Samuel Benjamin Sam Harris is an American author, philosopher, and neuroscientist. He is the co-founder and chief executive of Project Reason, a organization that promoted science and secularism. His book The End of Faith, a critique of organized religion, appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list for 33 weeks, Letter to a Christian Nation was a response to criticism of The End of Faith. In The Moral Landscape, Harris argues that science can help answer moral problems, Harris is considered a member of the Four Horsemen of New Atheism, alongside Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and the late Christopher Hitchens. He is an advocate of separation of church and state, critic of religion and he has praised Advaita Vedanta and Dzogchen, however, as they contain empirical insights about the nature of consciousness that do not depend upon faith. Harris writings on religion have drawn praise and criticism. Harris has written articles for The Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsweek, and his articles discuss topics including religion, morality, neuroscience, free will, terrorism, and self-defense. He has also appeared in the documentary films The God Who Wasnt There, Harris was born on April 9,1967 in Los Angeles, the son of actor Berkeley Harris and TV producer Susan Harris, who created The Golden Girls. His father came from a Quaker background and his mother is Jewish and he was raised by his mother following his parents divorce when he was aged two. Harris has stated that his upbringing was entirely secular, and his parents discussed religion. In 1986, as a student at Stanford University, Harris experimented with MDMA, Harris became interested in spiritual and philosophical questions when he studied at Stanford University. He was fascinated by the idea that he might be able to achieve spiritual insights without the use of drugs, leaving Stanford in his second year, he went to India, where he studied meditation with Buddhist and Hindu religious teachers, including Dilgo Khyentse. Eleven years later, in 1997, he returned to Stanford, Harris began writing his first book, The End of Faith, immediately after the September 11 attacks. His thesis was titled The moral landscape, How science could determine human values, Harris states that religion contains bad ideas, calling it one of the most perverse misuses of intelligence we have ever devised. He compares modern religious beliefs to the myths of the Ancient Greeks, in a January 2007 interview with PBS, Harris said, We dont have a word for not believing in Zeus, which is to say we are all atheists in respect to Zeus. And we dont have a word for not being an astrologer, Harris states that he advocates a benign, noncoercive, corrective form of intolerance, distinguishing it from historic religious persecution. He promotes a conversational intolerance, in which personal convictions are scaled against evidence, and he also believes there is a need to counter inhibitions that prevent the open critique of religious ideas, beliefs, and practices under the auspices of tolerance. He has stated on his blog that he has received threats for some of his views on religion
Arianny Celeste, is an American ring girl and model. She is best known for being a girl for the UFC. She is also a co-host on TV show Overhaulin, Celeste was born on November 11,1985 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is of Mexican and Filipino descent, Arianny is a nickname she was given as a child. She attended Palo Verde High School and attended college at UNLV where she majored in fitness management, Celeste made her UFC debut in 2006 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Paradise, Nevada. Celeste has modeled for such as Maxim, FHM, Playboy, Sports Illustrated. In 2008, at the first World MMA Awards, Celeste was voted 2008 Ring Girl of the Year an award she would go on to dominate. In 2009, she won her second title at the 2nd World MMA Awards as Celeste become the 2009 Ring Girl of the Year beating the likes of Natasha Wicks. In September 2009, high school senior Conner Cordova, a fan of mixed martial arts, Celeste agreed, provided that he found a date for her friend. However, Celeste was unable to due to her schedule. That also proved impossible, so Cordova and Celeste sponsored their own event, on February 4,2010, Sports Illustrated named her Lady of The Day. She was voted 2006 Ring Girl of the Year in 2010 by Fighters Only Magazine, Maxim voted her The Hottest UFC Octagon Girl in the May 2010 issue where she was featured as the cover model. Arianny also appears in Maxims Hot 100 list for 2010, she placed #23 on the list, the UFC premiered a new weekly, web-only show called UFC Ultimate Insider on July 29,2010. Celeste serves as host for the show, with Joe Rogan interviewing various UFC fighters and it also features updates on upcoming matches, PPVs, as well as highlights from previous events. The first episode featured a new photo shoot with Celeste, Celeste posed nude for the November 2010 issue of Playboy, which was one of top-selling issues that year. At the 4th World MMA Awards in 2011, Celeste was voted the 2011 Ring Girl of the Year again beating her good friend and this made it her 4th consecutive award and is a feat that has never been matched since. Celeste was the co-host of TV series Overhaulin, appearing in seven episodes from 2014 to 2015. In 2014, Celeste and Palmer were both nominated for the 2014 Ring Girl of the Year at the World MMA Awards as well as new competition from the fan favourite Carly Baker
