Woman Crush Wednesday: Why Paige VanZant Is MMA’s Hottest Knockout!

Strong. Sexy. Fit. Dangerous.

That is how one would best describe MMA bombshell Paige VanZant.

Known as “12 Gauge”, the 23-year-old 5’4, 115-pound strawweight and Dundee, Oregon native has a 7-3 W-L record with two wins by knockout, two by submission and three by decision. Her three losses are two via submission and one via decision.

Trained in a mixture of styles including boxing, shoot fighting, Muay Thai and BJJ (Brazilian Ju-Jitsu), is a versatile fighter who can fight as a striker or as a grappler.

In a sport as violent as mixed martial arts with other notable female fighters such as Gina Carano, Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, the blond-haired stunner is a winner in and out of the octagon.

Outside of ring, VanZant has appeared in magazines such as HERS, MAXIM and most recently as a runner-up on ABC’s uber-popular competition show, Dancing With The Stars, and most recently was announced as one of 16 celebrities to appear on Food Network’s celebrity cooking show, Chopped. One of MMA’s most marketable fighters, VanZant also has a deal with shoe and apparel giant, Reebook.

Fighting inside the octagon, modeling outside of it, VanZant also has her beautiful blue eyes set on Hollywood.

Per TMZ, VanZant pulled out of her first acting role, Kickboxer: Retaliation alongside Mike Tyson and Hafpor Julius Bjornsson—a.k.a. Mountain from “Game of Thrones”—to focus on her upcoming fight with Bec Rawlings

Truly one of the brightest stars in MMA, VanZant’s star and brand—like her current record—is only set to get brighter and accumulate a few more wins—on what is an already impressive belt.

Thanks to the exploding success of mixed martial arts and popularity of the UFC, MMA is here to stay indefinitely. Don’t be shocked if VanZant is one of the biggest reasons why.

Happy Woman Crush Wednesday!




Culture: How Gaming Is Linked To Leadership Skills

Once traditionally viewed as a leisure activity, the real world value of gaming is now more widely recognized.

Today’s games require complex problem solving skills, decision making, as well as decisive leadership. Many similar attributes connect the world of gaming with the role of leadership; and with gaming being such a big part of mainstream culture, many of today’s young leaders are taking their inspiration from gameplay.

Risk and reward

The very earliest video games featured at least some level of risk, many more than others. Most obstacles you encounter in a game can be won in multiple ways with various strategies, so risk is inherent. Do you use your health potion before the start of a boss fight and risk possibly needing it in a direr situation after the battle has already begun?

Do you camp out an area of a map and wait for enemies to run by, or do you go the aggressive approach and lead the charge into their own spawn camp?

Gamers make these micro risk vs. reward decisions many times throughout the course of a playing session, and eventually they are so attuned to the process, the decisions will come second nature without much thought.

This is very similar to the business world or any other area of life where calculated risks are a necessity.

Push a client to hard or not hard enough and you may lose the sale, the goal is to find the sweet spot in-between the two extremes, and gaming is a great way to develop that skillset.

Taking charge

How many online sessions have been ruined because your squad is running around rudderless and without focus? No one is trying to accomplish the objective, and the team is not functioning as a unit. Chances are you’re the type of person that likes to rally the troops and get everyone back on task.

The majority of people in general like to follow and not lead and typically are just waiting around for someone to tell them what to do. Leadership, especially in the esports era, has become absolutely mandatory if your team hopes to compete at the highest levels, and that same group leading ability can be used again and again outside of a gaming arena.

And it’s not just prevalent in business either. Leadership is a necessary part of life; otherwise everyone would just be wandering around aimlessly. A focused group at work accomplishes more than individual effort. Every football team needs a quarterback, and not just to throw the ball, but to help motivate and steer the team as a whole.

Even though you may not have initially developed all of these skills solely from playing video games, there is no doubt that gaming is an excellent way to help further hone and sharpen these abilities in an environment that is also enjoyable.

