With that, Emet walked away, he hugged and kissed his wife who was now in the cage. Before he left, he took his gloves off and left them in the cage as was the tradition for fighters retiring.
Two hours after they left the arena, they went back up to their hotel suite and went in. Their babysitter was missing and the smiles of the Emet family faces were gone.
They went to the crib their son was supposed to be sleeping in. He picked up the note left in the crib and read it.
“We’ll talk in the morning.”
He looked down at the crib where he picked up the note and saw his gloves that he left in the cage staring back at him.
The above is an extract from The Dreamer, a story which follows MMA fighter Matt Schwartz and his fights inside and outside of the cage. I spoke with author Douglas Geller (@thedreamer_off) about the writing process, MMA in fiction and the inspiration behind the book.
Hi Doug, for those interested what sort of genre would you say this book is? Purely an MMA story or more?
Douglas Geller: I’d say this is a sports fiction book, it is not a story based on action such as fights and training of MMA, though there are several portions of it in the story. It is more of a story of the MMA lifestyle; how the main character has to overcome failure and pick himself back up. Struggle through hard times of going through the toughest sport in the world and maintaining meaningful relationships and becoming an adult.
And have you always wanted to write a book on MMA?
DG: I’ve always wanted to write a book but I didn’t know what it would be on. I thought it would be much later in my life.
How long did the entire writing process take?
DG: The whole process took around nine months. Writing the book took about three to four months, editing took another couple months and putting the design of the book together took another month or so. It was a much faster process to write it since I was on bed rest from breaking my ankle and this was what I mainly did while in bed.
I suppose the silver lining in the ankle injury is that it gave you the time to put this book together. You mention on the website you’ve written for a couple of different NY newspapers. What did that writing work entail and how does it differ from fiction writing?
DG: I covered sports and some general stories for a couple of different newspapers including my college paper. It differed a lot, when I wrote for papers I was very straight to the point and with this book I had to be suspenseful. Also framing the dialogue in an intriguing way was something I had to work on.
It’s clear reading the descriptions and terminology describing the MMA action in the book that you know what you’re talking about. What are your own experiences in MMA and what attracted you to writing about the genre of MMA specifically?
DG: I’ve been training in karate since I was five, I earned the title of Sensei and am a fourth-degree black belt. I’ve done a little bit of Jiu Jitsu as well. My dad is a Shihan (master teacher) and a purple belt in Jiu Jitsu. I’ve been working with the University of MMA (an amateur promotion in LA) for a couple years now as well. I’ve had the luxury of watching amateurs grow from the beginning of their careers and have worked with the likes of Big John McCarthy, Jessamyn Duke and Mayhem Miller. MMA and martial arts have been a big part of my life and I feel people should write about what they know, and I know about the martial arts lifestyle.
Certainly sounds like you have the qualifications! Which real-life MMA fighter is our protagonist, Matt Schwartz, most like?
DG: Style wise I’d compare him to TJ Dillashaw or Demetrious Johnson. I’m a big fan of how they use movement and angles. Personality-wise I think he’s pretty unique but if I had to pick one well-known fighter it would be Rose Namajunas, because they are both so young and talented but have had a lot of struggles in their lives that they had to overcome. They also tend to overthink things.
And what made you decide to self-publish?
DG: I chose to self-publish because it gave me more control over the message of my book. I want to create conversations and get people to think in a positive way. Everyone has a dream and I am trying to showcase that.
Just before we finish, you’ve mentioned that you worked at MSG in the past, did you catch UFC 205 and what were your thoughts on the event, best show in UFC history?
DG: That was the best card I’ve ever seen! Still disappointed I wasn’t there but proud to have had a card like that in my home state.
Thanks for your time Doug!
Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”
Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:
Just make sure you don’t put cooking oil all over your body like Anderson did so it’ll be easy to grab ahold of you @lyotomachidafw 👌
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 17, 2017
Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”
Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.
“Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”
Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.
Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217
UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.
The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.
Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.
With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th? Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
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