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Cub Swanson with Brother Steven Coach Joel Diaz and his TRU MMA Team

By: Jonathan M King The Clinch Report

To begin the story of Cub Swanson (21-5 MMA), lets start halfway through the tale, to eliminate the 300 lbs elephant. In June 2009, Swanson ate a knee :08 seconds into his fight with Jose Aldo that ended the night for Swanson. ow he lost has since been the screw his haters turn whenever Swanson gets close to that title shot again. The problem is, it appears the UFC is listening, or at least agreeing.

Cub Swanson is a throwback fighter, in a world where title shots are talked into existence, Swanson prefers to let the wins pile up. His 6 fight win streak was punctuated with a 5 round dismantling of Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night. Still after the win Swanson stayed true to his mantra, “I don’t beg!” Swanson said. Should he have too?

His current win streak has seen him beat Denis Siver, Ross Pearson, Dustin Poirier, and Charles Oliveira, as well as the aforementioned Stephens, with four of those six wins coming via stoppage.

Currently champion Jose Aldo is set to face Chad Mendes in Los Angeles in August. What is odd is that the same stereotype that haunts Swanson (vicious loss to Aldo) should also haunt Mendes (who was also KO’d by an Aldo Knee), however for some reason it doesn’t. Both fighters have been on a roll since the tile loss. Mendes has maintained an unblemished record, where as Swanson stumbled once when he was caught in a triangle by former title challenger Ricardo Lamas. (A fight Swanson was dominating before getting caught in the submission!)

So, whose next? If the UFC had its way, they would probably lobby for Connor MacGregor. Who is quickly replacing Chael Sonnen as the mouth of the UFC. Will he be able to talk his way into contention? What happens if Mendes gets hurt while preparing?

Hopefully Swanson’s status as a headliner at a Fight Night Event, was the UFC’s way of seeing if he was a viable headliner. As the UFC grows glaring hole has been the amount of legitimate headliners that can sell a PPV. Recent declines in numbers have people wondering if the amount of events (some weekends now how 2 events!) have watered down interest.

Sure this is all conjecture, and monday morning quarterbacking, but I question anyone to find someone more deserving of a title shot than Cub Swanson. Its been 5 years since he lost to Aldo the first time. In that time, no featherweight has shown more improvement. Each win has been punctuated by drastic improvements.

Swanson is also not the type to ‘ride out a win’. As his win over Stephens showed, even when clearly ahead on points, Swanson is constantly looking for the finish. Winning decisively is not enough for ‘Killer Cub’, he has to finish. This determination is what makes him one of the UFC’s most entertaining fighters to watch.

To deny a fighter what he has earned, because of what others perceive is shameful. It reduces effort, and makes the sport look more and more like a popularity contest, than a combat sport competition!

Maybe if the sport was actually regulated by the ranking system already in place, we wouldn’t run into these issues. The Bottom line is the UFC decides who fights who, not the rankings.

We can only hope that the deserving, and the anointed are one in the same!

And Still......

And Still……

By: Jonathan King ‘The Clinch Report’

Photos By: John Walsh ‘The Clinch Report’

Not many are born into the UFC as professional fighters. Most rise through the regional rankings, fighting in front of half empty houses, and usually with very little that differentiates the scrap from a back yard brawl. UPC or “Up and Comers” is a promotion that offers the same grass roots level MMA, but with a much classier look and feel. 

The Agua Caliente Casino plays an amazing host, featuring a professional ‘in the round’ arena, that has stadium seating and atrium concessions, just like the big events in Las Vegas. Promoter Jason Weiner does an amazing job creating this environment, that really allows the fighter to feel like an athlete performing on a grand stage.

As a promoter, all one can do is set the stage, eventually though the fighters have to hold up their end. If you sign a contract to fight, the least you can do is show up! UPC  “Up and Comer’s 18”  was one of the oddest fight cards in recent memory. Only one fight went the distance, another ended early in the 2nd frame. All others, lasted less than 5 minutes. Among the winners were Jaime Sierra, Kyle Stewart, Chris Honeycutt, Everett Cummings, and Steven Swanson. 

Chris Honeycutt was able to defend his UPC Middleweight title while dominating his opponent throughout the first round. Although Jake Gallagher was able to defend at first, Honeycutt’s smothering attack and relentless pressure forced the TKO stoppage late in the first round. Honeycutt, now stands undefeated at 4-0, and continues to be one of the sports top young prospects.

