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Pic of the week

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This picture was taken at the 2002 Pan-American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champioships which was held in Florida. I had won the gold medal that day in the medium-heavy weight division (173-187lbs.) Definately one of my most memorable moments in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Myself, Rowan Cunningham, and Dave “Ironlegs” Mark hit the bars on pleasure Island after the tourney was over. Man it was a rough 30 hour drive home the next day.

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Self Defense Tip #7

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Your first priority is escape

If you do end up in a dangerous situation, remember that you main priority is to escape not to fight. If you cannot escape immediately you may want to comply, at least until you can escape. When faced with someone who demands your wallet, purse etc. give it to them, and escape. No possession is worth risking your life over.

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Interview – UFC`s Jason Day

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I’m looking forward to Jason Day’s fight at UFC 96 in Columbus, Ohio. Here’s an interview I recently did with him over the phone.

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Technique of the Month

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Standup from Butterfly guard

This is a technique taken from my online mixed martial arts training system Master-mma. This technique is one I use often to work back to a standing position from my guard. I can also attack with sweeps and submissions from that position.

Here’s a video of my fight in Quebec vs. Nuri Shakir where I used the above technique when I fell to my back after failing on a throw. At first I though he had countered my takedown but then I realized that he had hooked his foot under the ropes, which made him feel like he was 500 lbs. Slick move by him. (happens around 4min mark)


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UFC 95 Review

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Pretty good night of fights last night. We got to see a lot of fights since very few of the battles on the card lasted longer than the first round.

In what’s becoming common lately, we saw most of the fighters choose to stand and strike with no real intentions of taking the fight to the ground. One fight in particular, the one pitting Damien Maia versus Chael Sonnon was quite the opposite as Maia put together another sweet chain of attacks that enabled him to lock up a triangle choke. That was nice.

In the case of the Koscheck fight, the strategy of hunting for a knockout while standing,backfired on him. In a fight where I believed he could have easily tossed Thiago down and proceeded to ground and pound out a TKO, he was rocked by a perfectly timed uppercut. Now mind you, he was dominating the striking up to that point landing some clean, powerful punches so I know he didn’t expect that uppercut anymore than more than any of us watching did. I also think the referee could have given him a few seconds to see if he could defend himself, tough split second call to make. During his next fight we may Koscheck go back to using his wrestling more often which I think will make him very hard for other fighters to beat.

Marquardt showed some great combinations in his win over Wilson Gouveia. I loved the finish where he threw three high kicks followed by a spinning back fist and then a right punch. That was great!

I did alright with my predictions scoring 3 correct out of five with Koscheck and Markham being my picks that didn’t win. Here’s the blog prediction battle scoring after yesterdays event.


Blog name (Correct/Incorrect)

Jeff ‘Wombat’ Meszaros (4/1)
Quick Strike Beat Down (4/1)

#2 (3/2)
Jeff Joslin’s (3/2)
MMA Betting (3/2)

Extreme John (2/3)

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UFC 95 Predictions!

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You can’t complain about bad fights if they are free on television, but I don’t think anyone will need to complain when UFC 95 is all said and done. Some big names on the card make this card a good one to check out this Saturday on Spike Tv.

Before I get into my predictions for Saturday’s event I want you guys to check out a few other sets of predictions that have been made on some blogs that I visited. I made certain to make my picks before reading theirs so that I would not mess up my almost non-existent psychic abilities. Hopefully these blogs have predictions for most of the upcoming fight cards because I am going to start a friendly competition between us all. I will tally my results along with each of theirs and post the results here on my blog.

Here’s my competition and their picks…
Jeff ‘Wombat’ Meszaros
Quick Strike Beat Down
Extreme John
MMA Betting

Here’s my take on the action for UFC 95.

Diego Sanchez (19-2) vs. Joe Stevenson (29-9)
This fight is a pretty solid main event for a free UFC card. Two strong ground fighters with plenty of experience in the cage pitted against one another should make for an exciting battle. Both arrived in the UFC via the hugely popular “Ultimate Fighter” reality show so both are well known fight fans worldwide. The question is will Diego’s first battle at 155lbs introduce him to the lightweight division as an large, aggressive wrecking machine or will he come out drained, depleted and a fraction of his normal self due to the big weight cut.

Diego and I shared a dressing room at UFC fight night at Miramar Air Base. I remember thinking that with his build and frame he could definitely make it to 155lbs if he chose to. I don’t think the weight cut will affect him much at all. In fact I think he’ll come out stronger, quicker and more conditioned than ever before. I’m going with Diego to win this one.

Inferno’s Pick – Diego Sanchez (2nd round TKO)

Josh Koscheck (12-3) vs. Paulo Thiago (10-0)

Koscheck is coming off a KO victory in his last fight so I’m guessing he’ll try to follow that up with another win in the same fashion. Thiago is undefeated but is taking a big step up in competition in this fight. As Paulo Thiago will be soon doing, I too fought Koscheck in my UFC debut and the only thing that took some getting used to, was the size of the UFC cage. It was huge! That made it tough to force Josh to exchange with me.

If Thiago is looking to take this fight to the ground he will have a hard time finding an opportunity to try as I feel Kosheck will come out with some good movement. If he does get a chance will he be able to take down such a strong wrestler. I don’t believe so. This fight will, similar to Josh’s fight with Yoshida, come down to who is the more effective striker. The only problem for Paulo is that if he has the better striking, Koscheck will switch up to use his wrestling and ground and pound tactics. Either way I’m picking Koscheck to win this one.

