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November 17, 2015

No One is Undefeatable

Nov 15, 2015; Melbourne, Australia; Holly Holm (blue gloves) celebrates after defeating Ronda Rousey (not pictured) during UFC 193 at Etihad Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Roberts-USA TODAY Sports usp ORG XMIT: USATSI-256554 [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

Nov 15, 2015; Melbourne, Australia. Credit: Matt Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve all either seen it or heard about it from our friends or Facebook posts. Ronda Rousey, after a perfect 3-0 amatuer MMA record and 12 professional MMA wins, was defeated by boxing champ, Holly Holm on Saturday. The fight, scheduled for five five-minute rounds, ended 59 seconds into the second round with a well-timed kick to the neck. But I’m not here to analyze the fight. I’m here to talk about defeat.

Ronda’s wide range of talent and her fervor for the fight have made given her the reputation of being unbeatable. So many women tried, but they couldn’t even come close to beating Ronda. Whether it was her martial arts skill or her oozing confidence that caused it, Ronda couldn’t be touched. The world was in awe of her because of it, and she drew in millions of viewers for every fight. We were all waiting for that the moment: the defeat of an MMA phenom. Holly Holm made history on Saturday at UFC 193 when she became the first woman to beat Ronda Rousey in MMA.


Some fans were disappointed to see the champ lose her belt. Others were celebrating the flawless technique and grace exhibited by Holly. The win by Holly proved that time and dedication to your craft can make you successful, but the fight also proved another thing: no person is unbeatable. It seemed to be a unanimous mindset that Ronda was and would remain the women’s bantamweight champion of the UFC. To many fans there was no other alternative. There was no woman in the UFC who could take the title from Ronda.

Ronda won 12 straight professional MMA fights, many of them in the first round with a destructive armbar. Her judo throws are flawless, and her demeanor is enough to make people run in the other direction. How could a woman so strong, so confident, so technical be beaten?

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15:  (L-R) Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm size each other up in the first round in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 193 event at Etihad Stadium on November 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 15: (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The answer is… it can happen to anyone. There is no person on this Earth who cannot lose. No matter the time you put into training, no matter how much you’ve mentally prepared, no matter how much you want the win, there is still the potential of loss. It may be a difficult pill to swallow, but it’s one that we all must force down at some point in our lives. Whether it’s messing up the delivery of an important work presentation, getting a D on a math test, or placing second in the jiu jitsu tournament after working so hard for it, we all have to accept defeat.

Although it stinks, and no one likes it at that moment, losing anything can be a huge defining moment. Messing up, failing, or losing can motivate us to work even harder for the next presentation, test, or tournament. Winning feels great for a few hours or maybe days, but we tend to remember our losses until the next time we win. We can let losses hang over us like a dark cloud, or we can let them be a guiding light for what we need to work on for next time.

Losses teach us a lot about ourselves. For example, after losing a jiu jitsu tournament it is easy to determine which techniques we need more work on. If there is footage of the match, you and your coaches can point out your weak areas in your game and help you improve in those areas. Losing hurts in the moments afterward, but if you harness its power it will help you in the long run.
Ronda Rousey, the woman who seemed undefeatable, was defeated. This is proof that even the most prestigious, talented, and confident people can lose. We shouldn’t let her loss disappoint us too much. Although Ronda seems to be hard on herself, hopefully her family and coaches can pick her up and get her ready for the next fight. This loss to Holly must have been tough, but knowing how persistent Ronda is, I believe she will come back better than ever, and maybe more humble too. 😉


April 6, 2015

Scranton MMA Intro to Striking Seminar

Scranton MMA is proud to offer another FREE seminar. This seminar will cover the basics of striking for MMA. It will consist of techniques from both Boxing and Muay Thai.

One of our students who has trained under Boxing great Chris mills and Professional MMA fighter Steve Wilson will teach the seminar.

1:00 PM – 14 and Under
2:00 PM – 15 and Over

Again 100% FREE please do us a favor and share this with all your friends. Scranton MMA has a great striking program and we are trying to get the word out.

Our Boxing program is lead by former pro boxer Chris Mills and the Muay Thai program is lead by Professional MMA fighter Steve Wilson. Both are great teachers with so much to offer.

Please email with any questions and we will be glad to answer them.


Scranton MMA Beginner Boxing Lessons

At Scranton Mixed Martial Arts we are proud to offer beginner boxing lessons at our academy. Scranton PA has a very rich boxing history and we are working to create a great future as well. We recently restructured our entire boxing program at Scranton MMA to include specialized classes for new members or people with no prior boxing experience.  We wanted to make it even easier for anyone who has an interest in boxing to start learning this great sport in a very safe and professional environment.

Boxing at Scranton Mixed Martial Arts now meets three times per week and each day there is a time slot for a beginners class and time for an advanced class.  Our beginners now have an entire class devoted just to learning the basic techniques and fundamentals of boxing while being highly supervised and coached by our instructors.

Beginner Boxing Classes

Having beginner boxing classes in Scranton helps in two major ways.  First people in the beginner class get to work out and learn boxing in an environment that is geared towards the beginner.  It makes sense for beginners to learn and practice in a way that is slightly different manner than an advanced student who has already gone through the beginner program.  Having a time just for beginners allows our coaches to mold and guide the beginner student more efficiently into a proficient boxer.  Beginners can take more time to learn the basic movements, punches, combinations and even the terminology of boxing.

Another benefit to having a beginner boxing class at Scranton MMA is that our advanced class can really shine.  Everyone in the advanced class has been invited to train by our instructors so they know they are ready for that class.  The class does not have to stop or slow down to  re teach the basics.  Students in the advanced class will get more advanced coaching, more drilling and more sparring.  It really is a win win situation for everyone beginners and advanced students.

If you have any interest in learning how to box or taking your striking to a new height please dont hesitate.  Call or email us today to find out how easy it is to test out our program free of charge.

Scranton MMA Boxing team has a great showing

The Scranton Mixed Martial Arts Boxing team had a great showing at the st pattys day brawl in Scranton on March 8th.

Stephon Burgette defeated Tommy Ayers by way of a third round Technical Knock out.  Burgette knew he was going to have a difficult fight again a much taller fighter.  Burgette was able to get inside of the much taller ayers reach and deliver some great body shots which set up some great shots to the head. Burgette has been training incredibly hard and this is a very well deserved win for him.  Please when you see him in the gym congratulate him on his TKO!

Daekwon Buckly won a heavyweight fight in his boxing debut. Buckly has also been training very hard for this fight and his hard work paid off big for him as well.  Buckley was also able to use body shots to score a technical knockout. Buckley ended his fight in the second round after delivering some very powerful shots that dropped his opponent and forced the referee to stop the fight.  Again when you see Daekwon make sure you congratulate him on his great victory!

The Scranton MMMA boxing team was supposed to have 2 other fighters on the card but their opponents did not make weight. Although they did not get to fight on this card their hard training will definitely pay off when they get in the ring for their next fight.

We want to thank Chris Mills our head boxing coach for all his great work and the extra hours he has put in with the fighters recently.
Full results can be found here:

If you have ever thought about learning how to box there has never been a better time. Scranton MMA has a great beginners boxing program that anyone can join and learn the wonderful art of boxing. Please contact us today to find out how easy it is to get started.


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