The night, however belonged to TRU MMA. Although Troy Guerrero lost a close decision (to a very gritty David Lopez), Jaime Sierra and Steve Swanson were able to get the hometown crowd charged up, with exciting stoppages. Gareth De La Cruz, however was left without a fight, as his opponent never showed up. 

Also having a big night were the military fight team from Fight Club 29. Coach Mark Geletko’s marines had a great night, as both Kyle Stewart, and Marcus Baungard were able to secure dominating wins. Unfortunately, a few other fighters also lost their opportunity too fight, because again, opponents never showed up!

Not every card can be a memorable night of fights. The hurt business can be very unpredictable. Last second injuries, and replacements can mar a fight card and cause resentment with the fans. However, in this instance both the commission and the promoter were not too blame. This time unfortunately, unprofessional fighters are the reason. It comes down to being a man of your word. One can only imagine the opportunity that was taken from another deserving fighter.

By not showing up you disrespect the sport, the fans, your opponents, and the martial arts in general. 

 

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By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Watching ‘Lil’ Steven Swanson fight is eerily reminiscent to watching his younger brother, UFC Fighter Cub Swanson. Both have aggressive styles, that lead too entertaining scraps that rarely contain a wasted moment. Going back too last year, Swanson was 10-0, at the top of a burgeoning division, and admittedly even he was drinking his own cool aid!

Then after dominating his 11th opponent for most of the fight, a flailing triangle choke from bottom came out of no where, and cost him the fight and his undefeated status. A few months later another submission loss followed, this time an armbar not only ended the  night, but caused a serious injury.

“It wasn’t just the ground fighting, my cardio was gone as well.” Swanson said.”What I have come to realize, is that 90% of people need to feel the loss, in order too stay hungry.” Swanson said. The consecutive losses not only gave Swanson perspective, they pointed out glaring holes in his game. Holes not in technique or in skill, but in his general approach too the sport. “When I was 10-0 I was on top of everything, I wasn’t training as hard, and I let my ego kind of slip in.” Swanson said.

Now, Swanson has rededicated himself too his craft. With younger brother (UFC Featherweight contender) Cub Swanson in his corner, the elder Swanson has learned to harness and organize his ruthless aggression. “One of the hardest things for me is the controlled aggression, because I want to go in there and rip there heads off, but if you throw a few of those swings, then there goes your gas tank!” Swanson said. “I’ve learned how to control that,  and its a lot harder than people think…to be calm when someone is wailing punches at you.”

With him every step of the way is his brother, sometimes with just a word of advice. “Its sometimes difficult for me being the older brother taking advice from my younger brother, but he is so level headed and so its hard for me to argue.” Swanson said. “I can’t tell you how much he has helped me, and when I’m fighting its all business!”

That business is thriving in the desert. “We are a different breed in the desert!” Swanson said. With the Swanson brothers, Dionisio Ramirez, Jaime Sierra, Gareth de la Cruz, Troy Guerrero, Christian Santiago and the rest of his TRU MMA teammates, it would be difficult to argue. Together they have amassed one of the most impressive records on the regional scene, placing several fighters on the UFC and Bellator MMA’s  immediate radar.

Swanson will make his next appearance fighting under the UPC banner, at “Up and Comers 18” on January 4th at the Agua Caliente Casino. As of the interview, he still had not received his opponent yet. “Typically I just look at the record, and watch a little video, but I dont like too dwell on him.” Swanson said. “I’d rather concentrate on my own training.”

For Swanson, the return to the cage offers a chance to display his new found “organized destruction” in front of a large crowd and in a grand venue. “Not only is the venue absolutely beautiful, its in my home town, and my family is from that tribe so it makes it that much sweeter!” Swanson said.

A win in front of his family and friends will not only return the elder Swanson too his winning ways, but it might be enough to carry him to the next level.

Tickets for the event can be found here: http://bit.ly/18QWiAE

And information about the Promotion and Event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/552369111513557/

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By Jonathan King The Clinch Report

BAMMA USA has reached another milestone in the MMA game. “BadBeat 10” will be shown live on television in over 5 million homes between California and Nevada.  “This is a big step for us”, remarked BAMMA USA CEO Brett Roberts. “It affirms that the quality of our product is up to television standards. Now we can bring the excitement and energy of our live show to millions of homes. This agreement will open many other doors not only for the promotion but for our fighters as well, and it is a great way to celebrate our tenth show.”

