- 10-14-2007, 08:23 AM
In the midst of my shoulder surgery, going through a divorce, and losing a ton of weight (not what I wanted to do), I decided to try out for a local version of TUF called FightSkool. Keep in mind I've never practiced any MMA or the likes ever. I go in for the audition for Saturday and there are about 40 or so people there. I was pretty nervous but was determined to get through it. Needless to say it was the hardest workout I've ever done. I knew my cardio wasnt that great, but this was an hour of pure hell, and I loved it. At the end, I was one of the 15 picked even though I messed my knee up on one of the drills. Gotta get that knee back in shape before the next cuts. I'm just really happy with myself that I beat out all of those people and that the coaches saw something in me. The only thing I'm not real happy about is they want me to fight in the LHW division, I was hoping for HW, but I guess I can move up in time. Wish me luck, and if there are any Canadians on here, it will be showing there on the Fight Network each week. It will be here locally in SW Indiana on TSN.
- 10-14-2007, 10:14 AM
Wow Tat! congratulations. Sorry to hear about all the personal stuff.
- 10-14-2007, 11:42 AM
I am not familiar with the program, so a question. Are they looking to teach someone how to fight? Or are they looking for someone who already knows how to fight? I ask because as you stated you have never practiced any MMA before, so it honestly would be completely unfair and unsafe to have you compete against a trained fighter.
10-14-2007, 04:05 PM
It is based on having people come in raw and train them. There is one guy there that has 1 fight under his belt, but I dont think anyone else has fought.
10-14-2007, 05:07 PM
That's cool. Best work on your takedown defense, 6'7" 205 usually makes for an easy takedown, or great leverage, however you want to look at it. Good luck, keep us updated.
10-14-2007, 08:33 PM
Nice work, TP. Sorry to hear about the tough events in your personal life, but it sounds like you have something else fun to focus on in your life.
10-15-2007, 06:35 AM
10-15-2007, 10:55 AM
With that size, id say go for Muay Tai(SP?) technique. the knees will be able to get high enough for stomach or face if you can clinch and pull him down. If you notice he like to try and knee or is quick do not try and shoot, if he looks less mobile and doesnt focus any leg kicks or kneeing, try to shoot on him.
10-15-2007, 04:21 PM
Dude, at 6'7" I wouldn't shoot at all. It is impossible to get that low on inevitably shorter guys. Learn to sprawl like crazy, b/c short guys can shoot easily, and tall guys are easier to take down.
10-16-2007, 07:09 AM
Just found out last night they cut me because of my knee issues. Said they dont want me to continue for fear I'll seriously damage something with my knee. I'm disappointed, but understand why they did this. They did tell me if I get my knee fixed they will be having another show in the spring, maybe by then I can have it fixed and be in the HW division like I wanted.
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