Jan 2009

A tribute to Helio Gracie in his passing...

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Helio Gracie passed away on Thursday at the age of 95. I had the honor and pleasure of meeting him in Japan and being approved by him as the referee for the famous mma rematch to the controversial grappling bout between his son Royce Gracie and Japanese judo legend, Hidehiko Yoshida. I was fortunate to have been able to express my gratitude to him for his unparrallelled contribution to the martial arts world that has brought us where we are today and will continue as long as MMA and grappling arts exist.

Although I have never trained in jiu jitsu and hold no belt, his revolutionary methods, that have been built upon by his family, have been a tremendous influence to me. There are no mma or grappling practitioners today who have not been influenced by what he created. Whether they realize it and credit him or not.

In modern time, there have been many influences in the martial arts world, such as, Bruce Lee, Steven Segal and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Helio Gracie had the courage to make real what the others only fantasized about and performed in the movies. Not only did Helio have the courage to try, he also succeeded, backed up his claims, revolutionized martial arts, and passed it on to his family and the world for eternity.

For that, Helio Gracie will always be a hero and legend that is due our utmost respect and gratitude.

May he rest in peace and honor.


Matt Hume

Dehydrated, re-hydrated, ready to fight!!

Jens: Dehydrated, re-hydrated, ready to fight!!

Jens Pulver vs Uriah Faber

WEC press conference was today at a small bar in San Diego. Not many press or people in general in attendance. I took a video and a few pics on my camera.....

New AMC social network

I have been blogging in the forum on our new AMC social network. Head over to amcmembers.ning.com or go to www.pankration.com and click on "socialize", you can also click the AMC Kickboxing & Pankration link at the top of the page. You can catch up on our daily activities in Ireland while preparing for Rich Franklin's fight against Dan Henderson and my most recent posts from San Diego with Jens Pulver in preparation for Uriah Faber, which is live this Sunday 1/25/09. Check it out and have fun!

Dynamite/Dream, New Year's Eve...

I am flying home from judging, directing, and cornering at the annual New Years Eve event. As always it was a spectacular event that is unequalled anywhere else in the world. This was a cooperative effort between Dream and K-1 and featured bouts in both rules with individuals crossing over from MMA to Kickboxing and vice versa.

MMAWizard trained fighter, Hayato "Mach" Sakurai, won his match by ref stoppage in the first round. Our game plan was to take it to the ground, pass guard, and finish with strikes. The game plan worked well and Mach won in fairly easy fashion!

Some other interesting bouts were the crossover kickboxing matches that featured DREAM MMA fighters against top K-1 kickboxers. The first was DREAM's Kawajiri vs K-1's Kozo Takeda. Kawajiri completely destroyed Takeda, KOing him in the first round. Next was DREAM's Allistar Oveream vs K-1 ace, Badr Hari. Again, Allistar completely destroyed Badr KOing him in the 1st to the shock of the fans and K-1 crew. DREAM welterweight champion Gregor Musasi was up next against top Japanese K-1 fighter, Musashi. Once again, the DREAM fighter easily beat the top K-1 kickboxer at their own game with another annihlation and first round KO! This was a great night for MMA as these K-1 fighters were truly some of the current world's best in kickboxing and the results were astonishing.

One final bout worth mentioning was the match between last minute replacement, Melvin Manhoef and Mark Hunt. Hunt was a K-1 champion and had about 100 pounds in size advantage over Manhoef. Hunt is well know for being able to walk through anything his opponents can dish out, I have even seen him shrug off a flush Cro Cop high kick with out blinking. The much smaller Manhoef, however, had to throw only 2 punches while backpeddaling from a charging Hunt. Hunt crumpled to the canvas while Manhoef followed up with a few more to the unconscious Hunt as the ref jumped in and called the KO!

All in all, in was an exciting night of fights that sends us into 2009 with excitement and high hopes for the DREAM/K1 connection to bring Japanese MMA events back to the top!