Archive for March, 2010

ThatMMAGuy interviews female MMA fighter Karina Taylor

Posted in ThatMMAGuy interviews Karina Taylor on March 30, 2010 by thatmmaguy

MMAPrime.tv’s lead writer talks with MMA fighter and Muay Thai/ Kickboxing coach Karina Taylor. Karina talks womens MMA, controversial stoppages and how Matt Hughes is a douche bag.

Ryan Justason: You were at the most recent Tuff-N-Uff event where a controversial fight occurred featuring the son of Randy Couture, Ryan Couture. Can you explain what went down?

Karina Taylor: The bell rang and it was time for the next round. Sean Bollinger gave Ryan Couture a run for his money. I think that was one of the best fights I’ve ever seen Ryan fight. I do believe that had that bell not rang, the fight could have been over and Sean almost had him. The rest of the fight was very exciting. I think that’s the most action I’ve seen Ryan fight. Ryans an awesome fighter. I’d like to see those 2 fight again in the future. That fight was sick.

RJ: You were also at this fight for a great cause. Can you tell us about that?

Karina Taylor: I was at the booth for It Ain’t Kemo for Kevin Hoyt. It Ain’t Kemo is a non-profit company that makes a fashion clothing line and all the proceeds will benefit cancer. I also ran the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Marathon on Dec 7th which was also for cancer.

RJ: For those of us who have not heard of Karina Taylor, can you tell us what martial arts you have studied?

Karina Taylor: I started training in boxing and then started training in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I also wrestled for a year in High School. Overall, I’ve been training for 6 years. I’ve never really trained in Gi Jiu Jitsu but that’s something I want to explore. I’ve competed in Grapplers Quest and WORLDS. I’ve won girls 115 lbs – 129 lbs beginners for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 2 times. I’ve also won the no weight class for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

RJ: Can you tell us about your MMA career so far?

Karina Taylor: I haven’t really had that great of an MMA record. When I first started training, I was 160 pounds. Right now I’m sitting at 125 pounds comfortably and I fight at 115 pounds. I’ve fought at 140 and 135 so I’ve never really have gotten the chance to prove my full potential at 115 pounds. My last fight was in New Mexico against Michelle Waterson. That fight got referee stoppage. It was a horrible fight. The referee thought she had an armbar and it wasn’t an armbar. I didn’t tap and my arm wasn’t fully extended. The referee after the fight knew it was a bad call and the crowd was booing. The referee didn’t know what to do so he looked at my corner like what do I do? So Kim Couture and Neil said “well put them back in the middle”. So as the referee was putting us back in the middle, another referee came in and said “you made the call and you have to stand by it”.

RJ: Dana White, who has once denounced women’s MMA, has come out and said that there are not enough women fighters to make a stable in the UFC. Would you agree with him?

Karina Taylor: Dana White doesn’t really want women fighting in the UFC anyway. If he really wanted to put women on the fight card for the UFC, he could do it if he wanted to but it’s a matter of fact that he doesn’t want to. Do I ever think that women will fight in the UFC? Possibly. Right Now? Not gonna happen.

RJ: Dana also compared women’s MMA to the old UFC heavyweight division which has evolved to become the UFC’s strongest heavyweight division yet. Do you think this is a fair comparision and will women’s MMA evolve like the UFC heavyweight division has?

Karina Taylor: I don’t think it’s a fair comparison due to the fact that it’s one persons view. I mean, that’s Dana Whites view. If you go and ask one of the guys who were at Tuff-N-Uff fights, do you want to see the females fight? Everybody is looking forward to the one female fight on the card. It’s something that some people want to see and some don’t want to see. It depends on who your asking. Me personally, when I go to the fights, I’m looking forward to the women’s fight. The women usually fight with so much more heart and technique.

RJ: Unlike a Randy Couture or a Brandan Vera who support women’s MMA, Matt Hughes has said that he doesn’t support it because he doesn’t want to see women fighting. What are your thoughts on his opinion?

Karina Taylor: He’s a douche bag. That’s what I think about his opinion.

RJ: Any word on your next fight or grappling tournaments?

