Fight Camp Update

Fight camp is in full swing. I’m shooting for 12 full hours in the gym per week on technique alone in addition to outside cardio. To put it mildly, I spend A LOT of time in the gym. I was shooting for a fight at or around 195 lbs, and right now I’m walking around at 209-211lbs, so a cut to 195 wouldn’t have been too terrible.

195 is not to be. My opponent wants to fight at 205lbs, and quite frankly, that bothers me 0%.  With the amount of time I spend in the gym and on that stupid stair climber, 205 wont be an issue (stay tuned for the inevitable karmic bitch slap that shows up sometime between 208 and 205).

Overall, training is going very well, but as anyone who’s ever trained to fight will tell you, there are days when things are in the groove, punches are landing, and your defense is tight.  Then there are days you get caught with a hard overhand and your nose explodes like someone hid an M-80 in it. So it goes.

The cardio and the training are the easy part. The real battle is in the kitchen. In the past i’ve been successful with a low carb/keto style diet – it’s my go to when I have to cut weight. The discipline required is fairly minimal. It’s as simple as asking, ‘is that a meat or a vegetable?’. If it is, I eat it, if it’s not, I don’t. Running low to no carb is difficult initially, especially when you do a ton of cardio work. It gets easier eventually, but right now I’m in the ‘this sucks’ stage.

To do this whole fight camp thing correctly I have to be all in, focused solely on the pursuit of being the best martial artist I can be.

That would be sweet, right? Just being able to focus on fighting?

Can’t do it.

I’m a father, husband, and employee. Those are just a few of the titles I have to juggle AND train around. Fighting is the easiest thing I do every day. By a lot. Training is the release from the rest of the world. There aren’t any needs outside of what it will take to get through the next 10 seconds, the next minute, and the next round. It requires little planning, sophistication, or forethought. It’s just a fight, beautiful in its simplicity, uncomplicated in execution.

The theme for this fight camp is balance and knowing that to do this correctly things will be out of balance, at least for a while. I don’t think you can do something on an extreme end of a spectrum and be in balance. There’s a fine line between greatness and madness, right?  Paralysis by analysis is a real thing. I feel like I’ll be at my best if I simply put my head down and train as much as I can, as hard as I can. I have to give up the idea that there is a correct or perfect model for this. There are more terminal mistakes made in planning than there ever are in practice. Not having to lose an extreme amount of weight will help counteract a lot of the suck in training camp. I genuinely love training, and I’m looking forward to stepping into the ring. Hell, I’m wearing a helmet and pads, what’s the worst that could happen?

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Featured Fighter Friday: Nate Richardson

Nathan ‘The Natural’ Richardson takes nothing for granted. From war-torn Liberia, he and his family arrived in the United States in 2000 when Richardson was only ten years old. Being a child in one of Africa’s most violent civil wars and enduring the dangerous journey to safety left an impact on Richardson. ‘My mindset is when you come from nothing, you automatically want to do better, so you work your butt off.’  His parents firmly instilled the mentality that Richardson thrives on today. ‘If you want something, you put the work in.’

And putting the work in is something Richardson has been doing since he first began fighting several years ago. He’s worked his way into a 6-1-0 record at MMA, though his most recent success has been on the world kickboxing stage. He signed with Glory in August 2017, and fought most recently at Madison Square Garden in Glory 55 on July 20th. Richardson took a controversial split-decision loss in that fight against French fighter Victor Pinto. ‘We had a game plan for the fight. We knew that he was going to kick a lot, so my plan was to defend his kick and just let my hands go.’ Richardson followed through on his plans to stay busy and stay active, getting in a much volume as he could to earn points from the judges. The decision, however, did not go his way.  ‘I thought I did everything possible to win on the scorecard. I was pretty accurate on everything I threw.’ He disagrees with the judges decision, a feeling many of his fans shared as well, but he was realistic about it. ‘He’s got a bigger name, he draws a bigger audience and the tv views. It’s part of the game.’

Richardson says that despite the loss, it was a fight that changed his perspective of his career. ’One thing I took away from that fight was that I can beat the best in the world.’ It sends a message to his opponent, one Richardson hopes he took back to France with him. ‘You know when you lose a fight, no matter if people say you really won it. And I feel like he knows he lost this one.’ Fighting in Madison Square Garden would be intimidating to anyone, but it was Richard’s second time in the renowned venue following his December fight at Glory 48. He learned some lessons there the last time that he brought into this fight. ‘I didn’t let the crowd get to me this time like I did the last time. It’s crazy there. It’s a whole different atmosphere.’

