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UFC legend Don Frye clocks fan at UFC 270

UFC and PRIDE legend Don Frye doesn’t appear to have lost too much of his famous hand speed. We know this because at this weekend’s UFC 270 event video captured Frye catching a fan on the chin with a quick right hand.

The video shows Frye seemingly in an argument with a man who has his back to the camera. At one point, two other men seem to try and cool tensions between the former fighter and the unidentified man. However, that doesn’t work as Frye is shown landing a quick punch. He is then ushered away.

Once separated Frye can be seen calling to the man he hit. That man then appears to walk further away from Frye.

The 56-year-old Frye was one of the more multi-dimensional fighters around during the early years of MMA. Mixing NCAA Division I calibre wrestling, submissions, and fast and powerful brawling to win the UFC 8 Tournament in 1996, defeating Gary Goodridge by in the final.

Later that year Frye was a runner up in the UFC 10 tournament, losing to Mark Coleman by TKO. A few months later Frye won his second UFC tournament in the calendar year, winning Ultimate 96 with a submissions over Goodridge, Mark Hall and Tank Abbott.

Frye then took his talents to Japan, where—in 2002—he engaged in one of the most legendary fights in MMA history. His wild brawl with Yoshihiro Takayama lasted just over six minutes and finished with one of the most memorable fight-ending sequences ever seen in the sport.

His form dipped after that win and he went 5-8-1 (1 NC) over the last nine years of his pro career. Frye retired in 2011 with an overall record stands at 20-9-1 (1 NC).

Frye was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2017.

UFC news: Hall of Famer Don Frye punches fan at UFC 170 (video) – Bloody Elbow

KOK WORLD SERIES-ISTANBUL 

THE EYES OF THE WORLD WILL BE ON ISTANBUL 

Professional Kickboxing Event KOK World Series in Istanbul will be held in one of the most popular sports arena ULKER SPORTS AND EVENT HALL in Istanbul, the 28th of January 2022. This will be the firsts KOK event in 2022. Best fighters of Turkey will compete against foreign competitors, each more ambitious than the other. 

One of the most interesting evening fights KOK WORLD INTERIM Lightweight Title  fight will be Elkhan Aliyev vs Masoud Minaei.

 Elkhan Aliyev won 4 GP tournament in London where Masoud Minaei has not experienced a single defeat in KOK tournaments. This will be exceptional kickboxing event in Turkey, with best fighters and even more better fights. 

Fenerbahçe Ülker Sports and Event Hall is getting ready to host a big show. Many movie and music stars will come to Turkey for the King of Kings World Series Istanbul. Which will be broadcast live from 120 countries on January 28th.

The famous singer Willy William will open the night. Hollywood star Kristanna Loken, who has a huge fan base all over the world as the female Terminator. Ron Smoorenburg, one of the sought-after names of action movies. Tom Tidiman, known for Aquaman. And Jordan Jay Adams, one of the well-known talk showrunners of the USA, will be the guests of honor. Ukrainian singer Maya Muzaleva will end the night with the closing song.

Important names from the world of art and business such as Mustafa Sandal, Sibel Can, Engin Altan Düzyatan from Turkey will also participate in the organization. Don’t miss this amazing night. Supported by Bitexen and Elit Medya… 

FIGHTS OF THE NIGHT: 

TAHA YASİR- UZAIR İSMOİLJANOV

 KEVIN HESSLING- MAMMAD

AMRELİYEV OLEH PAVLIAK- MUROD AKHMEDOV

 NİNA VAN DALUM- GÖKNUR YAŞİN

DÜNDAR ALEXEY MYKHAILOV- MÜKREMİN GÜLER 

MAHSUM RASULOV- ÜMİT TEPELİ 

MASOUD MINAEI- ELKHAN ALİYEV

 FOAD HASHEMI- AHMED KRNJIC 

PEYMAN HACIYEV- HALİL KÜTÜKÇÜ 

THOMAS NELSON DOEVE- ALİ DAMAK 

Jared ‘Big Baby’ Anderson is a heavyweight with a 100 per cent KO ratio, likened to Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson

JARED ANDERSON is the heavyweight with 100 per cent knockouts, drawing legendary comparisons and tipped as the heir to Tyson Fury.

The American prospect is 11-0, all inside the distance and helped Fury with vital sparring before the Brit’s 2020 and 2021 victories over Deontay Wilder.

And according to his promoter Bob Arum, Anderson will soon inherit the Gypsy King’s throne.

Hall of Famer Arum – who has overseen seven decades in the sport – guided some of the most iconic names in all of boxing.

That includes Muhammad Ali while the promoter witnessed first-hand Mike Tyson in 1986 become the youngest heavyweight champion of all time at 20.

And 90-year-old Arum likened Anderson to the pair of heavyweight greats.

