Archive for June, 2012

30 Jun 2012

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  • Total Mayhem: Raptors Rage in Cage Results

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    Here’s the results from tonights action in Ogden, Utah at the Total Mayhem show

    Syler Frazier vs Tuckett Crittenden – Frazier wins by choke in 1st round
    Ryan Lund vs Steven Downey – Lund by RNC in 1st round  
    Miles Welk vs Braeden Kilpak – Welk wins by Unanimous Decision
    Parris Swain vs Kevin Allred – Swain wins by tapout to RNC in the 1st @ 2:56
    Justin Roberts vs Kenneth Sparling – Roberts wins by tapout to RNC in the 1st
    Cristobal Perez vs Jarrett Kelton – Kelton wins by tapout to strikes in the 1st
    Mike Crisman vs Cisco Alcantara – Cisco wins by TKO in the 2nd
    Adam Butcher vs Collin Clifford – Adam Butcher wins by tapout to guillotine at 4:49 in 1st
    Shawn Conroy vs Cole Rose – Conroy wins by Tapout to Guillotine in the 1st
    Gabe Francis vs Pat Reeves – Francis wins in the 1st by dr cut stoppage
    Brandon Melendez vs Mike Arrant – Arrant wins by KO in the 1st

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    29 Jun 2012

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  • Total Mayhem – Raptors Rage in the Cage

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    Live Coverage of Total Mayhem – Raptors Rage in the Cage from Ogden, Utah starting around 7PM (06/30/2012). As always, brought to you by Cricket

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    29 Jun 2012

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  • MMA Summer Camp for Kids 2012

    Welcome to summer!  Ready to wring your kids’ necks yet?  Want to help them find a more productive way to focus that crazy energy?

    Well, good news!  Hidden Valley MMA is offering two sessions for the kids.  Each one is a five days long.  Imagine that… Monday through Friday, you get a break, they have the time of their lives, learn something, and come home completely tuckered out, and ready to snuggle down in your lap for a nap! (Just click on the picture to see it larger)


    26 Jun 2012

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  • The History of BJJ coming to America

    Hidden Valley MMA recently posted an interesting article about how Gracie Jiu Jitsu originally made it’s way to America.  If you guessed it was through the bear chested, original bad ass Chuck Norris (and yes, we would accept “Walker Texas Ranger” for half credit), then you would be correct.

    Sheesh…  What would we be without that guy!

    Check out the full article over at Hidden Valley MMA.

    23 Jun 2012

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  • Utah MMA Fighters kick some ass in UFC FX4 event

    Friday, June 22 2012 the UFC put on FX4.

    For those of you that don’t know, we had three of our own fighting on that card (although they may not all currently be “Fighting out of” Utah):

    • Ramsey Nijem
    • Brock Jardine
    • Steven Siler

    Having three of our own on a single UFC card speaks volumes about how far MMA has come in the state, and the quality of fighters Utah is turning out.  But what speaks even louder is the performance of these guys.  Nijem and Siler not only won their fights, but won them in the first round.

    Siler’s victory came by slipping in a Guilloting choke on his opponent who was already bloodied by a knee strike.  Siler’s comments on the fight were: ”I figured I rocked him.  He was going to be a little loopy. That was my chance to lock it in. It was slippery from the blood, so I wasn’t sure I should go for it. But it worked out.”

    Nijem took another route.. Mounting, and pounding the shit out of his opponent.  Post fight Nijem commented, ”I felt great on my feet.  I was landing some shots … but he stopped my wrestling for a while. I knew if I was persistent, I’d land on top.  Once I get mount, I stop fights.”

    Although Jardine did not end up with his hand raised, his fight went the distance, and he showed the “never say die” fabric that he is made of.

    Let me hear ya say “HELL YA!”
    Way to go guys.  You make us proud!

    22 Jun 2012

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  • Muay Thai Weight Training-Aaron Winter

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    Many people have concerns when it comes to weight training as it pertains to martial arts training. One of the main concerns is building big, bulking, inefficient muscle mass that would take away from the speed and endurance that is so vital to the success of a martial artist. Although there is some truth behind this thought process, there are also some misconceptions. If done correctly, weight training can be an added weapon in a fighter’s arsenal. 

