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February 2013

How Self Defense Increases Your Freedom and Quality of Life : by Shihan Ron Schulmann

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For years its been boggling me how many people living in NYC when asked if self defense is important, respond with ” no, not really.” How could this be?

“Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs identifies security as priority number 2, right after food, shelter and water.”

 

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What I figured out is pretty simple. As these same students that thought self defense wasn’t important progressed in their training, they started to value their new found skill and the empowerment that came with it. Over the years, without thinking much about it, they have been adjusting their lifestyles to avoid any types of threats from confrontation. The result from each one of these adjustments was a systematic loss of freedom that was slow enough that they hardly noticed it. They had accepted it as normal.

Knowing self defense gives you freedom

Do you often walk away from or around anything that may bring about controversy even if you are in the right?. Do you avoid certain people and areas where you feel insecure, but not necessarily because there’s is a real threat present? Although it is good practice to go with your gut if you’re feeling uneasy about a situation, if it happens to often, it is unhealthy and results in a loss of freedom. This loss of freedom to do the things you want to do when you want to do them diminishes your very existence and takes a huge toll on your self esteem. The inability to stand up for what you believe in (because it may cause an altercation that would scare you) is not the way to go through life. It’s not the way to teach your children to go through life either.

Living without self defense

The concept that others will protect me in a timely manner, such as the police or other authorities, is proven to not always be the case. It is your own responsibility to be able to defend yourself and your loved ones.

The feeling of being powerless and vulnerable decreases the quality of your life. Slowly you start to accept it as normal which helps you to cope with it. You become a prisoner of your own fears.

The fact is you don’t even realize all the concessions you make, until you learn how to defend yourself and you don’t have to make them anymore. You stand up for yourself. You go where you wouldn’t have gone before and you confront people if need be because you feel like you’re not going to let anyone infringe on your rights. I have had countless students who finally got out of abusive relationships or confronted abusive coworkers.

Self defense gives you confidence

The skill of self defense and the confidence that goes with it is very liberating. You will have the courage to do the things you want to do. It will also reduce your stress level.

This is why Maslow put personal security as such a priority. One cannot live a full and wholesome life without the ability to protect themselves and their loved ones. Living without the ability to defend yourself is living without freedom.

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Why Can’t I Ever Get Into Shape?

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By: Sensei Garzillo – TSMMA Abington

So many people find themselves setting the same new years goals every single year. You may accomplish a few, like re-organizing your garage, or re-doing your garden, but what about the one that keeps sitting on the back burner each year. The most important one, the one that has the greatest effect of your personal level of self esteem, energy and quality of life. This is of course the goal of finally getting into the shape that you’ve always wanted to be in.

If you don’t take the time to be healthy…you’re going to have to deal with the problems of being sick

We live in a world where we get too little sleep, don’t have the time to eat right, and are trained to take care of everyone else in our lives first leaving ourselves for last. The truth of the matter is that if you don’t take the time to keep yourself healthy, then you are eventually going to have to deal with the problems of being sick later.

Many people start strong in January…but by March have lost their steam

In many cases it’s not that exercise doesn’t work for you, it’s that you haven’t found the right program that you enjoy enough to stick too. Most people start strong in January going to the gym, running, or following an exercise DVD a few mornings out of the week. However, by February or March they’ve lost their steam and find themselves sedentary yet again.

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Most people believe, as we are taught our wholes lives is that exercise can’t be enjoyable. It has to hurt, be tough, or that anything that is good for us has to feel bad. Just like we are taught that anything healthy to eat must be bland and lack taste. Both of these statements are completely false. Healthy food can satisfy your hunger and be enjoyed. Exercise can in fact be fun and enjoyable, in fact it needs to be, otherwise you won’t stick with it long enough to get any results.

If you feel like your just not cut out to be in shape…then you haven’t tried kickboxing

If you haven’t found an exercise program you’ve liked enough to maintain and see results. If you keep telling yourself year after year that next year I will try again next January.If you have been led to believe that your too old, not coordinated enough, or simply not cut out to ever be in shape, then you have most definitely never tried a kickboxing class.

