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30 Sep 2009
30 Sep 2009
UFC 102 – solid. All the fights on the card were entertaining. I especially loved the Nog/Couture fight and wished it could have gone 5 rounds. I was surprised how tough Randy was against Nogueira’s chokes. That guy is a stud.
Anyway, the pleasure of viewing 102 was so awesome, I created a few “motivational posters” to commemorate it.
More after the jump.
29 Sep 2009
I think many of us have watched as Rampage has struggled with internal demons. He’s been a bit off the hook at times with antics such as his OJ-style police chase, but that is only one aspect that many of us have seen. Rampage may put on a good act about being tough, and crazy, but when you look a little, he tends to wear his feelings on his sleeve.
He doesn’t seem to be the only one either. In this video featuring Forest Griffin, you can see how effected he continues to be with the politics surrounding an increasingly highly visible sport with a fickle, sometimes heartless and impatient, and okay… sometimes dumb-ass fan base.
There have been many other fighters than have show a propensity to be rattled by the fickle crowds. Tito Ortiz is another fighter that I have always felt could beat nearly anyone if he got his head in the right place, but if the crowd, politics, or another fighter could get him rattled he would start to crack.
Well, the latest news on this front comes directly from Rampage’s blog where Quinton spells the whole thing out pretty clearly (It’s pretty lengthy, but I wanted to include it all to give you all the full perspective):
“The UFC has done a lot for me but I think I have done more for them. The UFC bought WFA to get my contract & they saved my life, so I felt loyal to them. They pushed me into a fight with Chuck Liddel even when I clearly stated I wasn’t ready to fight for the belt because the American fans didn’t know me but I took the fight and didn’t complain & after I won the American fans booed me for the first time which changed the way I saw them & it hurt me deeply.”“Then before I can even get out of the cage they announced that I was fighting Dan Henderson without even asking me. After I beat Dan Henderson, I made history in becoming the first undisputed champion in MMA but was never even given the pride belt in the cage & I was never promoted as the undisputed champ. Later Anderson Silva was.”“Then they had me coach TUF season 7 and fight Forrest and the fight was very controversial & normally when a fight is that close & controversial there is normally an instant replay. I can name a couple of instances. Instead they offered me the Vanderlei Silva fight which I gladly accepted even though I know it was a very risky fight for me to take because of all the drama that was happening to me at the time. I fought that fight with a jaw injury and then a couple weeks later Dana called me and asked me to fight Rashad. For the first time I said no, I didn’t want to fight because it was such short notice & I wouldn’t have had a long break between camp. Dana talked me into fighting Rashad anyway but Rashad refused the fight and so I had to fight Jardine as a favor to the UFC instead of getting my belt back (which wasn’t even worth it to me financially).”
“Then I reinjured my jaw in the fight with Vanderlei & Jardine. Frank Mir gets hurt so they wanted to switch my fight from UFC 100 to the fight Frank couldn’t make it to but I couldn’t fight cause I needed jaw surgury. So they give Machida the fight against Rashad & they told me they want me to coach TUF season 10 against Rashad. That’s why I wanted Rashad to win so bad but when Rashad got knocked out I told them I wanted to fight Machida for the belt but Dana told me if I coach TUF against Rashad that I could fight Machida afterwards cause this was a different type of ultimate fighter show they were doing. After I signed the contract Dana then changes his mind & says I have to fight Rashad & even told me what to say in the press & so my fans think I was scared to fight Machida. After all that I still never complained & I did it all.”
“Then this movie role came about that I have been trying to get for over a year & as soon as I found out I was close to getting it, I called Dana right away & asked to push the Memphis fight back just a month or so. I told him what this movie role meant to me. I told him that I used to bond with my father watching the tv show as a kid when my parents where still married & it represents the memories I had with my father when we lived together. My dad became an alcohalic & addicted to drugs & we grew apart. But after my dad got his life back together, I was so proud of my dad & I told him I would always take care of him in the future & make him proud of me. My dad & I are still very big fans of the show & I am basically doing this for the childhood memories I had spending time in front of the tv with my dad. Dana went on the internet & mocked me because of that & I still did nothing. Dana & I finally talked & we made up & then after that he went back on the internet & said some bullshit & he was talking bad about the movie when information is not even supposed to be released & talking about payments which is not even true could really hurt my future acting career, which could very well last longer than my fighting career. I’m not like Randy Couture. My body has been getting so many different injuries that I wont be able to fight until my forties & neither do I want to fight that long. So I feel like my second career could be in jeopardy.. so I’m done fighting. I’ve been getting negative reviews from the dumb ass fans that don’t pay my bills or put my kids though college. So I’m hanging it up. I’m gonna miss all my loyal fans but hopefully they’ll follow me to my new career & I will gain more loyal fans along the way. & all you hater fans out there can kiss my big black hairy ass! & anybody that don’t like what I just said can come try to kick my ass!”
