WHAT IN THE WORLD IS HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING?High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) occurs when exercise is performed in such a way that you are recovering from the oxygen deficit (you panting for air) for many hours longer than the period you were exercising. This intense exercise has now caused excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), which is defined as a measurably increased rate of oxygen intake following strenuous activity intended to erase the body's "oxygen debt." EPOC is accompanied by an elevated consumption of fuel. In response to exercise, fat stores are broken down and free fatty acids (FFA) are released into the blood.
In layman's terms, since you were panting so darn hard, your body is struggling like hell to put the oxygen back into your blood that you just used up so quickly and as a result, you burn fat like crazy! You not only burn fat while exercising, as a result you will burn fat for up to 36 hours after that one workout. In addition to the amount of time that you continue to burn fat after a HIIT session, the rate that you burn fat is 9 times more when you are at rest after exercise than if you had gone for a jog or had jogged on a treadmill at a moderate pace for an hour. When you perform steady state cardio you are mainly burning fat during the exercise period, and burn very little afterward.
I want to be totally frank about this. HIIT is neither easy nor comfortable. You're really going to have to put forth some effort to make it happen. But if you are successful, you will spend about half as much time working out and you'll have a much tighter, "ripped" look.
WHY SHOULD I DO HIIT?
First, HIIT increases maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max) more effectively than doing only traditional, long aerobic workouts. That's why I used this method to condition my high school soccer players and wrestlers who need to have plenty of endurance for their sports.
Secondly, steady state cardio will eventually consume muscle! When you push your body for a long period of time, for long distances, it will actually switch over to burning your muscle for energy. The most vivid example I can give you is a track meet. When you are at a track meet or are watching the track events on the Olympic broadcast on television, who is more muscular, a sprinter, or a distance runner? The sprinter is more muscular of course. He goes all out for short bursts. As a result, he can preserve and enhance a lot of the fast twitch muscle he has developed for explosive power. The distance runner has burned his fat off, but he has also burned his fast twitch muscle off along with it. Though this is an extreme example, it is a good illustration. Do steady state cardio for a long time and there is a very good chance you will suffer from overuse injuries that come with the repetitive motion of running, elliptical training, exercise biking, etc.
High-intensity interval training has also been shown to improve athletic performance. For well conditioned athletes, improvements in performance become difficult to attain and increases in training volume may not yield significant improvements. Previous research would suggest that, for athletes who are already trained, improvements in endurance performance can be achieved through high-intensity interval training. If you are novice, you will need to be careful not to over exert yourself when starting a HIIT workout regimen. But once you begin to burn additional amounts of fat and gain greater levels of fitness, you should adopt an advanced HIIT training program so that you reap the benefits of greater endurance and fat loss.
Focus T25 Workout Video Review
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However you are here to see if the T25 Focus workout is worth your hard earned cash!!!
In short yes but I need to explain why:
One of my major gripes around the insanity workout was the cost and also the time you had to workout. It was just like giving up an hour of your time and to be honest I personally dont like giving up an hour of my time to workout. I want short but fast and intensive workouts that really hit the spot.
I personally am I huge fan of Funk Roberts Workouts because he offers far cheaper and in my opinion better workouts however they are ones that you have to do by yourself and if you need a follow along video programme then the insanity dvd and the Focus T25 DVD are among the best I have tried.
Focus 25 is of course the latest fitness workout from Shaun T and as the title suggests the workouts last for just 25 minutes. Now this for me was the appealing part as I loved the insanity workouts but hated the fact they went on so long.
The DVD pack as always comes with quite a lot and it is clearly a lot cheaper than Insanity. In essence though the core programme is made up of two workout cycles Alpha and Beta and as you can imagine Beta is harder than Alpha. Now lets break up the programme and show why is differs from Insanity
Time- Clearly the time is far less
Bodyweight- Yes the body weight workouts are here as well
Equipment!!! Now this is a new bit and Focus T25 actually brings in Dumb bells and also gives you free resistance bands
This is a nioce touch to actually get you to use those dumbells that have been gathering dust in your cupboard
Now for the big question!!!! Is Focus T25 Better than the Insanity Workout?
