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BLW Presents: Grapple at the Garden with Team Joe Warren [MMA/Wrestling] By John Aguon (BLW Contributor)

Bantamweight champion Joe Warren pulled together an elite team of wrestlers: King Mo, Brennan Ward & more, to compete in the 2014 “Grapple at the Garden” in New York! Never a dull moment when the Bellator boys are there.

Check out this great MMA Promo edited by our own BLW Contributor,  John D. Aguon –   John’s Instagram

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Georges St-Pierre on Crutches!!! Don’t Mess with Captain America… (Exclusive Pictures)

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WRITTEN BY: RYAN FU FU_BEATZ

Georges St-Pierre aka GSP and Rush, is a Canadian mixed martial artist and the former 3-time Welterweight Champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship having won the title twice in 2006 and 2008, as well as an Interim title in 2007. St-Pierre has for several years been ranked as the #1 welterweight in the world according to Sherdogand numerous other publications. In 2008, 2009, and 2010 he was named the Canadian Athlete of the Year by Rogers Sportsnet. On December 13, 2013, St-Pierre vacated the title and decided to take some time off from the sport, though he left the door open for a return.

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On December 13, 2013, St-Pierre officially announced that he vacated the title and needed to take some time off from MMA. He left the door open for a possible return to MMA in the future. On March 27, 2014, St-Pierre announced via Twitter that he had torn his left ACL while training, further delaying a potential return to fighting. The torn left ACL will require surgery.

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It was very shocking to see him on crutches today because he is the toughest dudes in the UFC and I hope that this ACL surgery won’t prevent him from coming back to the UFC. Then again, I really enjoyed watching him in Captain America: The Winter Solider, which I think he should continue to beat down super heroes asses except for Captain America, the man is genetically enhanced. Here are pictures of GSP leaving lunch with a friend on crutches in Beverly Hills. Photo Credit: Zodiac/ Splashnews

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Happy Motivation Monday!!! Kyle Maynard- No Excuses

I wasn’t a fan, I was an Ultimate Maniac…RIP Ultimate Warrior

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 WRITTEN BY: RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ

If you told me a week ago that my one of my childhood heroes would finally lose at Wrestlemania and other another would pass away the following week, I would have punched you in the face! But that is what exactly happened this week. Last Sunday night, the Immortal seemingly unbeatable, Undertaker put his 21-0 streak against Brock Lesner at Wrestlemania XXX. Just like everyone in the crowd including myself was shocked that he finally lost at Wrestlemania, bringing his streak to 21-1.

Please read our article about the whole story about What it meant for Us for the Streak to End @

Nothing lasts Forever- The Streak is Over- RIP Undertaker

Then I just read that James Brain Hellwig aka The Ulitmate Warrior, 54, just passed away. Just days after he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Maybe it was destiny and meant to be. He made his last appearance on RAW last night and put on the mask one last time to give the best speech in his professional wrestling career. As he etiquette talked about life,

“No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own,” he said. “Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them bleed deeper in something that’s larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers — by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him, and make the running the man did live forever.

You, you, you, you, you,” he said, pointing to the fans, “are the legend-makers of Ultimate Warrior.”

A performer, an entertainer and a class act all the way. He well forever be one of my childhood heroes growing up. As I remember running to my best friend’s pad on Saturday mornings to watch WWF with the rest of my friends being mesmerized and glued to the tv screen as we watch The Ultimate Warrior running into the ring and shaking the shit of the ropes as he went crazy and went crazy. He brought joy to all of us as well to other kids around the world. His energy was unlimited and people wanted to be around that energy. Including another favorite wrestler on mine, Randy “Macho” Savage as he tagged teamed with the Warrior creating the Ultimate Maniacs.
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I will forever be an Ultimate Maniac. We will miss you and thank you for the memories…

 

Nothing Last Forever, The Streak is Over- RIP Undertaker

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WRITTEN BY: RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ

 

It’s been a busy couple of days of news, sports and entertainment. UConn basketball team won the National Championship and I think the women won a National Championship as well but I didn’t watch and I didn’t know anyone else who watched it either. A new season for shows are back on HBO, which I love all of them like Game of Thrones, Veep and a new show called Silicon Valley. It was one of the reasons why I didn’t care to watch Wrestlemania 30, it was must see TV. A couple of famous people died in the last couple of days like the legendary actor, Mickey Rooney and UK model, Peaches Geldof. You can also add another famous entertainer to that list, the once Immortal Undertaker. (figuratively speaking of course, Assholes)

Monday morning, I was doing my routine social media shenanigans, posting selfies with different Asian connotations, like a picture of my beard in a bowl of noodles. When I went on my FB and saw a post:

Undertaker’s streak is OVA… #MyLifeisOva

I thought it was just another April Fools joke because why would the great one lose to fucking Brock Lesner, the human-steroid, G.I. Joe looking motherfucker!

