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RIP Evan Tanner – UFC Fighter and Warrior Poet

September 9, 2008

“It is a shame that in this society we’ve been taught to judge a man’s worth by what he owns instead of who he is. Everything is surface, and so few look beyond it. A man will sell his soul, he will lie, cheat and steal, for money. If he has it, he can buy respect. Wear the right clothes, drive the right car, have the right friends, that’s all that matters. Our lives are consumed in a selfish, self absorbed quest for possessions, the latest and the best in a never-ending cycle until the day we die. We forget what it means to be truly human. We forget the things that really matter. We lose the magic of what life should be. I won’t live by rules that make no sense to me.” – Evan Tanner on his Spike TV Blog

More on the Evan Tanner Story

  • MMA Fightline: Evan Tanner Dead At Desert Camping Site (click here)
  • MMA Scraps: Evan Tanner Dead at 37 (click here)
  • Sherdog: Former UFC Champ Tanner Dead at 37 (click here)

Is it okay for children to fight in MMA?

September 3, 2008

With MMA’s increasing popularity, more and more kids are drawn to the sport.  And as usual when it comes to MMA, there is swirling controversy; this time about how young is too young.

ABC Expose

The following clip from ABC talks about differing viewpoints on what type of sparring/training kids should be experiencing.  Enjoy and don’t forget to give your thoughts!

Click Here to view ABC’s expose on Kids fighting MMA

Editors Note: Watch out for the hot California MILF in this video. I give her at least an 8/1/7.

Breaking UFC News: Randy Couture is BACK!

September 2, 2008

I just finished listening to Dana White’s 3pm-EST media conference call where the UFC President laid out some very exciting news today regarding the UFC’s heavyweight division.

The UFC and their exiled Heavyweight Champion, Randy Couture, have buried the hatchet regarding their legal battle, renewing contractual agreements and bringing back the official UFC heavyweight champion.

Here are the Important Points from the Conference Call

  • Randy Couture is now officially back as a UFC Fighter full-time with a contract that stretches a minimum of three fights.
  • His first fight back will be at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas against highly-touted MMA Heavyweight and former WWE World Champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 91 on November 14, 2008.
  • The winner of Couture vs. Lesnar will face the winner of Interim Champion Antonio Rodrigo Noguera vs. Frank Mir. (that fight takes place in December)
  • The UFC will once again have an undisputed Heavyweight World Champion by the end of Q1 2009.
  • Dana White predicts at least one million PPV buys for Couture vs. Lesnar.
  • The UFC will try to set up a fight of Couture vs. consensus #1 MMA Heavyweight Emelianenko Fedor next year.

Ramifications from this announcement could affect the whole MMA landscape. For one, the UFC’s struggling heavyweight division just became one of the most intriguing in the company. Also, Affliction’s plans to host Fedor vs. Couture is now a wash. And most importantly, Couture’s legal loss now sets a precedent for other fighters hoping to challenge the UFC brass with lawsuits regarding contractual obligations.

My Ninja Predictions

  1. Lesnar will BEAT Couture in a shocking underdog victory via first round Ground and Pound TKO, thereby becoming the biggest star in MMA. As a result, Randy Couture will NOT fight Fedor due to his loss. What happens to Couture from there is a wildcard. He will likely have a few winnable fights and retire in earnest as the most decorated UFC fighter ever.
  2. Noguera will walk through Frank Mir and set up supermatch #2 with Brock Lesnar. Noguera will have a MUCH more difficult time with Lesnar than he did with another giant, Bob Sapp. I cannot predict the result of that fight yet, but if Lesnar keeps improving at this pace he has a chance to win.
  3. The UFC will come close to, or top, the million PPV buy prediction from Dana White. From there, it is only a matter of time before they take the next step in their evolution – a network television deal. CBS is a likely partner but that all hinges on the profitable outcome of EliteXC’s Oct. 4 card featuring Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock. CBS or not, the UFC should have the leverage to enter network television without mortgaging their controlling interest in operations.
  4. This decision is a win-win for everyone.
    • Randy Couture – even though he losses his legal battle, he succeeded in gaining a more profitable contract and extends his shelf life as a UFC Fighter.
    • The UFC train is back on track (as if it were ever off) and they will likely have to deal with much less angst from fighters challenging their contractual agreements. They also get their superfight in Lesnar vs. Couture, which is currently much more likely to do huge numbers than Couture vs. Fedor due to Lesnar’s mainstream recognition in the US marketplace. Likewise, their heavyweight division, which had been a mess, now has a gameplan for the next year or so. Furthermore, they now have the time necessary to develop new stars beyond Lesnar in Cain Velasquez, Shane Carwin, etc.
    • The biggest winner are YOU GUYS, the fans. You’ll now get to see a HUGE fight in Couture v. Lesnar, which will either give closure to Fedor vs. Randy OR set up potentially the hugest fight ever, Lesnar vs. Fedor, down the road. I view this announcement today to be a catalyst for the sport much like Forrest Griffin vs. Stephen Bonnar on SpikeTV. It should be a very exciting foreseeable future to look forward to for MMA fans.

