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What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and why is it so popular today?

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and why is it so popular today?

MMA, Sport, UFC
Just like any subculture, some sports remain in relative obscurity for years before breaking into the mainstream. That is also the case with Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The Voice of London went to talk to Geoffrey Sautner, an instructor in several Brazilian jiu-jitsu academies across London. In our interview, he reveals how and where jiu-jitsu formed and why it has managed to become so popular today. Jiu-jitsu is a grappling-based martial art that has deep roots in Japan but was later modified in Brazil. This niche martial art came to prominence during the first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event back in 1993. One of the creators of the event was Brazilian martial artist Rorion Gracie. The event was not the first of its kind, but at the time it was a precedent for Americ...
UFC is coming to London in March 2019

UFC is coming to London in March 2019

MMA, Sport, UFC
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has secured the O2 Arena for a Fight Night event on the 16thof March. The UFC last came to London in March 2018, when Fight Night 127 was held in the city, when Alexander Volkov defeated the now-banned former heavyweight champion, Fabricio Werdum. No fights have been announced for the upcoming event. However, there has been ample speculation that UFC newcomer, Ben Askren (17-0) could face former welterweight title challenger, Darren Till (17-1). Both fighters have been exchanging heat over social media for the past few days. https://twitter.com/darrentill2/status/1055827199851413505 Yet, some fans feel that the UFC haven't been bringing their best fighters to London. https://twitter.com/jonny_977/status/1058327935139094529 In an officia...
UFC close to a major trade deal with ONE Championship

UFC close to a major trade deal with ONE Championship

MMA, Sport, UFC
The UFC and ONE Championship are currently finalizing the first major trade in MMA history, say ESPN sources. Additional information revealed by ESPN reporter, Ariel Helwani, reveals that there is a proposed deal between the two fighting promotions to release former flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, which will allow him to sign a contract with ONE Championship. The deal also includes a clause where former ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren will sign a contract with the UFC. Ben Askren’s move has been widely anticipated for years now, but internal conflicts between the fighter and current UFC president, Dana White, stalled any potential deal. In recent weeks, however, rumors of a deal have been floating around social media, with Askren himself, being in the forefront. https
Conor McGregor looks back at his fight with Khabib

Conor McGregor looks back at his fight with Khabib

MMA, Sport, UFC
After over two weeks of silence, Conor McGregor opens up about UFC 229 in social media. He reviewed his fight with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, giving his tactical analysis and point of view. The fight that took place on 6th October finished with some controversy. After submitting Conor, via neck crank, Khabib jumped out of the octagon after Conor’s jiu-jitsu coach, Dillon Danis. A brief brawl erupted but it was handled quickly by Nevada state security staff. https://twitter.com/TheNotoriousMMA/status/1048865614197010432 After the fight, there was an immediate discussion about a rematch between the two. Yet, the Russian champion and UFC president, Dana White, stated that the next title shot is likely to go to former interim champion, Tony Ferguson. In his statement
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