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Kickboxing combines cardiovascular conditioning which burns fat and builds stamina, with strength training which tones your muscles so you look and feel lean, and also raises your bodies metabolism which promotes weight loss. Along with building your stamina and strength, you will also work your flexibility which will help you to find lost range of motion, decrease aches and pains, and keep you feeling young!

don’t let yourself wait another year to do what you can do now

A quality kickboxing program will take you through real kickboxing techniques, in a safe, controlled and fun atmosphere. This setting allows you to be able to relax as you work out, as well as learn at a comfortable pace. Every year I help my students not only get into the best shape of their lives, but also build the self discipline to stay in shape! Don’t let yourself wait another year to do what you can now!

Brothers Overcome Autism-Related Obstacles Through Tiger Schulmann’s MMA

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From: TSMMA North Plainfield

Jacob and David may have autism but they have learned to overcome mental and physical obstacles in their training to achieve and succeed.

Training at Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts has benefited the boys in many ways. They are stronger, more agile, have better stamina and better balance. Both boys are more self confident at school and at home. They began training almost two years ago. The training keeps them on a strict schedule which is extremely important to children with autism. Structure in the training sessions is also very important, they know what to expect (in general) in each class.
Being children with Autism did not stop Jacob and David from earning their high blue belts and learning to have a non-quitting spirit it has helped them at home

Since training, both boys have learned how to ride bicycles, which takes a lot of balance

At home, when the boys come back from training, they are very calm.  Since training, both boys have learned how to ride bicycles, which takes a lot of balance. David was more confident in transitioning from elementary school to middle school knowing that he had the skills to defend himself if he were to get bullied. The boys like being a part of the Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts family.  They feel comfortable in the gym and with the other kids.

David was more confident in transitioning from elementary school to middle school knowing that he had the skills to defend himself if he were to get bullied.

Jacob has gained more self-confidence which has certainly helped him socially inside and outside of school and for a child with Autism he has gained better focus and listening skills.

Since beginning his training he has learned how to be a part of the group and to follow the instructions.

Jacob has made a lot of social gains.  In general, Jacob does not speak much but after he trains he is more willing to talk and share his day. In the past before Tiger Schulmann’s, Jacob could not join a group of children in a class outside of school.  He was not able to pay attention to the rules of the class or understand the instructions given by the leader or teacher. Since beginning his training he has learned how to be a part of the group and to follow the instructions.  He tries hard to pay attention and follow the strict rules when training on the mat.

As a parent of special needs children, I have tried many different activities and groups for my children to join that would embrace them as they are with their unique needs.

As a parent of special needs children, I have tried many different activities and groups for my children to join that would embrace them as they are with their unique needs.  We are blessed to have found both Sensei Querido and Sensei Holland for taking on the challenge of working with my children. They have wonderful patience and understanding of my children.  They have taken the time to get to know them and their needs to help them become successful with their training.  With training, the children’s self esteem has grown immensely. They are very proud of themselves and their accomplishments and it is all thanks, in no small part, due to the loving kindness of Sensei Querido and Sensei Holland.
Warm regards,

Ilene (Mom)

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10 Year Old Selena Uses Her New-Found Confidence to Overcome Difficult Challenges

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From: TSMMA North Plainfield

Prior to her starting school she expressed interest in going to Tiger Schulmann’s MMA and after a significant bullying event, we enrolled her.

Before Selena started with Mixed Martial Arts she was a very timid and easily pushed around child. Being smaller than most of the kids in her grade at school and suffering from ADHD, she was a target of some of the bigger and more mature children.  Prior to her starting school she expressed interest in going to Tiger Schulmann’s MMA and after a significant bullying event, we enrolled her.  She has taken to it like a fish to water.

Since she started with grappling and kickboxing her confidence level has skyrocketed.

Since she started with grappling and kickboxing her confidence level has skyrocketed.  She is no longer a pushover and stands up for herself and for other children on a regular basis.  She knows that confrontations are better settled with words and that just by sticking up for yourself or someone else the bully usually backs down.  However, she is confident enough to know (should something become physical) that she is capable of handling the situation that way as well.

Since Selena started taking martial arts classes, her schoolwork has continually improved.