THE ANSWER IS NO!
T25 is a great workout and fun but it is bo way as hard as insanity, I recall the insanity workouts and remember thinking the warm up was hard enough but I breezed the T25 Beta stage until about 20 minutes in. Now that isnt to say it is not a good product because it is, it is great for those people who want a workout and find insanity to be just Insane.
So I place the workout actually pretty high up there in terms of workout DVD'S and if you purchase it you will have fun and enjoy it. The core workouts on the programme however I did find really good and intense and have to say they were pretty darn amazing.
Now If you area reading this you will know that this is actually a martial arts blog but as fitness is a major part of martial arts I find it fits in nicely. However this product available at http://www.beachbody.com/product/fitness_programs/focus-t25-workout.do
is not going to cut the mustard for martial artists. Yes its a good programme and I did enjoy it but its not as tough as other workouts out there. It would make an excellent dvd though for those in average shape looking to get fitter and tone up but dont have the time which is pretty much everyone in the world these days.
Its great for working families, busy mums, parents or anyone who gets home and hasnt the energy to drive to the gym but wants a workout.
Now there are alternatives out there for those looking for tougher workouts.
My current favourite is Funk Roberts Workouts and he has an excellent Burpee workout ( click here for more info) that is on offer right now so please check it out.
For a great new site that has tons of free workouts so you dont have to spend a penny please go to
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Thanks for reading
This is a guest Article by Chris Roberts of SAFE International. Chirs is an excellent coach and his ethics are among the highest in the self defense world. This article provides valuable insights into the teaching of self protection on a professional level.
October 14, 2013, Toronto, Canada - In this SAFE International Self Defense article I would like to reflect back on 20 years of teaching women's self defense and share what I think I know. SAFE International has taught self defense to more than 175,000 women since 1994 and one might think we are self defense experts. Well, part of the reason I feel we are growing more and more each year is because I feel there is so much more I don't know, which creates this never ending passion to learn more each day. The goal has been since the beginning to continually improve our course so that our clients can, "Get home safely to their family". Okay, so here is just some of what I think I know:
1) Self defense is not self defense if one does not cover how to avoid potentially violent scenarios. Far too often instructors only teach the physical side of self defense which means you are teaching how to fight, rather than how to avoid a fight.
2) Self defense is a topic that is difficult to talk about for many, so it is upon the instructor to make it comfortable to talk about.
3) Having a lot of personal self defense skill means nothing as an instructor if you don't know how to communicate with the client. If you are there to impress rather than teach, then get in front of the mirror and impress yourself. :0)
4) Humor is the missing link in most women's self defense courses. Even if some of our clients don't find us funny, they will certainly remember us. Yes, being goofy looking can be a gift.
5) Never assume you know what a client has gone through in their life. If you assume you will miss a lesson to be learned.
6) Mindset is more important than physical ability in regards to protecting oneself. Physical self defense delivered without personal reasons to defend are not as effective as someone with an important enough reason to live.
7) Never trust anyone over your intuition. Because someone is in a position of authority doesn't mean they know you better than your intuition does.
8) If people are comfortable doing self defense drills, then you are robbing them of the feeling violence can bring. Self defense drills should take everyone out of their comfort zone. Yes, you build up the intensity, but make sure there is some.
9) Nothing is guaranteed to work so don't take credit for your clients success unless you are prepared to take the blame if something doesn't work.
10) Surround yourself with a team of self defense instructors who share your passion.
11) Leave your ego at the door when teaching and training. Clients don't come to hear about all the fights you have won. And by the way, why are you getting into so many fights?
12) Never say to a client "you should have done this .....". Many have beaten themselves up for years questioning their decisions, so they don't need you confirming their doubts. If they are sitting in front of you, point out they must have done something pretty amazing. This simple comment is often life changing for them.
13) Strking the eyes is the most effective place to strike if one has a choice, and it is warranted to strike.
