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

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: Stagnancy

This year will be my busiest year to date, having the opportunity to work over 40 shows from coast to coast. Each and every time, my goal is to help fighters and educate whenever possible. The sport in many ways is growing and needs to raise the level of what it brings the fighter.

Between Rounds: Fact vs Opinion

MMA cutman David Maldonado

Opinions are everywhere, and we are all entitled to them. Favorite burger, preferred MMA, fighting style, the topics are many. Those discussions can be fun given there is no empirical right answer. It’s a flexible conversation when no appropriate criteria exists that judgement can be based upon to create a consistent, factual conclusion. With some subjects it becomes just a popularity contest or a discussion based on emotion. However there are many topics in the world, and in MMA, that aren’t decided by opinion when facts are evident that eliminate the need for debate.

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: 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.

Between Rounds: Earning Your Keep

MMA cutman David Maldonado

I would welcome the chance to simply have open tryouts for cutmen at shows. Let the real experts prove themselves and earn their place. Fighters have to do it, just ask anyone who has tried out for TUF, XFC, or any other reputable place on an MMA stage.