According to a promotional press release: “Virtual channel 64, KILM is an independent television station with studios in Beverly Hills, CA. Under a local marketing agreement, the station is operated by Alki David’s ‘FilmOn’. Through this arrangement, KILM carries programming from ‘FilmOn’ and ‘My Combat Channel’. The station transmits to 5.6 million homes in both the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area and the San Bernadino-Riverside Metropolitan Area regions. An additional 2 million homes receive KILM programming through the ‘Channel 3 Dish Network’ in California and Nevada. KILM programming is also made available to a worldwide audience over its website (www.filmonla.com).  ”  (Via BAMMAUSA PRESS RELEASE)

The card reads as follows:

PRELIMINARY CARD*

Rudy Morales (0-1) v Tommy Gavin (0-1) 3×3 at 155lbs

Rd1: Mike Beltran starts the action and Gavin takes the fight immediately to his opponent. Eddie Bravo shouting instructions, as Gavin works short elbows against the cage. Gavin working for a choke, but Morales rolls into it. Gavin looks for the head and arm choke, but Morales sheds him. Gavin Stands, and lands leg kicks, Morales leaps from the mat with a flailing kick to the head, but Gavin again falls into the guard of Morales. “Big Giant Donkey Kong Punches” shouts Eddie Bravo as the round comes to an end. A clear 10-9 round for Gavin.

Rd2: Gavin looks for the jab, as Morales looks to set up leg kicks. Both fighters feeling each other out as if it was the first round. Gavin able to bring the fight to the mat, and is looking to get past Morales open guard. Morales loosely closes the guard. Morales able to get back to his feet, but Gavin again drags him into deep water. Morales looks to land elbows from his back, but Gavin is still in control. Round comes to an end, with Gavin again clearly in charge. 10-9 Gavin.

Rd3: Gavin misses with the leg kick. His corner asking him to set up the shot, Morales stuffs the shot, and lands a huge a big knee as Gavin shoots again. Gavin is hurt, and Morales swarms with vicious hammer fists that put Gavin on dream street. Referee Mike Beltran steps in before Gavin can receive anymore punishment.

Winner via TKO (Strikes) Rudy Morales Rd 3  0:41

David Duran (0-0) v Juan Archuleta (0-0) 3×3 135lbs

Rd1: Archuleta starts with a push kick but Duran lands a vicious series of knees that has Archuleta hurt.  Archuleta instigates the clinch and presses Duran against the cage. Both fighters fighting for under hooks, as they break. Duran lands a nice keg kick. And again as Archuleta misses with the jab. Archuleta misses with the superman punch and the following jab. Duran continues to punish the legs, but he eats a big right hand. Big takedown at the bell for Archuleta. Very close round but we are calling it for Duran 10-9.

Rd2: Archuleta starts the round the busier of the two, but again eats a nice leg kick from Duran. Big right hand from Archuleta lands, and he is able to secure the take down as well. Working from the open guard, Archuleta lands some short elbows, however Duran defends well. Duran doing a good job preventing Archuleta from mounting any significant offense. Archuleta able to posture and land a few hands at the end of the round. 10-9 Archuleta.

Rd3: Archuleta shoots in , but then switches levels and forces the clinch. Duran eats a left as he escapes momentarily but is again pressed against the cage. Nice body shots from Archuleta land, as Duran escapes. Both fighters trade jabs. Archuleta looks for the take down, but eats a nice knee from Duran. Big shots from Archuleta find their mark, as Duran gets on his bicycle. More straight lefts from Archuleta land and he chases Duran until he is able to force another take down. Duran back to his feet, as the fight comes to an end. Great fight!

Winner: Juan Archuleta via (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) UD 

Tim Riscen (1-0) v Brandon Frunk (0-0) 3×3 125lbs

Rd1: Big take down rom Riscen, and he is looking for the guillotine, but Frunk defends well. Frunk looks to land with the jab, but Riscen again brings him back to the mat.  Riscen appears to have the choke momentarily, but Frunk escapes. Riscen changes levels and again goes for the take down.  Round ends with Riscen holding position in the clinch, and the round 10-9.

Rd2: Riscen countering well, as Frunk seems to be content firing one punch at a time. Frunk lands a nice counter left to the body. And follows with some nice jabs. Riscen circling to his right, then goes for the take down. Frunk gets free, and attempts a take down of his own, but Riscen starches the attempt. Frunk reverses position and lands some knees to the thigh of Riscen.  Riscen shoots and schieves the take down, but Frunk gets back to his feet at the bell. Close round that we are giving to Frunk 10-9 based on his striking.

