We Need More UFC Press Conference Brawls

Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier Brawl

OK, maybe we don’t need more press conference brawls, per se. But there needs to be more excitement and just plain build up leading to the actual fights. We are lacking personalities in the MMA fight game. Fortunately, events like these brawls help build personalities and provides a necessary microscope on the fighters involved.

A lot of people may know Jon Jones as the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, and as the brother of NFL players Arther and Chandler Jones. But do people know about Daniel Cormier? Maybe not, but they will know now after this brawl. They’ll know he’s a decorated US Olympian and currently undefeated, and now a fighter with a chip on his shoulder who’s not going to be bullied by the champ. This is what I want. I want to care. And after witnessing the brawl and the interview above, I can’t wait for the fight.

Topsy - @jonnybones, @dc_mma, #ufc178 There’s definitely like people around the world are excited about this fight and UFC 178, as well. For me, I want to be invested in fighters similar to how I’m invested into my hometown teams like the Seahawks, Sounders, and Mariners. I’m excited to see whether this shorter and older fighter, in Cormier, can conquer the younger Jones. Obviously, there will be people on the other side of the coin who frown upon this type of event. Reasons range from showing professionalism to even calling out that this is why big sponsors have kept their distance from the sport. All valid reasons, but it is the fight business and not everyone gets the publicity they’re getting right now.

Say what you will, but this brawl has gotten the attention of a lot of the mainstream sports outlets 2 months before the event. Isn’t that what you want from a press conference, especially from one of your best pound-for-pound prize fighters in Jon Jones? I for one am excited to see if “Black Fedor” will be able to take down the champ.

New Year’s Resolutions 2014

No More Zero Days

I’m going to keep this brief. There’s this concept of “No more zero days” and I plan to put that to use in 2014. Here are the resolutions I’d like to accomplish before the year ends. It’s focused on (1) health & fitness since I need to get this in order, (2) creative development to continue to creative juices flowing, and (3) professional development to keep my pulse in the Seattle community. This will be a great post to look back on when 2015 comes around.

There are no more zero days. What’s a zero day? A zero day is when you don’t do a single fucking thing towards whatever dream or goal or want or whatever that you got going on. No more zeros.

- ryans01 on reddit.com/r/getdisciplined

Health & Fitness

  • Exercise for at least 120 days: This is a measurable goal and when it comes to exercising, those are the types of goals I have been able to accomplish. Being able to say I have exercised 120 days of the year means that, at an average, I would have exercised 10 days each month which is a couple of days per week. When you break it down that way, it’s not too difficult.
  • Take care of my skin: I have a skin disease. It needs to clear up and despite having all the necessary items in 2013, I haven’t been able to do it. It’s been part laziness and forgetfulness. The habit needs to just be built and maybe some of the vacations I’ll be taking this year will be motivation to do so.

Creative Development

  • Draw one drawing a day: I used to draw a lot when I was in high school and in college. Ever since I graduated from the UW, I haven’t been able to pick it back up. I’ll be following prompts somewhere on the web will be drawing it on my iPad. If you happen to have something you’d like for me to draw, please let me know.
  • Write at least 3 paragraphs a day: I need to get in the habit of putting my thoughts on paper each day. It can be about anything, but ideally it would steer towards the following subjects: sports, technology, and things I’ve learned. In the past, I’ve always had issues with writing because I felt I needed to make them public. Now, I just want to write, whether I publish onto this blog is another question.

Professional Development

  • Email an article and/or website to someone each day: There’s a trait several people I admire have and it’s the ability to understand what people are interested in and help them by sharing articles and/or websites that may help them or their business. I want to build up that trait to (1) help folks in my community and (2) reach out to folks who I may have not have in the past.
  • Coffee with someone to learn from a week: When I was at TeachStreet, I used to have a good amount of coffees with folks in the start-up community to learn what they were doing right and I want to get back into the habit of that again. Not necessarily only in the start-up community, but within the Seattle community in general. There’s so many people out there to learn from and I’ll be reaching out to folks learn from them.

That’s my list. Happy New Years!

 

Ronda Rousey Officially Launches Women’s MMA

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If Women’s MMA was a startup, it would be getting ready for it’s official launch on Saturday, February 23, 2013. All those years of being in beta with the smaller promotions and iterating with the likes of Gina Carano, Cris Cyborg, Marloes Coenen, and Meisha Tate have all culminated to the historical event of UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche. Just think about this real quick. The first Women’s MMA match in the UFC, the biggest MMA promotion in the world,  will be a main event by the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Ronda Rousey against an openly gay fighter in Liz Carmouche. You can’t have more of a exciting unique product to launch the division like that.

With this launch, the UFC isn’t holding back in getting as much press as possible. The difference is the press is coming to them, not vice versa. Dana White, President of the UFC, has said “This is without a doubt, the most media attention we’ve ever had leading up to a fight. And when I talk about media attention, I’m talking about big time media.” We’re talking about media outlets like ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, Sports Illustrated/CNN, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, HBO, NBC News, The Rolling Stone and that’s not even including the traditional MMA media outlets it’s flooding already. That’s really due to the star Ronda Rousey has become. She’s a rare breed, a stunning beauty with a real fighter’s mentality coupled with a killer instinct. I’d even go as far as calling her the Mike Tyson of Women’s MMA, but instead of a first round knockout — she delivers first round armbars, which she has done in each of her last 6 fights.


This new division in the UFC, this new product, is ready to launch this Saturday. It’s not totally complete yet, there’s probably a good amount of bugs to iron out — but it’s 80% there. It’s taken a while to get here, but the structure has been laid. The UFC has started it’s first division with a group of the best women fighters around the world and now it’s time to get it in front of customers and see what happens. I for one will be tuning in to see an armbar, but I know others are looking to see a huge upset. Either way, you have to tune in — this is history in the making.

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