She had started school behind many of her peers due to some unfortunate choices made by her school, but since second grade she has not only caught up, but in most subjects she is ahead of her peers.  She’s still a very quiet personality, but embraces everyone and gives all a second chance.  She’s not intimidated by her class mates and is always willing to help out younger kids.  She is constantly striving to improve and her work ethic is very good.

She recently got a major role in her first school play audition.

Since training in Mixed Martial Arts, at home, we do not have to remind her to do her homework or to study.She knows that she only has a certain amount of free time each day and that her work comes first.  She has become not only a very good student but a very confident person.  She recently got a major role in her first school play audition.  I am not sure that she would have had the belief in herself to even tryout if she had not had the confidence instilled in her by Sensei Querido and Sensei Holland.  I would also like to express that a number of other people at Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts have helped inspire her as well, including Joshu Daryl Haze, Joshu Stephen Regman, Sensei Gaudinot, Sempai Nico Walls, Sempai Shaina Murray, Andy Greenspan and Charlotte Finnerty.

Selena over these last few years has gone from a somewhat chubby child who was afraid and picked on to a physically fit kid.  She is always ready to learn and is willing to put in the time and effort it takes to improve.  We are looking forward to seeing her continued progress.

Sincerely,

Doris and Stuart (Loving parents)

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Bellator 96 Update – Ticket and Venue Info

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Bellator 96
Revel Ovation Hall
500 Boardwalk, Revel Beach, NJ 08401
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 07:00 PM

Tickets are now on sale and are expected to move fast.
Be sure to enter the following promo codes in the “Enter offer code/password” text box online to show your direct support to the TSMMA Fighter and to let Bellator know who you are there to see fight.

Use the following Codes:

Lyman Good – TSKLG

Munah Holland – TSKMH

Carlos Brooks – TSKCB

Jimmie Rivera – TSKJR

Click the link to purchase – ticketmaster.com – tickets range from $35 to $175

Stay tuned for updates on this events

2013 NAGA Philly Grappling Championship TSMMA Results

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02/03/13 & 02/04/13 – – Bromall, PA

Congratulations to all who competed and placed at 2013 NAGA Philadelphia Grappling Championship