He told Sky Sports: “Mike Tyson was a tremendous puncher who didn’t show much boxing ability.

“Jared has shown boxing ability and power. He reminds me more of a young Muhammad Ali than a young Mike Tyson.”

Anderson goes by the nickname Big Baby, which he gave himself, and he is sticking with it even though he shares it with  by disgraced heavyweight Jarrell Miller.

Anderson said: “I always felt I was the ‘Big Baby.’ No disrespect to (Miller) or anything but I just think that (nickname is) me, that’s my name.

“I came up with it. Nobody is going to put the name to use like I am. I’m always gonna be the better man.”

Arum currently promotes unbeaten WBC champion Fury, 33, who most recently knocked out Wilder, 36, in their October trilogy bout.

And the American promoter believes he also has the next heavyweight champ on his hands as well.

He said: “That’s what I really believe he will be. When Fury hangs up the gloves, Jared will be in pole position to become the next great heavyweight.”

Wilder is yet to return since his his second Las Vegas loss to Fury – but Arum has welcomed back the Bronze Bomber for an end of year clash with Anderson.

He revealed: “Wilder is a terrific talent. He hits like a mule, as Tyson would attest to. Pretty much anybody in the heavyweight division would lose to Wilder.

“He should process. The one guy who will be equipped to beat him, by the end of this year, is Anderson.

“I would be prepared to discuss a potential Wilder vs Anderson fight by the end of this year.

“We are grooming him to be the next heavyweight champion after Fury.”

Jared ‘Big Baby’ Anderson is a heavyweight with a 100 per cent KO ratio, likened to Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson (thesun.co.uk)

UFC boss Dana White says Nate Diaz will ‘get a fight when the time comes’ amid talks with rival Dustin Poirier

DANA WHITE revealed Nate Diaz will ‘get a fight when the time comes’ amid talks with rival Dustin Poirier.

Diaz is yet to return since defeat to British welterweight Leon Edwards at UFC 263 in June.

The American has called to return in the near future and was rumoured to be in negotiations with Poirier.

But UFC president White admitted his fight calendar is starting to fill up, leaving Diaz facing a further wait for his comeback.

White said on: The Jim Rome Show: “Here’s the reality. We’ve got all these guys, 750 guys under contract.

“I’m contractually obligated to get these guys three fights a year. We’re booked right now until May, like May 2nd, or something like that.

“Diaz will get a fight when the time comes.”

Diaz, 36, and Poirier, 33, were set to fight in 2018 at UFC 230 until it was cancelled.

The pair have rivalled ever since and both recently opened the door to reviving their grudge match.

But Diaz hit out at the UFC in a tweet as he claimed they were stalling on setting up the fight.

He posted: “@ufc stop playing wit me consider this my signature to fight this f***er I been trying to fight for a minute quit slowing down the real fight game it’s time.”

In a cryptic post, Poirier appeared to respond afterwards with: “I’m gonna fight your ass.”

UFC boss Dana White says Nate Diaz will ‘get a fight when the time comes’ amid talks with rival Dustin Poirier (thesun.co.uk)

UFC 270 – Ngannou vs Gane LIVE REACTION: Ngannou calls for boxing bout after WIN, Figueiredo edges Moreno – latest

FRANCIS NGANNOU successfully defended his heavyweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Ciryl Gane in a huge title fight at UFC 270.

And in the co-main event of the evening, Deiveson Figueiredo reclaimed the flyweight title throne with a decision victory in a thrilling trilogy fight with Brandon Moreno.

Boxing on the mind

Following his decision victory over Ciryl Gane, Francis Ngannou made it clear that he’s not given up his dream of boxing professionally.

He told Joe Rogan: “As I always say, boxing is always in the back of my pocket. It’s something that I must do before the end of my career!

“And right now, I’m really looking towards any opportunity to get that because it’s not like I had a lifetime here.

“So I better start thinking about it.”

