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1: Kicking, the Secret of a very Lost Art!
I don't care if people take exception to what I say here, I'm going to say it anyway, the kicking I see in the UFC and MMA is not really kicking. Truth, it is leg swinging, without focus, and it is sport and not art. the purpose of this writing is to tell you why it doesn't work, and the simple things you can do to put art back into sport.

2: UFC 94 - Notable Rounds
JAKE O'BRIEN VS. CHRISTIAN WELLISCH: Round 1 - Wellisch quickly closes the distances and tries to take O'Brien to the ground, but he's popped and dropped with a right. Wellisch quickly gets back to his feet, and the fighters trade blows furiously. O'Brien takes Wellisch to the mat and works from inside his opponent's guard. Pressed against the fence, Weliisch pulls O'Brien toward him. O'Brien, though, backs away and allows Wellisch to get back to his feet. Wellisch misses with a head kick and then lands a soft leg kick. A lazy takedown attempt by Wellisch allows O'Brien to toss him to the mat. He follows and works from inside Wellisch's guard. O'Brien throws a few short punches to the body. The referee soon break and restarts them. The fighters again throw wildly, and O'Brien connects with a left and then partially connects on a right. Wellisch gets through a blow, but O'Brien shoots and takes him down. O'Brien backs away and lets him up. However, after his next takedown, O'Brien collapses on top of him before the round ends.

3: UFC Fight Night 15 - Notable Rounds
JASON BRILZ VS. BRAD MORRIS: Round 1 - Big cheers for the hometown fighter Brilz. We're underway, and Brilz quickly grabs a leg, scoops up his opponent, carried him to the corner and slams Morris to the mat. Brilz then takes his back and secures both hooks. Brilz throws some punches from behind to soften him up. Morris briefly escapes, but Brilz lassos him in and gets side control. A barrage of punches and elbows to the head and body of Morris follows. Morris turtles to avoid damage, but Brilz continues the assault. As the round comes to an end, Brilz tries to secure an arm-bar, but the horn sounds. A huge ocation for Brilz for the dominant round.

4: Notable Rounds in UFC 98
DAVE KAPLAN VS. GEORGE ROOP: Round 2 - After trading punches, Roop jumps with a flying knee. Kaplan catches it and puts his opponent on his back. Kaplan postures up to try to improve his position, but Roop again connects a solid upkick. With Kaplan in guard, Roop delivers elbows to Kaplan's head and then kicks to create distance and get back to his feet. Roop again goes with a head kick that's blocked. Roop with a nice right jab, right body kick combo before Kaplan clinches. With Roops pressed against the cage, Kaplan grabs a leg and scores the trip takedown. Kaplan can do little with the position before Roop again kicks his way free. The fighters again trade punches with few landing. Roop throws a low kick, and Kaplan shoots, presses him against the cage and frantically tries for the takedown. After 20 seconds of trying, he finally takes Roop to the mat. Working from inside guard, Kaplan's short stature makes him an easy mark for Roop's elbows. Roop ties up his arms and delivers a decent amount of damage from below as the round comes to a close.

5: Noteworthy Rounds during UFC 100
T.J. GRANT (14-3) VS. DONG HYUN KIM (12-0-1): Round 1: Grant misses with an early body kick but shoots and puts Kim against the cage and on his butt. Grant tries to pull his legs out from under him as Kim peppers him with punches. Kim gets back to his feet, reverses the position, and puts Grant in the same position he was in seconds prior earlier. Kim frees a leg and moves to half guard and postures up to deliver a couple body shots. Grant pulls him back into full guard, avoids a triangle-choke attempt and eats a few elbow strikes from below. Kim delivers a steady stream of punches to the head before Grant slows the attack. Kim frees a leg to get a loud cheer from his corner and additional applause when he delivers a few punches. Grant uses an open guard to escape, but Kim clinches, delivers a knee to the chest and then slams Grant back down the mat. Grant has some blood trickling from near his left eye. Kim backs off, and Grant gets to his feet, dips for a single leg and drags Kim to the mat. Kim gets back up and muscles Grant to his back. From inside full guard again, Kim tees off with a couple brutal elbows that draw gasps from the crowd. Kim pops Grant with a few more strikes before the round ends.

6: UFC 100 - Noteworthy Rounds
MICHAEL BISPING (18-2) VS. DAN HENDERSON (25-7): Round 2: Henderson takes to the center of the cage, misses on an overhand right and takes a jab to the nose. Bisping follows with a body kick before the two misses with simultaneous power shots. Henderson uses the right to charge in, but Bisping answers with a quick knee from the clinch. Henderson's next overhand right finds its mark, though, but Bisping shakes it off. Bisping lands a nice left before sidestepping Henderson. Both fighters then miss on big looping right hands. Bisping works a combination but is out of reach to do much damage. Henderson charges in, blocks a knee to the body but can't avoid Bisping's right. After an inside leg kick, Henderson scores a massive overhand right that knocks Bisping out cold. Henderson winds up and drops a huge right to the face of his unconscious opponent before the referee can stop him.

7: UFC Fight Night 17 - Notable Rounds
STEVE BRUNO VS. MATTHEW RIDDLE: Round 1 - After a touch of gloves, we're underway. Both fighters miss on leg kicks before Bruno connects on one to set up a nice right. Riddle clinches and delivers knees to the body before eating a forearm to the face. Bruno again works for kicks with little luck before lunging and connecting with a right that earns a smile from Riddle. Riddle again clinches and delivers some knees to the body and thighs. The fighters separate, and Bruno connects on some low kicks. The last one sets up a stiff right that connects flush. Riddle avoids a takedown attempt, and the fighters return to the center of the cage. Riddle works a combination before landing a solid kick to the inner leg. After a wild exchange, Riddle pushes Bruno into the cage and dips for a takedown attempt. Bruno balances on one leg before Riddle forces the fight to the ground with a sweep. Working from half guard, Riddle delivers elbows to the face and side of Bruno's head and starts doing some damage. Bruno tries to turtle up into Riddle's body and then gets to his feet, but Riddle punishes him a knee to the body. Bruno closes the distance and is thrown to the mat, and he eats a knee on his way back to his feet. Bruno lands an exchange and forces a double-leg takedown just as the round ends.

8: How is Muay Thai Bag Different than a Boxing Bag?
Muay Thai is from Indochina and it is a popular form of martial arts. Over the years, it has become very popular in the South Pacific. As for today's Muay Thai, it is typically a ring sport with gloves that resemble boxing gloves in the west. It is common for a mixed martial arts trainer to have a Muay Thai bag in their facility for clients to use.

9: Swedish Heavyweight Champ Ingemar Johansson In Profile
Ingemar Johannson died in a Swedish nursing home in January 2009 at the age of 76. He'd lived in the nursing home in the Swedish coastal city of Kungsbacka since the mid 1990's when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and dementia, and had suffered from a tough case of pneumonia immediately prior to his death.

10: How a Free Standing Heavy Bag Can Help You.
As mixed martial arts increased in popularity, so did the use of the free standing heavy bag. When compared to a hanging heavy bag, they offer a number of benefits. In fact, fitness centers and boxing training schools have all realized the benefits of this type of boxing bag.


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