Black Eye

LOOKS LIKE PRECISION OVER POWER

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Let me just start by saying I hate bullies I’ve been 5’4 basically all my life and hated it then and hate to this day, I have to address it when it takes place in the community of martial arts where the idea of bullying is a weakness and a response to inflicted pain on the bully versus the recipient of that pain… More specifically what this whole thing is about is when you decide to praise someone while with the same under handed bravdo saying that they did this and that a while ago which is not okay, but when you don’t do that for other offenders your own faulty stance becomes exposed for what it is at the core, hate or disrespect.

Today I watched a guy I like to watch in Robin Black UFC analyst and martial artist who did a post fight piece on Cyborg. However midway through it seems like a hit piece on Cris Cyborg more so than a breakdown on the technical brillance like Brendan Dorman has done or where the discussion was led on Joe Rogans podacst. What’s hard to hear or rather the messed up points in Robin argument is the constant point that Cyborg failed a drug test. Yes she did fail one test in 2012, and since has invited indepth testing from USADA and called out Dana and Ronda, saying either test me or stop bring up my name for your promotional needs allah Mayweather. The issue isn’t the bringing it up, the issue is the history of bring it up. Either Robin says fighters have been popped without giving a name being general when talking about the subject in the negative, versus the nostalgic moments of fun with the Pride and early UFC discussions, because nobody thinks young Vitor, Coleman or the great one Bob Sapp was anything but PEDS. My issue is that you can’t praise and adore the performance of Overreem Vitor Rothwell Barnett Henderson Chael Sheilds Gilbert etc. who all do damage to their opponents pre and post serving their time. If you praise these individuals while saying she failed a drug test every 5 seconds, whats the difference in what she did and what they did?

Why this piece really hit a nerve for me is because I’ve  followed Cris’s journey from Thailand to LA from Jason Perrilo Kru Daeng and Boyd Clarke. She puts in ridiculous amounts of work to get down to 140 and has gone through that upper threshold to develop better skills in each area by taking the challenge in facing a Muay Thai world beater in Muay Thai aswell as straight BJJ comps and developing a more thought out a complete striking game. That UFC 198 performance didn’t just happen that stuff wasn’t power which is a misnomer at best. It was because of speed and techincal ability she is striking loose and effienct strength means nothing when high level striking is concerned that only matters when your trying to blitzkrieg someone. What Cyborg did was more young Aldo or the prototypical Nova Unia more so than the old chute boxe Wandi striking and bite down and let the leather fly style. This idea that because she’s tested positive, shes big, means shes more dangerous is using the idea that once a cheater always a cheater which is crazy. Why, because Holly Holm fought at 152 and 155 as a boxer and kickboxer, is she to big? Meisha fought at 145 in Stikeforce is she to big incomparrison to the rest of the 135ers? However if the weight is made and the test is clean the arguments stop there because there is nothing more to be discussed.

The real discussion that should be at the tol of the list is this weird toruture idea of making her make 135 or 140 if she fights in the UFC. Lockhart could get her down but why tortue her like that you brought her in at 140, 145 is already established why continue to kill the women. We saw in the lead up how she makes the weight while still being mom and significant other and keeping a smile through out the process, cut the shit what’s the real purpose of cutting her down is ot to deminsh her or what. When your trying to move away from hard weight cuts in the sport to literally force and single out a fighter who fights in already established weight class at 145 which like Rogan said has been around since Strikeforce seeing how Meisha Tate was the 145 lb Strikeforce champion. Explain to me how that makes since they are looking to add more weight classes for the womens divisions at 125 but they won’t add a 145, while knowing that adding more weight classes doesn’t hurt anything because if you build it they will come from everywhere. Look at 115 Joanna and Claudia from to opposite ends of the world and are already build up to a massive fight. Just because Cyborgs a bigger threat now doesnt exclude her from participating because of what happened once in her past the past is exactly that if you have changed your ways and moved forward, she has done that and deserves he chamce just like everyone else that got popped and returned afterwards in her case its years after now and the same one mistake is being brought up to incriminate her for something that has occured since 2012. In my heart of hearts I can’t understand why Robin would do that when hes necer done that to other fighters and any time hes come close to this it was all comical references to horse meat of TRT days or Pride days as fond nostalgia, now it just seems like bullying. Am I calling for a safe space or resignation, hell no we’re adults, I just want facts to be facts and for an analyst to be consistent across the board.