  • Gane speaksA cresftallen Gane told UFC commentator Joe Rogan: “I’m so sorry for today.”Congratulations to Francis. He did very well. I’m a little bit sad but it’s a good experience.”
  • Ngannou retains the titleFrancis Ngannou is still the UFC heavyweight champion following a unanimous decision victory over Ciryl Gane.The judges scored the bout 48-47, 48-47, 48-46 in his favour.First title defence in the books for The Predator.
  • Ngannou vs Gane – Round FiveA final glove touch and they’re off. Gane is opening up more with his punches and elbows.A lead elbow lands for the Frenchman. Gane backs the champ up with a good combination.Takedown for Gane and Ngannou is on his back. But he’s refusing to accept the position.Gane went for a heel hook and has given up position. But he’s got it again.Gane is refusing to give up the hold. But he loses position and is now dealing with Ngannou in full mount.Gane is desperately trying to get back to his feet but is meeting a brick wall in Ngannou’s top pressure.The horn goes and they go the distance.
  • Ngannou vs Gane – Round FourGane lands a nice teep to the body of the tired Ngannou to open the round. Gane continues to chip away at the lead leg and stay light on his feet.Bon Gamin lands another front kick to the chest seconds before Ngannou initiates a clinch.Another takedown. for the champion, who is doing well to hold down his former training partner.Gane gets back to his feet but is quickly dragged back down. Ngannou almost transitions to the mount but Gane shows good defensive prowess to avoid the bad position.Ciryl scoots back to the cage fence but eats a knee to the chest for his troubles. The horn goes.The score is 2-2 in my book, so it’s to fight for in round five.
  • Ngannou vs Gane – Round ThreeNgannou needs figure out a way to close the distance to land his big shots. A big uppercut lands for the champion.Ngannou catches a body kick and sends Gane to the canvas with a HUGE power slam.The Predator moves into side control but is scrambling out of position. Ngannou briefly takes the back but Gane manages to get back to his feet.Ngannou briefly grounds the fight with a hip toss but Gane pops right back up.Gane cracks Ngannou with a huge elbow on the break.A high kick grazes the chin of Ngannou who responds by taking down his old pal.Gane goes for a kimura but Ngannou is wise to it. He rides out the round in front control against the cage

Ngannou vs Gane – Round Two

Another touch of gloves kicks off the round. Gane is more than happy to operate on the outside and allow a slow-looking Ngannou to plod forward.

Gane peepers the lead leg with kicks. But he gets cracked with a good shot coming in.

Gane clips the champ with a right hand after landing a body kick. Ngannou swings and missed with a huge overhand right. They clinch again before Gane pushes him off.

Spinning heel kick connects for Gane and draws a huge pop from the crowd.

Gane is playing with Ngannou at range is only in danger when he recklessly enters.

Ngannou lands a body kick from the southpaw stance. Ngannou checks a body kick before the horn.

  • Ngannou vs Gane – Round OneThey touch gloves and Ngannou takes the centre of the cage. Gane is light on his feet and shocks the crowd by shooting for a takedown.They clinch against the fence and Ngannou lands a nice knee. They break and Gane is back on the back foot.Ngannou eats a body kick but closes the distance and clinches the Frenchman.They exchange strikes in the clinch, where Gane lands a nice elbow.Ngannou lands a nice uppercut in tight but Gane takes it partially on the gloves.Gane is showing good evasiveness so far. Spinning back kick lands for Gane. A nice knee to the body lands for the interim champ.Ngannou misses with a wild overhand right hand. Ngannou initiates a clinch up against the fence and lands a good knee before Gane reverses position.Gane returns the favour before they break. Ngannou is breathing heavily as the buzzer goes.
  • Spar warsWe’ll soon see if there was much to the footage of former MMA Factory training partners Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane.But as the old saying goes: sparring is one thing, fighting is another.

The big one is almost upon us

Right, folks, We’re moments away from the eagerly-anticipated heavyweight title unification bout.

Undisputed champion Francis Ngannou and interim titleholder Ciryl Gane are set to throw down for all the marbles.

It won’t be long until we see which one of these former team-mates will have their hand raised.