If you haven’t seen it here is the footage and if you here a bang, it’s just your jaw hitting the floor.

What the fuck just happened?!! The little Asian, bearded kid inside me just died.

If you’re like me, I have been a fan of wrestling and WWF (Fuck WWE) since I was stealing Jordans and trading them for Pop Rocks. You would understand this if you lived in the hood because them shits is like crack to kids!

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The Undertaker was my favorite wrestler besides the Ultimate Warrior and a handful of wrestlers. It was the greatest thing to do as kid because if you didn’t want to go outside to get shot and you were bored playing Super Mario Bros, you could watch wrestling for hours. I knew even as I kid that it wasn’t real, it was all entertainment. Until, I Powerbombed my best friend Dan on his back and made his nosebleed. I learned two things that day; One, the Powerbomb is the most humiliating move you can do to another man because you are basically tossing them like they were babies and two, wrestling was making confident about myself.

Granted, nothing was real in the WWF, but it made me feel so good about myself after watching. That shit pumped me up, watching the Ultimate Warrior go bonkers on the ropes on when Randy Savage dropped his elbow, which by the way is still my finishing move, so watch out peeps! When I start to climb on to things, that’s when you know its about to be over!

Wrestling and the WWF is apart of our childhood and these wrestlers like the Undertaker, where our heroes.

So, when you tell me that the UFC drop out, Brock Lesner stopped the streak of the Immortal One, it feels like you just killed my cat. (Please no jokes about my girlfriend killing my cat, it still stings)

Plus, there was some bad blood between the two foes:

How can an average man defeat not a man but an idea? The Undertaker was superhuman and we all imagined that we could be just like him. He was a winner and unbeatable. The way he moved around the ring, walking effortless on the ropes, jumping in the air like he was lightweight and defeating larger men, time in and time out. His entrance song is the best entrance song ever in the WWF or in the WWE for that matter. When you heard those bells, it meant it was over for you son! The Undertaker was our hero and our legend.

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But, alas the Undertaker is still a man. As the adage goes, “Nothing last forever.”

So the streak ends and Lesner regains some honor back with the wrestling fans. I’m okay with that. It makes me appreciate all the things that the Undertaker did inside and outside of the ring. It also makes me appreciate the things I have now and all the things I have done in my life.

The Undertaker’s streak was stopped at Wrestlemania XXX but you cannot stop an idea. That was the Undertaker’s gift to the fans and the world. Be more than a man, be greater than what you are and people will believe in you. Rest in Peace Undertaker, you deserve it and you are still a legend in the eyes of this Pop Rocks eating, Asian thief.

Roll the Funeral song for you suckas…

Ronda Rousey- Not Given a Fuck (The Warrior’s Way)

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Not Given a Fuck

The Warrior’s Way

Written by: Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

Could you imagine the dude, who told Amelia Earhart that she couldn’t fly solo over the Atlantic? Or the publisher who thought Emily Dickinson’s work wasn’t shit. How about the doctor, who told Helen Keller that due to her handicaps, she will not to amount to anything in this life. How about that white bus driver telling Rosa Parks to sit at the back of the bus? Clearly, these women did not give a fuck about these people’s opinions and did not care what they were told they could or could not do. These women saw the bigger picture in each deviant case. They were going to do what they wanted to do regardless if people liked it or not. These women played an important part in history, of which you can add Ronda Rousey to that list.
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Even if you’re a novice UFC fan, you still know that name Ronda Rousey. She started her career as Olympic Judo practitioner. She medaled at the 2008 Olympic games, earning a bronze medal but she felt disappointed about not getting the gold. Afterwards, she took some time off to figure out what she wanted to do in her life. There wasn’t a female division in the UFC back then. So, Ronda did what everyone else did, try to live a normal life. She got an apartment, got a dog, and got a job (bartender). She was normal and lost, like the rest of us. Like everyone’s dream in Los Angeles, it starts to fade into the twilights and becomes shadows of the Hollywood Hills.