Karina Taylor: I’d like to grapple at the up-coming Grapplers Quest at the UFC fan expo. The only thing is that Grapplers Quest for women only has beginner and experienced and no intermediate. I’ve already beaten all the beginners so it’s not fair for me to grapple with them. I’m also not advanced like these other girls. I’m good but not like some of these girls that have been grappling 7 or more years.

ThatMMAGuy interviews WEC standout Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen

Posted in ThatMMAGuy interviews Scott Jorgensen on March 23, 2010 by thatmmaguy

MMAPrime.TV’s Ryan Justason interviews WEC’s Scott Jorgensen about his upcoming WEC 48 rematch with Antonio Banuelos, his thoughts on a potential UFC/WEC merger and training partner Jens “Little Evil” Pulvers decision to retire.

Ryan Justason: Your last fight at WEC 47 was an impressive victory over Chad George. Can you tell us about that fight?

Scott Jorgensen: I went in there and planned on doing my thing. I wanted to put him in a position were he wasn’t comfortable in and it took 31 seconds. I had the impression that he didn’t want to stand with me. I took him down, took his back and choked him out.

RJ: Your next fight will be at WEC 48 where you replaced the injured Damacio Page to get a rematch with Antonio Banuelos. How excited were you to get that rematch considering your last fight was a close split decision?

Scott Jorgensen: I was really excited man. I jumped at the chance as soon as they made the call. There was no hesitation. I just said let’s do it. Not only do I get another fight and get to stay active, I get to let the fight turn out the way it should have happened with my hand raised. I’m excited and ready to go. It’s going to be a great fight.

RJ: Will you be doing anything differently in this rematch?

Scott Jorgensen: Naw. Just fighting like I did. I beat him last time and I’ll beat him again.

RJ: There has been talk about a potential merger with the WEC and the UFC. What are your thoughts on the potential merger?

Scott Jorgensen: I like the idea but I’m happy with the WEC. I think were building a big name for ourselves. The UFC tag would be great for sponsorships and getting our name out there. I love the WEC and you can’t get away from what works.

RJ: You train with Jens Pulver. He has lost his last 4 fights in the 1st round. Were you happy to see him retire?

Scott Jorgensen: Naw man. Jens is one of my good friends and he’s somebody I’ve always looked up to. I wanted to see him win that fight and I didn’t want to see him retire. Whatever he chooses to do, I hope he’s happy doing it. He’s helping me train for this fight. His heart is still in this sport.

RJ: Last but not least, what can we expect in your fight at WEC 48?

Scott Jorgensen: If anybody has ever seen me fight, you can expect a fast pace dominating preformance. I’m never one to stand down and I’m always moving forward. That’s why the fans love me and love my style. That’s why I’m on the first WEC pay per view card ever. I’m a million miles an hour til I can break a guy. Your going to see Antonio trying to crawl out of that cage by the end of the fight.

ThatMMAGuy would like to thank Scott Jorgensen for his time.

ThatMMAGuy interviews Tim “The Thrashing Machine” Hague

Posted in ThatMMAGuy interviews Tim Hague on March 18, 2010 by thatmmaguy

MMAPrime.tv lead writer got the chance to talk with Canadian heavyweight favorite Tim “The Trashing Machine” Hague. In this interview Tim talks about his next fight, his last fight with Chris Tuchscherer, why he’s not upset with the UFC and how he’s going to be a different fighter in future bouts.

Ryan Justason: First of all, how does it feel to be fighting in Canada again?

Tim Hague: It feels great. I love fighting in Edmonton and all my friends get to see me fight so it’s pretty exciting. And, that’s about it. Just exciting to be back home fighting.

RJ: Your fighting at TFC: High Octane on Friday, March 19th. Can you tell me about this event?

Tim Hague: It’s a great event. It’s a nation (Canada) wide pay per view. It features myself, Ryan Ford, Victor Valimaki and a bunch of very exciting up and comer fighters. It will also be broadcasted world wide on the Fight Network at a later date. So it’s a lot of exposure which is important in the fight game.

RJ: Tyler East is your opponent…..

Tim Hague: No. Tyler East pulled out a couple days ago due to a chest infection. And then they found a former world class kickboxer and he agreed to fight. And then a couple days ago he called back wanting more money. So they finally found a former Eastern Illinois wrestler. His name is Ed Carpenter. He’s only 2-0 in the pro but with his wrestling experience, I expect a tough fight.

