The 24-year-old Brazilian is also undefeated with an 80% finishing rate. She has two submissions and two KO/TKOs under her belt as she tries to derail Lee's hype train at ONE: Revolution.
But it won't be that simple.
Lee is an exceptional talent with a pedigree that is second to none. Her older sister, Angela, became the youngest-ever mixed martial arts World Champion and still holds the ONE Atomweight World Championship to this day. Her brother, Christian, is on a hot streak of his own and reigns over the stacked lightweight division as its World Champion as well.
And "The Prodigy" may be the most talented of the family.
As Lee continues to mature as a martial artist, she becomes even more exciting to watch. Her well-rounded skill set only becomes more dangerous with each passing day as she soaks up the knowledge from her World Champion siblings at United MMA.
Souza will be her next test, and on a day where her brother defends the ONE Lightweight World Championship. Under the bright lights of a live card with millions watching, Lee must shine the brightest she ever has.
Fans will not want to miss a second of her exciting career as they could be watching history each time out. Lee will open the main card on September 24 and kickstart the event in a major way.
ONE: Revolution will air live on Bleacher Report on Friday, September 24, at 6:30 a.m. EST/3:30 a.m. PST.
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The Triller Fight Club pay-per-view platform has gained immense popularity recently by hosting pop culture-fueled boxing matches such as Logan Paul vs Floyd Mayweather and Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley. They were back in action on Saturday night with a card that featured multiple MMA legends as Vitor Belfort challenged Evander Holyfield and Anderson Silva went toe-to-toe with Tito Ortiz in a boxing ring.
The first of these two bouts was the showdown between former UFC champions Ortiz and Silva. Ortiz came out swinging with a series of punches, but they were simply too slow for the elusive Silva. Silva ducked under a series of punches, connected with a hard right hand, and followed with the left to send Ortiz to the canvas. In just 81 seconds, Silva knocked out his fellow 46-year-old combatant and improved his boxing record to 3-1. Before Ortiz, Silva also defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. via split decision back in June.
WATCH: Anderson Silva knocks out Tito Ortiz
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In the main event, Holyfield came out looking remarkably slow as he attempted to find his range with some jabs. Belfort landed a left hook and swarmed Holyfield, who slipped at the end of the flurry and almost fell out of the ring. An uppercut from Belfort sent Holyfield down once again for an official knock down. Belfort continued his onslaught after the referee stood Holyfield up, and after a few more punches connected to the head of Holyfield the ref had seen enough. Belfort defeated the boxing legend at his own game and secured the TKO with just about 11 seconds remaining in the first round.
WATCH: Vitor Belfort stops Evander Holyfield
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You know you're somebody when you've appeared on an Indian dangal poster — in other words, in a wrestling advertisement.
The site of my first dangal was Seoni, India, the birthplace of Rudyard Kipling's character Mowgli, and the fight forever will be known as the "dangal in the jungle."
I began the adventure with Zhengtong, my wrestling teammate from Shanghai University of Sport, when we embarked on a 30-hour jaunt from Shandong, China, to Delhi, India. The three-and-a-half-hour time difference between the two nations only added to our fatigue. We arrived in Delhi, slept three hours, then got up and drove eight hours to Chandigarh for training.
Our coach Deepak Pehlwan explained that constant, lengthy, cheap and uncomfortable travel like this is a fact of life for Indian wrestlers. During dangal season, they try to compete as much as possible to earn money. That often entails wrestling one day and traveling to their next bout the following day. A wrestler who's just starting out makes between 500 rupees and 1,500 rupees ($7 to $20) per bout — which explains why they have to travel and sleep as cheaply as possible.
The fact that Zhengtong and I were in a car with our coach, rather than riding on trains and buses in the worst seats available, was considered a huge luxury.
After training on that second day, we drove eight hours back to Delhi, slept three hours, then drove an hour to the airport so we could take a two-hour flight and a three-hour drive to Seoni. From the moment I arrived in India, I longed for a chance to unpack, take a shower, do laundry and sleep — but it was one obligation after another. And they all involved long, uncomfortable travel with as many as four people crammed in the back seat of a compact car.