So later everyone and congrates to Miss Cris Cybory on her UFC debut.

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But Did You Die?

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I’ve been experimenting with my cardio programming and I have made a break through. A combination of mind numbing and break you down build you movements. Heed my words this will suck every time, however you will crave the cardio high you get and live how lean you will be sble to get. Okay so whats the program, check me out below.

5, 4 mintue rounds on the assualt (airdyne, perpeller) bike rest for 30 seconds between each round.

7-10 rounds of 15 toes to bar
In between each hit a double clean or snatch with moderate weight.

Row 2.5 k

Heavy Bag if you want or need to, drill based not power shot based.

Lastly
.70 mile swim freestyle no less 4 laps per set.
Ideally you build to sets of 6 and up.

This is like an hour and 30 minute long chipper, but its my personal death march. If your like me you love have an objective while working and this embodies that, theres a number you need to reach and thats bottom line.

Have fun folks and ask yourself,
BUT DID YOU DIE?

Oh so you want power do ya?

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Okay so one thing everyone with any interest in fighting or striking just in general always has some thoughts on how to build power. How do you build power what workouts do I do what things should I change and so on. Today I will touch on that very question with suttle things that add credence to the nuture theory of power building as well as the nature side of that coin.

So where do you start on the journey to builing power I’ll tell you what to stay clear of. Curls, bench press, resitance machines, or anthing that isn’t explosive going up or coming down ie slow power lifting*. Now that that’s taken care of fix your form people. I swear if the number of people doing the old Rocky montage training scenes would just throw a cross from chin to chin or from cheeck to chin straight and true, while turning that shoulder down everyone would be alot stronger. Fix your feet, arm punches have almost never knocked anyone out ever like ever ever. Point that lead foot at the target and pivot your hips through the target. Legs never lie, if the feet are screwed up your punch should never be thrown really. Okay that’s step one, form and getting crispy with it.

Step 2 this is where things get interesting get rid of this idea of strong arms make strong punches, that’s not the case not even a little bit. Arms that can stay snappy and loose are the ones that deliver power. Size only amounts to your weight class putting on to much bulk on the arms means your muscles have to explode with that much more weight dragging them back. Qhich is cool for like a round but when theres not enough oxygen for the muscles come round 2 your basically screwed think of the opposite of a Diaz brother. Think of it this way you have a rodster that does 0-60 in 3.5 seconds you pull the existing engine for a bigger engine lets say a ls1 that adds on 50 hp from stock but adds 175 extra pounds vs stock. The car will be slower because of weight while on paper the horse power is greater. Optimization of the body is everything people, there is such a thing as to big espically in fighting. So theres step 2 stop putting on unnecessary size or put on the nessarcy size for step 3.

Step 3 is my favorite as a coach, it seperates the Wonnas from the BE’s. It’s explosive shoulder work and explosive lower body work. Leg day is damn near every day and your shoulders will be fried all the time. Not from heavy weights but from plyo push ups over head press with light dumbbells like 15lbs but for 50 reps at max speed. *Okay remeber the early powerlifting crack you can do that stuff if your doing explosive plyo to supplment the slow pull and pushing motions. Jumping rope for 12 rounds, shadow boxing for each of those rounds with 3 to 6lbs dumbbells. Hitting the erg for 500m sprints (my favorites). Swimming freestyle for 500m getting full extension and rotation on those shoulders and doing butterfly strokes for another 300m. Each has a purpose and builds or supplements a need. Strict press builds muscle endurance and snap with a mild level of resistance that doesnt weigh you down but it also doesnt let up on you. Plyo push ups force you to explode versus grinding slowly, speed is explosion explosion is power. Shadow boxing with lite weight builds constant snap in your strikes doing that for 5-12 rounds inbetween jumping rope builds endurance ( common theme in fighting gas tank). Rowing at a high output under stress for a long period of time builds endurance in the shoulders and supplements the over head work with a pulling motion vs the pushing motion of a press or a plyo push up. Swimming gets you fluid with your motions theres no herky jerky moving while swming or you drown or move super slow. Swimming gets you comfortable using the entire body aswell as opening up the shoulder for max extension which is important when you strike, deliver with full extension think Conor McGregors left hand when hes on point things lazer guided and he full extends by not over extending (when he’s not fighting Nate Diaz lol).

