick Côté with an armbar at 2:18 in the first round.
With this victory, Lutter became the challenger for Anderson Silva's Middleweight title. Lutter dedicated his victory on November 11 to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization dedicated to support wounded U.S. servicemen.
On the day of the weigh-in, one day before the February 3, 2007 bout at UFC 67, Lutter failed to make weight. He weighed-in at 187 pounds on the first attempt, and 186.5 two hours later on his second attempt. Because of his failure to meet the required 185 pounds, his match with Silva was changed to a
Vinicius de Magalhães (Portuguese pronunciation: [maɡaˈʎɐ̃ȷ̃ʃ]; born July 2, 1984), is a Brazilian mixed martial artist. He was a participant in The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir. He is the former M-1 Global Light Heavyweight Champion as well as the head Jiu-Jitsu coach and trainer at Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts.
Vinny was promoted to Black Belt by his Instructors Vinicius Aieta and Royler Gracie, on the Podium after winning thirteen matches (Ten by Submissions), and taking home two Gold Medals in the 2005 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship as a Brown Belt. Vinny has recently expressed that he's been training in different grappling styles such as Sambo (primarily leg locks) & Catch Wrestling.
In 2007, Vinny would become the first Jiu-Jitsu No Gi World Champion in the Super Heavy Weight Division as a Black Belt.
In 2009, Vinny had an impressive performance in the most prestigious Grappling Tournament in the World, the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, winning 2 Bronze Medals (Under 99 kg Division and Absolute Division). On his way to win the Bronze Medal in his weight Division, Vinny defeated BJJ World Champion Rodrigo Cavaca (1st Round, Inverted Heel
Wilson Reis (born January 6, 1985 in São Paulo) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt. Reis received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from instructor Roberto Godoi. As a brown belt he won the 2004 Jiu Jitsu World Championships. He competed in the EliteXC bantamweight division, before the company's collapse, in Bellator. He is currently fighting for Brazilian promotion WFE. He also appeared as an assistant Jiu-Jitsu coach in Dominick Cruz's team on The Ultimate Fighter: Live.
Reis was crowned the first and only EliteXC Bantamweight champion on September 26, 2008. He trains at BJJ United in Pennsylvania and at Daddis Fight Camps in New Jersey & Philadelphia. He teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and No-Gi at Tri-State Martial Arts Academy in Levittown, Pennsylvania. Reis formerly competed in Bellator Fighting Championships. He competed for the first time in his native Brazil in WFE 11 - Platinum, winning by submission.
In September 2008, Reis defeated Abel Cullum to win the vacant EliteXC 140 lb championship.
In January 2009, it was announced that Wilson Reis reached an exclusive agreement with Bellator Fighting Championships. Wilson Reis defeated Henry
Dong Haichuan (Chinese: 董海川; pinyin: Dǒng Hǎichuān) was born on 13 October 1797 (or 1813) in Zhu village, Ju Jia Wu Township, Wen'an County, Hebei Province, China and died on 25 October 1882 in Beijing. He is regarded as a skillful martial artist and is widely credited to be the founder of Baguazhang. Most, if not all, existing schools of Baguazhang place Dong Haichuan at the beginning of their lineage.
As a child and young man he intensely trained in the martial arts of his village. The arts were probably Shaolin-based and may have included Bafanshan (a possible precursor to Fanziquan), Hongquan, Xingmenquan, and Jingangquan. These were the arts being taught in and around Dong’s village at this time. Alternatively, Dong is sometimes said to have learned and practiced Erlangquan, Luohanquan, or other arts.
His family is thought to have been so poor, at some point around 1853, Dong left Hebei Province to seek work elsewhere. By many accounts he is described as spending his youth travelling, penniless, and often getting in trouble. But he, even by his own claims, continued to study martial arts intensely during his travels. Where, by whom, and what he was taught, varies depending on
Edward William Barton-Wright C.E., M.J.S. (member of the Japan Society) (1860–1951) was a British entrepreneur specialising in both self defence training and physical therapy. He is remembered today as one of the first Europeans to teach Japanese martial arts and as a pioneer of the concept of hybrid martial arts.
He was born Edward William Wright on November 8, 1860 in Bangalore, India. He was the third of six children of railway engineer William Barton Wright and his wife Janet. After returning to England with his family during the 1880s, Barton-Wright was educated in France and Germany. Following matriculation, he worked as a railway clerk before embarking on a career as a civil engineer and surveyor. As a civil engineer, he worked for railway and mining companies in locations including Egypt, Portugal and the Straits Settlements (modern day Malaysia and Singapore). In April 1892 he legally assumed the name Edward William Barton-Wright.
In a 1950 interview Barton-Wright professed to having had a "lifelong interest in the arts of self defence" and earlier interviews indicated that he had studied various fighting systems during his travels as a young man. While working as an
DaMarques Johnson (born June 28, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist. He was the welterweight runner-up on The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom.
Johnson was born and raised in West Jordan, Utah, he and his family were poor and lived in a bad part of the town. Johnson was primarily raised by his Mormon mother, as his father died when he was nine years old. Johnson attended and graduated from Kearns High School. In 2000, Johnson joined the United States Army and National Guard, an option given to him as a kid to get out of some trouble. Johnson worked in the S-1 and did paperwork for other Soldiers while assigned to a Special Forces Group. Johnson took up jiu jutsu in the army.He trained at Close Combat Institute (CCI) After returning to civilian life following his 8 years of active duty, he met Jeremy Horn and began training mixed martial arts at his gym. Johnson had his first fight in 2005, losing by technical knockout. He was submitted by the highly-regarded Brock Larson in his second fight. In his third pro fight, Johnson had his first win at a King of the Cage event, winning the fight by submission due to punches.
Before taping for the Ultimate Fighter,
Jason Chambers (born March 23, 1980, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor and mixed martial artist. Chambers is best known for his role as the host of the popular weekly television program Human Weapon on The History Channel. He has appeared in multiple television programs and was featured on Extra as one of "America' Most Eligible" bachelors .
Chambers was the host of the series Human Weapon on The History Channel with co-host Bill Duff from July 20, 2007, to August 28, 2008. He also provided color commentary for Bellator Fighting Championships' English broadcast in their inaugural season on ESPN. Chambers has been a host for NBC's YourLaTv, a show featuring things to do and see in and around Los Angeles. He is now doing commentary for ONE Fighting Championship.
Chambers began studying acting in 2002 at Act One Studios in Chicago and later improv at The Second City Training Center.
In 2003, he moved to New York to continue his studies. There he appeared in television series Guiding Light, All My Children, Can You Tell? and As the World Turns. In 2006 he moved to Los Angeles where he has been cast as Spencer on Days of Our Lives and the street racing badboy Mercury on CSI:
Peter Ralston (born October 29, 1949) is the founder of Cheng Hsin internal martial arts and ontology. In 1978, he became the first non-Asian to win a world martial arts tournament held in the Republic of China. He is the author of 6 books and currently teaches Cheng Hsin martial arts and facilitates ontology and contemplation worldwide.
Peter Ralston was born in San Francisco. In 1956 when he was aged 7, his family moved to Singapore as his father worked for American President lines. They lived in Singapore for 3 years and young Ralston studied at the Singapore American School. It was during his time in Singapore that he first began his martial arts training by studying Judo at the age of 9.
In 1959, the Ralston family moved back to California for 3 years before relocating to Tokyo in 1962 as his father (now owner of his own shipping container business) worked on expanding the business in Japan.
Ralston went to the ASIJ (American School in Japan) school in Chofu, and started to show his natural ability in martial arts by becoming the school Sumo champion. During his stay in Tokyo, he learned horse riding at the Imperial Palace Riding Academy in Tokyo. In 1964, the Olympics were
Steve Blackman (born September 28, 1963) is an American professional wrestler who is best known for his career in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Nicknamed 'The Lethal Weapon', Blackman won the Hardcore Championship six times in his tenure with the company.
Steve Blackman began as a competitive bodybuilder and weightlifter before entering professional wrestling in 1986 in Connecticut, training at Tony Altamore's wrestling school. In Calgary, he worked for Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling. He competed briefly as a jobber in 1988 and was being considered for a full-time contract with the WWF when he contracted malaria and dysentery while wrestling in South Africa in 1989 and was essentially bedridden for two years.
After finally beating his two year bout with malaria, during which he lost much of his muscle-mass, Blackman spent another four years in physical therapy to recover his conditioning, and incorporated martial arts training, specifically escrima and tae kwon do, into his physical therapy. Once back in fighting shape Blackman contacted his friends Brian Pillman and Owen Hart for a new WWF try-out.
Blackman made his WWF debut on the November 3, 1997 episode of Raw is War
Takayo Hashi (端貴代 Hashi Takayo born October 2, 1977) is a Japanese female mixed martial artist.
Hashi observed her brother grappling and competing in mixed martial arts and this inspired her to compete as well.
She joined the Wajutsu Keishukai, Tokyo Honbu gym and worked as an office worker during the day.
Hashi held the title of Smackgirl Grappling Queen in the promotion's Open-Weight division.
She competed in the Japanese Abu Dhabi (ADCC) qualifiers in 2007 and won her division. On May 6 and 7 of that year, she took third place in the official ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in Trenton, New Jersey.
Hashi suffered her first defeat in MMA in 2005 when she was submitted by Hitomi Akano. She then won eight straight fights and avenged the loss to Akano in their 2007 rematch.
Hashi faced Amanda Buckner at FFF 4 - Call of the Wild on April 3, 2008. She won the fight by unanimous decision. She later defeated Chisa Yonezawa at Valkyrie 2 on April 25, 2009.
Hashi was set to make her Strikeforce debut against Sarah Kaufman at Strikeforce Challengers: Kaufman vs. Hashi on November 20, 2009, but the fight was later removed from the card. It was first rescheduled for January 2010,
Karapet "Karo" Parisyan (Armenian: Կարո Փարիզյան; born August 28, 1982) is an Armenian-American mixed martial artist.
Parisyan was born in Yerevan, Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic. His family migrated to America when he was six years old. Parisyan started training in Judo when he was nine years old under fellow Armenian Gokor Chivichyan. Parisyan stated that his father began taking him to Judo lessons because he beat up on his sisters and Judo would be an effective outlet for Parisyan to take out his anger. In a book he published, however, Parisyan wrote that his father introduced him to judo to cure his laziness. By age 10, Parisyan was training his Judo under both Chivichyan and Gene LeBell.
For more than thirteen years, Parisyan developed under the Hayastan Grappling System, a style developed by Gokor Chivichyan and Gene LeBell, which blends elements of Judo, Sambo, Catch Wrestling, Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Parisyan continued to train at the Hayastan Academy under Gokor and Gene until late 2005. In early 2012, Karo mentioned in an interview that he has returned to the Hayastan Academy.
Parisyan has six Junior National belts to his credit and competed in the
Marius Žaromskis (born July 30, 1980) is a Lithuanian professional mixed martial artist currently signed with Bellator. After fighting the majority of his career for British promotion Cage Rage, he signed with DREAM in 2009 and then, later that year, with Strikeforce. With DREAM, Žaromskis won their 2009 Welterweight Grand Prix and became their first Welterweight Champion and then signed with Strikeforce. Žaromskis is well known for his combinations, excellent takedown defense, and unorthodox techniques.
Žaromskis made his MMA debut in 2000, at the Knight of the Ring 6 event. He won his first fight against Viktoras Kontrimas and lost his second fight against Ricardas Jancevicius at that event. Žaromskis returned after 5 years in Essex, England at UKMMAC 13 against Jack Mason and won by technical knockout.
With a 3-1 MMA record, Žaromskis joined the Cage Rage organization in May 2006. His first fight was against Afnan Saheed. After a big combination of knees and punches from Žaromskis, the referee stopped the fight. After his successful Cage Rage debut, Žaromskis fought against Che Mills, and the fight was pretty competitive until Mills caught Žaromskis with a knee that knocked him
Barry A. Rodemaker was born on September 16, 1969 in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. Rodemaker is the founder and president of the Tactical Hapkido Alliance.
He and his father would watch Kung Fu Theater. His parents sent him to local martial arts seminars
When he was 17, he trained with Joe Fox. Rodemaker received first degree black belt in Moo Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do. He trained with a fellow student in Han Mu Do from manuals and videos by He-Young Kimm.
Rodemaker received his 2nd dan from Fox and he moved to Erie to open a school.
Rodemaker founded the Tactical Hapkido Alliance in 2001. In 2003 Rodemaker was recognized by the International Black Belt Organization. In 2007 Rodemaker received the Dojunim certification and 8th dan from the United States Head of Family Martial Arts Association International Supreme Elite Warrior Council
He is an representative of the United States Head of Family Martial Arts Association.
Rodemaker is working with MEDIA MOGULS, INCORPORATED (MMI) on the video series BEST DEFENSE, on how women, people with disabilities and children can defend themselves.
Carlos Ray "Chuck" Norris (born March 10, 1940) is an American martial artist and actor. After serving in the United States Air Force, he began his rise to fame as a martial artist, and has since founded his own school, Chun Kuk Do.
Norris appeared in a number of action films, such as Way of the Dragon in which he starred alongside Bruce Lee, and was The Cannon Group's leading star in the 1980s. He next played the starring role in the television series Walker, Texas Ranger from 1993 to 2001.
Norris is a devout Christian and politically conservative. He has written several books on Christianity and donated to a number of Republican candidates and causes. In 2007 and 2008, he campaigned for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who was running for the Republican nomination for President in 2008. Norris also writes a column for the conservative website WorldNetDaily.
As a result of his "tough guy" image, an Internet phenomenon began in 2005 known as Chuck Norris facts, ascribing various implausible or impossible feats to Norris.
Norris was born in Ryan, Oklahoma, the son of Wilma (née Scarberry) and Ray Norris who was a mechanic, bus driver, and truck driver. Norris has said that he
Danny Abbadi (born July 3, 1983 in Amman, Jordan) is a Jordanian Taekwondo practitioner and professional mixed martial arts fighter. He was a contestant on the third season of The Ultimate Fighter reality television show, training under Tito Ortiz.
Abbadi moved to Brooklyn, New York at age two. He started training in taekwondo at age three, and began teaching it at twelve.
On The Ultimate Fighter, his elimination occurred when he lost a preliminary fight against Ed Herman by armbar in the first round; after this loss, he continued training at Victory Martial Arts in Orlando. After that, he lost his post-TUF debut by submission to Kalib Starnes, and a midcard pay-per-view match via split decision against Jorge Gurgel. On January 20, 2007, he fought in the kickboxing league World Combat League as an alternate with the Los Angeles Stars.
Most recently, Danny defeated Jules Bruchez of The Ultimate Fighter by TKO in the first round on August 28, 2009 in Baton Rouge, LA.
Danny's next fight is on September 20, 2009 against Shonie Carter of Chicago, IL at "Respect In the Cage," which is to be held in Los Angeles, CA. Danny is currently training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, NV.
Alberto Lewis Crane (born July 14, 1976) is an American mixed martial artist. He currently fights as a lightweight. He has fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is a former King of the Cage and Ring Of Fire lightweight champion.
Crane moved to Brazil shortly after high school to train at the Gracie Barra academy in Rio de Janeiro, and then Belo Horizonte full-time. He holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Vinicius Magalhaes (Draculino) and Carlos Gracie Jr. Upon returning to New Mexico, Crane began teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and opened two successful academies, one in Santa Fe and one in Albuquerque. He started MMA in 2002 where he fought till 2005 undefeated. After a 2 year break Alberto took on the UFC in 2007 and lost his UFC debut against Roger Huerta at UFC 74 via TKO in round three. In his second fight with the UFC, against Kurt Pellegrino, Alberto did not take advantage of a high kick early enough in the first round. Alberto was defeated via TKO in the second round.
He has since moved to Los Angeles to be closer to family. Alberto Crane has opened Gracie Barra Encino, Pasadena, Burbank, Woodland Hills and Hollywood Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed
Cheick Guillaume Ouedraogo (born May 17, 1975), more commonly known as Cheick Kongo, is a French heavyweight mixed martial artist and kickboxer currently fighting in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He currently trains with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and formerly Michael Bisping at the Wolfslair MMA Academy.
Born to a Burkinabé father and a Congolese mother with his brother, Ben Millard, Kongo began training in martial arts when he was 5 years old, learning Kendo and Karate. As he grew older, he began to expand his repertoire and trained in Muay Thai, kickboxing and Greco-Roman wrestling. At age 19, he learned of Pencak Silat, an Indonesian martial art, and was coached by Charles Joussot, Franck Roppers and his brother Ben. He's also a cousin of rugby star Fulgence Ouedraogo, the French back-rower. Cheick is also a columnist for the French MMA magazine, Top Fight.
On June 10, 2001, Kongo began his professional career by knocking out Doog Ward. Kongo then followed up that win with a TKO over Dave van der Veen. He then lost his third professional MMA fight to Rodney Faverus by decision. He faced Gilbert Yvel on May 20, losing for the second time in his career when he tapped to
Douglas Clayton Durdle (born 1 September 1972) is an English professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Doug Williams. He is currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) under the ring name Douglas Williams. He also works as a trainer for TNA's developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). In TNA Williams is a former one–time Television Champion, two–time X Division Champion and a two time tag team champion, having held the TNA World Tag Team Championship and the IWGP Tag Team Championship once each as part of The British Invasion. He also works as a trainer in TNA's developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). Throughout his career, Williams has also worked in various independent promotions in the United Kingdom and abroad, including Ring of Honor (ROH), the Frontier Wrestling Alliance (FWA), One Pro Wrestling (1PW) and Pro Wrestling Noah (NOAH).
During the 1990s Williams trained with (and wrestled for) NWA UK Hammerlock.
While competing in FWA's King of England tournament Williams wrestled and won a match against Eddie Guerrero. Williams would also go on to become the promotion's top champion on two occasions. Williams wrestled against Martin
Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko (Russian: Фёдор Влади́мирович Емелья́ненко, tr. Fyodor Vladimirovich Yemelyanenko, IPA: [ˈfʲɵdər vlɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvʲɪtɕ jɪmʲɪlʲˈjanʲɪnkə]) (born September 28, 1976) is a Russian heavyweight mixed martial artist. He has won numerous tournaments and accolades in multiple sports, most notably the Pride 2004 Grand Prix and the World Combat Sambo championship on four occasions, as well as medaling in the Russian national Judo championship.
Emelianenko has received widespread acclaim from several major publications, including Sports Illustrated, USA Today, and Sherdog.com. Many analysts, as well as former and current fighters, consider Emelianenko to be the greatest mixed martial artist of all time. He remained undefeated for nearly a decade, during which time he was widely considered the best heavyweight fighter in mixed martial arts.
Emelianenko was born in 1976 in the city of Rubizhne, Luhansk Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. In 1978, when he was two, his family moved within the Soviet Union to Stary Oskol, Belgorod of the Russian SFSR. His mother, Olga Fedorovna, was a teacher and his father, Vladimir Alexandrovich Emelianenko, was a welder. Emelianenko
Timothy Deane Sylvia (born March 5, 1976) is an American professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, professional wrestler, and former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion. He trains as a member of the Miletich Fighting Systems camp and is part of the Miletich Fighting System Elite group which has had members such as former UFC champions Matt Hughes and Jens Pulver. Sylvia was promoted to a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on October 31, 2011.
Sylvia joined a karate school as a child, and began wrestling in high school. After graduation, he worked construction, community gardening, hanging sheet rock, a bouncer for Shane Reids bar, and painting houses. He was playing semi-pro football when he became interested in MMA, and began to train with Marcus Davis. During this time he decided to take up boxing and grappling. After training for a year, he got the opportunity to fight in a Rhode Island no-holds-barred amateur event, in which he knocked out his opponent in 17 seconds.
A long time UFC fan, Sylvia and some friends attended UFC 28 in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 2000. In late 2000 Sylvia sold all of his belongings and moved to Bettendorf, Iowa, to train with Team
Wataru Sakata (坂田 亘, Sakata Wataru, born March 11, 1973 in Inazawa, Aichi, Japan) is a Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial artist. He has a professional MMA record of 11-13-0 as of December 31, 2003.
He started his career in Akira Maeda's Fighting Network RINGS in 1994 after being trained by Animal Hamaguchi. He made the transition to mixed martial arts in the late 1990s along with the rest of the promotion. His tenure in RINGS was not very successful. In fact, the zenith of his notoriety came when he was beaten senseless in the backstage area by Maeda during a post match interview after losing a bout too quickly for Maeda's liking.
When RINGS collapsed in 2002, Sakata participated in PRIDE Fighting Championships fights and joined Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE as a freelancer. He gradually began wrestling more. He joined the off-beat wrestling "opera" federation HUSTLE in 2008 and became the top face in the promotion. His biggest victory came when he defeated and seemingly "destroyed" cyborg wrestler The Esperanza.
Sakata was married to model Eiko Koike on August 29, 2007. They have one child together.
Dan Tore Evensen (born June 1, 1974 in Arendal) is a Norwegian mixed martial artist and former K-1 Kickboxer. Most recently on May 1, 2009 Evensen defeated Raoul Romero by second round TKO at Bellator V. Evensen has fought for some of the biggest promotions in mixed martial arts such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Bellator Fighting Championships, and the now defunct BodogFIGHT.
He was a promising hammer thrower, and at 16 he had a personal record at 52.50 meters. He also did boxing and American football, playing for the local team Arendal Wildcats for several years. He was taken out to participate on the Norwegian National American football team in the 90's. As a junior in 1994 he was a Norwegian team-champion in judo. He left Norway to attend on University of Texas at El Paso, Texas, and extended his hammer throw to over 60 meters, and had 2000 Summer Olympics as goal. He went back to Norway and was working as a ship mechanic, but decided to give US another try, this time as a martial artist.
He has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (US). He is a former Gladiator Challenge Heavyweight Champion.
Jasmine Simhalan (born November 13, 1970 in Chennai, India) is a practitioner of the Indian martial arts and classical Indian dance. Her father, Simhalan Madhava Panicker, was a well known Martial Artist. Simhalan is an instructor in Silambam and a Gurukkal in Kalarippayattu. Simhalan is a performer and choreographer based in the United Kingdom and India. Simhalan has been a part of physical theatre and Indian contemporary form of dance, theatre and martial art forms for the past twenty years.
Simhalan has trained in martial arts including Kalarippayattu, Silambam fencing and Marmam. She has also trained in Indian dance including Bharatanatyam, martial dance Chhau and Mohiniyattam.
Since 1987, Simhalan has been part of most of the productions of the Indian Chandralekha (dancer) group (1988–1993) and Shobana Jeyasingh dance company (1993–2003) as a dancer and educational/workshop leader. At the same time, Simhalan has worked as a soloist and a choreographer. Simhalan has toured and performed in productions of Wayne McGregor (UK), Richard Alston (UK), Laurie Booth (UK), Roger Sinha (Canada), Mavin Khoo (UK), and was also part of the 2001 Basement Jaxx album and Emergency Exit Arts
Ross Pearson (born 26 September 1984) is an English mixed martial artist from Sunderland. He is most notable as the lightweight division winner of The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom and one of the head coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes.
Pearson enrolled in the City of Sunderland college to study how to be a bricklayer. Ross then began training in taekwondo, judo and boxing. He turned professional in December 2004. He is currently sponsored by MMA brand Bad Boy. Pearson has made it common knowledge of his desire to challenge UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo at any given time, even on short notice.
Pearson appeared on The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom. He defeated A.J. Wenn by knockout in an elimination match earning him a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada to compete on the show. Pearson inarguably controlled the first round against Wenn, leading Dana White and other observers of the fight at ringside to predict that Wenn wouldn't come out of his corner for the second round. Pearson finished the fight early in the second round. Pearson had his second fight against Team United States fighter Richie Whitson. Pearson defeated Whitson via a
Gina Joy Carano (born April 16, 1982) is an American actress, television personality, fitness model and a former mixed martial artist. Carano appeared as Crush, a Gladiator on American Gladiators. She has been referred to as the "Face of Women's MMA." Carano was formerly the third best 145 lb (66 kg) female fighter in the world, according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings.
Carano was born in Dallas County, Texas, the middle daughter of Dana Joy (née Cason) and Glenn Thomas Carano. She has two sisters. Carano has said that she has a "small percentage" of Italian ancestry. Her father played for the Dallas Cowboys as a backup quarterback from 1977–1983 and for the USFL Pittsburgh Maulers as a starter in 1984, their only year of operations.
She graduated from Trinity Christian High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she led the girls basketball team to a state title. She also played volleyball and softball. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno for a year and then University of Nevada, Las Vegas for three, where she majored in psychology.
Carano started her career in the sport of Muay Thai. Gina's ex-boyfriend Kevin Ross, a pro Muay Thai fighter, got her involved in Muay Thai.
Brandon Vern Sene (born May 12, 1981) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently known for fighting in the MMA World Fighting Championships and being sponsored by High Octane Fight Gear. He was a contestant on the Ultimate Fighting Championship reality television show The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest which premiered on April 2, 2008 on Spike TV. He fights out of Tampa, Florida with Gracie Tampa North, under Royce Gracie black belt Rob Kahn.
Raised in Gardiner, Montana and Livingston, Montana, Brandon went to Park High School, pursuing an Associates degree in Science at the University of Montana in 1999. He later joined the United States Marine Corps and completed five years and two tours of duty as a Scout Sniper in the 2nd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment. During this time he was stationed at many locales including Okinawa Island, the Philippines, East Timor, and most notably Iraq for a 28 month detail. While serving with the Marines, Brandon began to study MMA, learning Shamrock brothers defensive tactics and Marine Corps Martial Arts Program styles, having never previously boxed or wrestled in high school. After leaving the Marines but heading
Mark William Strange (born October 8, 1973) is an English actor, film producer and martial arts action performer. Strange has worked on a number of feature films including The Medallion and The Twins Effect along with Jackie Chan and Batman Begins to name but a few. He has also produced and co-produced feature films, including Displaced, Underground, and Bodyguard: A New Beginning released in the US by Lionsgate.
Mark Strange's career in martial arts began in his first decade of life and he has over 24 years experience. He trained in kung fu, learning a variety of styles and kung fu systems. His study took him to China, where he trained with the kung fu masters at the Shaolin Temple, Foshan, and Hong Kong. In the UK, he trained for many years with Master Derek Frearson. As an all-round martial artist, Mark's talent was quickly recognised.
He gained tournament success in a range of disciplines in his prime. He represented Britain in the 2002 Chin Woo Championships in China; Euro-British Full Contact Champion in 1999; and the MAI National Chinese Forms Champion in 1992. He was, at the time, the youngest person in the UK to run his own full-time martial arts, in the Lancashire town of
Benson Henderson (born November 16, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist who currently competes for the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he is the current UFC Lightweight Champion. Henderson is known for his aggressive style, cardio, and ability to escape from deep submission attempts. As of August 2012, Henderson is ranked as the #1 lightweight fighter in the world by Sherdog.
Henderson was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado to a Korean American mother and an African American father. He was raised in Federal Way, Washington. When Henderson was approximately 12 years old, his mother, Song, insisted that he take Tae Kwon Do lessons with his brother. "She's Korean, I'm half-Korean, and it's the traditional Korean martial art, so she wanted us to do that to get a little bit of the culture and tradition," he says. Both Ben and his brother attained black belts in Tae Kwon Do.
He attended Decatur High School from 1998 to 2001. Ben became a part of the high school's wrestling team. After graduating from high school, he attended Dana College in Blair, Nebraska and graduated in 2006 with a double major in criminal justice and sociology. While attending Dana College, Henderson was
Fumio Demura (出村 文男, Demura Fumio, born September 15, 1938) is a Japanese master of karate. He is a well known master of karate and kobudo (weaponry), and his martial arts skills featured in the Karate Kid series of films. Demura holds the rank of 9th dan in Shitō-ryū karate.