He’s been pushing hard in training in the hopes of getting another fight opportunity soon. ‘In October I’ll be trying to qualify for the US team for the World Kickboxing Games.’ He broke his hand in a fight two weeks before the trials last year, and this year he’s eager for the opportunity. ‘This year since I’m healed up, it’s time to go and challenge the best in the world and hopefully go after a gold medal next year.’ Richardson hasn’t had an MMA fight in a year and a half after breaking his hand in his last fight against Nick Compton in October 2016, though getting on the September 21st LFA card is still a possibility. Kickboxing came about as a way for him to shake some rust off while getting his cardio back after recovering from his injuries. He didn’t want to get comfortable, which is why he decided to sign with Glory once he’d built up his kickboxing skills. ‘I said, what better way to challenge myself than to compete against the best in the world? If it’s not a challenge, it’s not fun for me at all.’

Richardson comes from a wrestling background, so his striking ability makes him a dangerously well-rounded fighter. He believes it’s no coincidence that he’s now known as a striker even though wrestling was his first discipline. ‘I’m always working on the things I’m not supposed to be able to do. I love beating people at the things they think I’m not good at.’ He’s quick to point out that he doesn’t want to be known only for his kickboxing, but admits it has its advantages. ‘When you throw my name out there, the mindset it, you have to wrestle with Nate, you have to grapple with him – he’s not a good grappler.’ Richardson is fine with whatever his opponents want to believe, whether it’s that they can beat him at grappling, or that they can out strike him. ‘I’ve got a lot of tricks.’

Richardson’s focus on hard work is evident during his training. On a typical training day, he’ll wake up early and train jiu jitsu in the morning, followed by strength and conditioning at 1:00pm. He’s at his boxing gym by 4:30pm working on technique and sparring, after which he’ll head back to the Cellar for no gi at 5:30pm and Thai sparring or padwork at 6:30pm. His day isn’t over after that, as he’ll usually head to Lifetime Fitness at 8:30 for some light cardio to wrap up the day. ‘You might have more skills, but you will never outwork me, and that hard work can make up for a lot. That can make the difference, because hard work beats talent.’

When looking for a gym, Richardson applied the same ‘challenge’ mentality. ‘I was looking around, and I thought, if I can beat the coach, I don’t need to train here.’ At the Cellar, owner Chris Cichon didn’t hesitate to jump in and spar with Richardson. ‘He beat the crap out of me, so that’s when I said, okay, I’m going to stick around and learn from him,’ Richardson said, laughing at the memory of that day. Since then, Cichon has pushed Richardson physically and eventually challenged him to try kickboxing, pointing out that it was an area in which Richardson could go places. ‘It’s been a great four years. He still pushes me, and he knows I’m never satisfied with where I’m at.’

Richardson is eager to keep challenging himself. ‘I want to show off the skills I’ve been working on, so I’m ready for whatever challenge they give to me.’ He’s been busy in the gym, focusing on growing his skill set so that he can take the fight opportunities that come to him. Richardson has no doubt it will pay off. ‘My motto is always, I work my butt off. If you doubt me, keep your eyes on me – I got something to show you.’

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A Night In Valhalla

The practice of rewarding someone for prowess in combat with a coat of chainmail faded away a few thousand years before the flush toilet became a thing. That is, until recently. On Saturday, August 11th, in another installment of BJJ In The Cage, Jim Clark once again opened his gym to all those interested in testing themselves in grappling. The reward for fight of the night? A coat of Celtic chainmail. As North America has no history of knights in armored combat, this may have been a historic first.

For those unaware, BJJ In The Cage is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition put on as often as possible by Jim Clark at his Valhalla Combat gym. Jim’s an avid grappler, coach, and competitor. Mr. Clark saw an underserved segment in the local grappling scene – there are all day tournaments, there are pro showcases, there are not, however, many opportunities for people to simply get together and grapple in a stress-free competitive environment.

That’s where Valhalla comes in.

