Cobrinha’s Belt Ceremony

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On December 17th Cobrinha had their very first annual belt ceremony. 9 people were promoted to Blue belt, and many others got stripes on their belts. This was a special day for Cobrinha and his students and here is what he had to say about the event:

“Congratulations to everyone who got promoted at Cobrinha BJJ, Alliance Los Angeles. Well done and keep training even harder and be open mind to keep learning like the white belt does.” commented Cobrinha via Facebook.

For more pictures and information on the event visit: CobrinhaBJJ.com

Vinny Magalhaes Talks ADCC Gold and MMA Career

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Source: Bloodyelbow.com

At this point in time, it is safe to say that if there is something on Vinny Magalhaes’s mind, he is going to let everyone know. Magalhaes is the reigning M-1 light heavyweight champion and an elite submission grappler with many prestigious titles in his past. Earlier this year, he made a stellar run to the finals of the +99 kg division of the Abu Dhabi Combat Club submission grappling tournament, where he out-pointed Fabricio Werdum in a legendary match.

In a recent interview with Kid Peligro, Vinny opens up about his ADCC experience – in particular, surviving the locked-on armbar Werdum had on him in the finals – and makes some very pointed comments about his M-1 experience.

Kid Peligro – In 2009 you had a very good performance, but this time you won and is a champion, what was the difference this time around?

Vinny Magalhaes – In 2009 I had a dream tournament; I had beautiful matches, I had spectacular submissions in some matches and I took home two medals (third palace weight and absolute) that was my first ADCC! But I didn’t conquer the Gold Medal which is the one everyone desires. And that is the one people remember the most. This time I came in with the idea of fighting to win, that it would better to fight ugly and to win than to fight beautifully and leave without the Gold. For sure my performance in ADCC 2009 will be remembered one way or another for the flying arm-locks that I did and other submission, as in my fight with Cavaca and against Glover, but none of that is worth more to me than the Gold medal I conquered this year.

Kid Peligro – At that moment on the final your arm was stretched out to the max, how did you overcome that?

Vinny Magalhaes – I simply put in my head that I couldn’t tap, because it was the finals of ADCC and I was ahead on points. I thought about letting the arm break, if necessary, because I would never give up, after all winning ADCC is like winning the Olympics, not only that but winning ADCC is the highest achievement a grappler can get in their career. If I tapped I would be ruining a great opportunity of making a name for myself.

KP- You were in the U.F.C., you did the Ultimate Fighter and competed a few times in the main event, now what would it be like to return to the UFC Octagon?

VM- My dreams go beyond “returning” to the UFC, I dream of returning to stay and to become a Champion. In my first time in UFC I was too inexperienced, I wasn’t training correctly and all I wanted was to be there, in UFC, But I wasn’t training and preparing with the ambition and desire that I have today. I wasn’t fighting with the passion that I fight today! Today, I believe that when I return to the UFC I will have a much better and stronger presence than before. You can call me crazy but my desire is to have that belt no matter what the costs are and I am going after reaching that dream!

KP- What do you believe it will take for you to return to the UFC?

VM- The only thing missing is for my contract with M1 needs to expire. I believe that as soon as I am free of any contract with M-1 I will have my foot on the door of UFC, after all, of the 12 wins that I have in MMA they are all by submission or KO. I don’t have a single win by decision, on top of that, the fans have recognized my efforts, because I was a part of TUF, and now ADCC Champion. So I believe that perhaps not immediately but with one or two more wins the UFC is going to be calling me back.

Does Vinny have what it takes to make it back to the UFC? What are your thoughts?

Fertitta: 11 Out Of 14 Main Events have fallen out this year

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Source: LATimes.com BestofMMA.com

Lance Pugmire: In addition to your Fox debut, you’re building another star in Jones, and now have Brock returning. A good start for your second decade?