14) Less is better when teaching self defense. Cramming in as much info as possible does not create better value for the client. Remember they are the client without the knowledge you have, so teach based on their limited knowledge, not your huge vast knowledge of everything in the universe. Lol
15) Teaching self defense doesn't mean you are a master of anything. You are a coach, teacher, or advisor like any other profession. Get off the pedestal and join the people. It is more fun with the "common man" anyways. Yes, I found that comment funny even if you didn't.
16) Never think your "self defense system" is perfect, otherwise you are robbing your future clients of more options to save their lives. My course has changed each year with the most dramatic change coming after I met Richard Dimitri. Not enough time to tell you what I think of him. Lol
17) Align yourself with amazing quality people who can make your business better for the client. I immediately think of Marc Joseph and Martin Ferland of Spartan Training Gear. You can check out my blog about Spartan Training Gear Without them our program would be much less valuable for the people we teach.
18) While we make our courses fun, take the topic of self defense very serious. You are teaching concepts that may be the difference between life and death. While you can't take credit or blame for results, you can take your teaching seriously.
19) People commonly say they are as excited 20 years later in their jobs. I think you should be more excited after 20 years.
20) Lets see who reads this. Post on my facebook page or email me one thing you think you know about self defense.
SAFE International is now expanding internationally. Please check out our main site at www.safeinternational.biz on all we do. You can also check out our YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/SAFEInternational
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) will be returning to very place where the sport of MMA was born 20 years ago with RFA 11 – Manzanares vs. Makovsky live from Denver, Colorado. Featuring a high-stakes flyweight title fight between the red-hot fan favorite Matt Manzanares (7-1) and former world champion Zach “Fun Size” Makovsky (15-4), RFA 11 will not only present yet another stacked card between the best new talent in the business, but it will serve as a celebration of the sport’s 20th anniversary. On Friday, November 22nd, RFA 11 will take place from the 1stBank Center and live on AXS TV starting at 10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT.
“There was no better place to hold RFA 11 than Denver, Colorado, the city where MMA as we know it was launched 20 years ago,” said Soares. “Not only are we bringing fans in Denver an event where they can gather to celebrate this anniversary, but we are also presenting a completely stacked card topped by a championship headliner between two of the most complete and exciting flyweight fighters in the sport: Matt Manzanares, a dynamic fan favorite vs. Zach Makovsky, a former world champion. On November 22nd at RFA 11, the RFA will crown another great champion and salute the rise of MMA live from the 1stBank Center.”
Tickets for RFA 11 – Manzanares vs. Makovsky are on sale NOW and available through www.TicketHorse.com or by calling 866.461.6556. Colorado customers can dial locally at 303-53HORSE.
Tickets start at just $25. For VIP status, eight-seat catered cage-side VIP tables are available by calling 303-521-0966.
Doors for RFA 11 – Manzanares vs. Makovsky open at 5:30 p.m. MT; first bout starts at 6:00 p.m. MT and the main card goes live on AXS TV at 8:00 p.m. MT / 10:00 p.m. ET.
Matt Manzanares is coming off a crowd pleasing affair this summer with highly touted-flyweight prospect Steve Swanson, who is the older brother of UFC star Cub Swanson. They engaged in a nonstop war at RFA 9, both standing and on the ground, before Manzanares locked in a fight-ending armbar from the guard at 3:37 of Round 2. The Cheyenne, Wyoming native is a former Junior Olympian boxer, who fought future boxing world champions Victor Ortiz and Devon Alexander during his time fighting in the squared circle. Prior to his scheduled fight with former RFA flyweight champion and current UFC star Sergio Pettis in March, that was scrapped due to an injury, Pettis stated: “Matt and I are the two best flyweight strikers in all of MMA.” Manzanares has since added to his knowledge of the “sweet science” with a well-rounded attack making him one of the most dangerous flyweight MMA fighters in the world today.
Manzanares is excited about fighting for his first world title just short ride from his home down the I-25.