The BJJ In The Cage event is a night where people who ordinarily wouldn’t cross paths are able to bump fists and slap hands in a competitive environment without sacrificing an entire Saturday. It’s free of any of the pretense of a larger competition. Weights are approximate, rule sets are agreed to by the competitors as they step onto the mats. It’s as low key as possible while still falling into the realm of competition. It was once only ‘BJJ In A Cage’ but it’s expanded to include two grappling surfaces, including a ring, though the name has stuck. Seen another way, Valhalla offers what is as close as possible to the boxing practice of ‘smokers’. Need that competitive juice you can’t get sparring your same ole training partners? You go to a smoker. Need that edge honed before a fight? Go to a smoker. That is the experience one can glean from competing at Valhalla.

Sure, it’s in an out of the way basement, in an out of the way suburb. The lighting isn’t Hollywood perfect, the seating is first come first serve, with folding chairs doing the duty of keeping spectators’ posteriors off the pavement. It is not perfect. It is, however, a purpose-built utilitarian space that reflects the values Mr. Clark is trying to espouse. It’s a room imbued with sweat and blood, sacrifice and passion. When boiled down to its essence, BJJ In The Cage is not a flashy or glamorous event, not a showcase of already established titans. It’s a place born out of the passion one man has to allow competitors to compete so that one day they can chase their own dreams in the realm of combat sports.

From the bags strapped to the support beams to the hodgepodge of mats dotting the floor, the space occupied for by the Valhalla event serves only one purpose – to allow people with the special bent towards testing themselves against others to do so. Mr. Clark has taken the spirit and camaraderie he feels towards the sports that built him and used that to manifest an event that will allow others to reap those same benefits.

This is why I love combat sports. In arena so filled with ‘win at all costs’ mentalities and blood sport undertones, at it’s core it’s a community of like minded people doing what they enjoy. Mr. Clark simply built it, and low and behold we showed up. If you haven’t been there or competed, don’t miss your chance.

Damion Hill walked away with the spoils this night, and Derek Goetzel claimed a submission on a much bigger opponent. Just a few of the highlights from another spectacle.

Hats off Mr. Clark. Well done.

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Featured Fighter Friday: Thomas Jenkins

It was no surprise to anyone yesterday when Thomas Jenkins announced his signing with Glory, the world’s top kickboxing promotion. For almost ten years, the 29 year old has been working toward his dream of competing in the highest levels of Muay Thai, and with a multi-fight contract and buckets of talent, it’s safe to say he’ll remain there for the foreseeable future.

A former college football player, Jenkins was looking for new athletic pursuits after graduating and was intrigued by the growing popularity of MMA. He found the Academy, took his first Muay Thai class, and the rest was history. Less than a year later, he found himself inside the ring for his first fight – and it didn’t go well. ‘I got absolutely destroyed,’ he laughed. He got serious about losing the extra weight he was still carrying extra weight from his collegiate football career, and realized he would have to train much harder if he was serious about making the sport he loved into a career. After gaining more fight experience, Jenkins went on a tear, racking up ten wins in a row and an appearance at the Thai Boxing Association’s annual tournament, where he took home his first title. That’s when the questions about turning pro began. ’What’s interesting about Muay Thai versus MMA is that you see a lot of fighters go pro much quicker in MMA. In Muay Thai, it’s really about getting as many fights as you can as an amateur and gaining that experience.’ Jenkins would end up with an impressive 19-4 amateur record before finally turning pro.

Jenkins has had an whirlwind year. In January, the local favorite took on IFMA Pan American Champion Jacob Rodriguez at Mecca XI. Jenkins ended the fight in the second round with a brutal elbow, utilizing his length and height advantage to its fullest to execute a fight that went exactly as planned (see a recap here). ‘What I love about Muay Thai is that records matter, of course, but it’s also very much about the art. The audience and promoters love to see you put on a show. If you can be entertaining and put your heart into it, and take any opportunity to fight, you can go a long way.’

A few weeks later he flew to Thailand to train for his first overseas fight, a process he describes as ‘a roller coaster to say the least, but an absolutely incredible experience.’ The fight was a last minute decision, one Jenkins jumped at. ‘I took the fight on a week’s notice. I was in America, and our coach, Kronphet Phetrachapat said, hey, you’re fighting Petchdam Tor.Pran.’ Taking a fight on a week’s notice meant that Jenkins was still 20lbs over when he arrived in Thailand. ‘I was like, I’ll just cut sodium out, but with the heat you can’t do that here because everything will just cramp up on you. I got terrible cramps, so they had me drink a lot saltwater. Fortunately, making weight is easy over here.’

