We approached Darren about sponsorship a while ago, due to his awesome jiu jitsu and all the cool adventures he has been on fighting in Japan and around the world. Soon after that, he got snapped up by the UFC… score!
So here he is preparing to fight Yamamoto Kid at UFC on Fox. Three video diaries. Lots of Scramble on display. In the latest he’s wearing the shirt we made for him in collaboration with Gawakoto, which goes on sale in the next 24 hours.
I was contacted the other day by Mr. Hywel Teague, currently living the life or Riley and awesomeness in Rio, letting me know that he had gold dust in video form – an interview with the legendary Rickson Gracie.
That’s a little like a fan of Transformers getting an interview with ACTUAL Optimus Prime.
Without further ado, here it is… Listen, watch, digest, rewind, watch some more, and cry into your pillow when realising you’ll never be as awesome as this guy.
Thank you, internet, affordable video equipment, and downtime, for allowing projects like this to exist.
Check out the inner workings of the Mill Hill Combat & Conditioning Academy and, dare I say it, champion factory.
Featuring our Scrambler Dan Strauss who recently won the ADCC Europe qualifiers (and a host of Scramble gear on display, natch!), I am already eagerly awaiting the next episode. So eagerly in fact that I just drop kicked a horse out of pure frustration/impatience.
It is very, very slowly getting better, but entire towns are still nothing more than piles of rubble.
Japan still needs our help and support.
Daniel Herbertson has been doing some amazing work, following Enson Inoue on his missions to help the people in the worst affected areas of the Tohoku disaster.
I honestly think that this video is one of the greatest pieces of journalism I have ever seen, and it elevates both Dan and Enson to personal heroes of mine.
It is a must-watch.
Secondly, if you missed it, many of JMMA’s stars got together to fight in a public ring in Roppongi Hills (Tokyo) to bring awareness and donations to the Tohoku disaster.
This video is particularly poignant because it features Jin Harano, a fighter and gym owner who lost his entire gym in the disaster, fighting against Rumina Sato. Hirano enters the ring with tears already in his eyes.
Hirano, while tough, is not on the level of Sato. The fight between them is very moving. Hirano struggles to battle against the hardened veteran, who urges him on firmly yet fairly. Hirano refuses to give up even when in a number of submissions.
The fight becomes a metaphor for the struggle he faces rebuiling his life after being so directly affected by the Tohoku disaster.
Truly inspirational stuff. The video also shows Masato, despite retiring, being in excellent shape, participating in two exhibition K-1 bouts.
Check it out, and express your thanks to Dan for filming all this for us.
With all the chopping and a-changing at the last minute of Aoki Shinya’s opponent, DREAM’s PR team certainly had their work cut out for them, but they still managed to pull a wicked video out of their oshiri at the last minute.
Aoki is PUMPED for this fight.
He says, I will not lose, again and again. He says the UFC is the number one promotion in the world, and that is his goal (an interesting sentiment – I suppose many would hope that Aoki would be cheering for JMMA to rejuvenate himself, but he is taking a more pragmatic and realistic view.)
I am suitably hyped for DREAM: Fight for Japan. The first DREAM event of the year, finally! This will be an important one. I think (hope?) that Japan will rally behind the promotion this time and give it the boost it – and the country – needs.
Much like Rikidozan almost single handedly kept the Japanese spirit burning after World War II with his in-ring antics, here’s hoping that the Japanese lightweights can inspire the same feeling of pride.
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Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will return to the Octagon this year in the new weight class, challenging Michael Bisping for the middleweight title. UFC president Dana White made the fight announcement Wednesday while appearing on “SportsCenter.” He added that no exact date for the bout has been confirmed. The two are scheduled to […]The […]