      Professional football players are a perfect example. Most people would agree that in this group you could find some of the most finely tuned athletes in the world. They possess an astonishing amount speed, power and quickness. For the most part their physiques are generally very muscular. The answer lies in the training techniques. The nervous system will react accordingly to the type of stimulus that it is being subjected to. Although slow contractive movements might be the best way to gain muscle mass, this is not the most effective way to train for a Muay Thai, or MMA fight. What works the best is a combination of techniques. Punching, kicking and takedown power comes from the gluteus, quads, back and hamstrings. Nothing beats compound movements done with proper form and technique. Deadlifting, Squats, Bench presses and Shoulders presses should be the staple of a fighter’s regiment.  

    Deadlifts: If an athlete was limited to doing only one lift, the choice should always be the deadlift. This compound movement utilizes almost every major muscle group in your body. This is the most functional lift known for the human body and will relate to more functionality in a combat situation. The Deadlift has “real world” applications. Picking up weights off the ground(or in our case, people) is something that we have been doing for millennia. Another benefit from deadlifting is increased stability control and grip strength. Deadlifting is one of only two exercises that will give you cardio benefits. Proper form and warm ups are essential in sets of  3-4 and reps in the 8-12 range. 

    Squats: There’s no better exercise at maintaining and increasing leg strength than the squat.  This is another lift that we have been doing since the dawn of time. This lift much like deadlifts, is an entire body workout. Squatting gives you more of the explosive fast twitch response that we are looking for in an MMA environment. Not only does squatting increase muscle mass, vertical jumps, and overall speed times but it has several other benefits as well. Many professional athletes use the squat as an injury prevention exercise. Again this is an exercise that proper form and warm up is a must in sets of 3-4 and reps in the 8-12 range. At the finish of the eccentric(negative) movement, the top of your quad should be parallel with the ground. There are other exercises to do if your not going “parallel”. 

    Bench & Shoulder Presses: Bench pressing can increase bone density at the wrist. The wrist has a high probability to be fractured in combat. Bench presses and shoulder presses will lessen the likely hood of this happening. Being a compound movement, nothing will gain both strength and mass and develop an all around upper body strength like these presses. The strength, power, and speed gained from these presses are a secondary addition to the lifts mentioned above. Reps in the same ranges as mentioned above.

    These movements done with the proper slow negative(eccentric) contraction, combined with a fast, explosive(concentric) movement will develop the fast twitch power that is such a vital weapon in the ring. This type of lifting teaches the nervous system explosive speed changes. This is a brief description of the type of weight training that we recommend our athletes use supplemented with Ply metrics, proper diet, cardio and the regular speed building exercises that is provided at Hidden Valley MMA.

    Our belief is if two combatants are equally matched in skill set, abilities, and endurance. Strength training can be the deciding factor in a fight if the athlete has been trained correctly. This training is not only to put on muscle for show but muscle that has a definitive advantage in a fight scenario. This type of muscle can be a very useful weapon if developed properly. Diet, diversity and proper supplementation can produce the results that we are looking for. 

    About Aaron Winter (Front row, right, green shirt)
    Aaron Winter (husband of Julie “She Hulk” Winter) is a contributing writer for and has a lifetime of fitness and martial arts training.  He currently assists as a strength and conditioning consultant for the Hidden Valley Fight team.

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    20 Jun 2012

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Elements of MMA: Judo, Jiu Jitsu, and Striking – Is Judo counter intuitive?

    There are a lot of pieces of what make up a good MMA game.  There are elements of striking, takedowns, and grappling.  To fill these needs you may choose to draw from Boxing, Krav Maga, Muay Thai or others for your striking, Judo, Sambo, Wrestling for Takedowns, and most likely Jiu Jitsu for that lethal ground game.