As esports becomes an even bigger part of the gaming community, you can expect to see leadership play an even larger role than it does now.

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Thinking on your feet

Whether you’re playing a twitch heavy first person shooter or a slower, more methodical RPG, every gamer has to process problems and form immediate solutions. Since none of us want to have to pause a game every time we need to come up with a plan, these decisions are typically made in the spur of moment. In online competitive games you may only have a split second to make a judgment call that could have a massive impact on whether your team wins or loses the round.

Being able to make smart decisions in the moment and having the ability to think of your feet is a crucial leadership skill, as the primary role of a leader is to handle problems as they arise. Just as you can’t ask the other team in CS GO to wait until you form a complete strategy, your marketing team is going to want an immediate solution when something goes wrong and a fix is needed. Your mind needs to be going at all times if you are to be a strong leader, and where else is an active mind more frequently used than in gaming.




Fitness Focus! Q and A With Fitness Model Anastasia Todorova

5,394 miles.

That is the distance from the small Russian city of Pyatigorsk to New York City’s latest borough, Brooklyn, but in the world of modeling, everyone has a unique journey all their own.

Whether one wishes to be a Instagram, glamour, fitness, bikini, swimsuit, fetish, alternative/inked, boudoir, fashion or plus-sized, models come in all shapes and sizes and from many different backgrounds.

Photo: Artyom Samigullin and Kyra Ross

With spring now here and summer right around the corner, many want to start getting to the gym, working out, getting toned and lose a couple of pounds. If you are looking for some motivation in getting in shape, looking good and getting fit, look no further than Pyatigorsk-born, Brooklyn-based fitness model Anastasia Todorova.

A NPC Bikini competitor and a certified graduate of the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the 28-year-old Todorova is a rising star in the fitness modeling world, as she has been interviewed by fitness websites such as Nordic Shape, and is also set to appear in the 2017 Baltimore Grand Prix & Fitness Expo Model Search. With a well-toned and tanned athletic shape and curves to die for, and a alluring and sexy look, the 5’5 Todorova is easy on the eyes, but tough on you in the gym.

Below is my Q and A with the Russian fitness bombshell as we talk about getting fit, staying motivated, fit-shaming, her love of Philadelphia and the New York Rangers.

Photo: Artyom Samigullin and Kyra Ross

 

Name: Anastasia Todorova

Age: 28

Height: 5’5

Birthplace: Pyatigorsk, Russia

Measurements: 38.5-25.5-38.5

Social media links: Instagram: @anastasia_the_love | Facebook: Anastasia Todorova, New York

Modeling Agency: Freelance

 

Photo: Artyom Samigullin and Kyra Ross

Robert D. Cobb: What kind of model do you consider yourself? (Instagram, pin-up/glamour, fashion)

Anastasia Todorova: “Fitness model.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What brands have you modeled for? Which one do you enjoy modeling for the most?

Anastasia Todorova: “I haven’t modeled for any brands yet.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: Where has been your favorite place to shoot?

Anastasia Todorova: “Brooklyn Bridge, New York”

Photo: Artyom Samigullin and Kyra Ross

Robert D. Cobb: What is the most exciting aspect of modeling?

Anastasia Todorova: “The shoot itself. I find it to be such an adrenaline rush when I shoot. I enjoy absolutely everything about it.

From the makeup to the styling. I also find it so exciting to be published. I don’t know too much about that as of yet, but I think its so thrilling to see yourself in a magazine).”

 

Robert D. Cobb: Within the industry, who is your inspiration?

Anastasia Todorova: “Alice Matos, Oksana Grishina, Maria Kuzmina, Wendy Fortino.”

 

What is your secret to staying in shape?

Anastasia Todorova: “It is not a secret, fasted cardio, weight lifting and strict diet.”

Photo: Artyom Samigullin and Kyra Ross

Outside of modeling, what are your hobbies?

Anastasia Todorova: “Training and nutrition. I will compete in fitness bikini in June.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: With fitness bikini modeling becoming more popular thanks to social media platforms like Instagram, what are your thoughts on how it can be in creating a positive body image for women?

