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  • Succession : Uriah Hall

    Succession : Uriah Hall


INTELLIGENT DEFENSE OR INTELLIGENT DECISION?

6th February

By Josh Puklavetz

On Saturday night perennial title challenger Urijah Faber was once again denied in his most recent bid to regain a championship title.  After a stellar 2013 that saw Faber go 4-0 against some stiff competition, “The California Kid” was brought in as a late replacement for the always-injured, former champion, Dominic Cruz.  Faber was hoping to ride the momentum he had built up over his previous four fights and finally capture the UFC title that has eluded him for so many years.  The man standing in his way was the newly crowned champion, and last fighter to defeat Faber, Renan Barao.

Prior to his 2013 win streak, Faber faced Barao for the interim bantamweight title when Barao was the one called in to replace Cruz.  The Brazilian won a hard fought decision that was close at times but never … Read More »



THE BRUTAL ART OF PASSING THE TORCH

10th January

By Josh Puklavetz

Mixed martial arts, in its very nature, is a brutal sport.  The competitive landscape ultimately dictates that the young will eventually surpass the old.  For a professional fighter, the goal is always to reach the top.  Those that have been there, however, will tell you that the true challenge is not in winning the title but in keeping it.  All fighters experience something of a bell curve in talent, which sees a green, learning period, a physical and athletic peak and eventually a slippery slope of decline and deterioration. The irony of it all is that the fighter who is best equipped to rise to the occasion time and again is often, eventually, only going to do the most damage to himself.

Everyone refers to divisional champions as having a target on their backs.   Once a … Read More »



UFC 168 AND THE END OF AN ERA

31st December

By Josh Puklavetz

Anderson Silva’s place in history was solidified a long time ago.  After the first lose of his UFC career earlier this year, Silva attempted to regain his place atop the middleweight division and suffered one of the most gruesome injuries in company history.  Middleweight champion Chris Weidman, the man who took the title from Silva in July by second round knockout, put on a stellar performance in the early goings of the fight but, like the millions of fans watching around the world, could never have predicted the outcome of the heavily anticipated rematch.

Much like the first fight, Weidman scored an early takedown in the first round and proceeded to land heavy ground and pound.  Silva, as he’s known to do, was content to lie on his back and look for strikes from the bottom, eventually … Read More »



THE TROUBLED MIND OF URIAH HALL

31st December

 

By Josh Puklavetz

Heading into season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter, Dana White made cryptic promises to the media of a “boogeyman” type figure in the house who was handing out trips to the hospital like candy on Halloween.  Between filming and airing, White spoke to reporters with a twinkle in his eye about a fighter who evoked fear in the other housemates with one beautiful display of violence after the other.  That fighter turned out to be the Jamaican born, turned New York resident striker Uriah Hall.  Hall earned his spot in the house with a unanimous decision over Andy Enz before turning up the violence meter to eleven.

In his first fight as a cast member on the reality show, Hall knocked out Adam Cella with a spectacular spinning hook kick in the closing seconds of … Read More »



TRUE GRIT: HUNT VS BIGFOOT

7th December

By Josh Puklavetz

If 2007 was the year of the upset, and 2012 was the year of the injury, then 2013 is the year of the epic battle.  After fights like Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustaffson, Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez II, Diego Sanchez vs. Gilbert Melendez and Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann, among others, Hunt vs. Silva is the latest entry into the “fight of the year” raffle.  What happened on Friday night (Saturday Australia time) was, quite simply, incredible.  Two fighters, once again, sacrificed their well being for the entertainment of millions of fans watching around the world.  As the fight moved along, blow after blow, it became obvious to viewers that we were witnessing something truly special.

Heading into the bout, due to both fighters knack for rendering their opponents unconscious, virtually no one expected the judges to be … Read More »



Professional Highlight: Anthony B. Geathers, Photographer

25th November

Anthony Geathers is a photographer I meet recently while I was in New York city shooting a Glory Kickboxing promo and the LivetoFight.org campaign with UFC Middleweight champion of the world Chris Weidman.  Geathers is the visual biographer of Wayne Barrett, who fights Joe Schilling on the main event on Spike TV. Here is a sample of his work.

Anthony served four years as an infantry machine gunner for the Marine Corps., and was deployed twice to Afghanistan.

“I was always a fan of combat sports and always had a passion for photography, so after my service in the Marines I got into combat sports photography”

 

Be sure to check out more of Anthony’s work -

http://instagram.com/anthonybgeathers

https://www.facebook.com/anthony.b.geathers

http://abgphotos.wordpress.com



SHOULD DANA HAVE A SAY IN GSP’S RETIREMENT PLANS?

21st November

By Josh Puklavetz

And is that really what he was trying to say anyway?

Following Saturday night’s historic UFC 167 event at the MGM in Las Vegas, controversy and speculation ran wild as fans and media members alike debated who they thought won the main event between welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and number one contender Johny Hendricks.  St. Pierre took the highly contested split decision (with scores of 48-47 twice with the dissenting judge scoring the bout 48-47 for Hendricks) to retain his title a divisional record ninth consecutive time.  Many, if not the vast majority, of fans in attendance and on social media scored the fight for the challenger.

The controversy didn’t stop there, however.  As Joe Rogan interviewed the bloodied and battered champion inside the cage after the 25-minute encounter, it seemed like we were headed towards another standard post-fight … Read More »



ASKREN AND THE ‘REVERSE EDDIE ALVAREZ EFFECT’

16th November

By Josh Puklavetz

We all know the story by now.  After completing the final fight on his previous Bellator contract, Eddie Alvarez spoke openly and often about his desire to test himself against the UFC’s best lightweights.  Following a lucrative offer from the UFC, a legal battle ensued between Alvarez and his former employer.  Bellator, acting under a clause which allows them to match outside offers from other promoters, argued that much of the UFC’s offer was for implied earnings rather than guarantees, with the main stipulations coming from the potential to earn percentages from future pay per view cards.

Over the next year an ugly, drawn out legal battle ensued.  Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney and Alvarez took to various media outlets to state their respective cases to the public.  Alvarez felt that the potential to earn in the UFC was much … Read More »






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