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Our Guide On How To Become A UFC Champion

Today we are going to talk you through the disciplines you need to become the best fighter on the planet.

Stand up

The obvious place to start is on your feet as that’s how every match starts. Whether it’s Boxing, Kickboxing or Muay Thai, you need to do something. Boxing has always been one of the biggest sports in the world for a reason. But we are talking about MMA now and as I’m sure you have all seen for yourselves, knees and kicks can do so much more than just knock a guy out. Just like in Bellator 158 when Micheal “Venom” Page landed a vicious knee on Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos.
Cyborg Santos broken skull

He actually broke his skull during that fight.

Or when Edson Barboza’s hit Terry Etim with a spinning back kick at UFC 142 in Rio De Janeiro. One of the worst knockouts in UFC history.

Kickboxing and Muay Thai will not just make you a better fighter. Training in them will also help you defend yourself a lot better as you will be able to see moves coming earlier if you are familiar with them. Whether it’s the way the guy drops his arm as he goes for the kick. Or how he goes to his toes before he jumps for that flying knee. Either of these disciplines will benefit you greatly.

Don’t just rely on one aspect of your game

You can be the best guy in the world on your feet but if you haven’t got anything else about your game then I wouldn’t advise getting into the octagon. Just like with James Toney when he stepped into the ring at UFC 118 to fight against Randy Couture. Couture whose background is in wrestling, made it look easy. He might not be known for his ground game but he still schooled Toney. And sent out a pretty clear statement that the next Boxer who wants an MMA fight might want to think again.

August 28, 2010; Boston, MA; USA; Randy Couture (black trunks) and James Toney fight at UFC 118 in Boston, MA. Couture won via 1st round choke.

Why You Need Wrestling

Just like Toney, Royce Gracie is another fighter who relied too heavily on one discipline. Known for being one of the best BJJ guys in the world. The legend was caught out and defeated by Matt Hughes at UFC 60. Although former UFC Champion Royce was one of the best on the ground in the world. It doesn’t count for much if you can’t get the other guy down on the floor to tap them out. Hughes demonstrated this perfectly. With a background in wrestling. Hughes stopped Royce getting him down and showed him just why you need to be an all-rounded fighter to make it in this world.

Why Ground Work Is So Important

Although Royce did struggle in that fight he did have a pretty impressive career, with 15 wins and only 2 losses and he was a UFC Champion. Which demonstrates why BJJ is so essential and arguably the most important skill that you should have in your arsenal. Brazilain Jiu-Jitsu seems to be the most overlooked aspect of many fighters game. This may be as it takes so long to achieve your black belt. 10 years for a BJJ black belt as opposed to less than 5 for Judo and Karate belts. No matter what the reason some people decide not to train grappling as much as other aspects it doesn’t really matter. Nearly all fights end up on the ground. And if you don’t know what you are doing, you can’t defend yourself and you won’t last long.

UFC Champion, Royce and GSP

One of the reasons that GSP was so dominant and another UFC Champion. Here he is pictured with Royce just after they had finished training.

Hit The Gym To Be The Next UFC Champion

As I’m sure all of you know, lifting weights make you stronger and although just being strong alone won’t help you at all against a trained fighter, it will work wonders in addition to all of your other training. We have all been in that situation where you have gotten someone into a move and it’s so close but you just haven’t got the strength to finish it off. Lifting will help here. And with your takedowns. And with your punching. And in everything else that you do.

So we have given you some pretty solid advice here today, so no matter if you are a complete beginner or have been training for years. You just want to get in shape or you really do want to become the best fighter in the world, this guide has given you a solid foundation to work off. So what are you waiting for, get out there and start training to become the next UFC Champion!

And just like any fighter you will need the right equipment so why not take a look at some of the gear we like here

Five health benefits of taking up MMA training

mma_1382447828For those looking in from the outside of the ring (or octagon),Ai??MMAAi??can appear to be a vicious and dangerous sport.

This most testing of disciplines is not for the feint hearted, admittedly. But beyond the stunning kicks and eye-watering submission moves, the benefits of participating in this ever-growing pastime cannot be doubted.

With a huge emphasis on fitness, strength and mental superiority, MMA combines everything that combat sports offer, all under one roof.

Here are five of the most recognised benefits of MMA and how they come together to make a you a fitter, healthier and more competent individual.

