Top UFC Welterweight Matt “The Immortal” Brown made his first trip to San Antonio, Texas on the weekend of August 4-7 for the International Martial Arts Professional Conference. One of MMA Latest News’ own business partners, RevGear sponsored the event and Matt Brown’s objective was to promote his signature brand of strength and conditioning weaponry called Immortal Combat Equipment.
MMA Latest got an exclusive look at all of the products, along with some coaching and a personal demonstration from Brown himself; as well as plenty of hands-on experience with Immortal Combat Equipment.
“I want to help athletes, combat sports athletes specifically when I’m done with fighting. Apparently, I can’t fight forever, or so I’m told. But I ain’t training anyone for bodybuilding or training some housewife. I want to train athletes in combat sports because this type of workout and equipment meets their needs.”
A group of onlookers first gathered around a massive tire to watch Matt Brown demonstrate the different techniques of swinging the Immortal Combat Equipment (ICE) Battlehammers, which vary between 15-35 pounds.
“I used to work out with sledgehammers, which you see a lot of people still doing. But why would a 120lb female and 200lb male work out with a sledgehammer of the same size and weight? That’s why we made different weights.”
Besides the various weight options, the overall design differentiates the Battlehammer, rendering it superior to a basic sledgehammer in many ways. The cylindrical design of the weighted end is much safer and effective because a sledgehammer must land flush on the head of the hammer to achieve the desired workout. To impact a tire with a sledgehammer at any other angle puts a person at risk for injury to their hands and wrist, and also diminishes the effectiveness of the workout.
Matt Brown’s ICE Battlehammer also features a handle with a slightly raised surface, providing a better grip than the slippery wooden handle of a typical sledgehammer. The Battlehammer also includes a fixed ball opposite the weighted end, preventing one’s hand from sliding too far, enabling maximum torque on the downswing.
After Matt showed the gathered audience various techniques for swinging the Battlehammer, each person in attendance was given the opportunity to get a pull on the big tire. As the participants each rotated through the station, Brown coached everyone on their technique, helping to maximize the potential for explosive movements. It was a challenging and fun workout.
After the Battlehammers gave everyone’s shoulders and lungs a nice burn, Matt transitioned to his signature fitness wheelbarrow, called the Warwagon. Imagine a wheelbarrow, sans the big bucket, featuring racks for plated weights to rest upon. He then demonstrated several “Warwagon” exercises including a modified military press, squats and a certain brand of deadlifts that are intended to perfect one’s deadlifting form; which many fitness enthusiasts would say is a lost art. According to Matt Brown’s strength and conditioning ideology, one must have a strong butt in order to whoop some butt.
“Always engage the glutes,” he told the crowd. “There’s no such a thing as a person in great shape that doesn’t have really strong glutes. It’s impossible to be in excellent shape without strong glutes.”
The final and most obvious exercise he demonstrated on the Warwagon is to simply grab the handles like a proper wheelbarrow and run with the damn thing. It’s just as hard as it sounds and even harder than it looks. Matt set the standard by placing cones around 4 corners and then challenging all attendees to race a timed lap around the gym. He finished the lap in exactly 20 seconds. Not to be outdone, yours truly went next but fell short of Brown’s time by one second. Only one other person finished the lap in less than 21 seconds, tying the Immortal at 20 seconds. Good fun was had by all.
Before and after the event Matt Brown spoke with MMA Latest candidly when asked about his next assignment, but according to the Immortal himself he has nothing in the works, “Nah man, I’m just taking this week off, spending some time with my family. I ain’t never been beat that badly, I mean, it only took a split second for him to knock me on my ass. I guarantee you he’ll never do it again. You either win or you learn.”
With that comment, Brown was referring to his recent TKO loss at the hands (and feet) of Jake Ellenberger, who returned to his Juggernaut form after finishing Brown with strikes in round 1 of their UFC 201 bout. While fighting is Brown’s livelihood, it is not necessarily everything. Obviously, Matt spends a lot of his time outside of the Octagon with Immortal Combat Equipment but his extracurricular activities are not limited to fitness equipment and training.
His love for heavy metal drives him to play guitar in the scarce downtime he is afforded and he is also one-third of MMA podcast The Great MMA Debate, alongside Fox Sports MMA writer Damon Martin and AM radio host Jeremy Loper. Being pulled in so many directions may be burning him out on podcasting, though.
“I don’t know man. I just have so much going on. What it comes down to is: do I really I want to spend my spare time doing that? It’s a lot of work. It’s not necessarily my forte, though it has made me a better speaker. Me and Loper might get something else going, you know, I get tired of just talking about nothing but MMA all the time. I wanna (sic) talk about other shit too, you know?”
