A Very NorCal MMA Christmas Day

December 25, 2017—Many mixed martial artists and gyms surrounding Northern California paused several precious moments this Christmas Day to spread some holiday cheer.

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Happy birthday Jesus! 🎈🎉 #merrychristmas #getlit

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For some, such as UFC strawweight Cynthia Calvillo, Monday marked the start of fight week. Calvillo is calendared to close 2017 with a critical contest against Carla ‘Cookie Monster’ Esparza, a former champion of the division, and her support system at Team Alpha Male (TAM) stuffed strikes and takedown attempts into her stocking before she travels to Las Vegas to compete at UFC 219.

Andre Fili, a UFC featherweight inches from cracking the top-fifteen, neatly packaged his hands like two sixteen-ounce toys—that he cordially invited anyone willing to come play with—though he’d prefer to unwrap each stick of dynamite at UFC on FOX 27 and share them with Dennis Bermudez.

As Dustin Akbari’s main event date, January 12, 2018, at Fight to Win Pro 58 fast approaches, the human chess wizard not only received several rounds of wrestling work from Kaleio Romero, but he, as usual, was able to give the gift of No-Gi grappling to others:

Whether bleeding and sweating on the mat or circled around a decorated tree in your living room, hopefully, you spent today, in any manner you celebrate it, merrily.


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