Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Asian MMA Weekend Recap



There was SOOOOO Much fight action in SE Asia over the weekend, and some crazy 3 on 3 action to talk about.

Before I get started though, If I don’t cover your event, but you had one this past weekend or you’re gonna have one sometime soon, reach out and let us know that you are putting on events because I want to cover them and bring eyes to your event and the fighters putting it all on the line. Hit me up at at the shows email address so I know what's going on.

Also, there won’t be a video version of the podcast this week because I am traveling. But that should be back next week.

Let’s get it started

Thursday, April 25, 2019

What is GAMMA and why does ONE Championship want to partner with them?



It popped into my email that ONE Championship announces a partnership with Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts.

Now, I had never heard of the Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts, Or GAMMA since that’s a mouthful.

So before i even read the press release I went over to the good old google to see what would come up.
 
The first result, the very first thing at the top of the page, not a sponsored ad, was the site for IMMAF, and trust me, I’ll get to why that is so funny, that's not what google returns now, now their site is the first result, but at the time it wasn’t.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Rizin 15 recap, Road FC 53 Card, ONE Heros Series, Rich Franklin UFC Hall of Fame



Over the weekend we had some good action with Rizin 15, I love these Rizin cards, I was actually saying to Enson Inoue in our interview on the previous episode that I wish Rizin would do more shows. Rizin is probably my favorite promotion in Asia.

The main event of the Rizin card was King Mo vs Jiri Prochazka for the inaugural Rizin Light Heavyweight strap.

These guys have actually fought before in Rizin back in 2015, in that fight, King Mo finished Jiri in the first with a KO.

That wasn’t the case this time around, and I love when rematches play out in a great story like this.
Right out of the gate Mo was throwing heat at Jiri, but he was able to use his distance and timing to stay out of range.

It was that early heat by Mo and expending all that energy that would come back to bite him.
As Jiri kept a solid game plan until the third round when King Mo who was visibly tired at this point and was having trouble moving became a sitting duck and Jiri was able to put him away for the TKO finish.

Road FC has finalized their card for Road FC 53 which takes place on May 18th and will be headlined by Kwon A-Sol against Mansour Barnaoui to cap off their lightweight tournament to crown a champion and the winner gets the million dollar cash prize.

I’m really excited for this because the tournament has been fantastic and Road puts on some fantastic cards. Of course, I will be covering the results on the podcast after the event. If I get time I might put together a full recap of the tournament before the finals. But that's a big if.

ONE Championship held one of their Heros events in China over the weekend, I’ll be honest, I’ve really only been following these casually, but I really should take a deeper dive in and pay attention because they have some really good fights. Heroes is basically ONEs all Chinese version of their Warrior Series, which also has produced some fantastic fights and fighters.

On a final note for today, I have to shout out Rich Franklin who was announced as being inducted into the UFC hall of fame. Rich is currently an executive with ONE championship, but was previously a UFC middleweight champ and at one point when the sport was just coming out of the dark ages he was the face of the company. Congrats Rich!

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Enson Inoue Discusses the State of Asian MMA



MMA Legend Enson Inoue sits down with Asian MMA Podcast Host dana blouin to talk about Rizin, ONE Championship Shooto and the state of Asian MMA. We talk about the recent ONE Championship event in Japan and how the events team gave him free tickets for the worst seat in the house and the founder of Shooto saved the day.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

ONE Championship A New Era Recap



This week I recap all the happenings of ONE Championship A New Era, their first ever event in Japan, and to be honest it really did feel like a new era on their part. It felt like we are seeing the second coming of Asian MMA, and it was awesome.

The event saw the previously unstoppable Angela Lee get her first lost via TKO against a very game Xion Jing Nan, who put Angela Lee away with body shots in the 5th and final round after surviving a brutal armbar in the 4th.

Former UFC champion and pound-for-pound great Demetrious Johnson had a harder time than expected with Yuya Wakamatsu, but did get the submission victory.

Probably the biggest shock of the night was that former UFC champ Eddie Alvarez lost his one championship debut against a very tough Timofey Nastyukhin who put the former UFC champ away in the first round.

Of course there was the controversy in the DQ finish in the Bibiano Fernandes vs Kevin Belingon fight giving Bibiano the win and making him the new champion.

After Aung La Nsang made quick work of Ken Haegawa former UFC fighter and current ONE championship Heavyweight champion entered the cage to issue a challenge for Aung Las light heavyweight strap, which is quickly accepted.

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