Watch UFC Strawweight Claudia Gadelha Beat the Crap Out of Dudes on ‘Panico Na TV’


(Abs. Also pictured: Claudia Gadelha)

By Ryan Harkness

I think we all agree that The Ultimate Fighter has become a tired, worn out concept — to the point where even the fighters on the show don’t seem to give much of a crap any more. But women are doing their best to eliminate that not so fresh feeling from the show. TUF 18 featured bantamweight women alongside men, and TUF 20 (debuting in September) will be 100% 115-pound female goodness.

One fighter originally slated to appear on TUF 20 was Claudia Gadelha. Considered by many to be the ringer of the season, the undefeated BJJ black belt ended up being removed due to her inability to no speako de englis. But because of this switch-up, it now looks like she’ll get the honor of kicking off the women’s strawweight division when she fights victim opponent Tina Lahdemaki at UFC Fight Night 45 on July 16th.

It turns out that Claudia also has a bit of an interesting history: She is best known for a stint on Brazilian television where she fought dudes in the cage for a show called Panico Na TV. None of these guys were actually professional fighters and you can tell the goal isn’t to murderize each other. But speaking as an ill prepared TV host who once ‘fought’ Patrick Cote, this stuff can get pretty serious (at least for the poor bastards getting whupped).

Let’s take a look at some of these videos!


(Abs. Also pictured: Claudia Gadelha)

By Ryan Harkness

I think we all agree that The Ultimate Fighter has become a tired, worn out concept — to the point where even the fighters on the show don’t seem to give much of a crap any more. But women are doing their best to eliminate that not so fresh feeling from the show. TUF 18 featured bantamweight women alongside men, and TUF 20 (debuting in September) will be 100% 115-pound female goodness.

One fighter originally slated to appear on TUF 20 was Claudia Gadelha. Considered by many to be the ringer of the season, the undefeated BJJ black belt ended up being removed due to her inability to no speako de englis. But because of this switch-up, it now looks like she’ll get the honor of kicking off the women’s strawweight division when she fights victim opponent Tina Lahdemaki at UFC Fight Night 45 on July 16th.

It turns out that Claudia also has a bit of an interesting history: She is best known for a stint on Brazilian television where she fought dudes in the cage for a show called Panico Na TV. None of these guys were actually professional fighters and you can tell the goal isn’t to murderize each other. But speaking as an ill prepared TV host who once ‘fought’ Patrick Cote, this stuff can get pretty serious (at least for the poor bastards getting whupped).

Let’s take a look at some of these videos!

The silliest and therefore best of the bunch. Three Panico Na TV hosts visit Claudia where she trains, and she beats all three like bongos. If you’ve only got time to watch one person get their ass whupped today, may I recommend host #3 (7:20 into the vid), who decides about halfway through that he no longer wants to do this skit.

Next page: More of Claudia hurting poorly prepared individuals!

UFC Mag: Bang Out 20 Clap Push-Ups

This post is excerpted from the June/July 2014 issue of UFC Magazine. Click here to subscribe! If you can’t do 12 controlled chest-to-the-ground push-ups, start there. Then level up to push-up chest touches on a Smith machine. Set the bar to a height that allows you to execute 20 reps. From a push-up position, lower your body to the bar until it touches your chest, and then push yourself away from the bar as rapidly as you can, attempting to create as much distance as possible between your hands and the bar. Regrab the bar and repeat.Rest for five days and then go at it again. This time set th … Read the Full Article Here

This post is excerpted from the June/July 2014 issue of UFC Magazine. Click here to subscribe! If you can’t do 12 controlled chest-to-the-ground push-ups, start there. Then level up to push-up chest touches on a Smith machine. Set the bar to a height that allows you to execute 20 reps. From a push-up position, lower your body to the bar until it touches your chest, and then push yourself away from the bar as rapidly as you can, attempting to create as much distance as possible between your hands and the bar. Regrab the bar and repeat.Rest for five days and then go at it again. This time set th … Read the Full Article Here

5 Reasons to Give Rignite Another Look

In the growing battle between social media management tools for small to medium size organizations, a few solutions are rising above the noise. These include HootSuite, Sprout Social and newcomer Rignite. Sure, there are other social media engagement platforms, but any solution that doesn’t include one of the top four social networks — Twitter, Facebook, […]

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In the growing battle between social media management tools for small to medium size organizations, a few solutions are rising above the noise. These include HootSuite, Sprout Social and newcomer Rignite.

