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Boxing NAMA Akrotiri

Stipe Miocic Defeats Daniel Cornier at UFC 241

After months training for the event at his gym on jigsaw mats and after waiting more than a year for a rematch Stipe Miocic was able to beat Daniel Cornier for the heavy weight title at UFC 241. It was an exciting fight to watch on a Sunday afternoon (saturday night in the US) at the Star Casino. Although it took until the four round, Miocic was finally able to defeat Daniel Cornier get back the belt. 

Daniel pretty much controlled the fight for the first three rounds continually connecting with his jab which bloodied Miocic’s face. Whats more his grabbing of Stipe’s hands both frustrated the fighter and stopped him from throwing any meaningful punches. At one point Cornier picked Miocic up and threw him to the ground, although it was not as violent a throw and it could have been.

By the fourth rounds it pretty much looked like it would be another victory for Cornier. I had $350.00 riding on the fight having bet a multi which include a win for Diaz in the earlier fight and a KO victory for Stipe. I was about to rip up my ticket when I saw the tide turn and Miocic begin to take the fight to Cornier. As I shouted “you should have done that all along you clown” Miocic chopped into the champ through huge punches to his ribs and then a flurry of punches which ultimately felled Cornier.

Testimony to how great the fight was are the statistics. Cormier landed a UFC heavyweight record 181 significant strikes in the loss. Cormier and Miocic combined for 304 significant strikes.Miocic is now tied with Tim Sylvia for second in UFC history with five title fight victories. Randy Couture has the most with six.

UFC 241 drew a sellout crowd of 17,304 to Honda Center, setting a new California gate record for MMA at $3,237,032. I on the other hand went home with a pocket full of money. 

The moral for the story is that if you want to be a champ then you have to prepare and the best way to prepare is you have some good jigsaw mats or MMA mats which will make the task all the more easier.

Cornier vs Miocic 2

Daniel Cornier Rematch With Stipe Miocic

Daniel Cornier and Stipe Miocic will have their much anticipated rematch at Honda Centre in Anaheim California on the 18th of August. The fight has been a long time in the making and follows Cornier’s knock out victory over Miocic. Stipe Miocic has been calling for the rematch for some time now as he has waited to avenge his loss of the heavyweight title after defending it for a record three consecutive times.

Miocic has said that he has spent a lot of time on jigsaw mats preparing for this event. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work on MMA mats to prepare for a fight like this. His training would have included a lot of grappling to counter Cornier’s experience in that field but also stand up boxing and kickboxing. Miocic would be more than aware of the importance of this fight as he tries to regain the title that he lost and cement his legacy in the UFC.

Daniel Cornier would have also spend a large amount of time training on jigsaw mats at his MMA gym. Cornier is nearing the end of his career and another victory against the legendary Miocic would see him elevated to GOAT status, a field occupied by only a handful of UFC fighters.

Fall in Interest Rate Rise in Gym mat pricing

The AUD and Interest Rates Effect on Gym Mat Pricing

With Australia’s unemployment rate remaining at 5.2%, even though jobs growth was solid, one can expect the RBA to continue to look at the state of the economy and the need to stimulate it. The participation rate rose confirming that a lot of slack remains in the labour market which means wages growth should remain subdued for the time being. With this the RBA minutes revealed they will “continue to monitor developments in the labour market closely and adjust monetary policy if needed”. What this means that the chances of another rate cut could be on the cards.

Obviously the Federal Government is comfortable with the current economic situation otherwise they would be injecting more stimulus into the economy. Either that or they have run out of ideas. Either way we can’t expect to see any action by this government or reaction to what the RBA is saying. What that means is that all that we can expect is that any response to economic decline will need to come from the RBA, and all the RBA can really do is reduce interest rates.

Should the RBA chose to reduce interest rates there will be a number of effect. These effects are as per below:

  1. We can expect the AUD to fall against the USD. This is what has been happening ever since the RBA first started to drop interest rates. Also the rise in the Fed Reserve Rate in the US has further exacerbated the effect. Obviously when the AUD falls it leads to imported inflation as a large portion of what Aussies consume is imported. The same can be said for gym mats which are an imported product. Gym mats are everything from:
  • Jigsaw Mats
  • EVA mats
  • Tatami Mats
  • MMA Mats
  • Yoga Mats

2. It would be hoped that a fall in interest rate will stimulate the economy. When consumers have access to cheap credit it is hoped that they will borrow money and purchase things such as cars and other items. This then is meant to lead to inflation which is necessary to help the economy. One would expect that this inflationary effect would also touch products such as gym mats and thereby causing their price to rise.