1. Stress Relief

There are few healthier ways of relieving stress than by physical activity.Ai?? With the mental focus needed to practice MMA, the stressful aspects of your life take a backseat while you are learning a new technique or defending yourself in a practice scenario.Ai?? Even a short, one hour class can be effective, as it gives you the break we often need to get reinvigorated and to re-focus on life.

2. Increased Strength

An obvious benefit of this most physical of sports is gaining extra strength. This is due to the fact that the various styles associated with a martial arts exercise programme will target all major muscles; instead of a regular exercise routine that will only focus on one area. This includes the upper and lower body. In short, MMA uses so many parts of the anatomy, you are engaging in a full body work out each time you take part in a training session or bout.

3. Endurance

As well as strength training, cardiovascular conditioning is also utilised when participating in mixed martial arts training. The physical activity not only increases your endurance, it also improves the performance of your heart and lungs; with other bodily systems adapting to perform at much higher levels. If you find the routine of your conventional gym workout tedious,Ai??martial arts trainingAi??is often much more entertaining ai??i?? meaning itai??i??s more likely youai??i??ll persist with it.

4. Improved Balance

With improved strength and endurance comes superior balance and flexibility. During MMA training your core muscles become more powerful you will be able to maintain your centre point more accurately as you practice kicks, jumps and other moves.

5. Confidence

One of the biggest benefits of MMA is the mental impact. You will learn to trust your own abilities when it comes to overcoming obstacles. The confidence gained from MMA training can benefit you in the office, your relationships, and wherever else you can use an increase in self assurance. You may find yourself with increased leadership skills or an ability to conquer presentations just like you would in the ring.

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Hayabusa Equipment Restock

We’ve recenlty taken stock of the most popular lines of equipment from Hayabusa.

With a full restock on everything from the Kanpeki Elite 2.0 Series, Tokushu, Ikusa and Pro Training Series equipment ranges, all of your favourite Hayabusa MMA Gloves, Hayabusa Bag and Sparring Gloves and much more are now back in stock!

To check out whats back in stock in the range of Hayabusa Bag Gloves and Hayabusa Sparring Gloves; check out ourAi??Hayabusa Boxing GlovesAi??page on our site.

For an overview of the Hayabusa Body Protectors and Hayabusa Pads back in stock, check out ourAi??Hayabusa Training EquipmentAi??page.

Check out theAi??Hayabusa MMA Gloves,Ai??Hayabusa Head GuardsAi??andAi??Hayabusa Shin GuardsAi??also now back in, from the above mentioned equipment ranges.


Bundle_1381501153If you are just starting up and looking to completely kit yourself out or if you are in the market to replace your old gear, then you won’t find a better value for quality fight gear bundle on the market!

The PRO MMA Ultimate Bundle comes complete with;

ai??? 16oz Gloves

ai??? 10oz Gloves

ai???Ai??4oz MMA Gloves

ai??? MMA Shin Guards

ai??? Thai Shin Guards

ai??? Head Guard

ai??? Cotton and Gel Hand Wraps.

Check out this bundle, available in either S/M or L/XL size and with either Black or White 10oz and 16oz Gloves, as well as our other great PRO MMA Bundles via ourAi??Bundles PageAi??here.

New Hayabusa T Shirts Out Now

We have now got the very latest Hayabusa T-Shirts in stock following the release of their new ranges.

With a mixture of some new designs as well those carrying on the popular Gentleman T-Shirt theme, there is something for everyone within this new collection.

Check out our Hayabusa T-Shirts page or click on the individual links below to find out more:


ai???Ai??Hayabusa Accolade T-Shirt in Black

ai???Ai??Hayabusa Accolade T-Shirt in Rust

ai???Ai??Hayabusa Reinvented T-Shirt in Black

ai???Ai??Hayabusa Reinvented T-Shirt in Heather Blue

ai???Ai??Hayabusa Brigade T-Shirt in Brown

ai???Ai??Hayabusa Brigade T-Shirt in Heather Grey

ai???Ai??Hayabusa Fisticuffs T-Shirt in Red

ai???Ai??Hayabusa Fisticuffs T-Shirt in Heather Dark Grey

ai???Ai??Hayabusa Fisticuffs T-Shirt in Heather Blue

ai???Ai??Hayabusa Brotherhood in Brown

ai???Ai??Hayabusa Hammer T-Shirt in Blue

ai???Ai??Hayabusa Showdown T-Shirt in BlackHaya-T-Blog_1380877233

New Bad Boy Stock Now In

Bad-Boy-Blog_1380122572We’ve just stocked up on a whole range of the latest equipment and performance apparel from Bad Boy.

