Archive for March, 2009

Mar
31

UFC Fight Night 18 Predictions

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Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann – Condit by TKO
Tyson Griffin vs. Rafael dos Anjos – Griffin by Decision
Ryan Bader vs. Carmelo Marrero – Bader by Decision
Cole Miller vs. Junie Browning – Cole Miller by Submission

Who are you picking?

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Mar
30

Tale of an injury #1 (part 2)

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Sitting up out of bed, I made my way toward the other bed in our hotel room where my team mate’s father, Paul, was lying fast asleep. I hesitated for a few minutes, standing quietly in the middle of the dark room as I assessed the situation. We had such a long weekend and I really didn’t want to wake Paul up in the middle of the night.

Should I go back to sleep? I thought to myself, my mind holding on to the glimmer of hope that my vision would correct itself in time.

Reluctantly, I reached down and moved my hand toward the sleeping man’s shoulder not fully sure of where it actually was. This uncertainty was due to both the darkness of the room and the terrible state my vision was in. Feeling my hand touch his shoulder, Paul woke up, somewhat startled. Ten minutes later we were in his car headed towards Georgetown University Hospital Emergency.

We ended up sitting in emergency for a very long time. I had heard that Washington D.C was a rough, violent city from many of the locals and some of the tourists. The screams and moans I could hear ringing throughout the halls as we waited did nothing to discredit those statements. Paul kept my mind busy by joking around and keeping our talk steady and interesting. Finally after a few hours of waiting, we were called in to see the doctor.

The doctor was an eye specialist and it turned out, luckily for us, that Georgetown University was one of the best places in the entire United States in terms of eye injury treatment. I must admit, hearing that information calmed me slightly during what was by far the scariest time of my entire life.

I underwent a bunch of X-rays and several other eye tests before Paul and I were left to wait a while longer. The doctor, who was a great guy, returned with some good news. It turned out that I had cracked my orbital bone and my eye wasn’t tracking properly due to a muscle that was getting caught up in the fracture. The best news came when he said that my vision should return to normal without treatment if given more time. We headed back to the hotel and I must say I was so glad that I had woken up Paul.

Paul himself has also benefited from our visit to the E.R as that same doctor has diagnosed a small eye problem that had been bothering him for many years. All of the docs Paul had seen back home were unable to do what this doctor did after only one look.

As the doctor had optimistically informed me, a week later, my vision did begin to improve. I remember one morning feeling a popping sensation in my upper cheek when I smiled and after that things gradually returned back to normal. I had promised myself that I would never fight again if my vision normalized but that promise turned out to be very hard to fulfill.

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Mar
28

BJJ Documentary

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I never saw this one before, pretty cool!

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Mar
25

"Tale of an injury" #1 (part 1)

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Part One

Part One

As they called my name to step up onto the main stage, I felt what seemed like a thousand thoughts rush through my mind all at once. The tension within my mind increased with each step that I took up the small staircase that lead to the fighting area. There were many eyes focused on my opponent and I as we lined up face to each other in the final match of the NBL’s (National Black Belt League) middleweight sparring division. The winner would be declared the NBL’s world champ for that year.

The referee started the match and we attacked other immediately. After a minute of action, I had landed several punches and my opponent had scored some well timed kicks. Looking up at the scoreboard I noticed that I was behind quite a few points –kicks were worth twice as much as punches at this tournament– with thirty seconds remaining in the match.

With time running out, I attacked quickly, but halfway into my movement I was struck by another kick. It wasn’t a overly powerful strike but the moment it landed I knew something was wrong. Instantly my vision doubled, which was not an uncommon occurrence after taking a hard smack in the head. What disturbed me was the fact that I was unable to judge distance and I was having a lot of trouble distinguishing which vision of my opponent was the real one. So as to not risk even more serious injury I opted to bow out of the match. At the time I was very disappointed in myself for having done so but looking back now I’m very glad I made that choice.

Thinking my vision would soon correct itself, I decided to rest, spending the night in my hotel room. After a few hours I had noticed no improvement. At that point, I was getting a little scared, scratch that, really scared that the kick had permanently damaged my eyes! I ended up falling asleep, after a few prayers to the man upstairs, with the hopes that I would wake up feeling back to normal. Three hours later –around 2am– I awoke, panic setting in as I realized my vision was still messed up.

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Mar
21

“Tale of an Injury”

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A short while back while creating some content for my online show MMA Live, I did my best to recall and record every injury that I’ve sustained during my martial arts career. I ended up doing a quick run through of those injuries for those who watched my live stream that week. I was surprised at how many times I had actually injured myself throughout the years.

This morning I was trying to figure out what to blog about today and ended up deciding to start a new type of post. One that would explain my injuries in greater detail, giving you an idea not only of how they happened but also what was going through my mind at the time and how I dealt with it then and afterwards. With that thought, which occurred in the middle of my bathroom “Tale of an injury” was born.

Stay tuned…

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Mar
20

UFC 97 Fight Train!

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Mar
18

A little off topic

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I was doing an interview the other day and they asked me what my favourite movie was. I hesitated at first because I’ve never really given much thought to that. I ended up chosing Braveheart. Here’s my 5 of my favourite movies in no particular order.

Braveheart
The Matrix
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Shawshank Redemption
Happy Gilmore

What are 5 of your favourite movies?

Here’s a movie I loved to watch when I was 10, somehow it didn’t remain on my favourites list.

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Mar
16

UFC 97 Approaches…

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UFC 97 – Montreal is around the corner and the finalized fight card has just recently been released. Lot’s of Canadians on the card which should make for some great crowd excitement that night at the Bell Center.

The Fight Card…

MAIN CARD
Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites
Chuck Liddell vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Brian Stann
Cheick Kongo vs. Antoni Hardonk
Luis Cane vs. Steve Cantwell

PRELIMINARY CARD
Xavier Foupa-Pokam vs. Denis Kang
Jason MacDonald vs. Nate Quarry
Ed Herman vs. David Loiseau
David Bielkheden vs. Mark Bocek
Ryo Chonan vs. T.J. Grant
Sam Stout vs. Matt Wiman

Who’s heading out to watch it in Montreal? Who’s staying home?

Which fight are you looking forward to most?

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Mar
13

Pic of the week

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Jon Fitch and I perform the traditional staredown pose a day before our 3 round battle in Gatineau, Quebec. This pic was taken on weigh-in day for the Freedom Fight: Canada vs. U.S.A mixed martial arts fight card. We weighed in at the hard rock cafe in Ottawa if I remember correctly.
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Mar
11

Joslin/Koscheck on Spike tonight

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On the UFC.com website, it says they will be replaying UFC fight night – Miramar Air Base card tonight at 9pm. The card includes Sanchez vs. Riggs, Carter vs. Davis, Pariysan vs. Fickett and Koscheck vs. myself.

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