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Author: Ed Gallo

Dominick Cruz Wrestling GIFs and Analysis (WEC)

Dominick Cruz takes down Scott Jorgensen at WEC 53 at the Arena on December 16, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Josh Hedges/WEC Productions LLC/WEC Productions LLC via Getty Images) Since his professional debut in 2005, Dominick Cruz has given us so many reasons to love him. For years Dom had the fanciest feet in the game, effective head movement, and a style that completely befuddled the more basic wrestle-boxers of his day. Perhaps you appreciate Dominick Cruz the most for his verbal dismantling of Cody Garbrandt. Time-stamped for your enjoyment. [embedded content] What are you talking about? …what are...

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Petr Yan Early UFC Run Highlights and Analysis

“Siberian gangster is here.” Yan breaking the fourth wall at staredowns. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC) Ahead of his UFC debut, MMASucka highlighted Siberia’s Petr Yan (10-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) as perhaps the brightest bantamweight prospect in the sport today. Yan is a phenomenal athlete with no major technical gaps, his background in boxing has been complemented by the striking and grappling instruction at Tiger Muay Thai. “No Mercy” demonstrated his potential as an offensive tornado in his ACB title run. By all accounts, Petr is an absolute workhorse in the gym and is constantly improving. Two fights into his UFC career,...

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Nearing 40, UFC 229’s Gray Maynard Fights On

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 04: (L-R) Opponents Gray Maynard and Nik Lentz face off during the UFC 229 Ultimate Media Day at the Park MGM Las Vegas on October 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) It seems like just yesterday lightweight Gray Maynard was inches from victory in two title clashes with Frankie Edgar. The former Division 1 All-American rode his “bully” style to the top of the division, presenting a dangerous mix of physical wrestling and relatively refined boxing. Nearly seven years later, many are calling for his retirement. Is Gray...

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Fighter of Interest: Daron Cruickshank

Buckle up for GIFs and analysis of the greatest ‘stache in the midwest. Michigan’s Daron Cruickshank (20-10 MMA, 4-2 RIZIN, 6-6 UFC) was described by his Ultimate Fighter coach Urijah Faber as “a cross between Chuck Norris and Dan Gable.” It doesn’t get much more ‘Merica than that. Raised by taekwondo black belts, the former Division 3 wrestler loves his country, his mustache, shooting guns, and kicking people in the face. After mixed results in the UFC, “Detroit Superstar” has found new life in Japan’s RIZIN FF. Fans of the promotion have grown to love his penchant for soccer kicks, and the fantastic butchering of his...

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Hector Lombard MMA Takedowns

Hector Lombard victimized Jake Shields with several gorgeous takedowns. Hector Lombard entered MMA as a decorated Cuban judoka. He dominated domestic competition, winning four national championships and qualifying for the Olympic team in 2000. While Lombard has leaned on an aggressive power-punching assault for the majority of his storied MMA career, he has still shown flashes of takedown artistry and clinch grappling in the UFC. NCAA Lombard? It has been reported that Lombard has been working with the Allstars Training Center in Sweden. Although they are known for strikers like Alexander Gustaffson, Allstars fighters stand out among European teams for sturdy wrestling and...

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