Demura was born on September 15, 1938, in Yokohama, Japan. At the age of 9, he began training in karate and kendo under an instructor named Asano. At the age of 12 he started training under Ryusho Sakagami in Itosu-kai karate. Demura received his 1st dan black belt in 1956, and won the East Japan Championships in 1957. In 1959, he began training in kobudo, a style of Okinawan weapons training, under the direction of Taira Shinken. In 1963, Demura met martial arts scholar Donn Draeger, who introduced him to Dan Ivan, who would eventually bring him to the United States of America as a karate instructor.
In 1965, Demura came to the United States, representing the Japan Karate-do Itosu-kai. From his base in southern California, he became well known for his karate and kobudo skills. In 1971, he was ranked 5th dan, and he remained at that rank until at least 1982. Through the 1970s and 1980s, Demura wrote several
Li Lian-jie ([lì ljǎntɕjɛ̌]; born April 26, 1963), better known by his stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese film actor, film producer, Chinese martial artist and wushu champion who was born in Beijing. He is of naturalized Singaporean citizenship.
After three years of intensive training with Wu Bin, Li won his first national championship for the Beijing Wushu Team. After retiring from Wushu at age 19, he went on to win great acclaim in China as an actor making his debut with the film Shaolin Temple (1982). He went on to star in many critically acclaimed martial arts epic films, most notably the Once Upon A Time In China series, in which he portrayed folk hero Wong Fei-hung.
Li's first role in a Hollywood film was as a villain in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), but his first Hollywood film leading role was in Romeo Must Die (2000). He has gone on to star in many Hollywood action films, including Kiss of the Dragon and Unleashed. He co-starred in The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) with Jackie Chan, The Expendables (2010) with Sylvester Stallone, and as the title character villain in The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor (2008) opposite Brendan Fraser. He also appeared in the Hong Kong film Ocean
Kevin Ferguson (born February 8, 1974), better known as Kimbo Slice, is a Bahamian born American professional boxer, mixed martial artist and occasional actor. He became famous for street fights which were spread on the Internet, leading Rolling Stone to call him "The King of the Web Brawlers".
Slice left the underground fighting scene and signed a professional contract with EliteXC in 2007. After EliteXC declared bankruptcy in 2008, Slice became a free agent. Slice competed in The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights, where he lost in his first fight to veteran fighter and eventual series winner, Roy Nelson. In his UFC debut, Slice defeated Houston Alexander in the The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights finale, but lost in his second UFC fight to Matt Mitrione at UFC 113.
Ferguson was born in Nassau, Bahamas, but moved to the United States as a child, growing up in Cutler Ridge, Florida. Ferguson was raised with his two brothers by mother Rosemary Clarke. He went to Bel-Air Elementary School, where Ferguson was reportedly involved in his first fight at 13 as he tried to defend a friend. He continued his studies with Cutler Ridge Middle School and later with Richmond Heights Middle School.
Marvin Perry (born on November 10, 1977) is a Trinidadian and Tobagonian former kickboxer.
Perry started training in Karate at the age of 13. He then trained for about two years before coming to the United States and beginning training in Kung Fu. After training in Kung Fu he was introduced to San Shou by Al Loriaux.
He is now retired and teaches as a Head Instructor at Red Line Fight Sports, a gym in Boston, Massachusetts.
The International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) national amateur heavyweight san shou title Perry won in 2001 was stripped by the IKF in 2002 when it found he had been fighting professionally since 2000.
Moriteru Ueshiba (植芝 守央, Ueshiba Moriteru, born April 2, 1951) is a Japanese master of aikido. He is a grandson of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of aikido, and son of Kisshomaru Ueshiba. Ueshiba is the third and current Doshu (hereditary head) of the Aikikai.
Ueshiba was born on April 2, 1951, in Tokyo, Japan. Recalling his childhood during a 2004 interview, he said, "The first time I wore an Aikido uniform I was in the first grade of elementary school. But my family didn’t force me to do keiko (training) then, I just did it when I felt like it. I started training seriously in my high school years. My intention then was to become a successor to my father, and to preserve Kaiso’s [Morihei Ueshiba's] legacy for the future."
In 1976, Ueshiba graduated from Meiji Gakuin University with a degree in economics. In 1996, he assumed the position of Dojocho (director/owner) of Aikikai Hombu Dojo. In 1997, he visited Ireland. He assumed the title of Doshu on January 4, 1999, following the death of his father, Kisshomaru Ueshiba. In January 2006, as part of Aiki-Kai Australia's 40th anniversary, Ueshiba visited and taught in Australia.
Ueshiba wrote the books Best Aikido: The fundamentals (2002,
Seishiro "Henry" Okazaki (January 28, 1890 – July 12, 1951) was a Japanese American healer, martial artist, and founder of Danzan Ryu jujitsu. Born in Kakeda, Date County in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, he immigrated to Hawaii in 1906. At the age of 19 he learned he had tuberculosis. Through hard training in the martial arts, Okazaki recovered completely and vowed to dedicate his life to propagating jujutsu and judo. From 1927 to 1928, Okazaki developed a complete, integrated martial arts system: Danzan Ryu Jujutsu. A synthesis of several older styles of jujutsu, Okazaki included in the system elements of his studies of Okinawan karate, Chinese kung-fu, Hawaiian Lua, Filipino knife fighting (escrima), boxing and wrestling, as well as traditional Japanese restorative massage and healing techniques (Seifukujutsu).
Gradually, Okazaki developed a system comprising courses for men, women, and children. In his system, he stressed the ancient system of philosophical and moral training within the martial and restorative arts. He is credited with being the first to teach the full jujutsu course to non-Asians. He also taught perhaps the first women's self-defense course in the country. He
Yael Arad (Hebrew: יעל ארד) (born May 1, 1967) is an Israeli judoka.
She was the first Israeli to win an Olympic medal. She is widely recognized as one of Israel's most successful athletes and is credited with bringing judo into the athletic mainstream.
In 2005, she was voted the 103rd-greatest Israeli of all time, in a poll by the Israeli news website Ynet to determine whom the general public considered the 200 Greatest Israelis.
Yael Arad, who is Jewish, was born in Tel Aviv. She started taking judo classes at the age of eight and within half a year, ranked second in Israel in her weight class. Later, lacking judo partners, she trained with the coach of the men's team. In 1995, Arad married Lior Kahane.
In 1984, at the age of 17, Arad won her first international title in a middleweight competition. She came in 7th in the world judo championships in Vienna. In 1989, 1990 and 1991, she won medals in the European championships. To hone her skills, she underwent training in Japan.
In 1992, at the Olympic games in Barcelona, Arad became the first Israeli athlete to win an Olympic medal. She narrowly missed the gold based on a judge's decision in the half middleweight competition, but
Carlos Gracie (September 14, 1902 – October 7, 1994) was the first Gracie to learn Judo from Otávio Mitsuyo Maeda. Based on this judo training, Carlos and his brothers founded the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He was a member of the legendary Gracie family and was Hélio Gracie's oldest brother.
He was taught judo by Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese emigrant to Brazil who was then a 4th dan Kodokan judoka. Carlos then passed the teachings on to his brothers Oswaldo, Gastão Jr., Jorge, and Hélio. In 1925, the brothers opened their first academy in Brazil, marking the beginning of the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
In 2009, Carlos' daughter Reila Gracie (mother of Roger Gracie-Gomes) published a book detailing the life and times of Carlos Gracie. The book entitled "Carlos Gracie – O Criador De Uma Dinastia" (Carlos Gracie – The Creator of a Dynasty) is currently only available in Portuguese but the English translation could be finished in 2011.
Carlos had 21 children, 13 of whom earned the rank of black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. These 13 are.:
Carlos Gracie is the creator of the nutritional regimen known as the Gracie Diet. Following the Hippocratean maxim "Let your food be your
Matt "Weapon X" Makowski is an American mixed martial artist.
He won a surprising victory over Nick Serra, the brother of former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra after Nick refused to stand up from a failed attempt at pulling guard.
Matt is currently an instructor at Daddis Fight Camps in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and occasionally corners Daddis fighters in MMA or muay thai fights.
Robert Drysdale (born in Provo, Utah) is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and professional mixed martial artist. Born in the United States to a Brazilian mother and American father, he moved to Brazil with his family in 1987 at the age of six. Several years later, as a young man he returned to Las Vegas, Nevada to begin college. While in the United States, following his growing interest in martial arts, he began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Lewis-Perderneiras in 1998. Drysdale made a successful MMA debut defeating Bastien Huveneers via arm triangle choke.
Beginning in the early 1990s, jiu-jitsu began receiving notoriety worldwide and Brazil was quickly becoming the Mecca of jiu-jitsu. Robert returned to Brazil in 2000 to dedicate himself entirely to training, and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Over the years he has trained continually, initially with Maromba Club and eventually team Brasa Jiu-Jitsu Club in São Paulo, Brazil.
While training and competing for Brasa Club he received his Black Belt in 2004 from the famed Leo Vieira. He has competed and taught in various countries around the world, including Germany, United Kingdom, Denmark, Estonia, Poland, France, Sweden,
Royce Gracie (/ˈrɔɪs ˈɡreɪsiː/; Portuguese: [ˈʁɔjsi ˈɡɾejsi]; born December 12, 1966) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist, a UFC Hall of Famer and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. A legend and pioneer in the sport of mixed martial arts, he is widely considered to be the most influential figure in the history of modern MMA.
Gracie gained fame for his domination in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He became known for beating opponents much larger than he was, and between 1993 and 1994, he was the tournament winner of UFC 1, UFC 2, UFC 4, and fought to a draw with Ken Shamrock in the championship match in the Superfight at UFC 5. Gracie popularized Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and revolutionized mixed martial arts with his results contributing to the movement towards grappling and cross-training in the sport.
He holds the most submission victories in UFC history with 11, which he earned between UFC 1 and UFC 4.
Royce is a member of the Gracie family. He is the son of Hélio Gracie (Helio along with his older brother Carlos Gracie are the originators of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu—Modern Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and spent his childhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As a toddler, Gracie learned
Gozo Shioda (塩田 剛三, Shioda Gōzō, September 9, 1915 – July 17, 1994) was a Japanese master of aikido who founded the Yoshinkan style of aikido. He was one of aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba's most senior students. Shioda held the rank of 10th dan in aikido.
Shioda was born on September 9, 1915, in Shinjuku, Tokyo. His father was Seiichi Shioda, a physician who also taught judo and kendo. Shioda was a weak child, and reportedly credited his survival to his father's pediatric skills. While still at school, Shioda trained in judo, attaining the rank of 3rd dan before completing secondary school. He also trained in kendo during his youth.
Shioda began training under the founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, in 1932. His training as an uchi-deshi (live-in student) under Ueshiba continued for eight years. Shioda was a small man, standing at around 5' 1" to 5' 2" (155–157 cm) and weighing around 102 lb. to 108 lb. (46–49 kg).
Shioda graduated from Takushoku University in 1941, and was posted to administrative positions in China, Taiwan, and Borneo during World War II. In one incident in China, he was drinking in a bar with an army friend in Shanghai when the friend got into an argument with a
James Lee Irvin (born September 12, 1978) is an American mixed martial artist who has competed as a Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, and currently as a Heavyweight. He is a former World Extreme Cagefighting heavyweight champion.
Irvin defeated Hector Ramirez at UFC 65 via TKO in the second round after dropping Ramirez with a body kick and finishing the fight on the ground with elbows.
Irvin faced UFC newcomer Thiago Silva on May 26, 2007 at UFC 71. He lost after injuring his knee during a takedown attempt in the first round.
Irvin won a disqualification victory over the formerly undefeated Luiz Cané at UFC 79 after he was illegally kneed in the head by Cané.
On April 2, 2008, Irvin fought Houston Alexander as the opening fight on the main card of UFC Fight Night: Kenny Florian vs Joe Lauzon, knocking Alexander out with a superman punch in 8 seconds. The 8-second knockout tied the record of fastest knockout in UFC history until UFC 102, where Todd Duffee broke the record with a 7-second KO.
Irvin was supposed to fight Rashad Evans at UFC 85 in London, England but he sustained a foot injury that forced him to pull out and Evans was removed from the card as well.
When the UFC's
Jason L. Lambert (born September 23, 1977) is an American mixed martial artist from Victorville, California, who fought in the light heavyweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship prior to being released from the company. He fights out of North County Fight Club and is represented by NCFC Fight Management.
Lambert made his debut in the UFC at UFC 58: USA vs. Canada as a late replacement for The Ultimate Fighter 2 cast member Seth Petruzelli, who suffered a concussion while training and had to withdraw from the bout. Lambert's debut was successful, submitting his opponent, Rob MacDonald, early in the first round.
Lambert fought again at UFC 59, defeating Terry Martin by technical knockout at 2:37 of round two. This was a preliminary fight that did not air on the pay-per-view broadcast. His next fight, against Branden Lee Hinkle at Ultimate Fight Night 5, marked Lambert's third consecutive UFC victory. Despite this initial win streak, he was not seen on a live UFC pay-per-view broadcast until UFC 63, where he lost to Rashad Evans by knockout in the second round. At UFC 68, Lambert defeated veteran and former title challenger Renato "Babalu" Sobral in a stunning upset by
Pedro Sauer is an 8th-degree Gracie Jiu Jitsu red and black belt under Rickson Gracie and Helio Gracie. On May 17, 2005, he was named "Best of the Best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor" in a worldwide poll conducted by the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC).
Pedro Sauer was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where from an early age, he began training in the martial arts. At age five, he began boxing and later took up judo and taekwondo. At age fifteen, however, his friend, Rickson Gracie, invited him to practice jiu-jitsu with his younger brother, Royler, who at the time was only nine years old. The outcome of this experience convinced him that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was the most effective of all the martial arts, and he began official training the next day.
Sauer worked towards a double major (Economics and Business Administration) in college, and took post-graduation course at Fundacao Getulio Vargas. He worked in Brazil as a stockbroker for eleven years before deciding to move to the United States and pursue a career teaching Brazilian jiu-jitsu. In 1990, he moved to California with the original wave of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors. He lived in California with Rickson Gracie and
Jacob Christopher "Tito" Ortiz (English: /tɪtɵ ɔərtɪs/) (born January 23, 1975) is a retired Mexican American mixed martial artist and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, having held the title from April 14, 2000 to September 26, 2003. Along with fighters like Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell, he was one of the sport's early stars. Ortiz ultimately became the biggest pay-per-view draw of 2006 for his fights with Liddell, Forrest Griffin, and Ken Shamrock.
Outside of his fighting career, Ortiz is the CEO of the Punishment Athletics MMA equipment and clothing line. He also owns an MMA training gym called Punishment Training Center, which is located in Huntington Beach, CA. On July 7, 2012, Ortiz became the ninth inductee into the UFC Hall of Fame.
Jacob Christopher Ortiz was born to Samuel and Joyce Ortiz. He received his nickname "Tito," which means tyrant, from his father when he was a year old. He is the fourth child of his mother, Joyce, who had three sons from a previous marriage. His mixed heritage (Mexican father, American mother) has been reflected in his ring entrances as he has borne both Mexican and American flags.
Ortiz began wrestling in his sophomore year at
Dana MacKay - Was a successful Las Vegas Elvis Presley impersonator, singer, performer and actor. In 1981 MacKay landed the role of Elvis Presley at 35 years old for a new movie called "This is Elvis". On October 30, 1993 Elvis Presley impersonator Dana MacKay and his girlfriend Mary Huffman were discovered shot to death in their Las Vegas mansion called “Mini-Graceland", “gangland-style execution" as the tabloids news described the seen. Las Vegas Metro Police Department have their own theory on what happened, and the case is cold and unsolved.
Lam Yiu Gwai 林耀桂 (1877-1966) was the master responsible for the dissemination of Dragon Kung Fu. He was born in 1877 in Huìyáng (惠陽) County in the prefecture of Huizhou in Guangdong Province, China.
From a young age Lam learned martial arts from his father and grandfather and, like them, he would eventually undertake training from masters on Loh Fu Mountain in neighboring Bo Loh (博羅) County, where he was taught by Chan (Zen) master Tai Yuk of the Wa Sau Toi temple, who knew the Dragon style. He also learned the routines Saam Tung Goh Kiu (“Three Ways to Cross the Bridge”) from the Taoist Wong Lei Giu and Mui Fa Chat Lo (“Plum Flower Fist in Seven Sections”) from Ke Hing Ma.
Good friends since their youth in Huizhou, Lam Yiu Gwai and the Bak Mei master Jeung Lai Chuen later became cousins by marriage and opened several schools together.
Lam Yiu Gwai married and had several children.
In the 1920s, he moved to Guangzhou, where he opened a number of Dragon style schools and met Mok Gar master Lin Yin-Tang, who became a friend with whom he had much in common. Lin Yin-Tang was from the prefecture of Dongguan, which bordered both Huìyáng and Bóluó counties. Like Yiu Gwai, Yin-Tang studied
Matthew Burton Brown (born January 10, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the welterweight division. Brown was a competitor on the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter television series and was eliminated in the ninth episode due to a loss to eventual show winner Amir Sadollah by triangle choke. He is also known for his iron chin, having never been knocked out in MMA competition.
Brown graduated from Greeneview High School in Jamestown, Ohio having competed in bodybuilding and boxing. Before Brown began training for a career in mixed martial arts, he was addicted to drugs and drinking. Brown realized that he needed a hobby, to keep him away from the party lifestyle. His nickname "The Immortal" was given to him by his friends after he had survived an overdose from heroin. He initially began training Japanese jiu-jitsu and later transitioned to a Jorge Gurgel affiliate, which led him to MMA. After Brown thought his career was over due to money problems, the Ultimate Fighter tryouts came along and Brown made the show.
Brown then began splitting time training with Matt Hume in Seattle and at Throwdown Training Center in
Yue Fei (March 24, 1103 – January 27, 1142), style name Pengju, was a military general during the era of the Southern Song Dynasty. His ancestral home was in Xiaoti, Yonghe Village, Tangyin, Xiangzhou, Henan (in present-day Tangyin County, Anyang, Henan). He is best known for leading the defense of Southern Song against invaders from the Jurchen-ruled Jin Dynasty in northern China, before being put to death by the Southern Song government. He was granted the posthumous name of Wumu by Emperor Xiaozong in 1169, and later granted the posthumous title of Prince of E (鄂王) by Emperor Ningzong in 1211. Widely seen as a patriot and national hero in China, since after his death, Yue Fei has evolved into a standard epitome of loyalty in Chinese culture.
A biography of Yue Fei, the Eguo Jintuo Zubian (鄂國金佗稡编), was written 60 years after his death by his grandson, the poet and historian Yue Ke (岳柯) (1183-post 1240). In 1346 it was incorporated into the History of Song, a 496-chapter record of historical events and biographies of noted Song Dynasty individuals, compiled by Yuan Dynasty prime minister Toktoghan and others. Yue Fei's biography is found in the 365th chapter of the book and is
Matthew James Lindland (born May 17, 1970) is an American mixed martial artist, Olympic wrestler and politician. He won the Oregon Republican Party's nomination for the Oregon House of Representatives, District 52 seat on May 20, 2008.
Lindland started wrestling at age 15 at Gladstone High School in Gladstone, Oregon. In 1991, he won the junior college 158 lbs national title wrestling for Clackamas Community College.
Lindland then went on to wrestle at the University of Nebraska, Division 1 of the NCAA. He won the Big Eight title at 158 in 1993. Following up that title, Lindland had a record of 36-0 for the 1993 season going into the National Tournament, and was the #1 ranked wrestler for his weight class. He suffered an upset in the first round of the tournament however, and did not place. Following his college career Lindland began to compete in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman events, finding success in both but ultimately deciding to concentrate all his effort upon the Greco-Roman style.
The highpoint of his career was when he represented the United States in Greco-Roman Wrestling at the 2000 Summer Olympics in the 69–76 kg weight category, winning the silver medal. His mixed
Manoel dos Reis Machado, commonly called Mestre Bimba (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈmɛstɾi ˈbĩbɐ]; born November 23, 1899, Salvador, Brazil – February 5, 1974), was a mestre (a master practitioner) of the Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira.
Machado was born in the year 1899 but wasn't officially registered until 1900. This is why there is some confusion with his date of birth. Even though his DOB is 1899, 1900 is the date most commonly used.
The son of Luiz Cândido Machado and Maria Martinha do Bonfim, Manoel was born at the Bairro do Engenho Velho, Salvador. The nickname "Bimba" came up due to a bet between his mother and the midwife during his birth; his mother bet that he was going to be a girl and the midwife bet he would be a boy. After he was delivered, the midwife said... it's a boy, look at his bimba (male sexual organ).
He started learning capoeira when he was 12 years old, with a Capitão da Companhia Baiana de Navegação (Navigation Captain) from Estrada das Boiadas (present day Bairro da Liberdade) in Salvador, called Bentinho, even though in those days capoeira was still being persecuted by the authorities. He would later be known as one of the legendary founding fathers
Alvin L Robinson (born July 16, 1982 in West Covina, California) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently fighting as a lightweight for the Bellator Fighting Championships. He is a former Ring of Fire lightweight champion. He holds a professional record of 12 wins and six losses.
Robinson is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Royce Gracie.
Robinson became the Ring of Fire lightweight champion by defeating Luke Caudillo by rear naked choke in the first round on December 10, 2005.
Robinson made his UFC debut at UFC 73 against The Ultimate Fighter's Kenny Florian on July 7, 2007. Robinson was defeated in the 1st round. Florian tripped Robinson to the mat before moving to side-control. Florian then transitioned into mount before pounding away until Robinson tapped due to strikes.
He defeated Jorge Gurgel via unanimous decision at UFC 77.
Robinson signed with Bellator Fighting Championships to face Georgi Karakhanyan on September 9, 2010, in New Orleans. However, Robinson was forced out of the bout due to an injury and was replaced by Anthony Leone.
John Cale Yarbrough (born December 27, 1986) is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter 7. Yarbrough is a competitor for the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions. He has fought for known promotions such as the Ultimate Fighting Championships and Strikeforce.
Yarbrough graduated from Wheeler High School in 2005 where he was a multiathlete participating in numerous sports such as baseball, basketball, football, and swimming where Yarbrough placed 3rd in the state of Georgia when he was 13. Yarbrough currently attends University of Georgia where he studies psychology. Yarbrough took a semester off to participate in the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Cale was given the nickname "Aquaman" due to his swimming background.
After starting school at Kennesaw State, Cale began training at KnuckleUp Fitness with Mateo Cutbill. After seeing his knack for the sport, Mateo encouraged Cale to pursue MMA full-time. Cale started training with Rory Singer and Adam Singer at the Hardcore Gym, after moving to Athens in 2006.
Cale's amateur record is 5-0, with every bout ending by TKO. He currently holds the ISKA Amateur
Cameron Shane Dollar (born May 12, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist fighting in the featherweight and lightweight divisions. He was a competitor on SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom.
Dollar was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and spent some time during his high school years in Prescott Valley, Arizona before moving to Colorado at the age of seventeen. Dollar graduated from Doherty High School. He could not afford to go to college so he began training in MMA.
Dollar began wrestling in the sixth grade. He started training in MMA partly to keep himself busy after finishing high school. He became "addicted" to the sport after signing up for a local Friday night fights event to compete against a fighter who was making passes at his girlfriend.
Dollar made his mixed martial arts debut against Santana Martinez at a Tap or Snap event in June 2007. Dollar won the fight via TKO only a minute into the bout. He then defeated Jose Murillo via knockout only 29 seconds into round one. Dollar won his third consecutive fight after defeating Daniel Hinsen via another knockout. He then had a rematch against Jose Murillo and lost via decision.
Eduardo "Morpheus" Maiorino (born August 16, 1979) is a Brazilian kickboxer and mixed martial artist. He is a former three-time Brazilian Heavyweight Muay Thai champion, the K-1 Brazil 2004 tournament champion, and a former World Muay Thai Association (WMA) Super Heavyweight World Champion.
Eduardo Maiorino de Morais was born in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.
Kenneth Wayne Shamrock (born Kenneth Wayne Kilpatrick; February 11, 1964) is an American mixed martial artist, UFC Hall of Famer and professional wrestler. Shamrock emerged as one of the biggest stars in the history of mixed martial arts, headlining over 15 main events and co-main events in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pride Fighting Championships during the course of his career and set numerous pay-per-view records with his drawing power. Shamrock is widely considered to be a legendary figure and icon in the sport of mixed martial arts. Shamrock was named The World's Most Dangerous Man by ABC News in a special entitled "The World's Most Dangerous Things" in the early part of his UFC career, a moniker which has become synonymous as his nickname.
Shamrock became known early on in the UFC for his rivalry with Royce Gracie. After fighting to a draw with Gracie in the inaugural Superfight, he became the first UFC Superfight Champion after defeating Dan Severn at UFC 6; the title was eventually renamed the UFC Heavyweight Championship when weight categories were introduced to the UFC. He was also the first foreign MMA Champion in Japan, winning the title of King of Pancrase.
Kirill Sidelnikov (born August 17, 1988) is a Russian mixed martial artist, fighting out of Stary Oskol, the same hometown as Fedor Emelianenko with whom he is a training partner. He fights for M-1 Mixfight.
Sildelnikov fought for the first time on North Americain soil at Affliction: Day of Reckoning, losing to Paul Buentello. Following the fight Kirill Sidelnikov was suspended for testing positive for Stanozolol. The suspension period is retroactive to the conclusion of the bout on January 24 and runs through January 18, 2010. He has been fined $2,500. The mere presence of Stanozolol in the system constitutes a violation under the new testing procedures for CSAC. Sidelnikov claimed that the substance had been prescribed to him to recover from injury, and hence he maintains that he was unaware of his use of the banned substance. He is among the youngest fighters to compete in a major pay per view event in combat sport history. However due to his recent suspension from competition in the United States he has solely chose to compete within the M-1 organization, the same organization that gave him his first fight.
Kirill has also been involved in combat sambo competitions, and in the
Mike Kyle (born March 31, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist who competes as a light heavyweight and heavyweight. He fights primarily for Strikeforce and King of the Cage. He is the King of the Cage Light Heavyweight champion. He holds notable victories over Rafael Cavalcante, James Irvin, Tony Lopez, and Tsuyoshi Kohsaka.
Kyle made his UFC debut against Wes Sims winning via KO at 4:59 of round 1. Sims took the fight on less than a weeks notice after Kyle's original opponent got injured. Kyle dominated the entire first round and knocked Sims out at 4:59. Sims protested after the fight that Kyle had bitten him on the chest. During the post fight interview, a bite mark could clearly be seen on Sims' left pectoral muscle. This marks the first time a bite has ever happened in a UFC fight since its UFC 1 in 1993, when Gerard Gordeau bit Royce Gracie in the championship match. Kyle still denies any wrongdoing.
He lost his second fight in the promotion to Justin Eilers via KO in the first round. He then fought James Irvin at UFC 51: Super Saturday winning via KO in the first round.
After leaving the UFC, Kyle then fought in Pancrase where he defeated Japanese legend Tsuyoshi
Clayton Charles Guida (pronounced /ˈɡwiːdə/; born December 8, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist and currently fighting in the UFC as a featherweight. Guida was the first Strikeforce Lightweight Champion and held the title until being defeated by current champion Gilbert Melendez at Strikeforce: Revenge.
Guida is renowned for his relentless pressure and unending stamina.
During the early stages of his MMA career, Guida worked as a carpenter (leading to his nickname, "The Carpenter") while training and fighting in his spare time, compiling a professional record of 20-6.
Clay was generous enough to finance the inspirational video played before the state championship matches. He stepped in with the money after the Illinois High School Association was unwilling to pay for it. Clay is a former Illinois wrestler for Johnsburg High School.
Guida was successful in his UFC debut, submitting Justin James in the second round at UFC 64.
Guida lost a unanimous decision to Din Thomas at UFC Fight Night: Evans vs. Salmon in his second UFC outing.
Guida garnered attention for his three-round split decision loss to Tyson Griffin at UFC 72.
