Archive for October, 2008

Oct
28

Training update

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I feel great the morning! My head feels clear which is really good considering that I trained twice yesterday with both sessions being fairly intense.

I’m glad because last week wasn’t the best for me. I had a headache for a few days and didn’t feel like training much so I only ended up doing some Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on the Tuesday.

I was worried that the accidental knee — while grappling — I took in the head last weekend was the cause of my headaches but thinking back I remembered feeling like crap the day before I got hit. Maybe it’s the weather change as that sometimes makes my head hurt.

I’m off to teach some lessons now. Tonight I’m training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu again so I’ll let you know how everything is going in a few days.

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Oct
27

Outside the cage #5 "Old School"

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I was probably around seven or eight years old when I got my first bike. I remember it’s bright yellow colour and the fact that I had no clue as to how to ride the thing. Christmas had just passed and the streets were filled with snow which prevented my father, brother and I from going outside to practice. Fortunately our family lived atop of our martial arts studio and we decided to head downstairs to learn to ride our bikes indoors. Took us a while, and after many wipeouts we eventually got the hang of it as we pedaled up and down the hardwood flooring of the gym.

Having a martial arts studio for a basement while growing up had many advantages to it. First of all we’ve always had a full sized kickboxing in it, so neighborhood kids would come over and do battle in it,sometimes with boxing gloves on and other times without. The ceiling was a little low for some of my favourite moves as I remember one time smashing my head off the ceiling while trying to execute a flying elbow drop. That sucked.

Other times, huge groups of us would play ball hockey, soccer and a bunch of other games. We had so many fun times down there.

The only downfall to living atop the martial arts school was that as a child I never had a backyard to play in. Also, when my friends had to go outside to cut their grass, I had to sweep the rocks that had fallen out of our parking lot driveway back into it. That was kind of strange and even less fun than it sounds. Also our building is located on a corner lot so my brother and I always had a ton of snow to shovel during the winter months.

In terms of my training, it was great to grow up where I did. Anytime I felt like working out I could run downstairs and pound the heavy bags, jump rope, practice my weapons routine (that was way back in the day 🙂 or spar. It was great! Now I drive about 10-15 minutes to get there which isn’t too bad either.

I am proud to say that I finally cut grass for the first time a few months ago when we moved into my new house. It was fun at first but the novelty has worn off quickly :).

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Oct
27

Funny Vid…

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Someone posted this up on a forum and it made me laugh so I thought I’d throw it up for everyone. I might steal the line from 0:14 to use next time I have to defend myself.

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Oct
26

UFC 90…Quick thoughts

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It’s around 1am, I just finished watching the UFC 90 card. It was a great night of fights. Lots of striking, some nice submissions and a great KO made things very entertaining.

Sean Sherk really impressed me tonight with his striking combinations. He showed great speed and relaxation as his mixed up his punches and kicks, proving his game to be much more well rounded than I originally thought it was. I knew this fight had the potential to be a very exciting one, and it turned out to be exactly that.

The uppercut that Junior Dos Santos caught Fabricio Werdum with to knock him out was thrown well and perfectly timed. I love seeing the look on a fighter’s face when they get their first win in the UFC. He was pumped! I look forward to seeing more of Dos Santos in the future.

In the fight I was most excited about watching, I thought Josh Koscheck was going to be able to take down Alves, but Thiago showed great takedown defense, using nice technique and his strong low center of gravity to prevent all takedown attempts. Josh seemed content to trade on the feet, landing some good punches to both the head and body from the standing position. Koscheck also showed that he has a great chin after absorbing and recovering from some powerful hits. I believe it was Thiago’s leg kicks that won him the rounds. Those were nice!

The main event took a while to get going, but as Anderson Silva and Patrick Cote began to get into the groove, they put on a great show. Silva’s legs are so long he seems to be able to kick his opponents from hallway across the octagon. I felt bad for Patrick Cote when he popped his knee in the third round as that is a terrible way for a fight to end. I hope the two of them can go at it again in the future.

Well I’m off to get some sleep, have to teach some private lessons in the morning. Feel free to post your thoughts about tonight’s fight card in the comment section.

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Oct
24

Elite XC Folds!…Your thoughts?

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Anytime a mixed martial arts promotion goes out of business it causes a disturbance within the entire mma community. It affects fighters, managers and fans that supported or were directly involved with that fallen organization.

With the collapse of Elite XC, many of their fighters will now move on to other organizations such as the UFC, Affliction or to any one of the numerous promotions scattered throughout North America.

The problem for many of the fighters that are now looking for someplace new to fight is most of them will end up making less money than they were while fighting for Elite XC. Fewer promotions equals less competition between companies which gives an advantage to the promoters over the athletes in terms of fighter pay.

The people who would benefit the most from a monopolized market are the fans. If one company were to stand alone without any substantial competition the world’s top fighters will be forced to join the roster of that organization –if they want to make the most money and become recognized– and fans will finally get to see which mixed martial artists are truly the best in the world.

