Is Seika Izawa heading into the biggest fight of her career? It could be argued that she is. This weekend she’ll be facing RIZIN Super Atomweight Champion Ayaka Hamasaki, fighting for a chance to earn a major title in just her sixth pro appearance. But maybe Izawa’s biggest fight actually already happened. The 24-year-old made … Continue reading JMMA Monday: The Focus of Seika Izawa
We're quickly approaching what could be one of the busiest JMMA weeks of the year. Later this month, RIZIN will present a doubleheader of events. On the first night, they'll hold one of their "TRIGGER" shows, including some of the lower-tier matchups they can make. Then a night later they will have three title fights … Continue reading JMMA Monday: The Most Intriguing (And Underrated) Things We Know About The RIZIN Doubleheader
Do you sense a change coming? I certainly do. RIZIN has definitely been an interesting promotion to cover in recent years. They have experienced drama, made stars, and continued to be a backbone for one of the strongest ecosystems in the sport. But to say things have been flawless would, of course, not be true. … Continue reading JMMA Monday: Is The RIZIN Vibe Shift Happening?
Welcome to another issue of JMMA Monday." Today's an incredibly busy one. To preview RIZIN 34, I wrote up three questions I have heading into the event. Also, I have a short piece later in the article discussing how DEEP Jewels went this weekend. All of that plus the usual smaller notes and thoughts from … Continue reading JMMA Monday: Three Questions Heading Into RIZIN 34, Thoughts on DEEP Jewels and More!
Welcome to another week of "JMMA Monday." Today, we're reacting to the recent RIZIN "LANDMARK" card and previewing the upcoming DEEP Jewels flyweight tournament. Let's begin. Previewing DEEP Jewels 36 With Charlie Jewett On Saturday night, DEEP Jewels will kick off an eight-woman flyweight tournament. The bracket includes a wide variety of names. There are … Continue reading JMMA Monday: Previewing DEEP Jewels 36 With Charlie Jewett + More!
Previous weeks of "Throwback Thursday" have looked at two promotions: UFC and Pride FC. This week, we'll introduce a third promotion into the mix, that being WEC. WEC is an incredibly important promotion in MMA history. Its short yet impactful run saw it build up a big roster of fighters and eventually get acquired by … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – WEC 4: Rumble Under the Sun
"Am I getting my money's worth?" It's a question that consumers ask themselves every day. And in an age where prices are going up throughout North America and around the world, it's a crucial question. Many UFC viewers will ask themself that question on Saturday night. With the price of $74.99 USD for UFC 272, … Continue reading UFC 272 Costs The Same As Any Other Recent PPV, And That’s A Problem
RIZIN kicked off its 2022 schedule last week with their second-ever "TRIGGER" card. It's the second time that RIZIN has run what is meant to be the second tier of their programming. I have likened it before to UFC's "Fight Night" cards, in relation to the numbered events that they do as well. In the … Continue reading JMMA Monday: Reflecting on ‘TRIGGER’ with J. Christian Gary
Welcome to another week of "Throwback Thursday," the series where we watch and reflect on retro MMA. To continue our viewing of 2002, this week we're looking at Pride FC's first "Shockwave" event. Pride FC was certainly known for its spectacles at this time. However, this event was a spectacle like no other. Let me … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Pride FC: Shockwave
Japan's biggest MMA promotion, RIZIN, is back this week. They'll be presenting their second "TRIGGER" event on Wednesday night, which is their smaller-level show that takes place in a cage. This series debuted late last year and is set to continue through 2022. But wait, Wednesday? Yes, I can assure you there is no error … Continue reading JMMA Monday: Three Questions Before RIZIN ‘TRIGGER 2nd’