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Would You Turn Down A $300,000 Pay Day For A Grappling Match?

#TrueTalkTuesdays 23 “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” Warren Buffett Over the weekend, Andre Galvao gave an off hand comment about Gordon Ryan, and in doing so set in motion what could have been the biggest money fight in grappling history. Initially, Gordon challenged Andre for $50,000 in a winner take […]

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Will Travel For MMA

#TrueTalkTuesdays 22 “Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.” Unknown The new year is just starting, but my travel itinerary is starting to fill out quite nicely. If you checked your email yesterday from me, you will have found out that I’m doing my first BJJ/MMA Retreat in Costa Rica […]

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Happy New Year!

#TrueTalkTuesdays 21 “I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. I think if you want to change something, change it today and don’t wait until the New Year.” Georgina Bloomberg Happy New Year! It is customary to create New Years Resolutions as a way of motivating yourself to start fresh and make changes in your life. […]

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Merry Christmas! What’s better: Giving or Getting?

#TrueTalkTuesdays 20 “Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” Ben Carson Merry Christmas! I hope you woke up to receive a lot of love and happiness, and were able to give that back too. I will keep this one short and sweet, as you have more important things to do […]

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Gordon Ryan vs Cyborg Breakdown: Slapping Stall Fest?

#TrueTalkTuesdays 19 “Always keep your composure. You can’t score from the penalty box; and to win, you have to score.” Horace So if you have been on social media this weekend, chances are you have read that Gordon Ryan has won double gold in the IBJJF No Gi World Championships in the Ultra Heavyweight and […]

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Strike while the Iron is Hot

#TrueTalkTuesdays 18 “Strike while the iron is hot. Once the iron cools, you will no longer be able to shape it.” My dad once told me a joke that I was reminded of this expression: A Venezuelan (my dad is Venezuelan) had heard great tales about the USA and of how opportunity and fortune were […]

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Why are Judges in Boxing and MMA so bad?

#TrueTalkTuesdays 17 “If you are going to judge someone, you should have walked their path before or at the very least have done a lot of studying and be considered an expert.” I’m 13 days post surgery, and while I am now able to walk without crutches and off the pain medication, I’m still working […]

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My Problems with Post Surgery Recovery

#TrueTalkTuesdays 16 “Take a moment to be grateful every day.” I am 6 days out of ACL reconstructive surgery on my right knee. I will tell you that the process was not as simple as I expected. The surgery was a success and went through with no problems, but post-op recovery has not been so […]

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Conor McGregor vs GSP?

#TrueTalkTuesdays 15 “If you are not improving on a daily basis, then you are slipping away.” Whenever people talk about the best fighters, there are always talks of hypothetical match ups between past legends versus modern day heroes. Unfortunately, these matches will never take place – at least in real life. But if we are […]

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My Rules Exposed

#TrueTalkTuesdays 14 “Opening yourself to critique is an easy way to learn.” So last Tuesday I dissected various rule sets, and teased I would share what I felt was a better rule set. So I am going to post it up, but before I do, it wouldn’t be a True Talk Tuesday without a message. […]

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