Between Rounds: Changing Times

MMA has had plenty of news in recent months. Rumblings of promotions not paying fighters, rumors of worked fights, while another promotion is in the news with doubts of collapsing altogether. Former dominating champions being seen dominated by others. Inspiring stories, salary concerns, and plenty of great skill displayed as always. Beginning this month, Legacy … Read more

Cold-Blooded Dana White: ‘Stitch Duran and I were never friends’

Surely by now, you’ve heard about the firing of legendary UFC cutman Jacob “Stitch” Duran for voicing his rather tame opinion on the UFC’s deal with Reebok and how he would be making less money because of it. Ever since the news came out last week the backlash online against the UFC has been pretty … Read more

Between Rounds: You’re Fired!

This has certainly been an interesting week, and my comments have been requested many times. Based on the Jacob Duran experience, that choice could cost one his job. Now that is most certainly true in every occupation, but usually comes with a certain level of inappropriateness or insult that joins the comments. I have obviously … Read more

Between Rounds: New Year, New Expectations

Happy New Year everybody! The end of 2014 has come with transition as I have moved to a new corner of the country through this spring. I cannot be complaining as weather here is commonly in the 60’s-70’s and I’m wearing shorts as I write. It has been a pleasure to meet new people, help … Read more

Between Rounds: Growing Fad

MMA isn’t new anymore, it’s mainstream. It has found it’s way into more and more countries and soaked into the American fabric so that fans of all ages are familiar with the sport. Fighters are using many of the tools that established sports use regularly (nutrition, strength and conditioning, cross training, advanced rehab). Still there … Read more

Between Rounds: Drama and Consistency

MMA cutman David Maldonado

My life in MMA is one that has me near some of the excitement and talk of the sport, both inside the cage and out. Significant injuries, controversial fighters, questionable decisions, I seem to be magnetized to such sources of conversation. You won’t hear me complain, but I’m definitely in the wrong position if I’m … Read more

Between Rounds: Self Destruction

MMA cutman David Maldonado

In my world as a cutman, there are proper procedures and simple expressions of respect for anatomy and my education that has me tape a certain way, grease a fighter properly, or approach swelling on a fighter. Those that say it doesn’t matter are speaking out of ignorance and the results are obvious.

Between Rounds: Rubbing Elbows

MMA cutman David Maldonado

I’m grateful to say I’ve been busy recently, and that trend looks to continue for the rest of the summer. Shows in FL, IN, NE, MO, and WI just this month alone. In that time I’ve had frustrations with inconsistent commission rulings and decisions, few of which make sense, but that is par for the industry. I want to take time to recognize the positives that I encounter with this job.

Between Rounds: Eye of the Storm

MMA cutman David Maldonado

This last weekend was an experience that very few others in their lives can say they have experienced. Many people seek fame, desire their 15 minutes of fame (I think that number has changed with today’s media and entertainment), or yearn for the spotlight.