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Fighting Is Like…Texas Hold’em

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By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

There are few things that capture my eye more than an MMA fight. I’m a self-proclaimed MMA rubbernecker; I see a cage, a ref, and fighters in action, and the world passes me by until the round ends or the referee has halted action. With my years of fanaticism, hours of screen time, and thousands and thousands of Internet clicks and searches, I agree with Sam Sheridan in his autobiography: A Fighter’s Heart (2010) when he postulated why fight fans have such a tight connection to their sport,

“You can learn so much about a person by watching him fight that you feel you know him.” (p. 130)

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The Sitch With “Stitch” Hits Closer to Home Than A Hobby

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By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

There is contention that there is no such thing as a stupid question. In my experience, I have realized many questions simply aren’t focused correctly, but with some follow-up questions of your own, the deep-seeded wondering floats to the surface for further elaboration or clarification. In my role as teacher, I instruct students to dig deeper using questions, burrowing below what’s visible on the surface with questions including why or how. The latest news about Jacob “Stitch” Duran, now former UFC cutman, hit close to home because I was reminded that mining the world for answers contradicts anything researched in relation to curiosity; apparently, curiosity does kill something. “Stitch”’s wonderment killed: fighter safety and psyche, fans’ practice of having voice within the sport, and his career with the UFC. In The Energy to Teach (2001) by Donald Graves, he scolded those unwilling to work through a series of questions. He stated,

“I do not have to accept decisions from people who cannot answer at the conceptual/learning theory level. I do not have to accept the response that ‘they say we have to do this.’” (p. 57)

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Take A Ride With Bobby Razak and Ken Shamrock in Shift

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By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

“Without data, you are just another person with an opinion…” (Ripley, p. 19)

Unlike most sports, MMA affords the opportunity for athletes to be more tangible and places fans closer to the front seat of the control room than others; therefore, the Tweets, posts, emails, or other public expressions of fans matters. Hopping into the passenger seat, Bobby Razak, filmmaker and action sports director, took to the streets with Ken Shamrock, “The World’s Most Dangerous Man,” in his interview series: Shift. Not to worry, Shamrock is only dangerous inside a locked cage, so there were no reported incidents of road rage. Since the filming of this interview, prior to Bellator MMA 138, headlined by Ken Shamrock vs. Kimbo Slice, much of the discussion targeted what has now been etched into MMA history. In conclusion to Bellator MMA 138, fight fans lit up the cyberspace ethos with claims that the fight between Shamrock and Slice was staged. Over the course of the drive, from first-gear to fifth, Shamrock’s passion for fighting is palpable, and when he finally puts the car into park to bid ado, fans who theorized that Shamrock would attempt to deliver anything other than his best efforts may drift further away from their previously held beliefs.

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Isaac Vallie-Flagg: Is Very Interested in Vetting IVs

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By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

Isaac Vallie-Flagg (15-6-1) formerly competed in the UFC as a lightweight and will again find himself under the Zuffa umbrella with the UFC’s continued seize of the MMA market. Vallie-Flagg’s fighting experience is not the only reason he is the perfect MMA competitor to discuss the UFC’s new ban on intranenous (IV) replenishment following the weight cutting process, but he ivoraciously interested in ensuring fighters’ safety.

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If A Member of MMA Were A Crayola, They’d Be…

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By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

Stevie Ray

Stevie “Braveheart” Ray (17-5-0) began his reign of terror on the lightweight division when he hatched from an MMA robin’s egg and burst onto the scene to enter an Emerald Bay of competitors; each matchup on the UFC’s lightweight roster is another hungry Blue Shark. After demonstrating incredible resolve to debut at UFC Fight Night Krakow, Poland, Ray will kick off the main card when the UFC makes its first stop in Scotland at UFC Fight Night Glasgow, Scotland on Saturday, July 18, 2015. The buzz that the UFC generates is already electric blue, but imagining what it will be like when Ray walks into the SSE Hydro Arena: a Smurf Village popping like kernels with the Scottish flags and the heat being thrown by Ray flying. Ray will truly take on the role of “Braveheart” and best represent the color blue: waving the hue and history of Scotland; ensuring his countrymen and women, and all fight fans alike, are satisfied with his performance; and this is no blue-light special when it comes to his desire to compete.

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Jimmy Smith: Just Short of Beating the Bellator MMA 138 Conspiracy Out of You

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By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

Jimmy Smith, formerly a professional fighter and currently Bellator MMA’s commentator appeared as a special guest on Stand and Bang Radio. Not far removed from the controversy of Bellator MMA 138, headlined by Kimbo Slice (5-2-0) and Ken Shamrock (28-16-2), being a fixed-fight or not, Smith played the role of a counselor in the west-wing of the loony-bin during his time with a pair of nuts, the hosts of Stand and Bang Radio: host, Aaron Robbins, and co-host, Fred Kirby; Smith gathered up all the non-believers, conspiracy theorists, and fruitcakes traveled them through the shmorgishborg of medications: pinks, blues, and purples, individualized instruction and care, before giving up hope and locking them in a padded room-it’s safer for all that way.

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Fighting Is Like…Skydiving

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By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

There are few things that capture my eye more than an MMA fight. I’m a self-proclaimed MMA rubbernecker; I see a cage, a ref, and fighters in action, and the world passes me by until the round ends or the referee has halted action. With my years of fanaticism, hours of screen time, and thousand and thousands of Internet clicks and searches, I agree with Sam Sheridan in his book A Fighter’s Heart (2010) when he postulated why fight fans have such a tight connection to their sport,

“You can learn so much about a person by watching him fight that you feel you know him.” (p. 130)

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