RJ: What will be your game plan for this fight?

Tim Hague: Smash him. Knock him out early. I just fought a NCAA division 2 All-American so I’m ready to fight a wrestler. When I fought Chris Tuchscherer, I came out a little slow and tried to tire him out a bit but I’m going to come out in an aggressive way in this fight.

RJ: You were recently released from the UFC after a tough majority loss to Chris Tuchscherer in a fight many thought you won. Can you tell me about that fight?

Tim Hague: Yeah. Like I said, I started slow. The first two rounds were kind of boring. I scored one for him and one for me. The third round, I basically beat his ass and figured I won a 10-8 round and won the fight. But the judges saw it the other way and what can you do? You lose 2 straight in the UFC and you have to go rebuild. I can’t say anything bad about the UFC. They’re a great organization and I can’t wait to get back. But right now I get to fight for the home town crowd, the TFC and rebuild.

RJ: Since being released from the UFC, have you taken a step back to reassess your game?

Tim Hague: Well, I’m going to explore some training options in Vegas and Minnesota. But that’s about it. Just keep getting better at everything.

RJ: When you say Minnesota, does that mean a potential Chris Tuchscherer/ Brock Lesnar camp?

Tim Hague: Yeah. That’s probably where I’m going.

RJ: Last but not least, what can we expect at TFC: High Octane on Friday?

Tim Hague: You can expect a quick fight. I’m not messing around anymore. I’ve been too nice for too long. You know, in the Octagon, I moved around a lot but now you can expect the aggression to come out. And that’s what your going to see tomorrow night. I’m pissed off, I’m hungry and I want to get back in the UFC as soon as possible and I think I deserve to be there. I can hang with most the heavyweights in the UFC. I’m making a statement in this fight.

Although it may seem that Tim is no longer the nice gigantic Canadian we all know, this is only the case for his opponents. Tim was nice enough to appologize if he seemed grumpy due to his weight cut although at no point in this interview did I take offense.

For more information on this event: http://www.thefightclub.ca

-Ryan “ThatMMAGuy” Justason

Canadian MMA Fighter James Barris takes down Meadowbrook Music Fest

Posted in Canadian Fighter James Barris on March 16, 2010 by thatmmaguy

Check out how a Canadian gets things done. James Barris like myself is also sponsored by Throwin’ Bombs apparel. You can check him out on facebook and check out Throwin’ Bombs apparel at http://www.ThrowinBombs.com .

ThatMMAGuy Interviews MMA Veteran Aaron Riley

Posted in ThatMMAGuy Interviews MMA Veteran Aaron Riley on March 12, 2010 by thatmmaguy

ThatMMAGuy interviews MMA veteran Aaron Riley about his involvement in an MMA charity benefit for Haiti. We also get into past and future fights as well as his experiences at the famed Jackson Submission Fighting camp.

For more information about the MMA charity benefit for Haiti, please check out http://www.MMAforCharity.org

MMA for Charity to hold Haiti Benefit Event

Posted in MMA Charity event for Haiti on March 11, 2010 by thatmmaguy

Event will take place on March 13-14 in Richmond , VA

Richmond, VA ( USA ): On January 12th, 2010, a vicious earthquake struck the country of Haiti . As of this writing, an estimated 3,000,000 people have been affected by magnitude 7.0 quake. The Haitian Government has reported that between 217,000 and 230,000 people have died, an estimated 300,000 have been injured, and an estimated 1,000,000 are homeless. What’s more, the death toll is expected to rise. The response from within the United States as well as the world has been overwhelming. Tens of millions of dollars have been raised in the U.S. alone, and aid has poured in from all over the world. But recovery efforts will be ongoing in the years to come, as Haiti attempts to rebuild itself.

On March 13th, a two-day seminar hosted by MMA Institute, located at 6145 Jahnke Road, Richmond , VA 23225, will commence. The seminar will consist of grappling, striking, and MMA training, and the team of instructors will be made up of world class MMA fighters such as rising WEC star and Haiti native Mackens Semerzier, UFC fighters Aaron Riley and “The Filthy Mauler” Tom Lawlor, former TUF competitor Sam Hoger, Bellator fighter Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, and 2009 Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) champion and recent Shine Fights signee Braulio Estima. In addition, 50/50 Jiu-Jitsu owners Ryan Hall and Seph Smith will be teaching, and a kids seminar will be educated by the well-respected John Simons. All these great athletes will be donating their time, and merchandise will be auctioned off, with all proceeds going towards Haiti relief.

