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Las Vegas – UFC® today announced that former UFC welterweight champion and winner of season four of The Ultimate Fighter®, Matt Serra, has been named to the UFC Hall of Fame class of 2018 as a Pioneer. The 2018 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, July 5, at Pearl Theatre inside the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The event will be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®.
“Matt Serra is one of the most underrated mixed martial artists in UFC history,” UFC President Dana White said. “From winning the Ultimate Fighte ... Read the Full Article Here
Bob Pickens, first African-American to wrestle on the U.S. Greco-Roman squad at the 1964 Olympics, then continue his athletic career with the Chicago Bears and as a Big Ten football official, passed away in Atlanta on April 12, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday, April 20. Pickens was 75.
Bob PickensPickens placed sixth in Greco competition at heavyweight (111 kilograms/245 pounds) at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He was one of three black athletes to make history as the first to earn places on a U.S. Olympic wrestling team for the Tokyo Games, joining Bobby Douglas and Charlie Tribble who wrestled for the U.S. freestyle squad.
Born in Chicago on Feb. 2, 1943, Robert James Pickens was introduced to wrestling at Evanston Town
Adam Coon and Kevin Beazley
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan graduate students Kevin Beazley and Adam Coon will continue their wrestling with the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club, the club announced Friday (April 20). Both Wolverines, who completed their collegiate careers last month, have world championships experience in the international styles.
"Our college and RTC coaching staffs are thrilled Adam and Kevin will continue to pursue their international goals at Michigan," said Michigan head coach Sean Bormet. "Retaining our best collegiate wrestlers is incredibly important to our program. They both have a passion and enthusiasm for the Olympic styles, understand the commitment and sacrifice required and are ready to attack this ne
Fan favorite Roxanne Modafferi is set to make her return to the Octagon for the first time since losing to Nicco Montano in the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s flyweight championship fight.
Braxton Amos is ranked No. 3 in the sophomore class (Photo/Sam Janicki)
Link: Top 50 Sophomore Rankings
The very talented top ten for the Class of 2020 features very limited change in the rankings at this update. The top three wrestlers in the class remain unchanged, as each was undefeated during their sophomore high school season, though No. 1 A.J. Ferrari (Allen, Texas) and No. 2 Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville, Minn.) missed significant stretches of their season due to injury. Ferrari did manage to win titles at the Walsh Ironman and Reno Tournament of Champions prior to his time out due to injury, and augmented the resume with a title last month at the Junior Folkstyle Nationals in Cedar Falls. Ranked third is Braxton Amos (Park
Tony DeCarlo, long associated with John Carroll University as wrestling, football and tennis coach as well as athletic director for nearly a half-century, passed away in his Cleveland area home Wednesday. He was 77.
In announcing his death, JCU described DeCarlo as "a successful coach, mentor, and leader at John Carroll for nearly 50 years. His John Carroll journey began in 1964 and continued beyond his retirement in 2014 ... His legacy is one of sustained growth, leadership, and lifelong service to John Carroll student-athletes, coaches, staff, and alumni."
DeCarlo launched the wrestling program at John Carroll in 1964. As head coach, DeCarlo guided the Blue Streaks to the team title at the 1975 NCAA College Division (
Former Pride Fighting Championships heavyweight champion and Ultimate Fighting Championship interim king Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has spoken publicly for the first time about a right eye injury that has plagued him throughout his career.
As I looked at the calendar for USA Wrestling and United World Wrestling, it struck me that this is just about the first non-holiday weekend since October without a major wrestling event to watch.
The lull won't last. The U.S. Open kicks off next week with plenty of intrigue around who will enter and win at 57 kilograms, 79 kilograms and 92 kilograms in freestyle. Also, the women have some compelling matchups with Whitney Conder coming down from 53 kilograms to face Victoria Anthony at the new 50-kilogram weight category. Greco-Roman at 72 kilograms is nuts with Pat Smith and RaVaughn Perkins.
Overall, a number of storylines to keep us entertained for the coming week. But for now … enjoy the spring weather with your
It’s almost ironic that Joe Giannetti wound up on a season of The Ultimate Fighter titled “Undefeated.” Sure, the Boston lightweight has yet to lose as a pro mixed martial artist, logging six wins in as many fights. But if we go back a bit, to Giannetti’s junior year on the high school wrestling team, and it was quite a different story.How different? Try 0-25.“When I first started in high school, I was overweight and that was pretty much the goal – just keeping my weight down,” said Giannetti, who once topped out at 230 pounds. “My junior year, I ... Read the Full Article Here
The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated on February 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)" align="center" />Over 20 years in the fight game will usually prepare you for anything. I wasn’t prepared for John Gunther. At least not for the job he’s been doing for the last 13 years.Yes, it’s not a clever social media trick. Gunther, a member of the cast of The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated, is an Alpaca shearer.“Yeah, there’s not a ton of Alpaca shearers out there,” he laughs, noting that he sheared 50 Alpacas before ... Read the Full Article Here
Kevin Lee poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Boardwalk Hall on April 20, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)" align="center" />Kevin Lee isn’t a man of few words. But the loquacious lightweight kept it pithy with an April 7 tweet following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s title-winning effort over Al Iaquinta in the main event of UFC 223.April 21st #UFCAtlanticCity #NewMotivationThe first two parts were simple enough to determine, as Lee headlines tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night card in Atlantic Cit ... Read the Full Article Here
After early weigh-ins Friday morning in Atlantic City, updates to Saturday's UFC Fight Night card:Due to injury, Magomed Bibulatov was deemed unfit to fight and his flyweight bout against Ulka Sasaki has been canceled. Additionally, in the women's bantamweight division, the Leslie Smith vs Aspen Ladd bout has been canceled after Ladd failed to make weight.As Kevin Lee did not meet the maximum weight allowance, his opponent will receive an agreed upon percentage of his purse and the five-round bout with fellow lightweight contender Edson Barboza will proceed as scheduled.UFC Fight Night at Boar ... Read the Full Article Here
One of the overlooked aspects of combat sports is the reality that to get ready for a fight, someone has to fight. No one knows that better than Cub Swanson, a pro since 2004 who has battled it out with the best of the best in the Octagon and in the gym. His record reads like a Who’s Who of the sport, and he’s also sparred with an equally impressive array of boxers and mixed martial artists.But while he can be a fan of some of his training partners, that disappears when the gloves are on and the mouthpiece is in. “The fan comes out when I’m watching other people,&rdqu ... Read the Full Article Here
When Corey Anderson wakes up Saturday morning and gets ready for his Atlantic City bout with Patrick Cummins, he’s likely to say the same thing he usually does:“Today could be a great day to make something happen.”It’s the mantra of the eternal optimist, the glass half-full philosophy of a 28-year-old light heavyweight who can shine a positive light on a 2017 campaign in which he lost back-to-back bouts to Jimi Manuwa and Ovince Saint Preux. It could have been a crushing blow, but the former Ultimate Fighter winner took the positives away from the setbacks.“I pick ... Read the Full Article Here
The UFC's first event at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho has three bouts confirmed and ready to go on July 14.In the women's bantamweight division, a pair of highly-regarded contenders collide when former world title challenger Cat Zingano faces surging Marion Reneau, who is 3-0-1 in her last four.Another former world title challenger, Liz Carmouche, will continue her road to the top of the women's flyweight division when she faces off with a new face to the UFC, Invicta FC flyweight champion Jennifer Maia.Plus, Said Nurmagomedov, the cousin of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, m ... Read the Full Article Here