By: Jonathan M. King

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The cliche rings true that creativity is the mother of all invention. Instances, examples of, and lessons learned form patterns that if you examine them creatively enough, they will offer you the solutions you seek.

Dean Lassiter may be familiar to fight fans as the guy on Spike TV that stops the bleeding in between rounds of Bellator MMA fights. However the man is not only a ‘cut-man’ but he is also the Bellator MMA Operations Manager. You could also paint him with another two brushes, Inventor and Fighter advocate.

Many fans will know that one of the most common injuries in mixed martial arts are broken hands. Some fighters like Douglas Lima almost schedule hand surgery when they sign to fight, because it happens so epidemically. So, Lassiter noticing the trend began to analyze the situation. He started by examining the human hand, taking a look at what fractures were the most frequent.

After examining “what the good lord gave us” Lassiter next focused his attention on the layer between the hand and the glove known as the wrap. Noticing that wraps varied (depending on type, and who wrapped the hand), the gloves rarely fit perfectly over the top. The final step was teaming with a major glove manufacturer to come up with potential solutions.

Everlast Worldwide Inc. decided to pick up the torch Lassiter had lit, and together they developed what is now known as the Everlast Powerlock MMA glove.everlast-gloves

The glove has led to what Lassiter claims is over a 90% reduction in hand injuries, which was the primary function. However other injuries became less frequent as well. The forced curvature of the glove reduces the chance of eye poke, because the glove restricts a fighter’s ability to extend his fingers flat.

The padding configuration of the glove has also been changed, moving most of the ‘meat’ up front on top of the knuckled and metacarpals. This has also lead to less orbital injuries, however the research hasn’t been conducted to back that fact up yet. The gloves will soon be available for the public to purchase, however for now they will remain Bellator MMA’s unkept secret.

This technology will lead to less fighter injuries. With the average mixed martial artist fighting only 3 times a year, losing a paycheck because of a broken hand, or crushed orbital could be devastating financially. Especially to the lower level fighters who count on sponsorship money and loose that when an injury occurs.

So, basically as Lassiter puts it this technology is literally “feeding” fighters. Keeping fighters healthier was the goal, and the gloves are being offered to other promotions so they can benefit from the innovation as well.

Lassiter himself, is rewarded only with the knowledge that he did his part to help keep the guys he admires in the cage. He is a true fan of the sport, and as a cut-man he always has the health of his fighters as his first priority. Its refreshing to see that fighter-first mentality carry over into the board room. Its nice to know that as long as Lassiter is there, fighters will have an advocate always looking to keep them in good form.

 

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Liam McGeary (8-0 MMA) took another step towards a title shot, with an incredible highlight reel finish over a very well rounded Egidijus Valavicius (27-11 MMA). McGeary ate a few heavy shots early on, but walked right through them to instigate a nasty clinch that delivered heavy knees. Valavicius made it entertaining, by refusing to be outgunned. Although eventually he was.

McGeary bloodied Valavicius with a knuckles-crapping uppercut that painted the canvas red. The clinch assault then continued until Valavicius dropped. Follow up punches forced the referee to stop the fight, leaving McGeary again with his hand raised.

McGeary now brings his perfect record into the light heavyweight finals against American Top Team’s Kelly Anundson. A fighter with a completely different skill set than what McGeary has seen yet. However so far increased competition has only led to more victims for the Renzo Gracie fighter.

Training out of New York, the native Englishman brings a very marketable charisma that coupled with his knockout power will certainly carry him far in this sport!

Interviewed By: Jonathan M King The Clinch Report

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Mark Coleman is a UFC Hall of Famer, a pioneer in the sport, and an innovator of one of the most dominate techniques in mixed martial arts. ‘The Godfather of Ground and Pound’ Coleman transitioned to the burgeoning sport of mixed martial arts after a collegiate wrestling career that saw him win a National Championship, that lead to an appearance as an Olympian during the 1992 games.

Coleman began his career with two UFC tournament wins, and punctuated that run with winning the inaugural UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 12 when he defeated Dan Severn via neck crank in the very first round. ‘The Hammer’ as he became known went on to win The Pride FC Grand Prix Tournament defeating 3 fighters (Igor Vovchanchyn, Kazuyuki Fujita, and Akira Shiji) in one night.

While his career flourished Coleman also began training other fighters under his Hammer House banner. One of those fighters Phil Baroni was the reason Coleman was in town. Baroni and Coleman have been friends for over 15 years now, and was corner Baroni for the event.

