Thursday, April 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Frankie Edgar's First Pro Fight


In honor of Frankie Edgar's current run as TUF coach, here's a throwback to his first pro fight. Coming three months after his unsanctioned debut at the Underground Combat League, Edgar - a promising fighter out of the Rhino Fight Team camp - stepped into the ring at Ring of Combat 9 on October 29, 2005, squared off against a submission-savvy Mark Getto, and took care of business.

Fun fact: also making their pro debuts on this card were Lyman Good and Uriah Hall. Man, those were good times.

UFC 172 Primer: A Video of Jon Jones Battling the TRT Monster


You know how I know Jon Jones is a remarkable fighter? Because he stared the fearsome TRT Monster in the face and didn't wither.

Yeah, I'm talking about his fight against Vitor Belfort - the walking, talking test tube full of synthetic testosterone. Here's a video of Jones and Belfort fighting:

One on One with Senator Liz Krueger, New York MMA's Most Vocal Enemy


Senator Liz Krueger isn't a fan of mixed martial arts. And though her senatorial half of the legislature has been voting to pass the bill that would legalize pro MMA in the state year after year, she's remained a stalwart foe to cause.

"I can't support something where the competitors try to kill each other," she says, sitting at her desk in her Upper East Side office. On her plate are such issues as the legalization of marijuana and a tangle of problems with the lodging website Airbnb, but she feels strongly enough about MMA to talk for ten minutes about that - and it's ten minutes of discourse quite unlike the irrational ramblings of her anti-MMA predecessor, Assemblyman Bob Reilly.