Are you hydrated?

Adverse effects from not drinking enough water include digestive, skin, bladder and kidney problems, fatigue, and even headaches. We need water as much as the air we breathe in! Keeping your body hydrated is not a joke.

Did you know that dehydration actually sets in just before you start feeling thirsty? Sipping water throughout the day is the best way to handle it. Always have a bottle or a glass of water handy! If you’re not a morning person, having two glasses of water right after you wake up will boost up your blood pressure to normal levels, and it’s way healthier than having your first coffee on an empty stomach.

Many of us believe that merely drinking fluids like sweetened juices, soda or tea will hydrate you as well as water does. This is not true. It’s actually the opposite! To deal with the excess sugar and salt you are taking in your body wastes immense amounts of precious water just to clean it out from your system. And if you love your coffee, make sure to drink one extra glass of water for every cup you have.

Drinking water regularly speeds up your metabolism and makes you feel more ‘full’. You will eat less once you start drinking more! It’s the safest and healthiest way to lose weight. Drink up!

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Fedor’s Brother and MMA fighter Alexander Emelianenko Sentenced to 4.5 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault

MOSCOW, May 19 (RAPSI) – MMA fighter Alexander Emelianenko was convicted of sexual assault and sentenced by Moscow’s Simonovsky District Court to 4.5 years in jail, RAPSI reported from the courtroom.

The court also imposed a 50,000-ruble fine ($1,000) on Emelianenko.

According to investigators, Emelianenko assaulted and raped 27-year-old Polina Stepanova, his housekeeper, on the night of March 2, 2014, and then seized her passport. The trial was held behind closed doors.

Emelianenko has pleaded not guilty and claimed that sex with the girl was consensual. Continue reading

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FTC contacting managers, reopening UFC investigation

The Federal Trade Commission has contacted multiple MMA industry veterans for interviews in conjunction with the reopening of an investigation into UFC parent company Zuffa LLC’s business practices.

“They’ve been contacting a lot of people,” said one industry vet, who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the issue. “I think we’re probably ripe for a little bit of government intervention.”

A second industry veteran, who also spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter, said an FTC investigator was in contact this week and relayed that the agency was again looking into Zuffa after becoming aware of an ongoing antitrust case against the promoter.

“Those lawsuits were what they were interested in,” the second industry veteran said. “They decided to reopen (the investigation) and look into it.”

UFC Chief Legal Officer Kirk Hendrick said the plaintiffs’ complaints are “meritless.”

“Now that the plaintiffs’ meritless complaints have apparently made their way to the FTC, what are the plaintiffs going to do if the FTC does not agree with them? We don’t think the FTC will,” he told MMAjunkie in a prepared statement. Continue reading

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High Caliber NCAA Collegiate Wrestler Ed Ruth says Show me the Money

One of the MMA’s most coveted prospects is headed to Bellator.

Three-time national wrestling champion and four-time All-American Ed Ruth has signed a contract to compete in the promotion. The former Penn State standout had been talking to several promotions as he trains for the 2016 Olympics, but decided on Bellator in large part because of his rapport with president Scott Coker.

“I’ve known for a long time now that after I get Olympic gold around my neck, I was going to go get some MMA gold for my waist,” Ruth told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, who later confirmed the signing with Bellator. “I’ve been talking with all the major organizations, and at the end of the day, I really believe in what Scott Coker is doing with Bellator. They’re signing the top talent, they’re putting on exciting fights, and they’re letting me secure my own sponsors.

“It will be a little while until I step into the cage for the first time, but when I do, everyone they put in front of me is in for a world of hurt.”

Ruth has been transparent about transitioning into MMA once his Olympic dream plays out, and with his decorated collegiate career at Penn State many believed him to be UFC bound. He was recruited to come in and help former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones prepare for his UFC 182 fight with Daniel Cormier, and has since said he would be committed to Greg Jackson’s gym in Albuquerque when he began training.

Coker posted a picture of him with Ruth and Aaron Pico in April at the World Cup LA.

Heading into the 2016 Olympic wrestling season, Ruth is currently ranked No. 1 at 86kg.

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Melvin Guillard signs multi fight contract with Bellator

Veteran lightweight Melvin Guillard has signed a multi-fight agreement with Bellator MMA, according to promotion officials.

Lightweight Melvin Guillard, 32, will be joining his third promotion in 14 months after stints with WSOF and UFC.
Guillard (32-14-2), who was granted an unconditional release from WSOF last week, joins his third promotion in 14 months. The UFC released the 32-year-old in March 2014.

“We are excited to have Melvin coming onboard,” stated Bellator president Scott Coker. “With competitors the likes of lightweight champion Will Brooks, Michael Chandler, Marcin Held, Derek Anderson, Saad Awad, Dave Jansen and Patricky Ptibull on the roster already, the matchup possibility for an exciting fighter like him are endless.”

Guillard fought twice under the WSOF banner last year. It was a tumultuous run with the Las Vegas-based company, as Guillard missed weight prior to each appearance. He went 1-1, including a split decision loss to WSOF champion Justin Gaethje.

He was expected to compete at WSOF 20 last month, but the promotion pulled him from the event for failing to turn in proper medical documents ahead of the fight.

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George Foreman “Mayweather Is Better Than Muhammad Ali”

George Foreman says Floyd Mayweather is RIGHT … telling TMZ Sports, “Pound for pound, Floyd is better than me and Muhammad Ali ever were.”
Mayweather received tons of criticism this week after saying HE should be considered the greatest fighter of all time … and now, it seems Foreman’s backing him up in a major way.
“This is a better generation BY FAR,” Foreman tells us … “They’re smarter, they’re stronger, they’re overall just better fighters.”

