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Rafaela Silva: "Fake news, I will not move into MMA"

23 Jan 2021 14:55

Brazilian Rafaela Silva, the 2013 world judo champion and former 2016 Olympic gold medalist U57kgs will not make her debut in MMA as some media have reported. Due to her suspension the obvious flight would be to move into MMA, but Silva doesn't have plans to make that step. "It's fake news" Silva explains the rumours. "I won't go into MMA" Read more


Tato Grigalashvili wants to become multiple World Champion

22 Jan 2021 15:55

At the recent IJF Judo Masters in Doha Georgian super talent Tato Grigalashvili was one of the stars who again showed he is an asset for his country. Taking the gold medal at such huge event was impressive but foremost the way he achieved it. He became the best male athlete spending just 16 minutes and 33 seconds on the tatami in Doha which included 4 ippons wins and one wazari win. Grigalashvili is hot. Read more


Why does Judo have such a solid foundation in the UFC?

22 Jan 2021 15:40

UFC incorporates a huge range of different fighting styles and martial arts; its unpredictability is part of what makes it so thrilling to watch. UFC is made exciting by the vast range of fighting techniques it incorporates, over the year’s judo has proven to be a martial art favoured by some of the best fighters in the competition. Read more


Nekoda Davis can't compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games

21 Jan 2021 22:55

Nekoda Smythe Davis will not compete at the Tokyo Olympics Games this year. The British judoka suffers too much of her injury and will be focusing on qualification for the 2024 Olympic Games. British Judo interviewed the 2018 world championships finallist U57kg. Read more


Anja Stangar cancer free after her toughest fight

21 Jan 2021 22:20

Several months ago we learned the terrible news that Slovenian judoka Anja Stangar was diagnosed with lymphoma. The bronze medallist of the 2017 Zagreb Grand Prix and Baku Grand Slam was about to go into chemotherapy and as she said she was starting the most difficult fight of her life. The IJF interviewed her about her unwanted situation. Read more


The category U48kg has it all

20 Jan 2021 08:25

If we focus on the U48kg category, with its endless range of styles and energies, we might have expected Krasniqi (KOS), Bilodid (UKR), Tonaki (JPN) to reach the final block, one way or another. Our expectations, though, are not gospel. They are built from history, from feeling and gut, from expertise and technical understanding, but we can’t account for the topsy-turvy year behind us, with its speed bumps in the conveyor belt of tried and tested champion-building. Read more


Alice Schlesinger ends 15 years top judo career

19 Jan 2021 18:25

Alice Schlesinger has announced her retirement from judo after a career that has seen her compete on the international stage for over 15 years. Born and raised in Herzliya, Israel, Alice competed for her country of birth until 2014, before switching to compete for Great Britain, the nationality of her mother. Read more

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