The following guest post was written by Aaron Walker.
What was once a sport consigned to feature only on the fringe of sports programming has now evolved into a phenomenon that's captivating millions. The Cinderella story of MMA Fighting is no different than the stories its characters share. We've seen the sport grow. Watched its characters evolve. We've roared with joy when they were triumphant over their competitors, and felt each blow as they were defeated. And in the past 10 years, we've witnessed some amazing moments and sensational fights.
And throughout it all, some characters have made the MMA story much more enjoyable. These fighters have earned their place in the history books but still continue to fight for their story. These are the top 5 deadliest fighters still in the game.
Since entering the MMA World over a decade ago, in 1997, no one can doubt Silva's position in this top 5. His impressive record of 33-4-0 says it all, having only ever lost 4 fights. Silva wasn't blessed with an amazing fighting education filled with college and daily classes. He had to learn by practicing with neighborhood kids that could afford to take Jiu-Jitsu classes. Regardless, this unconventional training didn't halt his growth. Even UFC President Dana White has called him the "greatest mixed martial artist ever." Silva holds the longest winning and title defense streak in UFC history, as well as having been Middleweight Champion for both Cage Rage and UFC. And when you're already the champion for 10 consecutive seasons, there aren't many new accomplishments to gain.
The following is a guest post by Samaiyah Islam.
Golf, which was once a sport reserved for the rich and famous, has transformed into a pop culture phenomenon. You used to need country club membership and an aura of prestige to play the game. Nowadays, the game is played by anyone, ranging from your average everyday Joe to Hollywood's finest to professional athletes (not including those on the PGA and LPGA tours, of course) that use their respective off-seasons to fuel another sporting passion.
Yes, golf is huge. There have been classic, and highly quotable, movies that have revolved around the sport (see: Caddyshack, Tin Cup, Happy Gilmore, and The Legend of Bagger Vance). There's a celebrity pro-am before just about every PGA Tour event, where the area's notable celebrities and talking heads are able to play a round with some of the world's finest. And there’s been prominent golfing professionals, such as Tiger Woods — and more recently Rory Mcllroy, — that have made golf "cool" among the younger crowds and have helped grow the sport as a game for the masses and not just the rich and famous. The aforementioned golfers have made PGA Tour majors like The Masters must-see television, not just for golf fans, but for all sport fans.
The following is a guest post by Annabelle.
Last season the NFL made fans, players, and medical experts redefine what is meant by the words "career ending injury." The top two MVP finalists, Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson, were both returning from injuries many considered would significantly cripple or even end their respective careers. Manning had undergone multiple neck operations, while Peterson tore both his ACL and MCL, both injuries that once spelled doom for playmakers at their positions. But, not only did both Peterson and Manning return, but both were unquestionably the best players at their respective positions in 2012, with Peterson coming within ten yards of the all time rushing record and winning the prestigious league MVP. The examples of Manning and Peterson may seem insignificant, outliers in the vast scope of the NFL, but when we also consider the returns of Terrell Suggs, Ray Lewis and Jamal Charles, or the continued play of Robert Griffin III, we have to consider the question: What has caused this dramatic shift in the landscape of injuries in the NFL?
The following is a guest post by Mel for Pepsi in support of X Factor UK.
In the music biz it’s difficult to develop that cross-Atlantic appeal. British acts find it increasingly hard unless they have somebody championing them who has already 'made it' in America. The US is a big place and that means lots of ground to cover, literally. But, there has been an explosion of success stories recently, and it seems that America is now all ears when it comes to emerging British musical talent. Here are just a few UK artists who have enjoyed success stateside.
Adele is one of the most successful artists on both sides of the pond. Despite still being signed to an independent label in the UK, she has sold over 11 million albums in the US. America may find it difficult to decipher her strong Tottenham accent, but it is her singing voice which has charmed the nation. Her self-penned second album 21 has become one of the biggest-selling albums of all time, approaching sales of almost 10 million copies worldwide. The album also boasts the greatest longevity in the Top 10 Billboard chart in 50 years. Not bad for a 24-year-old BRIT School graduate.
The following is a guest post by Emily Buchanan from Musicroom.
When it made its stage debut in 1957 (exactly fifty-five years ago last month), West Side Story redefined the theatrical landscape. Unlike other musicals bedazzling Broadway at the time (Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, Peter Pan), West Side Story did not attempt to ease the heavy hearts of a post-war audience. Instead of sugar coating theatre to relieve social anxiety, West Side Story dared to turn the social mirror on New York itself, revealing a city wrought with socio-political depravity.
As typified and culturally defined by Scorsese’s 1976 film Taxi Driver, New York was unrecognisable from the decidedly polished locale it is today. Following The Great Depression and after World War Two, it is estimated that 124,000 Puerto Rican migrants arrived in New York City (1946 to 1950), seeking out the many job prospects left vacant by deployed or deceased U.S soldiers. This Great Migration, as it's known, caused the racial tensions and gang turf wars that are essential to the West Side narrative. At the time, youth crime was an emerging social concern that divided the streets and dominated the press. Through its evocative, impassioned melodies and significant attention to contemporary concerns, Bernstein's iconic score (not to mention everything else) effortlessly captured the conflict of a generation, at a time when many were too war weary to try.