Rd3: Frunk pressing the action is able to stuff a Riscen take down attempt, and is now pressing the action against the cage. Both fighters work free, but again Frunk is pressing the action. Nice take down defense from Riscen, establishes dominate position that immediately transitions the back. Frunk able to shrug free. Another shot from Frunk is stuffed. Riscen appears to be gassed, and is back pedaling but he avoids another futile shot from Frunk. 10 seconds left, and they spend it in the clinch. Close round and fight but we have Frunk winning the round 10-9 and the fight 29-28.

Winner Tim Riscen via UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Dionisio Ramirez (5-3) v Toby Grear (7-4)

Rd1: Big kick from Grear starts the action. Nice one two from Ramirez finds it mark. Low blow from Grear prompts the warning. Restart. Grear looks for the take down, but instead presses Ramirez against the fence. Grear changes levels and tries the take down again, but Ramirez defends. Nice knee from Ramirez and he is free. Leg kick from Grear lands but Ramirez also lands with big punches and Grear is hurt as the bell sounds. Close round but we have Grear 10-9.

Rd2: Big kick misses for Grear, and Ramirez is swarming. Nice shots land, but Grear dives in for a heal hook. Ramirez rolls well, and is free. Nice up kick from Grear, as both restart from the standing position. More big shots from Ramirez as he throws the legs aside and dives in. Nice leg kick from Ramirez lands, and he gains presses Grear against the cage. More kneed from Ramirez find there mark, Grear drops, and Ramirez lands some big ground and pound prompting the stoppage!

Winner: Ramirez via TKO rd 2

Jeff Martin (10-8) v Victor Henry (5-0) 3×5 135lbs

Rd1: Both fighters feeling each other out. Henry is looking to establish the range early with jabs and kicks.  Nice clinch from Henry is reversed by Martin who presses Henry against the cage. Nice trip from Henry, momentarily gives him the back, Nice throw from Henry, who immediately sinks in both hooks, Henry looking for the choke, but Martin defends. Now the choke seems deeper, but Martin signifies he is ok, Martin doing a good job fighting the hands, but Henry is relentless with his jujitsu. Martin breaks free, and lands a nice right hand as he falls into Henry’s guard, triangle looks deep, and it is Martin taps.

Winner: Victor Henry via Arm in Triangle Choke rd 1 4:22

Alex Suhonosov (2-1) v Ozzie Alvarez (3-2) 3×5 170 lbs

Rd1: Leg kicks from Alvarez open the round. Suhonosov lands a nice inside leg kick as well. then a one two combo lands. Take down is stuffed by Alvarez.  Suhonosov misses with a big left, but then eats a low blow prompting the quick warning and stoppage. Alvarez contnues with the outside leg kicks, and appears to have landed a low blow, but the ref didnt see it. Alvarez swarms as Suhonosov turtles up and eats several big shots before the ref stops the fight. Replays show it was a push kick to the liver that appeared to be glancing that caused the damage.

Winner:  Alvarez via TKO (strikes) rd 1 2:38

Daniel McWilliams (8-20) v Jesse Juarez (18-9) 3×5 170lbs

Rd1: Winner Juarez rd 1 via TKO

Shad Smith v Noad Lahat.

Winner: Lahat via UD rd 3

Main Event:

Jesse Newell (7-2) v Chris Culley (17-10) 5×5 145 lbs Title Fight

Rd1: Mike Beltran in charge of the action in this 5 round title fight. Culley starts with a jab, then fires a leg kick that finds a home. Newell stalks and presses Culley into the cage. well still fighting for the trip, but Culley for now defends well. Now Newell has a body lock that eparlays into a single leg. Finally e s abe to secure the take down. Culley back to his feet, but still in jeopardy. Newell again has a leg, but Culley escapes and lands a push kick. Newell pressing the action into the cage, but the relents. Back in the center of the cage. Nice right hand from Newell. Culley lands a nice knee, and takes Newell’s neck but the round ends. 10-9 for Newell.

Rd2: Culley starts the round with new confidence as he lands a few punches right away. Culley lands a nice straight right hand. Newell still pressing forward. Culley circles to his left, and paws with the jab, Nice body kick from Culley finds a home on Newell’s liver. Newell gets a hold of a single leg, then presses Culley momentarly against the cage. Culley quickly circles off and lands on the exit. Nice jab, right combination from Newell.  Culley is now making Newell miss often with his movement. Jabs from the champion find Newell’s forehead. Nice leg kick from Culley as the round ends. 10-9 Culley.