At UFC 74 Guida rebounded from his two consecutive
Bishop Donnie Williams, is an American martial artist, author, actor, bishop and Senior Pastor of The Family Church International. Donnie Williams was one of the four skilled martial artist, along with Steve Sanders, Cliff Stewart and Jerry Smith who organize and founded "The Black Karate Federation" helping the inter city kids of South Central Los Angles in the 1970's.
Mike Rowbotham is a Canadian amateur wrestler and mixed martial artist. He was the 2007 Canadian juvenile Greco-Roman wrestling champion in the 84 kg weight class.
Michael Dylan Rowbotham was born in Mississauga, Ontario, on July 15, 1989. At age 3 he moved to Alcona, Ontario where he spent most of his childhood. Self described as a "fat kid who got picked last in gym class," while both his brothers excelled in many sports including hockey. Reportedly, he never did well in sports until the 6th grade after relocating to Barrie, Ontario.
Achieving regional success in volleyball, basketball, hockey and track and field, he went on to play football for Barrie Central Collegiate Institute under Coach Ed Leech. It was here that Rowbotham met gym teacher and former CIS Wrestling Champion Brad Chestnut, and Nicholas Cryer who would play key roles in his life for the next four years. Rowbotham then began his high-school wrestling career, finishing with a 78-8 record.
Move to MMA
In his last year of High School, Rowbotham began training with Gary Goodridge. After graduating high school, he moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario and began training with the Leading Edge Gym. His initial dip into the MMA
Patrick Jay Miletich (/ˈmɪlɨtitʃ/; born March 9, 1966) is a retired American mixed martial artist and a current sports commentator. He is known for his fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he became the first UFC Welterweight Champion and UFC 16 tournament champion.
He founded Miletich Fighting Systems, which has trained over 90 televised fighters and no fewer than 11 MMA world champions, including former two-time UFC Welterweight Champion and UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes, former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia, former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver, and former Elite XC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler.
Miletich, the youngest of five children, was born in Davenport, Iowa, to Croatian parents. Two of his brothers are deceased. Miletich wrestled and played football at Bettendorf High School. As a senior in 1983-84, Miletich shared the Bettendorf High School wrestling room with future MMA champion Mark Kerr, who was a freshman just beginning his wrestling career. Miletich is believed to have begun wrestling at age six. He said he wanted to be a world champion in something and wrestling was something he was good at. Although Miletich originally
Ryan DuWayne Bader (born June 7, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist. He was a cast member and winner of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir. Bader is currently ranked the #9 light heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.
Bader was born in Reno, Nevada. Bader entered mixed martial arts after a successful career in amateur wrestling.
Bader attended Robert McQueen High School where he won two state championships and was ranked as high as 4th in the country for wrestling.
Bader attended Arizona State University were he was college teammates with former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and CB Dollaway. While attending ASU, Bader was a three-time PAC-10 Champion winning titles in 2003, 2004, and 2006. He was also a two-time All American, placing 4th in 2004 as a sophomore and 7th in 2006 as a senior.
He began training at Arizona Combat Sports in early 2007.
Bader's UFC career began as a contestant on season 8 of The Ultimate Fighter. Bader, the first light heavyweight selected by coach Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, went on to win his first 3 fights on the show to fight with Vinicius Magalhães on December 13, 2008 at The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale.
Yang Lu-ch'an or Yang Luchan, also known as Yang Fu-k'ui or Yang Fukui (1799-1872), born in Kuang-p'ing (Guangping), was an influential teacher of the internal style martial art t'ai chi ch'uan (taijiquan) in China during the second half of the 19th century. He is known as the founder of Yang-style t'ai chi ch'uan.
Yang Lu-ch'an’s family was a poor farming/worker class from Hebei Province, Guangping Prefecture, Yongnian County. Yang would follow his father in planting the fields and, as a teenager, held temporary jobs. One period of temporary work was spent doing odd jobs at the Tai He Tang Chinese pharmacy located in the west part of Yongnian City, opened by Chen De Hu of the Chen Village in Henan Province, Huaiqing Prefecture, Wenxian County. As a child, Yang liked martial arts and studied Changquan, gaining a certain level of skill.
One day Yang reportedly witnessed one of the partners of the pharmacy utilizing a style of martial art that he had never before seen to easily subdue a group of would-be thieves. Because of this, Yang requested to study with the pharmacy's owner, Chen De Hu. Chen referred Yang to the Chen Village to seek out his own teacher—the 14th generation of the
Cristiane Justino Venancio Santos (Portuguese pronunciation: [kɾiʃtʃiˈɐ̃ni ˈsɐ̃tus]; born July 9, 1985), widely known by the nickname "Cris Cyborg", is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and the former Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Champion. Santos won the title on August 15, 2009 by defeating Gina Carano via first round TKO. She lives in San Diego where she trains and teaches at The Arena.
Cristiane was a national-level team handball player in Brazil before being discovered by Rudimar Fedrigo, a Chute Boxe Academy trainer.
She made her anticipated United States MMA debut on July 26, 2008 against Shayna Baszler at EliteXC: Unfinished Business. She won the fight by TKO in the second round.
She faced Yoko Takahashi on October 4, 2008 at EliteXC: Heat. She won the fight by unanimous decision.
Santos was scheduled to face Dutch submission specialist Marloes Coenen at XMMA 7 on February 27, 2009, but backed out of the fight after signing a new contract with Strikeforce. Santos earned a BJJ Purple Belt under her jiu-jitsu instructor Cristiano Marcello in 2009.
She later signed to fight for Strikeforce, which greatly increased the chance that a fight with Gina Carano would take place.
Lyoto Carvalho Machida (Portuguese pronunciation: [liˈotu maˈʃidɐ]; born May 30, 1978) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil who fights as a light heavyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and is currently ranked as the #5 light heavyweight fighter in the world by Sherdog.
Lyoto was born in the city of Salvador, Bahia as the third son of the highly ranked head of the Brazilian branch of the Japan Karate Association, Shotokan karate master Yoshizo Machida. Yoshizo moved to Brazil from Japan when he was 22 years old. There he met and married Lyoto's mother, Ana Claudia. Growing up in Belém, Lyoto began training in karate earning his black belt at the age of 13. He also began training in sumo at twelve and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at fifteen. He won a number of amateur karate tournaments, including the 2001 Pan American Karate tournament.
He was the runner-up in the 2000 Brazilian Sumo Championships in the 115 kg division. As an adult, he became Brazilian Champion twice, and placed second in the South American Championship. He defeated American black belt Jiu-Jitsu fighter Rafael Lovato Jr. at L.A. Sub X. In
Scott Lighty (born October 15, 1978) is an American super heavyweight kickboxer and light heavyweight mixed martial artist, from San Luis Obispo, California. He currently trains at The Pit alongside UFC veterans, Chuck Liddell and Glover Teixeira. Lighty currently fights for the Strikeforce organization.
Lighty made his K-1 debut as a tournament reserve fighter on the August, 2004 K-1 card in Las Vegas, NV scoring a second round knockout over Frank Cota. In 2005 he finished as a runner-up at "Mayhem At The Mirage" tournament. He knocked out Tatsufumi Tomihira by a high kick in quarterfinals and beat Chalid Arrab by an unanimous decision in semis. In the final bout, Lighty remained on his feet, but took a considerable amount of punishement from the Russian kickboxer Ruslan Karaev and lost the fight after three rounds of action.
After 2007, there were not a lot of K-1 fights held in the U.S and Lighty decided to switch from kickboxing to MMA. He made his pro debut on the reality show "TapouT" and won that battle by verbal submission in the first round over Derek Thornton. In his next fight, Lighty fought Antwain Britt at Strikeforce: Evolution. Lighty lost via TKO (doctor stoppage)
Stephan Berwick (born in 1964) is an American author, martial artist, and actor known for his scholarly research on traditional Chinese martial arts – particularly Chen-style taijiquan, and roles in early Yuen Wo-ping Hong Kong Action films.
Stephan began martial arts training in 1976 with Shotokan Karate and later went on to study various other traditional martial arts. After becoming intrigued with Chinese martial arts, Stephan began studying under Bow Sim Mark at the Chinese Wushu Research Institute (CWRI) in 1982. In addition to traditional and contemporary Wushu, Stephan also practiced western boxing and Muay Thai. While training at the CWRI, he became friends with Ms. Bow's son, Donnie Yen. With Ms. Bow's sponsorship, Stephan and Donnie traveled to China, and became the first two foreign students to train at the Sha’anxi Athletic Technical Institute under the acclaimed martial arts champion, Zhao Changjun and his coach, the pioneering wushu champion, Bai Wenxiang. With this training Stephan went on to play lead roles in Hong Kong action films (see below).
After returning to the United States in 1990, Stephan’s focus shifted to the internal arts and he became a student of Chen
Eddie Alvarez is an American mixed martial artist, and former Bellator Fighting Championships lightweight champion. Alvarez also competed for the Japanese DREAM promotion, where he made his name in their inaugural Lightweight Grand Prix. He also fought once for ProElite's EliteXC promotion.
Of Puerto Rican and Irish descent, Alvarez was born and raised in Kensington, Philadelphia, a rough neighborhood with a reputation for violent crimes and an abundance of street narcotics.
Known in MMA for his boxing prowess, Alvarez was a wrestler at Northeast Catholic High School. He was a two-time National Prep All-American, and placed 6th in both 2000 and 2001 at the National Prep School Wrestling Championships in the 145 lb weight class. After high school, Alvarez immediately pursued a professional career in MMA with his first fight coming after only eight months of formal training.
Alvarez utilized the financial success to move his family out of Kensington and into Northeast Philadelphia following the birth of his first son, Eddie Jr.
Alvarez made two appearances on the television show Bully Beatdown on MTV, where he knocked out both of his opponents.
Alvarez in December 2010, opened up the
Rashad Anton Evans (born September 25, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist from Niagara Falls, New York, currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Evans was the heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter 2. As of August 2012, Evans is currently ranked as the #3 light heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.
Wrestling out of Niagra Wheatfield High School, Evans twice made it to the state finals tournament of New York by winning his weight class for his county, in which he received All-State honors both times. In 1997 he placed 4th in the state at 145 pounds. In 1998 he placed 4th in the state at 171 pounds. In 1999 he entered the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championships for the 165 pound weight class in which he finished in 4th place. Competing once again at this tournament in 2000, he was the champion of the 165 pound weight class.
Moving on to the NCAA Division 1 wrestling, Evans competed for Michigan State, in the Big Ten conference. In 2002 he finished in 4th place in the conference championships, losing a decision to fellow future UFC competitor Jacob Volkmann in the third place match. In addition to Volkmann, this 174 pound weight
Sebastiaan "Bas" Rutten (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbɑs ˈrʏtən]; born February 24, 1965) is a retired Dutch mixed martial artist, Karate and Taekwondo blackbelt, and kickboxer. He was a UFC Heavyweight Champion, a three time King of Pancrase world champion, and finished his career on a 22 fight unbeaten streak (21 wins, 1 draw). He is currently the star of Punk Payback on Fuel TV and co-host of Inside MMA on HDNet.
As a fighter, one of his favorite tactics was the liver shot (both punch and kick), and he popularized its use in MMA. Rutten is known for his charisma and has capitalized on his celebrity since retiring from fighting in 1999. He has worked as a color commentator in several MMA organizations, including Pride, and has appeared in numerous television shows, movies, and video games. He also coaches MMA and has authored several instructional materials.
Rutten was born in Eindhoven, Netherlands. At the age of 6 he developed eczema and severe asthma. Bas' eczema meant he always wore long sleeves, turtle necks and gloves, and his asthma meant he was unable to partake in exercise, and was consequently relatively skinny. He was bullied on a daily basis as a kid. The young Rutten
Dolph Lundgren (3 November 1957) is a Swedish actor, director, and martial artist. He belongs to a generation of film actors who epitomise the movie action hero stereotype including Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
A graduate in chemistry from Washington State University, chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia in 1982, Lundgren holds a rank of 3rd dan black belt in Kyokushin Karate and was European champion in 1980 and 1981. While in Sydney, he became a bodyguard for Jamaican singer Grace Jones and began a relationship with her. They moved together to New York City, where after a short stint as a model and bouncer at the Manhattan nightclub 'The Limelight', Jones got him a small debut role in the James Bond film A View to a Kill as a KGB henchman.
Lundgren's breakthrough came when he starred in Rocky IV in 1985 as the imposing Russian boxer Ivan Drago. Since then, he has starred in more than 40 movies, almost all of them in the action film genre. He portrayed He-Man in the 1987 film Masters of the Universe, and Frank
Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg (born 18 October 1960), professionally known as Jean-Claude Van Damme, is a Belgian martial artist, actor, and director best known for his martial arts action films. The most successful of these films include Bloodsport (1988), Kickboxer (1989), Universal Soldier (1992), Hard Target (1993), Timecop (1994), Sudden Death (1995), JCVD (2008) and The Expendables 2 (2012).
After studying martial arts intensively from the age of ten, Van Damme achieved national success in Belgium as a martial artist and bodybuilder, earning the "Mr. Belgium" bodybuilding title. He emigrated to the United States in 1982 to pursue a career in film, and achieved success with Bloodsport (1988), based on a story written by Frank Dux. He attained subsequent box office success with Timecop (1994), which was his highest grossing film with over $100 million.
Van Damme was born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg on 18 October 1960 in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium, the son of Eliana and Eugène Van Varenberg, who was an accountant.
At the age of 16 he took up ballet, which he studied for five years. According to Van Damme, ballet "is an art, but it's also
Jeremiah Riggs (born December 12, 1982) is an American professional wrestler, and mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight and middleweight divisions. A professional MMA competitor since 2007, Riggs has made a name for himself mainly fighting in the Midwest, and his homestate of Mississippi. He was a competitor on SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs Team Forrest as well as a contestant on WWE Tough Enough.
Riggs was born and raised in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He is the son of an E-9 who served four years in the Coast Guard followed by 31 years in the National Guard. Riggs attended his local high school, playing baseball and football, lettering in both sports. After graduating high school Riggs went on to enroll into Mississippi Delta Community College where he was on the football team.
Upon graduating from college Riggs signed up with the United States Army and served a tour in Afghanistan with the 1st Ranger Battalion. After leaving the Army in 2005, Riggs worked around Mississippi driving trucks for a living; even owning his own trucking business.
Riggs made his professional debut against Craig Sjoerdsma in New Orleans, Louisiana. Riggs won the fight via
Rhee Jhoon Goo (born January 7, 1932), commonly known as Jhoon Rhee, is a South Korean master of taekwondo who is widely recognized as the 'Father of American Taekwondo' for introducing this martial art to the United States of America since arriving in the 1950s. Rhee is ranked 10th dan.
Rhee was born on January 7, 1932, in Korea, during the period of Japanese occupation. He began training in the martial arts at the age of 13, without his father's knowledge. Rhee received martial art training under Nam Tae Hi and graduated from the Chung Do Kwan. During the 1960s, Rhee befriended Bruce Lee—a relationship from which they both benefited as martial artists.
In 1973, Rhee made his only martial arts movie, titled When Taekwondo Strikes.
Rhee is well known in the Washington, D.C. area for a television commercial that has a jingle by Nils Lofgren and features the catch phrase, "Nobody bothers me," followed by "Nobody bothers me, either." In 2000, Rhee was the only Korean-American named amongst the 203 most recognized immigrants to the country by the National Immigrant Forum and the Immigration and Naturalization Services.
Rhee was inducted into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame in 2007, and he
Li Bai (Wade-Giles: Li Pai; Chinese: 李白; pinyin: Lǐ Bái, 701 – 762), also known as Li Bo (Wade-Giles: Li Po; pinyin: Lǐ Bó), was a major Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty poetry period.
Regarded as one of the greatest poets of the Tang Dynasty, often called China's "golden age" of classical Chinese poetry, Li Bai was both a prolific and a creative poet, as well as one who stretched the rules of versification of his time. Around a thousand extant poems are attributed to him today. Thirty-four of his poems are included in the popular anthology Three Hundred Tang Poems.
In the area of Chinese cultural influence, Li Bai's poetry has been much esteemed from his lifetime through the present day. His influence also extends to Japan and the West through many translations, adaptations, and much inspiration.
Li (李) is the family name, or surname; however, he has been and is known by various names. His given name is written with a Chinese character (白), which is romanized variously as Po, Bo, Bai, Pai, and other variants. Even in Hanyu Pinyin there is ambiguity, as Bái is the common variant and Bó the literary variant. His style name, also known as courtesy name, was Taibai (Wade-Giles:
Mamed Khalidov (Chechen: Мамед Халидов, Mamed Xalidov/Polish: Mamed Chalidow; born 17 July 1980 in Grozny) is a Chechen-Polish mixed martial artist, competing in the Middleweight division of Polish MMA promotion KSW. Khalidov is currently undefeated in the promotion.Khalidov also has a cousin Aslambek Saidov who is also a MMA star in Poland he is the nr.1 welterweight in Poland and has a record of 12-2
In December 2010 Khalidov received Polish citizenship, but maintains close links to Chechnya, visiting Grozny five times a year.
As of December 2011, Khalidov has fought eleven times under the KSW banner, though never featuring in a tournament, instead fighting individually such opponents as Daniel Tabera and Matt Lindland.
Khalidov made his US debut with EliteXC on their October 10, 2008 ShoXC card against American Jason Guida. After almost two hard-fought rounds, Khalidov stopped Guida on the feet with an unanswered torrent of punches.
Following the collapse of EliteXC, Khalidov has expressed interest in a hasty return to KSW, as previously outlined by his signing with ProElite in favor of nonexclusive contract status. Due to a broken hand, Khalidov was unable to return for KSW X
Darren Jackson (born December 16, 1972 in Orsett, Essex, England) is a British Angloromani mixed martial arts fighter. Amongst his fights were two appearances in UK Mixed Martial Arts Championships (UKMMAC). He is one of the head coaches at Valhalla Combat in Sittingbourne, and has been featured in Fighters Magazine.
Jackson became involved in mixed martial arts, which he saw as a progression from the "unstructured" combat which he used to engage in. Jackson has argued that mixed martial arts provide a safer alternative to boxing, due to the reduced reliance on hits to the head and the greater emphasis on wrestling.
Professionally, Jackson has fought in two events promoted by the UKMMA Championships. In his first fight, at UKMMAC 6, he won the silver medal, losing to Fabrice Degund the French kick boxing champion and cracking his own elbow in the process. In his second fight, at UKMMAC 8, he was defeated by Dennis Kelly, Kelly had 14 fights to Jackson's 2, but Jackson still took the fight, In March, 2005, Jackson fought on the undercard of the International Kickboxing Federation world title bout between Mark Epstein and Alan Fenandes, losing to Geoff Dabbs in the 81 kg
Mike Plotcheck (born December 27, 1963) is an American professional wrestler and mixed martial artist, also known by the ring names Bart Gunn and Mike Barton. He is perhaps best known for his six-year tenure in the World Wrestling Federation.
Plotcheck was famous in the World Wrestling Federation as one-half of the tag team The Smoking Gunns with his kayfabe brother Billy Gunn. The team were WWF World Tag Team Champions three times before breaking up and engaging in a brief feud. Bart Gunn briefly went into solo competition, his most high-profile match occurring on Monday Night Raw, in February 1996, which he lost to an up-and-coming Stone Cold Steve Austin via sleeperhold.
Plotcheck then recreated the Midnight Express tag team as "Bodacious Bart" with partner "Bombastic" Bob Holly. The team had limited success, though they did hold the NWA World Tag Team Championship for a brief period in 1998.
In 1998, Bart Gunn participated in the WWF's shoot boxing tournament, the Brawl for All. Gunn faced tag partner Bob Holly in the first round, and was declared the winner on points. Gunn next defeated Steve Williams, with a surprising knockout. He defeated The Godfather in the semi-finals,
Paulus Hector Mair (1517–1579) was an Augsburg civil servant, and active in the martial arts of his time. He collected Fechtbücher and undertook to compile all knowledge of the art of fencing in a compendium surpassing all earlier books. For this, he engaged the painter Jörg Breu the Younger, as well as two experienced fencers, whom he charged with perfecting the techniques before they were painted. The project was very costly, taking full four years, and according to Mair, consumed most of his family's income and property. Three versions of his compilation, and one later, less extensive manuscript, have been preserved.
Not only did Mair spend huge sums on his collections and on his projects, he also had a very expensive lifestyle, frequently hosting receptions for the more important burghers of Augsburg. His own income was not sufficient for this, and during many years, he misappropriated funds from the city treasury, with the supervision of which he had been entrusted since 1541. His embezzlements were discovered in 1579, and Mair was hanged as a thief at the age of 62.
Mair compiled a voluminous, encyclopedic compendium of the martial arts of his time, collected in 16 books in
Kyle Loren Kingsbury (born March 22, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist. He was a cast member of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir. Kyle is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), fighting in their light heavyweight division.
Kingsbury attended Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California. Kingsbury played high school football for the school, playing the defensive tackle position. He earned many titles such as: "Defensive Lineman of the Year" in the Santa Clara Valley League (2000), two-time first-team all-league selection (1999 and 2000), also earned second-team All-Central Coast Section honors behind first-team selection Jared Allen his senior year. Kingsbury was selected by the North squad for the North vs. South San Jose Charlie Wedemeyer All-Star football game, after a senior season where he racked up 53 tackles, 10 sacks and two fumble recoveries in his final year. Kyle was the captain for both his football team and his wrestling team.
After graduating in 2000, Kyle attended Mesa Community College and earned his associates degree in 2003.
Kingsbury later transferred to Arizona State University (ASU). He was a
Anderson da Silva (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɐ̃deʁsõ ˈsiwvɐ]; born April 14, 1975) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and current UFC Middleweight Champion. Silva is the promotion's longest reigning champion, and holds the longest winning and title defense streak in UFC history, with 15 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses. He has 12 post-fight bonus awards, which is the highest total in the UFC. Silva is ranked as the #1 middleweight in the world by multiple publications including Sherdog, and is the consensus No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world according to ESPN, Sherdog, Yahoo! Sports and other publications. UFC president Dana White called Silva "the greatest mixed martial artist ever."
Anderson Silva was born April 14, 1975, a middle child of four. The son of a poverty stricken family, Silva spent the majority of his childhood with his aunt and uncle, an officer with the Curitiba police force.
Silva first began training Jiu Jitsu with neighborhood kids who could afford lessons. He explained his introduction to martial arts in an interview with FIGHT! Magazine. “When I started out, Jiu-Jitsu was really an elite thing in Brazil, and there was some prejudice towards
Cung Le (Vietnamese: Lê Cung, born May 25, 1972) is a South Vietnamese-born American mixed martial artist and former kickboxer currently competing as a middleweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Le is also a former Sanda, and is the former International Kickboxing Federation light heavyweight Sanda world champion, having a professional Sanda record of 16-0 before moving to mixed martial arts (Le also held an undefeated kick-boxing record of 17-0). Le has also worked as an actor; he defeated Frank Shamrock to become the second Strikeforce Middleweight Champion before vacating the title to further pursue his acting career.
Cung Le, a Vietnamese American, was born in Saigon, South Vietnam (now Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam). In 1975, three days before the Fall of Saigon, Cung Le and his mother Anne left Vietnam by helicopter under heavy gunfire. He ended up in San Jose, California where early discrimination and bullying inspired him to learn martial arts. His mother enrolled him in Taekwondo classes at the age of 10. Le has disciplines in a variety of martial arts like kuntao, and was undefeated as a professional kickboxer with a record of 17 wins and 0 losses. He is a three time
David Douglas is an American professional mixed martial artist. He competes in the lightweight division and is currently signed with Strikeforce.
Following two amateur wins via TKO in 2004, Douglas made his professional MMA debut in 2005 against veteran Jeff Curran. He has fought for EliteXC, International Fighting Championships and the Cage Combat Fighting Championships. He has defeated the likes of Chute Boxe Academy prospect Marlon Mathias and Muay Thai superstar Malaipet during his undefeated streak in EliteXC.
Douglas made his debut for Strikeforce in August 2009 on the preliminary card of Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg, losing to Justin Wilcox via submission.
He returned to the organization in 2010 on their ShoMMA Strikeforce Challengers series. He defeated Dominic Clark via TKO in October 2010 and Nick Gonzalez via submission in February 2011.
He next fought Caros Fodor at Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Damm and lost in the 3rd round by TKO.
David got his nickname "Tarzan" from Cesar Gracie while training together. David's twin brother Damion Douglas is also a mixed martial artist currently signed with Strikeforce.
Gilbert Ramon Yvel (born June 30, 1976) is a Dutch light heavyweight mixed martial artist associated with the Vos Gym training camp in the Netherlands. He has competed in the Pride Fighting Championships, Affliction Entertainment and Ultimate Fighting Championship promotions.
Gilbert Yvel was one of the first Dutch fighters who successfully applied the Muay Thai striking style to mixed martial arts. Unlike many other Dutch MMA fighters, Yvel started out doing MMA from the onset, without transitioning from kickboxing or another striking art. Gilbert possesses an arsenal of strikes and kicks as befitting his Muay Thai training and is famous for his signature "flying knee" strike. In addition to his striking base, Yvel also holds a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt under John Lewis. His grappling style is mainly defensive and he is often praised for his toughness and ability to do damage from the guard.
Gilbert Yvel grew up in the Bijlmer in Amsterdam. Through his brother he came into contact with kickboxing and MMA and after only two years of training he made his debut at 17 years of age, representing Vos gym. Gilbert was off to a flying start winning his first 9 fights, primarily
Junior dos Santos Almeida (Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒũnjoʁ dus ˈsɐ̃tus]),(born September 12, 1984), is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and the current UFC Heavyweight Champion. He is ranked as the number one heavyweight fighter in the world by numerous media outlets.
Dos Santos started training kickboxing. After some time he was invited to join an MMA practice, where he met his boxing coach Luiz Carlos Dórea, and after roughly a year he made his debut fight.
Dos Santos became professional in 2006 at the age of 21. He fought in small promotions in Brazil, such as Demo Fight, Extreme Fighting Championship, Minotauro Fights and Mo Team League. He won six of his first seven bouts, suffering his only loss to Joaquim Ferreira, a fighter he'd previously beaten.
Dos Santos debuted for the UFC on October 25, 2008 at UFC 90. Considered a major underdog, he knocked out top contender Fabricio Werdum at a minute and twenty-one seconds of the first round with a strong uppercut, earning himself a "Knockout of the Night" award.
Returned on February 21, 2009 at UFC 95 he fought promotional newcomer Stefan Struve defeating him at fifty-four seconds of the first round by TKO.
Mike Swick (born June 19, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship as a welterweight. Swick, who trains at American Kickboxing Academy alongside fellow welterweight standout Jon Fitch, entered the UFC after appearing on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter. He defeated his first four UFC opponents within the first round, living up to his nickname "Quick" in the process. He holds notable victories over former UFC middleweight title challenger David Loiseau, Marcus Davis, Ben Saunders, and Joe Riggs.
Swick began his professional career in smaller shows, including early events of World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC). He amassed a record of 5–0 before challenging Chris Leben for the WEC Middleweight Championship. He lost the fight by knockout at 45 seconds of the second round.
After his first professional loss, Swick entered the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, a reality television series produced by the UFC. Swick participated as a light heavyweight on Randy Couture's team. Chris Leben also participated as Swick's teammate. Leben insisted on talking about his victory over Swick, which irritated him. Swick's first
Shayna Baszler (born August 8, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist. She currently trains under former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett. She has a record of 15 wins and 7 losses, with 14 wins coming by way of submission.
Baszler gained recognition for her pseudo-chicken wing submission that she has used to defeat many female fighters, including Roxanne Modafferi. In an audio interview with Jordan Breen on the Sherdog Radio Network, she dubbed the submission, which she created in training, as the "Shwing."
Baszler is currently the #7-ranked 135-pound female MMA fighter in the world according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings.
