Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Most anticipated fight in Women's MMA - Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate

Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate
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(Photo by Strikeforce/Showtime)
This Saturday, March the 3rd in Columbus, Ohio on Showtime, Strikeforce presents one of the most anticipated fights ever in Women's MMA, Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate. They are fighting for the Women's Bantamweight Championship (135 pounds). Miesha Tate currently owns the title.

Background on Ronda Rousey... Ronda Rousey is an American Judoka from Santa Monica, California. She currently trains with coaches Gene Lebell, Gokor Chivichyan (Team Hayastan), and Leo Frincu. Aside from being a 4th Dan Black Belt in Judo she is ranked #3 of being one of the world's greatest ever Judokas. She is an Olympic Bronze medalist in the sport.

Background on Miesha Tate... Miesha Tate is a mixed martial artist from Sacramento, California. She currently trains with the Team Alpha Male team. She has trained in Grappling (BJJ) and Wrestling. She is the #1 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the 135 pound weight class on the planet. Miesha is the current Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion.

What are both opponents known for? Ronda "Rowdy" Rousey is known for making other women tap out in a matter of seconds due to her famous armbar submission. Miesha "Takedown" Tate is known for a variety of submissions, her latest being an arm triangle choke, which scored her "Submission of the Month" on ESPN and allowed her to win "Submission of the Year" at the MMA Awards.

Who do I think will win? Without a doubt, Ronda Rousey. Although we have yet to see her striking, her ground game is much superior. Miesha has a weakness. Several actually. One of them being that every time she goes after an opponent, she attempts to get them into a clinch and push them to the side of the cage, getting the takedown earlier. She does this with every fight, which gives an edge to Ronda who is a 4th Dan Judoka.

Judo is a superior ground fighting to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as well as, Sambo. Why? Because this martial art actually lead to the innovation of both styles of fighting. I think BJJ and Sambo are both incredibly effective, but not as effective as Judo. It is one of the best ground fighting martial arts ever next to actual wrestling. Definitely looking forward to watching. I do think it will be relatively more competitive than most fights we have seen lately in WMMA.

Other fights in the Tate vs. Rousey fight card include:

Josh Thomson vs. K.J. Noons
Paul Daley vs. Kazuo Misaki

Scott Smith vs. Lumumba Sayers
Ronaldo Souza vs. Bristol Marunde
Sarah Kaufman vs. Alexis Davis
Caros Fodor vs. Pat Healy
Ryan Couture vs. Conor Heun

Roger Bowling vs. Brandon Saling

The other fight that I was looking forward to is no longer going to happen. My friend Roman Mitichyan's friend Gegard Mousasi was suppose to fight Mike Kyle. Mike Kyle apparently withdrew due to injury, but I definitely had Gegard Mousasi chosen to win that particular fight simply because he is a fabulous striker, as his boxing is way above average in MMA and he is very familiar with Judo. I guess he couldn't find someone to fight in the amount of time since Mike Kyle withdrew.

I think the winner of this fight (Miesha "Takedown" Tate vs. Ronda "Rowdy" Rousey) should take on the incredible Sara McMann.

Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey is this Saturday (so mark your calendars) and starts at 8 pm EST (6 pm my time, here in Montana). Prelims start about an hour or two earlier. Check your local listings for more information.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Happy World Pancake Day

Happy World Pancake Day



Homemade buttermilk pancakes made with all purpose flour, buttermilk, sugar cane juice, vanilla extract, butter, and a hint of Frangelico liqueur and topped with French vanilla ice cream, raw maple syrup, raw honey, chocolate syrup, honey roasted sugar coated almonds, and homemade whipped cream using Silk's almond milk in vanilla. Made by Sarah Afshar.

X Factor USA Season 2 Audition Cities


For X Factor USA Season 2, you have three ways to audition. You can either audition live, in front of one of the X Factor judges (whether it is a producer or someone associated with the show, as well as, music business) in one of the select cities, online via video, or at any MyStudio Recording Booth in select states and cities.