Rd3: Newell eats a jab to delivery a leg kick. Culley lands a nice head kick, then escapes Newell’s range. Nice body kick from Newell. Culley’s southpaw stance seems to be confusing Newell, as he is getting beat to the punch by the quicker champion. Blood flowing from Newell’s nose. Nice head kick again from Culley. The champions movement is incredible. Nice combination from Newell started with the jab and ended with a leg kick, before Culley moved away. Culley returns fire with a vicious leg kick. Big switch kick from Newell connects with Culleys head but he seems fine. Culley returns to peppering Newell with the jab. Another head kick from Culley. 10-9 Culley

Rd4:Culley starts with the jab, then circles off and lands a leg kick. Culley now circling the stagnant Newell. kick from Culley catches Newell low prompting a stoppage. Action re starts. Culley doubles then triples up the jab successfully. Culley with a jab leg kick combination. Then a push kick to the head lands lightly. Culley catches Newell with a right hand that staggers him. Newell on his back, as Culley looks to dive in. Newell with a nice heel hook attempt, but Culley postures free. Culley walks away forcing the stand up. Newell appears to be gassed. Culley landing with straight punches. Big left from Culley, but Newell walks through the punch. Nice knee in the clinch from Culley, the round ends. 10-9 Culley.

Referee stops the fight

Winner Chris Culley via Stoppage (Corner)

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By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Before UFC featherweight contender Cub Swanson dismantled Denis Siver at UFC 162, he told a reporter that he wanted to display “Beautiful destruction”, Swanson said. That is exactly the picture he painted. Siver was outmatched by the aggressive Swanson who seemed to consistently be in his opponents face. That athletic, intelligent form of aggression is something as a fighter Swanson thrives on. As a coach, and one of California’s best young developers of MMA talent, that is what he demands.

UPC Unlimited 16 at the Agua Caliente Resort and Spa, featured several of Swanson’s TRU MMA fighters.  Both Dionisio Ramirez and Jaime Sierra brought that consistent pressure and aggression that is eerily reminiscent of their coach. Ramirez landed a jab that sent his opponent staggering, and then like Swanson, Ramirez utilized unrelenting pressure to take his opponents back and secure the choke, early in the first frame.

Jaime Sierra also won in dominating fashion. Sierra utilized his tremendous wrestling skills to dominate position, and immediately had Alex Guitierez in trouble. Once he was able to posture up, Sierra unleashed a swarm of stinging ground and pound that forced the stoppage at just 1:18 of the opening round.

With Ramirez and Sierra making waves with the UPC unlimited organization, and with older brother Steve at (12-1 MMA) the future looks pretty bright for TRU MMA. With Swanson racking up wins in the UFC, the present looks pretty solid too!

All Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

UPC Flyer

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Every amateur mixed martial artist anticipates the day when they will turn pro. The idea of finally being paid, as an athlete, is the type of career highlight that each fighter shares. However the path that leads to this decision is often quite individualized. Sometimes in life need arises that forces the decision, other times false confidence plays a role.

However, once you turn pro it counts. Amateur records can be excused but professional losses are difficult to over come. They can be especially debilitating early on in a young fighters career. This is why it is crucial for a young fighter to have a coach, or set of coaches that he can trust with essentially his livelihood.

Lucky for Jaime Sierra (0-0 MMA 5-0 Amateur Record), he has coaches that not only care about him, but they have garnered his total trust. “Cub Swanson is the man, he is my head coach, and I do whatever he says.” Sierra said. “He has been in this game a long time, and I want to be like him as a fighter, aggressive and always in your face!”

Many fighters have and are currently in the same exact position as Sierra, but according to his coach, he posses an intangible that very few fighters have. “He has that toughness, that you don’t always see in a fighter.” Cub Swanson said. “Jaime takes shots, but keeps moving forward.” This according to Swanson is something that can’t be taught. “He has good instincts.”

Recently Swanson said he has been working with Sierra on preparing for going the distance. “We have to train for a 3 round fight, so I want him to be patient.” Swanson said. “But I like my guys to finish, so I’d like to see a TKO!” The coach said with a chuckle.

Sierra will need to rely on those instincts when he takes to the cage on July 20th. “UPC is a big show, they have like two thousand people at their shows” Sierra said. The event will be held at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa, which is a larger than most of the regional venues.  “But I think I will be able to block it out.” Sierra said.

Sierra will be fighting on the same card as teammate Steve Swanson so the hometown crowd will definitely support his efforts, However once that cage door closes, it will be all up to him!

UPC 16 will be held JULY 20, at The Agua Caliente Resort in Palm Dessert. For more information on the event go to: http://www.upcunlimited.com/