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A Cagefighter Debates A Restraining Order to Submit His Opponent

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A cagefight consists of combatants squaring off in the center of an enclosure, face-to-face, toe-to-toe, with nowhere to hide. In episode 84 of Cage Side Submission Radio (CSSR), Lex Ludlow (AM 3-2), an amateur fighter who trains out of Revolution Academy in Levittown, PA, appeared as a guest to discuss a fight he encountered against an opponent who lurked far beyond the borders of any fencing, a stalker named Eric Meadows.

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Going to the Movies with Titan FC 35 Welterweight: Trey Ogden

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For ten dollars, not including, popcorn, soda, and arcade games, moviegoers detach from reality, euphorically seated in rows with torn ticket stubs pocketed. For the same cost, MMA fans can purchase a one-month subscription to the UFC’s membership site: UFC Fight Pass, a destination to bear witness to a talent pool bubbling to the surface of MMA’s ranks. On September 19, 2015, Trey Ogden (2-0) will make his Titan Fighting Championships (Titan FC) debut at Titan 35: Healy vs. Hawn, and he is intent on not playing the role of an extra. Ogden visited Jon and Mike’s MMA Corner as a special guest, and he declared any money deposited at the movies should not gain interest when it comes to any investment as an up-and-coming mixed martial artist.

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My First UFC Fight Kit

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I’ve broken down and purchased my first UFC fight kit produced by Reebok. Before you barbarically begin pelting me with stones, the name streaked across a panel of my back reflects the antithesis of corporate greed; actually, the name isn’t even found on the UFC’s roster, at least not directly.

I racked my brain for the perfect fight kit. Requirements included:

  • A passionate pledge to the combatants, professional or amateur
  • Gestures to germinate the sport’s growth
  • Euphoria from MMA’s enjoyment

The name I’ll slip into each day mirrors the trials, tenacity, and triumphs in the topography of MMA: Trent Cotney, attorney at law.

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CFFC Champ Anthony Smith Shows His “Lionheart” for the Legends of MMA

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How often do you live in the moment, only to reflect and realize the greatness you witnessed, experienced, or were a part of firsthand? Twenty years into mixed martial arts, the depth of flashing back grows more and more shallow. Those who blazed trails in MMA for athletes of today are rarely memorialized. Often, legendary fighters, with minimalized options, repeatedly dip back into the well of what they know: fighting. This issue was investigated on episode 80 of Cage Side Submission Radio (CSSR) with special guest Anthony Smith, the middleweight champ at Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC), in an attempt to instigate MMA fans to become more intent on speaking out against such ineptitude.

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Fighting Is Like…Texas Hold’em

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By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

There are few things that capture my eye more than an MMA fight. I’m a self-proclaimed MMA rubbernecker; I see a cage, a ref, and fighters in action, and the world passes me by until the round ends or the referee has halted action. With my years of fanaticism, hours of screen time, and thousands and thousands of Internet clicks and searches, I agree with Sam Sheridan in his autobiography: A Fighter’s Heart (2010) when he postulated why fight fans have such a tight connection to their sport,

“You can learn so much about a person by watching him fight that you feel you know him.” (p. 130)

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The Sitch With “Stitch” Hits Closer to Home Than A Hobby

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By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

There is contention that there is no such thing as a stupid question. In my experience, I have realized many questions simply aren’t focused correctly, but with some follow-up questions of your own, the deep-seeded wondering floats to the surface for further elaboration or clarification. In my role as teacher, I instruct students to dig deeper using questions, burrowing below what’s visible on the surface with questions including why or how. The latest news about Jacob “Stitch” Duran, now former UFC cutman, hit close to home because I was reminded that mining the world for answers contradicts anything researched in relation to curiosity; apparently, curiosity does kill something. “Stitch”’s wonderment killed: fighter safety and psyche, fans’ practice of having voice within the sport, and his career with the UFC. In The Energy to Teach (2001) by Donald Graves, he scolded those unwilling to work through a series of questions. He stated,

“I do not have to accept decisions from people who cannot answer at the conceptual/learning theory level. I do not have to accept the response that ‘they say we have to do this.’” (p. 57)

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Take A Ride With Bobby Razak and Ken Shamrock in Shift

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By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

“Without data, you are just another person with an opinion…” (Ripley, p. 19)

Unlike most sports, MMA affords the opportunity for athletes to be more tangible and places fans closer to the front seat of the control room than others; therefore, the Tweets, posts, emails, or other public expressions of fans matters. Hopping into the passenger seat, Bobby Razak, filmmaker and action sports director, took to the streets with Ken Shamrock, “The World’s Most Dangerous Man,” in his interview series: Shift. Not to worry, Shamrock is only dangerous inside a locked cage, so there were no reported incidents of road rage. Since the filming of this interview, prior to Bellator MMA 138, headlined by Ken Shamrock vs. Kimbo Slice, much of the discussion targeted what has now been etched into MMA history. In conclusion to Bellator MMA 138, fight fans lit up the cyberspace ethos with claims that the fight between Shamrock and Slice was staged. Over the course of the drive, from first-gear to fifth, Shamrock’s passion for fighting is palpable, and when he finally puts the car into park to bid ado, fans who theorized that Shamrock would attempt to deliver anything other than his best efforts may drift further away from their previously held beliefs.

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