Common MMA Injuries – and How to Prevent Them

April 26th, 2019 Comments off

There’s no doubt about it: the UFC has made MMA popular and built up a following of fight fans around the world. Perhaps you’re thinking of stepping into an MMA club yourself. At some point, you’ll pick up an injury, unfortunately — that’s just the nature of the sport — so here are some of the most common ones to watch out for and how to treat and avoid them:

Hand injuries

The striking involved in MMA means a lot of fighters suffer hand injuries. Ligament tears and jammed fingers often heal by themselves, whereas broken bones and more serious will require medical assistance. You can protect your hands by resting plenty between sessions to fight and train with proper form when inside the cage and wearing well-padded MMA gloves.

Knee injuries

The best way to prevent a knee injury is to make sure you rest enough between training sessions. Knees suffer all kinds of wear and tear, due to all the twisting and grappling movements fighters perform when competing — not to mention all the kicks they take.

Ligament injuries are all too common in the sport, and they can take some time to heal. It’s possible to address tissue inflammations, though, with a little ice. If you end up of action, you could study other fighters or revise your own training programme, or you might even just prefer to take a break from all things MMA and relax with a little online gambling or Netflix.

Concussions

Unfortunately, you’re going to take hits to the head. To prevent this, work hard on your manoeuvring technique to avoid getting hit. If you do get hit, allow yourself a full recovery before you step back into the cage, whether to train or to compete.

MMA isn’t without injury, of course, but you can treat and minimise any damage by applying the tips above. Enjoy your fighting!

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Popular Betting Tips and Strategies for Beginners

March 9th, 2019 Comments off

If you are a beginner in online wagering it is very easy to feel overwhelmed with the plethora of available online sportsbook and casinos. The first question that comes to mind is where to start. There are some tips and strategies that will help you to clarify your thoughts and to calm the beginner’s nerves.

Determine your goals and reasons why you play

This a very important first step that will determine how you approach playing at any online sportsbook or casino. Do you want to play for fun and the enjoyment of it or are you keen on playing with the purpose of making a serious effort to maximize your winnings? It must always be fun otherwise it can become very stressful and feelings of despair can easily set in if you hit a losing streak.

Play within your limits

Before you start betting, determine your gambling budget, this must be the amount you are prepared to spend on entertainment from your monthly budget after you made provision for all other expenses. Calculate the amount that you can spend per session and stay on that budget, don’t exceed it. Many players also calculate the maximum amount they can wager per spin or bet. Stay within your limits.

Practice online using demo mode

Find the best online sites by visiting them and read all the different Online Gambling Reviews and blogs that offer a wealth of information. Never be too lazy to increase your knowledge.

Don’t immediately start playing for real money if you don’t know the different games and type of bets well, start playing in demo mode without having to deposit any money. This is the ideal way to gain knowledge and confidence while playing for free and allows different strategies to be employed and tested. This will be a confidence booster for when you start playing for real money.

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How to Utilise the Correct Online Betting Strategies

January 16th, 2019 Comments off

Online wagering is both an art form and a science. While ultimate success will depend upon your desires and your long-term goals, adopting the correct strategies is essential if you hope to maximise the overall experience. What are some of the most effective methods to employ and how can these focus your efforts in the correct direction?

Leave Emotions at the Door

One of the most common mistakes is to allow emotions to cloud your logic. Those who are on a winning streak tend to be more reckless while players who lose money are likely to adopt an overly conservative approach. Try to envision every platform with a pragmatic point of view. If you happen to become distracted due to a specific run, it is best to take a step back and return at a later time.

Stick with Your Initial Bankroll

Always determine how much you are willing to spend (and potentially lose) during any online gaming session. Never deviate from this initial figure, as you could easily find that your funds are all but depleted. Bankrolls can be calculated per month, week or even for an individual game. The odds might also have an impact upon these levels, as games associated with favourable odds are often associated with slightly more liberal bankrolls.

Winning at Online Sports and Casino Portals

Betting on sports matches and visiting online casinos should likewise involve a good deal of strategy. Perhaps most importantly, perform a fair amount of research in advance. This is important to remember, as the methods associated with online slots are entirely different when compared to the spreads of an upcoming football match. Use the power of online resources such as CasinoStrategies.co.uk in order to tip the odds in your favour.

While there is no strategy that will guarantee victory, there are several methods which will help to ensure that you can dramatically reduce the chances of a loss.

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A Deeper Insight Into Sports Betting

October 4th, 2017 Comments off

Sports betting is mainly about predicting sports results at both amateur and professional levels and placing a wager on the outcome. Baseball, basketball, hockey, football, rugby, tennis, boxing and martial arts are among the most prominent sports to test the odds-on.