“I still feel the UFC is a great organization and I felt like I was very loyal to them but they didn’t respect my loyalty but I wish the UFC the best. I did a lot of things for them. I wish no bad blood between us but I have kids & a family back in Memphis to provide for & thats all that matters to me!”
I wish him well. I’m not sure how many acting roles he’s going to find out there. There are only so many roles today requiring Mr. T. Not to mention, hopefully he is able to perform better than the horrible acting done by Randy Couture in the Scorpion King series (gack!)
Well, in the meantime at least we’ll get to see Roger Huerta in the Tekken movie soon :) I can almost feel the suckage of that one already.
28 Sep 2009
I had to laugh when I stumbled across this video. It’s frightening the number of people out there who have watched the show, played the game, bought the shirt, punched their gimpy cousin in the back yard, and now are self proclaimed MMA fighters.
I hope you enjoy the video as much as I did. As funny as this is, it’s a bit frightening how many people truly do use the “get into my guard” style of takedowns
27 Sep 2009
This week’s show highlights Joe Perry and the “Secret Technique” of self defense.
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25 Sep 2009
Here is a cool little ankle lock from a takedown.
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23 Sep 2009
Meet Kickboxing, Retired Police Officer Lee Barnard as he explains the “River” philosophy.
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23 Sep 2009
John McKean (left) and I chilling after some training at FusionBJJ
Salt Lake City is a fascinating place. For our population, we have an incredible amount of MMA goodness: fighters, trainers, gyms, venues … we’re pretty stacked. I have been fortunate to meet a number of them and I wanted you to be able to get to know them too. Namely, I had a chance to catch up with local fighter John McKean, and ask him a few questions.
SLCMMA: Tell me a little bit about your background in martial arts.
John: I started training BJJ in 1998 in New Orleans, La. I was living in Mississippi at the time, so me and a friend made the journey a few times a week to train. A few years later we opened up a “school”. I use that term loosely because we trained everything from batting cages to Karate. At the time, we used books and VHS tapes to learn and no one in Mississippi even knew what BJJ or MMA was. My friend attended a seminar with Professor Pedro Sauer and shortly after we became affiliates of his. This was pure luck – or whatever you want to call it – because his JJ is some of the best out there. In 2004 we managed to get one of his top black belts, Allen Hopkins, to move to Mississippi and take over our school. Later in 2005, I lived in Brazil for 6 months training with Royler Gracie. After coming home from Brazil I decided to move to SLC to train with Professor Sauer and start fighting MMA. Since then, I have been traing Muay Thai, MMA, and wrestling.
SLCMMA: With all of your influences in jujitsu, what can you say about your fighting style? Do you focus on winning fights on the ground?
John: I want to finish the fight by whatever means necessary. The ground is were I am most comfortable but I love the whole stand up game, and really, I enjoy every aspect of it. My goal is to be the most well rounded fighter I can be.
SLCMMA: So what was it that initially made you want to compete in MMA?
John: As soon as I saw UFC fights in the 90’s I wanted to do MMA. I did sport JJ for many years and MMA felt like a natural progression. Although sport JJ and MMA are very different, I think competing sport JJ helped me a lot in the cage. I also wanted to test myself to see if I could apply what I had learned.
SLCMMA: How did you first get into your MMA fight?
John: SLC has a weekly fight show called the UCE. All I did was contact them and they put me on a card. (Check here at Ucombat’s website to find out more)
SLCMMA: What advice could you give guys who are looking to get into MMA, either as a hobby or as potential professional? Also, how might their approach and training differ?
John: First off, find a gym that fits your personality. We are very fortunate to have many MMA gyms to choose from so finding one that fits you is important. Don’t be in such a rush to get in the cage either.
Take the time and learn the arts, roll with guys that just do JJ, box with guys that just box, and then put it all together. Fighting should be the reward form training hard. So many people wanna skip all the work and just jump in the cage, and those people are the ones who get hurt or are only around for a short time.