Bad Boy have always offered great quality at affordable prices and their latest ranges are no exception.

Check out the list below to view each of the new products individually, or go to theAi??Bad Boy – What’s NewAi??page on our site.


ai???Ai??Bad Boy Legacy II Shorts in Blue / Black

ai???Ai??Bad Boy Legacy II Shorts in Black / Red

ai???Ai??Bad Boy Legacy II Shorts in Black / Blue

ai???Ai??Bad Boy Legacy II Shorts in Black


ai???Ai??Bad Boy Legacy MMA Gloves Blue / Grey / Black

ai???Ai??Bad Boy Legacy MMA Gloves Black

ai???Ai??Bad Boy Legacy Safety MMA Gloves Blue / Grey / Black

ai???Ai??Bad Boy Legacy SafetyAi??MMA Gloves Black


ai???Ai??Bad Boy Legacy Boxing GlovesAi??Blue / Grey / Black

ai???Ai??Bad Boy Legacy BoxingAi??Gloves Black


ai???Ai??Bad Boy Pro Series Mouth Guard (Black)


ai???Ai??Bad Boy Hand Wraps 2.5m Stretch Black


ai???Ai??Bad Boy Defender 2.0 Compression Shorts and Cup


ai???Ai??Bad Boy Champion Bag


ai???Ai??Bad Boy Engage Rash Guard Long Sleeve Black / White

ai???Ai??Bad Boy Engage Rash Guard Long Sleeve Black / Blue

ai???Ai??Bad Boy Engage Rash Guard Long Sleeve Black


ai???Ai??Bad Boy Engage Rash Guard Short Sleeve Black / White

ai???Ai??Bad Boy Engage Rash Guard Short SleeveAi??Black / Blue

ai???Ai??Bad Boy Engage Rash Guard Short SleeveAi??Black


ai???Ai??Bad Boy Thermal Half Zip Top Black

ai???Ai??Bad Boy Thermal Half ZipAi??Top Grey

ai???Ai??Bad Boy Thermal Half Zip TopAi??Blue

Hayabusa Haburi Compression Wear Restock


We have fully re-stocked on the Hayabusa Haburi Compression Pants.

The Hayabusa Haburi Compression Shorts are also now fully stocked in all colours and sizes.

Check out theAi??Hayabusa Compression WearAi??page on our site to view the full range!

Hayabusa Shorts Sale

Haya-Shorts-Blog_1377093474We’ve reduced the price of a wide range of ourAi??Hayabusa Shorts.

With the ever popularAi??Mizuchi Fight ShortsAi??for as low asAi??A?29.99Ai??and the classicShiaiAi??andAi??Kyoudo Fight ShortsAi??as low asAi??A?19.99.

The more recent,Ai??Instinct,Ai??TechniqueAi??andAi??Storm Fight ShortsAi??are also on sale at a bargain price ofAi??A?19.99, while theAi??Hayabusa Velocity Board ShortsAi??are now availble for justAi??A?14.99.

Check out theAi??Hayabusa Fight Shorts pageAi??our site to check out the full range.

All Venum Shorts Reduced in Price

Venum-Shorts-Blog_1375798105We’ve dropped the price of all of our Venum MMA Fight Shorts to just A?29.99!
Check out theAi??Venum MMA ShortsAi??section of our site today to check out the great deals to be had!

New Hayabusa Hoodies Out Now

New-Hoodie-Blog_1375265225We’ve just taken stock of 4 stylish new Hoodies from Hayabusa!

The new Hayabusa Champion Hoodie is a retro, American college style design featuring a high quality embroidered Hayabusa crest motif on the chest.

The more minimal looking Hayabusa Cast Hoodie features a variation on the Hayabusa logo crest on the chest using the same high quality embroidery.

Both Hoodies are made from 100% cotton and are extremley comfortable, they are also both constructed using premium quality stitching.

So, what are you waiting for then!? Check out theAi??NEW HAYABUSA CHAMPION AND CAST HOODIESAi??now available to buy from our site.