Anastasia Todorova: “The images of fitness bikini are meant to inspire women and remind them to stay on track of their fitness goals and also represent a healthy body-image role model.”

Photo: Dave Kotinsky,

Robert D. Cobb: What are your thoughts on “fit-shamers”? I’ve noticed online, that a lot of women tend to be shaming others for being too fit, too fat, too pretty/promiscuous, as a woman, what are your thoughts on this and how can it be addressed?

Anastasia Todorova: “Fit shaming, the trend seeks to attack people who are fitness enthusiasts. It tries to make fun of people who work hard to stay healthy and fit.

Here’s why it is a problem.

While everybody is tip-toeing around the concept of fat shaming, and supporting the big and the beautiful, they are totally disregarding the harmful effects of obesity, and shepherding the way to poor metal and physical health.”

Photo: Artyom Samigullin and Kyra Ross

Robert D. Cobb: What is the most exciting part of working out and staying in shape?

Anastasia Todorova: “I love to change my exercise routine every 6 or 8 weeks, and every training session is the most exciting part for me! Fasted cardio 6 times a week for staying in shape and, of course, I’m keeping my eyes on macros.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What motivates you to succeed?

Anastasia Todorova: “Look in the mirror.”

Photo: Dave Kotinsky,

 

Robert D. Cobb: What is your opinion of the growth and popularity of “athleisure” Fitness or fashion fad?

Anastasia Todorova: It is a fashion fad.”

 

Photo: Kyra Ross

 

Robert D. Cobb: What fitness and workout tips and tricks do you suggest to keeping in shape?

Anastasia Todorova: Find room in your schedule for 30-40 minutes workout 2-3 times a week- it is possible! Take stairs instead of elevator, walk 10-15 minutes instead of getting a bus ride, stop eating junk food, eat more vegetables, less sugar. Drink more water!”

Photo: Dave Kotinsky,

 

Sports question: Who are your favorite teams and clubs?

Anastasia Todorova: New York Rangers. I’m a hockey lover.

 

Robert D. Cobb: What are your favorite cities to travel to?

Anastasia Todorova: “Philly, I’m in love with this city!” Smile

 

Photo: Kyra Ross

Robert D. Cobb: What advice would you give to women aspiring to get into modeling?

Anastasia Todorova:I’m an aspiring fitness model. In my opinion you have to be prepared for opportunities, and that entails doing more than looking up a few things on the internet, and posing in front of the mirror.

You have to know what you are doing. For example, do a digital camera test on yourself, and learn your angles.”

Special thanks to Ms. Anastasia Todorova for her time and assistance during the Q and A interview process. Images used are with permission and are the rightful property of their owners.




Cleveland Browns: Franchise Has Golden Opportunity To Make Amends For Draft Day Blunders

With the 2017 NFL Draft less than 48 hours away, the NFL’s perennial punch line in the Cleveland Browns are once again on the clock.

In what seems to be an annual rite of spring, football fans can count on three things, the New England Patriots winning Super Bowls, teams overpaying in free agency and the Cleveland Browns picking in the top end of the draft.

Forty-eight hours before D-day, and there is a sense of imminent angst amongst the fan base, that the Browns will do what they always do in overthinking things and trying to be cute and outsmart everyone in being bold or trying to be different.

Sadly, Cleveland’s draft history shows how short-sighted such a draft strategy up.

It’s really sad when Hollywood pans your own beloved franchise in having Kevin Costner as a fictional general manager, who seems to have a clue on how to wheel and deal on draft day.

Like I said, sad.

Thanks to drafting all-time busts such as Tim Couch, Courtney Brown, Gerard Warren. Kellen Winslow II, Brady Quinn, Johnny Manziel, Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden, Barkevious Mingo and Justin Gilbert, prescriptions for Percocet’s and Xanax are at an all-time high right now in Cleveland.

What is an even scarier fact is that their last five picks from the last five drafts in Richardson, Weeden, Mingo, Manziel and Gilbert are no longer with the team, out of football or on another team entirely.