“To fight for a world title has been my goal since I started training when I was 8-years-old,” stated Manzanares. “To fight a former world champion in my backyard makes me hungry to prove that I’m one of the best flyweights in the world. I’m looking forward to putting on a show for the fans and taking that title back to Wyoming.”
Former bantamweight world champion Zach “Fun Size” Makovsky will be looking to play the foil in front of the local fans, as he travels from his native Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, looking to establish himself as one of the premier flyweight fighters in the world. He will be doing this after already proving to be one of the best bantamweight fighters in the sport. Makovsky is a former NCAA Division I wrestler at Drexel University and was the captain of the Dragons during his senior season. He went on to fight for various top MMA promotions around the world, including the EliteXC, DEEP, and Bellator where he won the Season 3 bantamweight 8-man tournament to become the first-ever bantamweight champion for the promotion. After compiling a 6-2 record for the promotion, he decided he was better suited to compete as a flyweight once the division began receiving its long-overdue attention. Makovsky won his flyweight debut in May and will now look to add flyweight gold to his already impressive trophy case.
Makovsky spoke about the opportunity to fight Manzanares for the RFA flyweight title.
“Manzanares is athletic, has good speed, and a very good boxing background. He’s no joke,” Makovsky explained. “That’s the kind of fighter I want to fight to prove I’m among the best flyweights in the world. Any time you get to fight for a world title it’s a pretty special thing. Fighting for a title in the RFA is even sweeter, since it has a great reputation among fighters and they always get fighters to the next level.”
The next level that Manzanares and Makovsky will be looking to get to is the UFC, which is where former RFA flyweight stars Tim Elliott and Sergio Pettis currently ply their trade. In fact, the fighters who won the first three RFA main events of 2013 are now signed by the UFC. In total, all six RFA alum who are currently affiliated with the UFC (Tim Elliott, James Krause, Brandon Thatch, Sergio Pettis, Chris Holdsworth, and Jessamyn Duke) will be active for the promotion in November either in the UFC or on their hit reality television show The Ultimate Fighter. On November 22nd, Manzanares and Makovsky will look to join that group by winning RFA gold.
RFA 11 will also feature another familiar names facing a blue chip prospect. The co-main event will see four-time UFC veteran Alvin Robinson (14-7) fight in front of his home crowd two months after winning a local lightweight title with a 42-second armbar. The Denver native, who is a black belt in jiu-jitsu under UFC Hall of Fame member Royce Gracie, will now be facing one of the top featherweight prospects in the sport.
“The RFA is the gateway to the UFC. If I can go into the cage, perform on November 22nd, and get a dominant win, I’ll be knocking on the door to the UFC,” stated Robinson. “145 is my weight class and I’m ready to prove that one fight at a time. I know it’s another tough fight, another tough opponent, but I’m confident I will come out with my hand raised.”
Waiting for Robinson on November 22nd will be fellow BJJ black belt Raoni Barcelos (7-0), who is a highly-decorated jiu-jitsu practitioner (multiple-time IBJJF world champion) and freestyle wrestler (member of the Brazilian national wrestling team). Barcelos is the son of 7th degree BJJ coral belt Laerte Barcelos. He has won the Shooto – Brazil featherweight title and currently trains alongside current UFC champions Jose Aldo and Renan Barão and will be making his American-soil MMA debut.
“I am excited and honored to fight for the RFA. This will be my first fight in the United States and I look forward to showing the world what I can do,” Barcelos proclaimed. “I train with the best in the world and my hard work will pay off at RFA 11. The fans will see a great fight on November 22nd!”
The entire main card of RFA 11 – Manzanares vs. Makovsky will be televised live on AXS TV starting at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT on Friday, November 22nd. RFA 11 will be the promotion’s second event in the state of Colorado this year. More fights for RFA 11 will be announced soon. Please visit RFAfighting.com for bout updates and information. RFA is also on Facebook at Facebook.com/RFAfighting and Twitter at @RFAfighting.
RFA is a professional mixed martial arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. The RFA presents up to 10 fights annually around the United States including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, and Milwaukee. RFA can be seen live in over 40 million homes nationally through its television deal with AXS TV. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, RFA is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world.