3. Business expansion is the final frontier of rising interest rate. As well as encouraging consumers to consume more products such as gym mats, it is hoped that increase consumption and cheap credit will also encouraged businesses to invest more. This investment is meant to spur employment as companies general require more equipment and workers when they expand. So for example if an MMA club decides to setup a new school due to more demand for their services than they will require gym mats such as MMA mats and jigsaw mats for their premises.

So you see the effects of a rise in interest rates are immediate. How effective they are in the long term remains to be seen. Whether they can be effective without reciprocal government stimulus is also another question.

Jon Jones beat Thiago Santos at UFC 239

Jon Jones Beat Thiago Santos at UFC 239

It was hardly a vintage Jon Jones performance. In what was probably one of the most lackluster efforts in his long reign as UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones beat Thiago Santos. Although there didn’t seem to be much separating the two fighters in the end Jones was able to come away with a split decision to retain his title at UFC 239.

Despite being a hard fought victory, Jones set a UFC record for the longest unbeaten streak at 17 wins. This sure will serve to cement Jones’ reputation as the best fighter in UFC history, even if not everyone thinks so. Some believe that the best fighter in UFC history is Fo Man Chu from the Shaolin School of Divinity. Much of the training there is done on jigsaw mats and EVA mats which are renown for breeding superior MMA 

What is interesting about the fight with Santos is that Jones never really went for a takedown and did not utilise his superior wrestling. It makes one wonder does he need to join the Shaolin School of Divinity and train on their famed jigsaw mats and EVA mats. Certainly something to consider. “Don’t you think Jonesy?”

black and grey gym mats for martial arts training.

High Dollar Helps Jigsaw Mats and Tatami mats

The Australian dollar has continued its edge higher in recent days, reaching 6-week highs and now up 2.5% from the lows reached in mid-June. However, with the RBA having a meeting next week (the markets pricing in a 68% chance of a rate cut, according the EzyMats) and the continuing trade wars there is still a chance that the AUD’s rise could run out of steam.  What it says in the mean time is that the markets are starting to think that the Aussie economy is not doing all that bad. The rate even reach $0.70 this morning which is the first time in a couple of weeks that it has reached that level.

The end result of a buoyant AUD for the jigsaw mat and tatami mat markets if overall positive. There has been pressure on the pricing of both jigsaw mats and tatami mats recently. This has been reflected in the rising prices with both jigsaw mats and tatami mats experiencing price rises. Has the decline in the AUD continued there were expectations of further price rises. Fortunately for now the threat of that happening seems to have abated.

 

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Stipe Miocic to Fight Daniel Cornier Again

The UFC has finalised a heavyweight title matchup between Daniel Cormier and former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic for a pay-per-view event on Aug. 17, in Anaheim, California. The fight will be the first time the pair have fought since their last fight which saw Cornier take the title off Miocic. Stipe announced that “I’m ready, I’ve been ready. And I’m going to take back what’s mine”, meaning the belt he lost to Cornier.

Cornier had originally been slated to fight Brock Lesnar in a title fight but Lesnar announcing his retirement put a stop to that line-up. Brock will likely continue his WWE career on the wrestling mat rather than risk it in the Octagon. It is probably a good idea as a loss in MMA is much more devastating than in “rocking roll” wrestling which sees champions recycled and reused on a regular basis (my opinion only).

The Stipe Miocic v Daniel Cornier fight should be an interesting bout. Stipe will surely spend a lot of time training on jigsaw mats or MMA mats before the bout as he will want to regain the title he defended a record 3 times before his loss. For Cornier a win will mean maintaining a near perfect record with the only loss in his career coming against living legend Jon Jones. What ever happens it will be an excellent fight.

Exchange rate vs USD

Australian Interest Rates Cut to Historic Low

Australian interest rates have been cut to their lowest level in history with the official rate is now just 1.25 per cent. It was the first cut in over 2 years. Originally markets had been expecting that the next move would be up for interest rate. Low inflation and rising unemployment changed that sentiment and this latest rate cut was factored as an absolute certainty by markets.