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Then along came Strikeforce, an MMA upstart that tired to compete with the UFC. Strikeforce had a couple of talented mixed martial artists but not like the UFC. I thought the best part of Strikeforce was the women’s division. It was the first time I have ever seen a women’s division in MMA. Most of the time the women’s matches were generally more entertaining then the main event, unless the main event were women. It was also the first time I saw women being the main event and they killed it. This is where Ronda Rousey time into the fray. The first time I saw Ronda was before the fight, when she walked into the cage. She looked like a female lioness that just lost a cub. She was angry and pissed. She had that expressionless hundred-yard stare. She wanted that cub back. She wanted that glory back and she was willing to go through every female to get that dream back.

As soon as the round started, Rousey’s opponent was already tapping from Ronda’s signature submission move, the armbar. Me and the rest of the world just had that “Oh, Shit” moment. Where just witnessed something phenomenal and we knew that Rousey was going to be a force in women’s MMA. In no time, she beat every opponent in front of her and had her shot at the Strikeforce female championship. Before the fight, Ronda thought about her disappointment at the Olympic games and made a decision that she will never go through that again. Just like every fight before the championship fight, it ended the same way with an armbar and Ronda’s hand raised in victory. She was a champion, but was it enough?

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Even with the women’s success in Strikeforce there was still no support in putting a women’s division in the UFC. In an interview with Dana White, UFC’s president, Mr. White told the media and the world that there will never be a female fighter in the UFC. I just got to image Ronda Rousey in her living room with her dog, shining her newly won Strikeforce belt, hearing that awful word “no”. Just like in her fights, she started to throw punches back and began a Twitter campaign to Mr. White about she would be great for the UFC. She was relentless about telling Dana that she is the greatest female fighter ever. With the UFC’s merger and acquisitions of MMA companies including Strikeforce, Dana finally had to give Ronda a shot.

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At UFC 157, there was an historic fight for the first women’s championship. It was between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche but unlike Ronda’s fights this was not going to be easy. But in life, the things we want the most never come easy. So, when the fight started Ronda was already in trouble as Liz secured a back mount on Ronda, as she was about to choke her out and end Ronda’s dream. It was close, but not close enough. You can always figure out a person by the way they deal with adversity. Some people run away and some people stand their ground. It’s the difference between being remembered or forgotten. Ronda is a warrior. Ronda is Bushido.

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That “Oh, Shit”  moment came back again as Ronda escaped from Liz’s hold and got on top. Everyone knew the end was near and before the round ended, she put her patented move on Liz and the dream continued. She became the first women’s champion in UFC history and automatically gave millions of women around the world another opportunity at something besides being a housewife. But with success comes haters. Being the first one through the door, it always gets bloody.

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After defending her title at UFC 168 against Meisha Tate with her unstoppable finishing move, Ronda heard something different from the cheers she got from her last win. The boo owls were out and they were booing Ronda, after not shaking hands with Tate after the match. This is my opinion about MMA, it is a sport and it is not as barbaric as it once was back in the day but it is not like any other sports. These men and women have to fight each other for a living. I believe in sportsmanship like everyone else but you gained respect as soon as you stepped into the cage. I am always amazed when fighters shake hands or even when they hug before they beat the shit out of each other. I mean that’s nice and all but let’s face folks, we watch these athletes because they are trying to end each other in devastating fashion. We want to see blood and broken bones. We are living the in Roman Empire right now and we want to be entertained.

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In the curious case of Ronda, well, that’s just Ronda. She didn’t feel like shaking her hand. Just because she is the champ and famous now, she is not going to change because a couple of people are booing. She is going to be herself regardless of what people think of her. This weekend at UFC 170 in Las Vegas, I am assuming the boo owls will be out in force with the fight between Ronda Rousey and Sara McMann for the women’s championship belt. But knowing Ronda, she’ll have that hundred-yard stare, looking like a hungry lion and being totally focused on her opponent. As the crowd will shower her with boos and taunts, which I really don’t think Ronda gives two fucks about. And why should she? She has become successful like every other female mentioned in this article by not giving a fuck about other people’s opinions. If you want to become something great sometimes people will not understand it and will undermine you because they don’t have your vision. Stop caring what the fuck people think and become the next Ronda Rousey!

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By the way, Earhart was the first woman to fly solo over the Atlantic, Dickinson is one the most famous female authors of all-time, Helen Keller became a teacher and Rosa Parks started a revolution. What have you’ve done?

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