Bill Viola (martial artist)
William Bill Viola II is an entrepreneur, martial arts instructor, and mixed martial arts pioneer credited by some as the co-creator of the sport of MMA. In 1979, he co-founded CV Productions, Inc. the first mixed martial arts company in America and his life is the subject of the book Godfathers of MMA. Viola was born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania and studied arts in the early 1960s while in high school. Viola established his first karate school, Allegheny Shotokan Karate, in 1969 at East Allegheny and he trained and achieved rank from Robert Trias, and George Anderson. In 1979 Viola co-founded CV Productions, Inc. with his partner Frank Caliguri, in 1980, the company introduced a new sport, the first regulated mixed martial arts competitions in the United States. Viola’s MMA promotions were outlawed by the Pennsylvania State Legislature in 1983 with the passage of Senate Bill 632, in 2003, the USA Karate Federation inducted Viola into the Hall of Fame, honoring him with a lifetime achievement award and naming him Man of the Year. CV Productions Inc. ’s mixed martial arts league was honored by the Heinz History Center, the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum unveiled an exhibit in 2011 to document Violas mixed martial arts roots. As a result of Viola and Caliguris developments, Pittsburgh is considered the birthplace of modern mixed martial arts as a sport in the United States. Viola has instructed all five of his children to the rank of black belt, Bill Viola Jr. Addie Viola, Jacque Viola, Ali Viola, in 1999, his son, Bill Viola, Jr. established the Kumite Classic
Joseph James Joe Rogan is an American stand-up comedian, color commentator, television host, actor, podcast host, and retired martial artist. He developed an interest in arts as a teenager and learned karate, kickboxing, and taekwondo, in which he became a black belt and a four-time state champion. A fan of comedy since his youth, Rogan began a career in stand-up in August 1988 in the Boston area and he moved to New York City two years later. In 1997, he started working for the Ultimate Fighting Championship as an interviewer and has been a commentator for many of its pay-per-view events. Rogan released his first comedy special in 2000, and has produced seven other specials. From 2001, he gained exposure as the host of several television shows, including Fear Factor, The Man Show. Rogan launched his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience in 2009 and it has one of the most popular podcasts available, in October 2015. Rogan is also known as an advocate of the legalization of cannabis, hunting, Joseph James Rogan was born on August 11,1967, in Newark, New Jersey, the place where his grandfather moved his family in the 1940s. He is of one quarter Irish and three quarters Italian descent and his father, Joseph, worked as a police officer in Newark and his mother a free spirit. At five years of age, Rogans parents divorced, and his father has not been in contact with him since he was seven. Rogan said of his father, All I remember of my dad are these brief, nothing bad ever really happened to me I dont hate the guy. At seven, Rogan and the moved to San Francisco, California, followed by another move when he was 11 to Gainesville. They settled in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts, where Rogan attended Newton South High School and graduated from in 1985. Rogan participated in Little League Baseball but developed an interest in arts in his early teens as it was really the first thing that ever gave me hope that I wasnt going to be a loser. So I really, really gravitated toward it, at fourteen, he took up karate and began to compete in taekwondo competitions, one time his teacher made Rogan, then a blue-belt, fight with black-belt students. At nineteen, he won a US Open Championship tournament as a lightweight. He was a state champion for four consecutive years in Massachusetts. Rogan also practiced amateur kickboxing, and held a 2–1 record, Rogan retired from competition at 21 as he began to suffer from frequent headaches and feared worse injuries. He attended University of Massachusetts Boston but found it pointless and dropped out before he could graduate, Rogan had no intentions of being a professional stand-up comedian and initially considered a career in kickboxing
Charles Lewis Jr.