    But as I have worked on some of these skills I have noticed something odd that I wanted to comment on.  There are a few things that seem to be “like riding a bike” (at least for me.  What I mean by that is that as I learn them, and refine them, each change starts to just “feel right”.  It becomes almost natural to do.

    But there are a few things that just seem to challenge my brain and muscle memories.  Some things that I feel like I have to constantly put effort into, or they start to go stale on me, and I find myself doing things wrong. In particular (for me): I struggle so badly with dropping my hands when I kick.  At least I know this isn’t just me… I see a lot of folks struggle with it.

    But there is another that I struggle with: My Judo.

    It drives me nuts… As soon as I start striking, I tend to fall into whatever groove I developed over time.  As soon as I’m on the ground, I start using my jitz, and it just feels right.  But if I go a few months without working on my Judo, I find myself doing standup like a damn wrestler again: Locking up, fighting defensively, trying to use strength more than kuzushi, always wanting to face my opponent on the feet, rather than wanting to spin my back to them for a Tai Otoshi, or similar throws.  AAArgggg!  Where did my training go?

    I don’t seem to struggle with this same tendency in the other areas of my game.

    Have others faced this same problem?  Is Judo counter to the way our brains like to work, or is it just me?  Do you have any elements of your fight game where you fight to overcome natural tendencies like this?


    18 Jun 2012

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  • 5 Awesome Examples Of How To Be Unsportsmanlike In MMA

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    Performing an act of poor sportsmanship in anything is kind of like slapping a cat in the face - even if it’s deserved, you’re still kind of an asshole for doing it.  What fighters on the big stage fail to realize, is that your fans will turn on you in a second for being a dick.  MMA is fighting, and leading up to a fight, combatants talk trash – it’s how the game is played.  But the rules of the school yard still apply – after the fight, you shake hands, say good job, then go about your business…even if your business is paying for peanut-butter handjobs behind Circus-Circus with six-packs of Pabst.

    As long as you were a good sport during your fight, the fans will refuse to believe anything the media puts on you.  Screw up once though…well, what’s that old saying?  Build a thousand bridges you’re a bridge-builder, but suck one cock…

    Here are five prime examples of how to be a poor sport:


    “Bring that ass here”

    At UFC 112, Neo fought Demian Maia.  For three rounds, it was a pretty decent fight for Silva, showing his usual domination of another poor rabbit thrown into the cage with him.  It was obvious to him and everyone else in the building that Maia had no chance against him, so naturally he finished him in astonishing fashion.

    OR, you take what really happened – Maia sat just outside Silva’s reach waiting to get blown-up – like a beagle hooked up to electrodes.  Silva, on the other hand, took the opportunity to show off his dance moves for the last ten minutes while mocking Maia in-between the songs playing in his head.

    What could have been a legendary slaughter-the-cow finish ended up being a lopsided decision…so much so, that the President of the UFC left halfway through the 4th round and just gave the belt to Silva’s manager…basically he said “fuggit”.

    WHY IS THIS POOR SPORTSMANSHIP? - Well, Maia was obviously outclassed.  The fans even knew it and paid to watch Silva abduct his next soul.  Demian waited for ten minutes for Silva to finish him off, but instead, he was shown up for two full rounds.  The worst part was that at about $50 for the Pay-Per-View, there were a lot of people who paid to get a big finish but just wound up disappointed and minus fifty bucks.  Kind of similar to renting a hooker that only does oral but can’t shut up. Dana White, the President of UFC had this to say:

    “I don’t think I’ve ever been more embarrassed in the ten years of being in this business…but I will make it up to the fans that bought that shit tonight…”

    What hurts most is that Dana actually confirmed that at least once in my life I had actually paid for poop.


    *I didn’t say this fight was crap, I said this fight was stupid!”

    At the Pride Grand Prix 2000, Guy Mezger met the “Gracie Hunter” Kazushi Sakuraba.  Guy had taken the fight on two weeks noticed but fought like he expected the fight the whole time.  In fact, he fought to the end of the 15 minute time limit (no rounds) and eagerly awaited the judge’s decision.  It was at this point that the judges couldn’t make one and decided that Guy and Kazushi should keep on keepin’ on.