Lorenzo Fertitta: “Yes, but our biggest issue lately has been 11 of our last 14 main events have fallen out and required replacement fighters. It’s like there’s been a hex over us. So it’s been a challenge to run the business how we’ve planned to. Forcing to shuffle in guys, re-scramble … it takes the steam out of your sails. It helped having the Fox card in there, and, listen, we’re still kicking ass by not cancelling shows like boxing would. If we get a stroke of luck with good health here, we’re off to the races.”

LP: How did you make the Fox deal happen?

LF: “We didn’t have to do a thing. We were like the pretty girl at the dance. We had every major media company talking to us to obtain our rights from our expiring deal at Spike. In the age of the DVR and things like Hulu, when you can watch any show any time you want, sports is really the one asset that’s must-see live television. I know it’s rare that a brand like Fox just jumps right in to something, but they wanted us, and we got a deal done over a weekend.”

LP: The most valuable player of baseball is dealing with a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. Your sport has been affected by use. How do you address this in a firm way?

LF: “We do a whole program with our fighters, bring in the [Drug Enforcement Agency] to lecture them about the dangers of PEDs. We urge commissions to adopt random testing — at anytime within 48 hours, they have to provide a sample. If a guy knows he’s only getting tested before and after a fight, it’s easy to manipulate. To me, that’s the weakness of other sports, like with the NFL players running from HGH testing. If you encourage testing, embrace it, there’s significantly less perception that you have a safety or credibility issue.”

LP: What stands between your sport and full mainstream sports acceptance?

LF: ”Sports media — newspapers — have been late to the party. It’s a bit like what happened with NASCAR. This is what people want. So it’s just a matter of time before these editors realize we have the attention of Generation X and Generation Y. We are the main sport online. That said, I do believe we’re completely accepted as a major sport in the U.S. I still get the past stigmas when I go to other countries, but we’re past that here now.”

Brock Lesnar: “I am 100%, Your’e going to see the same guy who beat Frank Mir to a Pulp”

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Source: BloodElbow.com BestofMMA.com

The former WWE headliner had a chance to talk up his UFC 141 main event against Alistair Overrem on today’s media conference call.

Here’s what he said about taking on “Demolition Man.”

“Look, I’ve had a great camp. This is the best I have felt in years and lardy-lardy-da… I could go through all the clichés about how in shape I am but the fact is, I know myself and my own body and I know that I am back. I am 100%. I am as fast, as strong and as explosive as I’ve ever been and you’re going to see the same guy who beat Frank Mir to a pulp at UFC 100. If I go in and execute my game-plan, then I am winning this fight. That’s the bottom line here. Overeem says he is knocking me out in two rounds. Well, I am glad he has the ability to see the future. That’s his dream. I have my own dreams of winning this fight and going on to get my belt back. And on Friday December 30 his dream will be over.The surgically repaired Lesnar (5-2) is coming off a first round shellacking at the hands of former division champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 back in October 2010. It was Brock’s first loss inside the Octagon since serving up a ham-hock to Mir in his Octagon debut at UFC 81 way back in February 2008.”

What is Andre Galvao doing after winning the ADCC Absolute?

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Source: Graciemag.com

The winner of the absolute and the under-88 kg divisions at the ADCC last September, André Galvão talks about what he is doing after winning the ADCC absolute. Check it out.

“Keeping with the same topic, I really was thirsty to win that championship; I was truly craving that title. Life now is just beyond great. The academy in San Diego is going awesome—so many new students and visitors coming in since I won. I was able to expand the academy, set up a much bigger dojo area, and I’m just waiting on some finishing touches to send you guys photos. It’s awesome, now I have more room for physical conditioning. It’s good for everybody, great for the team,” he said.

“These days I’ve been getting a lot of emails with different offers—invitations to do seminars and from MMA teams. I sealed a sponsorship deal with Zebra Mats. I’ve been getting a lot of offers from gi brands as well. I’m overjoyed; I think it’s the first time I’ve ever turned down sponsorship deals [laughs]!,” recalls Galvão, adding that he doesn’t have any fights lined up at the moment.