  • Run it back againThat fight, like their previous two, was an absolute barnburner. It was a very close one and could have gone either way.I want them to run it back again. And the UFC brass will no doubt want to too.
  • And new!!Deiveson Figueiredo reclaims the UFC flyweight title courtesy of a unanimous decision victory in his trilogy fight with Brandon Moreno.All three judges scored it 48-47 in his favour.That’s one win apiece for the pair, who will more than likely run it back again.
  • Moreno vs Figuieredo – Round FiveNo glove touch after the restart. Moreno works hard for a takedown and gets his man down on the canvas.Figueiredo gets right back, though, and is going back to work on Moreno’s lead leg.Figueiredo lands a good left hook and follows up with a nice right hand.Moreno lands a hook of his own.A big right hand briefly sits Moreno down. But Moreno pops back up and lands a head kick.Both men being cautious in the final minutes, perhaps aware of what’s at stake if they lose an exchange.Moreno gets stung with three big right hands. An insane exchange ensues and Figueiredo eats several shots his corner will be fuming with.Both men get a huge ovation as the fight goes to the judges.
  • Moreno vs Figuieredo – Round FourAnother outside leg kick from Figueiredo hurts Moreno, whose movement is compromised.Moreno’s lead leg is badly swollen and is limiting his pressure. But he has no trouble throwing it.Figueiredo closes the distance and presses the champion up against the fence with double underhooks on the back.They separate and trade heavy leather on the break.
  • Moreno vs Figuieredo – Round ThreeFigueiredo returns to the calf kick well immediately after the restart. Moreno gets taken down after a reckless running knee attempt.But he’s only down briefly as he works his way back up to his feet.Another calf kick lands for Figueiredo. Figueiredo drops Moreno with a good check left hook.Another check left stuns the champion, but he rocks Figueiredo with his own.Calf kick drops Moreno, whose movement appears to be compromised.But as I say that, he presses forward and lands a nice left hand. They trade left hooks. A good straight right lands for Figueiredo.Moreno gets dropped with a huge right hand and gets caught in a guillotine seconds before the horn.
  • Moreno vs Figuieredo – Round TwoNow feeling out process in the second as Figueiredo looks to get the fight to the ground but Moreno stuffs the attempt.Another calf kick lands for Figueiredo. Moreno returns fire with one of his own.A crazy scramble ensures after Figueiredo misses with a spinning back kick to the body.Moreno lands a good one-two flush on Figueiredo’s chin. Moreno punctuates a nice three-punch combo with a left hook.Figueiredo drops for a takedown but is unsuccessful. They trade heavy leather and Moreno lands a big left hook.A big right hand stuns Moreno, but the champ bounces back with a nice two-punch combo that briefly wobbles Moreno.They trade and miss high kicks before the buzzer.
  • Moreno vs Figuieredo – Round OneFigueiredo looks to feint his way in early as Moreno looks to get ready on him.The former champ misses with two leg kicks and gets rushed by Moreno after the second.Moreno has Figuieredoup against the fence and is looking to fight off a single underhook.Good reversal from Figueiredo, although he seems to be stalling and waiting for a separation.They separate and are back to feinting. Figueiredo drops the champ with a calf kick.Another calf kick lands for Figueiredo. who narrowly escapes a one-two combo.Figueiredo eats a big right hand after landing another low calf kick. The God of War dives under a right hand from Moreno and secures a takedown.But he loses the hooks during a transition and they’re back to the centre of the cage.A right hand lands for Figueiredo, who follows up with a steep before the buzzer.
  • Co-main event timeUp next is the eagerly-anticipated trilogy fight between Deiveson Figuieredo and Brandon Moreno.Brazilian Figuieredo will bid to reclaim the flyweight belt he lost to Moreno last June.Will it be a repeat of their UFC 263 showdown or will Figueiredo exact his revenge. We’ll soon find out.

Pereira’s win streak continues

Michel Pereira defeats Andre Fialho via unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring the contest 29-28 in his favour.

That’s four wins on the trot for the Brazilian, who will be hoping to re-book his cancelled bout with Muslim Salikhov.

Pereira vs Fialho – Round Three

Pereira lands a good combination early in the stanza. Fialho comes forward but eats a big overhand right.

A nice check hook lands for Pereira, who follows up with a nice combination.

Fialho is showing such a limited attack as he looks to close the distance, which is to his detriment.

Pereira is starting to slow down but is still landing shots. Fialho is still in the Brazilian’s face but is showing now versatility.

Pereira accidentally lands a front kick to the groin of Fialho and the action is paused.

The action resumes. The swing for the fences before the horn goes. We go to the judge’s scorecards.

Pereira vs Fialho – Round Two

Fialho is continuing to pour on the pressure but eats a big right hand from Pereira.

Pereira lands another big straight right hand and tries to close the show with two big flying knees.

Fialho returns fire with a big left hand. A hard teep to the body pushes Fialho back.

Pereira narrowly misses with a rolling thunder kick. Pereira is investing heavily in the body now.

Pereira tries another flying knee but it’s blocked. They briefly clinch. Pereira misses with a wild spinning wheel kick before landing another good front kick to the body.

Pereira lands good knees to the body in the clunch. The Brazilian is now the aggressor.

Another front kick lands to the body from Peierea, who follows up with a big right hand.

Takedown for Pereira, but he’s unable to do anything before the end of the round.

  • Pereira vs Fialho – Round OnePereira doesn’t start with a wild strike, which is very unlike him. Instead, it’s Fialho who throws a wild spinning kick that misses its target.Pereira lands a couple of good front kicks to the body.Superman punch attempt from Pereira misses. Fialho is continuing to pour on the pressure but is now being conservative with his strikes.Stiff jab puts Pereira back on his heels but he recovers quickly.A nice low kick lands for Pereira, who lands a good overhand right a few moments later.Fialho cracks a retreating Pereira with. a good combination up against the fence.Pereira misses with a flying knee and is once again on the back foot. Takedown attempt for Pereira is stuffed.A nice straight right hand lands for Pereira. The Brazilian slips after trying to throw a flying knee and lands on his back.Fialho jumps into his guard but is unable to land any meaningful shots before the horn.
  • More welterweights to comeUp next is another 170lbs showdown in the former of Michel Pereira and Andre Fialho.Fialho will be making his UFC debut following four wins on the bounce in the regional circuit.Brazilian Pereira is known for his high-flying and flashy antics. No doubt we’ll see some of them soon.
  • UFC 270 – Ngannou vs Gane LIVE REACTION: Ngannou calls for boxing bout after WIN, Figueiredo edges Moreno – latest (thesun.co.uk)

My Past Experiences With Heavyweight Champ “Iron” Mike Tyson!