Step 3 part B shoulders only make up part of the chain of potential energy what startsvthe chain is the base the feet to the hips and yes feet. Nick Curson amd the Marivichis got it right. Balance work with some destabilizing platform, front squating with elevated heels snatching and cleaning fast with moderate weight no super heavy max chasing. All that stuff for the feet builds the legs and hips. Box jumps and agility work turns that mass into more than just weight but adds again to that muscle endurance and explosion. All that leg work is not so much to get massive quads its to build the feet and calves, look at Pac Man his calves are massive he runs a ton and there’s the secret to being a power puncher with endurance in boxing, crazy right smh. Speed is power but without endurance your nothing but prey.

Alright Step 4 sparring and mitt work. You can have all the power in the world naturally you can know how to shift your weight and carry power but if your not on the pads or sparring all of that’s for nothing. Look at Rumble Johnson he is a technical striker to all serious analyst that’s not some novel idea the mans a combination wizard on pads but that’s all because he does the padwork to get him to that level. He can deliver power from anywhere because he understands timing and distance which is best learned on pads when nobody is trying to take your head off. Next comes sparring D Cruzs style only works because he spars countless other guys with that very style to find his looks and test the waters. You don’t get good at fighting if you don’t fight, same thing with uncorking power nobody builds power and just instantly knows how to use it in a fight, that comes with rounds upon rounds of sparring until your use to your own abilitys before you can move with them fluidly ie GGG Kovalev both fluid both killers in the ring. So thats it folks steps 1-4 for building up a power base for punching kickings a whole other animal.

So if you have taken anything from this its crisp techincal understanding beats all, fluidity makes way for speed, speed is power, power is built from explosive movmemts, and cardio is king and dont you forget it.

-Later thats it for me AOC outta here

Fe Iron Will, Diaz Truth

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If Nate Diaz vs Conor 2 is a real thing for UFC 200 it kind of makes sense when you look at the massive money grabs Dana White is making from 2015 to 2016. Nate vs Conor was the latest one night before that Ronda vs Holly while skipping over the other 5 women ahead of Holly. Ronda vs Bethe on Brazil money grab putting the biggest lioness in the field in a cage with a psyched up gazelle. Right now Dana is in a little predicament as we saw during the Fox Sports post fight coverage when Dana didn’t want to look at Frankie or answer in of the Answers questions directly or to the point, instead just sliding out with you know you’re in talks, listen calm down we love yous and the likes. Frankies the only fight for Conor that should be discussed, Conor lost to Nathan Diaz so going by rankings at 155 Conor is around the Michael Johnson mark making a fight with RDA an insult to all the top 10 players at 155lbs. What else is interesting is that because Conor was winning he got to the point pre UFC 196 and post UFC 193 were he could pick and choose his fights, answering my question of why Khabib, Pettis or Cowboy weren’t inserted into the bout. It’s not like they have never taken people off a card to buy them on another bout for a short notice fight. Be it UFC 189 to UFC 196 Conors bouts have all for the most part been against late notice 10 day camp fighters, while he gets a full camp which in all honesty when all things are weighed out become an advantage for Conor. It’s not even a question anymore if it’s an advantage because what Chad showed against Conor became the truth after a better striker in Nate dotted and outboxed Conor defensively and offensively in the end of round 1 and in round 2. If you can’t see the pull away check right gook and slap Nate was landing and don’t understand that people have been dazed by just that in Kickboxing and Boxing with 12 oz gloves. “Money Grab” for sure and another snub of Edgar which I will touch on next.

