The Secret Blogger: Common effin sense

Written by ‘Steven Johns*

Are fighters naturally dumb?

How many fighters does it take to screw in a light bulb?

None, because they are too f_cking dumb to know what a light bulb is!

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Battle Arena 44: The Review

Images courtesy of the fantastic Marc Moggridge

First of all, apologies, Battle Arena fans; my review is usually out within 24-36 hours of the event, this one has taken a lot longer to write. I always try to stay objective when writing about MMA. What the athletes (& promoters) put into events deserves nothing but respect and admiration, so I always do my utmost to convey that gratitude in what I write, especially when dealing with amateur fighters who do this for the love of the sport. I haven’t felt that I’ve been able to be objective since Saturday night, when halfway through a fantastic event, a small number of ‘attendees’ (for want of a stronger phrase) didn’t think through their actions. As those who know me can attest to, I’m not a fighter; but my temper was tested more than it has been in a while, so I needed to calm down to make sure that what I write is put down correctly and not purely out of annoyance.

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IMMAF EUROPEAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 2017: My Bulgarian Cutwoman Journey.

 Words by Beccy Davies

Images courtesy of IMMAF’s Jorden Curren  

This time last week I was getting ready to pack and finish off my training in Sofia Bulgaria, the country had played excellent host to a marvelous array of men and women from all over the world, from officials to fighters, we all came together with an abundance of respect for this sport we all love and support, MMA. This time I hadn’t come as either Commissioner or writer, I had been picked by Joe Clifford to train, learn and be part of a top team of Cuts people, under the watchful eye of himself and legend Bob Plant. A chance I couldn’t pass up or turn my back on, as Joe knew about the ongoing problems I have with my back, I appreciated the support and understanding Joe had and continues to have in me, during the week we were away.

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Bellator announces the undercard for Bellator 179 London

On May 19th the SSE Arena Wembley plays host to arguably the best UK fight card of 2017. Headlined by Paul Daley vs Rory McDonald and flanked by Linton Vassell vs Liam McGeary and Michael Page vs Derek Anderson, Bellator 179 is truly the card that fight fans have been waiting for.

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Preview: Battle Arena 44

Where are you going to be on Saturday night? I’m heading to Edgbaston Cricket Stadium in Birmingham to watch some of the best young prospects in UK MMA progress along the Battle Arena conveyor belt, honing their skills as they prepare for the professional ranks.

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The ‘Mr Sport’ blog: A fighter’s meal plan

Written by Yiannis Flemming – aka Mr Sport

Are you a fighter looking to make weight cutting easier? Well I have some good news for you! This article is going to explain how you can portion meals based on your goal, allowing you to spend more time doing what you do best, training!
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WFS 7: A tale of Three Kings and some family jewels

Photographs provided by the fabulous Vicky Moggridge *

This past weekend I made the trip down to the Big Smoke, to the proper part of Laaaaandan Taaahn to watch the seventh incarnation of the increasingly popular Warrior Fight Series. After spending the preceding week in regular contact with head honcho Harry Shoebridge, I decided to turn the volume up on my phone whilst driving down, turning on WhatsApp notifications, half expecting a message saying “the event is off”. Let me put that into context, that’s not me saying Harry and his team are quitters, far from it. That’s me acknowledging the absolute shit house week they’d had pre-event.

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BAMMA 29: More fights added to a stacked card     

The team at BAMMA are teasing us. They’re drip feeding awesomeness day by day. It started off with the announcement of McDermott vs Wolf and Hallam vs Bahati on Monday; followed on Tuesday by a raft of zingers, headlined by Brazier vs Gahadza for the Welterweight Lonsdale Title. This has continued throughout the week, culminating in today when they’ve they’ve given the fans yet more revelations for the May 12th card.

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The Secret Blogger: A fight record ain’t nothing but a number 

Written by ‘Steven Johns’*

Does anyone care about a fighter’s record?

Don’t get me wrong, if a fighter has a record of 0-20-0 it is probably safe to say it is down to them having a lack of the required elements that make a successful fighter, rather than bad luck or poor match-ups. The same goes for some undefeated fighters who are legit killers, while others have been fed easy wins to create a perfect record; but that being said what about a fighter who is 31-30-0, 34-29-2, 7-8-0, 5-5-0? 

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The Secret Blogger: Refs with breasts

Written by ‘Steven Johns’ *

Does it really matter if a referee is male or female?

Is it a conditioned misconception that a woman can’t do the same job as a man? Especially in a male dominated sport that is, let’s face it, as brutal as a sport can be. Assuming women are any more sensitive to violence than men.

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