By Jim Calfa: Ryan Garcia says there will be an announcement “coming soon” for his next fight on April 23rd on DAZN. However, it’s already been leaked that the unbeaten 23-year-old King Ry is facing Tevin Farmer next.

The former IBF 130-lb champion Farmer (30-5-1, 6 KOs) has been talking nonstop for the last week, hinting that he’s the one that will be facing the unbeaten former WBC interim lightweight champion Ryan Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) next.

Just minutes ago, Farmer, 31, said this on Twitter:

“I’m starting all interviews next week. I’m locked in.”

The fact that Farmer will start giving interviews next week on his next fight strongly suggests that DAZN and Golden Boy Promotions will announce at that time for the Ryan Garcia vs.  Tevin fight on April 23.

Farmer Restarting His Career

Tevin Farmer can use Ryan Garcia as a launching pad to restart his stalled career by beating the troubled Instagram star.

Some boxing fans will be disappointed to learn that Ryan is facing Farmer, as they were hoping he’d fight a relevant lightweight contender in Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz next.

Some believe that Golden Boy  Promotions didn’t want Ryan to face Pitbull’ Cruz’s tough-as-nails after watching his performance against WBA ‘regular’ lightweight champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis last month on December 5th.

For the record, Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya maintains that Isaac Cruz turned down a “Lucrative offer”  for the Ryan Garcia fight. Still, with Pitbull’s promoter Sean Gibbons saying that wasn’t true, it creates doubt whether there ever was any effort made by Oscar to make the Garcia-Cruz fight.

There’s nothing wrong with former IBF super featherweight champion Farmer, as he once was an excellent fighter years ago, but the fact of the matter is, he hasn’t fought in two years since January 2020.

Over and above that, Farmer is coming off a convincing 12 round unanimous decision loss to Joseph ‘Jojo’ Diaz Jr. in the 130-lb division. Furthermore, Farmer lacks power and will have a difficult time gaining Ryan’s respect.

Does Ryan Lack Toughness?

There are a lot of question marks about Ryan Garcia’s viability in the sport after his disastrous 2021 year in which he pulled out of two fights and had a mental health episode.

Ryan’s boxing fans have been jumping overboard, abandoning his leaking ship after seeing how unstable he’s been. It’s generally believed that Ryan’s main focus is social media and making money outside of the ring.

Already a millionaire with a net worth estimated at $10 million at age 23, Ryan doesn’t appear to have the same drive as the young fighters his age who work hard, stay busy, and strive to be the best.

Ryan Garcia says announcement soon for April fight (boxingnews24.com)

Some Issues to Consider Regarding Olympic Karate

That was it? That was why we put up with scheming, conniving and tantrum throwing for four decades? Karate’s first Olympic medal is awarded to a “winner” who wound up flat on his back, semiconscious because his opponent kicked too hard. Sometimes irony gets served up in excess.

If you ever had a goal and started working feverishly on it, obsessing over it until the goal became more important than the reasons you had to take up the task in the beginning, you have an idea of how Olympic karate evolved. The original reason for working to make karate an Olympic sport was it supposedly would make karate more popular, which would result in more paying customers coming to every dojo — and lead to elevated status for the karate leaders who were dedicated to the task.

The problems were almost immediate. Unlike judo, which is recognized as one form of budo under the auspices of the Kodokan in Tokyo, karate is not a singular art. From its beginnings in Okinawa, it was always varied; we refer to these loosely as “styles.”

Some affix the term ryu to the name of their styles of karate in imitation of classical Japanese disciplines. But karate was practiced on an even smaller scale than those disciplines. Teachers passed on their particular interpretations. There were regional similarities in, for example, Naha-te and Shuri-te, but even within those, many different schools existed.

Karate was introduced to Japan by a number of teachers, and by the 1920s, several of these styles were formally established, including shotokan, goju-ryu, uechi-ryu and others. After World War II, though, these individual methods became even more disparate. By the 1960s, there were hundreds of karate teachers and dojo, some nationally known and some operating in tiny spaces in a yard or in a factory’s storage room with a handful of students.

Even among the larger systems, there was enough variety (read: factionalism) that no one group could make a reasonable claim to represent Japanese karate — not that they didn’t try.

The Federation of All-Japan Karate-Do Organizations, the World Union of Karate-Do Organizations, the World Karate Federation and others have advanced the idea that Olympic karate would be wonderful and that they would be perfect to lead it. It was a comic display of ego and power grabbing. More than once, governing bodies related to the Olympics threw up their hands in disgust at all the shenanigans. In Japan, lawsuits were filed by different groups.