The way to train: Jiu Jitsu Idealism

August 27, 2008

I was put to task to write something about jiu jitsu. I’m not going to teach you any bad ass moves that will ensure metaphoric death to your foes because I don’t know them, and plus it doesn’t go with the title. I thought Id write about some of the key aspects of training the ideal way and some of the challenges that come with it. These are some of the things that have stymied my progress and are the three key things I’d like to get closer to the ideal.


Photo by Julian Rivas

Consistency

You have to train more than twice a week every week to make real progress. Sure, you will get better going 1 or 2 days a week but your progress will be similar to the evolution of man. You will be the homo habilis of jiu jitsu. The people who are there 7 days a week will be the ubermensch.

Lately I haven’t been as consistent as I used to be. We all have reasons why we aren’t training with the frequency jiu jitsu idealism demands. Sometimes the rigors of employment, traffic, and life in general leave me with a deep yearning for couches, televisions and McDonalds and jiu jitsu becomes another task or destination. I almost always find that when I am able to fight through this feeling and go to the gym I feel better about life and I’m glad that I got another training session in. Sometimes, shit happens and missing class is unavoidable. We can’t do anything about that. My goal is to try be more consistent and fight through excuses to avoid training.

Ego

Anyone who trains has heard the phrase “leave your ego at the door” at some point. The ego check is extremely important. Many times it’s mentioned in the context of “don’t be a douche bag,” meaning don’t hurt someone else or yourself because of your fear of losing face. Everyone has an ego flare up from time to time, if you had no ego you would just lay there like a Buddhist on fire, and get beat up. The key is to find the balance between the desire to win and the desire to improve.

When you are training don’t think about winning and losing all of the time. Sometimes it’s good to roll like it’s a competition but if you’re always trying to win it only serves a short-term goal of “winning” that next roll. It’s a much greater tool to put yourself in positions where you will likely lose. This is the most difficult thing to do and why most people don’t do it.

Try different things. If you are always using your A-Game your A-Game will start to suck. People will figure it out and you won’t have anything else for them. Don’t always pull guard or play from the top. Don’t always go for your bread and butter moves, mix it up.

The positions or submissions that you don’t call bread and butter should be drilled until you can classify them as such. This leads into the next key part of jiu jitsu idealism.

Drilling/Repetition

Most people don’t enjoy drilling. If you let everyone vote at your next class on whether the whole time should be spent rolling or drilling one move. It would probably be a landslide victory for rolling. That is an unfortunate fact. Drilling is what will make you better than everyone who doesn’t do it. This is one of the things I’ve been meaning to incorporate into my training for the longest time.

Learning a new technique in class and drilling it 10 times doesn’t count. What I’m talking about requires “independent study.” Find someone or a group of people who are interested in really drilling stuff and do it as often as possible

There are many different ways to drill, gross motor movements to give you a foundation can be done fast and without much regard for technique. Then focus on the details, do a bunch of reps as slow as it takes to do it right and then gradually increase the pace and/or resistance and add variations.

Drilling shouldn’t always be about that new bad ass upside down guard to triangle you saw on YouTube. It doesn’t even have to be focused on submissions. One of the coolest (I’m using the word loosely) drills I’ve seen was someone practicing all of the different control points from side control.

Check out these blog posts on Aesopian.com, it’s probably the best jiu jitsu site on the internet.

Drilling isn’t a four letter word

Bridging the Gap

So there it is, the secret to success in jiu jitsu. It’s harder than it looks.

About the Author

Tal Williams works in the I.T. department for an international law firm in downtown Houston. Through cunning and alchemy, training jiu jitsu at the Elite temple has liberated this aging stiff from mental illness and social retardation. His main goals are as follows: record an album, write a novel, web development, early retirement, everlasting happiness.

For more on dating, sports, fights, and life – check out the rest of DNC Worldwide.

This Saturday – UFC 87 Party and Beer Olympics

August 8, 2008

Alright you dirty ninjas it’s that time again!

On August 9th, the DNC will be showing UFC 87 at the house the DNC built. Also, In honor of the start of the Olympics, we will be hosting a DNC-Style Beer Olympics.

