Coach’s blog – To elbow or not to elbow, to heel hook or not to heel hook

Amateur MMA and the Pro ranks are similar but different in many ways. Some states like Kentucky and Tennessee have rules set in place to make the Amateur leagues a little safer than the Pro leagues. This is done to assist the Amateur who is new to the game, still learning, and not getting paid … Read more

Thomas Campbell is the Super Fight winner at “SSF 14: Resurrection” – complete results

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Northern middle Tennessee got a  treat this past Saturday night, Jan. 16, as “SSF 14: Resurrection” brought live MMA action to the Clarksville Speedway. SSF Promoter Ron Dayley said, “All in all, SSF and The Clarksville Speedway were very pleased with the event and are excited to get started on the next one, March 6th.”

Some of the highlights of the night included:

SSF fighter, Zack Hicks won the Fight of the Night trophy after a grueling three round unanimous decision victory over Isaac Ware.

Joel Cooper of the Bull Pit in Jackson successfully defended his 170-pound title by defeating Cedrick Scates with a straight ankle long in the second round.

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ProMMA.info Amateur Fighter of 2009: Thomas Campbell

Even though MMA may not have the most developed amateur system, there are still many fighters out there plying their trade in the ranks. In 2009 a handful of amateur fighters received some mainstream attention through the Las Vegas based Tuff-N-Uff promotion. However, on the other side of the country Thomas Campbell put together a solid run, and earned himself the title of the ProMMA.info Amateur Fighter of 2009.

Campbell, a 23-year-old featherweight, began fighting two years ago. After a few fights, the native of Clarksville, Tenn. began training with Ron Daley at SSF Submission Academy. In 2009 Campbell went 10-1 to run his overall amateur record to 16-2.

The highlight of his year was winning an eight-man HookNShoot tournament. On that night, Campbell defeated three opponents to take the crown.

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Interview with “Coach’s Blog” author and SSF Submission Academy’s Ron Dayley

Here’s a very cool interview with our very own “Coach’s Blog” author, Ron Dayley. The guys from ATO talk to Ron about some of his past experiences within the sport, such as his time at the Lion’s Den, and cornering Australian fighter Brad Morris when he fought Cain Velasquez at “UFC 83: Serra vs. St. … Read more

Live mixed martial arts action returns to Clarksville with “SSF 14 – Resurrection” on Saturday, Jan. 16

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – This Saturday, Jan. 16, live MMA action returns to Clarksville, Tenn. with “SSF 14: Resurrection”. A total of 15 fights are scheduled for the event which will take place at the Clarksville Speedway (indoors), located at 1600 Needmore Rd. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the fights start at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $20 and V.I.P. admission is $30. For ticket info call (931) 561-0917.

The main event will feature SSF’s first ever Super Fight. Current HooknShoot, SSF Invitational, and KYFC featherweight champion Thomas Campbell will be fighting the current Mid-South and JAMMA featherweight champion Anthony Jones. The winner will get both, the SSF Invitational and the Mid-South Championship featherweight belts, and a six-foot tall trophy.

SSF Promoter Ron Dayley said, “Thomas and Anthony are two of the most highly rated 145-pound fighters in the state. This should be one hell of a great fight!”

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Coach’s blog – Things I’ve seen over the years

When you travel to fight shows as much as I do, you see a lot of crazy stuff. One time, I was at a fight show in Ky. when I saw an overweight, out of shape fighter stick his head out of the ring and empty the contents of his stomach on a judge that was sitting ringside.

I and most of the people at the show laughed our asses off. I think the only two people not laughing were the fighter who was disqualified for puking and the judge who was covered in vomit.

This isn’t the only time I’ve seen this. My friend Ray Elbe posted a video of himself on YouTube where he is in a grappling match and he puked on his opponents head. Here is the video of Ray’s match http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7qTY1c0zd0

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Coach’s blog – follow up to ‘when to turn pro’

Thomas Campbell
SSF Fighter Thomas Campbell

Editor’s note: In Ron Dayley’s Oct. 19 “Coach’s blog” the subject was “how to know when a fighter is ready to turn pro.” This is a follow up to that article.

Thomas Campbell of SSF Submission Academy Clarksville, Tenn., and Steven Durr of SSF Murray, Ky., both fought in the HooknShoot 8 Man 145lbs Tournament.

We knew that the competition was going to be tough and we started training for it a month out.  Since we didn’t know who or what order they would be fighting we worked on everything, especially conditioning since the winner of the tournament could possibly fight a total of 9 rounds.

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Coach’s blog – Shut up and get on the f’ing mat

Heart is something that can not be taught.

This is for all those guys that say they want to be fighters. If you train to get in shape, or because you like gym camaraderie, the following isn’t directed at you.

“I can’t train today because I am sore, have a cold, hyper extended my elbow, have a headache, my knee hurts…” Come on guys, training injured or not feeling 100% is part of the game.

Work through the minor injuries and discomforts. How the hell are you going to be able to hang with a guy who is willing to sacrifice his body to become the best if you won’t train because you‘re sore?

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Coach’s blog – promotion ethics in regional MMA

Regional promotions are the life blood of the sport.
Regional promotions are the life blood of MMA.

Don’t get tricked into becoming a silent partner.

I know guys that have been promoting MMA shows for years, we’ll call them “Friendly Promotions”, yet they buy the insurance for their shows from another promoter, we’ll call them “Liar Promotions”.

You can get an insurance policy for 10 shows for about what Liar Promotions charges other shows for one event. He isn’t doing you a favor, I’m not sure if it’s even legal. In fact, it isn’t, you have to be a licensed insurance agent to sell insurance, and it’s definitely illegal to allow someone else to use insurance that’s in your name for their event.

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Coach’s blog – things that go on at the gym

Class is in session at SSF Submission Academy.
Class is in session at SSF Submission Academy.

Blinky, 5 Miles, Grizzly Adams, Forrest Gump… Yeah, you all have nicknames that all the other guys in the gym know you by, but you have no idea you even have a nickname.  We don’t refer to you by your name when you aren’t around; only your nickname. To be honest, we don’t know your real name half the time.

I know this sounds a little shitty but hell, guys come and go all the time at the gym and we don’t have the time to memorize your name. Once you’ve been there a while and made some road trips with the team then we will start to memorize your name.

It’s kind of funny that now I am writing this blog for ProMMA.info some of the guys are worried they are the subject of my blog or that they will be the next subject matter. You will all eventually be mentioned. It’s not done out of spite, dislike, hatred or disrespect. I picked you or at least your characteristics because it’s an annoying trait that you have but don’t worry; every gym has a guy like you.

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