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

Letter from MMA Big Show promoter Jason Appleton regarding Gary Goodridge

MMA Big Show’s next event, “New Dawn,” is scheduled to take place this Saturday in Indiana. In a now well-known and much-publicized move, “New Dawn” headliner Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge decided to take a last-minute fight in Japan against StrikeForce Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi on New Year’s Eve at the “Dynamite!!” show. As a result of his TKO loss, the Indiana State Athletic Commission has decided not to license Goodridge. As of this past Monday, it was understood that Goodridge would still be allowed to fight. However, that has obviously changed.

Furthermore, due to the actions of the understaffed Commission, MMA Big Show Owner/Promoter Jason Appleton has made the difficult decision to pull the professional bouts off the card. “New Dawn” will continue with a full amateur card, and discounts for Feb 20th will be awarded to ticket-holders. Below is a letter from Appleton:

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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 – how to know when a fighter is ready to turn pro

When is a fighter ready to turn Pro? I am sitting here thinking about two of my fighters, Thomas Campbell and Steven Durr, both of whom are 145 lbs.

Campbell came to me as a college wrestler with a 3-1 MMA record. When he first joined us it was after he had fought my guy Durr. Campbell won that fight via decision. He was a pure wrestler at the time. He is now 12-2; both losses have been to decisions.

He had his first Muay Thai match a couple of months ago and won that. He is training in BJJ and is a totally different fighter then when he came to us. Since joining us he has won the SSF Invitational and the KYFC 145 lbs. title.

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HOOKnSHOOT looking for real amateur fighters

How about a $2,900 belt you get to keep as an amateur champion.
How about a $2,900 belt you get to keep as an amateur champion.

HOOKnSHOOT established in 1994, running MMA since 1995 (second only to the UFC) – It seems the MMA scene has been overtaken with a plague of more shows than fighters.

It’s seemingly impossible to put together even 10 fights anymore.   No one wants to fight out of their own show or comfort zone.  And new promoters (some of whom have never set foot on a mat or trained a day) don’t seem to be doing anything to compensate amateurs for their hard work or even care about anything other than making money.

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Absolute Cage Fights brings professional mixed martial arts action to Knoxville Expo Center on Sept. 18

Knoxville based MMA promotion Absolute Cage Fights is preparing to hold its first card featuring professional bouts. On Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, Absolute Cage Fights will hold a PRO / AM mixed martial arts event at the Knoxville Expo Center in Knoxville, Tenn.

In addition to an enormous 16-fight amateur card featuring seven title fights, there are four professional bouts scheduled to take place. The doors open at 6 p.m. and fights start at 8 p.m. For ticket information, directions, or more information about Absolute Cage Fights check out their website at

Professional Fights:

  • 205 Jason Vance vs John Constantatos
  • 155 Aundre Boyd vs Jay Wagle
  • 170 Shane Machetti vs Erik Cipriani
  • 205 Jeramiah Huskins vs Marcus Kaiser

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Ryan Couture defeated for the first time

In his third amateur MMA bout, the son of UFC veteran Randy Couture tasted defeat for the first time. In Friday night’s Fight Night 2 main event in Bellingham, Washington, Elisey Yarovoy defeated Ryan Couture via unanimous decision.

Yarovoy, who is Ryan Couture’s former training and sparring partner, improved his amateur MMA record to 2-1 and gained the Fight Night Entertainment Lightweight Title in the process. Couture’s amateur record now stands at 2-1.

Ryan Couture, 26, made his amateur MMA debut in November 2008 at Fight Night 1, winning via first round submission (Triangle Choke) over Ricky Perez.

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Ryan Couture victorious in Tuff-N-Uff headliner

Ryan Couture with coaches, Ron Frazier and Sean Thomkins
Tuff-Nuff winner Ryan Couture with coaches, Ron Frazier and Shawn Tompkins

PRO MMA ( has been covering the TUFF-N-UFF events for quite some time because we recognized early on what a valuable platform they provide for amateur MMA athletes. They call their shows “Future Stars of MMA” for a reason; because their tournament-style events offer a breeding ground for up-and-coming fighters to build a name for themselves and get the experience they need to move on into the world of professional mixed martial arts competition.

On Sunday, April 15, TUFF-N-UFF: FUTURE STARS OF MMA returned with the first rounds of a four-man 135lbs. tournament, an eight-man 155lbs. tournament, an eight-man 170lbs. tournament, a four-man 205lbs. tournament, and a 130lbs. female MMA fight. To top it off, they had a main event featuring Ryan Couture, the son of MMA legend Randy Couture and a member of Team Xtreme Couture, taking on Art Martinez from Team Fubar at 155lbs.

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Ryan Couture headlines Tuff-N-Uff vs Art Martinez on Feb. 15 in Las Vegas

Tuff-N-Uff is pleased to announce the first round of the highly anticipated Amateur MMA tournaments taking place Sunday, February 15th, 2009 presented by The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

Tuff-N-Uff’s “Future Stars of MMA” will surely live up to it’s name as current MMA star Randy “The Natural” Couture’s son, Ryan will headline the event against the very tough Art Martinez. Martinez is 1-1 when he fought at 170lbs and now 1-0 at 155lbs. He last defeated Tuff-N-Uff previous 4 man tournament champion, Jimmy Spicuzza by Rear naked choke in the first round.

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