After Nicco Montano captured the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight championship at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, she recounted her time in the fighter house on the show and how her upbringing on a Navajo reservation helped develop the resolve she needed to be one of the lowest ranked fighters on the show, but still overcome the odds and defeat the Top 3 seeds to win the title.
by Shira Springer, WBUR News, June 21, 2017
Walking up crooked, dimly lit stairs, you wonder, “Is this the right place?” There’s sheet rock, an old toilet and a discarded vent pipe in the stairwell, but no signs for Level Ground Mixed Martial Arts.
After a couple flights, you hear music and follow it. You open the door to Level Ground and step into a big, bright, welcoming gym with music pulsing from a stereo, kids readying for class and the founder’s dog, Corn Chips, roaming around like he owns the place. Read the rest of this entry
By Trevor Dueck, 24 hours Vancouver, September 27, 2015
There are a lot of good guys in the sport of MMA that you can’t help but cheer for. Local fighter Kajan Johnson (21-11-1) is near the top of that list, and he was back in a UFC Octagon Saturday night.
It’s been a lifetime of adversity for the 31-year-old from Burns Lake. For well over a decade, Johnson’s one dream was to make it to the UFC, but a second career-threatening orbital bone injury in 2012 almost derailed those plans. Read the rest of this entry
by Barb Nahwegahbow, Anishinabek News, June 26, 2015
TORONTO –Twenty-five hours a week, John Fox Jr. is training at the Black Devil gym across from Honest Ed’s in Toronto. The 20-year-old citizen of Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve is a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter. MMA is a full-contact sport that combines different fighting styles, including karate, boxing, kickboxing and wrestling. It requires enormous discipline and focus, “but this is what I love,” said Fox. “This is what I’m passionate about.”
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By David Geselbracht, Jumy Dapo, CBC News, April 15, 2014
Kolton Higginbottom is being choked and is struggling for breath.
From the seats surrounding the ring, hundreds of people are watching intently as Higginbottom twists and turns, attempting to escape his opponent. Read the rest of this entry