Sure, there are other social media engagement platforms, but any solution that doesn’t include one of the top four social networks — Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and LinkedIn — is simply missing too much of the overall picture to be considered a serious contender.

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Kim Cooper (@FullyMarketed) and Glen Kosaka (@glenkosaka) from Rignite and going through a demo of their software’s latest features. While you can get much of what Rignite offers in the way of basic social interaction from other solutions, this new platform is taking the idea of engagement to a new level. I was especially impressed with new features that I believe are giving Rignite a competitive edge.

1. Campaigns

Social media communicators don’t just want to engage with their audiences. They want their audience members to engage with their brands. Rignite’s Social Media Campaigns feature provides a tool to solicit engagement through Facebook comment contests, Twitter hashtag contests, and coupon campaigns.

For setting up a Twitter hashtag campaign, you draft a call to action such as “Post a photo of yourself with your favorite ice cream, mention @thecompany, and include the hashtag #GimmeIceCream for a chance to win a free ice cream.”

Example of a Hashtag Photo Contest on Twitter

In Rignite’s system, you tell it what hashtag to look for and whether or not to require a photo to qualify for the contest. You also select the number of winners for the contest and your target goal for the number of contest entries. You can check to see if the hashtag is unique in case you want to avoid conflicts with other brands or campaigns, and you can cross promote the campaign on other social networks to help increase participation.

Hashtag photo contests - uniqueness checker

Once you launch the campaign and audience members start participating, the system will display a feed of qualifying entries based on these parameters. You and your team can rate and select winners and the system will publicly notify them on your social media channels.

Selecting Winners for a Hashtag Photo Contest

Rignite’s Social Media Campaigns feature also offers metrics specific to each campaign. Segregating campaign-specific engagement metrics from general metrics is something unique in small to medium sized social media engagement solutions.

2. Shopify Integration

On May 27, Rignite announced that it now integrates with e-commerce solution Shopify. This integration helps Rignite users who sell products via Shopify track the performance of social media campaigns as they relate to the value of purchases and number of coupons used.

I don’t run a Shopify store, so I couldn’t personally demo this feature. However, integrating e-commerce tools and ROI metrics is a step in the right direction for any social media management platform. If I were going to setup an online store, I would seriously consider a Rignite + Shopify combo strategy.

3. Sentiment

Sentiment is not a new feature for Rignite. I saw this feature when I first demoed the solution several months ago. However, the ability to mark elements of online conversations as positive, negative, or neutral can be useful in measuring trends related to brand perception. This is especially important for highly competitive markets or products and services that contain potentially controversial elements.

Positive-Sentiment

Rignite’s sentiment analysis is not automatic. You’ll need to scroll through comments and mark each with an appropriate sentiment. This is likely manageable for small or medium size operations. However, if your online engagement volume is too high for manual sentiment analysis, you probably can afford SalesForce.com’s ExactTarget Marketing Cloud (Radian6).

I’m a sucker for useful metrics. The ability to track sentiment trends can tell you if your latest campaign or recent media coverage is helping or hurting your brand and to what degree. HootSuite’s free version and Sprout Social lack this feature, giving Rignite the advantage.

4. Unlimited Social Accounts

This feature is rather simple to explain and compare. HootSuite’s free version allows up-to five social media accounts. Sprout Social’s basic account allows up-to 20 and it’s mid-range level allows up-to 50. Rignite allows unlimited social profiles in all of its account levels, which is a huge plus for medium-sized organizations.

5. Price

Rignite just added a three-tier pricing model for users who want the new Campaign features. The mid-level account fee is $39/month, which is what Sprout Social used to charge for it’s basic level account. Sprout Social recently hiked the price of its basic level account from $39/month to $59/month — a 51.3% increase. If you like the Campaign and Sentiment features, you might get more bang for your buck from Rignite.

Conclusion

I was harsh in my first assessment of Rignite’s solution — and rightfully so. It was a new offering that lacked interesting metrics and competitive features (besides manual sentiment analysis). However, the addition of Campaigns and Shopify ROI integration to its system is giving it a much-needed competitive boost. If you haven’t checked out Rignite lately, I think it’s worth another look.

What I’ve come to realize is that each social media management solution offers unique advantages. Perhaps the perfect solution is to use different applications to accomplish different goals. Until an affordable platform offers everything everyone could possibly want, juggling multiple applications might be the way to go.

What do you think?

Do you think that social media communicators should stick with one platform or attempt to juggle multiple applications to achieve different objectives? Have you used or demoed Rignite, Sprout Social, or other solutions and what is your opinion of them?

