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UFC Veteran Chris Cariaso Calls it a Career

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MMA veteran and San Jose native Chris “Kamikaze” Cariaso has called it a career at the age of 34.

Cariaso (17-8 MMA) fought in the UFC 13 times, as well as under the WEC, Strikeforce and EliteXC banners. He broke the news Wednesday to MMAjunkie of his decision to hang up the gloves for good where he spoke fondly of his time in the UFC, where he once challenged longtime flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. .

“I’ve decided after 22 years of active fighting to call it a career,” Cariaso lamented. “It’s a bittersweet decision, as fighting and competing in a ring or cage is about all that I have known for a lifetime.”

Cariaso first started training martial arts when his parents enrolled him in Tae Kwon Do classes when he was 5. By 11, he began training in Muay Thai after his mother saw a flier at a Thai restaurant. “After the first week, I could barely walk, I was just so sore” Cariaso recalled.

Before he began competing in professional MMA he had a promising career as a BMX racer. At 17 years old he was considered one of the best BMX racers in the country and ranked in the top 10 nationally for his age group. He had significant sponsors such as MH clothing and Trek Bicycle Corporation, making it possible for him to travel the country during his ultimately short racing career. His run as a BMX racer was cut short by a bad wreck in which he flew over his handlebars and flew face-first into a turn. He “broke [his] forearm, broke [his] jaw, had to have surgery for two plates and 12 pins in [his] forearm.”

After the accident, he decided to turn his life entirely toward martial arts making his pro debut just two weeks before his 25 birthday. Of his first eight professional fights, three came in Scott Coker’s Strikeforce promotion and two were with EliteXC. By the age of 28, when he won the ICSF Bantamweight Championship, his record was an impressive 10-1. The following year he made his WEC debut at WEC 29 and beat Rafael Rebello by unanimous decision. His next, and last, WEC fight was at their final event where he lost to future UFC Bantamweight Champion Renato Barao.

In his UFC career, “Kamikaze” went 3-1 in the bantamweight division with wins over Will Campuzano, Vaughan Lee and Takeya Mizugaki. His only loss in the division was a close split-decision to Michael McDonald. Cariaso then dropped down to 125 lbs to compete in the newly created flyweight division where he debuted with a win over Josh Ferguson before suffering the first back-to-back losses of his career to John Moraga and Jussier Formiga. He bounced back nicely after those losses with a three-fight win streak over Iliarde Santos, Danny Martinez and Louis Smolka, earning a title shot against UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

At the time of his retirement, he was ranked #14 in the UFC official rankings.

Cariaso now lives in Arizona, and although he will not be throwing down under the bright lights of the UFC, that doesn’t mean he will be taking in the scenic Sonoran Desert sunsets on his back porch. Cariaso is the owner of Tucson’s Rise Combat Sports, as well as San Francisco’s Fight and Fitness. He said he will now use his time to focus on his business ventures, his fighters and his family.

“I own two gyms, and I have so many talented fighters on their way up that I feel it is selfish for me to continue,” Cariaso said. “The fighters I have are headed to greatness, and I want to be there for them 100 percent.”

“I have two amazing kids that I want to be there for. I don’t want to miss soccer games and school performances anymore. I want to take my boys to the BMX track, I want to go camping, and I want to start living more for my family.”

“I’m excited for this next chapter in my life. I’m young still, and I’m healthy still, and I feel that this is the right time to retire. I have so much more to offer the world as a trainer, entrepreneur and father.”

We here at MMALatestNews.com would like to thank Chris for the memories and wish he well in all of his future endeavors.

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Sensor Equipped Tracking Gloves to be Used at UFC 219

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From implementing the likes of USADA, the UFC Performance Instiute and the introduction of the instant replay. The UFC has always prioritized being at the top of the sport science game. 

Now, at UFC 219 on December 30th, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved a test run for sensor equipped tracking gloves to be worn by a selection of fighters on the card.

The technology behind the gloves comes from AGI International (an analytics company) along with HEED (a consumer platform company). A collaboration founded by the UFC.