Shayna grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and majored in religion at Mid-America Nazarene University before beginning her mixed martial arts training. Shayna is the first mixed martial arts fighter to ever win by a twister submission, also known as the spinal lock.
Shayna began incorporating catch wrestling into her MMA training. This proved to be somewhat difficult because she could not train with Barnett in Southern California, so Barnett wrote her a syllabus and a video teaching the step by step secrets of catch wrestling and how to improve her
Shigeru Ishino was born in Japan in 1947 and studied with Kōri Hisataka in 1954 in Tokyo Japan. He was promoted to shodan in 1959 and currently holds the rank of nandan (7th Degree). He is a graduate of Nihon University in Tokyo, Japan and was All-Japan Shorinjiryu Karate Champion (1967) and Outstanding Karate Player of Japan (1968–1969).
Ishino made his home in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and instructs at the Genbukan dojo today. Ishino has carefully preserved the style and principles as taught to him by Kori Hisataka.
Official website : http://genbukan.tripod.com/
Mearion Shonie Bickhem III (born May 3, 1972), better known as Shonie Carter, is an American mixed martial artist. He is a former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) welterweight champion, an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran, and a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 4 reality show. He is known for his flashy dress, colorful vocabulary, outlandish personality and use of the spinning backfist in competition.
Carter was born in Chicago, Illinois and served for six years in the United States Marine Corps before beginning his profession as a fighter. He began his martial arts training in Greco-Roman wrestling at Triton Community College in Rivergrove, Illinois before transferring to Carson-Newman College in Tennessee where he began studying judo and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, under Dr. Stephen Terrell Univ. of Tenn. And Dr. Stephen Karr Carson-Newman College He was an All-American wrestler and participated in the Olympic trials. At Carson-Newman College he began to formally study judo and traditional Japanese jujutsu. After a semester of studying judo, Carter enrolled in the Tennessee state championship in the white-green, brown, and black belt divisions. He won state titles in the
Thiago Alves d'Araujo (Portuguese pronunciation: [tʃiˈaɡu ˈawvis]; born October 3, 1983) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist currently competing as a welterweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He started training in Muay Thai when he was 15 and mixed martial arts at 17. He is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has been described as a "Muay Thai wrecking machine".
After beginning his fight training at the age of 14, Alves won his first MMA bout as an amateur at just 15 years old, defeating a 25-year-old by unanimous decision. At 19, Thiago relocated from Brazil to Coconut Creek, Florida to train full-time at the prestigious American Top Team camp.
Alves, with a record of 8–3, received an invitation to make his UFC debut at Ultimate Fight Night 2 against fellow UFC newcomer Spencer Fisher. The fight would take place on Alves' twenty-second birthday. Despite having early success in the bout, especially on the ground, Alves fell victim to a triangle choke late in the second round.
Thiago returned to action on the undercard of UFC 56, defeating previously-undefeated Ansar Chalangov by TKO due to punches at 2:25 into the first round.
At UFC 59, Thiago was matched up against
Frank James Edgar (born October 16, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist who competes as a featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is a former UFC Lightweight Champion. He is well known for his incredible toughness and chin, having never been finished in MMA competition. His first career loss came against Gray Maynard in 2008, which marked the beginning of a noted rivalry.
Born and raised in Toms River, New Jersey by Frank and Mary Annese, Frankie Edgar wrestled at Toms River High School East, making it to the New Jersey state championship tournament on three occasions, placing second as a junior and fifth as a senior. Edgar is the oldest of 3 children, Edgar went on to compete in the NHSCA Senior Nationals and placed second before he finished high school. He continued wrestling at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he qualified for the nationals all four years there. Edgar is also an assistant coach for the Rutgers University wrestling team.
Edgar entered his first mixed martial arts fight with only a few weeks of training outside of his wrestling background. Edgar originally trained with Rob Guarino of Rhino Fight Team, but today he is part of the
Jay Dee "B.J." Penn (born December 13, 1978) is an American mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Penn was the first American and non-Brazilian winner of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in the black belt category. BJ Penn is regarded as one of the most gifted martial arts fighters in the world.. He is known for his incredible flexibility and his willingness to fight anyone regardless of their weight class, fighting as high as Light Heavyweight (weighed in at 191 lb) when he competed against Lyoto Machida (who weighed in at 225 lb) in 2005.
A former UFC Lightweight Champion and UFC Welterweight Champion, he is only the second fighter in UFC history to win titles in two different weight classes, with the first being UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture. Penn served as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter 5 reality show.
Penn was born to Jay Dee Penn, an Irish American and Loraine Shin, a third generation Korean-American. At the age of seventeen, Penn began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after being introduced to it by his neighbor, Tom Callos. Callos had put up fliers in local gyms looking for people to train with, and
Henry Enrique "Erik" Estrada (born March 16, 1949) is an American police officer and actor, known for his co-starring lead role in the 1977–1983 United States police television series CHiPs. He later became known for his work in Spanish language telenovelas, and in more recent years, his appearances in reality television shows and infomercials and as a regular voice on the Adult Swim series Sealab 2021.
Estrada was born in East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, the son of Carmen, a seamstress, and Renildo Estrada. He is of Puerto Rican descent.
In the 1970 film version of The Cross and the Switchblade, Estrada made his film debut in the role of Nicky Cruz alongside Pat Boone who played the role of David Wilkerson. In 1974, Estrada took part in the disaster film, Airport 1975, where he played a role as the flight engineer on a Boeing 747. His character was killed in a midair collision. Two years later, he was a player in the military historical epic Midway, as a fictional airman Ens. "Chili Bean" Ramos.
In 1978, Estrada began training in martial arts with SeishinDo Kenpo instructor Frank Argelander (aka Frank Landers), to prepare for a two part episode of CHiPs. The two of them
James Christopher Varner (born October 12, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist who is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is the former WEC Lightweight Champion champion and holds notable victories over Donald Cerrone, Edson Barboza, and Drew Fickett.
Varner competed twice in the UFC. His first appearance was against lightweight veteran Hermes Franca, which Varner lost via submission (armbar) in round 3. His final appearance was against formerly undefeated Jason Gilliam, which he won via first round submission (rear naked choke). After this win, Varner transferred to the WEC.
Varner successfully defended his WEC Lightweight Championship belt against the previously undefeated Marcus Hicks on August 3, 2008.
He next retained his title on January 25, 2009, defeating Donald Cerrone via technical split decision at WEC 38. The fight was highly competitive and won the Fight of the Night award. However, the fight was stopped prematurely in the fifth round when Cerrone hit Varner's temple with an illegal knee while Varner was still on the ground. Varner was given time to recover, but he was unable to continue, noting that he had double vision and had sustained
Minoru Suzuki (鈴木 実, Suzuki Minoru, ring name: 鈴木 みのる) is a Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial artist. Suzuki was the co-founder of Pancrase, one of the first mixed martial arts organizations in the world. During the 1990s he was known as one of the best fighters in the Pancrase promotion and was the second King of Pancrase world champion. Suzuki returned to regular puroresu in 2003, where he has become a perennial top contender for all major Japanese heavyweight championships. He is currently performing for both All Japan Pro Wrestling, where he is a former two-time AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, and New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Suzuki is well noted for his excellence in freestyle wrestling and catch wrestling. He was an Olympic alternate freestyle wrestler for Japan and former Japanese freestyle wrestling national champion. As good as his wrestling credentials are, Suzuki is even more respected for his excellence in the art of catch wrestling and submissions. Suzuki has been praised many times by elite fighters such as Josh Barnett, Bas Rutten and Ken Shamrock for his outstanding grappling and submission skills.
Suzuki trained at the New Japan Pro Wrestling
Roxanne Modafferi (born September 24, 1982) is an American female mixed martial artist.
Modafferi's training began in taekwondo as a teenager in Pennsylvania, moving on to Mark Lawler's Kenpō Karate two years later. Full of confidence, she then began attending the Dalton Judo Club in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Her description of that experience was: "I thought I was all cool doing Karate, like the movie stars, but then in Judo I learned what it was like to fly." She trained for three years to gain a brown belt in the style, and then graduated from high school. Before leaving home to study at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a fellow brown belt brought Modafferi to a Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu association in Adams, Massachusetts, where she trained intensively for three months.
Modafferi majored in Japanese Language and Literature with a minor in Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts. While at college, she found the Amherst Athletic club, where New England Submission Fighting is based. In addition, she trained at another Royce Gracie association in Hartford, Connecticut for about a year (necessitating a weekly two hour round trip), also investigating Jeremy
Brandon Michael Vera (born October 10, 1977) is an American mixed martial artist who currently competes as a light heavyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Vera is the son of a Filipino father, Ernesto and his Filipino step-mother, Amelia. His birth mother is Italian American and was not involved in most of his upbringing. He grew up in a family with three brothers and one sister. He also has two other brothers and another sister outside of the family in which he was raised and they were occasionally involved in his life. He was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, and attended Lake Taylor High School where he excelled in wrestling and earned a four-year athletic scholarship to Old Dominion University. However, he dropped out of Old Dominion after a year and a half when he felt college was not for him, and enlisted himself in the United States Air Force.
In the Air Force, Vera joined the force's wrestling team and trained at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His military wrestling career was cut short in 1999 when he tore ligaments in his right elbow. Arthroscopic surgery repaired the ligaments, but he had nerve damage from the experience,
Cyrille Diabaté (born October 6, 1973) is a French mixed martial artist and former kickboxer. He has also competed in shoot boxing and Muay Thai. He has fought at Palace Fighting Championship, PRIDE, ShoXC, Deep, Cage Rage and Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Diabaté then faced off against Maurício Rua at Pride Final Conflict Absolute. After 5:29 of the first round, Rua defeated Diabaté via TKO (stomps). This loss led to Diabaté heading for smaller organizations.
His first fight was in England, for the Cage Rage promotion. He defeated Ryan Robinson via armbar and followed this up with a blood-soaked decision victory in a ShoXC card, where he faced Jaime Fletcher.
Diabaté defeated Marcus Hicks via submission (armbar) after just 89 seconds. This win was his fourth in a row and was followed up by a win over Rob Smith via submission.
Cyrille appeared frequently as a striking coach for Team Henderson in season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter. It was announced in February 2010 that Diabaté had signed a four fight contract with the UFC.
In his debut at UFC 114 he defeated Luiz Cané via TKO in the first round. Diabaté later expressed disappointment in his own performance, having had to "survive a
Dean Richard Lister (February 13, 1976) is an American mixed martial artist and a former King of the Cage champion. He currently fights at the Middleweight division after moving down from the Light Heavyweight class. Lister's sparring partner and the former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz invited Lister to be his assistant grappling coach on the third season of the Spike TV reality show, The Ultimate Fighter.
Lister grew up in a military family and lived in several South American countries, including Venezuela and Panama. Lister speaks several languages. He lived in Panama during the U.S. invasion in 1989, and, according to Lister, he was "right in the middle of a serious combat zone". After living in several different cities in the United States, Lister's family settled in San Diego for Lister's high school years.
Lister often fought as a kid, mostly due to a combination of being the "new kid", a foreigner, and being small for his age. The need to protect himself led Lister to wrestling and martial arts.
He started wrestling in high school, and became the high school division wrestling champion and a U.S. National Sambo Champion. Shortly after graduating from high
Gregor Rangel (born December 26, 1986), better known as Gregor Gracie, is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner currently signed with ONE Fighting Championship. He is a black belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and son of the widow of Rolls Gracie and thus half-brother of Rolles Gracie Jr. and Igor Gracie. He was an ADCC participant, Brazilian National Champion and Pan American Champion. He is an instructor with Renzo Gracie at the Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in New York City.
Gregor spent some time helping Renzo Gracie’s IFL team in preparation for their MMA tournament. After feeling how he paired up against some of the MMA’s best in everyday training, Gregor decided to take his chance in MMA. He made his MMA debut in 2007 with a submission victory over Josh Lydell.
On July 15, 2011 it was announced that Gracie had signed with One Fighting Championship in Singapore. On July 18 it was announced that Gracie would be facing Korean fighter Seok Mo Kim at ONE Fighting Championship: Champion vs. Champion at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on September 3. Gracie won the fight via unanimous decision.
Gregor next took on URCC Light Heavyweight Champion,
Jeffrey William Monson (born January 18, 1971) is an American mixed martial artist from Olympia, Washington. He is a 2 time winner of the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, and a No Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion. He currently holds the Heavyweight titles in the International Sport Karate Association and the Strength & Honor Championship. He is currently affiliated with American Top Team which is based in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Monson was a Division I wrestler at Oregon State University and at the University of Illinois, and was a Pac-10 champion. He also competed at senior level at USA Wrestling events for a number of years.
Monson is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and a two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Champion. He is a mixed martial arts fighter and has had three professional boxing bouts. His professional boxing record is two wins and one draw.
Monson is considered to be one of the world's top submission grapplers. He is a multiple event winner at NAGA, Grapplers Quest and FILA, among other submission tournaments. He is nicknamed "The Snowman" for his performance at the 1999 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World
Joshua R. Burkman (born October 4, 1980 in Salt Lake City, Utah) is an American mixed martial artist who is best known for his time in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Burkman was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 2, which aired on Spike TV. Before becoming a mixed martial artist, Burkman was an amateur wrestler. During his senior year of high school he finished second in his weight class at the state championship. Burkman also played college football before taking on fighting full-time.
Burkman was born in Salt Lake City, Utah he attended Cottonwood High School (Murray, Utah). He was a three-sport star athlete for the Colts. He was a Class 5A All-State third baseman on the baseball team, and was captain of the football team, where he rushed for over 1,000 yards as a senior. As a member of the wrestling team, he finished second place in the state championships in the 171-pound division.
Burkman played two seasons of college football before he began his career in mixed martial arts. He spent his freshman season at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah but he missed half the season with an injury. He then transferred to Dixie State College in St. George, Utah. His sophomore season
Yip Man (1 October 1893 – 2 December 1972), also spelled as Ip Man, and also known as Yip Kai-Man, was a Chinese martial artist. He had several students who later became martial arts teachers in their own right, including Bruce Lee.
Yip was born to Yip Oi-dor and Ng Shui, and was the third of four children. He grew up in a wealthy family in Foshan, Guangdong, and received a traditional Chinese education. His older brother was Yip Kai-gak, his older sister was Yip Wan-mei and his younger sister was Yip Wan-hum.
Yip started learning Wing Chun from Chan Wah-shun when he was 13. Since Chan was 70 at the time, Yip was Chan's last student. Due to his teacher's age, Yip learned most of his skills and techniques from Chan's second oldest disciple: Ng Chung-sok. Chan died three years after Yip's training started and one of his dying wishes was to have Ng continue teaching Yip.
At the age of 15, Yip moved to Hong Kong with help from his relative Leung Fut-ting. One year later, he attended school at St. Stephen's College—a secondary school for wealthy families and foreigners living in Hong Kong. During Yip's time at St. Stephen's, he saw a foreign police officer beating a woman and Yip
Isidro Peneda Javier (May 5, 1912) is a Pioneering Filipino Martial Artist Instructor and Author. Javier as a young man living in Tagudin, Philippines, brought with him his family art of Escrima as he migrated to Hawaii then California were he will make his home for the next 79 years. Javier brought with him the family art of Escrima, and the skills of the Bolo. Javier served in the US Navy fighting heroically in World War2. Mr. Javier holds the title, of Honorable Grand Master, and is referred to as "Manong Sonny Javier - Godfather" of the Filipino community.
Douglas Garrett Marshall (born September 9, 1975) is an American mixed martial artist from Visalia, California who currently competes as a middleweight. He is a former WEC World Light Heavyweight champion.
Marshall began his career in the WEC at Heavyweight, but dropped down a weight class when Zuffa eliminated that division upon purchasing the organization. He won the Light Heavyweight title by defeating Lodune Sincaid and subsequently defended it twice against Justin McElfresh and Ariel Gandulla.
After losing his title to Brian Stann, Marshall left the WEC and began competing for the now-defunct Palace Fighting Championships. Since the PFC has disbanded, Marshall most recently KO'd Keith Berry in the first round of PureCombat's Fearless event on October 17, 2009.
When TPF middleweight champion David Loiseau pulled out of a TPF 10 fight with Giva Santana due to an undisclosed injury requiring surgery, Marshall stepped in to face Santana in a middleweight non-title bout. He lost via technical submission in the first round.
He next competed on India's Super Fight League's third event, SFL 3, against Zelg Galešić. He lost the fight via KO early in the first round.
Marshall has a son
Junie Allen Browning (born May 12, 1985) is an American mixed martial artist. He was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir.
Junie "The Lunatic" Browning was born in Florida and raised in Kentucky. He attended Bourbon County High School where he competed in football and the 160 lb (73 kg). division of wrestling. At the age of four, Browning began sparring with his brother to train for combat sports. Browning trained with Four Seasons MMA under Mike O'Donnell; then moving to Las Vegas, NV and trained with Xtreme Couture. His younger brother, Rob Browning, fights for the Lexington-based organization American Fight League.
Browning was a fighter on The Ultimate Fighter reality show. In his elimination bout, he defeated by TKO Jose Aguilar who did not answer the bell for the second round. He then was the first pick of the lightweights for Team Mir. Browning was also successful in his quarterfinal match-up with Rolando Delgado, winning by decision after 3 rounds, dropping and nearly finishing Delgado in the second round. While Browning trained with team Mir, he repeatedly stated that other members on the team, namely future opponent Dave Kaplan,
Maung Gyi (Burmese: မောင်ကြီး) is a Burmese martial artist that introduced Bando into the United States.
Maung Gyi's father was Ba Than (Gyi). He was the Director of Physical Education and Sports in the Ministry of Education in Burma. He always encouraged his son to maintain good health, participate in both individual and team sports, and practice different martial arts systems.
In the early 1960s, Maung Gyi formally began teaching Burmese Bando at American University in Washington D.C.
In 1966, Maung Gyi established the American Bando Association (ABA) in Athens, Ohio. In recent years, Maung Gyi has worked to promote modern Burmese Bando and to be accepted into the expanding community of Asian martial arts in the United States.
Maung Gyi is an accomplished martial artist, as well as a scholar of international law, psycholinguistics, and communications. He is a self-confessed Christian, and often incorporates biblical content into his instructional curriculum. Dr. Gyi was a professor at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
Maximilian Williams-Forbes (Max) is a martial artist who holds medals in various grappling tournaments. Max is primarily a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner who is renowned for inventing the concept of submissions and helping make the guard popular. The currently resides in Sydney and trains at VT-1 Gym under coaches Liam and Dylan Resnekov. He runs a busy seminar schedule, often appearing with Royler Gracie as his assistant. Although Australian by birth, Max remains a Brazilian citizen by virtue of his marriage to Kyra Gracie.
Max's influences consist of grapplers and shooto stars such Rumina Sato, Genki Sudo, Caol Uno, Marcello Garcia, Leo Viera, Elton John and Freddie Mercury. He is a regular competitor although now a blue belt has placed 2nd in the 2008 Australian National Submission Grappling Tournament in the men's under 75 kg division, 1st and in the 2007 NSW BJJ State Cup , 1st in the 2008 Sydney BJJ Challenge and recently competed in the 2009 ADCC no gi trials in Australia where he made it to the quarter-finals before submitting to a crotch lock. .
Abu Dhabi Trials - Second Round
2008 Submission Grappling Tournament 1st match
2008 Submission Grappling Tournament Semi
Michael Mateus Steger (born May 27, 1980) is an American film and television actor.
Steger, born May 27th 1980 is the third out of four sons. Michael is the son of an accountant mother and an operations manager family. He is of Ecuadorian, Austrian and Norwegian descent. He grew up in a middle-class family. In an interview, Steger revealed he was bullied during his childhood in the fourth grade until the sixth grade. He was later transferred to another school when the bullying got too serious. He graduated with honors from Cal Poly Pomona, achieving a BA degree in Theater and a minor in Spanish. Throughout his childhood, Steger trained in martial arts and at age 18, received his first Dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Michael married Brandee Tucker on November 15, 2008.
Steger started his career appearing in several commercials and guest starred in VR Troopers in 1994. In 2005, he acted in the Bollywood independent film 3 Girls and the Golden Cocoon and after appearing as Sniper in NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service in 2005, he had a recurring role in The Winner in 2007. He was also cast as the lead role by Tim Burton in The Killers' music video "Bones" in 2006.
As of 2007,
Paul Simon Taylor (born 15 December 1979) is an English mixed martial artist from Walsall. He stands 6'0" and weighs 155 lb (70 kg). He has fought regularly for Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Paul Taylor fights for Team Kaobon of Liverpool and is a former WPKC world kickboxing champion. Taylor got into MMA after a friend needed a sparring partner. Taylor had given up kickboxing after becoming disillusioned at the lack of money in the sport.
After giving up Kickboxing, Taylor decided to retrain as a carpenter whilst doing MMA on the side, but eventually trained MMA full time.
Taylor sent a DVD of his fighting to UFC to try and secure a contract with the organisation and they signed him up immediately.
In his first fight in the UFC, Taylor stopped previously undefeated Edilberto de Oliveira via strikes early in the third round. His fight at UFC 75 was a loss via armbar submission to Marcus Davis. Although Taylor lost the fight he came close to winning with the referee seconds away from stopping the action due to Taylor connecting with a high kick and landing several blows on a rocked Davis. Due to its high pace and excitement the fight was awarded Fight of the Night.
His next fight
Paulo Thiago Alencar Antunes (born January 25, 1981) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, fighting in their welterweight division. He is also a police officer and works for BOPE, a special forces unit of Brasilia Brazil.
Thiago made his professional debut at Storm Samurai 8 in 2005. He fought Ricardo Petrucio and won the fight via submission in round three. His next three fights came on the same night almost a year after his debut. Thiago competed in the Grand Prix Planaltina, winning all three of his fights and became the tournament winner. Thiago finished all three of the fights by submission. After two more victories, Thiago was signed by Jungle Fights MMA. Thiago won four fights for the promotion before being signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championships.
He currently trains with the Constrictor Team, an affiliate of Team Black House; the famed gym of Anderson Silva and the Nogueira brothers.
Thiago never signed a contract before his fight against Koscheck, he was only able to acquire a tryout. Thiago made his UFC debut on February 21, 2009, scoring an upset victory over top contender Josh Koscheck at UFC 95. During the
Thomas Joseph "Tom" Lawlor (born on May 15, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist currently signed with Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir.
Lawlor lives in Providence, RI. He, along with TUF alumni and K-1 vet Seth Petruzelli and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Mike Lee, owned and coached at The Jungle MMA - Orlando BJJ, MMA, Muay Thai The Jungle MMA and Fitness. Lawlor has recently relocated to Providence, Rhode Island and trains under Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Tim Burrill, as well as working with the Team Aggression mixed martial arts team at Lauzon MMA in Bridgewater, MA. Involved in youth Sambo.
Lawlor has made himself known by imitating other fighters (Art Jimmerson, Dan Severn, Harold Howard, and Genki Sudo) during the weigh-ins and octagon entrances. These impersonations, along with his tongue-in-cheek ring entrance routines (paying homage to Hulk Hogan and Apollo Creed amongst others) have made Lawlor something of a cult figure among fans. In 2010, Lawlor announced his intention to tone down his pre-fight antics.
Lawlor appeared on the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter. He submitted
Woodrow Wilson Woolwine "Woody" Strode (July 25, 1914 – December 31, 1994) was a decathlete and football star who went on to become a pioneering African American film actor. He was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor for his role in Spartacus in 1960. He served in the US Army during World War II.
Strode was born in Los Angeles, California. He attended college at UCLA, where he was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. His world-class decathlon capabilities were spearheaded by a 50 ft (15 m) plus shot put (when the world record was 57 ft (17 m)) and a 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) high jump (the world record at time was 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)). Strode posed for a nude portrait, part of Hubert Stowitts's acclaimed exhibition of athletic portraits shown at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (although the inclusion of black and Jewish athletes caused the Nazis to close the exhibit).
Strode, Kenny Washington and Jackie Robinson starred on the 1939 UCLA Bruins football team, in which they made up three of the four backfield players. Along with Ray Bartlett, there were four African-Americans playing for the Bruins, when only a few dozen at all played on other college football teams.
Andre Badi Winner (born November 9, 1981) is an English mixed martial artist. He was a cast member of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom, reaching the final. Winner is also a member of Team Rough House.
Winner was born in St. George's, Grenada to a British father and an Afro-Caribbean mother, and moved to Leicester, England at seven years old. He started in sports during his high school years, competing in football and other athletics. Winner never thought of being a mixed martial artist but loved sports. He went to self-defense classes at Leicester Shootfighters and met Dan Hardy and Paul Daley. Hardy inspired Winner to give the sport a real try.
Winner tried out for the eighth season of the Ultimate Fighter. He did not make the cut but tried out for the ninth season and made the show.
To get into The Ultimate Fighter house, Winner fought Gary Kelly. Winner won by knockout while working Kelly in the clinch. Winner then flew to Las Vegas to compete under coach Michael Bisping against the U.S. team. He advanced to the semifinals of the lightweight tournament after defeating Santino Defranco by TKO in the first round. Winner then had his last fight on
Jeremiah Cole Miller (born April 26, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist, currently competing in the featherwight division in the UFC. His nickname "Magrinho" means "skinny" in Portuguese.
Before giving it up to train for MMA full-time, Miller was a standout baseball player at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Georgia where he was raised. He was also a member of Macon-based Team Praxis, before moving on to American Top Team. Cole's younger brother, Micah, was a professional mixed martial artist with the WEC promotion.
He is the WKA Mixed Martial Arts Lightweight Champion. He trains at the American Top Team academy in Coconut Creek, Florida under Ricardo Liborio. He is a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu brown belt under Ricardo Liborio. Miller made his featherweight debut in Shooto, being defeated by Shooto World Champion Takeshi Inoue by unanimous decision, while taking the fight on short notice.
Miller was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 5 show, featuring lightweights. He was a member of Jens Pulver's Team. Cole won his preliminary fight on the show against Allen Berube by Triangle Choke in the first round. Cole then fought against Joe Lauzon in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Donald Anthony Cerrone (born March 29, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist and Muay Thai kickboxer who fights out of Albuquerque, New Mexico and currently competes as a lightweight in the UFC. As of August 2012, Cerrone is currently ranked the #9 lightweight in the world by Sherdog.
Donald started his career in Commerce City, Colorado at a gym called Freedom Fighters, winning his first 25 Muay Thai bouts. Cerrone began training with Jon Jones, Rashad Evans, Nathan Marquardt, Keith Jardine, Georges St. Pierre, Leonard Garcia (who would become his good friend) and other skilled MMA fighters at Greg Jackson's Submission Fighting Gaidojutsu school in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
He was featured on the Versus television series TapouT, where he was sponsored before his fight with Anthony Njokuani. Cerrone won the fight in the first round with a triangle choke.
Cerrone was signed to fight in the WEC. His first fight in the promotion was against Kenneth Alexander. Originally a win via submission in 0:56 seconds of the first round, the decision was changed to a no contest when Cerrone tested positive for the banned substance hydrochlorothiazide.
Cerrone was scheduled to face Rich
Gabriel Gonzaga-Nogueira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɡabɾiˈew ɡõˈzaɡɐ]; born May 18, 1979), is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently competes for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, is a former member of Chute Boxe Academy and now fights out of Ludlow, Massachusetts as a part of Team Link. Gonzaga is best known for his devastating head kick KO win over PRIDE, and K-1 legend Mirko "Crocop" Filipovic UFC 70 on April 21, 2007, which earned him a Heavyweight title shot with former five-time UFC Champion and UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture. He won a gold medal in the Ultra Heavyweight division at the 2006 Mundials, which is considered to be the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition in the world.
Gonzaga made his MMA debut on April 4, 2003 in Santos, Brazil against Cicero Costa, winning via submission due to punches in the first round. He went on to compile a 4-1 professional record with his only loss coming via TKO to Fabricio Werdum.
