Guest Post: All Things Cheer with Elizabeth Cerreto

Hey MMA fans! My name is Elizabeth Cerreto and I am the creator All Things Cheer. My site is created to allow cheerleaders and cheerleading fans to explore everything that is going on in the cheerleading world and to come search for tips and advice on anything cheer related. Cheerleading has become so popular and there are not many places to go to get information specifically for college cheerleading. I wanted to create this spot, so upcoming college cheerleaders were ready to take on the next phase of cheerleading. I hope you guys enjoy it and learn something knew that you may have not known about cheerleading!


FKMMA Podcast Episode 2!

What’s up fight fans!

As you may or may not already know, I have partnered with Casey Murphy of Women’s Soccer Around the World, Danielle Keller of Fitness & Lifestyle, and Elizabeth Cerreto All Things Cheer. Together, we are using our background on sports to collaborate on posts promoting the Athletes Helping Athletes foundation. This here is my contribution to our effort.

In addition to this post, you will be able to read this over on Casey Murphy’s Women’s Soccer Around the World site very soon. You will also be able to read a guest post from All Things Cheer. I highly recommend you check out both of these posts, as well as  Fitness & Lifestyle, as all three share great insight to their respective sports.

With all that being said, this week’s podcast takes a bit of a different approach. Rather than looking at MMA news, or breaking down a fight card, this week we will be taking a look at a few of MMA’s top stars’ charitable efforts.

Music: Enthusiast by Tours, from FreeMusicArchive.Org (CC BY 3.0)

Brian Stann, Frankie Edgar, and Conor McGregor, along with a number of other MMA fighters have done a lot to help some great charities around the world, and I felt it would be appropriate to recognize them as we help address the Athletes Helping Athletes foundation.

Again, if you’re unfamiliar with AHA they help special needs students in the Pennsylvania area get the resources they need to enjoy sports. They really are doing a great job introducing new athletes to athletics, and I am honored to shine some light on them.

If you are looking to support AHA, or just want to learn more about them, you can visit their website.

If you enjoyed this podcast, leave a comment and let me know! This was a bit of a different route for me, but I hope you found it as interesting as I did.

As always thanks for being a supporter, and be sure to stay tuned here to Flying Knee MMA for a special guest post by  All Things Cheer‘s Elizabeth Cerreto.

UFC Memes: McGregor vs Aldo

Whats up fight fans! This week we are taking a look at a couple of memes that came out after Conor McGregor’s iconic 13 second, knockout victory over Jose Aldo at UFC 194. McGregor’s knockout sent shock waves through the world of sports media, so it was only a matter of time before great memes were born. For this breakdown we are going to take a look at one of the most iconic memes, and how it can be applied to the world of MMA.

The Crying Jordan

If the meme community had a Mt. Rushmore, the Crying Jordan Face is on it. According to the Know Your Meme Database, this meme stems from a speech made by Jordan in 2009. Three years later the speech took on a new life as the now iconic photo of Jordan was used in comedic fashion. The head shot has been used countless times, in a variety of situations. Aldo’s stunning defeat was unable to avoid the meme-ing.



The first of these meme’s overlays the Crying Jordan Face over Jose Aldo at the moment McGregor’s KO punch connected. At this moment, his multi-year reign as featherweight champion ended. For this you can see why the Crying Jordan would apply. The second takes this concept to a much larger scale, placing the Crying Jordan over the Christ the Redeemer statue, which overlooks Rio de Janeiro. This meme essentially slaps the Crying Jordan over the entire country of Brazil, Aldo’s home country.

These memes are relevant to the audience because they bring humor to one of the turning points in MMA history, the crowning of Conor McGregor as champion. This moment catapulted McGregor from MMA superstar, to global sports icon.

The underlying memetic concepts behind these memes allow the first to give immediate satisfaction the audience. The second is harder to decipher, but applies to a larger audience. The night of the fight, both of these memes surfaced online, to much approval from McGregor’s loyal fans. The timing of these posts definitely helped get more buzz, as memes, like news, are constantly being updated.

There are plenty of MMA Media sites that use meme’s to get their message out because, lets face it, memes are hilarious. They bring comedic light to an ultra-violent sport. This lighter side of things is always refreshing, so plenty of sites, blogs, and social media accounts create and share memes around the community.

The memes chose are user created, but there have been examples in the past of MMA memes with promotional intention. Namely, ahead of UFC 205 in New York City, the UFC twitter account encouraged the use of GIFs to express feelings about the upcoming fights. They even went as far as to cross promote with GIF sharing site “giphy” to create GIFs for twitter followers to use. This was a major example of the UFC encouraging fans to create and share memes.