Although now retired as a fighter, Coleman continues to carve a name for himself in this sport, but now as a coach.He was featured this season on The Ultimate Fighter, as BJ Penn’s wrestling coach. The contestants really took to his teaching, and who better to learn from than ‘The Hammer’. The man has fought all over the world, won championships on two continents, competed at the 1992 Olympics, and is recognized in the UFC Hall of fame.

For fans of the sport who remember the beginning, Mark Coleman is a legend, MMA Royalty. For newer fans that are not in the ‘know’. Watch his brutal landscapes on Fight Pass or Youtube if you can, it will most certainly be worth your time.

You can find Mark Coleman via Social Media on twitter at HammerHouseMMA

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Brandon Halsey (7-0 MMA) won the Bellator MMA 185 lbs tournament in impressive fashion. Halsey was able to bring a very tough Brett Cooper (20-10 MMA) to the mat early in the opening round. Once established in side control, Halsey quickly trapped the arm and began working for the submission. Cooper defended at first, but once Halsey rolled belly-down the arm came free and the tap followed.

The win earns the 27 year old Halsey a hefty 100,000 dollar check, and more importantly a shot at Alexander Shlemenko and his 185 lbs crown. Shlemenko is coming off an out of division loss to Tito Ortiz, and Halsey will certainly look to utilize the same game plan. “Tito already showed where the holes in his game are, I’m going to pretty much do the same thing!” Halsey said.

Andrey Koreshkov (17-1 MMA) also earned a 6 figure check tied to a title shot when he systematically dismantled Adam McDonough (11-1 MMA) for three rounds and cruised to a unanimous decision win. Koreshkov was able to thwart almost all of McDonough’s grappling attempts and maintained the distance utilizing an array of kicks and punches.

McDonough was never able to get into rhythm and ate a few big shots from Koreshkov, including a spinning heel kick that landed flush on his jaw. However he was able to survive, but lost by unanimous decision. Koreshkov earns his second tournament win, and will now face off with welterweight champion Douglas Lima at a place and time yet to be determined.

In the Light Heavyweight Tournament Semi Finals, Liam McGeary (8-0 MMA) tore through Egidijus Valavicius with vicious strikes (27-11 MMA) earning a spot in the finals against Kelly Anundson (9-2 MMA) who also advanced earlier in the evening when his opponent Philipe Lins (9-1 MMA) injured his knee in the first round of their semi final bout. Lins’s knee appeared to buckle as he attempted to throw the right hand off his jab. As he moved forward he crumbled, and referee Big John McCarthy recognized the injury right away, and stopped the contest.

Karo Parisyan (23-10 MMA) scored his second consecutive KO win when he removed perennial pro Phil Baroni (15-18 MMA) from consciousness early in the first round of their fight. Both fighters came out throwing heavy leather, but it was Parisyan was able to land first. With Baroni hurt, Parisyan swarmed and continued the assault on the ground after Baroni fell, prompting referee John McCarthy to stop the fight.

The win propels Parisyan into the welterweight rankings and with 2 consecutive wins, he will certainly be on new CEO Scott Coker’s radar. Baroni has already made plans to drop in weight to 155 lbs where he hopes to reignite his career.

Also victorious were Bubba Jenkins (7-1 MMA) who dominated Poppies Martinez (29-10 MMA) en route to a first round TKO win. Fernando Gonzalez (21-12 MMA) provided the evenings biggest upset when he cruised to a unanimous decision win over Karl Amoussou (17-7-2 MMA). Saad Awad (16-6 MMA) was able to withstand an early flurry from Joe Duarte (10-4 MMA) to secure the fight via TKO due to unanswered elbow strikes.

Brazilian heavyweight Augusto Sakai (7-0 MMA) remained unbeaten when he was able to comeback against Matt Frembling (9-3 MMA) and TKO him late in the third round with some nasty knees. Sergio Rios (8-0 MMA) removed Stephen Martinez (10-3MMA) from his senses with a head kick and follow up ground in pound. And in the evenings final swing bout Linton Vassel (14-3 MMA) defeated Virgil Swicker (12-4 MMA) via rear naked choke submission.

 

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Chuck Zito flew into town just to walk his friend Phil Baroni out to the cage for Bellator 122. As an actor Zito has starred in some of the most recognized television dramas of our time. Recently he played Frankie Diamonds on Kurt Sutter’s ‘Son’s of Anarchy’, and of course as the ruthless mob boss Chuckie Pancamo on the HBO series ‘Oz’.

We talked briefly after the fights about his career, his upcoming film ‘The Martial Arts Kid’, and about the sport of MMA.