Note: Rignite did not pay me to write this or offer to compensate me in any way for the review. Rignite did provide me with an extended trial to allow me to evaluate its new features. The images are from the demo and are used with permission.

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Why MMA Fans Should Care About Metamoris 4

MMA and Metamoris are once again blurring the lines between them, as Metamoris 4 continues to take shape. 
The next edition in the grappling-centric competition features a number of stars who will be familiar to fans of mixed martial arts. Josh Ba…

MMA and Metamoris are once again blurring the lines between them, as Metamoris 4 continues to take shape. 

The next edition in the grappling-centric competition features a number of stars who will be familiar to fans of mixed martial arts. Josh Barnett and Chael Sonnen are two of the newest names to move from the Octagon to the mat to take part in the submission-only competition.

While it is vastly different than the action that occurs inside the cage, MMA fans should still care about the competition.

It was announced this past week that Sonnen and Barnett will be competing at the event. Metamoris 4 is set for August 9 in Los Angeles.

Sonnen will face off against two-time jiu-jitsu world champion Andre Galvao. Barnett will face Dean Lister, whom many will recognize from his time as a mixed martial artist. Barnett has more of a grappling background than Sonnen; however, both are expected to be underdogs coming into this contest. Still, fans should show some level of interest in the action.

Barnett and Sonnen join a list of names that includes Roger Gracie, Brendan Schaub, Shinya Aoki and Kevin Casey as athletes who have competed in Metamoris and at the highest levels of mixed martial arts. Schaub, Aoki and Casey were all defeated, while Gracie grappled to a draw. It will be hard to see either Sonnen or Barnett changing the trend, but this event still deserves attention from the hardcore mixed martial arts fan.

Mainstream MMA tends to focus more on the stand-up action, which creates highlight-reel knockouts and exchanges. Fighters who use a grappling first-style are usually characterized as boring; early critics of Metamoris have said the same thing.

The event is submission-based and uses a judging system if the fight goes the allotted time. This may create the exact type of setting in which many MMA fans might boo, but it can be attractive at the same time.

Metamoris allows a look at technical grappling that isn’t seen in MMA. Barnett, Sonnen and others will be able to show a new wrinkle to their game. These two individuals are big names whom many fans will recognize. It’s expected that they will bring a new group of viewers with them to the event. Both UFC fighters have a way with words that many in the sport do not, which makes them even more valuable to Metamoris.

Metamoris 3 featured a main event of Eddie Bravo vs. Royler Gracie, which brought a lot of attention to the card. If the fourth edition of the showcase can continue this trend, MMA as a whole would benefit. Luke Rockhold has already shown an interest in competing in the event. Fighters such as Jake Shields and Demian Maia have well-chronicled backgrounds in grappling.

Benson Henderson and Georges St-Pierre have both competed in ADCC; would they be worth watching in Metamoris? What about Ronda Rousey competing in a gi jiu-jitsu match? Nick Diaz is known for his aggressive grappling in the cage; would that work in Metamoris? 

The crossover appeal is certainly available within these two sports.

Metamoris also offers an opportunity for fighters to remain relevant once their MMA careers are over. Sonnen, who recently retired amid controversy of another failed drug test, is just one example of a former fighter who has some value as a Metamoris participant. Kenny Florian, Martin Kampmann and others stand out as potential names who could eventually compete on the white mats.

Sport jiu-jitsu has struggled to garner attention in a growing world of combat sports. Metamoris is moving in the right direction by inviting the more accomplished mixed martial artists to compete in the competition.

Metamoris 4 features a former UFC champion and a three-time title challenger. MMA fans should be interested in seeing how well their favorite fighters compete against some of the best grapplers in the world.

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Dana White Thinks Wanderlei Silva Is “Very Wrong” About NSAC Troubles

After being summoned to a Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing to provide his side of the story for skipping out on a random drug test, Wanderlei Silva feels that he has shed light on things and solved his problem with the NSAC.
Silva released a v…

After being summoned to a Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing to provide his side of the story for skipping out on a random drug test, Wanderlei Silva feels that he has shed light on things and solved his problem with the NSAC.

Silva released a video on his YouTube page, featuring a few minutes of the NSAC meeting and gave his thoughts on how his appearance went.

“I am very happy to solve this situation,” Silva said in the video. “I was happy to clarify things and say the truth.”