Of course, Foreman is extremely qualified to weigh in on the subject, having fought Muhammad Ali in the famous, “Rumble in the Jungle” in 1974 … in addition to his 80 other pro fights.
“We were good and we liked the attention that we got. But boxing is on a different level. This is an amazing generation.”
As for the fight, Foreman says he’s rooting for Mayweather — and believes he’s the better fighter — but says he thinks Manny will ultimately win the fight.

“Mayweather is the superior talent, but the best guy doesn’t always win … Floyd’s gonna have his guard down. Manny’s gonna take the first couple of rounds and there won’t be enough rounds for him to catch up.”

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National Champion Wrestler Ed Ruth to Pursue MMA After 2016 Olympics

Ed Ruth, one of the most decorated college wrestlers in U.S. history, will pursue a career in professional MMA.

The three-time national wrestling champion said he intends to make his MMA debut in early 2017 after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“Once the Olympics are over, I want to go straight into fighting,” Ruth told Bleacher Report in an exclusive interview. “I can’t wait to just get in there and be in that atmosphere and walk out with the belt.”

The moment he sets foot in an MMA cage, Ruth would immediately become one of the two or three best wrestlers ever to compete there.
While attending Penn State University, Ruth, 24, compiled a 140-3 record, winning three NCAA titles and earning All-American honors in all four of his active seasons. Already a member of the U.S. national team, Ruth is preparing to represent America as a freestyle wrestler in the 2016 Olympic Games. As Team USA’s top-ranked wrestler at 86 kilograms (189 pounds), he is the favorite to secure that spot.

On first exposure to MMA, Ruth admits he was not a big fan. But the more he came to know it, the more he gravitated toward it. Ruth also acknowledged the career path MMA provides for top wrestlers, a path that wasn’t available a generation ago.

“I started watching it, and it’s a really cool sport,” Ruth said. “I’ve always wanted to do boxing and karate. You can win in any type of way. I just caught the bug. … It’s been something that wrestlers have needed. What do you do after the Olympics? You could coach. But there was really no professional outlook. But now we have MMA. Now we have choices.”

Though Ruth has no extensive training in any combat sport outside of wrestling, wrestling is considered a cornerstone skill of MMA and should give him a big leg up right out of the gate. So, too, will the training team he’d like to join: the vaunted Greg Jackson-Mike Winkeljohn camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Continue reading

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Bellator Gets Injunction; ‘Rampage’ Out of UFC 186 Co-Main Event

New Jersey Superior Court Judge Karen L. Suter granted Bellator MMA a temporary injunction on Tuesday, preventing Quinton Jackson from fighting in the UFC 186 co-main event against Fabio Maldonado on April 25.

Jackson broke his contract with Bellator in December, believing that he was within his rights to cancel his contract and re-sign with the UFC, accusing Bellator of breaching their agreement.

Bellator president Scott Coker vowed that the Viacom-owned fight promotion would fight in court to protect its interests. Bellator filed suit on March 4, alleging that Jackson breached his contract with the organization.

“We are pleased by the judge’s ruling and look forward to having ‘Rampage’ fight for Bellator again soon,” read a Bellator statement released following today’s ruling.

The two sides will now make their cases in court to settle their contractual dispute.

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Black farmers object to medical marijuana law……..As they should

TALLAHASSEE — Black farmers, mostly in the South, fought for more than 30 years to reach a $1.3 billion settlement with the federal government over discriminatory lending and assistance practices.

Now, Florida’s low-THC medical marijuana law passed last year has reignited old wounds for the state’s black farmers, who complain that requirements in the law have virtually barred them from participating in the new industry.

Under the law, only nurseries that have been in business for at least 30 continuous years and cultivate a minimum of 400,000 plants are eligible to apply to be one of five “dispensing organizations” selected to grow, process and dispense the non-euphoric cannabis.

But none of the state’s black farmers meet the criteria, Howard Gunn, an Ocala farmer and president of the Florida Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, told the Senate Health Policy Committee during a discussion today of a new plan to get the medical-marijuana industry up and running.

“It brings a lot of resentment up from before. We’re disappointed again. What do you say? You’re here in the state. You try to do what’s right. But to carve out a section for certain people. … Just give us a piece. That’s all we ask for,” Gunn told reporters after the meeting. “It’s just being fair. Equal justice. And we feel like it just wasn’t done.”

Part of the reason that the black farmers don’t have operations as expansive as their white and Hispanic counterparts may be blamed on discriminatory lending practices by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that led to a class-action lawsuit, known as “Pigford I,” filed in 1981. Continue reading

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Marijuana Treatment Study on PTSD for Veterans Gets Back on Track

A year after the federal government approved a study for the use of marijuana by veterans in treating post-traumatic stress disorder the work may at last get underway.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse on Wednesday informed the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies that it is ready to supply researchers with marijuana needed for the study, Brad Burge, spokesman for MAPS, told
The study will mark the first federally approved study in which the subjects will be able to ingest the marijuana by smoking it, he said. It will also be “the first whole-plant marijuana study,” meaning the marijuana will not simply be an extract of the cannabis in a manufactured delivery system, such as a pill.

NIDA’s decision had been a long time coming, according to Burge, but that delay was only one of the setbacks after the Department of Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Agency cleared the way for the research last year. Continue reading

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