As fighters, we risk our health each time we step into the ring or cage. We put our regular lives on hold to train as much as we can during any free time that what have. It’s the fighters that the fans are coming to see. It’s the fighters who when things don’t go well, feel the pain and have to go to work the next week regardless of any injuries they may have sustained.

I would love to see many organizations thrive and succeed in the fight promotion game. It’s important that fighters make the money they deserve, especially those fighting in the top promotions where massive amounts of money is being made. If multiple mma promotions are doing well, many more fighters will get the opportunity to make good money and established fighters will make more money as companies compete to make them sign into their organization.

In the end, more promotions will bring more money to the fighters which will give mma athletes the freedom to train more regularly since they will then be to support themselves and their families as professional fighters. For us fans, we will get to watch stronger, faster and technically sound fighters do battle inside the cage/ring on a consistant basis. What more could we ask for?

What are your thoughts?

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Oct
23

Don't you wish this happened….

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when two fighters you can’t stand are fighting one another?

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Oct
23

New Article in the Spec…

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Here’s an article in today’s Hamilton Spectator.

http://www.thespec.com/Sports/article/453927

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Oct
22

Make your UFC 90 picks…

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Here’s the fight card and my picks for this weekends UFC 90 card. Who do you guys think is going to win?

Anderson Silva Vs. Patrick Cote – Cote
Josh Koscheck Vs. Thiago Alves – Koscheck
Thales Leites Vs. Drew McFredries – Leites
Fabricia Werdum Vs. Junior Dos Santos – Werdum
Sean Sherk Vs. Tyson Griffin – Sherk

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Oct
21

Training Video – UFC Fight Night

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Here’s a video of one of my UFC Fight Night preparation sparring sessions before my bout with Josh Koscheck. The fight took place on Miramar Air Station and was shown live on Spike TV.

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Oct
20

UFC 89

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I purposely avoided reading any mixed martial arts forums on Saturday afternoon. I didn’t want to read the results of UFC 89 before I got a chance to watch the card that night on Spike Tv. The results would have been easy to find since the event was being held in Birmingham, England and due to the time difference the event was over and done with by late afternoon (our time).

It’s always more fun to watch fights without knowing their outcome that’s for sure but I really didn’t find this UFC to be very exciting.

I’ll start with the fight I enjoyed the most, Chris Lytle vs. Paul Taylor. These guys love to throw leather and they came out to bang. You have to love that kind of fight, where at any moment one fighter could knock the other out due to the aggressive nature of both of their fighting styles. At different times each fighter took some serious hits and got to show off their granite chins. I’m happy that the two of them received the fight of the night bonuses ($40,000 each I believe) as they definitely earned it. At the end of this great scrap Lytle was given the nod by the judges.

The main event was a lackluster one with hometown fighter Michael Bisping opting to fight mostly as a counterpuncher, backing up for most of the match while landing the better of the shots. It was a smart way to fight a guy like Chris Leben as he can prove very dangerous if you choose to stand still and trade punches with him. In the end, a solid strategy by Bisping gave him the win by decision over a bloodied up Leben. I’ve trained with Chris Leben in the past and was hoping he’d land one of the many straight lefts he was throwing but Bisping did a great job of circling away to lessen the impact of any that did land.

Marcus Davis locked in a tight Guillotine on his opponent Paul Kelly halfway through the second round forcing his tough opponent to tap. Before that point, Marcus showed good ring control and striking skill as he stepped in and out of Kelly’s range, throwing some shots and avoiding anything his opponent threw back in return. The fans seemed to want a punching war to ensue between the two popular fighters but it never happened. Marcus Davis fought a smart, technical fight and got the “W” by executing an excellent chokehold.

In a light-heavy weight matchup, Luis Cane was able to TKO his opponent Rameau Theirry Sokoudjou late in the second round. A left hand put down Cane’s powerful looking opponent and Luis wasted no time as he followed up with a barrage of punches until the referee stopped the fight. Up until that point I thought that Sokoudjou was ahead by a small margin.

I had a few things that I had to take care of at home during the bout between Keith Jardine and Brandon Vera so I ended up missing a lot of that fight but I did watch the now frequently used “nipple tweak” performed by Keith moments before the bell rang to start the action. That was scary! After three rounds the judges gave Jardine the victory by split decision.

If you look at Jardine’s record he’s beaten some huge names in Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin and now Brandon Vera. Those are some very impressive wins.

Often, match-ups look great on paper and than turn out less than stellar when actually played out in the cage. I think this was the case for Saturday’s event where the fighter’s fought intelligently and cautiously which in my opinion is usually a smart choice; Well more the intelligent part rather than the cautiousness because being overly cautious usually means your thinking of how not to lose a fight rather than how to win it. Some casual fans, however would rather see two dudes standing face to face, bombing each other in the face until one of them drops. Thankfully the Lytle-Taylor fight satisfied that unspoken request.

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