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Division Name Place
Kids NO-GI Novice 43.9 lbs and Under 5 year olds Ryan Searman 1st Place
Kids NO-GI Novice 43.9 lbs and Under 5 year olds Jacob Magahis 3rd Place
Kids NO-GI Beginner 49.9 lbs and under 5 to 7 year olds Anthony Rivera 1st Place
Kids NO-GI Beginner 49.9 lbs and under 7 year olds Ryan Tookcs 2nd Place
Kids NO-GI Beginner 49.9 lbs and under 7 year olds Khai McMillan 3rd Place
Kids NO-GI Beginner 49.9 lbs and Under 8 & 9 year olds Glenn Curreli 3rd Place
Kids NO-GI Expert 49.9 lbs and Under 5 & 6 year olds Joshua Jorgge 3rd Place
Kids NO-GI Novice 50 to 59.9 lbs 6 yrs old Okezuc Bell 1st Place
Kids NO-GI Novice 50 to 59.9 lbs 6 yrs old Nathan Crispell 2nd Place
Kids NO-GI Beginner 50 to 59.9 lbs 5 to 8 years old Colton Crismond 3rd Place
Kids NO-GI Expert 50 to 59.9 lbs 8 year olds Dawoud Dawoud 3rd Place
Kids NO-GI Beginner 60 to 69.9 lbs 8 & 9 year olds Mohamad Dawoud 1st Place
Kids NO-GI Beginner 60 to 69.9 lbs 10 & 11 year olds Desi White 1st Place
Kids NO-GI Beginner 60 to 69.9 lbs 10 & 11 year olds Jayden Santangelo 2nd Place
Kids NO-GI Intermediate 60 to 69.9 lbs 9 Year Old Ayoon Diresta 2nd Place
Kids NO-GI Intermediate 60 to 69.9 lbs 10 & 11 Year Old Tylee Marshall 1st Place
Kids NO-GI  Expert 60 to 69.9 lbs 11 year olds William Griffin 1st Place
Kids NO-GI Beginner 70 to 79.9 lbs  10 & 11 yrs old Joseph Stancavage 2nd Place
Kids NO-GI Expert 70 to 79.9 lbs. 7 & 8 yrs old Eric Childs 1st Place
Kids NO-GI Expert 70 to 79.9 lbs. 10 & 11 yrs old Brendon Blanchfield 2nd Place
Kids NO-GI Expert 75 to 95.9 lbs. 10 to 12 yrs old Ebube Bell 3rd Place
Kids NO-GI Beginner 80 to 89.9 lbs. 12 & 13 yr olds Kevin Klatcher 3rd Place
Kids NO-GI Intermediate 80 to 88.9 lbs. 12 yrs old Christian Rial 1st Place
Kids NO-GI Intermediate 80 to 88.9 lbs. 13 yrs old Mahmoud Dawoud 1st Place
Kids NO-GI Beginner 90 to 99.9 lbs. 9 yr olds Erick Rodriguez 1st Place
Kids NO-GI Beginner 90 to 99.9 lbs. 10 & 11 yr olds Jake Moss 2nd Place
Kids NO-GI Beginner 90 to 99.9 lbs. 12 yr olds Michael Lazzaro 1st Place
Kids NO-GI Expert 90 to 99.9 lbs. 12 yrs old Derek Wu 1st Place
Kids NO-GI Beginner 108 to 117.9 lbs. 11 & 12 yrs old Benjamin Aon 1st Place
Kids NO-GI Intermediate 104 to 116.9 lbs 10 & 11 yrs Jahovon Murkilly 1st Place
Kids NO-GI Intermediate 107 to 113.9 lbs 12 & 13 yrs Furio Bartholetti 2nd Place
Kids NO-GI Intermediate 107 to 113.9 lbs 12 & 13 yrs Hunter Williams 3rd Place
Kids NO-GI Expert 100 to 114.9 lbs. 10 & 11 yrs old Jordan Sosa 2nd Place
Kids NO-GI Intermediate 126 to 149.9 lbs 12 & 13 yrs Matt Lynca 2nd Place
Kids NO-GI Beginner 130 to 149.9 lbs 12 & 13 yrs Edgar Rodriguez 1st Place
Kids NO-GI Beginner 147 to 157.9 lbs 12 & 13 yrs Chaos Burruel 2nd Place
Kids NO-GI Beginner 147 to 157.9 lbs 12 & 13 yrs David Roach 3rd Place
Girls NO-GI Novice 103 to 109 lbs 10 to 12 year olds Alexandria Johnson 1st Place
Girls NO-GI Beginner 58 to 60 lbs 8 & 9 year olds Grace Stancavage 1st Place
Girls NO-GI Beginner 93 to 94 lbs.  10 & 11 year olds Olivia Miller 1st Place
Girls NO-GI Beginner 93 to 109 lbs 9 to 11 year olds Olivia Miller 1st Place
Girls NO-GI Beginner 97 to 103 lbs 12 & 13 year olds Brianna Boccella 1st Place
Girls NO-GI Beginner 118 to 120 lbs 11 to 13 year olds Alexandra Marchard 1st Place
Girls NO-GI Expert 53 to 62 lbs 9 & 10 year olds Grace Gundrum 1st Place
Girls NO-GI Expert 84 to 94 lbs 9 year olds Jolie Seland 2nd Place
Teen NO-GI Novice Fly Weight 14 Yrs old Erik Buchanan 2nd Place
Teen NO-GI Beginner Feather Weight  16 yrs old Anthony Bickel 1st Place
Teen NO-GI Novice Light Weight 16 yrs old Rhett Ricchetti 1st Place
Teen NO-GI Expert Light Weight 13 to 15 yrs old Erin Blanchfield 3rd Place
Teen NO-GI Expert Light Weight 16 & 17 yrs old Manuel Salguero 1st Place
Teen NO-GI Novice Welter Weight 16 & 17 yrs old Michal Osiak 1st Place
Teen NO-GI Intermediate Light Heavy Weight 14 & 15 yrs old Keegan Hannigan 2nd Place
Teen NO-GI Expert Light Heavy Weight 16 & 17 yrs old Terron Cunningham 2nd Place
Teen NO-GI Expert Light Heavy Weight 16 & 17 yrs old Robert Varricchio 3rd Place
Teen NO-GI Novice Cruiser Weight 14 yrs old Gabriel Boye 2nd Place
Teen NO-GI Novice Heavy Weight 15 to 17 yrs old Artem Potapov 1st Place
Teen NO-GI Beginner Heavy Weight 17 yrs old Artem Potapov 1st Place
Kids GI Intermediate 60 to 69.9 lbs 9 year olds Aydan Diresta 2nd Place
Kids GI  Expert 60 to 69.9 lbs  10 year olds William Griffin 1st Place
Kids GI Expert 70 to 79.9 lbs. 7 & 8 yrs old Eric Childs 1st Place
Kids GI Expert 100 to 114.9 lbs. 10 & 11 yrs old Jordan Sosa 1st Place
Kids GI Expert 100 to 114.9 lbs. 12 & 13 yrs old Ben Bagbek 1st Place
Kids GI Expert 100 to 114.9 lbs. 12 & 13 yrs old Eric Rodriguez 3rd Place
Kids GI Intermediate 130 to 149.9 lbs. 12 & 13 yrs old Matt Lynch 2nd Place

