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Titan FC Welterweight Trey Ogden: To Gi or Not to Gi



By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

Photo credit to AJ Camacho and

Unlike star-crossed lovers who were forced to secretly court their infatuation, MMA happily encourages its athletes to openly explore various martial art forms. Each art offers a skill-set and mindset particular to the practiced discipline, though mixed martial artists recognize the holes in being married to any one fighting style. Young up-and-comers, such as welterweight Trey Ogden (2-0), appear to be seeking a manner in which to bridge a singular martial art, like jiu-jitsu, into a profession of plurality.

On September 19, 2015, Titan Fighting Championships (Titan FC) at Titan FC 35: Healy vs. Hawn will again showcase some of the world’s freshest talent when they stream on the UFC’s membership site: UFC Fight Pass. Ogden is slated to protect his undefeated record against an opponent with twice as much experience: Ryan Walker (4-1). Entering his Titan FC debut, Ogden, as a special guest on Jon and Mike’s MMA Corner, discussed how training jiu-jitsu shaped his combative mentality, and his desire to develop as a mixed martial artist has forced him to shed his jiu-jitsu gi like a snake’s skin-ready for the next phase in life.

“What is jiu-jitsu for? It’s a martial art that is extremely effective in combat, and it has been promoted and popularized for combat effectiveness. Now, I can see where some of that is getting lost in translation.”

The twenty-five year old dropped his wisdom derived from practicing and competing as a jiu-jitsu player,

“I’ve always come in with an idea of: not necessarily training for a specific opponent but training properly. When you show up to a [jiu-jitsu] tournament, you could have six to ten matches, and you don’t know a single person, the order, or who, or when. So I’ve gotten used to not over thinking my opponent too much and not necessarily changing my game plan for him [Ryan Walker].”

Knowing two of his professional wins materialized via submission, it was interesting to note Ogden’s inexperience in a sport positioned to work on the mat. He shared,

“When I got into MMA, I had zero grappling: no wrestling, no jiu-jitsu, literally nothing. I found out real quick that I needed to learn jiu-jitsu and wrestling, and I started training jiu-jitsu like crazy.”


Photo courtesy of Trey Ogden.

Listeners detected Ogden’s passion to heighten his abilities because he recognized that the classic striker versus grappler match-up wouldn’t prove sufficient in a game of well-roundedness:

“Then, I came back to MMA, and since then, I have tried to balance it out more. There is only so much gi jiu-jitsu that applies to when you are getting punched in the face.”

Speaking of the gi as if it were repressing his ability in some way, the audience, along with Jon and Mike (always in our corner), fired back with: What about training no gi jiu-jitsu?

Sam Sheridan, author of A Fighter’s Heart (2008), inked insight into the significance of the gi,

“The gi is a mystery; it chokes and pulls and twists around your body. It controls you: By controlling the gi, you control the man inside it.” (p. 114)

It seemed the mystery for Ogden was why he hadn’t disrobed from his gi to train jiu-jitsu sooner. Ogden talked about the straw that submitted the camel’s back, and his maneuver to focusing on every area of jiu-jitsu, without a gi,

“I made the decision to switch my jiu-jitsu competitions to a no gi. Not necessarily because of the no gi in MMA, but because of the direction gi jiu-jitsu is going with the rule set: there is stalling, they’ve taken out leg attacks, and I foresee that to continue to progress in that direction.”

Resembling a scorned ex, Ogden rattled off a list of reasons as to why the relationship between he and the gi will never be the same,

“When you are in somebody’s closed guard and you pull up on the back of their neck to get their guard to open up, we call that a can opener. That’s a neck crank in jiu-jitsu, and you can’t even do it. You can’t manipulate the spine.”

“Until you are a brown belt, you can’t do leg attacks, outside of a straight ankle lock.

Even Chuck Woolery, host of The Love Connection (1983-1994), struggled to think of a viable reason to keep these two together:

“What’s happening is it’s taking away from the jiu-jitsu guys because it doesn’t necessarily support the rule set. They’re losing those positions, and when they go into a no gi competition, they don’t even know how to defend a heel hook or a kneebar, or how to recognize and stop a can opener from being done to them.”

Ogden mimicked those uncomfortable moments when two people break up and the reliving of why they were ever together in the first place, which is a sick cyclical cycle that spins like a broken record. He attempted to wrap his mind around such a distinction without a difference,

“If you can do an armbar with control, how is that different from doing a kneebar with control? If you can tap to an armbar, why can’t you tap to a kneebar? It’s really confusing. They’ve taken out a third of the game.”

According to Ogden, he is climbing into Titan FC’s cage at Titan FC 35 with more than simply a jiu-jitsu attack and neither the Montague’s or Capulet’s will derail him from getting his hand raised on September 19, 2015.

Check out this episode of Jon and Mike’s MMA Corner and others at:


Sheridan, Sam. A Fighter’s Heart. 2008. Grove Press
Header Photo courtesy of Jerry R. Chavez and Chavo Photography.

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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:

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.

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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:

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.


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.

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*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)

Main Card:

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)

Preliminary Card:

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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