Thursday, May 1, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Shelby Walker's Five-Second KO of Angela Wilson


Above is the only pic I managed to take of Shelby Walker's fight against Angela Wilson at Ring of Fury 3 (back on May 3, 2003). Why is that the only pic? Because "Shelbygirl" knocked Wilson out in five seconds, and there was literally no time to do anything other than say "Holy crap!"

Throwback Thursday: Denis Kang vs. Keith Rockel at Ring of Fury 3


In 2003, the options for taking in some live MMA were pretty thin compared to how they are now - so thin, in fact, that I would often drive up to Massachusetts just to have a show to cover. Thankfully, Massachusetts had a quality organization called Ring of Fury churning out good fights, and though ROF only managed a few installments, some of those bouts were pretty memorable.

Here's the headlining bout of their third show, which featured local favorite Keith Rockel taking on young Canadian up-and-comer Denis Kang. And yes, the venue was a nightclub, which was a pretty new and edgy concept for a fight venue at the time.

Yesterday's Press Conference in Albany Generates Some Media Attention


Things may be moving a bit slow for MMA in the legislative process, but yesterday's press conference in Albany was at least successful in generating some much needed media attention. Instead of focusing on economic benefits, organizers went the "MMA is empowering for females" route by having young ladies talk about what training in the sport has done for them. In turn, the speakers did their part in extolling the sport's virtues.

From the Capitol Confidential blog:

There's an MMA Show on Long Island This Weekend