 

Adults
Division Name Place
Mens NO-GI Novice Light Weight Christian Jones 2nd Place
Mens NO-GI Beginner Light Weight William Brown 3rd Place
Mens NO-GI Beginner Welter Weight BrandonCuttino 3rd Place
Mens NO-GI Intermediate Welter Weight Timothy Kunkel 3rd Place
Mens NO-GI Intermediate Light Heavy Weight Shane Baker 2nd Place
Mens NO-GI Intermediate Super Heavy Weight Harry M Bowden III 2nd Place
Masters NO-GI Novice Feather Weight William Keen 2nd Place
Masters NO-GI Beginner Welter Weight Eric Kebart 1st Place
Masters NO-GI Intermediate Welter Weight John Vercher 3rd Place
Masters NO-GI Intermediate Middle Weight Gregg Henry 3rd Place
Womens NO-GI Directors Intermediate Karolyn Weislo 2nd Place
Womens NO-GI Masters Beginner Lisa Mancini 1st Place
Womens NO-GI Masters Beginner Liz Mooring 2nd Place
Womens NO-GI Expert Fly Weight Erin Blanchfield 1st Place
Womens NO-GI Expert Fly Weight Jenna Serio 2nd Place
Womens NO-GI Beginner Light Weight Karolina Amelanczuk 2nd Place
Womens NO-GI Intermediate Light Weight Liz Mooring 2nd Place
Womens NO-GI Beginner Middle Weight Sparkle Peters 2nd Place
Womens GI White Belt Light Heavy Weight Sparkle Peters 1st Place

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Video: The ‘TUF 17′ knockout heard ’round the web

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by John Morgan – MMAjunkie.com

UFC President Dana White is not a man uncomfortable with lacing superlatives when it comes to hyping his product. But when he promised that Tuesday’s episode of FX’s “The Ultimate Fighter 17” would deliver one of the craziest knockouts in UFC history, White was right on the mark.

Team Tiger Schulmann fighter Uriah Hall flattened opponent Adam Cella with a kick so brutal, White said FX lawyers refused to allow him to post an unedited version of the carnage online.

“In my 13 years at UFC I have only seen 5 KO’s like this,” White wrote on Twitter.

Strikers by trade, Team Sonnen’s Hall and Team Jones’ Cella traded heavy shots throughout the first round of their middleweight bout, which aired on Tuesday’s new episode of “TUF 17.” With the round coming to a close, Hall launched a spinning wheel kick that landed on the button and sent Cella crashing to the canvas. Cella was unconscious when he hit the mat, and Hall walked away with a spectacular victory.

Cella took nearly four minutes to recover from the blow, and a gym that had been cheering a highlight-reel finish fell eerily silent as the fighter slowly shook out the cobwebs.

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, the head coach of Team Jones, accompanied his fighter for a precautionary visit to the hospital and took to Twitter following the episode to let everyone know Cella recovered quickly from the blow.

“He was in good spirits and actually pretty hilarious on the way to the hospital,” Jones said.

Hall is now an obvious frontrunner among the 14 middleweight fighters vying for a UFC contract and is an early favorite for the $25,000 bonus check that comes along with the season’s fan-voted “Knockout of the Season.”