Charles Lewis Jr. was an American businessman, promoter and entertainer. Known by his nickname Mask, Lewis founded the Tapout clothing line in 1997, Mask was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in July 2009, becoming the first non-fighter to enter the UFC Hall of Fame. In 1997, Lewis and his two friends began selling mixed martial arts apparel from the back of their Mustang, by 2007, the company, Tapout, had revenue of $22.5 million, with a 2009 target of $225 million. Lewis was known as Mask, because of stripes of facepaint he frequently used, in 2007, Lewis, along with promoters Skyskrape and Punkass, starred in TapouT, a reality television series on cable channel Versus that followed up-and-coming mixed martial arts fighters. The second season of the program airing in July 2008. Shortly before 1,00 am on March 11,2009, Lewis died in a car crash in Newport Beach. His Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale, a version of the Ferrari 360 Modena collided with a 1977 Porsche before hitting a light pole. It is presumed that the two vehicles were traveling alongside one another at high speed, Lewis was declared dead at the scene. Twenty-three-year-old Lacy Lynn White, an occupant of Lewis Ferrari, was ejected from the vehicle and was taken to a hospital. She suffered an elbow and lacerations. The driver of the Porsche was arrested for alcohol-related gross vehicular manslaughter, unlockable by achieving three consecutive submission victories in Career mode, he fights in the Light Heavyweight class. In 2010, Lewis was also featured in UFC2010 Undisputed alongside Skyscrape, all of them were still featured fully dressed in their TapouT clothing. This time they were unlockable by a code that can be entered in the main menu, released September 2011, the film Warrior was dedicated In loving memory of our friend, Charles Mask Lewis Jr. A new film by British director Bobby Razak chronicles the life, Razak founded the media portion of TapouT and TapouT films. Mask is the first non-fighter to be inducted into UFC Hall of Fame
Jacob Stitch Duran is a professional cutman who works in boxing and mixed martial arts fights. He grew up in Planada, California, Duran once owned and ran a boxing and kickboxing school in Fairfield, California. He was also one of the very first International Kickboxing Federation promoters in California holding his first promotion back in October,1992, in boxing, Duran works on the Klitschko brothers and Andre Ward. On November 23,2014 Duran was in the corner of Chris Algieri when he took on Manny Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight title at Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S. A. R. On May 29,2015, Duran was in the corner of Chris Algieri once again when he took on Amir Khan for the WBC Silver Welterweight title at The Barclays Center, Brooklyn, Duran has appeared as a cut-man in two films of the Rocky film series. In the sixth film, Rocky Balboa, he plays the cut-man for Rockys opponent, in the seventh film, Creed, he portrays himself in a supporting role. When Adonis Creed finally convinces Rocky to train him, Rocky surprises Creed with a corner team, during the fight against Pretty Ricky Conlan, Creed has been blinded in one eye due to swelling. When Creed is asked by the doctor how many fingers is he holding up, Duran taps Creeds neck the answer. In the UFC, Duran was assigned to many of the top fights, working with such as Mirko Filipović, Lyoto Machida. He had a role in the Kevin James MMA movie. On July 21,2015 Duran announced via Twitter that he was let go from his job with the UFC due to comments he made about the organizations Reebok sponsorship deal. Many UFC fighters publicly expressed their disappointment in Durans firing, citing him as one of the best cutmen in the business, Duran began working with WSOF on August 1,2015, starting with World Series of Fighting 22, Palhares vs. Shields. In March 2016 Duran signed a contract to join Bellator MMA as a cutman