About AXS TV Fights:
AXS TV Fights is renowned for its universally recognized Friday Night Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing events. As Your Home For MMA, AXS TV utilizes an expansive network of promotions from the United States, Canada, Europe. and Asia to broadcast more LIVE fights than any other television network. “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and five-time MMA world-champion Pat Miletich provide viewers expert play-by-play, in-depth fighter coverage, and extensive analysis to each fight card. AXS TV broadcasts world-class LIVE fight events from RFA, Lion Fight, Legacy FC, XFC, MFC, and BAMMA every Friday night at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET.
The UFC166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos III PPV is set to take place on Saturday, October 19, from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. It’s the rubbermatch between the two best heavyweights in MMA over the past 3 years or more.
I want to take a look at some of the top thoughts and questions going into the event. This will be a little different format than the top questions posts I used to do as I want to be able to touch on a few more items on the card. Let’s get to it:
The winner of the rubbermatch between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos could arguably go down as the best heavyweight of all time(Fedor huggers…bring it).
Cain Velasquez has destroyed every fighter he has ever faced, including Junior dos Santos, who’s the only fighter to ever defeat him. He’s defeated Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva twice via first round stoppage. Silva destroyed Fedor Emelianenko and became the first fighter to stop him via TKO in 2011. He also ended the Alistair Overeem hype train with a devastating KO. Velasquez has beaten Brock Lesnar, a fighter many thought would reign over the division for a long time(and he might have if he hadn’t gotten sick). He has destroyed Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who many believe to be one of the top three heavyweights of all time, finishing him in the first round, whereas Emelianenko could never finish the Brazilian in their two fights. If Velasquez bests dos Santos on Saturday night, there’s not really a heavyweight out there that would be favored to beat him anytime soon. That means he could go on an epic run and arguably surpass Fedor Emelianenko as the best ever at heavyweight.
The resume of Junior dos Santos may not quite stack up to that of Velasquez just yet, but a second win over Velasquez wouldn’t certainly boost that quite a bit. Dos Santos destroyed Fabricio Werdum, the first man to ever legitimately defeat Fedor Emelianenko, and has defeated at least four ranked heavyweights since his UFC debut. He has a TKO win over Mirko Cro Cop who many would say is a top five heavyweight of all time. Dos Santos, like Velasquez, would be favored over any other heavyweight out there in future matchups if he could get past Velasquez for a second time.
I don’t like the Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson fight. It’s not a smart fight for Cormier because Nelson is coming off a loss, and Cormier is coming off a win over a top 10 heavyweight in Frank Mir.
Cormier should be able to get past Nelson with his cardio and superior wrestling. He should then move down to the light heavyweight division as he said he would, and get things popping like bacon in the pan with Jon Jones.
The Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez is a huge fight for both fighters.
Melendez can’t afford to lose this fight. A loss to Sanchez would be devastating as Sanchez is clearly on the downside to his excellent career(barring his limited skill set). Melendez gave former champion Ben Henderson all he could handle and clearly showed he’s one of the better lightweights in the world. An impressive win over Sanchez who has only been stopped ONCE in his career would be just what the doctor ordered to put him back in title contention. A win for Sanchez would breath new life into his career in his attempt to return to the lightweight division(he missed weight by three pounds in his last lightweight bout against Gomi).
Shawn Jordan could make himself a relevant heavyweight with a third consecutive win against former title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga.
Jordan has won two consecutive bouts via TKO which have sort of buried his terrible performance against former UFC fighter Cheick Kongo in 2012. Gonzaga has won three of his last four bouts in the UFC and experienced a sort of rebirth since rejoining the promotion. Neither fighter has no realistic chance of becoming a UFC champion in my opinion, but impressive winning streaks in a thin division go a long way.
John Dodson should put himself back into title contention with a win over Darrell Montague who will be making his UFC debut after winning his last four fights.
Which fighter between Nate Marquardt and Hector Lombard will make a statement on Saturday night?