It is easy to see why Matt Brown would get discouraged from podcasting when the current market saturation makes it hard for even the most dedicated of fans to keep up with. After all, Matt Brown is a fighter before anything else. Currently riding a 2 fight skid, he’s more focused than ever to get back on track toward a UFC title.
“I’ve been here before. I was at a point where I lost 3 in a row and then I came back from that and won 7 in a row. People always ask what I did differently but the only thing I changed was myself, not my training. How you do anything is how you do everything. You can’t just strive for greatness 2 hours a day, you have to do it all the time.”
Michael Page Not Focusing on Opponent Ahead of Boxing Debut
MMA Latest spoke to Bellator’s Michael ‘Venom’ Page, as he makes his boxing debut this Friday at the Hayemaker Ringstar Fight Night.
Page (12-0 MMA) is renowned for his entertaining fight style inside the cage, with most of his knockout and submission victories ending up in highlight reels online, that almost always go viral.
‘MVP’ was supposed to make his boxing debut on the undercard of David Haye vs Tony Bellew in March of this year, but due to ongoing negotiations with Bellator, his debut was delayed. Shortly after Page signed with Haye’s promotion “Hayemaker Ringstar.”
Q: So, Michael, we’re about five days out now from your big boxing debut, and still we have no name of an opponent? Can you break the big news, who will you be fighting next week?
I honestly couldn’t even tell you his name right now! I know I’ve got an opponent, but I haven’t even looked at him because it has changed so many times. I don’t like to pay too much attention to it, because it’s added stress. For me it’s just a case of turning up, and firing punches at whoever is across the ring.
Q: Is this fight 10 or 12 rounds? Given a standard boxing fight is a lot longer than your typical 15-minute MMA bout, has there been an emphasis on cardiovascular work in your training camp?
Depending on the opponent, I think it’s 6-rounds. The preparation has been different, I’m having to stress out my shoulders and core a lot. The kicking distance as well is very different, getting used to having people a bit closer. I’m getting used to the corners of the ring, I’ve done it before but not to this extent so I am familiar of it, but my body wasn’t really used to it.
Q: So, is this kind of like a one fight deal for Haye’s Ringstar promotion? Regardless of this fight’s outcome, will you return to MMA?
Not at all, I’m taking it seriously. Otherwise, I would have just had a super fight against a big name like McGregor did. This is why I can’t just jump into a 12 round fight, I need to adjust my body and get it prepared for boxing.
There’s no future plans yet, I’d like to have an MMA fight again before the end of this year, as I haven’t fought this whole year, but another opportunity for boxing may come up and I might get a chance to jump on that, so it depends.
Q: Were you frustrated that Bellator booked Paul Daley vs. Lorenz Larkin, and if you could send a message to Daley right now what would it be?
I have no interest in him anymore. It feels so pathetic and unnecessary now. I don’t think he deserved that fight with Larkin right after the shocking display he put on in Wembley against Rory MacDonald. But good on him he beat Larkin, however he calls me out immediately after then goes on to say he’s past that fight, it just doesn’t make sense.
Q: A statement we hear a lot is “MVP is the only guy outside the UFC that I want in the UFC” People criticise the talent in Bellator and say you’re fighting nobodies, what do you say back to them?
The amount of times you hear “you shouldn’t fight this person, you should have fought that person.” Everyone’s got an idea of what the correct steps someone should make are, but at the end of the day it’s their career. People are so fickle and easy to forget. If you are a fan of somebody, just be a fan of them regardless of win or loss.
Q: I’ve got to ask about how things are with Bellator, because from the outside looking in it’s quite unclear. How is it relationship at the moment?
Yeah I get on with most of the guys, it’s like a small family. I’ve still got a couple of fights left with them, they’re growing very well, the only problem is I feel like they’re focusing a bit too much on ex UFC fighters. For me it says you’re classing yourself as second best. Bellator generate some amazing superstars and young talent, they should continue to promote them.
You can watch ‘MVP’ make his boxing debut this Friday night, as the Hayemaker Ringstar Fight Night will air at 21:00PM on Dave.
Exclusive: Alex Lohore “Didn’t Know” Who Richard Kiely Was Before BAMMA 32 Booking
We spoke to the recently crowned BAMMA welterweight champion Alex Lohore, as he prepares to defend his title against Richard Kiely at BAMMA 32 in Dublin.
Lohore (13-1) won the vacant BAMMA welterweight title last month at BAMMA 31 in London. Fighting his longtime rival Nathan Jones on the night, Lohore knocked out “Mr Bag & Tag” with a knee in the first round.
