MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is an individual full contact fighting sport that allows the use of both striking, grappling or wrestling techniques from a variety of martial arts.
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The 2018 NCAAs took place at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com
ESPN's presentation of the NCAA Wrestling Championships from Cleveland reached nearly eight million fans over the course of the three days (March 15-17) as ESPN televised all six sessions of the high energy event for the fifth straight year.
Second round draws record numbers; semifinals audience among best ever
Fans tuned into the first night of competition in record numbers, as ESPN averaged 308,000 viewers (Match 15, 8 p.m. ET), the network's best viewership for the second round ever.
The audience increased the next two nights, as the semifinals (March 16, 8 p.m.) averaged 451,000 viewers on ESPN and the finals (March 17,
The wrestling federation of Azerbaijan has provided its lineup for the 2018 Men's Freestyle Wrestling World Cup at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa April 7-8.
The World Cup is the annual international dual meet championships, and will feature the top eight men's freestyle wrestling teams in the world.
Leading the Azerbaijan team is 2012 Olympic champion Sharif Sharifov at 92 kg. Sharifov was also a 2011 World champion, and claimed a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games. He also boasts a 2009 World bronze medal.
Haji Aliyev is a three-time world champion (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com
Another international star on the Azerbaijan team is three-time world champion Haji Aliyev at 65 kg. Aliev won his World gold
Four former wrestlers with roots in the state of Iowa -- Steve Hamilton, Shane Light, Kirk Myers, and Lennie Zalesky -- have been announced as honorees for the Class of 2018 by the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Steve Hamilton was a four-time NCAA All-American at Iowa State from 1989-1992. Prior to wrestling for the Cyclones, Hamilton was a two-time Iowa high school state champ from Emmettsburg. He coached at University of Northern Iowa, University of Nebraska, and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga before becoming a high school coach.
Shane Light was only the eighth wrestler to become a four-time Iowa state champ. Light wrestled at Lisbon High for coach Brad Smith.
Kirk Myers was a three-time NCAA Division II champ for University
Ed Ruth (Photo/Bellator)
Ed Ruth, former Penn State wrestling champ, will be dropping down to welterweight (170 pounds) for his next mixed martial arts fight in less than two weeks.
Ruth, who has been fighting at middleweight (185 pounds) in his pro MMA career, will be entering the cage at 170 for Bellator 196 in Budapest, Hungary on Friday, April 6.
The 27-year-old former Nittany Lion mat star will take on Laszlo Furko, a 28-year-old Budapest native who will be making his Bellator debut. Ruth is 4-0 in his pro MMA career which began at Bellator 163 in November 2016. None of Ruth's fights have gone the distance; all have ended in knockout or TKO within the first two rounds. His most recent bout was at Bellator 186 last November, wher
The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics is saddened and shocked to learn of the death of redshirt-sophomore student-athlete Francis Edelen, a member of the Illini wrestling team from Oak Forest, Illinois. Edelen was killed following a car accident in Champaign County late Wednesday evening. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to his family, friends and teammates during this difficult time.
"This is shocking news for our team and coaching staff as no words can truly reflect the emotions that we are going through at this time," Illinois wrestling coach Jim Heffernan said. "Francis was a productive member of our program. We are extremely saddened by this news. We just released this news to our team, so the hea
Undefeated prospect Sean O'Malley, who was first noticed on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, is scheduled for surgery to repair the injury he suffered to his foot in his last fight against Andre Soukhamthath earlier this month at UFC 222.
Makwan Amirkhani will return to the Octagon after a year-long absence at UFC Fight Night 130, taking on Jason Knight. The bout was first reported by Swedish outlet Viaplay Fighting and was subsequently confirmed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Wednesday evening.
Max Holloway signals to the crowd as he enters the Octagon prior to facing Jose Aldo of Brazil in their UFC featherweight championship bout during the UFC 218 event inside Little Caesars Arena on December 02, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)" align="center" />Three months into 2018, Max Holloway still doesn’t have the words to describe his 2017 campaign in the Octagon, one that saw the laid back Hawaiian emerge as the undisputed featherweight champion by defeating Brazilian icon Jose Aldo in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro and solidify ... Read the Full Article Here
Paul "The Irish Dragon" Felder calls in and talks about his potential Fight of the Night matchup with Al Iaquinta at UFC 223, the state of the UFC Lightweight division, looking to do color commentary when his fighting days are behind him, street fights growing up in Philadelphia, and more. Before that, Jim and Matt talk about Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib, Ronda Rousey addressing her loss to Amanda Nunes, Francis Ngannou calling for a fight against Brock Lesnar, and CM Punk's possible return. Plus, another installment of Matt's Movie Minute featuring Black Panther.Full Episode Matt gives Paul advi ... Read the Full Article Here
On Wednesday, a report surfaced in the The Telegraph that the UFC’s fledgling venture into the Sweet Science, Zuffa Boxing, was going to make a serious effort to sign heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Seth Gross edged NC State's Tariq Wilson in the NCAA semifinals (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
IRVING, Texas -- National champion Seth Gross added to his growing list of awards Wednesday by being named Big 12 Conference Wrestler of the Year. The award is determined by a vote of the conference's head coaches.
Gross completed his junior season at South Dakota State by winning the 133-pound title at last week's NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. With the win, he became South Dakota State's first national champion in any sport in the Division I era. Ranked No. 1 at his weight class throughout the 2017-18 season, Gross compiled a 29-1 overall record that included recording his second consecutive Big 1
Bill Smith UNI wrestling coach Dave McCuskey (Photo/NWHOF)
Olympic gold medalist. Two-time NCAA champ. Successful wrestling coach at all levels. National Wrestling Hall of Fame honoree.
All these describe Bill Smith, who died Tuesday in a nursing home in Humboldt, Iowa at age 89.
Smith won the gold medal in freestyle at 160.5 pounds at the 1952 Olympics, the only U.S. wrestler to have won a championship at the Games in Helsinki, Finland. Four years later he won the U.S. Olympic trials at 174 pounds -- pinning Oklahoma Sooner superstar Dan Hodge in the finals -- but later was declared ineligible for the Games because he already had worked as a coach, breaking the rules defining "amateur athletics" of that era. (Hodge went on to wrestl