As it usually happens in many sports, women have been for a long while out of the scope of professional organizations and this was no different in the MMA universe, even though there were several female athletes interested and training for amateur competitions around the world since the beginning of the sport. However, we could say the time when women really got a spot and a chance for the competition happened almost 10 years after the first professional match in USA.

Japan is often offering many different streams of MMA as well as differentiated set of rules, so it was no surprise the first competition held specially for women happened there in the mid ’90s in a series of amateur events. Only around 1999 they would have an official organization promoting contests, championship and professional matches for women, the so-called Smackgirl, which would originate a competition of the same name. However, the first championship held by Smackgirl happened only in 2001.

The matches there were strongly oriented by kickboxing and professional wrestling. With the success of the championship, male-led oriented organizations in Japan started to also organize female-only editions. The fame was spreading around the MMA scene worldwide and it finally reached USA in the mid ’00s.

The Fame in America
One of the first organizations to get interested in the organization of female-oriented matches in USA was the now terminated EliteXC organization. They made quite popular the fighter Gina Carano, which is today considered the face of the female competition. EliteXC held events between 2006 and 2008, and during this time other organizations started to mimic the success, like Bellator and especially, Strikeforce.

The last one would be responsible for an outcome closer to the mainstream MMA for women when the Zuffa organization, owner of the UFC championship, bought the company and merged their female championship as a UFC original one. The first original match with female fighters held by UFC happened in 2011.

Unfortunately earlier than that would show up the first exclusively female organization of MMA in USA, the Invicta Fighting Championship where many famous names today of the sport have been fighting, like Christiane Justino and Barb Honchak. Though the championship for women is rising late, it is just getting stronger and steadier and surely showing great and unmissable female talents.

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WarriorCast goes to a Gym

Dressed like Sesame Streets’ Elmo I got a chance to talk to “Rome” at DCBFit gym near Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.



KenJr had trained there and peaked the interest of “pops” of why in the world would a young good looking smart college grad want to get hit in the face repeatedly. Basically, its not the fighting, its the art. Its the conditioning, the fitness, its Bushido. It might sound a little odd but some people are warriors, dragon slayers, and lion chasers. I am glad. I learned a little more about my son as a man this week, with the podcast and the interview with the guy that trained him for a few weeks.

Rome gives some highlights of his philosophy of this fitness and fight gym located near the Nationals stadium, behind the Navy Yard Metro in Southeast, Washington, DC. Look for DCBFit and a Warriorcast partnership in the future.

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WC Podcast 2


This is the show of Seconds. This the second show. This is the second time using an interview I recorded earlier with Phoenix Carnevale. This is episode 2 of season 5 of The Walking Dead. This is a a rematch of Aldo vs Mendes. And I am just loving this second go around of Warriorcast with the two Ken’s. Thank you for listening.

ufc 179Ken Jr gives his predictions and the line up on UFC fight 179, Aldo vs Mendes 2

In this episode we stumbled on the weight classed. Here we have them for you.


Set of Rules

Since the moment UFC showed up with the first official MMA championship in the world, the sport would also be defined as a constant changing modality of sport of contact. The rules of the MMA have been evolving not only to make the sport more professional and serious, but also to match the demands of television broadcasting. Today, despite it being much closer than a free style combat than anything more rigid or traditional, the MMA fight has numerous restrictions and criteria to organize the competitions.

Weight Classes

One of the first, immediate changes UFC did to the sport was the creation of weight classes to organize the competition in a fashion more professional and challenging. Before the setting of categories by weight, often fighters weighting 190 lb would face slim opponents weighting 65 lb. The spectacle would be somehow exciting in the same way as it was gratuitous and savage, so UFC decided to ban this kind of barbaric stigma off the modality.
Today we have nine different categories: The flyweight (125 lb), Bantamweight (135 lb), Featherweight (145 lb), Lightweight (155 lb), Welterweight (170 lb), Middleweight (185 lb), Light Heavyweight (205 lb), Heavyweight (265 lb), and Super Heavyweight, which includes anyone above the 265 lb limit of Heavyweight.
The UFC 1 also brought the most traditional feature of the combat, the open-fingered gloves, which prevent longer fights where the contact would be avoided for too long.

Time Limits

This feature might change from championship to championship, but is almost unanimous each round should last for no longer than 5 minutes. Some competitions will then set 3 rounds, 5 minutes long each one, while most championships will set the number of round from 5 to 7 rounds with 5 minutes each. In Japan, some championships might held even 10 minutes longer rounds, followed by 2 or 3 others of 5 minutes each traditionally.


Since there are many different martial arts involved, is almost a rule for whoever wants to win to know well the different styles of combat that can be performed by the opponents. The Offensive wrestler, for example, will apply more attacking skills from martial arts like judo and kickboxer, the Sprawl-and-brawl will adopt boxer and karate techniques to keep the fight on stand up, using sprawls as defense to remain on feet. There are many other set of techniques and skills, like the submission strikes, which are really essential to know beforehand to prevent a defeat due to excessive time on the floor.


Our first featured guest is a beautiful woman from NYC, personal trainer/weight loss specialist, she writes for Latina Magazine’s fitness expert and on her own projects as a mixed martial artist
Phoenix Carnevale.


AMC’s The Walking Dead season 5, episode 2.


tekkenIn gaming we talk “Tekken” (which I believe is Japanese for “Iron Fist”) It is a fighting game franchise created, developed and published by Namco. This is Ken Jrs.’ favorite game.  What are you favorite games?



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