Q: Obviously the rivalry between you and Jones had been going on for years, but you finished it in brutal fashion. Did you to speak to him after the fight?
Yeah I did have a chat with him. I was telling him that it was a great fight and we should train together sometime, but he was he wasn’t really keen on it. I guess he was still a bit sore about the defeat.
Q: In the cage after your win, you called out Richard Kiely, now you’re fighting him. Are you happy you got the opponent you asked for?
Everyone keeps saying I called him out, I didn’t call him out, he called me out! I didn’t even address his name, I said ‘this Irish kid has been running his mouth we’re going to go out there and shut him up.’ I didn’t even know who he was. He’s been mentioning my name and talking a lot of rubbish on my social media disturbing me and my fans.
Q: The finish against Jones was picture perfect. From the elbow, to the right hand, to the knee, was it the best of your career?
Yeah I think it is, by far! It was perfect technique. I knew as he was going he back he would try to duck in for the takedown. Because I was throwing the head kick anyway all I needed to do was just switch it to a knee. I couldn’t ask for any better.
— BAMMA (@BAMMA) September 15, 2017
Q: Given it’s in Dublin and Richard is Irish, How do you feel about going into enemy territory at BAMMA 32?
That’s great, that’s why I’m doing it! I need to be comfortable in every environment, so going out there will test. I wanted to be on the Dublin card, now I can teach him a little lesson too, I can’t wait.
Q: As you know the Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers has brought a lot of attention to BAMMA recently, what are your thoughts on him?
He’s good man. For someone who doesn’t come from a fighting background and does reality TV stuff, he’s doing good. How can people say he should fight someone more experienced, because he is taking guys that are on his level and he’s doing good.
He’s helping MMA fighters because he has got a big following so more people are going to be watching MMA and learning about MMA so it’s a good thing having him on board.
Opponent announced in the next few weeks
The team has asked Bamma for an opponent with pro wins
— Aaron Chalmers (@AaronCGShore) October 6, 2017
BAMMA32 will take place at the 3Arena in Dublin on November 10th. Tickets are now on sale at ticketmaster.ie. The card will air live on both UNILAD’s Facebook page, and Dave.
Exclusive: Andrey Koreshkov eyeing fight with Rory MacDonald
Former Bellator welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov is coming off of an interesting past two years. In 2015 he beat current welterweight champion Douglas Lima, via a dominant unanimous decision, in order to win the welterweight title. He returned in 2016 and beat former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson via another dominant beatdown. It seemed like Koreshkov was going to be the champion for a very long time, making elite fighters look like they had no business being in the cage with him.
Koreshkov’s world came crashing down one night in Isreal. The Russian was beating Douglas Lima in a rematch, he was up 20-18 on the score-cards, and it seemed like he was going to walk away with another successful title defense. Koreshkov forced Lima’s back against the fence and started winging punches at him, Lima started to do the same as he looked to get off the fence, and then it happened, a huge left hook caught Koreshkov on the chin and it was lights-out. Lima was once again champion, and Koreshkov’s reign was cut short.
What was next for Koreshkov after losing the title? Perhaps a move to middleweight? Bellator’s middleweight division has fewer contenders than the welterweight division and could promise a quicker path to the title for the Russian. Koreshkov is a big welterweight, standing at 6’1, he certainly wouldn’t be small in the higher weight class. Speaking to MMA Latest, Koreshkov was quick to shut down the idea of moving up. “No, no, I work hard at welterweight and I’d like to stay there.”
Sticking with welterweight, Koreshkov knew it was going to be tough to get another title shot after his fight with Chidi Njokuani, but he seems to know the key to fighting for the title “It’s not about how many wins, but rather, the quality of my wins”, with that in mind, he promised the gameplan against Njokuani was to “stand and bang”. Koreshkov fulfilled his promise, against Njokuani he came out guns-blazing, giving Njokuani all he could handle on the feet before eventually taking him down and finishing him with some nasty ground and pound.
Koreshkov also got the chance to explain who he’d like to fight next, should he not get a title shot. “I don’t have any favorites, I know that there are a lot of tough fights at my weight class, but if I had to choose, I would say Rory MacDonald.” Unfortunately for Koreshkov, MacDonald is booked against his former opponent Douglas Lima, as the two are set to fight for the Bellator welterweight title in January.
A fight against MacDonald would promise fireworks as the two are known for their ruthless style. There’s a strong chance Koreshkov may get his chance against MacDonald next, as the former champion is certainly either next in line for the shot, or set to fight the loser.
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