For X Factor USA Season 2, 2012 auditions will be held in the following cities...

Kansas City, Missouri
March 14th, 2012 - Wednesday
(sign up March 13th 2012) - Tuesday

Austin, Texas
March 22nd 2012 - Thursday
(sign up March 21st 2012) - Wednesday

San Francisco, California
April 20th 2012 - Friday
(sign up April 19th 2012) - Thursday

Greensboro, North Carolina
May 1st 2012 - Tuesday
(sign up April 30th 2012) - Monday

Providence, Rhode Island
May 10th 2012 - Thursday
(sign up May 9th 2012) - Wednesday

You need to bring two forms of ID. (License, ID Card, etc.)

You may print out the actual form on the official website, however; the day of audition day, they always hand them out. When I auditioned last year in Dallas, I printed mine out ahead of time and filled it out later.

I signed up the day before the audition at 9 am. The day of audition day, I did not audition until 4 pm. Thousands upon thousands of people try out for this, so if you want to audition, I recommend signing up the day before. You can usually sign up the day of auditions, but you won't get to audition until later that night.

Every person who auditions gets a wristband. Also, if you bring a guest and/or guests, they get a wristband too. Most of the time, if you audition, your wristband will be blue or red. If you are a guest, you will get a pink wristband.

The day of auditions, you get a ticket and are assigned a line to stand in. If you intend to wear high shoes, I recommend taking a pair of sneakers with you. I made the mistake of not doing that last year and although I made it through, I had a panic attack due to the pain my poor feet were in from standing in line from 6 am until 3 pm.

I made a lot of friends trying out last year in Dallas, TX. I definitely recommend this audition method the most. In fact, I am contemplating and debating whether or not I want to tryout this year. Definitely excited!

Another way you can audition is online. I didn't have this opportunity last year, as those who made it through, could not audition online via YouTube. This year the X Factor USA is giving those the opportunity of trying out by submitting a video. You can register right now by clicking here. Online auditions begin on Thursday, March 1st 2012. It's easier for those that cannot travel to the select cities above or do not have access to any MyStudio Booths.

Which brings me to the third and final method of audition for this amazing reality show. You can audition at any MyStudio Booths in the selected states, as well as, cities on the selected dates below.

MyStudio Booths (in selected states, as well as, cities)

New Jersey (all cities) auditions start Thursday, March 1st 2012
Phoenix, Arizona auditions start Thursday, March 1st 2012
Nashville, Tennessee auditions start Thursday, March 1st 2012
Honolulu, Hawaii auditions start Thursday, March 1st 2012
Los Angeles, California auditions start Friday, March 9th 2012
New England, Massachussetts auditions start Friday, March 9th 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada auditions start Wednesday, March 14th 2012

I am definitely thinking about trying out again.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Even on my days off, I am still working...

"Without struggle, there is no progress" - Fredrick Douglas. Making more progress with Afshar Beauty leads to only good rewards in the end. Even on my days off, I am always working, as it not only keeps me busy, but challenges me to work effectively yet efficiently too.




Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cocktail Recipes: Sarah's Partini


Sarah's Partini 

1 oz. Pinnacle Cake Flavored Vodka
1 oz. Qream Strawberry Cream Liqueur
1 oz. Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
1 scoop of French Vanilla Ice Cream
4 oz. A&W Cream Soda.

Combine the Pinnacle Cake Flavored Vodka, Qream Strawberry Cream Liqueur, Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur. Add the French Vanilla Ice Cream (you can substitute this for soy ice cream too if you are vegan or lactose intolerant, etc), followed by the A&W Cream Soda.

Enjoy!

Strawberry Banana French Toast = Love

It is amazing and if this doesn't serve as proof, I don't know what else will.



Thursday, February 9, 2012

Top 1000 for 2011...

Who made top 1000 writers for 2011 on Yahoo?! This girl! Recently, I received a message from Yahoo! Voice and the contributor network that I am one of the top 1000 writers of 2011. Definitely an honor coming from such a credible corporation with such good standing and great repute.