New episodes of “TUF 17” air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

Knocked Out? – A preview of Tonight’s Ultimate Fighter Episode featuring Hall vs Cella

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By Ariel Shnerer –  Fight Network

The 17th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” is in full swing as we witnessed our first team elimination this past Tuesday with Team Sonnen taking the early lead against Team Jones.

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones selected the first matchup, opting to pair Chael Sonnen’s first-overall pick Luke Barnatt against his fourth pick Gilbert Smith.

Jones was hoping to make a statement by eliminating Sonnen’s prized pick early on. The plan backfired for several reasons.

Let’s take a closer look at Tuesday’s elimination bout and look ahead to what’s in store for tonight.

Fight Recap

Luke Barnatt (5-0 Pro Record, Tsunami Gym, Team Sonnen Pick No. 1) vs. Gilbert Smith (5-1 Pro Record, Team Victory, Team Jones Pick No. 4)

There was no shortage of criticism from Smith’s teammates, Josh Samman and Robert “Bubba” McDaniel in particular, about the first fight selection by coach Jones.

With Smith struggling during conditioning drills, his teammates actually went as far as complaining about the fight to Jones before confronting Smith and openly telling him that he wasn’t ready.

The choice of fight was particularly peculiar due to the glaring size difference between the two competitors. Standing 6-foot-6 compared to Smith’s 5-foot-9, Barnatt towered over his opponent. Smith had the wrestling pedigree to push a feverish pace, but the differential was too substantial.

Despite getting the finish he desired, Barnatt’s performance was not exactly stellar. The Cambridge native struggled with Smith’s strength early on. He managed to reverse several takedown attempts, but he lacked the power to control any positions on the mat as Smith returned to his feet with relative ease.

Smith also landed several clean shots standing, while Barnatt peppered away with superior technique from a distance, though his combinations were not particularly damaging.

The fight ended in the second round when Smith shot in for a predictable takedown, only to be countered by a flush knee from Barnatt. The finish was memorable, but Barnatt will need to address some obvious holes in his game, notably his wrestling and takedown defense, if he hopes to make it all the way.

Fight Preview

Uriah Hall (7-2 Pro Record, Team Tiger Schulmann, Team Sonnen Pick No. 2) vs. Adam Cella (4-0, Finney’s HIT Squad, Team Jones Pick No. 6)

In what could be an extremely lopsided matchup, the early season favorite Hall takes on the undefeated Cella.

Coach Sonnen has already approached Hall about his vast skillset, predicting he’ll shine above the rest of his castmates this season. On the first episode, UFC president Dana White called him the man to beat.

The 28-year-old muay thai specialist advanced with a dominating, hard-earned performance over Andy Enz. In professional competition, Hall has excelled under the New Jersey-based Ring of Combat promotional banner, amassing wins over the likes of Roger Carroll and Daniel Akinyemi.

Chris Weidman and Costa Philippou, the only two men to defeat Hall, are both currently ranked in the top 10 of the middleweight division. With incredible striking and experience against elite competition, Hall has plenty of advantages to capitalize on.

The 27-year-old Cella has four first-round finishes in four professional bouts, in addition to his first-round submission of Jake Heun to earn a spot in the house.

Cella has showcased well-rounded skills, but his striking game will likely be no match for Hall. We’ve already been teased with next week’s fight ending in a spectacular finish, which White referred to as one of the best knockouts he’s ever seen anywhere.

All signs thus far point to Cella being the recipient of this incredible stoppage, as the masterful striking of Hall will be on another level.

Hall should find the perfect opportunity to pounce with a dazzling offensive flurry, brutalizing his smaller foe and sending a message to the other UFC hopefuls this season.

Verdict: Hall via KO

The charismatic title challenger Sonnen gets the upper hand early, but Jones has some quality fighters on his team, including Hester, Samman and McDaniel.

Time will tell if Team Jones can mount a comeback as Team Sonnen is off to a great start. With Hall entering the Octagon Tonight, Sonnen will likely continue to have the upper hand. Whether the brash former middleweight title contender can translate his “TUF” coaching success into a victory over Jones remains to be seen, but his coaching staff and fighters may have an edge.

Watch Hall vs Cella Tonight on FX at 9pm to see who moves on to the next round.