Marquardt will be fighting for the first time since losing his Strikeforce welterweight title against Tarec Saffiedine in January. Lombard will be making the cut down to the welterweight division for the first time ever after competing as a middleweight. Lombard absolutely needs a win after going (1-2) in his first three UFC fights. Actually, this move to welterweight is moreso due to those losses and the threat of being cut from the promotion than anything else. He’s probably cut with a loss to Marquardt. If Marquardt can brave the first round, he should be able to take the decision as Lombard usually fades after the first round. The huge weight cut isn’t going to do him any favors either. I don’t think either fighter will be a factor in the welterweight division moving forward, but crazier things have happened I suppose.
Will the women fighters steal the show once again?
Sarah Kaufman and Jessica “Evil” Eye will be making their UFC debut on Saturday night, and I’m sure both will be looking to put on a show and represent for the females out there. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a boring women’s MMA fight in the UFC at this point. The women’s bantamweight division is in need of contenders, and the winner of this bout will certainly put their names in the mix going forward. This fight should be a good scrap.
Be sure to make ProMMAnow.com your home for UFC 166 coverage. We’ll be here all week. You can find information about the fight card here.
Invicta Fighting Championships announced today that they will return to the Ameristar Casino and Hotel in Kansas City for their next event. Christmas comes earlier for WMMA fans as December 7th will be the date that three Invicta titles will be on the line and six additional fights to support them.
The main event features newly crowned flyweight champ Barb Honchak defending her title for the first time against Leslie Smith. Honchak defeated Vanessa Porto back in April and has won seven in a row. Smith was impressive in victory in her flyweight debut and has won three of her last four.
The strawweights are tapped in the co-main event when champion Carla Esparza puts her belt on the line against undefeated Claudia Gadelha. Esparza was set to defend her title at the last Invicta outing but was forced to withdraw due to injury. She won the title after a hard fought five round decision over Bec Hyatt. Gadelha makes her second appearance under the Invicta banner after defeating Ayaka Hamasaki back in July.
Rounding out the trio of title bouts will be the first bantamweight title engagement. Miriam Nakamoto looks to get her third win. Her last appearance at Invicta resulted in a quick and impressive TKO win. The muay thai champion will face undefeated striker Lauren Murphy. Murphy has won back to back fights over Kaitlin Young and Sarah D’Aleio.
Check out the full card below and stay close to ProMMAnow (www.prommanow.com) for more coverage of Invicta FC 7.
- Barb Honchak vs. Leslie Smith
- Carla Esperaza vs. Claudia Gadelha
- Miriam Nakamoto vs. Lauren Murphy
- Felice Herrig vs. Tecia Torres
- Joanne Calderwood vs. Katja Kankaanpaa
- Julia Budd vs. Charmaine Tweet
- Zoila Frausto Gurgel vs. Vanessa Porto
- Kelly Kobold vs. Tonya Evinger
- Nina Ansaroff vs. Munah Holland
The fighters have taken to the scales ahead of tomorrow night’s 10 fight event that goes down at the Kansas Star Arena. Bellator 103 will feature the semifinals of the featherweight tournament as well as local star David “The Caveman” Rickels in a featured lightweight bout.
The preliminary fights will be streamed live on Spike.com starting at 7 p.m. ET / 4 PT with the main card going live on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET /6 PT. All fighters made weight. Stay close to ProMMAnow(www.prommanow.com) for all of your Bellator news.