Jenkins trained at Dejrat Muay Thai Academy in Bangkok, where several other Academy and American fighters have gone to train. ‘I met a lot of cool people…a lot of cool people who didn’t speak English. Everyone was so nice.’ But it was also one of the hardest things he’s ever done. ‘Get up before the sun is up, at 5:00, 5:30 Be at the gym to start your run by 6:45am, practice for three hours after that. Then come back at night to do it all over again.’ Joking about the famous Thailand heat, Jenkins said it will be the one thing he remembers forever about Thailand. ‘The heat is so brutal, I think that’s the real kicker. The heat is a whole other animal.’ He laughs at his friends who are complaining about the current August heat wave.  ‘Anytime it’s 100 degrees around here, it’s nothing. It’s like a Thailand fall around here right now!’

He was fortunate to fight for Max Muay Thai, one of the bigger promotions in Thailand, which meant that his family, friends, and teammates back home were able to watch his fight live (see the video here). Jenkins earned the win with an absolutely brutal TKO via a knee to his opponent’s face to improve his professional Muay Thai record to 3-1. His Academy teammates, Kuchlong Kuchlong and Tommy Matlon won their fights in Thailand as well, and the team returned to Minnesota victorious. He had one regret about the trip. ‘I wish I would have gone when I was younger. If you get the chance, go.’

Jenkins hasn’t released any news about his next fight, though with Glory putting on shows every other month, it’s a strong possibility he will appear on the Glory 56 card this fall. He credits his gym, coaches, and amazing teammates with keeping him focused on his goals, as well as his great sponsors – Therapy of Champions, Mr. Mouthguard, Locken Fitness, and The Academy – who support his fighting career. We can’t wait to see what’s next for this phenomenal fighter.

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Nutrition With Ben Locken

Ben Locken is a busy man. He teaches Muay Thai, helps out with Jiu Jitsu classes, does personal training, works with fighters and clients on nutritional needs, and fights professionally. To top it off, he’s married (his wife, Katie, is also a fighter) with his first child on the way. Ben recently spent a week in Vegas during UFC 226 undergoing the Lockart and Leith Nutritional Certification Program to specialize in athlete meal planning and prep, weight cutting, and rehydration. Ben shared with us his passion for athlete nutrition, his advice on cutting weight, and the most overlooked part of fight preparation.

When he signed the contract for his third MMA fight, dropping down from 155lbs to fight at 145lbs, Ben Locken knew he needed help. ‘I just new I wasn’t going to make that weight on my own.’ He reached out to George Lockhart, who was at the time just starting out in helping fighters with their nutrition. Lockhart put together a plan for Locken detailing his cut down to 145lbs that included one on one calls and frequent texts to check in and answer any questions. Locken made 145lbs, and his interest in fighter nutrition was piqued. ‘I found it very interesting, and saw a huge need for it in the sport.’

Locken maintained a good relationship with George Lockhart, who would go on, along with partner Dan Leith, to become among the foremost MMA weight management and performance nutritionists. ‘George has always been great about encouraging me and being available when I have any questions about my clients.’ In early July, Locken flew to Vegas to attend the official Lockhart and Leith certification program. The program coincided with UFC 226, with the participants assigned supervisors within the program and then UFC fighters to work with on the days leading up to the fights. Locken arrived on Monday and spent nine hours in the classroom for several days, learning the fine details of nutrition, including the technical aspects of preparing and plating food. The latter half of the week was devoting to working with their assigned fighter, prepping their food, guiding them through the weight cutting process, and handling their rehydration once they stepped off the scales. Locken ended up with a special vantage point. ‘I had the only bathtub in the hotel for cutting, so I saw a lot more, which was pretty cool.’ He was reticent on the specifics of the fighters they worked with, but laughed and admitted that ‘Paul Felder is an awesome dude who was hilarious and really just embraced the suck factor of the cut’.