 

Bellator WI 122-17
Fight 1:
Stephen Martinez (11-2 MMA) vs. Sergio Rios (7-0 MMA) 155 lbs
Rd1: Rios controls the early part of the round with his grappling nearly finishing with an armbar, but Martinez was able to break free and land some blood inducing elbows that swayed the round in his favor. 10-9 Martinez
Rd2: Martinez gets caught in the first exchange of the second frame. Big head kick catches Martinez moving forward. Follow up hammer fists remove all doubt.
Winner via TKO :20 Rd 2 Sergio Rios
 
Fight 2:
Saad Awad (15-6 MMA) vs. Joe Duarte (10-3 MMA) 155 lbs
Rd1: Saad Awad eats a big right hand from Duarte and is rocked. On the mat now, Awad locks up a triangle, but Duarte stacks well to counter. Big elbows from Awad, find Duarte’s head.. More follow Duarte cannot defend, and the referee stops the fight!
Winner: Saad Awad via TKO (Unanswered Strikes)  1:28 Rd 1 
Fight 3:
Karl Amoussou (17-6-2 MMA) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (20-12 MMA) 170 Lbs
Rd1:  Amoussou looked comfortable until he got hit. Gonzalez able to surprise Amoussou with his constant pressure and excellent ground and pound. Late leg lock attempt from Amoussou thwarted easily at the bell. 10-9 Martinez
Rd2: Amoussou was able to take some momentum back early with sheer volume of strikes. But Gonzalez still landing the more damaging shots, but he took too much time between spurts of action. 10-9 Amoussou
Rd3: Great fight. third round both fighter stand and bang for the entire round, until Amoussou slipped and Gonzalez pounced into side control Unable to mount much offense before the round and the fight come to an end. 10-9 Amoussou but it could go either way!
Winner: Via UD 29-28 Fernando Gonzalez 
Fight 4:
Kelly Anundson (8-2 MMA)vs. Philipe Lins (9-0 MMA) 205 lbs
Rd1: Both fighters trade, Anundson looking for a takedown, but Lins defends well. Lins throwing the jab, goes down unmolested, clutching his knee. And that is the end of the fight. Replay shows Lins knee buckled as he moved forward.
Winner: Kelly Anundson VIA TKO (injury) 1:40 Rd1
Fight 5:
Bubba Jenkins (6-1 MMA)vs. Poppies Martinez (29-9 MMA)
Rd1: Jenkins takes down Martinez right away. Martinez able to get back to his feet but Jenkins landing with the jab and the right at will. Martnez is bleeding already. Another takedown from Jenkins has Mrtinez looking for an arm. However Jenkins stacks well, and gets free. Big shots from Jenkins as Martinez covers up. More unanswered shots end the night for Poppies Martinez.
Winner: Bubba Jenkins via TKO 4:28 Rd1
Fight 6:
Matt Frembling (9-2 MMA) vs. Augusto Sakai (6-0 MMA) 265lbs
Rd1: Frembling able to land a big shot after some stalking that plants Sakai on his backside. Ground and pound from Frembling but not much landing. Sakai back to his feet lands some nice knees, including one after the bell. 10-9 Frembling
Rd2: Neither fighter looking to engage.  Both seem content to throw singel shots. Frembling lands a big left hand with a matching right that dropped Sakai with seconds left in the round. Enough to give him the advantage. 10-9 Frembling
Rd3: Sakai appears to be the crisper of the two fighter. A low blow prompts a quick stoppage. Sakai lands a big knee on the restart and another. Head kick lands on Frembling’s jaw and he goes down. Hammer fists from Sakai greet him on the mat. One then another and referee Jason Herzog has seen enough.
Winner: Augusto Sakai via TKO 3:32 Rd3
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Fight 7:
Phil Baroni (15-17 MMA) vs. Karo Parisyan (23-10 MMA) 170 lbs
Rd1: Baroni with good movement but he can’t seem to let his hands go. Parisyan with a sneay right hand, and again it lands. Baroni with his back to the cage gets dropped to one knee from another big right from Parisyan. Parisyan turns Baroni around and lands a few lefts that force Big John to stop the fight.
Winner:  Karo Parisyan via KO 2:06 Rd 1
Fight 8:
Liam McGeary (7-0 MMA) vs. Egidijus Valavicius (27-10 MMA)
Rd1: McGeary eats a few big shots from Valavicius, but walks right through them. McGeary instigates the clinch, and lands some vicious knees and and upper cut that appears to have Valavicius leaking. The seperate and again McGeary gets off first and lands with nice left and right hands. Valavicius is in trouble he is covering up, and the referee calls a stop to the fight.
Winner: Liam McGeary via TKO 2:10 Rd 1
Fight 9:
Brandon Halsey (6-0 MMA) vs. Brett Cooper (20-9 MMA) 185 lbs Middleweight Final
Rd1: Halsey immediately gets a take down and lands in side control. Halsey with some short elbows, but he appears to have the arm bar secured. Cooper trying to keep his elbow tight, is unable to defend for long. Halsey pivots belly down, uncrosses his legs and secures the tap.
Winner: Brandon Halsey via Submission 2:09 (Armbar)  Rd 1
Fight 10: Andrey Koreshkov (16-1 MMA) defeats  Adam McDonough (11-0 MMA) via UD
Brett Cooper (20-9 MMA) vs. Brandon Halsey (6-0 MMA)
Season 10 middleweight tournament final
Andrey Koreshkov (16-1 MMA) vs. Adam McDonough (11-0 MMA)
Season 10 welterweight tournament final
Phil Baroni (15-17 MMA)vs. Karo Parisyan (23-10 MMA)
Summer Series light heavyweight tournament semifinal
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Kelly Anundson (8-2 MMA)vs. Philipe Lins (9-0 MMA)
Summer Series light heavyweight tournament semifinal
Manny Lara (4-4 MMA) vs. Dmitriy Sosnovskiy (8-0 MMA)
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By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