He made his UFC debut at UFC 56, knocking out Kevin Jordan with a superman punch at 4:39 of the third round. However, weeks before the fight, his pregnant wife started having complications with her
Johannes Liechtenauer (Hans Lichtenauer, Lichtnawer) was a 14th-century German fencing master.
No direct record of his life or teachings currently exists, and all that we know of both comes from the writings of other masters and scholars. The only biographical note is found in Nürnberger Handschrift GNM 3227a, the oldest text in the tradition, which states that "Master Liechtenauer learnt and mastered [the] Art in a thorough and rightful way, but he did not invent and put together this Art, as it is stated before. Instead, he traveled and searched many countries with the will of learning and mastering this rightful and true Art." His surname indicates he was from a place called Lichtenau, but there are several places with this name in Germany. One suggestion is that he was from Lichtenau, Mittelfranken (Franconia). It has been speculated that he was still alive at the time of the compilation of Hs. 3227a, based exclusively on the absence of a formula marking him as deceased.
Liechtenauer's influence on the German fencing tradition of the 15th and 16th centuries cannot be overstated. The masters on Paulus Kal's roll of the "Society of Liechtenauer" were responsible for many of the
Lee Hasdell (born 13 December 1966, in Northampton, England) is a British mixed martial artist, kickboxer and promoter. He promoted the first professional Mixed martial arts events in the United Kingdom. Lee Hasdell turned professional as a Kickboxer in 1989, eventually becoming British champion in Thai Boxing (Muay Thai) and Kickboxing, under Full Contact and Freestyle rules. On 20 April 1996, Hasdell won the World Oktagon Shoot boxing Tournament in Milan, Italy. Two months before his Shootboxing victory, Hasdell made his Fighting Network RINGS debut as a Shootfighter.
Throughout his career, Hasdell has fought in organisations such as K-1, Fighting Network RINGS, Pankration, Cage Rage and fought in the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship. Lee Hasdell is a RINGS veteran, fighting for them 22 times between 1996-2001 in Japan, Holland and Russia.
Hasdell began martial arts in 1979 at the age of 12. He started training taekwondo, before taking up boxing as well. Hasdell later began karate as he felt that it was more of a mixed style that suited his stand up. After winning a number of local tournaments he decided to study full-contact Karate. In 1985 when he was 18 he started
Matthew John Serra (born June 2, 1974) is an American mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. He is a former UFC Welterweight Champion and an ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship silver medalist. He began practicing martial arts at an early age, first studying kung fu. In the 1990s, he began studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo Gracie and on May 23, 2000 he obtained his black belt, the first American to do so under Gracie. He is one of only two people in MMA to defeat Georges St-Pierre, the other being UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes.
Serra won first place at the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Pan American games in 1999 and won third place at the 1999 World Championships in Brazil as a brown belt. Continuing his Martial Arts career, he competed in the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship choking out Takanori Gomi, winning a decision over Jean-Jacques Machado, and placing 2nd in the 66–76 kg division. Serra was invited to compete in Pride 9 against Johil de Oliveira but the bout was called off at the last minute when Oliveira was burned in a pyrotechnics accident backstage. Soon after, Matt began to compete in the UFC organization where he built up a record
Bruce Lee (traditional :李小龍) (born Lee Jun-fan; 27 November 1940 – 20 July 1973) was an actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, film director, film producer, screenwriter, founder of Jeet Kune Do, and the son of Cantonese opera star Lee Hoi-Chuen. He is widely considered by commentators, critics, media and other martial artists to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time, and a pop culture icon of the 20th century. He is often credited with changing the way Asians were presented in American films. Lee was born in Chinatown, San Francisco on 27 November 1940 to parents from Hong Kong and was raised in Kowloon with his family until his late teens. Lee returned to San Francisco at the age of 18 to claim his U.S. citizenship and receive his higher education. It was during this time that he began teaching martial arts, which soon led to film and television roles.
His Hong Kong and Hollywood-produced films elevated the traditional Hong Kong martial arts film to a new level of popularity and acclaim, sparking a surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West in the 1970s. The direction and tone of his films changed and influenced martial arts and martial arts
Jason Guida (born August 4, 1977) is an American professional mixed martial artist and grappler who has fought for EliteXC, World Extreme Cagefighting, Bellator, Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki, Fight Festival, Adrenaline MMA and Ironheart Crown. Jason is the older brother of Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Clay Guida.
Guida appeared on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir and was eliminated in the first episode for failing to make the 206 lb weight limit by 1 pound.
Following this, as a last minute replacement for Ken Shamrock, Guida faced former WWE pro wrestler Bobby Lashley. Guida lost by unanimous decision. Before his bout with Lashley, he and Guida got in a scuffle at a pre fight press converence.
Guida then suffered losses to UFC veteran Jeremy Horn and top Polish contender Mamed Khalidov, but overcame his losing streak with a KO win over former UFC fighter Logan Clark, ending the fight with a barrage of punches in the first round in Clark's hometown of Rochester, Minnesota.
In 2009 Jason was set to take on 2011 ADCC World Championship Nottingham Gold Medalist and current UFC fighter, Vinny Magalhães in the main event of "Carolina Crown 2" as a late replacement
Jorge Santiago Rodrigues (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒɔʁʒi sɐ̃tʃiˈaɡu]; born October 9, 1980) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist. He trains with the Blacklizians based in Boca Raton, Florida. He was the first Sengoku Middleweight Champion. Santiago was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Jorge Santiago started his Mixed Martial Arts career at Reality Fighting 2 in 2002 with a win over Jose Rodriguez. In the following years Santago fought for Absolute Fighting Championships, King of the Cage, and a few other small organizations earning an 11–5 record.
In 2006 he signed with Ultimate Fighting Championships, where he competed three times. He won his UFC debut at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5 against Justin Levens by first round KO. He returned at UFC Fight Night 6 and 7, losing by KO to Chris Leben in the second round and to Alan Belcher by KO in the third round. He then left the UFC for greener pastures.
In his first fight after leaving the UFC, Santiago was victorious against Andrei Semenov at the Bodog Fight: Clash of the Nations show in Russia. In his next fight he had to deal with Jeremy Horn and submitted Horn in the first round.
The next challenge for Santiago was the Strikeforce
Matthew Charles Wiman (born September 19, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist who competes as a lightweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Wiman gained fame as a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 5. Wiman currently trains with the Kline Brothers at Easton Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Arvada, Colorado.
Matt began training mixed martial arts with UFC fighter, Mikey Burnett, at the Lion's Den in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Wiman's initiation into professional fighting came on August 14, 2004. A relatively unknown fighter at the time, Matt entered the Extreme Fight Night tournament organized by kickboxer, Dale Apollo Cook. Matt won 3 fights that night to became the Extreme Fighting League Middleweight Champion. He defeated Joseph Garza and Greg Bossler, each by unanimous decision, before finishing Venn Johns by triangle choke for the championship belt.
Matt's first title defense came on November 13, 2004, when he defeated David Franks by armbar 42 seconds into the first round.
He defended the title again on February 5, 2005, with a 20 second KO of D.J. Randall.
Wiman first gained national attention at FFC 15-Fiesta Las Vegas on September 15, 2005 against fellow rising star Roger Huerta.
Nathan Diaz (born April 16, 1985) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing for the UFC in the lightweight division. He is The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner. He is the younger brother of former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz. As of August 2012, he is currently ranked #5 lightweight fighter in the world by Sherdog.
He was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 5 show, of course exclusively featuring lightweights. He fought on Jens Pulver's team. In the preliminary round, Diaz defeated Rob Emerson by submission; in the quarterfinals he defeated fellow Team Pulver teammate Corey Hill via triangle choke in the first round. In the semifinals, he defeated Team Penn member Gray Maynard by submission, advancing to the finals where he faced teammate Manny Gamburyan. Though Gamburyan won the first round, he was forced to submit in the second round due to the dislocation of his right shoulder as the result of attempting a takedown. With this, Diaz became the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 5.
After defeating Alvin Robinson and Junior Assunção via submission he demanded tougher fighters. Diaz was given a match with Kurt Pellegrino at UFC Fight Night 13. Diaz defeated
Martial Arts Instructor(s):Vladimir Mihailovich Voronov
Alexander Vladimirovich Emelianenko (Russian: Александр Владимирович Емельяненко, tr. Aleksandr Vladimirovich Emel'janenko [ˌalekˈsandr vlɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvʲɪtɕ jɪmʲɪlʲˈjanʲɪnkə]; born (1981-08-02)August 2, 1981), is a Russian mixed martial artist. He is a three-time Russian national Combat Sambo champion and three-time world Combat Sambo champion in the absolute division. He is the younger brother of Fedor Emelianenko.
Emelianenko was born on (1981-08-02)August 2, 1981 in Stary Oskol, Belgorod Oblast, Russia (Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic at the time) in a family of a teacher, Olga Feodorovna Emelianenko, and a welder, Vladimir Alexandrovich Emelianenko. He is the third child in the family and has an older sister, Marina, an older brother, Fedor, and a younger brother, Ivan.
In his childhood, since his parents were working during the day, Emelianenko spent a lot of time on the streets. During his early teens, he used to take part in street fights while his parents were working, going so far as being involved in a riot between neighborhoods.
Since his family did not have enough money, his mother used to prepare a single food for all the week for Emelianenko and his brothers
Dewey Franklin Trigg III (born May 7, 1972) is an American mixed martial artist, color commentator, pro wrestler and co-host of MMAWeekly radio show and TAGG radio show. Trigg is a veteran of the UFC, Pride Fighting Championships, Rumble on the Rock, Icon Sport, BAMMA, World Fighting Alliance, and has even made a few professional wrestling appearances in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
Born in Kendall, New York, a small town outside of Rochester, New York, Trigg was one of seven children raised by an African-American father and an Italian-American mother, Trigg's early years were not always easy. Growing up in a home with seven brothers, money was tight. That's how Trigg discovered grappling. Naturally, with so many boys in the household, sibling rivalry was rampant, particularly when it came to athletics. Excelling in sports was a highly revered goal, and Trigg's natural athleticism made people take notice.
Trigg developed an early interest in martial arts. However, the sport’s requisite discipline and sacrifices were intense on the grade schooler, and he lost interest until he discovered he had a gift for wrestling at the age of 12. It was then that he resumed his martial arts
Glover Lucas Teixeira (born October 28, 1979 in Sobrália, Minas Gerais, Brazil) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently competes in the light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Teixeira is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Luigi Mondelli. Teixeira currently trains and instructs at The Pit with instructor John Hackleman, former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, and also with UFC, WEC veteran and current DREAM fighter Antonio Banuelos.
His background includes a variety of grappling and MMA tournaments: Grapplers Quest, NAGA, Sport Fight (where he was the light heavyweight champion). Under submission wrestling rules, he grappled with well known fighters Jeff Monson and Brandon Vera. He won the 2009 Brazilian ADCC trials in the under 99 kg division, and in the 2011 Brazilian ADCC trials he took second place.
Teixeira defeated future UFC and PRIDE veteran Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou by KO on October 12, 2006 at WEC 24.
Teixeira was featured in the second season opening episode of the MMA reality television series TapouT.
On February 21, 2012, it was announced that Teixeira had signed a deal with UFC and would make his debut in early
Jason Ellis (born 11 October 1971) is an Australian satellite radio host, professional skateboarder, best-selling author, mixed martial arts fighter, truck racer, boxer, rock singer, and actor. Based in the United States (US), Ellis hosts The Jason Ellis Show weekday afternoons (3-7pm Eastern Time) on the Sirius XM Radio channel, Faction. His book, I'm Awesome: One Man's Triumphant Quest to Become the Sweetest Dude Ever, was a New York Times Best Seller for over two weeks.
Ellis moved to the United States (US) at the age of sixteen to become a professional skateboarder and subsequently achieved professional status for nearly two decades before retiring in 2006.
One of the six Big Air competitors to compete in both 2004 and 2005, Jason was suffering from a concussion in 2005 and didn't make the final, finishing 10th overall. Still involved in the skate community, Ellis has recently performed Skate Demos alongside Tony Hawk, is a perennial X-Games competitor in the Mega Ramp competition, and was the host of the annual ‘Tony Hawk's Boom Boom Huckjam’.
In 2001, Ellis set the World Guinness World Record for the biggest drop onto a 70 foot skateboard ramp.
Following his skateboarding
Jeff Speakman (born November 8, 1958) is an American actor and a martial artist in the art of American kenpo karate and Japanese Goju-Ryu, earning blackbelts in each.
Speakman was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, where he was a springboard diver at John Hersey High School and achieved All-American status. He graduated from Missouri Southern State College.
He has said that the television show Kung Fu got him interested in martial arts, and spent years training in American Kenpo under his principal instructor, Larry Tatum, as well as under Ed Parker, the founder of the system.
Speakman received his 1st degree black belt in American Kenpo in 1984. He has subsequently obtained an eighth-degree rank in kenpo karate with other instructors, and also currently holds a 7th-degree black belt in the Goju-Ryu Karate style which he began to study under Grandmaster Lou Angel starting in 1978.
Speakman is also founder and director of American Kenpo Karate Systems (AKKS), an international kenpo karate organization with more than 50 schools across the region.
Speakman started acting in 1988 and became an action movie star in 1991 with the release of The Perfect Weapon, He followed this up with
Joseph Jonathan Riggs (born September 23, 1982) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. He has competed at weights ranging from Heavyweight down to Welterweight. Currently, Riggs fights as a Middleweight.
Riggs was born in Sanford, Maine and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Earlier in his career he fought more so as a traditional boxer and progressed to become a ground and pound fighter.
Riggs started boxing as a child with his father. Although Riggs is right handed, he was encouraged by his boxing coach to fight southpaw, making his power hand his lead hand. He is a former boxer.
He began wrestling at Cactus High School in Glendale, Arizona, he followed in the footsteps of his hero, Randy Couture, and became an All-American twice. Currently, Riggs also holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Riggs has trained at Arizona Combat Sports under the Lally brothers.
Riggs' strength training consists primarily of plyometrics. His weight training is geared to maintain his muscle mass, and consists of squats, deadlifts and cleans. Riggs does a lot of pushups and circuit training.
Riggs credits his success to his knockout power and athleticism. He says that his favorite technique is a right
War Machine(born Jonathan Koppenhaver on November 30, 1981) is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division. He was a fighter on the The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra as part of Team Serra. Koppenhaver also had a stint as a pornographic actor.
Koppenhaver was born in Simi Valley, California. His father was an officer for the Los Angeles Police Department and his mother worked as a nurse, but she later became a stay-at-home mom. Due to his mother's drug addiction, Koppenhaver would often take care of his little brother and sister. When he was thirteen, Koppenhaver unsuccessfully performed CPR on his father, only to witness him die during the process.
In August 2000, Koppenhaver attended The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, for two years before being expelled for "poor behavior". While attending, he majored in biology. In an interview, Koppenhaver disclosed that he had been earning high marks at The Citadel.
Koppenhaver was a fighter on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra, fighting on Team Serra. However, he was not part of the original sixteen fighters initially picked for the show Instead, Koppenhaver was
Michael Wayne Burnett (born April 12, 1974) is a former American mixed martial artist who was a member of the fight team the Lion's Den. Burnett lost a controversial decision to Pat Miletich in a UFC title fight for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC Ultimate Brazil crowning Miletich the first-ever holder of the UFC Welterweight belt.
Burnett was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated from Nathan Hale High School in 1991. He wrestled for three years in college. Burnett was also an amateur Golden Gloves boxing champion in his home state of Oklahoma. He formerly owned and operated Mikey's Gym in East Tulsa. Burnett was the lead MMA and grappling instructor at Apollo's Karate. On October 1, 2011 Mikey opened the new Mikey's Gym located at 3320 E. 32nd St in Tulsa.
Burnett made his professional MMA debut on April 20, 1996, competing at the third and final Oklahoma Free Fight Federation tournament in Tulsa. Burnett defeated Todd Justice and Tony Hays only to eventually lose to Kevin Nix in the final round of the tournament. Shortly after this, Burnett began to train with Ken Shamrock's Lion's Den in Susanville, California. Burnett's next fight would not take place until the
Nguyễn Huệ, also known as Emperor Quang Trung (光中皇帝; Quang Trung Hoàng đế ), born in Bình Định in 1753, died in Phú Xuân on 16 September 1792, was the second emperor of the Tây Sơn Dynasty of Vietnam, reigning from 1788 until 1792. He was also one of the most successful military commanders in Vietnam's history.
Nguyễn Huệ and his brothers, together known as the Tây Sơn Brothers, were the leaders of the famous Tây Sơn Rebellion. As rebels, they conquered Vietnam, overthrowing the imperial Later Lê Dynasty and the two rival feudal houses of the Nguyễn in the south and the Trinh in the north.
After several years of constant military campaigning and rule, Nguyễn Huệ died at the age of 40, possibly due to a stroke. Prior to his death, he had made plans to continue his march southwards in order to destroy the army of Nguyễn Ánh, a surviving heir of the Nguyễn Lords. Nguyễn Huệ's death led to the downfall of the Tây Sơn Dynasty. His successors were unable to follow the plans he had made for ruling Vietnam. However, his conquests marked the beginning of approximately a century in which Vietnam was both unified and independent until the Western conquest of Vietnam in 1885.
Oleg Nikolaevich Taktarov (Russian: Оле́г Никола́евич Такта́ров; born August 26, 1967) is a retired Russian mixed martial artist and actor. He is a practitioner of Sambo and Judo and has competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pride Fighting Championships. Taktarov was the UFC 6 tournament champion and holds notable wins over Marco Ruas and David "Tank" Abbott. Taktarov is known for being exceptionally calm during fights and for using a variety of rarely seen, acrobatic Sambo take-downs. All of Taktarov's losses were by knockout or decision; he was never submitted in an MMA fight.
Taktarov was born in the closed city Arzamas-16 (today known as Sarov), USSR, before his family moved to Gorky, an industrial centre of Russia. Oleg’s father, a construction worker, wanted his son to become involved in sport, and so took him to a gymnasium at the nearby city of Sarov, with the intention of enrolling Oleg in ice hockey or weightlifting. But the twelve-year-old Taktarov had other ideas after observing athletes practicing judo. At first it appeared his father would have his way because the Sarov judo division had a policy of not accepting people from outside their city, but the
Megumi Fujii (恵 藤井 Fujii Megumi, born April 26, 1974) is a Japanese mixed martial artist. She is currently the #5-ranked pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world by MMARising.com and the #2-ranked female strawweight according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings. She is also the holder of the longest undefeated streak in the history of Mixed Martial Arts.
Fujii specializes mainly in submission fighting and is renowned for her quick takedowns and submissions. Her most popular move is the Inazuma Toe Hold submission, dubbed the Megulock. She also holds black belts in both Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Fujii was trained in MMA by Shooto veteran Hiroyuki Abe and professional wrestler, PRIDE Fighting Championships alumni, former UFC Heavyweight Champion and King of Pancrase Josh Barnett. She has trained several other female MMA fighters herself, including current top fighter Hitomi Akano.
Fujii is also a highly decorated fighter outside of mixed martial arts, with accomplishments including Japanese National Sambo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion, five Second Place finishes in the World Sambo Championships, Ground Impact Professional BJJ Tournament Champion and 2004 and 2006 BJJ
Mikhail Ryabko (born May 6, 1961) is a Colonel in the Russian military, serves as a Special Advisor to the Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation (currently Alexandr Konovalov) and is the founder of Ryabko's Systema.
His martial training was started at the age of five, by a member of Joseph Stalin's personal bodyguards with traditional Russian martial arts training. At 15 he was enlisted to the ranks of Spetsnaz (Russian special forces) and has served since.
He is active as a martial trainer and advisor and is the author of several publications as well as a textbook on the tactics of Special Operations.
His senior student is Vladimir Vasiliev whose school in Thornhill, Ontario Canada is considered the Systema headquarters outside of Russia, as is evidenced by the website http://russianmartialart.com working as a sort of "hub" gathering data concerning many schools worldwide, schools whose lead instructors have almost always had their Instructor credentials either certified by V. Vasiliev or M.Ryabko, sometimes given by Instructors associated with Vasiliev, such as S. Puzikas and K. Komarov.
Vasiliev's city of residency, Toronto is also home to most of Systema's seminars,
Alejandro "Alex" Meraz (born January 10, 1985) is an American dancer, actor and martial artist. Meraz is best known for playing the werewolf named Paul in the film New Moon, and its sequel The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. He later reprised the role in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 is set to reprise it once again in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.
Alex Meraz claims indigenous Mexican heritage from the P'urhépecha people. He attended the New School for the Arts, and is an avid painter and illustrator. Besides break-dancing, which he was advent in during the early 2000s under the name "Nomak," Alex excels in indigenous and contemporary dancing. He has studied mixed martial arts, winning numerous tournaments in karate and the martial art of Capoeira. Alex's first big film was The New World as one of the Powhatan core warriors, inspiring him to continue acting. Thereafter he was in the running for the film Apocalypto but in the end was turned down. His big break came when he was cast as werewolf Paul in the film New Moon.
He is married to his Vietnamese-American wife, Kim. His wife, a Twilight fan, told him he should audition for New Moon, believing he was perfect for
Robert Malcolm "Bob" Sapp (Japanese: [Bobbu Sappu]; born September 22, 1973) is an American kickboxer, mixed martial artist, professional wrestler, actor, comedian and former professional American football player. Sapp currently has a combined fight record of 22–31–1, mostly fighting in Japan. He is well known in Japan, where he has appeared in numerous commercials, television programs, and various other media, and has released a music CD, It's Sapp Time. He also appeared in an episode of the HBO program Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. He is currently working sporadically for various MMA promotions in the U.S., Japan, and Europe. In MMA, Sapp holds a win over Kiyoshi Tamura and in K-1, he holds wins over K-1 legend Ernesto Hoost (2x), Cyril Abidi and Olympic judo Silver Medalist Min Soo Kim.
Bob Sapp began his athletic career in high school playing football at Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs, CO. He received a football scholarship to the University of Washington, where he won the Morris Award. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears 69th overall in the 1997 NFL Draft. Sapp's career took a hit after he was suspended by the NFL for alleged steroid abuse. Sapp signed with the
Daniel Mark Hardy (born May 17, 1982) is an English mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2004, Hardy fought in various promotions such as Cage Force and Cage Warriors before signing a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2008. His nickname comes from the screen name he used on the Cage Warrior forum when he was looking for training partners after a disagreement with a coach leading to his former training partners being forbidden to work with him.
Hardy defeated Akihiro Gono via split decision in his UFC debut at UFC 89. Gono was left swollen and bloody by several of Hardy's left hooks. Gono rocked Hardy on several occasions. In the third round, Gono pushed Hardy to the canvas and while there, landed an illegal knee to the head of the downed fighter causing the fight to be stopped for a lengthy period and a point deduction for Gono. Hardy recovered and went on to win the split decision. The judges saw the bout 29–28 (twice) for Hardy and 29–28 for Gono.
Hardy knocked out Rory Markham at 1:09 of the first round with a clean counter left hook on February 21, 2009 at UFC 95. A follow-up shot on the mat
Hatsu Hioki (日沖発, Hioki Hatsu) (Japanese pronunciation: [çioki hatsu͍̥], born July 18, 1983) is a Japanese professional mixed martial artist signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship competing in the featherweight division. He is the former Shooto Lightweight Champion and former Sengoku Featherweight Champion. Hioki is a long time Shooto veteran and has fought most of his fights in Japanese promotions including the largest Mixed Martial Arts organization at the time, Pride Fighting Championships. Hioki is currently ranked the #5 featherweight in the world by Sherdog.
Hioki won his first MMA title in the Canadian promotion TKO Major League MMA, by defeating Mark Hominick for the featherweight belt. Prior to this Hioki had only one loss to Hiroyuki Takaya in Shooto and had a record of 8-1-1. He successfully defended this title twice before participating in the Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix tournament.
Hioki defeated Masanori Kanehara in the semi-final of the tournament but was unable to continue on to the final to fight Michihiro Omigawa due to an injury in his bout with Kanehara. Kanehara replaced Hioki for the final and ended up winning the tournament.
On May 30, 2010 Hioki
Jayavarman VII (Khmer: ជ័យវរ្ម័នទី៧, 1125–1218) was a king (reigned c.1181-1218) of the Khmer Empire in present day Siem Reap, Cambodia. He was the son of King Dharanindravarman II (r. 1150-1160) and Queen Sri Jayarajacudamani. He married Jayarajadevi and then, after her death, married her sister Indradevi. The two women are commonly thought to have been a great inspiration to him, particularly in his unusual devotion to Buddhism, as only one prior Khmer king was a Buddhist.
Jayavarman probably spent his early years away from the Khmer capital. "Jaya" literally means "victorious" and "varman" - "the warrior".jhg
In 1177 and again in 1178, the Cham invaded Cambodia. In 1178, they launched a surprise attack on the Khmer capital by sailing a fleet up the Mekong River, across Lake Tonlé Sap, and then up the Siem Reap River, a tributary of the Tonle Sap. The invaders pillaged the Khmer capital of Yasodharapura and put the king to death, as well as taking the Apsara dancers. Also in 1178, Jayavarman came to historical prominence by leading a Khmer army that ousted the invaders. At the time, he may already have been in his 60s. Returning to the capital, he found it in disorder. He put an
Keith Hector Jardine (born October 31, 1975) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Middleweight division and is best known for his time in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he fought in the Light Heavyweight division. During his time in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, he held notable wins over Forrest Griffin, Chuck Liddell, and Brandon Vera. In 2011, Jardine signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce.
Jardine made his professional Mixed Martial Arts debut in 2001, defeating Amir Rahnavardi by armbar submission. He would win five out of his next six bouts, suffering one knockout loss to Travis Wiuff six seconds into the fight, before debuting in the Japanese Pancrase organization in 2003. Jardine's bout in Pancrase, with Keiichiro Yamamiya, ended in a draw. Jardine defeated his next two opponents, including a submission win over Red Devil Sport Club fighter Arman Gambaryan, before appearing on The Ultimate Fighter 2.
In 2005, Jardine was cast on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter, a team-based reality television show created by the UFC, as a heavyweight competitor. He was the first heavyweight to be chosen by team coach and then UFC middleweight
Chotoku Kyan (喜屋武 朝徳, Kyan Chōtoku, born December 1870 in Shuri, Okinawa - September 20, 1945 in Ishikawa, Okinawa) was an Okinawan karate master who was famous for both his karate skills, and his colorful personal life. Chotoku Kyan (also spelled Chotoku Kiyan) was a large influence in the styles of karate that would become Shorin-Ryu and its related styles.
Chotoku Kyan was born as the first son of Chofu Kyan who was a steward to the Ryukyuan King before the realm's official dissolution into Japan as the Okinawan Prefecture. Kyan was noted for being small in stature, suffering from asthma and frequently bed-ridden. He also had poor eyesight, which may have led to his early nickname Chan Migwa (squinty-eyed Chan).
Kyan's father is noted as possibly having a background in karate and even teaching Kyan tegumi in his early years. When Kyan was 20 years old, he began his karate training under Kosaku Matsumora and Kokan Oyadomari. While at 30 years of age, he was considered a master of the karate styles known as Shuri-te and Tomari-te. The most long time student of Kyan was Zenryō Shimabukuro, who studied with Kyan for over 10 years. Kyan is also noted for encouraging his students to
Lee Marvin (February 19, 1924 – August 29, 1987) was an American film actor. Known for his gravelly voice, white hair and 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) stature, Marvin at first did supporting roles, mostly villains, soldiers and other hardboiled characters, but after winning an Academy Award for Best Actor for his dual roles in Cat Ballou (1965), he landed more heroic and sympathetic leading roles.
