Rumble in the Bronx

After apparently responding to reports of a large gathering that violated Covid-19 restrictions Saturday night, law enforcement officials in New York discovered an underground fight club staging an event with 200 attendees, many of whom were unmasked and failing to follow social distancing guidelines. New York City deputy sheriffs shut down the illegal club, billed as "Rumble in the Bronx," and arrested 10 people responsible for organizing the event, including CEO Michael Roman.

Besides being in violation of New York's pandemic restrictions on large gatherings, staging an illegal combat event, and violating liquor laws, several loaded firearms were found at the location. Rumble in the Bronx has developed a notable presence on social media and staged fights in other cities besides New York. Their next event was supposed to take place December in Orlando.

Black Belt Magazine has a storied history that dates back all the way to 1961, making 2021 the 60th Anniversary of the world's leading magazine of martial arts. To celebrate six decades of legendary martial arts coverage, take a trip down memory lane by scrolling through some of the most influential covers ever published. From the creators of martial art styles, to karate tournament heroes, to superstars on the silver screen, and everything in between, the iconic covers of Black Belt Magazine act as a time capsule for so many important moments and figures in martial arts history. Keep reading to view the full list of these classic issues.

Keep Reading Show less

Twenty-year-old prodigy Elisabeth Clay stole the show claiming double gold at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Pan American No-Gi Championships Saturday in Texas. Clay won the women's black belt medium heavyweight and open divisions while scoring six submissions in as many matches.

On the men's side, Giancarlo Bodoni won a referee's decision over Lucas Barbosa to capture the heavyweight black belt division after losing to Barbosa in the finals last year. But Barbosa turned around and defeated Bodoni 4-0 in the semis of the open weight class on his way to capturing gold in that division.

Keep Reading Show less

In a back and forth battle, Charles Oliveira finally claimed UFC gold winning the lightweight title against Michael Chandler in Houston, TX Saturday night. And Oliveira, the UFC's all time submission king with 14 wins via that route, did it on his feet knocking Chandler out in the second round.

The Brazilian opened with low kicks but Chandler quickly took the fight to him scoring a damaging left hook. He then dropped to the ground attempting a guillotine choke but Oliveira worked out of it to take Chandler's back. The American was eventually able to explode out of the position and regain his feet though, from there raining punches down on the prone Oliveira.

Keep Reading Show less