For the last three and a half weeks I've been sitting on the knowledge that I would soon be fighting in one of the biggest MMA organizations in the world and competing in their bantamweight Grand Prix. I had been accepted as one of the participants in the tournament and was set to compete in SENGOKU on July 4th. I almost spilled the beans last week, but decided to hold off because SENGOKU hadn't officially announced the participant list. It's a good thing I did hold off because when I got to the club today for training I found out that I was out of the tournament. Someone somewhere along the line had complained that even though I trained and fought out of a Korean gym I didn't meet the criteria to compete in the Asian Grand Prix. That thought had crossed my mind but I was reassured that it would be no problem when I brought it up. Apparently it was a problem.Daiki Hata, a very good kickboxer with a 11-6-3 MMA record. He has beaten some big name fighters, but his last two losses came to opponents who were 7-7 and 3-4 at the time of their fights. He has much more experience than I do, but style wise, the match up is good. He seems to have trouble with grinding type wrestlers. He also looks like an anime character from some kind of Japanese neo-samurai cartoon. The fight will be in late August for the DEEP organization. The bonus is that the winner of the fight earns a spot on the nest DREAM event. DREAM is arguably the second largest MMA organization in the world. It's where the big dogs live. Some people spend their whole careers waiting for an opportunity like this. It's pretty crazy now that it's here. TopMMAnews posted a story about the fight on their main page. Go check it out.
This was one of my matches at the Korea Machado Open. Look familiar? I know, I know, I didn't do it to professional fighter in a major event... I'm just saying. What am I saying? I don't know, probably something about me being awesome.
Un Sik Song
Un Sik lost his fight at DEEP: Cage Impact last night. He lost what sounds like a boring decision to someone who mostly pressed him against the cage. I knew that cage skills might be an issue for Un Sik. His wrestling is getting much better, but there is absolutely nowhere to practice anything against a cage or wall. We don't even have any padded walls right now. People have been saying for quite a while but Asian fighters who want to fight in a cage have to practice in a cage. I think it makes a much bigger impact than people think. So many techniques change next to the cage, and learning to use it and get off of it is a skill you have to practice, it does happen magically.
New Ho Shin Sool Website
Ray started a new Ho Shin Sool website and it's pretty awesome. It has lots of cool stuff on it, go check it out.