Marvin was born in New York City. He was the son of Lamont Waltman Marvin, an advertising executive and the head of the New York and New England Apple Institute, and his wife Courtenay Washington (née Davidge), a fashion writer and beauty consultant. He was named in honor of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, who was his first cousin, four times removed. His father was a direct descendant of Matthew Marvin, Sr., who emigrated from Great Bentley, Essex, England in 1635 and helped found Hartford, Connecticut.
Marvin studied violin when he was young. As a teenager, Marvin "spent weekends and spare time hunting deer, puma, wild turkey, and bobwhite in the wilds of the then-uncharted Everglades." He attended St. Leo College Preparatory School in St. Leo, Florida after being expelled from several other
Manuela Arcuri (born 8 January 1977) is an Italian actress and model.
Raised in Latina, Italy from an early age, after high school she enrolled in the Accademia d'Arte Drammatica (Academy for the Dramatic Arts) in Rome but she dropped out and enrolled in a 3-year sociology degree at the university. Manuela Arcuri, like many other young starlets of the 1990s and 2000s, was often the subject of gossip regarding her romantic relationships that put her on the covers of tabloids. She has a black belt in karate.
At a very early age she was attracted to showbusiness, and she became a fashion model; in 1995 she played parts in soap operas and in her first movie, Black Holes directed by Pappi Corsicato; then she had a supporting role in Graduates directed by Leonardo Pieraccioni, which brought her to the attention of the moviegoing public.
She continued acting in other movies and stage productions, such as A pretty story of a woman e Liolà at the side of Gianfranco Jannuzzo and under the direction of Gigi Proietti.
In 2000 Manuela Arcuri, now considered a sex symbol, appeared in a calendar for the magazine GenteViaggi; the following year, she posed for another calendar, this time for the
Matthew Frederick Riddle (born January 14, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist. A professional MMA competitor since 2008, Riddle made a name for himself by appearing on SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter 7. He is currently under contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), fighting in the welterweight division.
Riddle was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and later moved to Saratoga Springs, New York, where he attended Saratoga Springs High School. He graduated from high school in 2004 and then attended East Stroudsburg University, where he was a member of the wrestling team for two years. After his head coach was fired, Riddle lost his wrestling scholarship and moved to MMA.
Riddle's main experience comes from high school wrestling. He wrestled at Saratoga High School in upstate New York. There Riddle was a National wrestling Champion and in his Senior year was a New York state wrestling champion. He is 1-0 in amateur MMA.
Riddle worked as a roofer and trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the evenings. Since Riddle had little to no money, he did not train at a gym but in his apartment. Riddle used BJ Penn's book, Mixed Martial Arts: The Book of Knowledge to help him
Takeda Sōkaku (武田 惣角, October 10, 1859 – April 25, 1943) was known as the founder of a school of jujutsu known as Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu.
Born in the Aizu domain (Fukushima Prefecture), Sōkaku grew up in a time of war (Boshin) and civil strife and was able to witness both first hand while still a young boy. The second son of Takeda Sōkichi, a samurai of the Takeda clan who worked his farm and taught at a local school and Tomi Kurokochi, a daughter of Dengoro Kurokochi, a Yari and Kenjutsu master. It is believed that Sōkaku received his first martial arts training from his father who had a dojo on their property. Sōkichi was apparently expert in the use of both sword and spear, and had once been a sumo wrestler of ozeki rank. It is believed that Sōkaku was exposed to the teachings of Hōzōin-ryū Takada-ha and Ono-ha Ittō-ryū, schools of spear and swordsmanship respectively.
Sōkaku then left to go on a period of austere training where he travelled, fought and trained at the schools of many teachers, a not uncommon practise of the time. Reputedly, Sōkaku spent some time as a live-in student of Kenkichi Sakakibara, headmaster of the Jikishinkage-ryū and considered to be one of the most
Takuma Hisa (久 琢磨 Hisa Takuma, c.1895–1980-10-31) was a prominent Japanese martial artist, early student in Daito-ryu aiki-jujutsu of both Sokaku Takeda and aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba.
Born in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan; in his youth, he was a sumo wrestler. He was captain of the sumo club at Kobe Business School (now Kobe University) and won the All-Kansai Student Sumo Championship. He later became the director of General Affairs at the Asahi News in Osaka. He was advised to learn the technique of Daito-ryu aiki-jujutsu for self-defense and was introduced to Ueshiba, becoming one of his early prewar students. Later (in 1936) he studied directly under Takeda when the latter came teaching at the Asahi News dojo. He received the Kyoju Dairi (teaching certification) a year later and was awarded the Menkyo kaiden rank in 1939, directly from Takeda. He later became one of the most prominent teachers of Daito-ryu aiki-jujutsu. In 1959, he established the Kansai Aikido Club to teach the techniques of Ueshiba and Takeda. Hisa is also remembered for compiling a catalogue of techniques from photographs taken at the Asahi News dojo featuring both Ueshiba and Takeda. The catalogue constitutes
Toshishiro Obata (小幡 利城, Obata Toshishiro) is a founder of Shinkendo.
He is well-known in Japan as a tameshigiri champion for several years in a row and is an authorized shitoka (sword tester).
He studied Aikido under Gozo Shioda in the Yoshinkan Honbu Dojo, and studied the sword arts of Nakamura ryu, Ioriken Battojutsu, Toyama Ryu, Yagyu Shinkage Ryu, Kashima Shin ryu, Ryukyu Kobudo(karate), and others.
He moved to America in 1980 to start teaching and to develop his own sword art, based on his extensive experience. In 1990, the International Shinkendo Federation was officially established. The federation has grown to 80 branches internationally, and continues to expand. Obata, as the founder of the school, is referred to as Obata Kaiso by his students, and continues to travel across the globe to hold seminars for his students around the world.
In 1966, the 18-year-old Obata left his small rural hometown and headed for Tokyo, to begin a career in martial arts. He soon found himself at Yoshinkan Honbu Dojo, the birthplace of Yoshinkan Aikido, where he became Uchi-deshi, live-in student, under headmaster Shioda Gozo. Obata stayed at Yoshinkan for seven years as a student and
Tyson Lee Griffin (born April 20, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist from Albany, California. Griffin formerly fought as a featherweight and lightweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Griffin was a standout wrestler at Albany High School and moved on to wrestle at Skyline Junior College before dropping out. He began training at David Terrell's NorCal Fighting Alliance and the Cesar Gracie Academy. During his first mixed martial arts training session, Terrell cut two gashes over Griffin's left eye, requiring stitches. Griffin states that he committed himself to a career in MMA while in the hospital waiting room. His mother supported him during his first year of training, but after his professional debut he had to get side jobs to support himself through his early career.
Tyson Griffin began his professional career in 2004 in the Gladiator Challenge promotion. In his third bout, he dropped to featherweight to earn a TKO victory over future World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champion Urijah Faber, which stood as Faber's only defeat for over three years. Griffin went on to win all of his first six fights before facing Duane Ludwig at Strikeforce: Revenge. He
Justin McCully (born February 18, 1976) is an American mixed martial artist who most recently fought in the UFC heavyweight division.
McCully trains with Team Punishment, including Tito Ortiz, Kendall Grove, and professional wrestler Samoa Joe. McCully also trained with BJ Penn in Hilo for Penn's bout with Georges St-Pierre at UFC 94. He has three previous fights inside the UFC, a unanimous decision victory over Antoni Hardonk at UFC Fight Night 9, a submission loss to Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 86, and a unanimous decision win over Eddie Sanchez at UFC: Fight For The Troops. McCully was also scheduled to fight Christian Wellisch at UFC 76, but McCully was ultimately replaced by Scott Junk. He has also fought a former UFC champion, losing to Evan Tanner by technical submission at a 1998 Pancrase event.
McCully competed against Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 86. He lost by submission to Gonzaga applying an Americana keylock from the mounted position in the first round.
He then fought Eddie Sanchez at UFC Fight for the Troops and won the fight by unanimous decision. Most recently, McCully lost to Mike Russow at UFC 102 via unanimous decision.
After his defeat at the hands of Mike Russow at UFC
Richard Allen Crunkilton (born November 25, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist. He competes in the Lightweight division. He defeated Sergio Gomez on March 26, 2008 at WEC 33. He was scheduled to face Donald Cerrone at WEC 34, but was forced off the card with an injury. Crunkilton was forced to withdraw from his bout with Bart Palaszewski at WEC 39 because of a knee injury. He was again scheduled to fight Donald Cerrone on June 7, 2009 at WEC 41, but dropped out due to another undiclosed injury.
Crunkilton made his return from injury at WEC 43 where he lost by decision to WEC newcomer Dave Jansen.
Shortly after his defeat at WEC 43, Crunkilton was released from the promotion.
Kenji Osawa (born November 4, 1976) is a Japanese mixed martial artist from Tokyo, currently fighting in the WEC. He started MMA approximately six years ago, and trains and fights out of Wajitsu Keishukai, and teaches there once a week, he also teaches at his own school called "Osawa juku" every Sunday.
His fight record is 18-10-2, fighting primarily in Shooto.
His favorite saying is, "If you try, you can do it!" He was scheduled to fight Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Rani Yahya on August 9, 2009 at WEC 42, but due to a foot injury, he was replaced by John Hosman.
Osawa lost via unanimous decision to Antonio Banuelos on November 18, 2009 at WEC 44
Osawa made his DREAM debut against Yoshiro Maeda at DREAM.14 on May 29, 2010. He won the fight via Split Decision.
Daniel "Gracie" Simoes, a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a lifelong practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and mixed martial arts. The Gracie Family is world renowned for their contributions to Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. He is cousin to Renzo Gracie, Ralph Gracie, Charles Gracie and Ryan Gracie. He is currently an instructor at Renzo Gracie Academy in Stamford, Ct.
Daniel “Gracie” Simoes was born June 28, 1972 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Being very close to his cousins; Charles, Renzo, Ralph and Ryan Gracie, jiu-jitsu was always present in Daniel’s life growing up. He started taking training more serious around 1982, training under Carlos Gracie, Jr. at Gracie Barra. He received his black belt in 1996 after winning at the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in the absolute division as a brown belt.
Gracie has competed both in sport BJJ and mixed martial arts events such as the PRIDE Fighting Championships, the International Fight League, and the prestigious Abu Dhabi Combat Club Tournament. He fought for Team Gracie in the IFL, where he submitted former UFC fighter Wes Sims. After a TKO loss in 2006, Daniel decided to walk away from MMA for awhile to concentrate on teaching
Mac Danzig (born January 2, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist, who competes as a lightweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Danzig, of German and Scots-Irish descent, grew up in the greater Pittsburgh area before moving to Los Angeles to pursue his career.
In the past, Danzig was known for his association with R1 fight team (formerly RAW) and had been a student of Iowa wrestling standout Rico Chiapparelli and MMA fighter Frank Trigg. Since then he trained boxing extensively at both the Wild Card gym in Hollywood, California under Freddie Roach assistant Justin Fortune, and more recently under Gil Martinez in Las Vegas, Nevada. Danzig credits Martinez as his only current boxing coach.
While Danzig is known as an impressive grappler, having scored 12 of his victories by submission; he has proven himself to be an adept striker, most notably with his KO victory over Joe Stevenson and his TKO victory over former lightweight champion Takumi Nakayama.
After defeating Royce Gracie black belt Buddy Clinton on August 4, 2006, Danzig increased his winning streak to 12 in a row with a unanimous decision victory over Miletich fighter John Mahlow on September 29 in Calgary,
Ng Mui (Chinese: 吴梅大師; pinyin: Wú Méi Dàshī; Cantonese Yale: Ng5 Mui4 Daai6 Si1) is said to have been one of the legendary Five Elders — survivors of the destruction of the Shaolin Temple by the Qing Dynasty.
She is said to have been a master variously of the Shaolin martial arts, the Wudang martial arts, and Yuejiaquan, the family style of Yue Fei. She is also credited as the founder of the martial arts Wǔ Méi Pài (Ng Mui style), Wing Chun Kuen, Dragon style, White Crane, and Five-Pattern Hung Kuen.
She has been associated with various locations, including the Shaolin Temple in either Henan or Fujian, the Wudang Mountains in Hubei, Mount Emei in Sichuan, a supposed White Crane Temple, the Daliang Mountains on the border between Sichuan and Yunnan, and additional locations in Guangxi and Guangdong. According to one folk story, she was the daughter of a Ming general.
According to the Wing Chun master Yip Man, Ng Mui was Abbess at the Henan Shaolin Monastery and managed to survive its destruction by Qing forces during the reign of the Kangxi Emperor (1662–1722). She fled to the White Crane Temple (which this account locates in the Daliang mountains between Yunnan and Sichuan) where
Renzo Gracie (/ˈhɛnzoʊ ˈɡræsiː/; born March 11, 1967) is a Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Carlos Gracie Jr. and a retired mixed martial arts fighter. He is member of the Gracie family of Brazil. He is the son of Robson Gracie, grandson of Carlos Gracie, nephew of Carlos Gracie, Jr. and grandnephew of Helio Gracie.
A world famous Jiu-Jitsu coach, Gracie has helped train a number of professional fighters such as: Matt Serra, Ricardo Almeida, Georges St. Pierre, Frank Edgar, Rolles Gracie, Chris Weidman, Kyra Gracie and Roy Nelson. His brothers Ralph Gracie and the late Ryan Gracie were also famous fighters.
Gracie has competed both in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts events such as the PRIDE Fighting Championships, the International Fight League, RINGS, Martial Arts Reality Superfighting (MARS) and the World Combat Championship.
On February 10, 2007 Gracie won a match against former UFC light heavyweight champion Frank Shamrock for upstart MMA promotion EliteXC on its debut night Saturday February 10, 2007, on Showtime. Gracie was able to take Frank down fairly easily after being overmatched on his feet and was still able to dominate on the ground for
Robert Alexander McCullough IV (born May 26, 1977) is an American Muay Thai kickboxer and mixed martial artist. He was a five-time World Muay Thai Champion, and is a former WEC Lightweight Champion. He currently trains in Huntington Beach, California at HB Ultimate Training Center. His training partners include Jean Carrillo, Muay Thai boxing coach; and Rob Natzel, strength and conditioning coach.
McCullough began his MMA career with a first-round technical knockout victory at the Palace Casino in Lemoore, California, in 2001. Between 2003 and 2007, "Razor Rob" went 10-1 with nine stoppage victories and only a split-decision loss to Harris Sarmiento, which he later avenged.
McCullough defeated Muay Thai fighter Kit Cope at WEC 25 to win the vacant WEC lightweight title. He defended the title once by defeating Richard Crunkilton by first-round TKO. On February 13, 2008, he lost his title to Jamie Varner when Varner defeated him by TKO due to strikes in the third round.
After losing his title, McCullough struggled over his next four fights in the now-defunct WEC. He defeated Kenneth Alexander by split decision but then lost to Donald Cerrone. He defeated Marcus Hicks by majority
Sean Keith Sherk (born August 5, 1973) is an American mixed martial arts fighter currently fighting for the UFC. He currently holds a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) record of thirty-six wins, four losses and one draw. Sherk has fought in both the UFC and Pride FC, and is a former UFC Lightweight Champion. His only four MMA losses are to former UFC champions BJ Penn, Matt Hughes, Frankie Edgar and current UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
Sherk began fighting MMA in June 1999, where he originally fought at the welterweight weight-class. During his time as a welterweight, Sherk suffered two losses; one to Matt Hughes and one to Georges St. Pierre. In 2006, Sherk decided to drop down to the lightweight class of 155 lb. In his first fight as a lightweight, Sherk defeated Kenny Florian to become the first UFC Lightweight Champion in over four years. After his first successful defense with the title, Sherk was stripped of the title after testing positive for steroids. Upon his return in May 2008, Sherk failed to win back the title from then champion, B.J. Penn.
Sherk was born on August 5, 1973, in St. Francis, Minnesota. Sherk began wrestling at age seven. He continued
Steven Ho (born 9 March 1973) is a Chinese American martial artist, entrepreneur, stunt coordinator, stuntman, and member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Known as one of the first martial arts tricksters in open martial art competitions and early pioneers of non-traditional forms (NASKA), Ho helped to popularize the 540 kick and the Hawkeye Kick in the mid-eighties. Many consider Ho's influence, particularly his 540 kick, to be the beginning of the tricking movement.
Ho is also well regarded for his stunt work as Donatello in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993), and his role as "Chan" in Mortal Kombat (1995).
Ho is a well known martial arts instructor and film fight trainer in Hollywood who has trained many notable stuntmen and actors, including Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Franco, Pierce Brosnan, Tobey Maguire, Pink, Method Man, Rachel Weisz, Gisele Bündchen, Josh Charles, Peter Krause, Bar Refaeli, Ellen Barkin, Brad Womack, Britney Spears.
For the much anticipated Britney Spears music video, Hold It Against Me, Ho trained Spears and fight choreographed the Britney vs. Britney fight for
John Alan Belcher (born April 24, 1984), is an American mixed martial artist who currently fights in the middleweight division of the UFC. He fights out of Alan Belcher MMA Club in Biloxi, Mississippi, where he is also the owner and head instructor.
Belcher made his professional debut in July 2004 against Tim Ellis in Freestyle Fighting Championship and won by TKO. His MMA career then picked up significantly in early 2006, the year in which Belcher amassed 9 fights, going 8–1.
In 2006 he lost a unanimous decision at the hands of Yushin Okami at UFC 62 in his UFC debut.
Belcher made his second UFC appearance against Jorge Santiago three months later, winning by stunning head kick KO in the third round of a close fight.
At UFC 69, Belcher lost to The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Kendall Grove via D'arce choke. Belcher then defeated Sean Salmon one month later at UFC 71 with a guillotine choke 53 seconds into the first round. Belcher took the fight on ten-days notice after Eric Schafer pulled out due to sustaining a broken rib during training. This fight was at 205 pounds.
Belcher then defeated Kalib Starnes at UFC 77 on October 20, 2007. After controlling the fight with punches and
Demian Maia Baptista (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈdemiɐ̃ ˈmajɐ] born November 6, 1977) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. He currently fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Maia trained in Judo as a child. He began at the age of four and trained until he was six. When he became a teenager, he also began studying Kung Fu and Karate. By age nineteen, Maia was introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by his cousin. After four years and seven months, Demian received his black belt under Fabio Gurgel. Demian Maia finished college and graduated with a degree in Journalism. He is currently a third degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has won several major tournaments under Team Brasa.
He won the 77–87 kg weight division at the 2007 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, defeating Yushin Okami, Rafael Lovato, and Tarsis Humphres before armbarring Flavio Almeida in the finals. He also won the 2007 Super Challenge under 83 kg belt, defeating Vitelmo Kubis Bandeira by rear naked choke and Gustavo Machado by a judges decision before going on to defeat Fabio Negao by guillotine choke in the finals. On the heels
Guru Hargobind Sahib, (Punjabi: ਗੁਰੂ ਹਰਿ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਸਾਹਿਬ [ɡʊru həɾɡobɪnd sɑhɪb]) also Saccha Padshah (ਸੱਚਾ ਪਾਦਸ਼ਾਹ "True Emperor") (born 5 July 1595–died 19 March 1644 ). According to another tradition, he was born on 5th of July 1595. He was the sixth of the Sikh gurus and became Guru on 25 May 1606 following in the footsteps of his father Guru Arjan Dev. He was not, perhaps, more than eleven at his father's execution. Before ascension, he nominated Guru Har Rai, his grandson as the next Guru of the Sikhs.
From the very beginning, he was the deadly enemy of the Mughal Empire.
He put on two swords: one indicated his spiritual authority and the other, his temporal authority. He built the Akal Takht, the Throne of the Almighty. Guru Hargobind ji excelled in matters of state, and his Darbar (court) was noted for its splendour. The arming and training of some of his devoted followers began, the Guru came to possess seven hundred horses, and his Risaldari (army) grew to three hundred horsemen and sixty gunners in the due course of time. Additionally, five hundred men from the Majha area of the Punjab were recruited as infantry. Guru Hargobind built a fortress at Amritsar called Lohgarh
Kisshomaru Ueshiba (植芝 吉祥丸, Ueshiba Kisshōmaru, June 27, 1921 – January 4, 1999) was a prominent Japanese master of aikido. He was the son of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of aikido, and became the international leader of aikido after his father's death.
Ueshiba was born on June 27, 1921, in the city of Ayabe, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. He was the third son and fourth child of Morihei Ueshiba and Hatsu Ueshiba (née Itokawa). Ueshiba began training under his father around 1937.
In 1942, while he was still studying at Waseda University, Morihei Ueshiba (who was retiring to Iwama) appointed him the head of the Kobukan Dojo in Shinjuku, Tokyo. He saved the dojo from fire bombing several times during the World War II. Ueshiba graduated with a degree in economics in 1946.
Speaking about the period just after World War II, Moriteru Ueshiba said, "there was not yet much activity at the Hombu Dojo. For a time my father [Kisshomaru Ueshiba] was actually in Iwama instead ... starting around 1949, he worked for about seven years at a company called Osaka Shoji. He had no other choice. Even if you have a dojo, you can't make a living if nobody is coming to train, which was largely the case after the
Michael Gavin Joseph Bisping (born 28 February 1979) is an English mixed martial artist. He currently fights in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is the former Cage Warriors Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight Champion, former Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Champion and The Ultimate Fighter 3 Light Heavyweight Tournament winner. As of August 2012, Bisping is ranked the #4 middleweight in the world by Sherdog and the #2 middleweight in the world by MMA Weekly
Bisping was born in Cyprus in 1979, but moved to Bridlington, East Yorkshire, when he was a child. Taking an early interest in martial arts, Bisping began training in a traditional form of jiujitsu known as Yawara Ryu under Paul Lloyd Davies when he was 8 years old. In 1994, at the age of 15, Bisping competed as an amateur in England's first "no holds barred" competition, a precursor to modern MMA, called Knock Down Sport Budo (KSBO), organised by Davies.
At the age of 18, Bisping decided to abandon his martial arts training in order "to pursue real life". But less than a year later Bisping began training kickboxing and karate on the advice of Allan Clarkin, owner of Black Knights Kickboxing,
Urijah Christopher Faber (born May 14, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist currently fighting as a bantamweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization. Faber won the WEC featherweight championship at WEC 19 on March 17, 2006 and held the title for over two years until his loss to Mike Brown at WEC 36 on November 5, 2008. As of August 2012, Faber is ranked the #3 bantamweight in the world by Sherdog.
Faber is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt under Fabio "Pateta" Prado, who, under Carlson Gracie Jr., is a 5th degree black belt.
Faber was born on May 14, 1979, in Isla Vista, California, to Theo and Suzanne Faber, and grew up in Lincoln. He is of Dutch descent on his father's side. He went to Glen Edwards Middle School for Jr. High and Lincoln High School for high school. He has two siblings, an older brother named Ryan and a younger sister named Michaella. His sister almost died after a Thanksgiving 2011 car accident. Faber graduated from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor's degree in Human Development.
Faber made his professional MMA debut as part of the Gladiator Challenge promotion on November 12, 2003, defeating Jay Valencia by a guillotine
Bruce Anthony Buffer (born May 21, 1957, in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is the official Octagon announcer for UFC events. On UFC broadcasts, he is introduced as the "Veteran Voice of the Octagon". He is the half brother of the well-known boxing and professional wrestling ring announcer Michael Buffer, and is the President and CEO of their company "The Buffer Partnership". Both Michael and Bruce are grandsons of late boxer Johnny Buff. Buffer holds a black belt in Tang Soo Do and has fought as a kickboxer.
Buffer always begins each PPV with the phrase "Ladies and gentlemen, we...are...live!" Before each main event Buffer proclaims, "This is the main event of the evening," followed by "This is the moment you've all been waiting for," and finally, "It's time!" before introducing the final two fighters.
Along with his catch phrases, Buffer has a signature move, which he has called the "Buffer 180" where he motions directly across the Octagon before quickly spinning 180° and pointing to the corner being introduced. Buffer performs 45° and 90° turns before most fights, but reserves the "Buffer 180" for main events and co-main events. At UFC 100, Buffer performed a "Buffer 360" during his
Daniel DeWayne Severn (born June 8, 1958) is an American mixed martial artist and professional wrestler, notable for his success in the early years of Ultimate Fighting Championship tournaments. Severn has fought and wrestled for many mixed martial arts and professional wrestling promotions, including King of the Cage, PRIDE FC, Cage Rage, WEC, RINGS, and the World Wrestling Federation. He holds a professional MMA Record of 101–19–7 and is a UFC Hall of Famer and a former UFC Superfight Champion.
In professional wrestling Severn is a two-time world champion, having won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship twice. As of January 2011, at age 54+, Severn still competes in MMA Competition and pro wrestling. Along with competition, Severn also makes special appearances and autograph signings. He also travels the globe instructing seminars in MMA, grappling, and amateur wrestling. More importantly, Severn is focused on getting his Law Enforcement Training (Danger Zone: LET) developed into more police departments, corrections facilities and the military.
Severn has a long history in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling. He was a two time All-American at Arizona State University, the
Gulam was an Indian practitioner of Pehlwani. Gulam participated in early catch wrestling tournaments in Europe. At 5 foot 9, 280 pounds, Gulam wrestled in Paris in 1900 at the time of 1900 World's Fair.
In Paris, Gulam's manager extended a challenge to Turkish wrestler Kurtdereli Mehmet Pehlivan. Pandit Motilal Nehru was in attendance during the wrestling bout in Paris.
Edmond Desbonnet’s account of the bout was given in his 1910 book, Les Rois de la Lutte. According to this account, the newcomer dominated Kurtdereli. In order to avoid harming the financial interests of those who bet on Kurtdereli, the bets on the bout were called off. Gulam was proclaimed the winner, but all bets were reimbursed.
Gulam returned to India where, shortly after 1900, he died of cholera.
Desbonnet referred to Gulam as one of he two "super wrestlers" of modern times (the other being Yusuf İsmail) and Stanislaus Zbyszko told Robert W. Smith that, although he had never met Gulam himself, "I got information off one wrestler who did train with Gulam. He was the ruler of his day, of the mat, of human strength."
Gulam should not be confused with Ghulam "Great Gama" Muhammed, another Pehlwani practitioner.
James Thompson (born December 16, 1978) is an English professional mixed martial artist. He fights as a heavyweight and has appeared in such promotions as Elite Xtreme Combat, Pride Fighting Championship, KSW, Super Fight League, and Cage Rage. He is known for his "Gong and Dash", rushing his opponents with strikes at the start of the fight.
James Thompson grew up in Rochdale, Greater Manchester and later moved to Bristol in 2001. He worked as a bouncer. He also pursued a career in bodybuilding. Thompson took up the sport of wrestling and competed in a several matches before seeing an MMA match featuring Don Frye, which ultimately inspired him to pursue a career in MMA. He started watching DVDs on Boxing, Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jutsu.
Thompson began his mixed martial arts career fighting in the British promotion Ultimate Combat (UC). He developed a rivalry with Mark “The Shark” Goddard after their bout in Ultimate Combat 6: Battle in the Cage. Thompson won the bout by referee stoppage, but Goddard disputed the result, saying that Thompson had tapped earlier to one of his armbar attempts. A rematch at Ultimate Combat 8: Retribution resulted in an 18 second knockout victory for
Paul Noel Starling (born 1948 in Sydney, New South Wales) is one of Australia's most respected Karate masters. He is also the most senior Caucasian student of Gōjū-ryū Grandmaster Jitsumi Gogen Yamaguchi Kaiso, and a world Vice President of the International Karate do Goju Kai Association- I.K.G.A.