I have no idea how karate finally made it into the Tokyo Games in 2020 — or 2021. There seems to be some confusion over this, which is, again, ironic. It’s hard for me to imagine that anyone who’s serious about the art would much care. There are a number of reasons for this.

We often refer to karate styles, as I noted, but that’s a poor way to describe the differences in karate groups. The differences exist for a reason. The approaches to karate — physically, technically and strategically — are unique to the different forms. Practitioners who are superficial in their pursuit of karate tend to overlook or minimize this. They explain that shotokan people will punch and kick from a middle distance or that goju-ryu people grapple more and tend to fight close in. In many cases, however, they may not understand why these differences exist.

What fundamentally makes a specific system of combat is a coherent strategy, a way of entering into conflict and addressing it. To acquire the full potential of the system means immersing oneself in its strategy and mindset. The shito-ryu practitioner organizes his body in a way that’s distinct from the uechi-ryu exponent. These distinctions are what characterize individual systems. Integrating them into one’s self is a challenging, time-consuming process.

Here’s an example: An Army Ranger looks at conflict differently than does a police officer. The Ranger’s priority is to eliminate an enemy. The cop’s priority is to neutralize a threat and keep people safe. If the officer’s mentality surfaces on the battlefield, he’s probably going to die. If a police officer reacts to any threat like a Ranger in a firefight would, there will be some unfortunate consequences for society. The Ranger and the cop go into the world with different priorities, and if they’re well-trained, they adapt their mentality and techniques to those priorities.

If you understand this, you see the hopelessness of mixing styles of karate. That, however, is exactly what happened as karate advanced to the status of Olympic sport. Inclusiveness was necessary; no one karate system was big enough or influential enough to control everything. As a result, karate became a mishmash. Now, the goal of the practitioner is not to acquire a coherent system that will allow him or her to meet conflict in an unrestrained way. On the contrary, Olympic karate’s goal is to score points. Practitioners aren’t working to defeat an opponent; they’re trying to impress a judge. This obviously sets up a dilemma.

Imagine a boxing match refereed by wrestling judges. How successful would that be? It’s an exaggeration, but it expresses the same problem, one that’s compounded by the fact that, unlike in boxing or wrestling, actual contact is minimized in karate matches. It’s possible to win a championship without ever making contact with an opponent. This always has been an impediment to the idea of “sport karate,” and all manner of contrivances have been advanced to overcome it. Mandatory protective gear, target limitations and other rules have been instituted.

Karate is not the only combat art that’s dealt with such modifications when being worked into a sport. Think a fencing match would look the same if you removed the fencers’ masks? How many techniques would instantly be abandoned if they had a mortal fear of taking the sword tip in the eye? To popularize the art, accommodations were made.

One could argue that the accommodations are worth it when weighed against the advantages they provide. When you ask just what those advantages are, however, the promises don’t always seem worthwhile. There likely will be no big uptick in the number of new karate students as a result of what viewers watched in the Olympics. On the contrary, some probably were left confused: “Wait, the guy who got knocked out won? The loser lost because he kicked too hard? I thought kicking hard was one of the major points of karate.”

But it’s worse than that. Karate kata in the Olympics wound up being a demonstration of generic kick-and-punch sequences. Again, to accommodate as many practitioners as possible, the range of allowed kata was broadened so the forms of the four systems of the WKF — goju-ryu, shito-ryu, shotokan and wado-ryu — were allowed. While that seems inclusive, how is a person to judge the quality of a kata from a system in which he or she may have no experience? How does the judge know what to look for?

You might insist that certain fundamentals are universal in kata. Absolutely. A skilled martial artist can assess many elements that distinguish a good execution of a kata from a poor one: the expansion and contraction of the body at certain moments, the transmission of power without any unnecessary impediment, the positioning between techniques and so on. These are all important.

Invisible, though, to the person who lacks experience in a particular system are many of the details that give value and meaning to the kata. You and I might be able to say a dish tastes good, but without an understanding of its ingredients, we couldn’t make an accurate judgment of its nutritional value. A kata is no different. I can say it looks good from my perspective, but I’m not a senior exponent of the system that uses it. There will be movements I won’t understand: the timing, the technique flow, the pauses. There are movements that are meant to be slow, steady and overpowering, as well as others that are meant to be fast and light. Does the judge know which is which?

For Olympic karate, the answer to this problem was largely to pretend these distinctions did not exist or were not important. If a kata looked good, that was enough. And the individual schools and karate organizations were willing to go along with this. They allowed judges to determine the quality of a kata even though those judges may have no advanced experience in the particular art.
Compromise is not, in itself, a detriment. In fact, karate has compromised many times in its history. From an isolated, village-centered tradition taught in yards and forest clearings, Okinawan karate was formalized and introduced as a mass exercise for schoolchildren. That’s an enormous compromise.