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At the end of the day the sun sets. “Time waits for no man” my teacher Mr Procacinni used to say. As an athlete your window of opportunity is limited. As a fighter, that window is even smaller.

At 40 years old Tony Lopez(34-14 MMA) should be looking back at his career with a margarita in one hand and his lovely wife in the other. Time would have you believe his best days were behind him, and maybe they are, but make no mistake Tony Lopez is not done fighting. He is motivated again, and that makes him a very dangerous animal.

More often than not hindsight is very cruel to the older fighter. Hanging on too long leaves bitter memories that are hard to shake away. Those cautionary tales are usually punctuated with a once granite chin now fractured. Guys like Chuck Liddell who once took a freight train to the jaw, now crumbled as if a button had been pushed.

You can’t paint Lopez with that brush though. Sure he has lost a few fights and those fights are the reason he is still lacing them up. “I have really messed up my career with the last few fights, and now I want to put together a win streak and end on a high note.” Lopez said. Refreshingly honest from a man who at one time was a fighter no one wanted to face.

At 6’5 and near 225 lbs, Lopez has fought in pretty much every weight class between 185 and super heavyweight. His fantastic stand-up, defensive wrestling, and iron jaw made him a nightmare of a prospect for even the most seasoned opponent. Lopez at one time held three King of The Cage Titles concurrently (Super Heavyweight, Heavyweight, and Light Heavyweight),  and has notable wins over UFC veterans Wes Combs, Kyle Kingsbury, Darril Schoonover, and Joey Beltran.

For Lopez his career is coming full circle. Now back with his original coach Colin Oyama, Lopez has his weight where he wants it to be, and appears to be in prime form. In his way is heavy-handed striker Chase Gormely.

Gormley is hungry and looking to get back to the UFC. A win over Tony Lopez would certainly be a feather in his cap. However Lopez is not ready to be a stepping stone, and if Gormely is gonna add his name to the win column he is certainly going to have to earn it.

“I know Chase, he is going to come out and bring the pressure from the start.” Lopez said. “He is gonna try to get me against the fence or take me down, so I have to remember not to give up good positions, and it should be my fight all the way”

For Lopez the chance to right the ship in his own back yard is priceless. His last fight in California although a victory was marred with controversy, when Lopez held a choke too long after the referee tried to stop the fight. A contrite Lopez accepted his suspension, paid his fine and re-applied for a license, which he was granted.

With his past transgression as his only blemish in a otherwise amazing career Lopez deserves this shot at redemption. A measured redemption. One not rewarded with gold belts, but with the honor and dignity that a warrior like Tony Lopez deserves. Who knows when his fighting days will end? He already has another fight lined up in Hawaii after this bout. With his chin intact, and his ticket selling striking style, Tony Lopez will continue.

Warriors like Tony Lopez don’t fade away into obscurity, they ride off into the sunset, of their own accord!

 

Tony would like to thank his wife, whom he credits as both his inspiration and his motivation.

 

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Tony is also available for MMA fighters looking for private lessons at his Gym Planet Krypton

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