Daniel Wu cast in AMC’s martial arts series

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Hong Kong Star Daniel Wu has been cast as the main lead for AMC’s new martial arts series called “Badlands” as announced on Friday.

Wu will play the well-trained warrior Sunny who teams up with a young boy to take a dangerous journey to find enlightenment. The six-part martial arts drama is based on the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West”. David Dobkin who made Shanghai Knights will be directing, Stephen Fung and Wu are two of the executive producers of the upcoming series.

Other stars who will join the cast includes Sarah Bolger, Olive Stark and Emily Beecham.

AMC is expected to premiere the Badlands series for a late 2025 or early 2016.

 

3 fighters file antitrust lawsuit against UFC

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Mixed martial arts fighters filed an antitrust lawsuit against the Ultimate Fighting Championship league on Tuesday, alleging the company monopolizing the mixed martial arts industry and limits the fighter’s potential earnings.

Former MMA fighters Jon Fitch and Nate Quarry and current fighter Cung Lee were identified as the identity class plaintiffs and was filed in the U.S. District Court in California. Based on the documents presented, the suit claims the UFC organization illegally maintaining a monopoly in the industry by eliminating competitors systematically from rival promoters and compensation was artificially suppressed. The suit also includes athletes signed in restrictive contracts and other exclusionary practices which restrained them from getting sponsorship deals and even after their UFC contracts.

UFC organization is aware of the lawsuit filed today, however, no official statement was released yet.

Bruce Lee lookalike became famous online

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A 20-year-old Afghanistan man has become popular online because of his uncanny resemblance to the legendary martial artist Bruce Lee.

Aside from the looks, Abbas Alizada dresses and practices martial arts moves like the famous martial arts legend. He has gone viral after releasing videos and pictures on social media. He has over 50,000 followers on Twitter and his videos had been discussed online. Some newscaster had already visited him in Kabul to interview him and has filmed him in action.

Alizada says that he was inspired by the famous actor and martial arts expert since he was a child. He aspires to be a champion in martial arts and be famous in Hollywood.

Teenager strangled by own belt while trying to follow online video

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A 17-year-old teenager was discovered dead in their home gym in Morriston, Swansea after copying a martial arts exercise found online.

A fan of martial arts, Thomas Morris was found by his family strangled with his own karate belt around his neck. The online training video shows the expert using their belt under their chin.

According to his sisters, Morris may have followed the exercise as he showed it to them before the incident. His mother, Mrs Morris said that his son is a martial arts enthusiast and had been doing different exercises for months.

Swansea Coroner Clive Phillips ruled out suicide and concluded the death of the teenager as misadventure.

UFC fighter Cung Le impressed with Channing Tatum

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The legendary UFC fighter Cung Lee has trained with Channing Tatum before and was impressed with the Hollywood star’s strength. According to Lee, he will have the best chance in making it in MMA. He added that Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jet Li or even the Rock won’t be as effective as Tatum. He’s impressed with the 22 Jump Street star’s strength and natural ability.

“He’s strong, he’s physical and he’s not scared at all,’ said Le.

The UFC fighter had become an action star and had worked with Tatum in the 2009 film “Fighting”. They have trained again when Tatum was filming for his movie “Foxcatcher”. He trained Tatum in different techniques for two hours and drilled wrestling with him.

Le will be in Macau next week for his UFC fight against Michael Bisping.

 

Martial arts studio creates community outreach programs

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A mixed martial arts studio located in Lancaster has a mission to give back to their community every month. Aside from helping their students build confidence, discipline and techniques, the local studio is also creating outreach programs.

Every month they have dedicated to helping different communities by offering self-defense classes to those who need it in line with their job and providing free memberships to their gym. Dave Gordon, the owner of the Lancaster Academy of Mixed Martial Arts, along with all the instructors in his studio are also considered a food pantry as one of their major outreach events.

Last month, there outreach program involves the law enforcement officers. This December, it’s the real estate agents they will be lending their hand. The program will provide service to the community and let the people know that the gym is here to help them.

A vegetable vendor before is now a martial arts expert

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An inspiring story of a boy who sold vegetables in a pushcart before is now a martial arts champion.

Patan Jameel Khan sold vegetables since he was a kid in his hometown in Mandamarri, Adilabad. By the time he reached the age of 15, he became interested in karate. He studied martial arts under coach M. Rajesham.

Khan won his first national championship in Warangal. He then joined international event such as in Bangkok, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. He is an expert in Kung Fu and Taekwondo.

The first Dan black belt fighter won two gold medals and silver during a tournament in America.

Khan hopes to be recognized by the government and will be providing him with a job as he needed financial stability.

Rebook acquires a boxing and martial arts brand

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Rebook International announced the acquisition of Luta Sportwear, a UK-based boxing and martial arts brand and partnership with the group called Fight for Peace.

Fight for peace is a nonprofit organization that combines boxing and martial arts tenet with education and personal development programs. The team helps young people affected by violence, crime and drug abuse. The goal of the organization is to promote the power of fitness and training and its impact to change the lives of people.

Luta Sportwear who directly supports Fight For Peace donates half of its sales profit to the group. The terms and agreement of this partnership weren’t released.

NJ martial arts instructor charged with sexual assault

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A martial arts instructor was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year old student in Springfield, New Jersey.

George Mendoza-Valentino, 27, was charged with a single count of second-degree sexual assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Mendoza-Valentino, a co-owner of ATA Martial Arts Academy, reportedly sexually assaulted the teenager repeatedly at the studio.

The instructor was in court on Wednesday with his lawyer, asking the judge to reduce the $125,000 bail. The lawyer added that his client has no criminal records and not a flight risk.

Authorities are encouraging anyone who might be a victim to have any information to come forward. The suspect is currently being held at the Union County Jail.

Pacquiao and Algieri both in Macau for the anticipated fight

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WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao will defend his title against WBO light-welterweight champion Chris Algieri in the anticipated pay per event. The bout will be held at the Venetian Resort in Macau, China. The two boxers face the media during a press conference on Wednesday morning to discuss their upcoming fight on Saturday night.

Boxing analysts are interested on Pacquiao’s opponent and expecting a huge chance for Algieri to win the fight.

Chris Algieri, 30 , an MA graduate from Stony Brook has yet to lose on any of his 20 fights with eight knockouts. The Long Island boxer is also taller than the Filipino boxer, which can be an advantage.