All Things MMA Week: Day 1
|Posing together after a Saturday Practice|
Yes, I used to train as an MMA fighter, had the hopes of getting into the cage and fighting for real. This may have happened because before I got any skills, I went to an amateur fight with my fight team and saw so many people I thought that I could do better than. I caught the MMA-fever as I watched round after round of fights that were utterly unremarkable. Finally, seeing a decent fight that lasted more than 45 seconds and involved more than someone walking into their opponents punch showed me what real MMA fighting could be.
|View from outside the cage. J. Stith, our fighter is on top. I temporarily forgot I was supposed to be taking pictures and started screaming. (He won!)|
|Maddox in the grey and D. Smith in the red, at practice.|
|Whether it's doing groundwork....|
|fixing the headlights on a teammate's car....|
|or sparring standing up....|
these guys had each other's back. Becoming a part of this team, meant that they had my back as well. MMA is not just about a bunch of guys (or girls) punching and kicking and twisting into some violent ecstasy. If you find the right people to train with and the right coach to guide you.
I leave you with the promo video for Gina Carano Vs. Cris Cyborg, the first time female fighters headlined a fight card featuring the guys.
This was back in 2009, three years ago. Now, there are quite a few female MMA fighters, and I hope that this continues to grow.
I was pumped and wanted to share the actual fight, but didn't think anyone would watch the entire 9 minutes of the fight. But, for those who are interested here is the fight video. The fight is over at the 5:05 mark. enjoy!!