When we finally arrived in Seoni, it was 11 a.m. on the day before the fight. I had hoped we would just check into the hotel and be able to rest. Instead, we had to drive to a meeting with the dangal committee, followed by lunch.
Back at the hotel, someone handed me a newspaper that announced the arrival of wrestlers from the United States, China and the nation of Georgia. I also spotted social media advertisements in which they'd changed my fight name from "Brooklyn Monk" to "Shaolin Monk." I surmised it was an effort to capitalize on my association with the famed Chinese temple. I didn't mind, but I bet the Shaolin monks would if they knew. (Please don't tell them.)
It was 3 p.m., and we were told we were off until the fight the next day, but it was difficult to rest because members of the committee kept entering — without knocking — to shake hands and take selfies. Finally, some men walked in and asked if I was ready for a press conference and a meet-and-greet. I was not, but I had no choice.
We joined a small caravan of expensive automobiles that carried the dangal committee and their security guards. Along the way, people were waving at us. At stop lights, they'd run up to the car I was in, knock on the windows and ask to take selfies.
When we arrived at our destination, I saw that people had set up a small reception, where we shook more hands, took more photos, drank tea and were adorned with floral wreaths. When the conference finished, we tried to get back to the cars, but a crowd had formed. The security guards had to clear a path for us.
Whenever I wind up in this kind of press of humanity, I find it a bit frightening, and this time was no different. It would have been easy to just run to the vehicles, ignoring everyone, but these public appearances were part of what the organizers had paid for and what the crowd wanted. So as much as I could — even when we were being pushed into the cars — if I saw kids in the crowd, I would take a few seconds so they could take selfies, shake hands and ask for autographs.
All the pre-fight excitement, coupled with the star treatment, made me think I was a gladiator in ancient Rome. Everyone was so nice to us today, but tomorrow, we might die. OK, OK, it was a wrestling competition we were preparing for and not a gladiatorial contest or even an MMA match, so we probably weren't going to die. But the point was that we were stars today even though tomorrow we might get beat up.
Next, we drove to a cricket match. As soon as we stepped out of the cars, we were mobbed by people wishing us luck. It was flattering and exciting, but also overwhelming and unexpected. Our security detail was very good about shepherding us away from uncomfortable situations and pushing the crowd back when needed. They led us onto the cricket field, where both teams had lined up to shake our hands. Most of the players welcomed us to Seoni, and many indicated that they wanted to take photos with us. I wished each of them good luck in their match. Meanwhile, fans ran onto the field, getting between us and the players. The guards had to remove them so we could complete our handshaking.
The guards then herded us toward a dais occupied by politicians, high-ranked businessmen and other dignitaries. One of the VIPs was a former wrestling champ who'd become a member of parliament. This confirmed to me the incredible importance Indian people attach to wrestling. Deepak later said that about 10 percent of parliament came from a wrestling background, having parlayed their fame and support network into election victory.
As other press events and fan greetings followed, Zhengtong and I talked about how unpopular wrestling is in other countries compared to India. When we wrestled at Shanghai University of Sport, we used to joke that the average attendance at a match was eight people, at least three of whom were waiting for the rain to stop so they could go watch tennis. In Seoni, Indian officials said they expected 40,000 to 50,000 people.
In addition to the two of us, there was a foreign wrestler from Georgia named Tedo. The previous year's champ, he was a mountain of a man who weighed more than 240 pounds. Through him and his coach Dobo Romin, I learned that wrestling programs in Georgia were incredibly developed and churned out skilled grapplers but, as in most countries, there was no way for them to make money. Somehow, Dobo, a former world champion, discovered that wrestlers in India could make good money, so he invited Tedo to compete.
In his first year in India, Tedo had some losses. In his second year, he wrestled for small money. By his third and fourth years, he was getting thousands of dollars per match. In contrast, Zhengtong was receiving $500 for his match, while I was getting $300. Tedo, meanwhile, said he was promised $2,000 this time.