MMA for Charity is an organization conceptualized by MMA Institute Head Trainer Rick McCoy and Eric Callahan in order for the sport he loves to have an opportunity to respond to the tragedy in Haiti . “When I saw the footage of all the suffering going on by the men, women, and children in Haiti , I just felt in my gut that I needed to do something,” explained McCoy. “I spoke with some of my associates, and things quickly came together to form the organization. Now, the sport gets to show that it’s about more than what happens in the cage; MMA is filled with good, caring people. And through MMA for Charity, we’ll get to show that.”For those interested in signing up for the seminar or further information, please visit

About MMA for Charity

Examiner.com, and writes for FightSport Magazine, and CACombatSports.com.http://www.fightofyourlife.com/ For additional information on Fight of Your Life Communications, please visit MMA for Charity

About Fight of Your Life Communications

Fight of Your Life is the only company that focuses exclusively on communications within the sport of MMA. Through utilization of media relationships, sponsorship contacts, writing skills, and public relations experience, Fight of Your Life raises the profile of its clients, which increases awareness, draws revenue, and helps establish long-term viability. Current Fight of Your Life clients include fight promotions such as Gladiator Challenge, Jeff Curran’s XFO, X-1 World Events, MMA Big Show, and Shine Fights. In addition, Fight of Your Life handles management for rising StrikeForce lightweight title contender Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm. Also, Fight of Your Life owner Phil Lanides covers MMA for

For more information, please contact:

Rick McCoy

Founder

MMA for Charity

(804) 928-6210

rick@mmaforcharity.org

Eric Callahan

Co-Founder

MMA for Charity

eric@mmaforcharity.org

Phil Lanides

Publicist

MMA for Charity

(408) 439-3245

phil@fightofyourlife.com

was created in the wake of last month’s disaster in Haiti . Mixed martial artists from around the country have volunteered to help raise money and awareness in an effort to contribute to the relief of the shattered country. The chaos brought on by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake has complicated things for the children of Haiti immensely, making it difficult to tell who is alone and who is simply trying to locate loved ones. MMA for Charity will be raising funds for Hope for Haiti Children’s Center. Several top fighters have agreed to take part in a two-day seminar in Richmond , Virginia , and will be auctioning off merchandise with 100% of the proceeds going to the center. For additional information on MMA for Charity, please visit http://www.MMAForCharity.org/

http://www.MMAInstitute.com/ or http://www.MMAForCharity.org/

Throwin’ Bombs Sponsorship

Posted in Throwin' Bombs sponsorship on March 11, 2010 by thatmmaguy

I am proud to announce that I am being sponsored by the great people at Throwin’ Bombs. If you’re a fan of MMA, Boxing and Hockey, then you’re a fan of http://www.ThrowinBombs.com apparel. Check out the website to be apart of the latest and hottest gear.

I will be wearing the throwin’ bombs gear while I cover Tim Sylvia vs Mariuz Pudzianowski and Seth Petruzelli vs Houston Alexander on the May 21st Boston event. I also look forward to wearing throwin’ bombs gear at future north-eastern MMA events.

I’d like to give a special shout out to Andy Hui for making all this happen. You can check out Andy Hui on facebook.

-ThatMMAGuy

A Timeline History of The UFC

Posted in Timeline History of The UFC on March 11, 2010 by thatmmaguy

In the near 17 years that the UFC has been gracing our homes, the sport of MMA has come a long ways. Let’s take a look at where the UFC started and where the UFC is today.

The Beginning: On November 12th, 1993, UFC 1 was hosted in Denver, Colorado which featured an 8 man tournament. Such names as Art “One Glove” Jimmerson, Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie fought in this tournament with Gracie ultimately winning.

Revenge of the Warriors: On December 16th, 1994 at UFC 4, Royce Gracie won his third UFC tournament by defeating Dan Severn via triangle choke. Royce then cemented his place in the UFC history books.

Judgement Day: On February 7th, 1997 at UFC 12, Mark Coleman became the first UFC heavyweight champion when he choked out Dan Severn.

