TAMPA For 13 years, Finney's Tiger-Rock Martial Arts co-owners Troy and Nikki Finney have provided more than just Taekwondo instruction for their students. The husband and wife duo have created a supportive, family environment that teaches valuable life lessons through the Tenets of Taekwondo. "What we believe in is taking students on a journey," said Nikki Finney, a former elementary school teacher. Through practice and hard work, students "transform," or rank up belt levels. "We believe in building athletes," said Nikki Finney. "A lot of our classes are built on agility, speed, conditioning and power." Although the majority of classes offered are for young students, the adult program has
A martial arts instructor in Milton is facing sexual offences relating to one of his students. Police say the man was arrested Wednesday. Police say the alleged incident happened when the 38-year-old was employed as a martial arts instructor at Black Belt World in Milton, and the female victim was a member of the Taekwondo club. The accused has been held in custody pending a bail hearing. Patrick Leany has been charged with several offences including luring, invitation to sexual touching and criminal harassment. Anyone who may have any additional information pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact D/Sgt Chris Newcombe 905-465-8965 or Det. Barb Kent 905-465-8977 of the Halton Regional
The only consistent thing in former UFC middleweight Ron Stallings' career over the past couple years has been the inconsistency. Since a win over Rashaun Spencer at Titan FC 40 in August of 2016, Stallings has been on the sideline as fight after fight has fallen through. “You soldier through it,” Stallings told MMAWeekly.com. “I've been soldiering through it but I'm still very hungry, even though so many fights fall through. “If you don't have anything coming up, you wonder when something is coming up. Then I had like four things come up that kept falling through. It's both equal. They're equally as annoying.” One reason why Stallings is frustrated by not having opportunities to fight is because
Logan Storley is constantly working to evolve his mixed martial arts arsenal but he's never going to forget his greatest weapon. As he transitioned into MMA after being a four-time All-American wrestler at the University of Minnesota, Storley already had an incredible foundation to build upon when he began fighting. Like so many wrestlers before him, Storley knew that his ability to take an opponent down at will was going to give him an advantage in almost every fight, especially as he was starting his career. Now that Storley is 3-0 in Bellator MMA — and going for his fourth win this weekend — he's still relying on his wrestling to dominate the competition. And if you're hoping that the South
When Yancy Medeiros pulled out of his scheduled fight with Mike Perry a week before UFC 226, the UFC was left scrambling to find a suitable short-notice replacement, and, despite having just fought the week prior, Donald Cerrone did what he had done a number of times before for the UFC and offered to step in and fight. It was an offer made even more unexpected because Perry had just begun working with Cerrone's camp, Jackson-Wink, and the two had trained together in preparation for their respective fights. Ultimately, the UFC opted to replace Medeiros with Paul Felder (who had also had a fight fall through at the time) but the idea of Cerrone vs. Perry stuck with them and is now set for the co-main event of UFC Denver.
Welcome to Midnight Mania! It's weird. It's wild. It involves MMA. UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis shared the video tale of this handicapped kid taking off his prosthetic legs- both of them- and somehow still winning the fight. While his opponent in the black shirt doesn't seem to exactly be a very skilled fighter, it is still an amazing feat, the handicapped boy showing off impressive head movement, courage, and fighting knowledge to close distance and land schooled ground-and-pound. There are handicapped people who have had a lot of success in MMA, including congenital amputee Nick Newell, who fights with only one arm. Matt Hamill, who was deaf, had a very successful UFC career. Still, seeing
Bellator 204 comes to Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., this weekend (Fri., Aug. 17, 2018), featuring Bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell (12-1) facing off with Featherweight submission stylist Noad Lahat (12-3) in the Paramount Network-televised event. Caldwell is coming up in weight for a non-title fight and, presumably, if he's successful at 145 pounds he may look to become a two-weight division champion. You wouldn't expect that from someone who was in the Israeli Defense Force at the same time he was an active Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter, anyway. Although it was certainly a surprise when Lahat and UFC cut ties, he has gone on to success in Bellator since, winning three of his last four fights since 2016.
Irena Aldana didn't have to wait long for the UFC to get her a booking. Officials announced that Aldana will fight Lucie Pudilova in a women's bantamweight bout at UFC 228 on Sept. 8 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, following an initial report by Milenio. This news comes just after Aldana's bout with Bethe Correia at UFC 227 in Los Angeles was canceled when Correia was forced to withdraw due to an existing eye condition. Though Correia placed the blame on the California State Athletic Commission, a UFC official confirmed with MMA Fighting that it was the promotion itself that made the decision to pull Correia (and subsequently Aldana) from the card. Now Mexico's Aldana (8-4) gets another
Chamatkar Sandhu ESPN Arjan Bhullar is on the comeback trail following his first professional loss in MMA, and he's hoping to channel the history of the Sikh community for inspiration. Bhullar (7-1) was defeated earlier this year when Adam Wieczorek (10-1) submitted him via omoplata in the second round at UFC on FOX 29. The moment was a career low. "It was devastating, and there's no two ways around it," Bhullar told ESPN. "I couldn't sleep, I didn't eat right. For me, it's one of those things, you can't pretend it didn't happen. I've lost in wrestling before, so there's a process I go through to learn what I need to from that, to process the feelings and emotions, what I did well, what I need
A Turkish court on Wednesday rejected a new appeal to free US pastor Andrew Brunson, whose detention has sparked a major row between Turkey and the United States, local media reported. The court in the western city of Izmir ruled that Brunson, who faces 35 years in jail over terror and espionage charges, will remain under house arrest, the state television TRT reported. Brunson's jail term had been converted to house detention for health reasons.
Top welterweight fighters Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington have been ribbing at each other for months now. Their rift further escalated at the UFC's 25th Anniversary press conference, both during the actual media event, and at the backstage area. Covington has been in the crosshairs of “The Nigerian Nightmare” since February, but a fight never materialized. Now, Usman has made it a little more personal between him and “Chaos.” “Four times I've been offered that fight and he said no,” Usman said of Covington. “They tried to make that fight again for Nov. 30th. They offered me the fight and I said, 'Absolutely, I will wait for that fight'. They actually offered me RDA for that main event in Brazil
There has been a total of 66 fighters who have made their debuts in 2018 so far. 31 debutants notched a win in their first appearance in the big show, 35 fell short. The combined UFC record of all the debutants is 43-40. There were 10 bouts where both fighters were making their promotional debut. Featherweight saw the greatest influx of fighters, with 16 new faces making their way into the division. This is just short of 25% of all debutants. Women's Bantamweight was the only division to not feature a single debuting fighter so far this year. It has also been the least active of the divisions, aside from women's featherweight, with only 7 bouts this year. Israel Adesanya and Brandon Davis were