If you compare Indian wrestling money to MMA money, Tedo's $2,000 wasn't great. However, he had an advantage over MMA fighters: He could compete 30 times a year. Some Indian wrestlers have as many as 50 matches a year. This is in sharp contrast to the three to four matches a year that MMA fighters have. In India, a wrestler can maintain peak earnings for about five years. And just being a popular foreign wrestler can command additional dollars for each match.
Now, $2,000 a fight for five years in exchange for a lifetime of training, sacrifice and injury may not seem like a lot, but the average Indian makes about $1,600 a year. So Tedo was earning more than a year's salary in a single night. After three matches, he netted more than the average Georgian makes in a year.
About the low pay scale relative to American standards, a friend said, "This proves you do it for love, not money."
I replied, "There is no other reason to fight. Ninety-percent of fighters everywhere struggle financially. So they must be doing it for love."
Then I remembered that Tedo's monthly earnings might reach $20,000, which caused me to amend my comment: "Maybe there are two reasons to fight — love and money."
(To be continued.)
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Throwing weapons is a term used for any weapon which is utilized by throwing and belongs among the oldest weapons in the history of mankind. Depending on its shape and ballistics (ballistics is a branch of physics which studies the movement of thrown bodies), it is thrown in a straight or a rotating line. Some examples include the tomahawk, the boomerang or the spear. The efficiency of the weapon is determined by its shape; its blade can cut the target in half, it can stab or hit it due to its kinetic energy (the energy of a body in motion).
After centuries of practicing the technique of throwing various objects for the purpose of aiming at something, man has already become so skilled that he found many different way of how to throw the object toward the target, as powerful and far as possible.
The basic rule is that the pitcher adapts the object to himself and not the other way around. This is how some of the first martial arts based on throwing techniques came into existence. Many of the more primitive folk use them even today.
Men used and threw different objects such as spears, arrows, various needles, daggers, knives and many other mainly metal tools. One of the oldest throwing weapons is surely a weapon made out of eucalyptus or some other similar tree that was shaped like a root or a sickle and is called a boomerang according to the name of the Australian native people of Womer from the outskirts of Sydney. Different samples of the boomerang were sometimes made out of different material, such as ivory or metal and were found in Ancient Egypt, Sudan, South India, South America, in some parts of Oceania as well as Europe. Weapons were clearly used frequently from ancient times, even at around 2000 years B.C. in various parts around the world. The first settlers that came to Australia came across these weapons around the year 1770.
The boomerang was of a different length and weight, depending on the country of origin, ranging from 16 to 120 cm with a thickness from 6 to 7,5 cm. The weight of the boomerang never exceeded 250 grams and the range between its arms varied from 45 to 60 cm as well as the angle that stretched from 70 to 130 degrees. Depending on the distinctness of its shape and, accordingly, its flying properties, reversible and irreversible (or the so- called war) boomerang types exist. The war boomerang is visually heavier and larger with less bent arms which is why it does not return to the pitcher after being thrown. Even though it was used ever before Alexander the Great, this weapon was never preserved. The reversible boomerang is lighter and slimmer, its left arm is slightly bent downwards and the right arm is bent upwards. This lighter reversible type of weapon is much more popular worldwide. Today the boomerang as a weapon is mainly associated with the Australian shape of the weapon.
The throwing weapon called Bolas (Bola or Bolo) has also been knows since ancient times. The very name Bolas comes from the Spanish word bola= ball. This weapon was used by Native Indians in South America and later on even North American Native Indians. It is hard to determine when did this weapon exactly come about although it had been known even in the time of old Incas and Mayas as well as the warrior tribe of Zatopek, around 1000 B.C. The first colonists became acquainted with this weapon around the year 1500. Bolas consists of three slim but firm ropes which are made out of animal skin and tendon several metres long. They are at one end connected in a way of forming a kind of handle. There is a stone connected at the other end of every rope. This weapon was later on made out of rope with heavy balls tied to each end.
Bolas is firstly spinned and then thrown. As soon as the laces come across a barrier they start wrapping around it thanks to the potential energy of the heavy stones and the centrifugal force. They have the potential of entirely and instantly disabling an object, animal or man. Various tribes of Central and North America also used this weapon and called it shumash (especially the Natchez tribe). Bolas was later used by the Argentinian gauchos (the bolas or boleadoras skill).