The main difference in a person doing it for a hobby or someone who wants to compete is time and hard work. A fighter is gonna eat sleep and breathe fighting – there is always something you can be working on. I train 5-6 days a week because I don’t want to lose. If you’re doing it for a hobby and want progress, at least 2-3 days will get you there. The thing with martial arts is the more you put into it the more you get out. You can’t say that for a lot of things in life.
Don’t forget to have fun either.
SLCMMA: I’ve rolled with you a number of times and something I’ve noticed is that you have a very clean open guard and just a difficult guard to pass in general. What are some of the things that you’re doing to keep control, guard-wise?
John: I try and move my hips a lot. Your goal is to control my hips so I have to make it hard to do that by moving them. Its hard to control something that’s moving compared to something that is still. I also use my hooks a lot … but most importantly I got my ass kicked by a lot of good guard-passers.
SLCMMA: What are a couple of your favorite moves in the ring?
John: Anything that works. For submissions, I like chokes. I also like arm locks but they are hard to get if the guy is slippery from sweat.
SLCMMA: When you hit the gym to prepare for a fight, what kind of stuff do you do technique-wise?
John: Once I start training for a fight learning new stuff is put to the side. I try and focus on sharping my overall game and working hard on my weaknesses. Every fight is different so I might concentrate on one specific aspect, depending on the opponent. I also up the cardio and reduce the heavy weight lifting.
SLCMMA: Now in terms of that physical aspect of the game, I know you train down with the guys at Gym Jones. They train a number of fighters and are pretty hardcore dudes. (Gym Jones trained the cast of the Spartan 300 ) Could you sound off a little about the training philosophy there and what kind of workouts are they putting you through?
John: Mark and Lisa Twight have helped me so much, both with training and life in general. One of Mark’s things is mental toughness. He has a way of making work outs both mentally and physically hard. This is very important for a fighter, being able to continue to work hard when things get tough. We do a lot of Olympic lifts, circuits, kettlebells, rowing, and the king of all cardio machines the Airdyne bike. Mark has a gift for putting all this together in a scientific way to help us as fighters.
SLCMMA: What about nutrition?
John: This topic is just as important as learning grappling or boxing, its something you need to keep in mind 24/7. I fight at 155 but walk at between 170 and 180. So this means as fight time comes I have watch what I eat. I try not to eat past 7 and eat lots of fresh fruit and raw veggies. I am also not a big supplement person, and try to be as natural as possible.
SLCMMA: What are some of your long term goals when it comes to MMA?
John: I am 35 so I have no real plans to be the next UFC champ. I just want to fight and have fun doing it. The sport and the lifestyle are very rewarding, so the goal is to stay healthy and compete as long as possible.
SLCMMA: When is your next fight, and what can we do to support you?
John: I am looking for a fight right now, so I don’t have an exact date. Before then, come and check out some of the gyms I train at. I do my main training at the Bernales institute of martial with WIll Beranles. He has a strong Muay Thai background and BJJ black belt – he really helps my overall MMA game. I teach BJJ there on Thursday nights. I also roll with the killers at Unified Jujitsu in Sandy – Johnny Carlquist and James Gardner. The BJJ black belts in that group are some of the best in the US. I occasionally train with Eddie Edmunds and the guys at Fusion BJJ, and they are always great to train with. My friends at Mushin, Brian Yamasaki and Brandon Kiser have helped me tons. You cannot go wrong with any of these gyms, go check them all out.
SLCMMA: Thanks so much for your time John.
John: You’re welcome.
16 Sep 2009
Anyway, the local boys over at Mushin Self Defense have an longer, more in depth video (below) talking about the finer details of the liver and striking it. The first five or so minutes is Sensei Brian taking with a medical doctor about the location and structure of the liver. The music in the background cracks me up.
One other thing – this punch is sometimes called a shovel hook, or a shovel punch, because of how it mimics the way you shovel snow in the winter time, something we all can relate to. To make the punch really hit hard, you need to get your hips behind it and drive through with your feet - without changing much of your vertical height. The video below is pretty decent and you can see the hip shift and the pushing through on the balls of the feet. Since they are coming from a kickboxing point of view, there is one notable correction for us MMA guys – their starting stance is a little wide (foot to foot) and a tad too “slim” (angle to the opponent).
10 Sep 2009