He was also the first Australian Karateka to compete in a Karate World Championships and remain undefeated when in 1970 at the very first Karate World Championships his team came up against undisputed favorites Japan at the inaugural event held in Tokyo Japan. Paul Starling was also the very first graduate (1973) of Gogen Yamaguchi's elite Japan Karate do College, and the only Caucasian & Australian to graduate as a Shihan (Master). He commenced training as a teenager in 1963 at the very first Dojo (karate school) of Goju Kai established in Australia at that time, with the founder of Goju Kai in Australia; Merv Oakley Sensei. During this period in Australian Karate do history there were very few qualified Instructors in the country, and of those only a handful were proficient or graded legitimately to Instructor level. Merv Oakley was a pioneer of Australian Karate, and was the first
Renato da Cunha Sobral (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁeˈnatu soˈbɾaw]; born September 7, 1975), also known as "Babalu", is a Brazilian mixed martial artist, and former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion. Sobral previously fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he posted a 6–4 record. He is a member of the Gracie Barra Cerritos and has a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Carlos Gracie Jr. Some of his MMA achievements include defeating fighters Trevor Prangley, Maurício Rua, and Jeremy Horn in a single night at IFC's Global Domination tournament. Sobral also holds wins over Chael Sonnen, Robbie Lawler, and Cyrille Diabaté.
Sobral's background is in wrestling. Before joining the Gracie Barra Combat Team he was a Brazilian national wrestling champion and was trained in Ruas Vale Tudo, a martial arts system developed by Marco Ruas.
At UFC 62, Sobral was defeated by Chuck Liddell in a bout for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. The match was stopped as a technical knockout at 95 seconds into the first round. Following his loss to Liddell, Sobral faced Jason Lambert at UFC 68. Sobral was knocked out in the second round.
Sobral's next fight was at UFC 74 against
Taylor Daniel Lautner (pronounced /ˈlaʊtnər/, LOWT-ner; born February 11, 1992) is an American actor, voice actor, model, and martial artist. As a child, Lautner took up martial arts in Holland, Michigan and was ranked number one in his category by the American Sports Karate Association. Lautner soon thereafter began his acting career, appearing in bit roles in comedy series such as The Bernie Mac Show (2003) and My Wife and Kids (2004), before having voice roles in television series like What's New, Scooby-Doo? (2005) and Danny Phantom (2005). In 2005, he appeared in the film Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and starred in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D.
Lautner is best known for playing Jacob Black in The Twilight Saga film series based on the novels of the same name by Stephenie Meyer. He also starred in the 2011 action film Abduction.
The late 2000s saw Lautner become a teen idol and rise as a sex symbol, after extensively changing his physique to keep the role of Jacob Black in further Twilight installments, and thereafter generating media attention for his looks. In 2010, he was ranked second on Glamour's "The 50 Sexiest Men of 2010" list, and fourth on People's "Most
Vincent A. Cruz is an American martial artist, and an advocate of traditional Shotokan Karate.
Cruz is a certified martial art instructor and examiner under the American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF) and the International Traditional Karate Federation (ITKF); both federations are headed by Master Hidetaka Nishiyama. Cruz is also the founder and chief instructor of the International San Ten Karate Association (ISKA) and the International San Ten Martial Arts Federation (ISTMAF). "San Ten" refers to Cruz's "three heavens" (physical, mental and spiritual) philosophy of karate. ISKA and ISTMAF welcome practitioners from diverse martial arts styles, such as Kempo, Wushu, and Hapkido.
Cruz is a 6th degree black belt in the AAKF and ITKF, a 6th degree black belt in the Nippon Karate Do Kyo Kai, and a 10th degree black belt in ISKA and ISTMAF. Cruz is usually addressed with the honorific title "Hanshi".
Cruz authored/co-authored two books regarding traditional karate.
Cruz was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1937. He graduated from high school in 1954, and immediately joined the United States Air Force. The Air Force stationed him in Ashiya, Japan, where he began karate training in March
George Edward Foreman (nicknamed "Big George") (born January 10, 1948) is a retired American professional boxer, former two-time World Heavyweight Champion, Olympic gold medalist, ordained Baptist minister, author and entrepreneur. A gold medalist at the 1968 Olympics, Foreman won the World Heavyweight title with a second round knockout of then-undefeated Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica in 1973. He made two successful title defenses before losing to Muhammad Ali in "The Rumble in the Jungle" in 1974. He fought on but was unable to secure another title shot and retired following a loss to Jimmy Young in 1977 and became a Christian minister. Ten years later Foreman announced a comeback, and in November 1994, at age 45, he regained the Heavyweight Championship by knocking out Michael Moorer. He remains the oldest Heavyweight Champion in history. He retired in 1997 at the age of 48, with a final record of 76–5, including 68 knockouts.
Foreman has been inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame and the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO) rates Foreman as the eighth greatest heavyweight of all-time. In 2002, he was named one of the
Kendall Grove (born November 12, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist. He was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 3 on Spike TV.
Grove was born in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii and is a graduate of Baldwin High School in Wailuku, Hawaii, where he was a high school wrestler. Grove has a mixed ethnic heritage of Hawaiian, Samoan and Native American bloodlines. He placed sixth in the state in Hawaii.
While on The Ultimate Fighter 3, Grove trained under Tito Ortiz, and won a preliminary victory against Ross Pointon by rear naked choke and in the semi-finals defeated Kalib Starnes by submission after a rib injury sustained by Starnes during the fight caused him to verbally submit. He defeated Ed Herman in the finals by unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) in the series finale, winning a six-figure contract.
In his first bout since the show on October 10, 2006, Grove defeated then-undefeated Chris Price via submission (elbows) in the first round at Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter.
After the taping of the series, Grove was invited to Ortiz's training camp, Team Punishment and has trained with Ortiz along with many of his former teammates on The Ultimate Fighter 3 at Ortiz's Big
Michael Thomas Brown (born September 8, 1975) is an American mixed martial artist. He currently fights as a featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization and is a former WEC Featherweight Champion. Mike trains full-time at the main American Top Team academy located in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Mike Brown wrestled at Bonny Eagle High School in Standish, Maine where he won a state championship in 1992, his junior year. He went on to wrestle at Norwich University where he was known for his ability to focus. Although he was an average student in high school, he was able to apply his focus to academics and excelled as a scholar-athlete in college. According to Norwich wrestling Coach Rich Hasenfus, Brown was one of the smartest athletes and strongest wrestlers at Norwich.
Brown had fought in several MMA events including most recently WEC, where he was the (145 lb.) champion. In 2005, Brown suffered a near career-ending loss at Deep 22nd in Japan. Brown's opponent, noted leg-lock expert Masakazu Imanari, dislocated Brown's leg to the point that his leg was pulled out and to the side of his knee joint. His only other Pre-WEC losses were to world-class fighters; besides
Mitsuhiro Ishida (石田光洋, born December 29, 1978) is a Japanese mixed martial artist who has competed in Shooto, Strikeforce and Pride. He currently competes in Dream and is known for his wrestling ability and endurance. He holds notable wins over Justin Wilcox and Gilbert Melendez.
Ishida's pro debut was on July 6, 2001 at Shooto: To the Top 6 against Daisuke Sugie where he lost via unanimous decision. He then went on to win his next four fights. On February 17, 2006 he defeated Kenichiro Togashi to obtain the Shooto Pacific Rim Championship Belt.
At Pride Shockwave 2006 he lost to Takanori Gomi in a non-title fight on December 31, 2006, his first defeat in that organization. As a result of the loss to Gomi, he was unable to defend his Shooto Pacific Rim Welterweight Championship at a mandatory title defense in February 2007.
His most notable victory to date was a unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated Gilbert Melendez at Yarennoka!. He made his U.S mainland debut at Strikeforce: Playboy Mansion defeating Justin Wilcox by armbar.
On March 15, 2008, Ishida competed in the opening round of the Dream Lightweight Grand Prix, defeating Korean judoka Jung Bu-Kyung. He
Thales Leites Lourenço (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈtaliʒ ˈlejtʃiʃ]; born September 6, 1981) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist. He is the current Superior Challenge middleweight champion.
A relative newcomer to the sport, Leites made his mixed martial arts debut at Shooto Brazil in 2003, defeating Felipe Arinelli by arm-triangle choke submission. Leites would win his next two fights in Vitória before making his debut in the United States in Hawaii's Rumble on the Rock promotion in 2005, where he defeated Adam Roland in his fourth consecutive mixed martial arts victory.
After a successful outing in the U.S., Leites returned to Brazil to fight Gustavo Machado, who was coming off two wins in the Japanese Pancrase organization. Leites defeated the more experienced Machado by submission in the third round, and was invited back to Rumble on the Rock to fight Hawaiian Ronald Jhun in September. Despite fighting a hometown favorite, Leites notched his sixth victory, defeating Jhun by technical knockout in the later half of the fight.
Although Leites held an unblemished record, he did not gain much mainstream exposure until his bouts with Osami Shibuya in Japan's MARS promotion, and Jose
Cain Ramirez Velasquez (born July 28, 1982) is a Mexican-American mixed martial artist fighting in the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion. He is currently ranked the #2 heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.
Velasquez, a Mexican American, was born on July 28, 1982 in Salinas, California to Efrain and Isabel Velasquez. Velasquez's father, Efrain, came from Mexico to the United States illegally. Efrain met his wife Isabel, married her, and gained US citizenship. Velasquez has two siblings, Efrain, Jr., and Adela. He was raised in Yuma, Arizona. He graduated from Kofa High School, where he compiled a record of 110–10 in four years of wrestling, including winning the 5A Arizona Wrestling Championship twice. Velasquez also played football for three years. As a senior, he served as captain of both his wrestling and football teams.
After high school, he attended Iowa Central Community College, where he earned an Associates degree. He also wrestled for one season and won the NJCAA National Championship. After Iowa Central Community College, Velasquez graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Education. He wrestled there for
Ihor Yaroslavovych "Ice Cold" Vovchanchyn (Ukrainian: Ігор Ярославович Вовчанчин; born August 6, 1973) is a retired Ukrainian mixed martial artist and kickboxer. He won seven mixed martial arts tournaments, as well as acquiring a 37 fight unbeaten streak, and reaching the final of the Pride Grand Prix 2000.
Vovchanchyn transitioned from a successful kickboxing career to MMA in 1995, and competed primarily in tournament-style events held across Ukraine, often fighting three or four times in one day. He became famed for being one of the few strictly stand-up fighters to successfully overcome grappling-based opponents, exemplified in his victory in the Mr. Powerman Sekai tournament in Minsk, Belarus on January 23, 1996. He repeated the success in the inaugural International Absolute Fighting Council event, defeating Adilson Lima, a Gracie Jiu Jitsu black belt who trained with Ryan Gracie. Vovchanchyn won by knockout via soccer kick 56 seconds into the fight, however Lima's cornerman (Renzo Gracie) argued to the tournament organisers, complaining that kicks to a downed opponent were unfair and demanded an instant rematch. Unusually, an immediate rematch was granted, and the fight began
Jason Anthony MacDonald (born June 3, 1975) is a Canadian mixed martial artist who is currently fighting with the Ultimate Fighting Championship as a middleweight. He is also a veteran of the Maximum Fighting Championship and TKO Major League MMA in his native country of Canada. Born and raised in Merigomish, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, MacDonald currently resides in Red Deer, Alberta and fights out of Edmonton, Alberta. MacDonald holds notable victories over Chris Leben, Ed Herman, Joe Doerksen (2x), and Jason Lambert.
MacDonald began his career in local Canadian promotions, including the MFC, racking up a 16-7 professional record which included wins over UFC veterans Joe Doerksen, Gideon Ray, and Bill Mahood.
MacDonald made his UFC debut on October 10, 2006, at Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter against the favored The Ultimate Fighter 3 finalist Ed Herman. In an upset, MacDonald won the bout via triangle choke in the first round. MacDonald followed up the performance with a win over The Ultimate Fighter 1 veteran Chris Leben via modified guillotine choke in the second round. Both victories earned Submission of the Night honors.
MacDonald stepped up considerably in
Jeff "The Inferno" Joslin (born April 30, 1975) is a retired Canadian mixed martial artist and a former APEX welterweight champion. He has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti, as well as a 4th degree black belt in Wadō-ryū karate.
Jess Liaudin (born 1973) is a French mixed martial artist who currently fights out of London, England. Jess trained in martial arts from eight years old; in karate initially and then moving on to kickboxing.
Liaudin was born in Evry. From the age of 16, he has been fighting in a variety of full-contact competitions. He has fought in over 84 amateur and professional fights in mixed martial arts, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Japanese Shootboxing and has competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship .
Kanō Jigorō (嘉納 治五郎, 28 October 1860 – 4 May 1938) was the founder of judo. Judo was the first Japanese martial art to gain widespread international recognition, and the first to become an official Olympic sport. Pedagogical innovations attributed to Kanō include the use of black and white belts, and the introduction of dan ranking to show the relative ranking between members of a martial art style. Well-known mottoes attributed to Kanō include "Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort" and "Mutual Welfare and Benefit."
In his professional life, Kanō was an educator. Important postings included serving as director of primary education for the Ministry of Education (文部省, Monbushō) from 1898–1901, and as president of Tokyo Higher Normal School from 1901 until 1920. He played a key role in making judo and kendo part of the Japanese public school programs of the 1910s.
Kanō was also a pioneer of international sports. Accomplishments included being the first Asian member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) (he served from 1909 until 1938); officially representing Japan at most Olympic Games held between 1912 and 1936; and serving as a leading spokesman for Japan's bid for the
Kenwa Mabuni (摩文仁 賢和, Mabuni Kenwa, 1889–1952) was one of the first karateka to teach karate on mainland Japan and is creditied as developing the style known as Shitō-ryū (糸東流).
Born in Shuri on Okinawa in 1889, Mabuni Sensei was a descendant of the famous Onigusukini Samurai family. Perhaps because of his weak constitution, he began his instruction in his home town in the art of Shuri-Te (首里手) at the age of 13, under the tutelage of the legendary Ankō Yasutsune Itosu (糸州安恒) (1831-1915). He trained diligently for several years, learning many kata from this great master. It was Itosu who first developed the Pinan kata, which were most probably derived from the 'Kusanku' form.
One of his close friends, Sensei Chōjun Miyagi (宮城長順) (founder of Gōjū-ryū) introduced Mabuni to another great of that period, Sensei Higaonna Kanryō (東恩納寛量), and began to learn Naha-Te (那覇手) under him as well. While both Itosu and Higashionna taught a 'hard-soft' style of Okinawan 'Te', their methods and emphases were quite distinct: the Itosu syllabus included straight and powerful techniques as exemplified in the Naifanchi and Bassai kata; the Higashionna syllabus, on the other hand, stressed circular motion
Luke Stewart is an American mixed martial arts fighter. He currently competes in Strikeforce, a California based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.
Luke Stewart has trained and competed in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for several years, and is a black belt under Ralph Gracie, in San Francisco, California.
Luke Stewart began his professional Mixed Martial Arts career on June 9, 2006 at Strikeforce: Revenge in San Jose, California, defeating Bill Duvall via first round submission.
Stewart went undefeated in his first five fights until losing a unanimous decision to Tiki Ghosn at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le on March 29, 2008. He fought against former WEC Middleweight Champion Joe Riggs at Strikeforce: Destruction. Stewart lost via second round TKO. Luke lost his last fight at ShoMMA 7 to Andre Galvao by split decision.
Stewart is the owner of his own Tattoo shop, Seventh Son Tattoo, in San Francisco, California.
Marcio Ribeiro da Cruz (born April 24, 1978 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and mixed martial artist. In Jiu-Jitsu, he is a third degree black belt under Carlos Gracie Jr. and is a 6-time IBJJF Mundials World Champion, 5-time IBJJF Brazilian Nationals Champion, 8-time IBJJF Pan-American Champion and the 2003 ADCC World Champion. His nickname "Pé de Pano" was given to him by his friends at the Gracie Barra academy in Rio and it is the Portuguese version of the name of Woody Woodpecker's horse, SugarFoot. He holds notable victories over Frank Mir and Rafael Cavalcante.
Cruz is a 6-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, 5-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Champion, 8-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Pan-American Champion and the 2003 ADCC World Champion. People he has defeated include: Ricco Rodriguez, Mike Van Arsdale, Roger Gracie, Gabriel Gonzaga, Paulo Filho, Fabricio Werdum, Xande Ribeiro, Marcelo Garcia, Saulo Ribeiro, Fernando Augusto, Jeff Monson, and Fernado "Margarida" Pontes. Since he started his mixed martial arts career, he has been training MMA with Roberto “Gordo” Correa and he fights under the Gracie Fusion team.
As a professional MMA
Marcos Alejandro Pagliere-Torregrosa is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner.
He had his first experience with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA in Bayamon, Puerto Rico where UFC 8 took place. Torregrosa began training in July 1999. Once he began, he knew this was his calling and gave it his all, training two practices a day. Torregrosa was awarded a black belt under Cassio Werneck.
In 2008 Torregrosa became the head instructor at Capital City Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. While teaching at Capital City Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Torregrosa developed Yemaso Jiu-Jitsu, a style of Jiu-Jitsu designed to bring success at competitions. Torregrosa founded Team Yemaso in 2009, which consisted of a small team of his best students. Team Yemaso, found much success in local, regional and world tournaments. Team Yemaso has acquired many team titles in a short period due to the focus and efficiency stressed in class.
In May 2011 Torregrosa became a member of Team Lloyd Irvin and in August 2011, decided to open his own Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school in the Sacramento area.
Mark Daniel Coleman (born December 20, 1964) is an American mixed martial artist, professional wrestler, former NCAA collegiate wrestler and former Olympic amateur wrestler. In MMA, he was the UFC 10 and UFC 11 tournament champion, the first Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion, and the Pride Fighting Championships 2000 Open Weight Grand Prix champion. At UFC 82 Coleman was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
Coleman is credited with proving the ability of wrestlers to dominate in the developing sport of mixed martial arts, and with being one of the first in American MMA to successfully use the strategy that came to be known as ground-and-pound, earning him the distinction as "The Godfather of Ground & Pound".
Coleman was born in Fremont, Ohio, U.S. in 1964. He began freestyle wrestling as a teenager, and wrestled for Miami University, in Ohio, where he was a two time Mid-American Conference wrestling champion. In his senior year, he transferred to Ohio State University and won an NCAA championship. Out of college, he was awarded a spot on the US Wrestling team, placing second (100 kg) at the 1991 FILA Wrestling World Championships in Varna, Bulgaria, and placing
Nicholas Delton Thompson (born June 23, 1981) is a retired American mixed martial artist. He retired with a professional mixed martial arts record of 38-14-1. He has fought professionally on both the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Bodog Fight shows. He is the former Bodog Fight Welterweight Champion and holds wins over Eddie Alvarez, Josh Neer, Ansar Chalangov, Paul Daley, Mark Weir and Chris Wilson.
While attending college, Nick wrestled at the University of Wisconsin from 2000-2002. He then began training with coach Dave Strasser at Dave Strasser’s Freestyle Academy in Kenosha, Wisconsin. While there, he trained with manager Pat O'Malley, Ron Faircloth, Nick Agallar, and Brian Geraghty. In 2005, Nick moved to attend the University of Minnesota Law School. He began training under coach Greg Nelson at Minnesota Martial Arts Academy. Nelson is closely affiliated with Erik Paulson, founder of Combat Submission Wrestling. Nick currently trains with fighters Sean Sherk, Brock Lesnar, Brock Larson, and Kaitlin Young.
He made his UFC debut at UFC 56 where he defeated Keith Wisniewski. He returned to the UFC on April 15, 2006, where he lost against the highly-ranked and seasoned
Rich Jay Franklin II (born October 5, 1974) is an American mixed martial artist currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a former UFC Middleweight Champion.
Franklin was born to Richard Sr. and Vaila Franklin. The couple divorced when Rich was five years old. He has one biological brother, Greg, and five step-siblings.
Prior to becoming a full-time MMA fighter, Franklin graduated from William Henry Harrison High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and later earned a master's degree in education at the University of Cincinnati, and taught mathematics at the Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Franklin and American Fighter President Jeff Adler created The Keep It In The Ring Foundation to advocate non-violence and build character in youth. This is done through after school sports, martial arts and life skills programs. His nickname "Ace" comes from his resemblance to Jim Carrey, who played the character Ace Ventura. Joe Rogan once called him "An angry Jim Carrey". Franklin made his acting debut in a film called Cyborg Soldier where he plays an escaped super soldier and partners with Tiffani Thiessen.
Franklin is a born-again Christian
Frank Argelander - Is an American martial arts practitioner, instructor, promoter, and founder of the Seishindo Karate style. Argelander an accomplished weapons expert, is noted for his spectacular weapons exhibition, with a Samurai Sword. Argelander would appear as a guest on the Good Morning LA Show, hosted by Regis Philbin in 1979 and demonstrate his skills with a Samurai Sword. Argelander would blind fold himself, slicing water melons one by one, off the stomachs, of two individuals laying between chairs. Regis Philbin stood with the third water melon placed firmly against his stomach, as the Samurai Sword cut through, stopping a heart beat away. Argelanders 1979 appearance with Regis Philbin has been aired on network TV, as Regis Philbin best 100 shows.
Paulo César da Silva (born July 21, 1963), is a Brazilian former basketball player and mixed martial artist and professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Giant Silva. A super-heavyweight wrestler capable of significant aerial maneuvers as well as power moves, he was both a face and a heel in several professional wrestling promotions.
Very much like El Gigante/Giant Gonzales in the early years, Silva was originally a professional basketball player, playing for the Brazilian Team in the Olympic Games. He is often billed between 7'4 and 7'7 but is really 7'2.
After turning pro in late 1997, Silva signed with World Wrestling Federation. After debuting he was given the name: "Giant Silva" and was a member of the Oddities stable. For most of his WWF tenure, Silva was a cornerman for the Oddities and his matches on TV were tag matches, teaming up with Golga and/or Kurrgan. His only highlight was at Summerslam 1998 when he, Golga, and Kurrgan defeated Kai En Tai in a 3 on 4 Handicap match. Silva was released along with the rest of the Oddities in early 1999.
In 2001, Silva joined New Japan Pro Wrestling. He originally debuted on August 12, 2001 as a member of Masahiro Chono's
Jonathan Helwig (born October 22, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist.
Raised in Millburn, New Jersey, Helwig trained at a local traditional martial arts school, studying Tang Soo Do from the age of 6. At 17 he was promoted to 3rd degree (dan) Black Belt ranking. After graduating Millburn High School in 2002, he continued training and teaching Karate until the end of that year. Injuries and an interest in pursuing Mixed Martial Arts competition motivated him to leave the familiar atmosphere he was used to and enter pro sports.
A few self-organized amateur bouts led to Helwig making his pro debut after 2 years of training with the NJ based Team Endgame. In a disappointing performance he was submitted by Team Balance Black Belt Tim Carpenter after a back and forth heavyweight battle that ended very late in the first round.
After an 8 month layoff that saw marked improvements, Helwig returned to action in a 225lb catch-weight fight against Mike Constantino. Prior to the fight, Helwig supplemented his training with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction at Planet Jiu-Jitsu. The Wildwood Convention Center hosted this short but exciting bout which saw Helwig absorb and deflect some
Randy Duane Couture (/koʊˈtʊər/; born June 22, 1963) is an American actor, retired mixed martial artist, collegiate and Greco-Roman wrestler. During his tenures in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Couture became a three-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, two-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, an Interim UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, and was the UFC 13 Heavyweight Tournament Winner. Couture is the first fighter to hold two UFC championship titles in two different divisions (heavyweight and light heavyweight). Couture has competed in a record 15 title fights. He holds the most title reigns in the UFC with five. His last fight with Lyoto Machida marked his 24th fight in the UFC, the third largest number of fights in the UFC (Tito Ortiz is first with 27 and Matt Hughes is second with 25). Couture is the fourth member of the UFC Hall of Fame. He is the only person over the age of 40 to have won a UFC championship fight, having done so four times.
Couture was an Olympic wrestling alternate and has lived in Corvallis, Oregon, throughout much of his career, where he served as an assistant wrestling coach and a strength and conditioning coach for Oregon State University. He
Frank Gibson Lester (born June 10, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist. He was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom.
Frank Lester was born in Germany on an U.S. Army base where his father, a Colonel in the Army, was stationed. Lester participated in a variety of sports, including basketball, baseball, and football, while attending military school and later Howard High School, near Washington, DC. He eventually earned a GED after having quit high school.
Lester was motivated to enlist in the Army after the attacks of 9/11. At the age of 19 he was deployed to Iraq as an infantryman. He returned the US in July, 2004, after almost a year in Iraq. Lester traveled to southern California, visiting friends he made while in the Army. He decided to move there and got a job working as a bouncer at a bar. After breaking up a bar fight his coworker, a US Navy Seal and MMA fighter, suggested he give MMA a try.
Lester appeared on The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom. Originally, Lester was not one of the sixteen chosen United States fighters. However, after Christian Fulgium did not make weight he was selected to fight for the
Jesse Marcus Taylor (born January 2, 1983) is an American professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter 7, winning his entry, preliminary, quarterfinal and semi-final matches, and then became infamous for being the only fighter to ever be removed from finals due to events that occurred after filming was completed (see Removal from the Finale below). Taylor has fought for top promotions such as: Ultimate Fighting Championship, Strikeforce, DREAM, Maximum Fighting Championship, Impact FC and Cage Warriors Fighting Championship. Taylor holds notable victories over Tom Watson, Chris Camozzi, Murilo Bustamante, and Denis Kang.
Jesse Taylor graduated from Poway High School in Poway, CA, where he was a wrestler. After high school Jesse attended San Francisco State university. He took Jiu-Jitsu classes but decided to stick to wrestling. When things did not work out in San Francisco he moved back down to San Diego, where he then attended Palomar Community College near San Diego. In junior college, Taylor became a two-time JC All-American, State Runner-Up in 2003, and crowned California Junior College State Champion in 2004, only losing
Michael Gerard "Mike" Tyson (also known as Malik Abdul Aziz) (born June 30, 1966) is a retired American professional boxer. Tyson is a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years, 4 months, and 22 days old. Tyson won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. He won the WBC title in 1986 after defeating Trevor Berbick by a TKO in the second round. In 1987, Tyson added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker. He was the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them.
In 1988, Tyson became the lineal champion when he knocked out Michael Spinks after 91 seconds. Tyson successfully defended the world heavyweight championship nine times, including victories over Larry Holmes and Frank Bruno. In 1990, he lost his titles to underdog James "Buster" Douglas, by a knockout in round 10. Attempting to regain the titles he defeated Donovan Ruddock twice in 1991, but when he was scheduled to take on the undisputed heavyweight champion Evander
Salvator Fabris (1544-1618) was an Italian fencing master from Padua. During his life he taught in various European countries, most notably in Denmark where he was the fencing instructor of King Christian IV. It was during his time in Copenhagen that he published his treatise on rapier fencing, Lo Schermo, overo Scienza d’Arme, in 1606. The treatise became a fencing bestseller around Europe, and was reprinted until 1713 and translated into several languages, notably into German, and again in 2005, into English.
His treatise, first published by Henrico Waltkirch, is also regarded as one of the finest examples of baroque printing, with its 191 copperplate engravings by Ian Halbeeck, Francesco Valeggio and possibly other artists. This book is also important to bibliophiles because it is the first Danish book to feature copperplate engravings.
Fabris was also the Supreme Knight of the Order of the Seven Hearts, a chivalrous order of which we do not yet know much today. The order's insignia, consisting of seven hearts arranged in a cross pattern surmounted by a phoenix bird, are visible on the left breast of Fabris' only extant portrait (see illustration). The wording "Supreme Knight of
Sergei Valerievich Kharitonov (Russian: Сергей Валерьевич Харитонов, Sergey Valerievich Haritonov, Russian pronunciation: [sʲerˈɡʲej xarʲiˈtonəf]) (born August 18, 1980) is a Russian heavyweight mixed martial artist and kickboxer. He has previously fought in Japanese MMA organizations Pride Fighting Championships and Dream, and is now with Strikeforce. As of August 2011, Kharitonov was ranked the #10 heavyweight in the world by MMAWeekly.
Kharitonov has competed in two major mixed martial arts tournaments.