By some miracle, Mingo was able to get a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots, only because of Cleveland trading for Jamie Collins.

Things do appear to be proverbially turning the corner in Cleveland, as the Browns have assembling a promising nucleus to build around in the form of Danny Shelton, Nate Orchard, Christian Kirksey, the forementioned Collins, Cody Kessler, Corey Coleman to build around for the future.

Now just imagine if Cleveland does in fact tab Myles Garrett and pair him across from second-year stud in Emmanuel Ogbah? Imagine if the Browns draft a Corey Davis, O.J. Howard or Mike Williams, giving Kessler—or Brock Osweiler a dynamic weapon on offense to utilize.

Imagine if Josh Gordon actually got clean and back on the field. Yes, I know it’s too much to stomach—and a snowball’s chance in hell—but imagine how potent the Browns otherwise anemic offense would transform overnight?

It all starts in the draft. Always has been, always will be.

Look no further than the six-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, who are the gold standard of stability and success.

The have employed a simple—yet effective strategy of drafting for over 40 years in drafting the best player available on their board, and sticking to it. There is a reason why they won four titles in six years and two this millennium, by sticking with what works.

Pittsburgh may not draft the flashiest or biggest name player, they draft mean, nasty hitters, meat grinders who kick your ass for three hours on and off the field.

The Steelers EXPECT to win titles, the Browns HOPE to finish .500. That right there exemplifies the contrasting mindsets amongst the fans, franchise and media.

Having lived in Pittsburgh for the last 10-plus years, I can attest to this, ANYTHING less than a Lombardi Trophy being raised in February is considered a failure in the Steel City, whereas the closest the Browns get to a Super Bowl is having a great draft in April.

Such expectations need to change if Cleveland hopes to avoid being the NFL’s welcome mat in 2017. Hopefully, the Browns take another step in drafting the best and rewarding their long-suffering, loyal fans the same.

Even Sonny Weaver Jr. can appreciate that.




Robert’s Rant! Browns Need To Draft DE Myles Garrett No.1 Overall, And Be Done With It! (VIDEO)

With the 2017 NFL Draft five days away, the Cleveland Browns are once again outsmarting themselves into trying to appease their vocal fan base in selecting Mentor native Mitchell Trubisky No.1 overall.

For the love of Otto Graham and Paul Brown. Don’t do it.

Per a recent report per long-time Browns beat scribe, Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland is still considering the former Mentor High quarterback at No.1 My simple reaction is that of Homer Simpson doing his legendary “Doh!” facepalm.

As I stated, on my Facebook Live video early Saturday afternoon, per the below, it make NO sense whatsoever for my beloved Dawgs to bypass the clear top overall prospect—in what is widely considered a mediocre-at-best QB class—for a quarterback who is widely expected to be drafted anywhere from No.6 at the earliest to the top of the second round.

Did I fail to mention that he only started 13 games down in North Carolina?

 

#RobertsRant thoughts on Trubisky rumors at No.1, #BrownsDraftTailgate

Posted by Robert D. Cobb on Saturday, April 22, 2017

As the kids like to say, the Browns are thirsty for a quarterback. Sadly, they are also looking very desperate too.

I can understand the fans angst and anxiety over the Browns failing to find a starter, since Bernie Kosar was unceremoniously dumped like a bad habit by Bill Belichick back in that fateful fall of 1993, and that ever since Cleveland has going thru 26 different signal-callers, but to force the franchise to pick someone who is 8-5 in his career, is homerism at it’s worst.

Fans find it easy in falling for a QB in the draft, and automatically assume that one will fix the team’s problems. The point that many seem to miss is that Cleveland’s problems run so deep, are so disjointed and dysfunctional that inserting one will not remedy the franchise’s long-time problems.

Ever since coming back into the league in 1999, Cleveland has been treated by the rest of the NFL as a free/easy game to pad stats and “get numbers” thanks to a perennial porous defense, equally atrocious offense, bad coaching and even worse personnel groupings.