Weight cutting is an especially hot topic these days, and a process Locken has spent years refining for the athletes he works with. ‘I literally have a notebook full of notes, formulas, and algorithms that I use to custom tailor the weight cutting and rehydration process to the athlete. No athlete is the same, and it depends completely on their weight, body fat, amount of muscle, and how much they’re cutting.’ He’s not a fan of weight cutting, but because it’s an ingrained part of the sport, Locken believes both fighters and coaches have to educate themselves on it as much as possible. ‘You need to do it safely, because a lot of guys don’t.’ Locken focuses on getting his fighters to their ideal weight – the weight they will step in the cage – five days before they start cutting. For example, a welterweight who plans to step in the cage at 185lbs would make that weight three to five days before weigh ins, and spend the next few days cutting to 170lbs. There is a difference, he notes, between dieting down, and cutting weight. ‘This isn’t old school wrestling, where you’re cutting 20lbs in a few hours in the sauna. You need to diet down to a manageable weight, and that’s the part that takes most of fight camp. The actual ‘weight cutting’ is in the two days before weigh-ins, and that should be water weight.’

Locken always wants his fighters to make weight, but safety is always on his mind. ‘I’m not afraid to stop a fighter from continuing to cut. The focus needs to be on their longevity, not this individual fight.’ When it comes to stopping the cut, Locken says there are several signs he looks for, including: numbness/loss of feeling in fingers or limbs; tunnel vision; balance; eyes rolling back; mental confusion; and fainting. ‘At that point we’re done.’ He has a few golden (and simple) rules of safe weight cutting for fighters. ‘Never cut alone, never be alone during the cut (pair males with males and females with females so in the locker room you’re always with someone), and always tell someone where you’re going and when you start and finish.’

A challenge Locken is still work on is cutting weight with female fighters. ‘Women’s bodies are much different when it comes to cutting weight.’ As more and more women enter combat gyms, the subject of how to adapt weight cutting methods to fit them has started to gain attention. ‘Hormones are very tricky. With women, you absolutely need to know where they are in their cycle, and adjust the process to accommodate that. I’m not shy about asking my female athletes where they’re at. I do it respectfully, of course, but it’s an absolutely necessary piece of information.’ It’s a work in progress, though. ‘I’m still educating myself on female weight cuts.’

It’s not just making weight that’s important. ‘The most ignored piece is what to do from weigh in to fight time,’ Locken noted. ‘Rehydrating is hugely important. My guys don’t eat until at least an hour and half after weigh-in, and nothing big until two and a half hours later. The first four hours need to be slow.’ Don’t overload right away, he advises. The brain runs of sugars, so quick sugars help get the mind up and functioning again. ‘You want easy, digestible stuff. Baby food and fruit are good ones. I love sugar snap peas for my athletes – it allows them to feel like they’re eating for a while instead of finishing the snack in a quick bite or two, and they’re not high in calories.’ For fluid, Locken makes shakes for his athletes to focus on refueling the body of the water it was depleted of. ‘You need to focus on refueling the body of its depleted sources and rehydrate properly and slowly so you don’t overfill the body and have a bloated or swollen fighter.’

He recently helped The Cellar fighter Nate Richardson cut down to 143lbs for Glory 55 in Madison Square Garden. “It had been a year and a half since he weighed in at 145lbs, and now he was going 2lbs lower with no allowance. I walked him through what to do, and with Chris Chicon’s help we got him on weight (a pound lighter, actually), and then refueled and back to the exact weight he was just five days prior to weigh-ins.’ Locken plans to continue his journey to support athletes both nutritionally and physically. ‘I’d love to be a one stop shop – I can teach striking, grappling, work with athletes on nutrition and conditioning. I love working with everyone, regardless of gym affiliation. This really is my passion.’

Contact Ben Locken with questions or interest in nutrition or training services via email or his website.

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UFC 227

UFC 227: Dillashaw v Garbrandt 2

UFC 227 was this past weekend, and while it wasn’t a barnburner of a card, it had its moments. With two belts on the line, it was bound to be interesting. The main card, headlined by the tilt between Dillashaw and Garbrandt, offered up some classic fight drama, so let’s get into it:

Thiago Santos vs. Kevin Holland 

While neither Santos nor Holland are household names, that doesn’t mean they aren’t world class talents. Santos walked into the cage with 23 professional bouts to his name to Holland’s 15. On paper this bout looked to be a stand up exchange between two heavy handed striking artists. Santos, however, seemed very comfortable taking things to the ground, securing takedown after takedown and using his heavy kicks to keep Holland off balance. Holland was a game opponent and showed some grit and determination in the second round, but it was not enough to overcome Santos’ continuing efforts, and the decision win ultimately went to Santos.