    At this point, Guy began a mild argument before his cornerman Ken Shamrock ordered him to take a seat in the locker room…partly to calm down, but mostly for Ken to point and yell and show people a whole new world of pissed off.

    The reason for Ken’s anger is simple – Guy took the fight on two weeks noticed, had an injured foot and signed a contract for one (1) 15-minute round with no overtime…the same as every other fight in the Grand Prix.  Given the fact that Guy was actually kicking some ass, Ken felt that the Japanese were giving their “Gracie Hunter” another shot to beat Mezger now that they saw he was injured.  This resulted in Ken jumping and pointing a whole bunch.

    WHY THIS IS POOR SPORTSMANSHIP: Well for one, you’re in Japan which is huge on the whole respect thing…even if they were trying to juke you a little bit.  Secondly, you can’t just lose your shit in the cage/ring if you’re someone’s CORNER…you just can’t.  It makes you look bad, it makes your fighter look bad…hell, Godzilla would even look bad if he started bitching about his contract after he wrecked an entire city…and he’s a giant fuckin’ lizard whose job it is to look bad…there’s just no way around it.  Sending Mezger backstage was a good move to difuse the situation.  Continuing to chew ass afterwards is a no-no…expectially when Sakuraba himself said that he would honor the contract.


    Group love

     On April 17, 2010, Jake Shields got a victory over Dan “Hendo” Henderson…kind of a big deal.  During the post-fight interview, Jason “Mayhem” Miller entered the cage with no appoval, intrrupted the interview and asked Jake Shields where his rematch was…also calling him “Buddy”, which in a weird way seems kind of insulting.

    Anyway, Shields acted like miller ate a dirty diaper for lunch and pushed him out of his face, then Nate and Nick Diaz and the entire Caesar Gracie camp jumped on Miller and kicked his ass…only to be broken up by Dan Henderson’s corner who were apparently the only ones present that were against gang-raping loud assholes with hair that looks like their neck had an inverted menstral cycle.

    WHY THIS IS POOR SPORTSMANSHIP: Granted, this can be seen differently depending on who you’re a fan of…but the fact remains that the whole thing wouldn’t have started had Miller never entered the cage to interrupt a victory speech.  It should go without saying that when you fight and win, you get recognition and when some asshole interrupts your “me” time, it’s never in good taste…it’s basically saying “Thanks for doing all the work so the fans can pay attention to me.”   Kind of like a pimp signing autographs for how well his girls suck dicks.


    “Suck it, minions”

    At UFC 100, Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir fought for the second time…the first ending in Brock tapping Mir gently on the ass during a kneebar that they teach in children’s jiu-jitsu classes.  A kneebar so cartoonish and orchestrated that Bugs Bunny was in the front row calling bullshit.  Usually getting tapped in such an embarrassing way warrants you getting your choice from the candy basket before leaving the cage to go to school.

    At any rate, losing like that make Brock MAAAAD!  He and Mir began throwing insults back and forth until Mir decided to swing for the fences and piss off the bleached grape-ape with such zingers as:

    “I hate him as a person”

    “I’m going to break his neck”

    and the always popular,

    I want him to be the first person that dies from Octagon-related injuries”

    See, the problem with that last quote is that you can’t say that (see #1), it’s just bad for business…not to mention that you have something in store for you if the other guy gets the better of you…namely this:

    Mir was obviously the asshole going into this match, but Brock pulled off such a classy reversal of douchebaggery, he actually made Frank look like the good guy.  After winning, he grunted over to Mir (who was still doing his best impression of a newborn pony trying to stand) and told him what a prick he was…specifically saying, “Who’s the fucking man NOW?!”

     The cheers for Brock quickly diminished when the crowd then got treated to Lesnar double-pumping the “sit and spin” sign and basing his post-fight interview on how much Budweiser sucks because they “…don’t pay me enough.”  Classy.

