Ho Shin Sool MMA Rips it up at "King of the Cage: Title Defense:
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Ho Shin Sool fighters went 5-0 at King of the Cage for the second time this year. Two KO's, one submission and two unanimous decisions. That's good fishing. Ray, Adrian, Jeff, Trevor and Dalton all came to fight and showed why we're the first and best MMA club in the area. Big props to Jeff for ending his pro-debut in under 30 seconds. Here's a highlight video of the event featuring most of the Ho Shin Sool crew. You can also read some good newspaper articles about the fights here and here.
I've accepted a fight in Japan for January 9th. I was a little apprehensive about taking the fight because there are lots of things I still don't know about the fight and some things I probably won't find out until I get there. When you're dealing with two language barriers (Japanese to Korean and Korean to English) it's tough to get accurate info. Here's what I do know.
- The fight will be at 70 kgs. This is a weight class higher than I normally fight at but weigh ins are the same day and I know that most Japanese fighters don't really cut weight.
- I will fly from Busan to Tokyo with 4 other Korean fighters on Friday January 8th, fight on January 9th just outside of Tokyo and fly home on Sunday the 10th.
- The rules of the fight are slightly modified. Full MMA rules on the feet, full ground and pound on the ground but no submissions. I'm not sure if this is good for me or not. On one hand being able to take someone down without worrying about submissions is awesome, on the other hand my submission game is a lot more dangerous now than it was three months ago.
- The organization does not pay travel. It's really expensive to fly to and stay in Japan, especially Tokyo. Luckily I've had a few sponsors step up and it looks like I'll be able to swing the cost of travel. More about that later.
There were a number of legitimate reasons for me to not take this fight. Wrong weight class, lots of unknowns, bad money etc.. but in the end one of the main reasons I came here was to fight and fighting in Japan is an opportunity that a lot of fighters would kill to have. I don't want to leave Korea and say, "man, I wish I would have fought in Japan while I was here."
So, as they say, Game On.