“I don’t have any fights coming up; I’m just working with my students and investing a lot in them. I want to see the team coming up with results, and for that to happen I have to be dedicated to them, too. I’m so happy,” he added in closing.

Cris Cyborg: While Rousey talks I train, I’ll be in the UFC some day

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Source: Tatame.com BestofMMA.com

Strikeforce featherweight champion Cris Cyborg defended her belt for the third time Saturday night, nyquilling Hiroko Yamanaka in 16 seconds. Now Cyborg has a four fight contract she intends to use it to win over UFC President Dana White, and save women’s MMA.

In an exclusive interview with Tatame, Cyborg elaborates.

Erik Engelhart: Since you’re so dominant on your weight division, do you consider fighting in other weight classes?

Cris Cyborg: Due to my contract, I had to stay a long time off the circuit, and with no opponents. But now I’ve signed a new contract, with four more fights on it, and I believe they’ll find someone for me to fight. Of course I can drop to the division below where there’re more girls fighting, but it’s actually already hard for me to cut weight to fight in the featherweight division.

EE: Do you intend to keep training Jiu-Jitsu with Andre Galvao?

CC: Well, I wanna dedicated myself a lot to Jiu-Jitsu now. I want to take this opportunity I’m having of training with Andre Galvao to learn the most I can. While I don’t have a MMA fight, you can be sure I’ll be fighting Jiu-Jitsu. When I’m not fighting MMA, I gotta train Jiu-Jitsu, sharpen my Boxing skills, because I’m a fighter after all. I’m a purple belt for a long time and I want to become an evolved purple belt and keep evolving, don’t stop improving just because I’m the belt holder.

EE: Where did this passion and will to improve your Jiu-Jitsu come from?

CC: I guess my true passion is towards my teacher (laughs), because Andre is a hell of a teacher and I’m learning more and more from him. After I fought at Mundial I decided I wanted to learn more and more. I know more no gi Jiu-Jitsu than with the gi on and as you start to learn how the gi works, it gets interesting. I had the opportunity to submit when I knocked her down, but I felt like finishing it with punches and so I did.

EE: You sent a message to Ronda Rousey, who was at the event and might be your next opponent.

CC: I said that because she just fought four times and keeps asking to fight me. I have nothing against her, but the truth is that I don’t really care because I don’t worry about who’s fighting who. When I sign the fight contract I start studying my opponent. I don’t even like to talk much because people want answers about why I said this about her and because she talks too much and while she’s talking I’m training. So, if Strikeforce wants to put us to fight, I’m ready, but I don’t know how it’ll be like.

EE: What message would you sent Dana White, who doesn’t seem much excited about keeping the female divisions in the UFC, when Strikeforce is extinct?

CC: I’ll take these four fights I have left in Strikeforce to win Dana White. It doesn’t matter if I do so by using one of my students, but I’ll be in the UFC someday. I know he has his reasons, and there’re really few women on the circuit, but I’ll keep on going, training, putting on good fights to cheer women up.

Jorge Masvidal Entered Title Fight With Injured Right Hand

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Source: MMAWeekly.com BestofMMA.com

Strikeforce lightweight Jorge Masvidal apparently went into his bout against Gilbert Melendez on Saturday night with an already injured right hand.

According to Masvidal’s representatives through a press release on Sunday, the American Top Team fighter suffered a hand injury a couple of weeks before the fight, but opted to push through and take the fight with Melendez anyways.

He suffered the injury on his right hand and after the early part of the first round in his title fight against Melendez, he abandoned using it for most of the rest of the fight.

“We attempted to seek additional treatment on his hand prior to the fight; however, were told by the commission it was too late,” said Ron Foster, one of Masvidal’s managers. “Masvidal was determined to push forward and he did. We are proud of his performance under the circumstances.”

Masvidal admitted after the fight that the initial plan was to actually take Melendez down to the ground due to the injury to his right hand, but the strategy never came to fruition.

