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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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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results



The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.

An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.

The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.

UFC Winnipeg Official Results:


  • #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
  • #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
    • Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
  • #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45  round 1


  • #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
  • Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
  • Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
  • John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2


  • Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando



The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.

It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.

Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.

In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.

Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.

In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.

UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem



Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.

First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)

Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.

Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.

Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.

In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.

UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira

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