It is known that prehistoric people knew and used the noose at the end of the mesolithic period. They probably used even the lasso which can be seen on the drawings in the Pindal cave in Asturias, Spain. The lasso (or lariat) is a rope tied with a special knot in a shape of a noose. The thrower would wave it around his head and then release it at one point and throw it towards the target. North American cattlemen used the lasso as early as 1750. The techniques of throwing the lasso are, apart from North America and Brazil, known even in Australia.
The sling is a weapon made out of intertwined pieces of leather, fibres or chords with a widening in the middle in which a stone or some other object (missile) is placed with strings at both ends. The thrower spins the sling above his head a couple of times and releases one of the strings abruptly while the missile pops out at a great speed due to centrifugal forces. Many primitive tribes from the Mediterranean region, Oceania, North Africa and South America skilfully used the sling. As a weapon, it was popular even before the Old Ages when many armies used it and were armed with it, such as Ancient Egyptians, the Assyrian, Persian and Roman people, the Greek and others as early as 300 B.C. The sling became most popular as a weapon after the remarkable and legendary duel between the Israeli fighter David of Judea who won the powerful Philistine Goliath of Gath using solely the sling as described in the Bible.
Men have been using throwing weapons in different parts of the world and, depending on the climate, developed the technique of throwing it on his enemy. For example, martial arts masters in India threw iron hoops on their enemies. These hoops were usually sharpened and the technique resembles throwing a frisbee. The metal hoops were of a different diameter, varying from 12 to 30 cm. The weapon was known as chakram and it was used by the Sikhs as early as 200 B.C.
Various techniques of hand- throwing arrows of different sizes and weight have been known since ancient times. Such arrows could reach the distance of around 25 or 30 metres which was almost half the distance that a spear could reach. Throughout history, arrows used by hand called plumbata date back to 500 B.C. Plumbatas were darts that were loaded by additional weight (lead balls) carried by a Roman soldier. A weapon called kestros was also used for launching arrows.
In Hawaii, a competition in which men throw and catch arrows is known since 1500, although many believe that this skill dates even earlier in history. The skill of throwing arrows by hand is also known in Japan since 11th century and is called uchi ne. The length of the arrows varied and so, for example, in Hawaii their length goes from 80 to 100 cm and in Japan in varies from 75 to 90 cm. Their weight was usually from 30 to 35 grams.
The spear was the favourite throwing weapon of many peoples. One of the most well- known and older spears is certainly the Roman spear called pilum (600 B.C.). There is hardly any country in the world where the skill of throwing a spear hasn't existed. In ancient China, men didn't use to throw the spear because of their belief that a weapon shouldn't be thrown at an enemy- he could take it and this could potentially arm him. This problem was wisely solved by inventing a weapon whose hind end was attached, similarly to the Eskimos who throw a kind of spear called harpoon. This Chinese weapon was called meteor hammer.
The Japanese also developed a skill called fuki bari where one must throw small needles out of his mouth. However, according to a legend, it originated in China around the year 1200. This weapon is used in combat as an instrument for surprising the enemy in dark and gloomy conditions. Sometimes these small needles (arrows) were thrown directly out of the mouth, although various blow tubes were oftentimes used simply because they could launch them at a greater distance. Some experts think that the arrow thrown out of a blow tube can hit a target at a distance of 35 metres. The blow tubes were made out of reed, bamboo or some other hollow tree that was easy to process, it length ranging from 1,5 to 2 metres.
When it comes to throwing arrows with a blow tube, one of the most famous tribes in the world are surely the native peoples that live in the Brasilian rainforests. However, the most skillful amogst all the tribes that use a blow tube as a weapon as the native peoples of Jivaro who throw poisonous arrows called curare. Today's training blow tubes are made out of plastic and are usually 1,5 metres long, while those used for blowing out arrows are 10 cm long.