Events at the DNC Olympic Games will include Beer Pong, Flip Cup Obstacle Course, Speed Quarters, Chandeliers, and of course… the always delicious shotgun chug.  Teams will consist of two players, tournament style so please have a team concept and dress up accordingly.  Winning team takes home a brand new bottle of our finest liquor (Grey Goose, 42 below, etc).

You know how to contact us if you’re in… unless you’re chicken shit, then I’ll see your brokeback ass at the gym!

  • In order to protect the integrity of the competition there will be random drug testing throughout the evening for inebriation.
  • Absolutely NO drunk driving will be condoned. Bring a designated driver or a blanket for the walk-in closet. Either way, safety first!
Where athleticism doesn't matter!

Where athleticism doesn't matter!

Houston BJJ Championships

July 28, 2008

Good afternoon everyone… how’s the work day treating you?  I for one accomplished my most productive task of the day when I visited my mother’s house for lunch and hand washed my car.  Not bad for a Monday work day huh?  Now to the topic of this post which is the Houston Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships that was held on July 26th at Legends Sports Complex.

First off, I have to congratulate those who won and those who competed for there were some hard fought matches.  Competitors from Elite included Jason Soliz, Elliott, Frankie, John Pierre, Pilot Joe and myself.  Now I’ve only competed in one other tournament (Dungals ’08) but with that as a reference and with the opinions of other grapplers there I can safely state that the tourney was poorly ran.  For instance, stopping a division and starting another in the same mat space to finish the division at a later time is just plain idiocracy.  To have grapplers warm up/cool down all day long is just ridicolous but that is no excuse for any one of us but just more of a nuissance.  Now that I got that out, a recap of my matches and the lessons learned.  Videos to follow.

First match started right off the bat following the singing of the national anthem which shocked the whole division since it is a general thought that the kids started first.  Warm/Cold we rolled nonetheless and the match summed up with me going for 3-4 submission attempts while my opponent won on points.  Lesson learned, get back to Fundamentals!!!  2nd match went well with me winning via points.  3rd match lost by submission to the guy that won the white absolute division.  My one match in No-Gi was a dissapointment due to inactivity on my end.  I was at the bottom of half guard throughout the match and didn’t work hard enough to win. LESSON BEING TRAIN HARDER and with more emphasis on points and guard work.  Here are some pics of me from the tourney (thanks Frankie!)

Lonestar Beatdown 4 and an Austin Vacation Weekend

July 17, 2008

We took an awesome vacation this weekend!

Well…. not quite THAT awesome but we did manage to party in four cities in one day!

From Lonestar in College Station to Houston to San Marcos to Austin to San Marcos to Houston!

You know there are people who always say they are tired of ‘the routine’ and are going to do something new crazy and exciting. Yet they usually end up doing the same old BS time after time after time…

And then those like us who just live in the moment and always have fun.

“You know we just don’t recognize the most significant moments of our lives while they’re happening. Back then I thought, well, there’ll be other days. I didn’t realize that; that was the only day.” – Field of Dreams

The weekend officially kicked off on Thursday with Joe Rogan’s stand up comedy show at Laffstop. He and The Amazing Racist were hilarious! And I guess we were too! By the time left that night, we had our very own fans thinking we were famous. LMAO @ silly starfucker girls! “Are you famous?” … lol.

Friday after a good day at work, my bro and I booked it to college station for Lonestar Beatdown. Little did we know that we were going to be the official timekeepers for the event. It definitely got really real when we got ringside and saw the cowbell, bullhorns, crowbars, and stopwatches. We did an A+ job, if I may say so myself. In any case, after 14 fights and several shots & beers afterward, we ended up tearing up Northgate until a pizza-devouring Eric Williams came by to collect his drunken students.

We stayed at the Hilton which seems like status quo for our out of town trips. Saturday morning was going to be sauna/hot tub relaxation time but we decided on going back to houston instead. We were back in town for a grand total of two hours. Just enough time to do laundry and pick up some stuff. Next thing you know and we were off to continue the mini-vacation weekend in San Marcos and Austin!

Saturday ended up being awesome also! Did the college thing. Saw a bunch of peeps we hadn’t seen in awhile. Adrian, Chris, Sam, Heather, Allison, Caitlyn, etc. etc. Everyone ending up driving to Austin where we met up with a bunch of people on 6th. street. After the Library, Aquarium, Moose Knuckle, and Maggie Mays, we ended out the night watching Bono in concert! I don’t even remember the ride back to San Marcos.

Anyways, back in Houston now. Going to end up the weekend with Sunday Funday Somewhere. Beautiful weather out….