However, this is widely determined by the culture thus in some countries bets are also placed on darts, track cycling, auto racing and even horse racing. If you’re thinking of trying your luck on sports betting, here’s what you have to know before you make your first bet.

Boxing vs MMA

Boxing has probably been the most popular sport to bet on for over a century now. Here the chosen fighter must win the fight or the player will lose the wager. If the fight is not fairly evenly matched the odds will probably be lopsided. However, in such cases, bettors can enhance their odds of winning by betting on specific types of decisions regarding the way fighters are most likely to win or lose rather than on the outcome. Another option allowed in boxing is to place a wager on the number of rounds. MMA, as one of the fastest growing sports in the world, is lately running neck-and-neck in the popularity stakes with boxing and the betting procedure is relatively similar to boxing. However, there are differences the player should be aware of if he/she wants to deliver a knockout punch to the bookmaker.

Conclusion

Doing sufficient research is crucial prior to betting. It is highly advisable to learn about the sport, rules, and strategies, be informed about the statistics and analyse pre-fight preparations as well as previous fights to spot the strength and weaknesses of the fighters. This advice can also be applied to other sports available to bet on if you don’t want to throw your hard earned money to the wind.

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The History of Women’s MMA

July 28th, 2015 Comments off

Today, thanks to the huge box office appeal of fighters like Ronda Rousey, women’s Mixed Martial Arts has gained mainstream acceptance and women are able to play a significant role in most major MMA promotions. However, such widespread acceptance has certainly not always been the case.

Historically, Mixed Martial Arts has been male-dominated and the very mention of women competing in a sport once known as ‘cage fighting’ often sparked fierce debate. Indeed, as recently as 2011, the President of the Ultimate Fighting Championships, Dana White, was quoted as saying women would “never” compete in the Octagon.

So how exactly has women’s MMA grown from a taboo subject to a box office success in such a short space of time?

Early Fighters

Although it is widely considered to be a recent phenomenon, the history of women’s MMA actually dates all the way back to the mid 1990s, with various Japanese companies promoting contests featuring the likes of Yoko Takahashi, Svetlana Goundarenko and Megumi Yabushita.

In 2001, the Smackgirl promotion was established in Japan, becoming the first major all-female MMA promotion in the world. Soon after, professional women’s MMA made its way over to the United States, thanks to promotions like HOOKnSHOOT and King of the Cage. Before long, Bellator and Strikeforce also invited women to compete.

Gina, Ronda and Mainstream Appeal

A significant turning point in the history of women’s MMA came with the emergence of Gina Carano, whose Muay Thai skills and sex appeal helped her to gain mainstream press coverage. Carano was the feature of an ESPN E:60 documentary, became one of the most-searched people on Yahoo! and was included in the Maxim Hot 100 in 2009.

That same year, Carano’s bout with Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino became the first women’s fight to main event a major US MMA show. The event, named Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg, set a new ratings record for the Strikeforce promotion, attracting 856,000 viewers and proving that women’s MMA belonged in the mainstream.

Yet, the biggest MMA promotion on the planet, the UFC, continued to resist calls for women to compete. That was until former Olympian, Ronda Rousey, emerged as the dominant woman on the planet. Rousey, ranked as the pound-for-pound #1 female, became the first woman to be signed by the UFC in 2012. She quickly became a box office success, main eventing pay-per-view events and winning four of her first five fights in the first round.

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World’s best female MMA fighter

July 13th, 2015 Comments off

Like boxing, Mixed Martial Arts is subjective and differing observers will have different opinions on who is the world’s best.

One way to find out is for combatants to face each other, but due to a number of factors the best do not always square off with the best.

However, where women’s MMA is concerned, the overwhelming conscious view is that “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey rules the roost. The American former Judo star only took up the sport in 2010, but she has quickly established her dominance with a string of victories.

She won her first title in 2012 when she won the Strikeforce bantamweight crown by defeating the fearsome Miesha Tate with an armbar submission in the opening round.

Seven months later, she made history by becoming the first female fighter to sign a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and she has gone from strength to strength since.

Rousey was instantly made bantamweight champion and she’s showed no signs of losing that honour as she has seen off a number of challengers, including Sara McMann, Alexis Davis, and the aforementioned Tate in a rematch.

Other contenders

Rousey is almost peerless as the pound-for-pound number one, but there are a couple of female fighters who have reason to believe they are the best, including Poland’s unbeaten Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Brazilian featherweight Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino.

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