Monday, August 24, 2015

Social Media Fighters

Do you want to be a fighter or do you want to appear to be a fighter? Another phenomenon that crosses over all fighting sports. It used to be a rarity in Muay Thai but with the ever growing popularity of the sport I see it happening more and more. Michael "Chase" Corley coined the term 'social media fighters' and I couldn't agree more. These people have their trainers set up a fight for them, they then go above and beyond to make sure everyone knows that they are a fighter and that they have a fight coming up, that they will obviously dominate. They put the gym time in, all be it minimal, sell lots of tickets, get shirts and banners made and then out of the blue something magical happens. They either get 'injured', get the wrong medicals done or 'lose' paperwork. They suddenly can't get off work ( one of my personal favorites), or maybe they have a stomach cramp. Whatever the case may be they find a way not to fight, yet try and pass it off as somehow not being their fault.
Back in the day, when I was still fighting in smokers, I remember a particular time I got to the fights, weighed in, along with my opponent, then come fight time he was nowhere to be found. Apparently he and his team decided this was a bad idea...I was left speechless, I didn't even know that was a thing people did. Another time I remember Ryan Schmall was fighting on the amateur card on one of Toddy's shows at The Stardust in Vegas, I had fought on it as well. He was literally standing in the ring waiting, they announced his opponents name, played the music and nothing...we wait. A minute goes by and again they announce his name...silence. "WTF is going on?", we are all thinking, can't even imagine what was going through Ryan's mind. We come to find out later that his opponent and their whole team had packed up and driven home. It just amazed me that people would drive all that way, I believe they were from New Mexico, only to tuck tail and run come fight time. Who does that? More people then you'd think actually.
Now if you want to be a coward then go for it, you clearly have no honor and it means nothing to you. The problem however is the countless other people that this negatively affects. The other fighter and their team, the promoter, all the fans. Your opponent did everything that they were supposed to. They put in the grueling hours of killing themselves in the gym, along with everything else, they showed up to fight and are now left with nothing. This is even worse in the pros, which rarely happens as most of these sissies are weeded out in the amateurs, because not only are they out a fight but they are also out a paycheck, unless the promoter is nice enough to kick them down some money. So they basically did 99% of their job only to not get paid for it. The promoter put you on their card, believed in you and now they are left stranded more than likely with one less fight, unless they are lucky enough to find someone to replace you at the last minute.
Listen, the fight game isn't for everyone and there's nothing wrong with that, but don't leave others in the wake of your bitchassness. Be a 'gym fighter' or hell don't fight at all. Just get yourself a Tapout shirt, some tribal tattoos and whenever there is a fight on TV make sure and let everyone whose around know what you would be doing in there and what the ones actually in there are doing wrong.
The majority of the blame I put on the 'fighter' but their gym and teammates share some of the responsibility. You know who you have in your gym, you know who the real and the fake are. I'm not saying kick these people out but when you allow them to fight you are allowing them to represent your gym. The problem is that most of these people are trained by cowards just like them and the downward cycle just perpetuates itself, getting worse or worse as the years go on.
Fortunately these days, with social media and the world being a lot smaller because of it, it's a lot more difficult for these people to get away with this behavior, especially more than once. It's like the airport security motto "If you see something say something" ha. Listen, things happen, people do get sick, they do get called into work, things happen and I understand this, but the ones using these excuses time and time again to cover up their cowardice need to be exposed and weeded out of the fight game. 'The More You Know', 'Only you can prevent Forrest fires', 'Now you know, and knowing is half the battle, Go Joe!'...ok enough slogans from my childhood...just stop being a bitch!!!! Ok I'm done.
Btw if you think this blog is about you it more than likely isn't, but feel free to apply it to yourself as I'm sure it fits!
-The End
"Face your fears, live your dreams"
-El Presidente'

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Lion Fight 23

I'm in the process of writing up my journal on the fight but just wanted to give a quick recap and thank you's. Obviously it didn't go as I would have liked. It's easy to look back and think about a lot of "what could I have done's" and "what if's", and there will definitely be things that I take away from this and learn from, but when it comes down to it, no matter how many things go right, or wrong for that matter, anything can happen. You can do everything right and still end up on the losing end, just as everything can go wrong yet you find a way to come through victorious. It's ironic how people seem to always follow up "I'm not going to make any excuses" with a detailed list of them, ha. Every time you step foot in that ring you take the risk of not only coming out with a loss, but not coming out at all. This is a dangerous game we play but I wouldn't have it any other way. I am beyond blessed and grateful to be able to live my dreams and pursue my passions everyday, even when things don't go exactly how I would have liked, I can still walk away with a huge smile on my face and my head held high. 

I want to thank all of my family, friends, loved ones and teammates who support and stand by me in all that I do. I love and appreciate you all more than you could ever know! Thank you to Kirian and everyone at CSA. You guys are my family and it's an honor and blessing to be surrounded by you all on a daily basis. Thank you to my A Team brothers and sister; Gaston, Diego, Eddie, Zoila, KY and Bryan, you guys keep me sharp and inspire me on the daily. Thank you to Jongsanan "Num" for always being there to help me out when I'm in need. You are not only a great friend but one of my biggest inspirations. Thank you to my brother Chaz Mulkey for always coming out, taking time away from his job and family, in order to help me. I love you man! Thank you to my amazing strength coach Jesse Burdick, who does his best to get me to break my 'turtle shell', no matter how much I fight it haha. Norm Turner, who still tortures me to this day. Thank you to all the amazing people that keep me healthy; Jacon Chun and everyone at ESPT, Deanne Ball, Monte Spicer at Kinetic Chain Sport and Trevor Bachmayer at The Spine Center. Thank you to all of my amazing sponsors; Muay Thai Addict, Action Pro Gear and Triumph United, you guys are the best! Thank you for believing in, and sticking by me no matter what. Thank you to Scott, Christine and everyone at Lion Fight Promotions. You guys are paving the way for Muay Thai here in America and I am honored to be a part of that. Last, but definitely not least, thank you to all of my fans. Your support throughout the years has meant the world to me, I could never thank you enough! 

If I was to really thank every person who helps me I would literally be here all day, so if you weren't mentioned please still know how much I appreciate you.

As badly as I would have loved to get back in the ring right away I know that I need to let my mind, body and soul take a break, if only for a moment. So as of right now there is nothing on the books but don't you worry, I will be back in there soon enough, better than ever! Thank you all, God bless!

 -The end

 "Face your fears, live your dreams"-Kevin Ross