Last month, the RBA governor Philip Lowe said he expected the economy’s growth rate to pick up from 2.3 per cent to 2.75 per cent by the end of this year, while maintaining a steady unemployment rate, but that that forecast was built on the assumption that he would cut rates twice this year.

Mr Lowe said today that despite strong employment growth over the past 12 months, rising participation, and reports of skills shortages in some areas, there has been “little further inroads” into the spare capacity of the labour market recently.

What the rate cut means for consumers is lower interest rates on their home loans and credit cards. This is expected to boast consumer spending on such items as tatami mats and MMA mats.  Both tatami mats and MMA mats are looked at as a discretionary item which means they are not a necessity such as bread and milk. As such now that consumers have more money to play around with the likelihood of them purchase goods such as tatami mats and MMA mats has increase. This would also extend to jigsaw mats and other training mats.

Whilst there are predictions of another rate cut that is not necessarily the case. The RBA might chose to wait and see what happens before acting again. There is talk of a rate cut in the US and other stimulus around the world which might boost the world economy and as such have a positive impact on Australia’s domestic economy.

Swede UFC Fighter Alexander Gustafsson retired from MMA

Alexander Gustafsson Retires from MMA Mat After UFC Stockholm

UFC fighter Alexander Gustafsson has chosen to retire from the UFC and professional MMA fighting after his loss to veteran Anthony Smith at UFC Fight Night in Stockholm Sweden. The big Swede, who also goes by the nick-name “Lionheart”, simply stated that “the show is over, guys”. Gustafsson, 32, was submitted by Smith in the 4th round via rear naked choke. It is not a pretty way to go but much better then a straight knock-out.

Alexander Gustafsson was famous for being the only MMA fighter to take Jon Jones the distance. No only did he take him the distance but issued the only real scare to the UFC legends fighting career. Amongst other things Jone Jones tweeted after the retirement announcement “You held the division to a standard and made us better”, Jones said. After such a long MMA career it will be sad to see Alexander retire from the MMA mat. It is never a good think when a fighter of such calibre has to call it a day. Hopefully he will continue to play a roll in MMA in some form helping others hone their skills training MMA on the jigsaw mats of the future.

Gym mats and jigsaw mats

Coalition Win Temporary Boast For AUD and Gym Mats

The coalition win over the weekend proved to be just a temporary boast for the AUD and the price of Gym mats. The Liberal National coalition surprised the nation and all the pundits. It was expected that the Labour Party would easily win the election but that was not the case. In the end the Libs ended up with a majority in the house with the Senate yet to be decided.

The initial reaction to the Liberal victory was the strengthening of the AUD. For the first time in weeks in shot up above $0.70. It was also a boast for gym mats as it seemed that pressure for a price rise would subside. The price of gym mats has steadily increased over the past year. First it was eva mats which went up at the beginning of the year. The price of 40mm jigsaw mats went up whilst the other thicknesses staid the same. The price of MMA mats and tatami mats also increased in price over the last couple of week.

The short lived increase in the AUD was broken by the Reserve Bank hinting that there could be an interest rate cut in the not too distant future. Some are predicting a cut as soon as June and then another in August. Such cuts could lead to the Australian Dollar falling further and therefore even more pressure on the price of gym mats.

Tatami Mats and MMA Mats more expensive

Ezy Mats Announces Tatami Mats and MMA Mats Price Rise

Ezy Mats has announced a rise in pricing for Tatami Mats and MMA Mats. There has been pressure on the price of both these mats for sometime now as the Australian Dollar has taken a dive. The escalating trade war between the US and China, The two largest economies in the world, has sent jitters down the global markets hitting the Australian dollar particularly hard. The AUD is susceptible to threats to the Chinese economy due to our reliance on China for trade.

These price rises has thus far been confined to Tatami Mats and MMA Mats. The price of jigsaw mats has remained stable for the time being but there is no guarantee that they won’t go up in the future. The price of jigsaw mats is be more resilient then tatami mats and MMA mats for the following reasons:

  • Cheaper to produce
  • Cheaper to ship
  • Economies of scale in production

But despite the above one can expect the price of jigsaw mats and other training mats to go up should the weak dollar persist. It is hoped that the Chinese and Trump will soon come to their senses and work out a deal.