UFC President Dana White told UFC.com that he does not think Silva is in the clear yet, and that Silva will still be punished for running from the test, saying:

I’m not the athletic commission, but I think he’s very wrong. I think he’s in big trouble. You cannot run away from a test. You can’t do it, and it sets a very bad precedent. He would have been better off taking the test and testing positive than running from the test. But I’m not a commission member. Maybe I’m wrong and he’s right. We’ll see what happens.

The UFC is leaving all discipline for the test-dodging up to the NSAC, and White said the promotion will be fine with whatever the commission does, saying:

Basically the Nevada State Athletic Commission is the judge and the jury, and they’re going to handle it. Whatever happens, he will have his sentence and do whatever the commission says. Once he’s through that, he and I will be cool.

Ross Goodman, Silva’s lawyer, spoke for the Pride legend at the meeting, and he explained to the commission that after fracturing his wrist during a scuffle with Chael Sonnen on the set of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3, Silva “regretfully” began taking diuretics to reduce the swelling.

Goodman also mentioned that this was in fact the first time Silva had ever been asked for a random drug test at his gym, and that he avoided the test because he thought the diuretics would show up on the test results.

Of course we will never truly know what substances were in Silva’s system on that day, and lab results would be much more convincing than the explanations put forth by Silva and his legal counsel.

Also on the agenda of the NSAC was Chael Sonnen, who did not skip his random test for the proposed fight with Silva, and tested positive for two banned substances.

The commission issued Sonnen a temporary suspension and will decide the length of it at the next meeting, where they will presumably also make a final decision on Silva.

It will be interesting to see how the commission deals out punishments for the two men, as the length of any suspensions, or lack thereof, will send a clear message about the commission’s feelings on skipping a random drug test as opposed to taking it.

Here’s the entire portion of the NSAC meeting involving Silva:

 

 

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Ben Henderson vs. Rafael dos Anjos: Why It Makes Sense

It was recently announced that Benson Henderson and Rafael dos Anjos will go head-to-head at a UFC Fight Night event in Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 23.
At first glance, it seems like an odd matchup to make.
Henderson asserted himself as the best lightw…

It was recently announced that Benson Henderson and Rafael dos Anjos will go head-to-head at a UFC Fight Night event in Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 23.

At first glance, it seems like an odd matchup to make.

Henderson asserted himself as the best lightweight in the UFC not named Anthony Pettis when he submitted Rustam Khabilov earlier this month. Dos Anjos, on the other hand, beat Jason High (who was making his lightweight debut) at the same event and was convincingly beaten by Khabib Nurmagomedov in his last fight before the High bout.

It raises the question: Why didn’t the UFC brass book a Henderson vs. Nurmagomedov bout instead?

One reason is that the undefeated Russian is a devout Muslim who will fast during the month of Ramadan, which takes place between late June and late July.

Nurmagomedov has said that he wants a fight in early September, five weeks after the holy month. However, if he does fight at that time it will likely not be against the No. 1 contender.

With that out of the way, a fight between Bendo and Dos Anjos is the best non-title matchup that can be made at 155 pounds when taking rankings and resumes into account.

Putting the loss to Nurmagomedov aside, Dos Anjos has proven himself to be one of the top lightweights in the UFC. The Brazilian has won six of his last seven fights in the Octagon, with Donald Cerrone, Evan Dunham and Mark Bocek among his victims.

That has put Dos Anjos at fifth spot on the UFC’s official lightweight rankings. Nurmagomedov is one place ahead of him in fourth spot, while Josh Thomsonwho is scheduled to fight Michael Johnsonis in third. Pettis’s next challenger, Gilbert Melendez is No. 2 on the list, with Bendo at No. 1.

A main event fight against a top contender like Henderson may also be a reward from the UFC for being the only fighter to step up against Nurmagomedov.

UFC President Dana White said in January that he had struggled to find fighters willing to fight the 22-0 lightweight after some fighters, including Nate Diaz, were said to have declined offers to face him.

Dos Anjos stepped up to the plate, however.             

He was set to fight Rustam Khabilov at UFC 170, but the bout was ultimately scrapped in order for Dos Anjos to fight Nurmagomedov at UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne.

That fight may not have gone Dos Anjos’ way, but he now has a chance to redeem himself against another, more established, top lightweight in Benson Henderson.

It’s not a lose-lose situation for Henderson, though. Unlike Khabilov, Dos Anjos is a proven top-five fighter in the UFC, and a Henderson victory would mean that he will have wins over five of the other six fighters in the top seven.

While it would still be hard to sell a third fight against Pettis (who beat Henderson in both of their previous bouts), the UFC brass may have no other choice if both fighters win their next contests.

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