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By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

A long time ago, in a galaxy far away…actually it was San Luis Obispo… a young fighter living with Chuck Liddell and Antonio Banuelos was in search of a nickname. Fighting at a weight class that didn’t even exist yet, Ian McCall began his journey in Mixed Martial Arts at the tender age of 18, amongst giants with monikers like ‘The Iceman’ and ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’.  Then one late night, while chasing around a friends son in an attempt to tire him out. A slip of the tongue from a child created one of the greatest nick names in the history of our sport. Randomly from the mouth of a babe, ‘Uncle Creepy’ was born.

Since then Ian McCall (13-5 MMA) has embarked on a life journey that has been a ‘creepy’ roller coaster ride of highs and lows, both emotionally and chemically. All the while, McCall has been able to maintain his status as one of the top 125lbs fighters on the planet. From his legendary thread on The UG, to his epic brawls with Demetrious Johnson; Ian McCall has always been a fan favorite.

“Everyone knows Im the lovable, degenerate, savior who can’t seem to get his shit together!” McCall said. “However, things changed, I had a kid and I can’t do those things anymore!” McCall said. Now the father of a young daughter, McCall seems to be adjusting well to the responsibility. However the troubles continued, almost like some sort of curse. Injuries mounted, multiple procedures were needed and then the bottom fell out. McCall and the rest of his Team Oyama family were devastated by the sudden death of friend and teammate Shane Del Rosario.  Having buried my best friend, I can attest to the affect it has, life in itself becomes difficult however life continues and so to does the career of ‘Uncle Creepy’

Now 5 weeks out of shoulder surgery McCall may not be ready for a fight but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have something to say.  After this weekends 125 lbs Title Fight, McCall was a guest on the Brutally Honest Radio Show where he talked about his life, his career, and more importantly when we can expect his return! Check out the interview to hear about his Legendary thread on the UG, the philosophy he used for picking up girls, why American MMA fans are ‘pretty fucking stupid’, and how he is the savior for the 125 lbs division!

Brutally Honest Radio is hosted by Aaron Tru, Adrian Gallegos, and Jonathan King. The podcast is broadcast live each week from an undisclosed studio in Long Beach California. You can subscribe and download each episode on iTunes. Or you can listen on sound cloud.

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By Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Video and Editing By: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

Jemyma ‘The Golden Girl’ Betrian is one of the most dynamic strikers alive. As a kickboxer she is known the world around for her career changing liver kicks, and her lightning fast hands.

When you talk to her, its hard to imagine such a sweet effervescent spark plug, transforming into a killing machine. However, that is exactly what happens when the cage door is closes.

Jemyma refers to it as “WarMode”. Although the war analogy is overplayed in our sport, there is not really a better way to describe the sheer violence she unleashes when the bell rings. Her liver kicks can cause cirrhosis, and her hand speed is blurry, even when played in slow motion. Simply put she is the most dangerous striker alive in any division of women’s MMA.

She is already only a few fights away from the UFC.

Betrian will debut on August 10th at Lights Out Promotions ‘Chaos At The Casino 5’ which begins at 6:30 Sharp. The event will stream live on the internet. But if you can get to The Hollywood Park Casino, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

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Marina Shafir

Marina Shafir

By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

All Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

The Past:

Pedigree can only carry you so far. God given ability without a champions work ethic may get you to the dance, but it certainly is not enough to ensure your tenure at the top. Becoming the best is one thing remaining there however, is a completely different animal. One only tamed by embracing the grind that accompanies everyday training. Champions live, they don’t simply exist. They are fueled by a different fire, cut from a different cloth. Sacrifice their only constant, and pain their only guarantee.

For Marina Shafir, that sacrifice began long ago. As a world class Judoka, Shafir cut her teeth competing against some of the best judo players in the game. Along the way becoming very close friends (“sweat sisters”), with UFC Champion Ronda Rousey. Together they trained to become the best, along the way forming a bond that would continue as Ronda transitioned from Judo to MMA.

