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No one thought Xtreme Couture fighter and submission specialist Vinny Magalhaes could knock out an  opponent with a head kick.

Not even Magalhaes.

But that’s exactly how Magalhaes (9-5) defended his M-1 Global  light-heavyweight belt Friday night against Russian contender Mikhail Zayats  (14-6) in the main event on the M-1 Challenge XXVII mixed martial arts card  at Grand Canyon University Arena.

Magalhaes, a world champion grappler and jiu-jitsu competitor, followed a  straight right with a swiveling right-head kick that Zayats never saw. Zayats,  dazed, dropped to his knees, and Magalhaes pounded him with punches to the head  until the fight was called 1:13 into the third round of the scheduled five  rounds.

“I have been practicing it (the head kick) all the time; I just have not had  the confidence doing it,” said Magalhaes, a Brazilian who trains in Las Vegas.  “The first two rounds were not going my way, so I felt like I had to try  something that was not going to be expected.”

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The 29-year-old Ryan Couture is just four fights into his pro career but all four have been on nationally televised Showtime cards. He was coming off a loss, but showed that he’s learning what his strengths are and playing to them.

Couture was a solid high school wrestler and he’s taken his MMA grappling to another level, but when he lost to Matt Ricehouse back in June he relied too much on his striking. Friday, he went back to his bread and butter to score a split decision victory, 29-28, 29-28 and 28-28, and distroyed Watson by the final minutes of the fight.

“He’s tough as nails. That was not that fun, but I’m real glad to get the W,” Couture said. “Some things went according to plan and other things I didn’t do as  well. I wasn’t  very sharp when he was on top.”

Couture (4-1) turned to his grappling from the opening seconds of the fight when he jumped on Watson’s back and got the fight to the mat. He controlled him on the ground and worked for various chokes for nearly four minutes. With 45 seconds left, Watson was able to escape and get top control. He got off a nasty elbow to slice open a bloody cut on Couture’s forehead.

In the second, Couture once again got the fight to the mat and controlled things until two minutes left. This time when Watson, got top control he got off nasty elbows and most of his shots went unanswered. In third, Couture got it to the ground for the final 3:45 of the fight to seal the victory.

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Men’s +99 kg Division

2011 Champion: Vinny Magalhaes


Vinny Magalhaes def. Fabricio Werdum on points.

Third place:

Roberto de Abreau def. Gerardi Rinaldi by kneebar at 0:36.


Fabricio Werdum def. Roberto de Abreau on points.

Vinny Magalhaes def. Gerardi Rinaldi on points.


Fabricio Werdum def. Jeff Monson by armbar at 4:12.

Cyborg Abreu def. Glover Texeira on points.

Vinny Magalhaes def. Jose Junior by heelhook at 2:56.

Gerardi Rinaldi def. Janne-Pekka Pietilainen on points.


Going For Gold – play by play call by Patrick Tenney


Vinny and Fabricio trading collar ties and we’ve remained in this standing position for a few minutes now as neither man is making headway towards a takedown.

Fabricio just worked a short arm drag but Vinny immediately popped back up, Vinny with a short shot and tried for the takedown but ended up pulling into half guard.  Vinny went to closed guard momentarily but back to half guard we go as Fabricio tries to rotate around the outside to pass.  Vinny working to an omoplata and it looks in!!!  Vinny keeping the omoplata as they roll and it ends up with a sweep and Vinny is up on points.  Huge move with the omoplata after Vinny showed some impressive flexibility to get the position.

Both fighters back standing now after a short scramble.  Fabricio has to be thinking that he absolutely needs the takedown here.  Fabricio is able to snatch Vinny down into the turtle and initiate a crucifix but abandons it as Vinny rotates around and pulls closed guard.

Fabricio has gotten around Vinny’s hips and gets an armlock/triangle combination from the back, they roll out of bounds and Vinny won’t tap, this looks in, wow, Vinny is trying to rotate out and this looks serious, Vinny’s arm might be gone here unless I’m not seeing something but he just isn’t tapping.  Vinny is stuck stuck stuck but is keeping Fabricio’s leg up and Vinny rotates out holy crap, his arm has got to be hurt.  Vinny looks fine though and they reset on the feet in the center of the mat.

Fabricio shoots on Vinny and fails and time is called.  Vinny has won, incredible heart showed by Vinny to survive that armlock.  Vinny is your over 99kg gold medal winner.

Xtreme Couture Open House this Saturday

Posted: September 6, 2011 by Xtreme Couture MMA in xtreme couture
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Xtreme Couture MMA home of some of the best MMA fighters like Randy Couture, Vitor Belfort, Gray Maynard, Jay Hieron, Evan Dunham, Tyson Griffin, Mike Pyle and Forrest Griffin just to name a few, who all call Xtreme Couture their home would like to invite you to our Open House.

When:  Saturday September 10th, 2011 from 9am – 4pm

We’ll have Free snacks, drinks and will  offer  four  – 30 minute classes every hour so you’ll have plenty to try out.

Xtreme Couture offers classes for kids (ages 6 and up),  teen classes, women and mens of all technical levels and disciplines.

Did we mention it is all for FREE plus if you sign-up that day  we will waive the $100 enrollment fee!

With memberships starting at just $19.99 a month you have to come down to see it for your self.

If that wasn’t enough for you we have a special meet and greet with top UFC, Strikeforce, Bellator and other high level MMA fighters from 1pm – 3pm.

For more information please call the gym at 702.616.1022


Eddie Alvarez (right) versus Michael Chandler (left) is set for Bellator 54. | Photo: Keith Mills

A date has been finalized for Bellator Fighting Championships lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez‘s next title defense, as Season 4 tournament winner Michael Chandler will vie for the champ’s belt Oct. 15 at Bellator 54.

The Chicago-based promotion announced news of the bout Thursday, also revealing that Bellator 54 will go down from the Boardwalk Hall Ballroom in Atlantic City, N.J.

Alvarez has looked razor sharp in his last several outings, rattling off seven consecutive wins since joining Bellator in 2009. After winning the promotion’s inaugural lightweight tournament to become its first 155-pound champ, the Philadelphia Fight Factory export successfully navigated his way through a pair of non-title super-fights before retaining his  title against Pat Curran in his most recent effort at Bellator 39 in April.

“I watched the [Season 4] lightweight tournament very closely and was really impressed with a lot of the competition,” Alvarez said in the official release. “Knowing that Chandler is my opponent, I’ve already gone back and started to watch film, and I’ll be ready. He brings a really good pace, and it’s going to be a great fight.”

Undefeated through eight pro bouts, Chandler has posted five-straight wins inside Bellator’s circular cage. “The Brute” used powerful takedowns and effective ground-and-pound to take home the fourth-season tournament crown, first submitting Marcin Held before outpointing Lloyd Woodard and Patricky “Pitbull” Freire, respectively.

“Eddie is obviously a world class lightweight, but in a lot of the fights I have watched, no one has really pushed the pace against him,” said Chandler in a statement. “I want to put him on his heels and make him respond to what I’m doing in the cage. I’ve got a few months to prepare, and I’ll be more than ready for Oct. 15.”

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Posted: July 22, 2011 by Xtreme Couture MMA in xtreme couture
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