The Nate fight is another superstar pay day for Nathan, who will bring all those TUF OG fans, Diaz followers, Andre Ward and boxing supporters, & the entire 209 area code. Now great for Nathan who just like Nick has done so much for the sport and promotion that he genuinely deserves the pay day, and like Raury McDonald expressed many were discussed by Nathans 20 and 20 pay days as of late. Now Nathan expressed a deep understanding of how messed up this promotion has gotten when it comes to Bias and pushing of one guy and letting them run rampant and not giving everyone a shot like the art calls for. Nathan said that Frankie should have gotten the fight at 145 but things worked out like they did because of the push this guy is getting, good on him for building on his timing. However the company guy that was fighting and champion at 155 lbs even when he weighed much less is a legend in the sport and deserves the chance to do what BJ Penn did especially when you remember how Dana had been asking Frankie to move down for so long even when he had the belt. So Frankie moves down and what’s his reward being walked over and facing the top 5 of his division while Conor got pitches down the middle in guys like Diego, Brimage (no longer in the UFC), and to cap it off Siver who was stiffer than Shamrock and Royce. If Frankie gets passed up again he might jump in the cage and do what he did to Cub (top 3 at the time) to anyone that says Nates was the fight to make. The only fight to make is with you champion and the guy that knocked out Chad Mendes faster than anyone in history. But like Renzo and others have expressed the BJJ of Conor is good, but there are black belts and then there are black belts and Frankie is a BLACK BELT he did it to BJ and he will do it to Conor. People seem to forget these very important points. I love Joe Rogan listen to about every podcast but I don’t think Conor will ice him with one shot. To land that shot you have to find Frankie, but while you’re looking for Frankie he’s seeing a take down the pass the sub or the grind in that order on a level not even Gunnar can get Conor prepped for. That’s the reality folks they’re being backed in a corner because Diaz won and Nathan called them out on Frankie not getting the shot and with Frankie’s latest performances there’s really no hiding anymore for whoevers hiding from Fe the Iron one.

The Homie Brendan Dorman!

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Okay, this is an analyst take on a fellow analyst and a someone I talk to often about this combat arts thing. Brendan Dorman a guy I was taken aback by on youtube for his detailed and precise depictions of fights and pre and post fight breakdowns rivaling those of Jack Slack and anyone in the UFC before Robin Black turned that ship around from a breakdown perspective. I mean he picked Holly and stuck by it like yours truly, even when the stars like Joe Rogan and others bought the hype vs the reality, even when Cowboy Cerrone stated the truth about Ronda winging her punches, this isn’t a rant my bad let’s talk about my pal and why you should be watching his videos shall we. Okay if you enjoy detailed technical breakdowns then you will enjoy Brendan’s channel why because there’s no bs it’s just reality driven. The reality of this punch vs this punch how technique shapes who lands first this person’s strength and conditioning vs another guys past performances. Technique rules and comparisons that are easy to follow and understand are great for the MMA fans to get a broader view of combat sports around the world be it BJJ, Kickboxing, Boxing, or wrestling because each sport is used in the cage. It’s top notch and you will for sure learns something.

 

Now for the credentials aside from him not being a BS artist he has worked with some of the best, he’s a Renzo cat check plus- plus on the BJJ department, he worked with Henri Hooft and Kru Phil Nurse and sparred with Tyrone Spong check check when it comes to complete striking. Yeah and now add that he’s fascinated with the evolution or neo-generation that is taking over the art, be it footwork wise, approach-wise, use of distance, or how they’re playing the “game”. I look forward to these videos because I know that they will be top tier and the music will correlate well with the story, that is the video for that fight or fighter or technique. I didn’t just write this because I think of him as a friend but because we agree that growing the technical knowledge to the mainstream audience is the only way we will see another leap forward in the art as a whole, if the audience doesn’t respect the technical stuff than we will move back to standing and trading instead of hitting and not getting hit, the cornerstone of all martial arts. Respect to the homie and here’s a link to his channel.
-AOC is out    