“I have seen her transition from an athlete to a machine” Shafir said. “We used to eat peanut butter whole wheat bagels, because that was all we could afford. Now each meal is planned and only the finest fruits and ingredients! Its overwhelming to think about how much she has evolved to become this champion!” Shafir said.

The gulf between hype, and champion is wide. The chasm is filled with the crushed potential of pretenders who although once promising,dared to contend. Proper preparation is the only way across this divide. Still, there is no guarantee. Walking the tightrope of expectation can be a daunting task even for the most confident.

However for Shafir the motivation is simple. She fights for her brothers, she fights for her mother’s brutal honesty. She fights for the gym in Moldova her father opened to keep kids off the street. “I am my mom, I am my dad, I am made from them! I fight for them, for the last name they gave me. Not to make me something, but to make our name something.” Shafir said. 

In a world where prize fighters fight for, well…the prize, Shafir’s take offers a fresh breeze in a rather stale locker room full of hyperbole.

The Present:

The past is a majestic world filled with accomplishments, and stepping stones that have led to this moment. Unfortunately the present for Shafir is a cruel bitch named reality. Sure the reasoning is pure. Yes, her camp is sexy. But without the wins nobody cares. The great WWF manager Jimmy Hart was once asked why he dressed the way he did and he said, “The minute I dress like everyone else, I’ll have to sit with everyone else!”

And although not a wiry weasel with a megaphone, Shafir is not unlike Hart, at least for now. Until its her turn, she is perfectly content playing her part. As long as she is still on the players side of the fence. To stay there Shafir must simply do one thing, win!

Without the wins, the ends just won’t justify the means. Justification resumes August 10. On trial, will be Amanda Bell. At only 1-2 Bell would appear like fodder for the touted Shafir, however a close look at Bell’s amateur career reveals a glaring TKO win over Shafir’s teammate Jessamyn Duke. So, the plot thickens…well…a little anyway.Bell a well known grappler is a tough test for Shafir, however she is confident in all aspects of the game.

“If she wants to stand and bang, we can stand and bang. If she wants to grapple, well thats fine too we can grapple.” Shafir said. “I have been training very hard on my striking with Edmond Tarverdyan and would like to showcase it[my striking], but you have to see where the fight goes.”

Wise beyond her years, Shafir has a patience that allows her to enjoy the ride, without taking anything for granted. A ride she is extremely grateful to be on. “I really want to thank my coaches and training partners (Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, and Jemyma Betrian), they all know who they are! My mom and dad, for making me, and George Bastmajyan for booking my fights.” Shafir said. “George goes out of his way for all the fighters, not just me. He is easy to fight for. I want to put on a good show for him!”

The Future:

Trusting in uncertainty is your best bet. At least it is when you are built fundamentally sound. Each building block serves as a stepping stone for the next. Each step rewarded with another waiting to be taken. The future is only a breathe away from the present, and moments from being in your past. Marina Shafir walks in some pretty big footprints, that carry high expectations. Unlike Rousey, Baszler and Duke, Shafir fights at 145 lbs. A weight class that doesn’t even exist in the UFC. However she believes its only a matter of time before it does. Maybe Shafir can serve as the defacto 145 lbs ambassador as Ronda did, to help usher in the new weight class. Maybe a stint in Invicta will be on the docket. Either way her patience and her surroundings never let the future blind her.

“I can never get lost in the shuffle, because of the people around me.” Shafir said. “You are the company you keep, and my company is pretty fucking cool!” Shafir said.

Wherever the future takes Marina Shafir, and whatever it holds for her, one can only make an educated guess. It may be here… It may be there.. However it will never be far from her past, and it will never be far from where she currently sits, whether on the brink or years past the break, Marina Shafir like her moniker claims, is a Supernova. The light from a distant burning star that can last long after the star itself fades.

It may not be set in stone, but it appears to be a ‘sure thing’, that in the sport of MMA Marina Shafir’s legacy will burn on, long after she is gone.

 

 

Marina Shafir trains at Glendale Fighting Club and is Sponsored by: Virus, Cucuone, Core Power

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