    WHY THIS IS POOR SPORTSMANSHIP: How isn’t this poor sportsmanship?  I can see the whole getting in his face thing after the fight even though that’s borderline after ripping out his ass-gasket, but flipping off the crowd and telling your sponsor they blow have never worked in any sport ever.  Especially when your sponsor is beer.  I mean, if beer sucks, then so do nachos, and I know nachos are good.  So is beer.


    Renato “Babalu” Sobral is no longer in the UFC.  He’s not in the UFC because Dana White told him that trying to kill a dude won’t be tolerated (not in so many words).  The guy that Dana is referring to is David Heath.

    During the whole build up to the fight, David apparently insulted Babalu by calling him names.  Babalu took this as a sign that Heath needed to “learn some respect”, so shortly after opening a cut on Heath’s face the size of Paris Hilton’s vagina, he locked in an anaconda choke and tapped Heath out.  The only problem is that after Heath tapped and the referee called an end to the match, Sobral refused to let go.  You can find the video online here and there, but it looks something like this:


    You’re probably wondering why this is so screwed up, and it’s fairly hard to explain if you’ve never grappled and been submitted by a choke, but Heath’s life was literally in Sobral’s hands.  Renato got the tap which meant Heath was either going unconcious or couldn’t breathe.  The ref stopped it and Renato held on to “put Heath out” for another 3-4 seconds.  The difference between “out” and “dead” is about 5 seconds for those not in-the-know.

    HOW IT’S UNSPORTSMANLIKE: It’s like I said, it’s a fine line between putting someone to sleep and putting them in the land of unicorns and Elvis Presley.  When you cut off blood to a brain and the refs say stop, you stop. Otherwise you literally are trying to kill the guy.  The reason Renato did it?  “He needed to learn respect, he called me a ‘motherfucker’.”  What a motherfucker.

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    11 Jun 2012

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  • Utah MMA Journal: Rubber Guard Basics

    I have watched, entranced over the years as fighters such as the Diaz brothers (those whacko’s who you want to hate, but somehow love anyway), and others have so effectively used “Mission Control” to frustrate their opponents.

    Even though I’m a big guy, I tend to be pretty dang flexible.  So, I had been wondering if the rubber guard would work well for me.

    So, I did what any red blooded American does when thy want to learn about something.  I went to Youtube.

    I watched the following video closely:

    Then, like I generally do when I try to learn stuff off of YouTube, I went and tried out what I learned, and I got my ass kicked.  So, I came back, and watched the video again, and noticed all of the stuff I missed before.

    In fairness though, it’s not just this video.  There are a couple more in the series.  You can see them here:

    Okay, so I watched them closely.  I went and tried.  Screwed up soem more.  Watched them more.  Tried more.. (You get it…)

    At the end of the day, I am still having troubles with a couple of key things with the Rubber Guard:

    - It seems that I can be stacked fairly easy.  I watched the vids.  I tried the Butterfly sweep.  I tried lockign down my Chill Dog tight so he’s stuck.  I’m still getting stacked.

    - Also, my lone-leg that is supposed to stay in the hip, it’s hanging really lonely out there and proves easier for an opponent to man-handle and pass than I would like.

    Does the rubber Guard have merit?  Clearly.  We have seen folks use it effectively.  Even when it doesn’t work flawlessly it still frustrates the shit out of people.  But I certainly am not feeling it’s value to the point that I would say it’s my “go to” guard position.

    Have others struggled with these issues?  Any insights?

    9 Jun 2012

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  • The Pit Elevated Fight Series

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    We’re down in the holy land…Orem, Utah. The Pit Elevated is doing a Muay Thai/MMA show in their gym. These fights tonight will be an all amateur show. We will be bringing you just the results tonight so keep refreshing and stay informed.

    Fight Card

    Ryan Snow vs Jonah Wong
    Tanner Cowan vs Chris Howlett
    Nick Swenson vs Dylan Demayo
    Tiffany Anderson vs Dayna Boshard
    Emilie Storm vs Sarina Seitz
    Oscar Tapia vs Dave Debes
    Suzy Gleed vs Amberlee Watkins
    Greer Haymond vs Alfred Marshall
    Dustin Jenkins vs Jeff Barney

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