Inferno’s Pick – Josh Koscheck (1st round TKO)

Nathan Marquardt (27-8-2) vs. Wilson Gouveia (12-5)

This is a tough fight to call. Both fighters train at good camps and each has some solid wins. I’m not sure exactly how this fight will play out as both Nate and Wilson possess well rounded skill sets. This may be one of the only fights that go to a decision in my opinion. If it does I think Marguardt will win it.

Inferno’s Pick – Nathan Marquardt (Decision)

Chael Sonnen (21-9-1) vs. Demian Maia (9-0)
I’ve been really enjoying watching Damian Maia fight since he arrived in the UFC. His style is unorthodox in that he is a ground fighting machine but he very rarely wrestles with his opponent to get them where he wants them. Instead he pulls guard, –which is extremely very rare in mma today—most commonly the half guard version and then proceeds to sweep his opponent using a technical sequence of sweeps and setups.

That type of fighter is hard to prepare for because it’s hard to find training partners that have the ability to mimic that sort of ground game. If Sonnen can avoid getting tied up in positions that are unfamiliar to him and effectively employ a strong striking game with great movement and footwork he can has a great chance of having his hand raised at the end of the fight. On the other hand if Damian Maia can get the top position via sweep or takedown, it game over!

Inferno’s Pick – Damien Maia (2nd round submission)

Dan Hardy (20-6) vs. Rory Markham (16-4)
I’m calling this match-up to be the fight of the night. These two should put on a good show on the feet with each looking to land some power shots early in the fight. Hardy and Markham both have very good records and each has been very successful over the last two years. This could go either way but I’m going the way of Rory Markham.

Inferno’s Pick – Rory Markham (3rd round TKO)

Who are you picking?

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MMA training tip – Jumping Rope (The Double Jump)

Jumping rope is an excellent way to improve your co-ordination, footwork, mental toughness and physical conditioning, all of which are valuable assets in mixed martial arts competition. When performed correctly, the jump rope can be a fun, challenging and productive tool in the gym.

During many of my striking based workouts I’ll jump rope to help get my body warm in preparation for the dynamic warm-ups motions, shadowboxing, heavy bag work or sparring that usually follows. However, at the end of a workout, is when jumping rope offers it greatest benefits.

When I’m preparing for an MMA fight, each jump rope round lasts exactly five minutes which helps my body and mind familiarize with the standard length of a professional mixed martial arts round. The ability to sense when a round is halfway through or nearly over is essential for me as a fighter and pays off during fight time by allowing me to work at the perfect pace. There is not much worse than running out of energy midway through a round due to a misjudgement in the amount of time remaining. You can tell when that happens, because a fighter will start glancing up at the clock –especially in the UFC where the time clock is visible on each of the big screens– during the match.

When closing a training session on the jump rope, it should only take one or two five minute rounds to wear you out. I’m not talking about gentle rounds of skipping at a comfortable pace; I mean intense rounds of rope jumping, interval style, with challenging actions mixed in.

Here’s one of the many actions I use to intensify my rounds;

The Double jump

This movement is tough and also looks impressive to those watching you train, showing of f you’re athleticism and strong conditioning. Here’s how you do it. In the midst of your regular jump rope motion plant both feet on the ground and jump twice your normal jumping height. At the exact same time double the speed in which you’re spinning the rope. Ideally what should happen is the rope will pass under your feet twice before you touch ground and you will flow right back into your regular jump rope motion.

Start by mixing one double jump into your rounds at random points until you mastered the movement. Interrupting a round with a large number of failed attempts will be counterproductive to the purpose of the workout. When you feel ready to step things up a bit, execute two double jumps, one after the other making sure to flow back into your regular motion smoothly afterwards. Next, try three in a row, then four or more until you can execute double jumps back to back for as long as you choose. It’s common for me to bust into sets of 10 four or five times during one round.

To motivate yourself to push through the challenge of the double jump, envision that every burst is you attacking your opponent. How hard would you push to knock him out? How much work would you put in to escape a bad position? Believe me, you’ll wish you pushed yourself harder in the gym when the fight drags on into the later rounds. So next time you‘re jumping rope push yourself hard and enjoy the dramatic improvements you’ll make in your conditioning and mental toughness.

Train hard, train safe, and most importantly have fun!

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Rumor that UFC 97 is Cancelled.

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and is being held in Las Vegas instead…

Check out this post I found on

I’m hoping that this is not true as I was really looking forward to heading out to Montreal for a great weekend. If this is true and the QAC is standing by it’s decision regarding the rules of mma in Quebec it could spell trouble for the sport in that province.

Can you imagine mma with a standing eight count or something along those lines? That would be terrible! I’m all for fighter safety but the sport has been proven very safe with the current unified rule system that is currently being employed in many different places around the world. Why change what seems to be working very well?

Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope that on April 18 we’re sitting in Montreal watching some live UFC action!

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Check out this guys leg attacks!

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Pic of the week!

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This pic was taken in 2005, one day before I fought Jon Fitch at Freedom Fight. Gary Goodridge coached the five of us as we represented Canada versus a five fighter team from the United States.

Pictured from left to right are Krystoff Soszynski, Joe Doerksen, Gary Goodridge, Me, Todd Gouwenberg and Bill Mahood. It was a great experience to fight on a team with these tough fighters.

Taken after a workout that we did for television purposes, we were all wiped out at this point from cutting weight. I’m sure our techniques may have been a little weak in the videos they filmed. Krystoff had been cutting weight throughout the entire day and probably lost over 25lbs to make weight. That was impressive!

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