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For those of you sick of the latest service academy basketball news (either here or here), try these combatives links: Army (Superheavyweight) Strong: Staff Sgt. Brandon Sayles gets a nice video treatment from the folks at HDNet before his fight tonight at XFC 16: Sayles, a three-time Army Combatives Championship winner, will face Chase Gormley live on HDNet; the fights start at 10 p.m. ET. Also on the card is former Marine Dustin West — check out an XFC news release on his work with the Wounded Warrior Project here. Not sure if you get HDNet? Click the “subscribe” tab…

A few military-themed (and almost-military-themed) notes before Saturday’s prime-time UFC card. A word from an ‘El Conquistador’ sponsor: Former soldier Jorge Rivera retired last week after stopping Eric Shafer in the second round at the inaugural UFC on FX event. The win wrapped up a mixed martial arts career that began in 2001 and ended with a 20-9 record, according to Sherdog. We could try to recap his time in the cage, but instead, read this from Rivera’s longtime friend and sponsor Nick Palmisciano, the founder of the Ranger Up apparel line. Military Times EDGE has profiled Palmisciano before –…

Before we bring you a few notes on military-related mixed martial arts, a brief foreign policy discussion from Strikeforce middleweight contender and Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Tim Kennedy: @dominicanlou84 @brianstann they are dumb. — Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) January 4, 2012 You want to argue with him? 1. ‘The Count’ strikes back: In addition to foreign policy, Kennedy also weighed in on fiscal responsibility recently, saying last month that UFC middleweight Michael “The Count” Bisping was overpaid for his Dec. 3 knockout over Jason “Mayhem” Miller at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale. Bisping reportedly pocketed more than $400,000 for dispatching…

In the blink of an eye, it was over. Justin Timberlake may want to take notice. Cpl. Kelsey De Santis, the Marine who famously invited the singer and actor to attend the Marine Corps birthday ball with her, competed Saturday night in Operation Octagon XVI, a mixed martial arts event in Sterling, Va. To say it was a one-sided fight would be an understatement. De Santis, fighting in the 145-pound featherweight title fight, pummeled her opponent, Stacy Sneeringer. With a flurry of energy, De Santis took Sneeringer to the mat early, and finished her off 2:51 into the fight with…

Cpl. Kelsey De Santis, the Marine who made a name for herself in July by asking Justin Timberlake to the Marine Corps Ball, will be fighting in an MMA bout Saturday in Virginia. DeSantis’ fight is the main event at Operation Octagon XVI in Sterling, Va. Her opponent is a fellow 145-pounder named Stacy Sneeringer. A trainer at the Martial Arts Center for Excellence (MACE) at Quantico Marine Corps Base, Va., De Santis became the second Marine to garner national attention for asking a celeb to the Marine Corps Ball (A male Marine had struck first by asking Mila Kunis to the Ball).…

It was a bad weekend for the service academy football teams. Very bad. Army lost to previously winless Miami (Ohio). Air Force got smoked by Notre Dame. Navy was trounced at home by Southern Miss. And on top of all of that, the military’s biggest MMA star — former Marine officer and Silver Star recipient Brian Stann — was soundly defeated Saturday night at UFC 136. Stann handled The only of the above events I watched was Stann’s loss, which was somewhat stunning. It wasn’t surprising that Stann lost — he was the underdog — but it was shocking to see Chael…

She’s a captain in the 101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team. She is also the Screaming Eagles’ newest bantamweight combatives champ. Capt. Michelle LaForest submitted her opponent on Wednesday during the Week of the Eagles Combatives Tournament, making her the first woman to win in her weight class at a post-level tournament. Nearly 90 soldiers competed in the combatives tournament here at the Sabre Army Heliport hangar Fort Campbell, Ky., according to the Fort Campbell Courier. As the soldiers progressed through the various rounds, only 32 remained to fight in the finals, which allows striking and is not…

Texas National Guard Staff Sgt. Tim Kennedy won his latest Strikeforce matchup with Robbie Lawler on Saturday in a bloody three-round decision. The Ranger outfought his middleweight opponent, taking him to the canvas numerous times, where he dominated the grappling. Lawler, known for his powerful striking ability, was able to connect on a few shots but never seemed to rattle Kennedy. One of Lawler’s punches in the second round did open up a nice cut on Kennedy, which poured blood all over the place. Even though his face was a mess for the rest of the fight, Kennedy continued to…

Tune in to Showtime tomorrow night to watch Staff Sgt. Tim Kennedy take on Robbie Lawler in his latest Strikeforce mixed-martial arts battle. Kennedy, a Special Forces soldier who now serves in the Texas Army National Guard, has a 13-3 record. He will fight Lawler, who has a record of 19-7-1. The men, who both fight at 185 pounds, will step into the ring at the Sears Centre Arena in Chicago. The last time we saw Kennedy was when he submitted Melvin Manhoef with a rear naked choke in the first round of their March fight. Headlining Saturday’s main card…

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