After a sparring exhibition between top lightweights, Edson Barbosa (19-4-0) and Mark Diakiese (12-1-0), HEED co-founder Mati Kochavi had this to say regarding how “70 insights” collected from sensors on the gloves, the corner-men, the octagon itself can depict a clearer image of a fight.

“Those insights are covering entire aspects  of the fight between Diakiese and Barbose. Their passion, power of the fight, resiliency and strategy. All happen in the octagon.“

Shouldn’t sport be told in real-time, with real data, information and emotions?”

He finally promises “We are a company which is trying to revolutionize the way we (broadcast) sports and live events”

As for now there is little to zero information into the technical aspects of the gloves, however products like a Fit Bit have similar abilities to give data on speed,  force, motion, elevation, heart rate etc.

The UFC 219 card takes place on Decemebr 30th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It will be headlined by a women’s featherweight title fight between current champion Cris Cyborg (18-1) and former UFC bantamweight champion, Holly Holm (11-3).

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Mark Hunt Returns to Fight Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221

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UFC 221 in Perth has officially added a another Australian to the main card. Joining Robert Whittaker is the knockout legend Mark Hunt.

The Daily Telegraph first reported that Hunt will be stepping into the octagon to face #9 Curtis Blaydes. Some weren’t sure if we would ever see Hunt fight again after he was pulled from the main event in UFC Fight Night 21 against Marcin Tybura. The UFC removed him due to “medical concerns” while Hunt was stating he was perfectly fine.

After getting evaluated and cleared to fight by Australian and American doctors, it looks like his time has come to return.  Hunt’s last fight was back in June when he derailed the Derrick Lewis hype train with a 4th round TKO win.

Hunt had been adamant about calling out #3 ranked heavyweight Fabricio Werdum and trying to get that rematch booked, labelling Werdum a “chicken shit” and a “coward.”

Curtis “Razor” Blaydes who has an 8-1 record, is coming off a TKO victory due to doctor stoppage at UFC 217 in November. Since losing to now title challenger Francis Ngannou in April of 2016, Blaydes has rattled off three straight wins over Alexey Oleynik, Daniel Omielanczuk, and Cody East.

With all this momentum from the win streak, Blaydes looks to capitalize and win the biggest fight of his career against Hunt.

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Angela Magana says she has been cut from the UFC

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Angela Magana announced her release from the UFC on Twitter yesterday.

The now-former UFC strawweight was 0-3, in as many contests with the promotion. Her most recent loss came at the hands of Amanda Cooper, at UFC 218, on the UFC Fight Pass Prelims. A bout which she lost by TKO in the second round.

Her first opportunity arose with the UFC when she appeared on, The Ultimate Fighter 20. A #12 seed, in the tournament of strawweights, Magana lost her preliminary round bout to #4 seed, Aisling Daly. Unfortunately, her promotional debut, on The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 20, resulted in another loss. Tecia Torres defeated Magana that night via unanimous decision. The following summer, Magana fought Michelle “Karate Hottie” Waterson at The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 21. Waterson won by submission (rear-naked choke) in the third round of the bout.

Oddly enough, following her July 2015, loss to Waterson and before her final bout with the UFC, Magana seemingly instigated a feud between herself and current featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg. A feud which began on social media and boiled over at the 2017 UFC Athlete Retreat. Disregarding her well-documented spat with Cris “Cyborg”, Magana managed her way through a storm of misfortune on her way to UFC 218.

After falling in love with Puerto Rico while on vacation, Magana moved to the island in the fall of 2016. Her entire life followed her there, as she began to train on the island she fell in love with. The tropical paradise turned to an apocalyptic wasteland following Hurricane Maria, the category five hurricane which decimated the area. The disaster became an extreme hindrance for the strawweight.

Her UFC 218 bout became official in early October. Yet, in spite of horrendous living conditions, she powered on through the natural disaster that left her home without power, until the week of the fight. Magana took to social media to tell fans that she would not stop fighting and is currently training for her next opportunity.

 

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