Putting the Fighters First

Putting the Fighters First

Putting the Fighters First: the XFC, its new owners and new direction. Matt Walton had already been working for roughly four years as an official at varied MMA organisations before taking on his new position as co owner of the XFC. The scene is nothing new for him, and he has been afforded the privilege of experience, something invaluable to any fight promoter.
Image from Stephan Kesting youtube video "BJJ World Champion Leandro Lo: How to Pass 50/50 guard"

50-50 Rule Change

“This disgusts me and makes me want to sleep when I watch these matches WTF. I’d rather lose than win fighting like this!!” These are the words from multiple Abu Dhabi and IBJJF world champion Rodolfo Vieira sourced from BJJ Eastern Europe from his original post on his Facebook page. Rodolfo was voicing his disgust about the use of the 50/50 guard in competition. He was not the only fighter to have a less than favourable view on the position. I found another quote from Xande Ribeiro also on the BJJ Eastern Europe webpage stating, “It looks like two idiots on a seesaw”.