Sergei Kharitonov was born on August 18, 1980 in Plesetsk, Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia. His parents were very athletic: Sergei's mother was a volleyball coach, and his father at various times studied boxing, skating, football, and long distance marathon running. Under their influence, Sergei was very active physically while growing up.
Kharitonov graduated from a high school with a specialization in music (accordion). Following the advice of his parents as well as his own dreams, Sergei went to the Airborne troops academy in Ryazan, Russia, and enlisting in the Russian Airborne Troops after finishing the academy. Kharitonov credits the army and the academy with giving him
Shane Nelson (born November 29, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist. He was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir.
For the last six years, Nelson has trained with former UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn. Nelson has worked in construction, and now trains full-time with Troy Mandaloniz, Kendall Grove and Anthony Torres.
Shane earned a spot in the house by defeating Charles Diaz via decision after two rounds. Later on, the fighters were given the opportunity to watch UFC 84 on TV. While watching, Junie Browning and Shane began drinking. The pair soon became belligerent and started to throw things into the pool and attempted to pick fights with the other fighters. The next day, UFC President Dana White came to the house and expressed his displeasure with the Nelson and Browning's actions. He announced his decision to give them a second chance and did not kick them off of the show. White then spoke to the coaches to ensure that Nelson would be in the first Lightweight (155 lbs.) fight. Efrain Escudero defeated Shane in the second round with a head triangle.
Shane Nelson won his UFC debut against former The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs.
Steven Frederic Seagal (born April 10, 1952) is an American action film star, producer, writer, martial artist, guitarist and reserve deputy sheriff. A 7th-dan black belt in Aikido, Seagal began his adult life as an Aikido instructor in Japan. He became the first foreigner to operate an Aikido dojo in Japan.
He later moved to the Los Angeles, California, area where he made his film debut in 1988 in Above the Law. By 1991, he had starred in three successful films, and would go on to achieve greater fame in Under Siege (1992), where he played Navy SEALs counter-terrorist expert Casey Ryback. However both On Deadly Ground (1994, which he directed) and Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995) did poorly in theaters. During the later half of the 90s, he starred in three more theatrical films and a direct-to-video The Patriot. Aside from Exit Wounds (2001) and Half Past Dead (2002), his career shifted almost entirely to direct-to-video films (often low budget productions and shot in Europe or Asia). Between 1998 to 2009, he appeared in a total of 22 of these. At the age of 59, he returned to the big screen as Torrez in the 2010 film Machete. As of 2011, he's currently busy with the third
Tyron Lakent Woodley (born April 17, 1982) is an American former amateur wrestler for the University of Missouri and is now a professional mixed martial artist. He is currently signed to a deal with Strikeforce.
Tyron Woodley was born and raised in Ferguson, Missouri, an area a few miles from St. Louis, Missouri. He was born eleventh of the thirteen Woodley children to Sylvester and Deborah Woodley. He was raised by his mother after his father left early in his life. In high school he was on the honor roll every term, received All-Conference honors in football, was a two-time state finalist in wrestling finishing 48-0 and winning a state title.
After graduating from McCluer High School in 2000, he had offers from Nebraska, Northern Iowa, and Missouri. After going on his recruiting visit to Nebraska, he had verbally committed but later discovered Nebraska's head wrestling coach was forced to resign. Teammate of Current MMA fighter and 2008 Olympian Ben Askren. He decided he would attend Mizzou and help rebuild the wrestling team. Tyron Woodley graduated from Mizzou in 2005 with a major in Agricultural Economics and is now attending Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He plans
Timothy Wallace Credeur II (born July 9, 1977) is an American mixed martial artist. He was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter 7 and was defeated by fellow cast member Jesse Taylor in the semi-finals. He was then brought back into the competition following the disqualification of Taylor. He fought C.B. Dollaway for a spot in the finals and lost to Dollaway via decision.
Growing up in Louisiana, Tim Credeur competed in both MMA and boxing. However, he did not train as an athlete until he joined the Navy at the age of 18. His first fight came in 1995 and since then, he has grown in experience and reputation as a quick finisher in the ring. His father was a huge fan of boxing and it was something Credeur easily fit into. As a kid he dreamed of becoming a fighter and was inspired by boxers such as Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler and Muhammad Ali. Credeur was the first person in Louisiana to obtain a Black Belt rank in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Tim is a member of Louisiana's Gladiator Academy and appeared on "The Ultimate Fighter" series. Tim advanced to the semifinals with victories over Erik Charles, Matthew Riddle, and Dan Cramer (all by submission). During the show's semi-final
Chang Tung Sheng (常東昇; pinyin: Cháng Dōngshēng) (1908–1986) was a Hui martial artist. He was one of the best-known Chinese wrestling (also known as Shuai jiao) practitioners and teachers.
Born in 1908 in Baoding, Hebei, Chang was remarkably strong among his peers from his early life. Chang's family roasted chickens, and their business provided sufficient income to allow him private lessons with Zhang Fenyen a local businessman and Shuai Chiao master who practiced baoding shuai jiao as instructed by Ping Jinyi.
Chang distinguished himself early among Zhang's pupils as a promising martial artist. This led to close personal attention and training in areas normally reserved for more senior students. Zhang taught Chang unorthodox training drills and methods to aid him in developing his shuai jiao skill, including using leg sweeps to drive grasshoppers into the air where the correctly positioned hand could easily catch them.
Chang competed in 1933 in the 5th National Kuo Shu Tournament (also called the "All China Full Contact Tournament") and won the heavyweight division over several hundred other practitioners. Now nicknamed the "Iron Butterfly," Chang would go on to win numerous
Martial Arts Instructor(s):Adriano Directo Emperado
Martial arts students:Woody Strode
Frank Landers - Is an American martial arts practitioner, promoter, author, teacher and founder of the Seishindo Kenpo system. Landers is also an accomplished music producer, having produced founding member of The Beach Boys, David Marks and Reggae legend Garth Dennis an original founding member of the Black Uhuru. Landers has composed literary works for FACTA Music Publishing company; (ascap).
Frank Shamrock (born Frank Alisio Juarez, III; December 8, 1972) is a retired mixed martial arts fighter. Shamrock was the first to hold the UFC Middleweight Championship (later renamed the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship) and retired as the four-time defending undefeated champion. Shamrock was the #1 ranked pound for pound fighter in the world during his reign as the UFC Middleweight Champion. Shamrock has won numerous titles in other martial arts organizations, including the interim King of Pancrase title, the WEC Light Heavyweight Championship and the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.
He was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 1990s by the Wrestling Observer, "Best Full Contact Fighter" by Black Belt magazine (1998), and three time "Fighter of the Year" by Full Contact Fighter Magazine. He is a 7th degree black belt in submission fighting, awarded by O-Sensei Philip S. Porter of the United States Martial Arts Association. He is the adopted brother of former UFC champion Ken Shamrock. He is also the only man to defeat Cesar Gracie. He holds the Guinness World Records for Fastest UFC Title Fight Victory by Submission in 16 seconds over Kevin Jackson at UFC Japan in
Jackie Chan, SBS, MBE (born Chan Kong-sang, 陳港生; 7 April 1954 in Hong Kong) is a Chinese actor, action choreographer, comedian, director, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entrepreneur, singer, and stunt performer. In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts. He is one of the few actors that did all of his stunts in all of his films. Jackie Chan has been acting since the 1960s and has appeared in over 150 films.
Chan has received stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a cultural icon, Chan has been referenced in various pop songs, cartoons, and video games. An operatically trained vocalist, Chan is also a Cantopop and Mandopop star, having released a number of albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films in which he has starred.
Chan was born on 7 April 1954, in British Hong Kong as Chan Kong-sang, to Charles and Lee-Lee Chan, refugees from the Chinese Civil War. He was nicknamed Pao-pao (Chinese: 炮炮, literally meaning "Cannonball") because the high-energy child was always rolling around. Since his parents worked for the French ambassador in Hong Kong,
Julio César Aguilera Peña is a Venezuelan-American painter and sculptor born in Caracas, on July 28, 1961. Previously to his career as an artist, Aguilera was awarded the sixth Dan in Kung Fu when he was just 26 years old.
Aguilera was born in Catia, one of the poor neighborhoods surrounding Caracas. His mother died at birth and he was raised by his grandmother and other relatives. At age 6, he was making a living as a shoe polisher while attending primary school. After graduating from high school in 1978 from the Colegio San Agustin, Julio studied at the Instituto Pedagógico de Caracas.
Aguilera was inclined towards the arts since he was in primary school, and he began painting at a young age after a local painter gave him a handful of used brushes and half-empty tubes of oil paint. However strong, his artistic inclinations had to take a back seat for several years while Aguilera struggled to move out of the slums. During this time, he painted mostly for enjoyment, giving away his canvases to friends and relatives while he made his way through school. While at the Instituto Pedagógico, Julio enrolled himself in the academy of Chan Lee Kam Fai, one of Venezuela's most renowned
Takanori Gomi (五味隆典, Gomi Takanori, born September 22, 1978), is a Japanese mixed martial artist currently fighting in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Gomi is a former Shooto Welterweight Champion and was the last and only Pride Lightweight Champion. He is also a four-time All Japan Combat Wrestling champion. During his time in Pride he was considered to be the top Lightweight fighter in the world.
Gomi was born in Kanagawa, Japan in 1978. He started boxing at Sagamihara Yonekura Gym in 1994 while he was attending Kanagawa Prefectural Aikawa Higashi Junior High School. Gomi was very athletic and was the pitcher of the school's baseball team, but dropped out of high school in 1996 when he failed to pass on to the next grade. This caused an argument between Gomi and his father who disowned him as a result of the incident. Gomi then went on to learn freestyle wrestling and catch wrestling at Kiguchi Dojo and competed in many wrestling tournaments throughout Japan, the pinnacle of his grappling career being his four All Japan Combat Wrestling championships, in which he defeated a number of the nation's top grapplers, future opponent Mitsuhiro Ishida amongst them.
Gomi joined the
Adam Hamidovich Saitiev, also spelled Saytiev, (Chechen: Адам Хамидович Сайтиев, born December 12, 1977 in Khasavyurt, Dagestan) is a Russian wrestler of Chechen heritage, who won gold at the 2000 Summer Olympics for the Russian Federation at 85 kg cat.
His elder brother Buvaisar Saitiev, also a wrestler, won gold in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and again in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Adam is a recipient of the Order of Honor (2001) and Order of Friendship (2004).
Andrei Valeryevich Arlovski (Belarusian: Андрэй Валер'евіч Арлоўскі, Belarusian pronunciation: [anˈdrɛj vaˈlʲɛrɛvitʃ arˈlɔwski], Russian: Андре́й Вале́рьевич Орло́вский, born February 4, 1979), nicknamed The Pit Bull, is a Belarusian mixed martial artist and former Undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship Heavyweight Champion. Arlovski is also the only man to ever KO Roy Nelson and Travis Fulton. In the ring, he is known for wearing a mouth-guard that gives the illusion of pit bull fangs.
Arlovski was born in Bobruisk and raised in Minsk, in the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic of the former USSR (now Belarus). When he was younger, bullies often picked on him and beat him up. In 1994, when he was 14 years old, he finally had enough and started lifting weights to put on muscle and, he hoped, to help him deal with these bullies. Andrei only took up martial arts at the age of 16 having previously been interested in football. It was an interest in personal fitness and conditioning that led Arlovski to take an interest in combat sports.
Enrolling at the police academy in Minsk, Arlovski combined his interest in a career in law enforcement with his growing martial arts
Bradley Imes Smith (March 13, 1977), is a retired American mixed martial artist. Imes appeared on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show on Spike TV. He has competed as a heavyweight in the UFC, WEC, and most recently King of the Cage. He is perhaps most notable for his two "gogoplata" submission victories in a row, something that is extremely rare in MMA, especially in the heavyweight division.
While on The Ultimate Fighter, Imes defeated Rob Macdonald and Seth Petruzelli but lost a split decision to Rashad Evans in the finale. He has since gone 0–2 in the UFC with losses to Dan Christison and Heath Herring, but has won seven fights in small organizations since.
Imes comes from a football background, having played offensive tackle for the University of Missouri, and the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League.
In addition to being a MMA fighter, Imes was featured in a small role in the Dolph Lundgren action film Missionary Man.
Imes is retired from professional MMA and is now a full-time firefighter in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Imes and his wife had their first child together, a daughter named Carolynn, in March 2011.
Chris Maden is a data analyst, Libertarian politician, musician, and former martial arts instructor. He lives in Grafton, Massachusetts, and is active in traditional and maritime music communities throughout New England, particularly in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Chris was employed by Metaweb Technologies, Inc., creators of Freebase.com, from 2005 until 2009; his career since college has been entirely in electronic and print publishing and semantic data analysis.
He ran for the California state Assembly in San Francisco as a Libertarian in 2002 and 2004, and has held several leadership positions in the Libertarian Party at the local level. He moved to New Hampshire in 2008 as part of the Free State Project, though he has gone into exile to follow his girlfriend’s academic career.
As a student with Triangle Martial Arts Association, a non-profit martial arts club founded in San Francisco, he earned his fourth degree black belt (junior master) in taekwondo in 2007 and a second degree black belt in hapkido in 2006, and is certified to teach both arts. Chris is on the Board of Directors of TMAA and is the New Hampshire regional president.
Chris graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. Before that, he attended public schools in Bloomfield, Connecticut.
He is fond of singing, politics, good food, and strongly flavored drinks such as espresso, black tea, and malt whisky.
Charles David "Chuck" Liddell (born December 17, 1969) is a retired American mixed martial artist and former Ultimate Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight Champion. Liddell has an extensive striking background in Kempo, Koei-Kan karate and kickboxing, as well as a grappling background in collegiate wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. During his prime, Liddell was known for his knockout power, iron chin, excellent counter striking and for his sprawl-and-brawl technique, which made him one of the most difficult fighters to takedown. He is one of the most dominant champions that ever competed in the UFC. He is tied with Anderson Silva for most knockouts in UFC history. Liddell had 23 fights in the UFC, and along with Randy Couture, is widely credited for bringing mixed martial arts into the mainstream of American sports and entertainment. On July 10, 2009, he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
Liddell began studying Koei-Kan karate at the age of 12; the tattoo seen on his scalp reads "Koei-Kan". Liddell was a four-year starter on the football team at San Marcos High School. While growing up in Santa Barbara, he often frequented the infamous Del Playa Drive, the middle of the
David Loiseau (French pronunciation: [david lwazo]; born December 17, 1979) is a Canadian mixed martial artist from Montreal, Quebec. He has fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, EliteXC, and TKO Major League MMA and is the former TKO Middleweight Champion. He was the first French Canadian to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He has also played a gang member in French Canadian movie La rage de l'ange.
Loiseau began his MMA career fighting for the Canadian-based Universal Combat Challenge (UCC) (later sold and renamed TKO). He earned a record of 8-2, including wins over Shawn Tompkins, Joe Doerksen and Tony Fryklund.
Loiseau made his UFC debut in April 2003 at UFC 42, defeating Mark Weir by KO. Later in the year, at UFC 44, he lost a unanimous decision to Jorge Rivera.
After going 2-1 in the TKO promotion, Louiseau returned to the UFC in 2005 with TKO wins of Gideon Ray, Charles McCarthy and Evan Tanner. He then lost back-to-back unanimous decisions in 2006, to Rich Franklin at UFC 58 and to Mike Swick at UFC 63.
In 2009, after going 4-2 in smaller promotions, Louiseau returned again, losing another unanimous decision to Ed Herman at UFC 97. He was subsequently
Donald Rubbo (born 3 February 1957) is a martial and internal arts teacher and author. He teaches extensively, nationally and internationally, on how the martial and internal arts are vehicles for self-transformation, and on healing with the mind. He is married to Cheryl Lynne Pickens Rubbo.
Donald was born in New York City, New York, the third of six children born to Don Rubbo Sr, and Maria Rubbo.
Donald’s father, Don Rubbo Sr., was a gifted artist and an influential teacher. Don Rubbo Sr. has been described as “the Father of Pop Art,” and was a mentor to Peter Max and Tom Daly, among many. Peter Max told Donald in 2003, “Your father taught us all!” The poster for the first “The Godfather” movie, which is the graphic of a hand holding puppet strings, was created by Don Rubbo Sr.
Donald grew up in one of the first artist lofts in New York City’s Greenwich Village, on 365 Canal Street (the former Canal Street Lumber), and his father’s friends and guests included Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, and Tom Daly.
Donald started studying karate in 1969, at the age of 12, in New York City, and then Shaolin Kung Fu at Five Tigers Martial Arts on Chambers Street.
Having moved to San Francisco
Gegard Movsesian (Armenian: Գեղարդ Մովսեսյան; born 1 August 1985), better known as Gegard Mousasi, is an Armenian mixed martial artist and kickboxer. He is fighting out of Team Jurojin in Leiden, Netherlands and is a member of Russian Red Devil Sport Club and Netherlands' Golden Glory. He is the former Dream Light Heavyweight champion, former Dream Middleweight Champion, Cage Warriors Middleweight Champion and the former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion. Mousasi is currently ranked as the #8 light heavyweight fighter in the world by MMAWeekly.
In February 2010, Mousasi left M-1 Global Management. Mousasi was quoted as saying "After careful consideration, I have decided that it is in my best interest to part ways with M-1 Global," Mousasi wrote in the e-mail. "During the time I spent under their wing, M-1 Global, as a promoter and management company, allowed me to achieve many great things. I appreciate all they have done for me. My management is being taken care of by someone close to me."
Mousasi was born in Tehran, Iran to ethnic Armenian parents during the Iran–Iraq War. At the age of 4, Mousasi and his family relocated to Leiden, Netherlands, where he finished grade
Hidetaka Nishiyama (西山 英峻, Nishiyama Hidetaka, October 10, 1928 – November 7, 2008) was a prominent Japanese master of Shotokan karate. He was an internationally recognized instructor, author, and administrator, and helped to establish the Japan Karate Association. Nishiyama was one of the last surviving students of Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Shotokan karate. He was based in the United States of America from 1961 until his death in 2008, and was a pioneer of karate in that country. He held the rank of 10th dan in karate.
Nishiyama was born on October 10, 1928, in Tokyo, Japan. His father was a lawyer and a kendo master, and he had two sisters, Sumiye and Michiko. During Nishiyama's childhood, karate was mostly unknown in Japan, and children were required to train in either judo or kendo in middle school. He started learning kendo in 1933 and judo in 1938. Recalling the beginning of his martial arts training, Nishiyama said, "I began, as is the custom in Japan, on the 5th day of the fifth month at the age of five. I started in kendo." His kendo instructor, Moorio Mochida, had a strong and lasting influence on the youth's development in the martial arts. By the time Nishiyama
Jens Johnnie Pulver (born December 6, 1974) is an American mixed martial artist. He was the inaugural UFC lightweight champion and was a coach on the The Ultimate Fighter 5 reality show, which aired on Spike TV. He is one of only two men to defeat Penn at lightweight, the other being fellow former champion Frankie Edgar.
The son of a licensed horse jockey, Jens Pulver grew up in Maple Valley, Washington (approximately an hour's drive from Seattle). He was the oldest of four children (two brothers, Dustin and Abel, and one sister, Jamaica). Pulver has heterochromia, a harmless medical condition that gives eyes different colors; in Pulver's case his right eye is blue, while his left eye is brown.
Pulver was raised in what he referred to as a "daily hell." His childhood house was one of continual violence and abuse, stemming mostly from his alcoholic father. Many examples of the abuse Pulver faced as a youth are depicted in his autobiography, Little Evil, One Ultimate Fighter's Rise to the Top, the most extreme of which include an incident where his father threatened the then-seven-year-old Jens by placing a gun in Jens' mouth and then removing it, stating, "Shit, ain't worth a
Jonathan Dwight "Jon" Jones (born July 19, 1987), is an American mixed martial artist from Endicott, New York. He is the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.
Jon Jones, the youngest UFC title holder in history, entered the organization after fighting professionally for only four months. As of August 2012, he was ranked as the #1 light heavyweight fighter in the world by various media outlets. and ESPN ranked him the #2 pound for pound fighter in the world.
Before beginning his MMA career, Jones was a stand-out high school wrestler and state champion. He won a national JUCO championship at Iowa Central Community College. After transferring to Morrisville State College he decided to drop out of college where he was studying Criminal Justice, to begin his MMA career. He went to Union-Endicott High School in upstate New York.
Jones made his professional MMA debut in April 2008. He amassed an undefeated record of 6-0 over a period of three months, finishing all of his opponents. This brought him to the attention of the UFC, who asked him to take a fight as a late replacement on a two week notice in July 2008.
In his last bout before signing with the UFC Jones defeated Moyses Gabin at
Marcelo "Marcelinho" Garcia (born 1983) is a Brazilian grappler and jiu-jitsu competitor. Considered by many to be one of the best pound for pound submission grapplers in the world, Garcia is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Fabio Gurgel of Team Alliance.
Garcia has five world championship titles in Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a black belt in the middle-weight category. He has many submission grappling titles, including the prestigious ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship. At ADCC, Marcelo has won the 66–76 kg division four times (2003/2005/2007/2011), been awarded the most technical fighter twice (2003 and 2007) and won the best fight award in 2005. In 2005, he finished in third place in the absolute (open weight) division and in 2007 finished second in the absolute division. In ADCC 2009, Marcelo finished second in his weight division, losing by points to Pablo Popovitch, whom he had defeated in the two previous finals.
At K-1 HERO'S Korea 2007, Marcelo lost his MMA debut against Dae Won Kim twenty seconds into the second round by doctor's stoppage due to a cut above his eye. It was announced that Garcia has joined up with American Top Team in Florida in order to
Marco Antônio de Lima Ruas (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈmaʁku ˈʁuɐs]; born January 23, 1961) is a retired mixed martial arts fighter and instructor. Most notably, he was the UFC 7 Tournament Champion and is considered one of the earliest examples of the complete mixed martial artist, highly skilled in both striking and grappling.
Ruas is famous for being the founder of Ruas Vale Tudo, a hybrid of Brazilian submission fighting and kickboxing. He also used to train in the art of capoeira with renowned Mestre Camisa in Rio de Janeiro at the Santa Luzia club, downtown Rio. He has instructed fighters such as Pedro Rizzo and Renato Sobral.
Some would regard him as one of the earliest pioneers of the now established MMA paradigm of a complete fighter – being able to strike, takedown and finish with submissions as his UFC 7 record indicates.
Ruas competed in early Ultimate Fighting Championship events, winning UFC 7 in a classic fight against 6'8", 330 lb Paul Varelans. He also faced down opponent Oleg Taktarov in UFC's Ultimate Ultimate, but lost via unanimous decision. Ruas would go on to a draw with Taktarov a year later, winning the WVC Super Fight belt in the process. He returned
Nicholas Dominic Osipczak (born December 30, 1984) is an English professional mixed martial artist. He is a cast member of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom. He is also a known practitioner of Sanshou and Kung Fu, and is a member of Team Rough House.
Nick attended high school at St. Olaves Grammar School and graduated in 2003. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in Loughborough University and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Maths, Accounting and Financial Management, he graduated from Loughborough in 2007.
While attending Loughborough, Nick studied Kung Fu. After graduating from University, Nick became a professional gambler. Being a gambler gave him time to train for mixed martial arts. Even though Nick hadn't thought about being a mixed martial arts fighter until after he saw UFC's Ultimate Knockouts. He began training and learned to enjoy the sport. After training in different places he arrived at Jess Liaudin’s London Pancrase.
Osipczak appears on The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom. He defeated Tommy Maguire by knock out in an elimination match earning him a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada to compete on the show. Osipczak
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Nkamhoua (French pronunciation: [ʁamo tjɛʁi sɔkudʒu]; born April 18, 1984), sometimes billed simply as Sokoudjou, is a Cameroonian mixed martial artist and judoka, and the former KSW Light Heavyweight Champion, who came to prominence in Japan's PRIDE Fighting Championships. He has since had mixed success with stints in the UFC, WEC, Affliction, Strikeforce, and DREAM. He reached the final of the DREAM Super Hulk Grand Prix in 2009.
Born in Cameroon, Sokoudjou began to practice judo at the age of around 5. He moved to the United States in 2001 to pursue his career in judo.
Sokoudjou was the 2001 US Open judo champion as a member of Judo America San Diego, and currently trains with Team Quest where he is acting as a kickboxing and MMA instructor.
In his PRIDE debut at PRIDE 33, Sokoudjou became the first and only fighter to finish legendary Brazilian Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via KO in 23 seconds. This fight also stands out amongst fans because Sokoudjou was a 16 to 1 underdog.
Sokoudjou scored a knockout victory over longtime PRIDE contender Ricardo Arona at PRIDE 34.
Sokoudjou signed with the UFC. He lost in his UFC debut to Lyoto Machida at UFC 79 via Arm
Rickson Gracie (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʁiksõ ˈɡɾejsi]; born November 20, 1958) is a Brazilian 8th degree black and red belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a retired mixed martial artist. He is a member of the Gracie family: the son of Hélio Gracie, brother to Rorion and Relson Gracie, and half-brother to Rolker, Royce, Robin and Royler Gracie.
Rickson Gracie, son of Helio Gracie, was born into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. At six years old he began competing; at 15 he started to teach it; and at 18 he received his black belt. At 20 Rickson won his first victory against the famous 230-pound Brazilian brawler Rei Zulu. With this victory, Rickson gained immediate national acclaim as the top freestyle fighter, leaving his mark on the history of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and the Gracie challenge. Five years later Zulu requested a rematch and lost to Rickson again, in Maracanazinho before an audience of 20,000 spectators.
In the 1997 Pride 1 Vale Tudo match in Japan's Tokyo Dome (before 47,860 spectators), Gracie defeated Japanese professional wrestler, Nobuhiko Takada, in 4:47 of the first round. A year later, to the day, at Pride 4, Rickson defeated Takada once again. At Colosseum 2000, held at the
Sean Christopher Haire (born February 25, 1971) is an American mixed martial artist, hair stylist, and former professional wrestler. He is best known under his ring name Sean O'Haire and for his stints in World Championship Wrestling, where he was a three time World Tag Team Champion, and World Wrestling Entertainment. He made his debut in WCW in June 2000 and won the World tag team championship with Mark Jindrak in September 2006. In February 2001 along with Palumbo O' Haire won the tag team gold. O'Haire and Palumbo made their WWF debuts on the June 28, 2001. in August of 2009 O'Haire and Palumbo dropped the Tag Team Title to the Brothers of Destruction. O'Haire and Palumbo's last televised match together was on the August 26 edition of Heat defeating The Holly Cousins. In November 2003 O'Haire was involved in a motorcycle accident which required stitches and kept him out of action for the next month or so. He was sent back to OVW and released on April 3, 2004.
After completing his training in the Power Plant, World Championship Wrestling's training school, O'Haire made his WCW debut on the June 26, 2000 episode of Nitro as he and fellow Power Plant graduate Mark Jindrak defeated
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Пу́тин; IPA: [vɫɐˈdʲimʲɪr vɫɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvʲɪtɕ ˈputʲɪn] ( listen); born 7 October 1952) is a Russian politician who has been the President of Russia since 7 May 2012. Putin previously served as President from 2000 to 2008 and as Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000, and again from 2008 to 2012. Putin also served as chairman of United Russia and Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Union of Russia and Belarus from 2008 to 2012.
Putin began his career in the KGB but entered politics in his native Saint Petersburg in 1990. He moved to Moscow in 1996 and joined president Boris Yeltsin's administration where he rose quickly, becoming acting President on 31 December 1999 when Yeltsin resigned unexpectedly. Putin won the 2000 presidential election and was re-elected in 2004. Because of constitutionally mandated term limits, Putin was ineligible to run for a third consecutive presidential term in 2008. Dmitry Medvedev won the 2008 presidential election and Putin became Prime Minister, beginning a period of so-called "tandemocracy". In September 2011, Putin and Medvedev announced he would seek a third, non-consecutive