In the Books: Cagezilla FC: OO39

In the Books: Cagezilla FC: OO39

by Felix Falcon

It was a relatively short night in Ashburn, as Cagezilla FC was back in action for the 39th time (Cagezilla/OO Fights Combined). The night showcased eight total amateur MMA fights, four of which were for the Cagezilla Featherweight, Welterweight, Middleweight, and Heavyweight titles...

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In the Books: EWC9: Takeover

In the Books: EWC9: Takeover

by Felix Falcon

On Saturday, February 6th, the folks at the Elite Warrior Challenge had the whole floor of the Salem Civic Center covered with both a full size boxing ring and their 30-foot circular cage side by side. It was reminiscent of the recent Bellator "Dynamite" show they co-promoted with Glory Kickboxing. The arena itself is pretty fascinating, while it's an older building, the layout is super conducive for viewing combat sports. The seats on both sides of the arena are deceptively intimate regardless of how far from the cage you actually are. Just in case, the promotion also put up two big projection screens to ensure there's not a bad seat in the house...

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Elite Warrior Challenge 9: Takeover Preview & Weigh in Results

Elite Warrior Challenge 9: Takeover Preview & Weigh in Results

by Felix Falcon

The Salem Civic Center will once again be the home for Southwestern VA's growing promotion Elite Warrior Challenge, Saturday, February 6th. This event was supposed to take place two weeks ago, but due to the historic snow storm that covered most of the state, they were forced to postpone the event. Although the rescheduling affected some of the original lineup, EWC 9 still has a line up of 9 Pro MMA fights with some Pro Boxing and Pro Muay Thai bouts in the under card as well... 

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Through the Lens: 2015 Virginia MMA

Through the Lens: 2015 Virginia MMA

by Felix Falcon

It is time, once again, to look back at the year that was all things Mixed Martial Arts in Virginia. While we are busy going over our choices for the end-of-year awards, it's nice to look back at all the great pictures taken throughout the year. Once more, we will not only focus on pictures taken by us, although we were able to cover a lot more territory this year, we are also giving a look to four other photographers that were consistently cage-side at multiple events through out the year...

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The WMMA Life with Holloway, McCoy, and Martinez

The WMMA Life with Holloway, McCoy, and Martinez

By Monica Hunsaker

Women are making great strides in the male-dominated MMA world and deliver a unique level of excitement. Still, female fighters feel they must work especially hard to gain respect within the sport they live and breathe...

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In the Books: Strike Off 6

In the Books: Strike Off 6

by Felix Falcon

Strike Off FC has come a long way in just a year and four months of promoting MMA in Virginia. In their sixth event, they took a big leap from their previous homes at The Palace in Woodbridge and the Ernst Cultural Center in Annandale, to one of the biggest stages in Northern Virginia, George Mason University's EagleBank Arena on Saturday, October 3rd...

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In This Corner: VA Pro, Reggie Barnett, Jr. on VA Amateur Rule Changes

In This Corner: VA Pro, Reggie Barnett, Jr. on VA Amateur Rule Changes

By Reginald Barnett, Jr.

Some much-needed change is finally coming to the entire Virginia MMA community. The first time I entered the cage, it was under unified rules. At the time I had no idea there were any differences in mixed martial arts rules, let alone anything about sanctioning. I just showed up to fight, unaware of the inherent risk and potential dangers of competing in amateur MMA in VA...

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On Tap: Strike Off 6

On Tap: Strike Off 6

by Felix Falcon

When the UFC came to Fairfax this past April, it did not showcase any local fighters on the card. The Promoters at Strike Off Fighting Championships have taken it upon themselves to make sure not only that local fighters have an avenue to break into the UFC ranks the next time they come around, but also to convince the big show to come to Virginia more than once every two and a half years, as it has since 2010.

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Injury and the Mindset of a Comeback

Injury and the Mindset of a Comeback

by Monica Hunsaker

Blood, sweat, and even tears mark the extraordinary life of an MMA fighter. When faced with serious injury, even these elite athletes must display a special level of determination to make a strong comeback...

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2015's Second Half Encouraging for VA Pro MMA

2015's Second Half Encouraging for VA Pro MMA

by Felix Falcon

It’s funny how a couple of months can change your perspective. In April, I started writing a piece on the sad state of Pro MMA in our state. I was going to write on what were the barriers to entry for organizations to come in and put on Pro shows in a state that doesn’t really care much for sports outside of college athletics, NASCAR, and the love/hate of the closest Pro Football team we have, the Washington Redskins. I was going to highlight a lot of the issues that, for the last couple of years, have prevented a steady flow of Pro shows from developing. 

It was going to be bleak...

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Updates & Info - UFC Fight Night Fairfax 4/4/15

Updates & Info - UFC Fight Night Fairfax 4/4/15

Update #4 

No changes to the UFC Fairfax lineup have been announced this week, except that the times for the Fight Pass (10:30am) & Fox Sports 1 (11:00am) prelims have been publicized. Today is the first day that tickets for the event are available to the general public through Ticketmaster

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Greg Walker: On a Road to Glory

Greg Walker: On a Road to Glory

by Ryan MacDonald

February 6th will mark a historic day in Virginia combat sports.  Glory World Series will make its’ first venture into the Old Dominion.  The Hampton Coliseum, in Hampton, VA, will be the site of the promotion's 19th show.  The World’s premier kickboxing league will bring with it all the glitz and glamour that fans have been used to seeing and will once again be televised on Spike TV...

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Chris Rollins Fight Night Challenge Pre-Fight Interview 11/8/2014

Chris Rollins Fight Night Challenge Pre-Fight Interview 11/8/2014

by Ryan MacDonald

During our UFC Fight Night 56 viewing party at Buffalo Wild Wings in Short Pump, we caught up with Chris "The Rocket" Rollins ahead of his 145 lb. title defense and rematch against Pablo Garcia at Fight Night Challenge on 11/22/2014 at the Main Street Arena in Charlottesville, VA.

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In the Books: The Victorium Episode III

In the Books: The Victorium Episode III

by Felix Falcon

If you build it they will come, right?

That seemed to be the theory behind setting up a cage outdoors, in the middle of summer, in a town like Hayes, Virginia. You must have complete confidence that you can put together a fight card that will make people drive out at least 30 to 40 minutes if you’re in neighboring metropolitan areas like Newport News and Williamsburg or two to three hours if you’re coming from places like Charlottesville or Fairfax...

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In the Books: Draka 15

In the Books: Draka 15

by Felix Falcon

I visited the Richmond Coliseum on Friday, May 30th, for the DRAKA 15 weigh-ins knowing only a handful of details about the show. I knew that some of the scheduled contests were going to be under DRAKA rules – three, three-minute rounds in length and if at any point the fight goes to the ground, both fighters have 30 seconds to finish the fight before being stood up – and I knew that Alan Stephenson, a friend of several friends of mine, was making his professional debut....

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