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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.

 

Donald trump and gym mats

Market Watch

The Reserve Bank of Australia surprised the markets by keeping rates on hold. The statement that they released did not suggest that they would be cutting later on this year. The decision and the statement buoyed the Australian Dollar pushing it up above $0.70. The dollar have been in the doldrums since Donald Trump decided to renew his hard-line stance in China. With trade negotiation back on track Trump decided to add a spanner in the works by tweeting his thoughts.

The Australian dollar has been trending lower lately. The result of which might be the rise in price of imported goods such as jigsaw mats. Every time the dollar fulls against the American dollar it puts further pressure on pricing. Whilst it hasn’t had a significant effect on inflation up until now there could be one in the future. The price of jigsaw mats has remained stable thus far but they could rise in the future. While current stock prices won’t rise there is always a possibility that any further depreciation in the AUD could cause the price of jigsaw mats and MMA mats to rise.

Easter jigsaw mats delivery times

Post Easter Trading Hours Back to Normal

After a long and relaxing Easter break the trading hours are back to normal. There would have been some delays getting jigsaw mat orders out on time during the break as staff were on holidays and the couriers were not working. There will probably be a backlog of orders which will need to be dispatched. Whilst there might be some delays getting those orders out it should not take too long for orders to be delivered. If you are waiting on your jigsaw mats or MMA mats to arrived and have any questions feel free to call Mike in the office. 

Ezymats always try their best to get goods out as soon as they are ordered. Unfortunately during breaks this can get blown out. Although delivery time would be no different to what would be experienced with other vendors.

New Shipments of MMA mats, Jigsaw Mats and tatami Mats coming to Sydney

New Training Mats Arrive Tomorrow

We have a shipment or training mats arriving tomorrow. The shipment has been on the water for that last 3 weeks and final hit Sydney port over the weekend. The training mats in the container should be available from Wednesday when they will well and truly be in our warehouse. Although some of them mats have been pre-ordered they will still have lots of mats available for the general public.

The shipment will consist of the following MMA mats, tatami mats and jigsaw mats:

  • Tatami mats – Grey x 75
  • Tatami mats – Black x 75
  • MMA mats – Grey x 120
  • MMA mats – Red x 45
  • MMA mats – Black x 145
  • EVA mats – Red/Blue – 20mm x 200
  • EVA mats – Red/Blue – 40mm x 200
  • EVA mats – Black/Grey x 200

All up there are 1060 mats coming in with this shipment. About 200 mats have been pre-ordered with the rest available for other customers.

mma mats compared to tatami mats

Tatami Mats Versus MMA Mats

When looking to outfit your gym it is imperative that you plan accordingly to ensure that you get the best outcome for both your business and clients. The kind of mats you use will be the most visible thing your customers see when they enter your training area. As they say first impressions last for ever. So if your customer’s see a quality training area then they will assume quality training. If not then they won’t.

When your chose MMA mats or Tatami mats from Ezymats then you are chose a quality mat. Both our mats are a great addition to any gym whether it be a MMA gym and any other martial arts activity. They are solid and durable and have a density of 230kg/m2. Our MMA mats and tatami mats are currently in use all over the country. From major cities to country town you will find Ezy Mats training mats. But when looking at MMA mats and tatami mats how do you chose?

Quite simply the mats are essential the same. The have the same density, are the same size, come in same colour options and use the same material. The only difference between the two is that the MMA mats come in a smooth finish whereas the tatami mats come with a texture finish. The reason you would chose the MMA mats is that you have a preference for smooth mats. This would be because:

  • You prefer the feel
  • You prefer the look
  • You want to reduce mat burn during grappling
  • You just like it that way

With tatami mats your preference may be:

  • You prefer the look
  • You want more grip during training
  • You want the traditional tatami finish
  • You teach a traditional martial arts
  • You just like it that way

So as you can see there are a variety of reasons to chose either. But at the end of the day they both cost the same and will do the job. 

Conor McGregor Smashing Phon

Video Of MMA Fighter Conor McGregor

Apparently a video has been released showing MMA fighter Conor McGregor allegedly grabbing a fans phone and smashing it on the ground. He is the seen stomping on the phone whilst his entourage blocks the alleged fan. McGregor was later arrested by the police and charged with numerous offences. He was release on bail pending further enquiries by the cops. This is the second time Conor has found himself in trouble after previously smashing a bus with UFC fighters on board. 

It is not clear how much time Conor has spent on MMA mats training nor what is upcoming fight will be. It has been sometime since he was seen training on MMA mats in the gym. It is not certain if he has a preference for training on MMA mats or jigsaw mats. What is certain is that he would need to train on some kind of training mat as a mixed martial artist. It is well know that mixed martial artists train on jigsaw mats and other kinds of surfaces. He has been seen around town travelling with his entourage.

Whilst the outcome of the latest incident is not know it can be assumed that the alleged victim might seek compensation for their smashed phone. Although the owner of the phone has expressed disappointment that a phone which had photos of his son on it is now gone including the photos. It would not be hard for Conor to replace the phone considering the reported $100M he received fighting Mayweather. Lets hope he replaces the fans phone.