MARTIAL ARTIST

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I don’t care about the outcome or how I had it, how Dana had it, how the judges, or you for that matter had it scored. I want to talk about something I think is lost on people right now. Anderson Silva is still the biggest innovator of his era, what is possible in martial arts, this man lands the first crescent kicks in high-level MMA. The same kick that for ages was said to be folly in real combat but he landed it more than once. How did he do it, well he did not follow tradition in both worlds he did it in Anderson Silva land. In TKD, Karate, Kung Fu they teach you the crescent at full and mid-length. However Anderson landed it from inside jab length so from the pocket, throwing it from the lead leg like a front kick. He trains things so he can throw without thinking. There is no gearing up for it, he’s loose in his hips and has the dexterity that mimics a clean lead leg kick and used it to crescent kick Michael Bisping against the cage.

The innovators all have complete mastery of the body to allow the body to do what they want to do, take Conor, for instance, he lands his punches straight and true with no telegraph because he’s mastered linear explosion and the planes of his body allow everything to come off straight and bladed when he fires his punches. Look at Mighty Mouse when he shoots and turns the corner on a single or double usually, he comes back up gets the plum and lands the knee or when he drops to the ground looking for an ankle and comes back up to land a 1, 2 as straight as possible. Mastery of self is cool in philosophy but in reality, it changes what is possible because it changes you.

Innovate and grow by trying it in live fire sparring. Pad work and bag work are the notes and major edits for the paper your writing and the sparring is the rough copy that’s getting minor edits or scrapping entire entries because that version isn’t working. Now not getting discouraged by a version not working is never the way, you just take that as a version of how not to do x y x. It’s rarely if ever a confirmation that it’s a lost cause. If someone like Marvin Hagler had said I can’t do this, then something as universal now as the step through hook and other wonderful switch steps would not be common place in high-level boxing now, which then don’t transfer over to kickboxing and then into MMA thus neo-foot doesn’t happen. So keep creating that’s the ART in MARTIAL ARTS.

-Respect OSS to the Spider Anderson Silva AOC outta here

Gracie vs Shamrock 3 WTF?

 

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I can’t believe I’m doing this, okay whatever I’ll do it. BJJ vs Wrestling Royce needs to take down Ken down find his neck before Ken tries to take Royce down and punch him into dust. That’s it, that’s all that matters place your money on whichever old guy you think can last to beat the other old guy. Okay really I don’t really care about who wins this one but I”ll break down some facts real quick and I mean quick.

 

Royce is training at The Yard with Joe Schilling for what reason Royce thinks he can learn high level kickboxing in one camp after shunning the art for his entire career when he was young is beyond me but again sips tea does this little froggy. Royce is training with Royler which is good since Royler is the better of the two training with Rener and Ryron is kind of off the table after talking wild about those nephews and Kron for that matter again sips tea. The games changed a lot and I beat Royce is aware of it but he’s been notoriously against the evolution of the BJJ world note his beef with Eddie Bravo as one sided as it may be, you guessed it “sips tea”. So Royce is getting rudimentary with his striking basics because Jiu Jitsu is all you need according to him, his basics on the ground are just as good as they have always been he’s no Rickson but damn it he’s still good in the cage at choking fools.

Okay so for Ken he’s training for what he does best old skool bull dogging MMA tactics, bigger faster stronger wrestling to put them on the ground and pound whatever is on the bottom into dust. As much as he and Tito hate each other they do the same thing so it’s just going to be that shoot or try to shoot with his knees no easy task, shoot pass guard and pound from side control like Jon Jones or mount or hell pound from half guard.

 

That’s it that’s the fight for both guys who really cares who wins only their nuclear families and themselves because I for sure could care less. I guess I’ve got Ken winning but with these guys combined age over 100 one jab could ruin somebodies day.
-Later Folks and Family