Some of the more known throwing weapons are also the Japanese shuriken- a star- shaped weapon made out of metal which has been in use since the year 1300 and usually consists of three, four or eight sharp edges. After throwing it, the weapon spins around its axis and hits the target with one of its sharp edges. Since 1250 another throwing weapon has been used in feudal Japan- shaken. Those are tinier metal needles and smaller daggers that a pitcher threw at an opponent. After being thrown, these needles and daggers would fly in a straight line, stabbing the opponent's body. The pointy edges would also be soaked in various intoxicating drugs and poisons. One variety of this weapon is called - bo shuriken and it is an iron or a lead dagger with a pointy spike whose cross- section usually looks like a square or a circle.
When it comes to throwing weapons, one of the most popular martial art is throwing knives. Various parts of the world practice throwing different kinds of knives. One of the well- known knives used for throwing used since the 18th century originates from North Africa and is called in different names (depending on the region). The best known name is the hunga- munga or kpinga. Thanks to its shape, the knife needs to be thrown in a modified technique used with a war boomerang.
Also, one of the best known throwing knives, which is, thanks to its properties, also a role model for today's throwing knives, is an old Japanese knife called kunai and it has been used since 1200. This knife is often connected with the nin jutsu skill, although it was solely used as a tool. Such a knife is excellent for throwing and it can be used in combat.
Basically, only two ways of using a throwing knife exist- by rotating it or not. However, various modifications of the toss exist. A knife which is thrown with a rotation spins around its axis and hits the target after its rotation. The rotation of the knife depends on its size, weight and balance (the relation between the handle and the blade). On the other hand, a knife or a dagger that is being thrown without a rotation flies towards its target in a straight like, blade first. It is essential that a throwing knife is made out of one piece and that its centre of gravity is shifted towards the blade.
When a knife is thrown with a rotation, it will make half a spin (180 degrees) at a distance of approx. 5 metres and will wedge in the target with its blade. At a distance of 7 metres, a knife will make a full rotation around its axis; at a distance of 10 metres a knife will make a rotation and a half, while at approx. 14 metres a knife will make two full rotations and will wedge in the target with its blade. A knife needs to be held with a thumb from one side and with the rest of the fingers from the other. Also, the sharp part of the blade needs to be placed externally and the daft part of the blade internally so as to avoid being cut while throwing. If throwing a knife at a shorter distance, up to 5 metres, hold the knife by the point of the blade. If the distance is greater than 7 metres, hold it by the middle part of the blade. Only if the distance is greater than 10 metres is it better to hold a knife by the tip of the handle. In this manner, the knife will have a somewhat slower rotation when being thrown.
It is believed that a knife that is thrown with a rotation has a 50% of chance to wedge with its blade, but it is not true. According to some research, a knife that is thrown with a rotation has only 33% of chance to ram with its blade. The trainee needs to practice more if he wants to increase this percentage. Throwing a knife at a fixed target is not a big problem, especially if we know the distance. However, hitting a moving target is much more difficult. Most trainees can thrown a knife at a fixed target very precisely, but only at a distance of up to 5 metres. Hitting a moving target is considered to be mastery.
When thrown without a rotation, a dagger or a knife is held by gripping the end of the dagger or the handle with the thumb and fingers and, after swinging it, releasing it out of the hand and letting it fly in a straight line towards the target. This way various daggers can be thrown at a greater distance, however, it is not the case for knives. The basic rule is that larger knives are more suitable for greater distances and smaller ones are more suitable for smaller distances. A lighter knife will be thrown more easily and the chance of it being lodged deeper in the target is much smaller. A heavier knife is harder to throw, but, once he hits the target, he will be lodged much deeper and firmer. It is essential that the knife is made out of a stronger material (quality steel) in order to endure the blow.
When throwing an axe, one must keep in mind that it will always rotate around its axis until it reaches its target. Bigger axes are thrown with two hands above the head, while smaller ones can be thrown with one hand. Some of the most popular throwing axes are the old Frankish axe called the franciska and the native North American axe called the tomahawk (taken from the Algonkin tribe).
Today, various associations that organize competitions in throwing various throwing weapons exist. Those, for example, include the boomerang, spear, knife, axe and so on. Also, militaries of numerous countries around the world pay attention in educating and training their staff in the skills of throwing weapons.
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