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Maybe if Brewer shaved that warrior hairdo he'd have made weight
SWFight.com
Maybe if Brewer shaved that warrior hairdo he'd have made weight

MMA

Fights at the Rail Yards, tonight!

Jackson's MMA Series

Watching some fights down by the railroad tracks just got a lot less ghetto.

The newly refurbished Rail Yards, just south of downtown, is now the go-to spot for hipster points, and will be hosting its second weekly community market mere hours after they pack up the cage. But tonight the old blacksmith shop belongs to the fighting community, as an all-amateur card of fighters will strip to the waist and try to use each other as stepping-stones as they climb the mountain of glory.

The nine-fight Jackson’s MMA Series card, Protégé, starts at 7, at 1100 2nd St SW, and will feature Albuquerque fighters from local gyms taking on comers from elsewhere in state. Tickets to this uniquely-set event are available at Hold My Ticket.

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Ari LeVaux
Travis Browne discusses his upcoming fight, his nickname, his elbows and teammate Holly Holm.

MMA

Travis Browne and Donald Cerrone Fight tonight

Local transplants hope to light up UFC on Fox 11

Travis Browne and Donald Cerrone, two Jackson-Winkeljohn prospects, grace the UFC on Fox card tonight, with the main card starting at 6pm.

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photo courtesy of Will Fox at swfight.com
photo courtesy of Will Fox at swfight.com

sports

Holly Holm fights tonight

Will it go to the ground?

The Holly Holm train is pulling into the Route 66 Casino tonight where the legendary boxer will face her seventh opponent in chain-link cage, as she continues her new MMA career. Holm has been courted by the UFC in recent weeks, though her management supposedly pissed off Dana White, presumably for asking for too much money (though it should be noted that White gets pissed if the wind blows).

The last time Holm fought, I had recommended that you go see her because it may be your last chance to see her fight in Albuquerque, before she gets swept up by the UFC. But this time, it seems like the opposite is true. If Holm continues to circle outside the UFC, she’ll probably be back at the 66 for at least another fight. If she joins the show and signs with the UFC, it might be in time for the June 7 card, headlined by Diego Sanchez vs Ross Pearson.

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Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm
Will Fox
Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm

sports

Holly Holm fights Friday

and it could be the last time you watch her fight in Burque

Sure, it’s a damn shame that the UFC may never do a show in Albuquerque. After all, Duke City has some of the most committed fight fans on earth. On the flipside, we’ve got some of the best fighters as well, with both home-grown talent and fighters hat have immigrated here to train at Jackson/Winkeljohn MMA, as well as some of the other gyms, like FIT NHB. That adds up to local Mixed Martial Arts events stacked with top caliber talent, fighters that may very soon be competing at the sport’s highest level.

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She's not playing around.
She's not playing around.

culture

Smart Girl Self Defense

Helping women tap into their animal brains

You know that little feeling that something isn’t quite right? More than just a funny feeling, it’s actually your brain processing several conscious and unconscious cues, and arriving at the conclusion that something isn’t cool, explained Heather Winkeljohn, co-instructor of the Smart Girl Self Defense course being taught at Wink’s Gym.

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NIck Urso, right, at the weigh-ins for Jacksons MMA Series XI, pictured with Jackson's welterweight  Clint Roberts
Will Fox
NIck Urso, right, at the weigh-ins for Jacksons MMA Series XI, pictured with Jackson's welterweight Clint Roberts

sports

Jackson's MMA Series XI, tonight

Homegrown MMA at Tingly

Jackson’s MMA Series XI is set to rock Tingly Colliseum tonight. The first bout of the amateur undercard starts at 7 pm. The undercard features one of my favorite amateurs to watch, Eric Dodson, younger brother of UFC Flyweight contender John Dodson.

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Bellator Welterweight Champ Ben Askren
courtesy of Bellator FC
Bellator Welterweight Champ Ben Askren

sports

Bellator 97: two dominant champs dominate

Michael Chandler and Ben Askren did what they do

Funky is Ben Askren’s official knickname. I might suggest "Glue." Or better yet, "Velcro." His tight curly hair looks like one half of that material, and he has a way of sticking to his opponents. He need only make contact with a single point of his opponent, and then he doesn’t let go. He leans on them, tangles them, applies his weight to the exact leverage points to make them work their hardest. He holds them down and hits them.

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Michael Chandler and David Rickels square off after their weigh-in
swfight.com
Michael Chandler and David Rickels square off after their weigh-in

sports

Bellator 97 is tonight

Diehard fans are already calling this the best card in the promotion's history

Albuquerque MMA fans are in for a treat today, as Bellator 97 is going down at the Star Center in Rio Rancho. This is the promotion’s second trip to the 505 this year, and diehard MMA nerds are calling this the best card in the promotion’s history.

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choking out a fool
choking out a fool

sports

Girls Kicking Ass, intelligently

Smart Girl Self Defense class, this Saturday at Wink's Gym

This thoroughly enjoyable video from a surveillance camera in Moscow is only satisfying, unfortunately, because women are typically vulnerable to the boundless assholishness of men.

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David "The Caveman" Rickels
courtesy of Bellator FC
David "The Caveman" Rickels

sports

The Caveman Cometh

Bellator Fighting Championship returns to Rio Rancho next week

When David “The Caveman” Rickels got the call to face Michael Chandler for the lightweight—155 lb—title at Bellator 97 in Rio Rancho, he weighed 205 lbs. That was in early June. Faced with a 50 pound weight cut, Rickels had to dig deep into his caveman roots. His training regime is based on the paleo approach. Not just the paleo diet, but he actually has a set of metal clubs that he swings around like the savage he claims to be.

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