In 1905 karate master Itosu Anko began teaching simplified kata to those school-children. He simplified kata and removed effective combat techniques. The concessions were radical, but they changed the course of karate and probably had an influence on the fact that so many people practice karate today.

So the question is not about compromise. It’s about whether the value of what comes from those compromises is worth it. This is a discussion that should be going on in every karate dojo: What is our art all about? What are the goals? Are there superficial goals as well as goals that have a deeper, more profound meaning? If so, how much weight do we give to each of them?

There will be, perhaps, different answers for different dojo, different teachers, different practitioners. I hope for at least some that one clue to those answers can be found in the image of a gold-medal winner flat on his back.

Dave Lowry has written Karate Way since 1986. For more information about his articles and books, visit blackbeltmag.com and type his name into the search box.

Some Issues to Consider Regarding Olympic Karate (blackbeltmag.com)

Boxing schedule 2022: Upcoming fights, fixture schedule including Amir Khan vs Kell Brook & Chris Eubank Jr’s NEXT fight

LAST YEAR was a monster 12 months for boxing and you can expect more of the same in the first part of 2022.

Stars such as Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Canelo Alvarez are all set to have their next fights confirmed.

anuary 22 🇺🇸 Atlantic City, New Jersey

  • Gary Russell Jr vs Mark Magsayo (12 rounds – featherweight, WBC title)
  • Petros Ananyan vs Subriel Matias (10 rounds – super-lightweight)

🗓 February 5 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Cardiff, Wales

  • Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams (12 rounds – middleweight)
  • Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin (10 rounds – middleweight, WBC, IBF, WBA titles)
  • Caroline Dubois vs Vaida Masiokaite (4 rounds – lightweight)

📺 DAZN (UK & US) 📺

🗓 February 5 🇺🇸 Glendale, Arizona

  • Carlos Cuadras vs Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (12 rounds – super-flyweight, WBC title)
  • Jesse Rodriguez vs TBA (10 rounds – light-flyweight)
  • Jamie Mitchell vs Carly Skelly (10 rounds – bantamweight, WBA title)
  • Raymond Ford vs Edward Vazquez (10 rounds – featherweight)

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🗓 February 5 🇺🇸 Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Keith Thurman vs Mario Barrios (12 rounds – welterweight)
  • Abel Ramos vs Josesito Lopez (12 rounds – welterweight)
  • Luis Nery vs Carlos Castro (10 rounds – super-bantamweight)
  • Leo Santa Cruz vs Keenan Carbajal (12 rounds – featherweight)

📺 DAZN (UK & US) 📺

🗓 February 12 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 London, England

  • John Ryder vs Daniel Jacobs (12 rounds – super-middleweight)

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🗓 February 19 🇲🇽 Tijuana, Mexico

  • Jaime Munguia vs D’Mitrius Ballard (12 rounds – middleweight)

📺 Sky Sports (UK) 📺

🗓 February 19 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Manchester, England

  • Amir Khan vs Kell Brook (12 rounds – catchweight, 149lbs)
  • Bradley Rea vs TBA (8 rounds – middleweight)
  • Viddal Riley vs TBA (4 or 6 rounds – cruiserweights
  • Adam Azim vs TBA (6 rounds – lightweight)
  • Hassan Azim vs TBA (4 rounds – welterweight)

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🗓 February 26 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Glasgow, Scotland

  • Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall (12 rounds – super-lightweight, IBF/WBC/WBO/WBA titles)

📺 DAZN (UK & US) 📺

🗓 February 27 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 London, England

Lawrence Okolie vs Michal Cieslak (12 rounds – cruiserweight, WBO title)

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🗓 March 4 🇺🇸 Fresno, California

  • Jose Ramirez vs Jose Pedraza (12 rounds – super-lightweight)
  • Joet Gonzalez vs Jeo Santisima (10 rounds – featherweight)

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🗓 March 5 🇺🇸 San Diego, California

  • Juan Francisco Estrada vs Roman Gonzalez 3 (12 rounds – super-flyweight, WBA title)
  • Mauricio Lara vs Emilio Sanchez (10 rounds – featherweight)
  • Diego Pacheco vs Genc Pllana (8 rounds – super middleweight)
  • Marc Castro vs TBA (6 rounds – lightweight)
  • Skye Nicolson vs TBA (4 rounds – featherweight)

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🗓 March 12 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Nottingham, England

  • Leigh Wood vs Michael Conlan (12 rounds – featherweight, WBA Regular title)
  • Terri Harper vs Heather Hardy (10 rounds – lightweight)

📺 DAZN (UK & US) 📺

🗓 March 19 🇺🇸 TBC

  • Vergil Ortiz Jr vs Michael McKinson (12 rounds – welterweight)

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🗓 March 26 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Leeds, England

  • Kiko Martinez vs Josh Warrington 2 (12 rounds – featherweight, IBF title)

Boxing schedule 2022: Upcoming fights, fixture schedule including Amir Khan vs Kell Brook & Chris Eubank Jr’s NEXT fight (thesun.co.uk)

UFC chief Dana White trolls Tyson Fury over lack of ring action following Francis Ngannou vs Gypsy King fight talk

DANA WHITE said Tyson Fury called out Francis Ngannou because he needs ‘guys to fight’ and admitted: ‘It doesn’t surprise me’.