PRELIMINARY CARD: (Spike.Com)
- Ricky Musgrave (148.7) vs. Cody Carrillo (148.9)
- Jesse Thorton (134.9) vs. Jeimeson Saudino (134.8)
- Donnie Bell (156) vs. Marcio Navarro (155.8)
- Maurice Jackson (261.2) vs. Matt Uhde (234.3)
- Remy Bussieres (155.8) vs. Blake Pool (152.7)
- Carlos Eduardo (205) vs. Wayman Carter (202.3)
MAIN CARD: (Spike TV)
- Bellator Featherweight Tournament Semifinal: Fabricio Guerreiro (146) vs. Patricio Pitbull (145.6)
- Bellator Featherweight Tournament Semifinal: Justin Wilcox (145) vs. Joe Taimanglo (145)
- David “The Caveman” Rickels (155.7) vs. J.J. Ambrose (155)
- Aaron Rosa (205.8) vs. Mikhail Zayats (205)
The second episode of UFC Primetime: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos aired on FOX Sports 1. The footage took us back to the first two matchups between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. Dos Santos won the first matchup in 64 seconds with Velasquez taking the rematch via dominant unanimous decision. Both fighters and their training camps spoke about the upcoming match and all the things they are doing to prepare each fighter for battle at UFC 166 on October 19 in Houston, Texas. Check out the video below:
The fighters will take to the scales today ahead of tomorrows UFC Fight Night 29 “Maia vs. Shields” event. Welterweights Demian Maia and Jake Shields headline an intriguing card that takes place in Brazil. Before it happens the fighters will weigh in at Jose Correa Arena in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil starting at 3 p.m. ET/ 12 PT.
Be sure to check out all of the coverage leading up to this event with previews and fight breakdowns right here on ProMMAnow (www.prommanow.com). We will have full weigh-in results posted later today.
On October 9th, 2013 the UFC Fight Night 29 comes to FOX Sports 1 with a great free card headlined by a welterweight bout with title implications between Demian Maia and Jake Shields. Both men have contended for the UFC title with Shields at welterweight and Maia a tmiddleweight Both did so unsuccessfully. That’s not where the comparisons endthough. Both men are fantastic black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and have demonstrated such in their MMA careers. So ready or not, here comes the breakdown for this battle between these top contenders.
Neither of these men have been known in the past for their striking skills, but one man has come leaps and bounds from being known as just a grappler. Demian Maia’s striking has been developed expertly and has looked extremely crisp in his last few fights.
Jake Shields isn’t bad by any means on the feat, but he is not very offensive. Shields’ hasn’t put any of his recent opponents in danger on the feet, but he has nullified their striking. Take a look at the Tyrone Woodley fight, though not exciting; Jake Shields managed to keep one of the most powerful strikers at bay for three rounds.
Verdict: Maia has the striking edge.
Both men are accomplished submission practitioners, but this category is more about overall grappling ability. Demian Maia in the past has been known for having a hard time getting the fight to the ground, for example his match with Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight Championship. In more recent times Maia has shown improved wrestling, taking down more experience wrestlers like Jon Fitch.
Jake Shields like Demian Maia is a great submission specialist, but he’s also a two time Division II All-American Wrestler. Shields has out wrestled the likes of Dan Henderson, Jason Miller, Yushin Okami, and Carlos Condit to name a few.
Verdict: Shields has a slight grappling edge due to his long wrestling history.
Demian Maia as I have said is a fourth degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt with nine submission wins and four submission of the night awards. In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Demian Maia has a gold medal and silver medal from the Abu Dhabi Combat Club as well as multiple championships.
Jake Shields may not be as experienced in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world, but he has 10 submission wins in his MMA career as well as a bronze medal from the Abu Dhabi Combat Club with a win over Jiu-Jitsu ace Leo Santos.
Verdict: Maia has the advantage in the submission department.
Demian Maia has looked unstoppable since his drop to the Welterweight division. He has been a lean mean killing machine, with two of his three wins coming by way of a finish. On top of this he looked fantastic in his unanimous decision win over Jon Fitch.
Jake Shields has been struggling to gain momentum, even though he hasn’t been defeated in his last three fights. Shields has been known as a smothering grinder, but the real question is if he will take that chance against a submission ace like Maia.
This could be a very interesting fight depending mostly on how Shields decides to fight. If Shields tries to come out and take Maia to the mat and grind him out, it could be a very short night for Shields. The only chance for Shields is to come out and put on a Randy Couture style fight. In my expert opinion, Maia has too many tools to finish the fight but I’m thinking that Maia will win by a third round TKO.