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Five Pro Wrestling moves that could work in MMA




Since the days of former professional wrestler Ken Shamrock, to Brock Lesnar’s reign as the UFC Heavyweight Champion and now the inclusion of CM Punk, the sport of MMA have attracted massive numbers of fans who were or still are avid professional wrestling fans. I reckon that it is much easier for pro wrestling fans to transit to MMA as they have been regularly exposed to moves that are similar to the moves executed in an MMA cage today. A pro wrestling fan would easily recognize that a rear naked choke in MMA is a sleeper hold in pro wrestling or a gogoplata is an Undertaker submission called the hell’s gate. With the introduction out of the way, below are five professional wrestling moves that could work in MMA.

The Walls of Jericho

On Ultimate Beatdown 17: Pain Guaranteed, Mohd Amirul Firdaus attempted a Walls of Jericho(click to watch the video) on Marcus Tan. The Walls of Jericho is a submission finisher performed by professional wrestler Chris Jericho. The move is an elevated version of the Boston crab. Unlike the Boston Crab, the wrestler will stand nearer to the opponent’s legs rather than to the neck, applying pressure to the back from a higher angle. Another variation of the Boston Crab which Jericho uses circa 1996-2001 is called the liontamer. Similar to the Walls of Jericho, he will use a single knee to add additional pressure to the back and neck of the opponent.

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Muhd Amirul Firdaus attempting the Walls of Jericho on Ultimate Beatdown 17


Chris Jericho performing the Liontamer, a variation of the Boston Crab.

The Sweet Chin Music

The Sweet Chin Music, traditionally known as the side kick in various martial arts was made popular by Shawn Michaels. Now commonly known in pro wrestling as the Superkick, the Sweet Chin Music is a high side thrust kick attack where the wrestler will use the sole of the foot to strike the opponent’s head or chin. On UFC Fight Night 55, Louis Smolka made history by becoming the first man to knock out an opponent with a side kick to the head in the UFC.

The Powerbomb

UFC Light Heavyweight, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is synonymous to the powerbomb in MMA since knocking out Ricardo Arona on Pride Critical Countdown 2004. The powerbomb is a pro wrestling slam where an opponent is lifted, usually sitting on the wrestler’s shoulders and then slammed back down to the mat. In MMA, powerbombs are used by fighters to escape or counter a triangle choke, This variation is called the falling powerbomb in pro wrestling.

The double foot stomp

The now defunct Pride FC, allowed competitors to stomp a downed opponent either on the head or the body. There were plenty of jumping stomps to the head or body when Pride FC existed but nothing like Ze Wu’s cartwheel double foot stomp on One Championship: Dynasty of Champions(One Championship allows foot stomp to the body). Indy wrestlers such as Sonjay Dutt and Jack Evans regularly perform flying variations of the double foot stomp.


The Senton Splash

Widely known as the atomic butt drop, Mark hunt unorthodox attack on Wanderlei Silva in Pride Shockwave 2004 is actually known as the senton splash. Unlike a splash where the wrestler jumps and lands on his opponent stomach first, the senton splash has the wrestler landing on his opponent back first on in Mark Hunt’s case butt first across his opponent.

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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results



The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.

An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.

The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.

UFC Winnipeg Official Results:


  • #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
  • #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
    • Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
  • #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45  round 1


  • #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
  • Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
  • Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
  • John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2


  • Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando



The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.

It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.

Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.

In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.

Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.

In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.

UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem



Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.

First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)

Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.

Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.

Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.

In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.

UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira

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