In 2017 it is entirely apparent that memes are a part of our culture, popping up infinitely on our social media time lines. At this point they are as much a part of sports media as the outcomes of the events themselves.

Update on our Collaboration

Whats up fight fans!

As many of you may know with I am getting ready for an exciting project with Casey Murphy of Women’s Soccer Around the World, Danielle Keller of Fitness & Lifestyle, and Elizabeth Cerreto All Things Cheer. Together, we will use our background on sports to collaborate on posts promoting the Athletes Helping Athletes                                       Pixabay User: ChrisReadingFoto CC0 Public Domain

Since we last spoke, the team and I have been hard at work coming up with a plan for success. Through a series of four audio and video posts, will we each share stories from our respective markets in the lens of the Athletes Helping Athletes foundation. As part of the collaboration I will be posting on Casey Murphy’s Women’s Soccer Around the World, and Elizabeth Cerreto of All Things Cheer will be posting here on FKMMA. I know this may seem shocking to some of you, but I trust Elizabeth to bring content that will be relevant to the MMA community. I will also be posting a copy of my guest post here at home, so you will not have to deal with any FOMO.

Thus far we have completed a few major milestones, first in coming together to make a plan, and also in creating a ten page draft for our final effort. As people in all fields will know, working in virtual teams can be very stressful, so for us to get both of these assignments in on time is astounding. For the most part everyone pulled their weight, so thus far no one has been buried with the burden of too much work. I look forward to reaching our next milestones, which include revising our final effort s a group, and creating guest post that actually mean something in the context of each other’s blogs.

As with all the posts in this series, be sure to check out the Athletes Helping Athletes foundation, and consider donating. They are fighting for a great cause that you will hear a lot about from me over the next few weeks.


Exciting Announcement!

Hey MMA Fight Fans! This is T.J. Hitchings, the lead editor here at Flying Knee MMA. I’m pumped to announce an exiting collaboration between myself and a few other sites in the upcoming weeks. I will be joining forces with Casey Murphy of Women’s Soccer Around the World, Danielle Keller of Fitness & Lifestyle, and Elizabeth Cerreto All Things Cheer. Together, we will use our background on sports to collaborate on posts promoting the Athletes Helping Athletes foundation. A series of blog posts, podcasts and screencasts will be posted across the four blogs introducing the foundation, and relating it back to our over arching topics.


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Stay tuned to the aforementioned blogs, as well as the homepage here at FKMMA as the campaign unfolds, and visit Athletes Helping Athletes to learn more about their amazing work.

Comparing Live Streams

In this week’s entry I wanted to take a look at some of the different sources of MMA live media online this week. On Tuesday, Bellator hosted the press conference for their June 24th event on pay per view. Both the Bellator YouTube channel, and the YouTube page posted live video, both of which are included below.

Above: Bellator’s official stream Below: MMA’s live stream

These two streams both contain the same content, but are conveyed in different ways. For starters, the MMA Fighting stream started at a much more opportune time. Bellator’s stream had a long period of filler at the front of it. You can tell the efficiency just by the time stamps, with the MMA Fighting stream coming in over ten minutes shorter. I also noticed that the MMA Fighting stream had better audio for some reason. The one thing the official stream had an advantage over was camera angles. It appeared as if Bellator had at least a four camera set up, while MMA Fighting had but one camera.

This differences are noteworthy as sports move with other television properties closer and closer to online streaming. Figuring out how to stream now will become vital for production companies years down the road. It is great to see MMA Media producers investing in new technology like live streaming. This is a great look for the future of the industry.


FKMMA Podcast Episode 1! Matt Hughes+ UFC Brasil Recap + UFC London Preview

This week on the blog I am introducing the very first full episode of the FKMMA podcast! this will soon become a weekly part of the Flying Knee MMA world. Each week we will take a look at the top story in the world of Mixed Martial arts, as well as a breakdown of the most recent fight card. At the end of each show I will give my picks for the next weekends biggest fights.

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This week we take a deeper look into the breaking news that UFC legend Matt Hughes is pursuing a return to Mixed Martial Arts. We then broke down the top fights at last weekend’s UFC Fight Night Fortaleza, before previewing the upcoming UFC London card.

In the future I look forward to connecting with both experienced MMA fans  and fans looking to get into the sport alike. A fans perspective on the sport is something that has not yet reached the mainstream of MMA podcasts, so that is what I aim to accomplish.