“I should have listened to my corners and tried to take him down more,” said Masvidal. “At the end of the day Melendez won fair and square. He’s a great fighter and I have a lot of respect for him. I just hope I get the chance to fight him again.”

This does make sense because Masvidal was not following up with his jab. The entire fight consisted of left hand straights. I was beginning to question his stand up throughout the fight. Now, this makes me wonder how the fight would have gone if he was able to use his right hand. Melendez basically beat up a one-handed fighter. I’m not taking all the credit away from the champ, but it’s clear that Masvidal could not use his right hand. The champ out striker a great striker, but the problem is that great striker only had one hand!

What do you guys think? Did this play a major role in the fight? Is Masvidal making excuses for his loss?

Learn Half Guard Under Pressure With Lucas Leite

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Lucas Leite shows us a few moves from Issue #3 of Jiu Jitsu Magazine.

This is a very common situation — maybe he’s trying to pass your guard and you catch a leg. Or he was in mount and you’ve managed to recover half guard. However you got here, your opponent’s on top of you, high up, and he has you in head control. He’s looking to pass your guard. What do you do?

Laercio Fernandes Dropping To Roosterweight

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Source: Graciemag.com

A black belt always at the top of the heap at IBJJF tournaments and owner of a tricky guard to pass, Laércio Fernandes is another top-tier competitor joining the fray at the European Championship this January 26 to 29 in Lisbon, Portugal.

“I am looking to be there!” he said.

The light featherweight who won this season’s Phoenix International Open wants to test the waters at roosterweight.

“I always fight well at light featherweight, but since the No-Gi Worlds, where I took runner-up, I felt great and decided I’d like to drop a bit of weight. I’ve never competed at this weight, and I want to see what it’s like. If I feel good, I’ll stay there; I won’t compete at light featherweight again,” he said, adding how he knows he’ll be up against some stiff competition, “As for my opponents, it’s a tough call to say who the main ones are, since you can never make mistakes at black belt. However, I feel Bruno Malfacine is a cut above the rest of the roosterweights, since he won the last few Worlds and has a really aggressive game,” said the new roosterweight in closing.

Ricardo “Demente” Abreu Wins By KO

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Source: Graciemag.com

One hard nut to crack in Jiu-Jitsu, Ricardo Abreu, better known as “Demente”, came up with a quick win this Friday at BRFC “Desafio dos Imortais” (Portuguese for “Immortal Challenge”) in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo state. The knockout came just 24 seconds into the bout. A straight right to Leo Rocha’s chin secured the Nova União black belt his second MMA win.

Check out the full results of the event:

Thiago Barbosa (Veras TK/Brasil Fight Club) submitted Rogério Samurai (Striks House / Dragão MMA) at 0:41 min of R1.

André Astolfo “Robinho” (RMNU Team/Fábrica da Luta) defeated Altinézio Mineiro (Gracie Barra Caveirinha) via TKO at 2:41 min of R2.

Rodrigo “Dragão” (Striks House/Dragão MMA) defeated Maurício “Monstro” (Memorial Arena) via TKO at 2:25 min of R3.

Cássio “Jacaré” (Nova União) and João Paulo “Paco” (Monster Team Combat/Gracie Franca) fought to a draw.

Cairo “Relâmpago” Rocha (Comercial FC / ZFT / ENV) knocked out Chicão Neves (Veras TK/Gracie Fusion) via spinning kick at 2:30 min of R1.

Ricardo Abreu (Punishment/Esporte na Veia/Acquaflora) knocked out Leo Rocha (Taquara Team) at 0.24 min of R1.

Valter Luiz (Águia Dourada/Taquara Team) submitted Alexandre Zaneti (Comercial FC/ZFT) via kneebar at 1:51 min of R2.

Chris Wilson (USA – Team Nogueira/RMNU/CFC) submitted Tom Oliveira (Marcelo Nigue Team/Memorial) via rear-naked choke at 4:22 min of R1.

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