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Extraordinary Day

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 | 0 comments




















Thiago Silva cut, Anthony Johnson suspended, Wanderlei Silva retires…all in one day…that is a lot of action for the UFC to all occur in a single day…

This must be what it feels like these days to cover the NFL.

Two cases of domestic violence, an athlete holding a gun, allegations of drug use and an unhappy fighter ripping his organization highlighted the news that happened Friday in the UFC.

Iconic light heavyweight Wanderlei Silva, one of the most popular fighters in mixed martial arts history, announced his retirement in a sometimes rambling video he posted on YouTube in which he blasted the UFC for the way it treated fighters and for underpaying them.  Read more at Yahoo Sports


…and when you are finished there come down and see us at Gracie Morumbi to have your personal extraordinary day with us






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Brawl Time

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 | 0 comments








Exciting – yes…expected – yes…good for the UFC’s bottom line – yes…respectable – not sure about that…I think this kind of stuff should wait for the octagon…at least half of martial arts is the discipline…and when I see the discipline lost like this I recognize we have forgotten our roots to some degree and in a way that saddens me…don’t get me wrong…as you have read from my previous posts I like a good fight as much as the next guy…and I am a genuine MMA fanatic…however…I also believe in honor, discipline, and the other words that have always revolved around martial arts…there is a time and a place for everything…and I believe that place is in the octagon and the time is at the scheduled fight time…I also feel the UFC itself is to blame by encouraging self promotion to the extent that many of these fighters push things too far with each other prior to these events…on a lighter note…this should be a great fight

 UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier got into a brawl during the UFC 178 Media Tour on Monday in Las Vegas.  Here’s the video of the incident.  As the fighters squared off for the customary face-off, things escalated quickly.  Read more at MMAweekly.com

The right time and place is always with us down here at Gracie Morumbi…come find your inner discipline

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Yes…I am a Solid Champion

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 | 0 comments


If you are still questioning it…then you just don’t want to face reality…Chris Weidman is the man…he has now beat 2 of the most incredibly talented Brazilians ever to come out of Brazil…and he beat one of those men twice (Anderson Silva…who happens to be arguably one of the best, if not the best, pound for pound fighters to ever grace the octagon during his prime)


Although he defeated Anderson Silva twice, questions still swirled around middleweight champion Chris Weidman heading into Saturday night’s title defense against Silva teammate Lyoto Machida at UFC 175 in Las Vegas.

The main query was whether or not Weidman was really as good as two wins over Anderson Silva should suggest. And he answered that question.  Read more at MMAweekly.com


Also…come down and hush your critics by making a more solid you…here at Gracie Morumbi…get fit…get energized…feel alive

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What is Better than 2 Talented Athletes Throwing Down?

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 | 0 comments


Well not much if you ask me…especially when it is these 2 proven fighters going head to head


Could Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz happen when “the Spider” makes his return to the Octagon early next year?

Why, yes it could. And why not?

Following his loss to Georges St-Pierre early last year, Diaz said that two of the possible match-ups that might keep him out of retirement were a rematch with GSP or a fight against Anderson Silva.

Neither happened and Diaz hasn’t fought since.

Silva, however, has lost two consecutive bouts to current UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman since Diaz has been sidelined. He suffered a gruesome injury in the last one, and it put him on the sidelines for an extended period of time.

Having gained clearance to return to full MMA training, Silva still wants to wait until the beginning of 2015 to return to the Octagon, but he recently said whom he would like to fight upon his return.

Nick Diaz.

So now, the only missing piece of the puzzle would seem to be the UFC.

And UFC president Dana White at a UFC 174 media scrum in Vancouver on Thursday seems to be on board as well.  Read more at MMAweekly.com


Speaking of being on board…come down and get on board with us at Gracie Morumbi as we fight to defend our title as #1 martial arts location in Ventura County

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Axe Murderer Axed?

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 | 0 comments


God I hope not…he is one of my most favorite of all time…and I want to see him finish what he started with Sonnen


Is Wanderlei Silva still in the fight with Chael Sonnen on July 5 or is he out? Is Silva even still a UFC fighter or is the Axe Murderer getting the axe?

After “issues related to Wanderlei Silva’s licensing in the state of Nevada,” UFC officials earlier this week confirmed to MMAWekely.com that Silva was removed from the bout with Sonnen. The promotion’s No. 1 middleweight contender, Vitor Belfort, agreed to take his place, pending him getting licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission at a June 17 meeting.  Read more at MMAweekly.com


If you are ready to finish what you started…then come back to training on making yourself a better you…join us here at Gracie Morumbi

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Chasing your Challenges

Posted by on May 15, 2014 | 0 comments











…and good for TJ Dillashaw as he pursues his dreams and goes after Renan Barao


UFC president Dana White has said that Renan Barão is one of the top two, if not the number one, pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

In a twist of fate, Team Alpha Male bantamweight fighter TJ Dillashaw now finds himself in the enviable position of challenging Barão for the UFC 135-pound championship.

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Dillashaw is looking forward to upsetting the apple card and beating one of the best fighters on the planet at UFC 173 on May 24.  Read more at MMAweekly.com


…when you are ready to pursue your dreams come down and train with us at Gracie Morumbi at any one of our locations in Ventura County

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If you cant beat him…

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 | 0 comments

…I guess all you can do is criticize him…on HOW he wins (sounds like desperate critics to me)

…it’s one thing to not like the guy…it’s another to attempt to tarnish his pristine track record by claiming he WINS WRONG

…he wins like a winner…and you just sound sore (I’m not even a Jon Jones fan myself…but the man is good…and the critiquing of him is empty and meaningless)



Sports fans tend to expect the most out of the most gifted. When a star is on the rise, he or she can do no wrong.  But once that athlete has reached the top of the heap, the critics come out in full force and pick apart everything the star does.  Jon Jones, the UFC’s extraordinarily gifted light heavyweight champion, now finds himself in the crosshairs of critics in the media, in the fan base and, startlingly, among his fellow fighters.  There likely has never been a fighter in mixed martial arts history with the physical gifts Jones possesses. He’s 6-feet, 4-inches tall with an 84-inch reach and the ability to make moves in the cage that men significantly smaller can’t pull off.  He’ll face Glover Teixeira, who has won 20 consecutive fights and hasn’t lost since 2005, on Saturday at Baltimore Arena in the main event of UFC 172.  Yet, Jones came under heavy criticism in many quarters, including from Gustafsson, for choosing to fight Teixeira and not doing an immediate rematch. Others have blasted him for not pursuing Daniel Cormier.  But this is putting an apparent dislike for Jones in front of the facts.  Media, in an attempt to create controversy and generate clicks on their websites, berated Jones as afraid for choosing to fight Teixeira instead of Gustafsson.  Read more at Yahoo Sports.com


Speaking of winners…come down to Gracie Morumbi…Ventura County’s #1 martial arts studio


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