Aljamain Sterling

Undisputed UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan will attempt to defend his belt against the red-hot Aljamain Sterling at UFC 256 on December 12th.

The UFC bantamweight championship was vacated by two-division champion and Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo when he retired earlier this year. This opened the door for a bout between Petr Yan and legend Jose Aldo to claim the unkept thrown. Yan defeated Aldo with a solid 1-2 punch combination and a flurry of ground strikes to secure the TKO at UFC 251. This elevated Yan's record to 7-0 and placed UFC gold around his waist.


Meanwhile, Aljamain "Funk Master" Sterling was climbing the ranks of the division and assembling a five-fight win streak. The win that secured his upcoming title shot was an impressive first round submission against promising contender Cory Sandhagen, who just notched a win over Marlon Moraes with a spectacular spinning heel kick on UFC Fight Night. Many MMA experts and fans consider Sterling to be a difficult matchup for Yan because of his athleticism and grappling talents.

This bout is planned as a co-main event that is practically guaranteed to be entertaining. The event was supposed to be headlined by the long-awaited matchup between welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns, but Usman pulled himself from the bout due to undisclosed injuries. The UFC is now targeting a featherweight championship defense for Amanda Nunes versus challenger Megan Anderson. However, the Nunes-Anderson matchup has not been officially confirmed at this time.

How will you perform at the moment of truth?

What's going to happen to you physically and emotionally in a real fight where you could be injured or killed? Will you defend yourself immediately, hesitate during the first few critical seconds of the fight, or will you be so paralyzed with fear that you won't be able to move at all? The answer is - you won't know until you can say, "Been there, done that." However, there is a way to train for that fearful day.

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This week I've asked Robert Borisch to give me a birds eye view on his marketing strategy.

Robert is the head sensei and owner of Tri-City Judo a well-established commercial judo school in Kennewick, Washington. I am very impressed with his highly successful business. Unlike BJJ, TKD, karate, and krav maga, in judo we tend to teach in community centers, YMCA's, and other not for profit outlets. So when I find a for profit judo model that is growing by leaps and bounds, it intrigues me. Below are Robert's raw and uncensored comments spoken like a true commercial martial arts school entrepreneur / owner.

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The man who apparently launched a racist verbal attack on U.S. women's kata champion Sakura Kokumai earlier this month in a California park has been arrested following a physical assault on an elderly Korean-American couple in the same park Sunday. Michael Vivona is accused of punching a 79-year-old man and his 80-year-old wife without provocation.

Mynewsla.com reported that a group of people playing basketball in Grijalva Park at the time of the assault recognized Vivona from his previous harassment of Kokumai and surrounded him until a nearby police officer arrived to make an arrest. The incident with Kokumai, who is slated to represent the United States in this summer's Tokyo Olympics, gained widespread notice after she posted a video of it on social media in an effort to increase awareness about the growing threat of anti-Asian racism.