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The Home of UFC In Las Vegas

MGM Grand and the Palms Casino play host to MMA’s biggest fights

Mixed martial arts experienced a phenomenal rise in the past decade, and casinos played a major role in the sport’s entry to mainstream American consciousness. Aside from training facilities, casinos serve as the second home for many mixed martial artists, where many of their career defining moments were fought. And in many ways, the bond between MMA and the casino industry would remain unbreakable in the years to come.

MMA partly owes to casinos the popularity that it achieved over the past couple of years. “The casinos are a big part of why the MMA promotions are so successful,” Las Vegas’ AXS-TV Fights CEO Andre Simon said. “Casinos purchase tickets for their biggest customers, which provides guaranteed revenues to fight promoters. Casino nightclubs offer fighters additional money making opportunities via appearances and post-fight parties,” added Simon. It should, thus, not be surprising that major MMA events hold its cage fights in big time casinos. MGM Grand and The Palms Casino in Las Vegas are two of the most high-profile venues of the world’s biggest MMA promoter – the UFC.


MGM Grand Las Vegas

The MGM Grand Las Vegas is the biggest casino that has hosted the UFC. Its recently-held 20th anniversary card, “UFC 167,” featuring Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks, was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The main casino floor offers 171,500 square feet of unlimited blackjack, roulette and craps action. In addition, the casino hall hosts 2,500 slot machines provided by world-renowned online gaming developer and Castle Jackpot architect, International Game Technology (IGT).

The Palms Casino Resort

The Palms Casino Resort is the other major casino that played host to UFC fights in Las Vegas. The Palms’ connection to the UFC can be traced back to the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) before the latter was absorbed by the former 3 years ago. Until 2013, when UFC President Dana White ended the league’s partnership with the casino, the Ultimate Fighter Finale was played at the Palms since 2005. The establishment’s 95,000-square foot casino hall boasts of tables for dice and card games, as well as 1,300 gaming machines for slots and video poker.


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Kaizen Judo Dojo 6th Anniversary Shiai

Kaizen Judo Dojo 6th Anniversary Shiai 

 Saturday,  May  4, 2013

Clearfield High School                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     931 South 1000 East                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Clearfield , UT 84015

Click Here For Tournament Package:  Tournament_Invitation_6th anniversary shiai1

•5 years of age or older on the date of the tournament
•Current registration and insurance with either USJI, USJF, USJA
•All competitors must show proof of registration and insurance (NO EXCEPTIONS)
• USJI and USJF membership will be available at the tournament site.
Entry Fees
•$25.00 for one weight category in one skill division
•$5.00 for one weight category in additional skill division
•Competitors may only enter one weight category per skill division.
Registration/Weigh In
• Friday Night: Pre registration and weigh in from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Clearfield H.S
•Junior: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
•Senior: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
•Juniors: 10:00 a.m. (SHARP)
•Senior: 1:00 p.m. (or at the completion of the Junior divisions)
Method of Elimination
•True double elimination: Four or more competitors (1
and 3rd place last competitor eliminated).
•Round Robin: Less than 4 competitors, points awarded as below.
•Tie-Breakers: 1
place 0 losses, 2
tie-breaker: Points according to waza ippon = 10, wazari = 7, yuko = 5,
hantei = 1, 2
Match Time:
tie-breaker will be decided by head to head competition.
• Junior(5 yr old to 12 yr old): 2 minutes
• Intermediate (13-16) 3 minutes
• Senior White: 4 minutes
• Senior sankyu/yudansha: 5 minutes
place 2 losses,

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How did Gracie Jiu-Jitsu get to the USA?

Have you ever wondered how Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was introduced to the US? No there wasn’t a hurricane that grounded a Brazilian Asai berry laden ship ashore in Torrance California. We can thank our own American breed, born and raised Chuck Norris for that. Chuck Norris had always been a astute student of the arts. Be it Karate, Judo, jujitsu, Tang Soo Do etc. His thirst for further knowledge led him to seek out a legendary Brazilian fighting family The Gracies in Rio. Mr. Norris went to Brazil where he trained with Rickson Gracie and Rickson’s father Helio Gracie, the Grand Master of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Mr. Norris was so impressed with their style and technique that he invited them to conduct a seminar in Las Vegas for his Karate Black Belts. Mr. Norris flew in Rorion Gracie, Relson Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Royce Gracie, Rilion Gracie, Rolker Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Royler Gracie, and Carlos Machado.
Chuck Norris brought the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminar to the U.S. in 1988. This seminar brought about an enormous amount of publicity and thanks to Mr. Norris, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu found its place in the United States. Gracies in America

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Jiu-Jitsu and MMA in Utah is a Womans Sport

Who ever thought that Sandy Utah would be a hotspot for women’s MMA , Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu competitiors. Hidden Valley currently has 5 women who compete in these pugilistic venues and are  paving the way for other to follow. We have also added 2 new fighter to our international fight team under the supervision of our Jiu-Jitsu Master Sylvio Behring. Miesha Tate the former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion and the current Freestyle Cage Fighting Women’s Bantamweight Champion and  Erica Paes The woman responsible for the only blemish on the record of Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos is setting her sights on a Strikeforce title. So all you woman and girls out their who think MMA is just for men you are mistaken. Its for you too.



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The Mad Dash to MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) in Utah

I’ve noticed that Mixed Martial Arts in Utah has started to attract more and more  people who want to learn and train in the worlds fastest growing sport. MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) schools are popping up all over the state. In any given day you’ll find new schools in Sat lake City,  West Jordan, Sandy Etc. But many trainer are so far removed from the Martial Arts that made this sport great, like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling and Judo. Many MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighters are losing because they lack the fundamentals skills of what really makes a great MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter. When choosing a school find one with competent instructors who are certified to teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling and Judo as well as MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) .





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Steel Fist MMA Fights in Salt Lake City Utah

Congratulations to 2 well fought fights from Hidden Valleys MMA  fighters. Rachel “the Riot” came up short but fought very hard. Ryan O’meara finished his opponent in dominating fashion in 37 seconds of the very first round by rear naked choke. We’re very proud of both of you!
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Utah Boxing

I’ve noticed an alarming trend here in the state of Utah. Full time Boxing gyms are becoming a thing of the past. Most gyms in the state are open just a few hours a day and as everyone knows a few hours of training does not a world champion make. Unless Utah Boxing steps up its promotion of the sport I’m afraid Boxing is going to be relegated to some after school fitness programs.

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Great Job At ISU Guys

I can not express how proud I was with everyone who participated at yesterdays Tournament. Guys and gals! we are on a hot streak and on a roll lets not lose momentum. Continue to train hard and let grab all the gold, silver and bronze out there! All the Jiu-jitsu, Judo, Muay Thai and MMA Victories are ours. LETS TAKE’EM ALL!
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New Facility

We have moved up front into a bigger and better space. Hidden Valley MMA has grown my leaps and bounds. Not only that we have a added additional gym hours for your convenience and busy schedule. Get off your rear and come out and train.

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Warriors Return with Gold and Bronze

We had a great weekend competing at the Northwest Grappling tournament in Boise Idaho this past Saturday. Kru John Valentine did great to come in first places and Scott Vincent came in 3rd. Great job for all those competed.   Oussssss!

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