JJ Aldrich vs. Polyana Viana

In keeping with a seeming theme, the UFC 227 pairing of JJ Aldrich and Paolyana Viana was a fight between two talented but largely unknown fighters. Aldrich, a TUF veteran (she lost her first match on the show), and Viana, the strong favorite, kicked off the first round by feeling each other out. Early on, Viana used her longer reach to keep Aldrich at bay. That game plan appeared to work for a while until Aldrich was able to find her own range. By utilizing some clinch work, Aldrich was able to nullify the reach advantage of the Brazilian and get her own licks in. Viana was fairly dominant on her feet, but Aldrich was able to lock up a takedown at the end of the first round. Aldrich started the second composed, answering some wild shots from Viana and settling into her range. After an opening salvo, Viana seemed to regain some composure and began dropping shots on Aldrich. Both women appeared to have found the distance they needed, as both were delivering solid shots. Viana tried and succeed to take Aldrich down, but Aldrich was able to reverse the position and end the second round on top. With 10 minutes down the fight was still close. The third round removed all doubt. Viana was tired and it showed. She pulled guard after eating some solid shots from Aldrich, and essentially held on for dear life. With 90 seconds left the fight returned to the feet and Aldrich was able to secure a third round win by dropping some massive left hands on Viana’s face. After giving the judges what they wanted to see, Aldrich secured the decision win.

Renato Moicano vs. Cub Swanson 

After back to back losses, Swanson was looking for a win against up and comer Moicano.  Swanson was counting on his veteran savvy to be enough to overcome the pressure and violence of his fresher opponent. It was a really good idea, and on another night it may have worked.  At UFC 227, it did not. The opening and only round started with Swanson throwing chopping leg kicks in the hope of throwing Moicano off balance.  Moicano remained poised and used his footwork to get out of the way and deliver counter shots. Moicano dropped Swanson with a nasty jab, but Swanson used the aforementioned veteran savvy to keep his cool and keep defending. It was, however, simply prolonging the inevitable. Moicano navigated to Swanson’s back and secured a choke, ending the bout in the first round by submission.  This is three losses in a row for Swanson and a dominant win for Moicano. Cub’s status with the UFC was uncertain before the fight, and unfortunately now is a bit clearer. Mohican’s name is now on everyone’s lips after the dominant first round win. He asked for Ortega, and while that’s not likely to happen, if he keeps up his winning ways, he will have to be a contender.

Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo 

The man with the most title defenses in UFC history vs a guy he dominated two years ago.  Demetrius ‘DJ’ Johnson is the virtuoso of MMA that no one cares about. He has single handedly demolished every opponent he’s faced, including his dance partner for UFC 227, Henry Cejudo.  There wasn’t a lot of excitement coming into this fight, but it managed to be an intriguing match up. For those unaware, Cejudo is a gold medal winning wrestler – and Olympic gold medal wrestler. This time, he remembered to bring that into the cage with him.  Cejudo secured six takedowns on an incredibly elusive Johnson (the stats show four; it was six) and kept the pressure on the champ the entire fight. Johnson looked a bit flat and not as flashy as he is typically known for. Some will say its age, or injury. I say it was just Cejudo’s night. He was conditioned, aggressive, and used his wrestling and much improved striking to stifle a slightly off DJ. Cejudo won the fight by decision and immediately called for a superfight with the winner of TJ Dillashaw and Cody Grarbrandt.  Foreshadowing?

TJ Dillashaw v. Cody Garbrandt

In round one of the rematch between these two legitimate enemies, a lot of questions were answered. The biggest – who owns this division? The answer? Emphatically Dillashaw. There was simply nothing Garbrandt could have done. He tried to swarm the champ and overcome him with power shots. He dropped Dillashaw but couldn’t keep him down. He tried to cover up and wait for an opening, didn’t work. Dillashaw poked huge holes in Garbrandt’s defense and put him away. It’s the second dominant performance by Dillashaw against Garbrandt, and it’s a fight that does not need to be made again. Garbrandt will have to go back into the ranks and fight his way back up, and Dillashaw will need to find a worthy challenge. He’s stated that he wants to move down a weight class and become another ‘champ champ’.  We’ll have to see about that, but for the time being I hope he enjoys another dominant win over Garbrandt.

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