Ultimate Japan: On December 21st, 1997, The UFC made its first visit to Japan. This was also the first visit to a country in Asia. This fight card included the likes of Maurice Smith, Tank Abbott, Kazushi Sakuraba and Randy Couture.

Redemption: On May 15th, 1998 at UFC 17, Chuck Liddell made his MMA debut defeating Noe Hernandez. This fight card also marked the first UFC debut of UFC veteran Carlos Newton as well as Pride veteran Dan Henderson. UFC 17 also hosted the legendary head kick KO that Pete Williams landed on Mark Coleman.

High Stakes: On November 17th, 2000 at UFC 28, the UFC made it’s Atlantic City debut with a storm. Andrei Arlovski made his UFC debut defeating Aaron Brink via armbar. Josh Barnett made his UFC debut defeating Gan McGee via TKO. And a famous bout between Randy Couture and Kevin Randlemanheadlined the card with Couture winning in the third round via TKO.

New Ownership: In January 2001, Zuffa, LLC, owned by Frank Fertitta, Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White, purchases the UFC brand and completely restructures MMA into a highly organized sport.

Battle on the Boardwalk: On February 23rd, 2001 at UFC 30, Jens “Little Evil” Pulver made UFC history when he defeated Caol Uno in a 5 round battle to become UFCs first lightweight champion.

Locked and Loaded: On May 4th, 2001 at UFC 31, the UFC premiered the weight class realignments which are the current standard. These weight classes include lightweight (155 lbs), welterweight (170 lbs), middleweight (185 lbs), light heavyweight (205 lbs) and heavyweight (265 lbs).

Return of the Champions:On September 28th, 2001 at UFC 33, the UFC makes its debut in the “City of Sin” and fight capital of the world, LasVegas, Nevada. This card featured 2 title fights with Tito Ortiz defeating Vladimir Matyushenko to retain his light heavyweight championship and Jens Pulver defeating Dennis Hallman to retain his lightweight championship.

Brawl at the Hall: On July 13th,2002 at UFC 38, the UFC made history with its European debut in London, England at the Royal Albert Hall. Matt Hughes defeated Carlos Newton via TKO in the 4th round to retain his welterweight championship while Great Britain’sown Ian Freeman shocked the world with his upset victory over Frank Mir.

Hall of Fame: On November 21st, 2003, two men were honored by the UFC when they were the first to be inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame. Those two legendary figures were none other than Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock.

The Ultimate Fighter: On January 17th, 2005, Spike TV aired the first season of the reality show television series “The Ultimate Fighter” in which fighters would compete for a 6 figure UFC contract. This show would later contribute to the success of the UFC and MMA as a whole. The 1st season featured light heavyweight and middleweight fighters with Forrest Griffin winning the light heavyweight division and Diego Sanchez winning the middleweight division.

All or Nothing: UFC 67 was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mirko CroCop made his debut technically knocking out Eddie Sanchez while Anderson Silva defeated the very tough Travis Lutter in impressive fashion. This event also proved to show that the UFC was on the up and up because 72% of the audience came from outside Nevada.

Fight for the Troops: On December 10th, 2008, the UFC entertained the troops. Over 8,000 military personnel fill the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina for UFC: Fight for the Troops. A simultaneous fundraiser for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund raised over 4 million dollars.

Redemption:On April 19th, 2009 at UFC 97, the UFC made it’s second trip to Montreal, Quebec Canada. Montreal would go on to set the NorthAmerican attendance record with 21,451 attendees. This record defeated Montreals previous record from UFC 83 by only 61 people.

UFC 100: Arguable the best fight card to have been produced by the UFC, UFC 100 didn’t upset when it came to talent and show. UFC 100 featured the long anticipated rematch between heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and interim heavyweight champion Frank Mir in which Lesnar proved himself to be a frighteningforce. Also Georges St Pierre dominated Thiago Alves in a bout many believed he would be dethroned. This amazing card also featured the KO of the year when Dan Henderson landed a devestating overhand right on Michael Bisping.

UFC 110: On February 21st, 2010, the UFC made it’s debut in the land of kangaroos and wallabees when it landed in Sydney, Australia. This event also was the fastest selling event to date with tickets selling out in 2 hours.