Fury teased a Las Vegas ‘clash of the heavyweight titans’ crossover bout with UFC champion Ngannou.

He said on Twitter: “Think of the clash of the titans, Fury vs Ngannou. Very excited, very excited.

“I think this would be an absolutely amazing fight, Las Vegas, the world would want to see it.

“The clash of the heavyweight titans.”

The MMA and boxing stars have built a steady rivalry in recent years that has seen the pair challenge other other.

But UFC fighters are banned from competing outside the promotion, unless given a special exemption.

Conor McGregor, 33, was given one in 2017 for his lucrative boxing loss to American legend Floyd Mayweather, 44.

No fighter has since been given such treatment – but Ngannou wants to put a stop to that.

Fury, 33, the WBC boxing belt holder since February 2020, has in the past teased a boxing match with UFC gloves on against Ngannou, 35.

But the Cameroonian has his sights set on a switch to boxing.

Ngannou defends his title against former training partner Ciryl Gane, 31, next on January 22.

It is the last fight on his UFC contract and Ngannou has threatened to walk out on the promotion amid a money row.

And if he is to extend his deal, he wants a clause that would allow him to box at the same time along with a pay rise.

Ngannou told told ESPN: “No, I will not fight for $500,000, $600,000 anymore. I mean, it’s over. It’s over.

“I just did this. I took this fight for a personal reason, and because I want to make sure that regardless, even if it’s unfair.

“I have been wrongly treated, I can make my case to say I have completed the eight fights. But no.

“We’ve been having this (boxing) discussion for a year, and it seems like they were OK with it.

“Whatever you’re doing, whatever the event is, whether it’s boxing, when the UFC is involved, it’s just going to make it bigger.

“That’s not questionable. So yes, if I want to box, I would like the UFC to be involved.”

UFC chief Dana White trolls Tyson Fury over lack of ring action following Francis Ngannou vs Gypsy King fight talk (thesun.co.uk)

Tyson Fury makes prediction for Anthony Joshua rematch against Oleksandr Usyk… and thinks brutal KO is in offing

TYSON FURY says Anthony Joshua will be KNOCKED OUT in his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk later this year.

AJ, 32, will go to war again with the unbeaten Ukrainian in April as he bids to become a three-time heavyweight champion.

The Watford native was comprehensively outpointed by Usyk, 34, in September as he was outclassed at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Fellow Brit heavyweight Derek Chisora told talkSPORT he expects Joshua to avenge his defeat.

Del Boy even backed Joshua to beat Fury should the pair ever come to blows, as he heaped praise on his punching power.

Asked who comes out on top, Chisora said: “I’ll go with AJ. AJ’s power punch is unbelievable.

“If AJ fights Fury, he has to go on him straight away, blast him out. He can’t box him. If he boxes with him, he loses. If you give Fury time on the ball then you’re in trouble.”

The Gypsy King was quick to fire back, as he declared that if Deontay Wilder or Wladimir Klitschko couldn’t stop him, then Joshua has no chance.

Taking to social media, he remarked: “This is a message to Derek Chisora, I’ve just seen that you said you think AJ would blast me out. Never in a million years.

“If the biggest puncher in history couldn’t blast me out and Wladimr Klitschko couldn’t blast me out, a big old body builder can’t blast me out my friend.

“So Del, he ain’t got the bottle to fight Usyk again. Usyk will smash him next time, properly.

“Never mind beat him on points, he’ll knock him out. But listen, it only takes one man like me.

“There’s only ever been one man on these shores, and he’s called the Gypsy King, AKA Tyson Fury.”

WBC king Fury is targeting a return to the ring on March 26 following his epic win over Wilder in their trilogy encounter.

The WBC recently ordered Fury to defend his heavyweight title against mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte.

But they later confirmed the percentage of any purse split would be 80 per cent in the champion’s favour.

Whyte has since protested against the decision and is appealing it, pushing back the dates of the purse bids.

Fury’s US-based promoter Bob Arum has urged Whyte to ‘quit screwing around’ and agree a fight deal with the Manchester United fan.

Tyson Fury makes prediction for Anthony Joshua rematch against Oleksandr Usyk… and thinks brutal KO is in offing (thesun.co.uk)