Yes. While I can understand the intent of Cleveland wanting to appear like they would pull the trigger on Trubisky, sadly, it wouldn’t be out of the question for the Browns to actually DO it.

Hopefully, someone in Berea is the actual adult in the Browns war room and prevents the front office from once again shooting itself in the foot.




Main Tips For Writing A Research Paper: Piecing The Puzzle Together

By Janis Lewis

Writing a research paper allows you to exhibit and sharpen your ability to conduct research on various topics and present the facts in a logically coherent and flowing manner.

But to excel in the writing of a research paper, you need to have other skills beyond just researching material to write. This post discusses those other things that complete the puzzle. The remaining sections of this article will share tips on writing a compelling research paper.

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Did you read the prompt?

Before embarking on any other process and moving forward, you need to analyze your assignment’s prompt. Without a thorough examination of your prompt, you will miss the most important part of all—your paper’s purpose. Therefore, you need to understand this part so you can confine all your efforts to the mandate of the assignment. Moreover, understand this part of your assignment gives you many clues that will lead you to brainstorm your topic successfully.

Did you choose your topic carefully?

After understanding your paper’s purpose, you need to choose how you will do it and the specific angle from which you will do it. You should select your topic based on several considerations. First, you should select the paper’s topic based on your ability to adequately research and write down the paper. Don’t venture into areas you are not familiar with lest you may end up with difficulties and land poor grades. Second, your selection should also factor is your personal interest in the topic. Even though personal interest is not compulsory, it is still necessary for motivating you to research and write your assignment.

Have you chosen reliable and credible sources?

Your sources are to your paper what a building material supplier is to a person seeking to build a house. If you choose a supplier who is known for supplying fake or low-quality construction materials, even the best of contractors who works on your house can only produce a poor-quality house. The reason is that good building skills cannot remove the effects of poor building materials. Likewise, when you want to construct your paper, the minds behind the material you will research will determine the quality of your essay. No matter how good your writing skills are, if you use incredible and unreliable sources, you will end up with a shoddy paper.

How strong is your thesis statement?

When writing your research paper, you need to draft a strong thesis statement. Your thesis statement is not just what you stand for regarding the topic you have chosen, no. It is also, what your entire paper stands on as a foundation and skeleton. That is why you need to make it as compelling as possible because it is the primary argument upon which you are going to base the other arguments.

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Sleepless In Seattle! Q and A With Lingerie and Pinup Model Jeannie Martin

Bellevue, Washington.

A beautiful and affluent suburb of Seattle, often considered one of the top places to live in America, is truly a hidden gem in the lush Pacific Northwest.

Home to companies such as Expedia, T-Mobile, video game developers such as Valve—makers of Half-Life and Counter-Strike and Bungle—who make a certain world-renowned FPS called Halo—with  Microsoft and Nintendo of America down the road in neighboring Redmond, some could consider Bellevue a mini-“Silicon Valley of the North”.

Photo: Aaron Miyosato

Other notable companies within the city include 5th Cell, Eddie Bauer, InfoSpace, Intellectual Ventures and Esterline, have helped Bellevue the third-largest city in the state of Washington.

Called the “City of Glass” due to the number of sky scrapers, the town of 120,000-plus sits on the eastern side of scenic Lake Washington with breath-taking vistas of Puget Sound, show why the town’s name is French for “beautiful view”

Fittingly, one of it’s own in glamour and pin-up model, Jeannie Martin, provides a beautiful view worthy of her hometown’s namesake.

Martin, a 5’7 30-year-old native of Bellevue, has a set of head-turning curves men would die for, with a body and figure worthy of Venus.

A published model who has appeared in Darkslide Mag, 86 Blvd mag, Aspiring Model mag and most recently GRL mag, Martin has dreams of posing for the likes such as Victoria’s Secret, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Vogue, GQ and Maxim.

Big dreams for a woman from a big city.

Photo: Aaron Miyosato

Thanks to an impressive portfolio already, who unabashedly loves showing off her God-given shape, Martin is all about showing what she’s go and being unapologetic about it.

As with all residents in the Pacific Northwest, Martin is a die-hard fan of her hometown Seattle Seahawks.

Confident. Classy and simply stunning, read my Q and A with Ms. Jeannie Martin as we discuss modeling, spring fashion, rocking a bikini and her beloved ‘Hawks.

Photo: Aaron Miyosato

 

Name: Jeannie Marie Martin

Age: 30

Height: 5’7

Birthplace: Bellevue, WA

Measurements: 34-25-36

Social Media Links: Instagram: @jeannie2727 | Facebook: Jeannie Martin

Photographer Links: Instagram: @seichiphoto | Facebook: Seichi Photography | Website: seichiphoto.squarespace.com

 

Robert D. Cobb: What kind of model do you consider yourself? (Instagram, pin-up/glamour, fashion)

Jeannie Marie Martin:I love modeling sexy lingerie, pinup, glamour, fashion, fitness, erotic, boudoir and classy nude.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What brands have you modeled for? Which one do you enjoy modeling for the most?

Jeannie Marie Martin:I have modeled for a Paul Mitchell hair show, hair products. I would love to model brands like Guess, Victoria Secret, Gucci, Prada etc.. high fashion stuff.”

 

Photo: Aaron Miyosato

Robert D. Cobb: Where has been your favorite place to shoot?

Jeannie Marie Martin:My favorite place to shoot is on the beach in the sand n ocean with the sun n sunsets. I’m kind of a mermaid, LOL”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What is the most exciting aspect of modeling?

Jeannie Marie Martin:The most exciting aspect of modeling is getting all dolled up hair makeup outfits and having a blast putting on a show in front of the camera.”

Photo: Aaron Miyosato

 

Robert D. Cobb: With spring now here and summer right around the corner, what tips do you have for looking great on the beach?

Jeannie Marie Martin:My tips for looking great for summer is, do your daily workout, yoga, hiking, swimming. Those are my 3 exercises I do to stay fit! I keep a healthy clean diet, lots of seafood, lots of fish, lots of salads, veggies, fruit and water. It also keeps your skin glowing!”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What swimwear trends and styles do you recommend for looking hot, confident and sexy?

Jeannie Marie Martin:And my swimwear for looking hot, confident and sexy are, string bikinis, thong bikinis and sexy one-pieces to show off my curves. I also wear jewelry, hats, and sexy high wedge shoes.”

Photo: Aaron Miyosato

 

Robert D. Cobb: Within the industry, who is your inspiration?

Jeannie Marie Martin:Adriana Lima is my  inspiration. I love her look, style and work. Makes me want to create images like hers. She’s amazing.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What is your secret to staying in shape?

Jeannie Marie Martin:My secret to staying in shape is I love seafood n salads. so I eat very good. Also I love hiking, yoga, long walks with my dog, swimming.”

Photo: Aaron Miyosato

 

Robert D. Cobb: Outside of modeling, what are your hobbies?

Jeannie Marie Martin:My hobbies are hiking, walking my dog, horse back riding, boating and travel.”

 

Sports question: Who are your favorite teams and clubs

Jeannie Marie Martin:I am a huge Lakers and Seahawks fan. I love basketball, its fast and fun.”

Photo: Aaron Miyosato

 

Robert D. Cobb: What are your favorite cities to travel to?

Jeannie Marie Martin:My favorite cities to travel to are, Malibu, Palm Springs, Las Vegas and Cabo. I love the sun and ocean.”

 

Robert D. Cobb: What advice would you give to women aspiring to get into modeling?

Jeannie Marie Martin:My advice to women who want to model is, love yourself, love your body, be confident and own it! Whatever goals and dreams you have, know you can do anything you set your mind to!”

Photo: Aaron Miyosato

Special thanks to Ms. Jeannie Martin for her time and assistance during the Q and A interview process. Images are the property of their respective owners and used with permission.