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Where Are They Now? – Art “One Glove” Jimmerson

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UFC 1 was iconic for a number of reasons. It heralded the introduction of Royce Gracie as one of the world’s most influential martial artists.  In turn, the UFC was a showcase for Royce’s unique style of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a whole. However, the biggest reason for the UFC was was to pose the question, “Which Martial Art was most effective?” One of the most iconic and memorable images of UFC 1 was of the One-Gloved boxer, Art Jimmerson, taking on the Gi clad Brazilian and eventual tournament victor Royce Gracie.

MMA Latest’s Adam Shone had the pleasure of speaking with Art Jimmerson to catch up with him and fight out what he’s been up to since that seminal bout against Royce Gracie.

Adam Shone: Art, Thanks again for speaking to us. You’ve had a varied and distinguished career but what is Art Jimmerson up to now?

Art Jimmerson: I’m living in Los Angeles California working as a Personal Boxing Trainer.

AS: Do you work with any current MMA Fighters?

ART: Just the public. I’m at the Triton Mix Martial Arts Training Centre in Redondo Beach now because the UFC has so many trainers I make way more money away from the Corporate Company. I was only teaching boxing classes at certain times and the UFC Gym Rosemead location was too far.

AS: Looking back, how did you ever get involved in the original Ultimate Fighter tournament?

ART: I got involved in the Original UFC through a Champion Kick Boxer named Ernest Hart who told me they were looking for a World ranked Boxer which I was at the time.

“Can you believe Don [The Dragon Wilson] came to California a few years before we fought to try out Boxing? I sparred with him, busted him up pretty bad and gave him a Bloody Nose!”

AS: I appreciate you didn’t go in totally unprepared as you had previously fought Don “The Dragon” Wilson – How did that fight play out?

ART: Well, I really didn’t know what to expect! All this was new! I never trained the correct way for either fight!

Can you believe Don came to California a few years before we fought to try out Boxing? I sparred with him, busted him up pretty bad and gave him a Bloody Nose! As fate would have it, years later we would meet again as a, “Kickboxer vs Boxer Show”. Don was only allowed to throw so many Kicks and he went way overboard!!! The fight was stopped around the 5th round because my leg was swollen from all the kicks.

Wilson vs Jimmerson…

Check out this video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/z1GWaCLgzNs

AS: Did the defeat of UFC 1 hurt for a while after?

ART: In the beginning, I wanted nothing to do with the UFC because of the way I lost! I wasn’t given a fair chance! Put Royce in a Boxing ring under my rules and see what happens!

I just wasn’t taught the tools to defend against a grappler when I fought Royce Gracie! He even told me he knew that if I hit him I would, “Knock Him out”! I had a 15 fight Win Streak!

I got a lot of Cool UFC 1 Memorabilia on eBay under my name! Check out how Royce signed this Boxing Glove!

“THANKS FOR NOT HITTING ME”! ha ha

Royce signed glove

Here’s a picture of Art finally getting his revenge:

Art choking Royce

AS: That original Iconic Single Glove must be worth a fortune now

I was offered $60,000 for the Original Glove and $10,000 for the Original Boxing Trunks.

AS: Whatever happened to the now famous “One Glove”? Did you sell it?

ART: No, I didn’t. I had plenty of opportunity like when I first got to California about 2010, I was driving down Highway 405 and I saw a sign that said, “GRACIE JIU JITSU ACADEMY”.

I asked my girlfriend to get off so we could stop by. As we pulled up to the Gym I saw a shining blue Rolls Royce sitting in the parking lot. I thought WOW, these guys are really taking full advantage of their gifts!

As I walked in, I saw a secretary sitting behind the desk and asked her, “was the owner here”? She said, “yes, may I help you”? I said, “is his name, Rorian Gracie”? She said, “yes”. So, she called for Rorian to come up front. When Rorian saw me he said, “may I help you”? I said, “do you know who I am”? He said, “no”. I said, “look at me real good”! Ha ha. He still said, “no”… I said, “One Glove”! He said, “ART JIMMERSON!!! Oh, my GOODNESS” and then started hugging me! Ha ha (it had been over 15 years since I saw him to be fair) he’s a great guy!

Rorian then brought his son out to meet me and gave me a tour of the
Academy. What happened next really shocked me, Rorian introduced me to a large class that was in training and they stopped to give me a standing ovation! I thought, how cool!

Now here’s the “cherry on top”! Rorian asked, “do you still have the “One
Glove”? I’ve got an investor who’s got a lot of money that’s interested in
buying it! Ha ha!

“My new favourite Fighter is Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm. Man, I love the way she utilises her Boxing skills with her kicks!”

AS: Holly Holm’s striking has recently highlighted the importance of footwork and boxing skills. Given your background, is this something you see as a major weakness in a lot of MMA Fighters.

ART: Yes, MMA still has a lot to learn from Boxing! A lot of the fighters have no jab!! A Good Jab is so important in any type of fighting. A good jab sets the course of the fight. A good jab controls when and where you can place your opponent. Also footwork. To have the ability to hit and not get hit! Footwork allows you to keep your opponent at bay and away from their most dangerous punches. Boxing is so important when it comes to fighting!

AS: You’ve previously called out “Kimbo Slice” to take part in a boxing match. Do you still have that urge to lace up the gloves or are your fighting days now done?

ART: I did call out Kimbo a few years ago, but I’m all good now. Ha ha! I’ll just enjoy watching the young guys do it.

AS: Obviously having a career in boxing and being involved in the first UFC event are major highlights but what would you say was your career defining moment?

ART: I’ll answer this in two parts…

First, I only had 11 professional fights! Lapaglia had close to 40! They brought me in as a TUNE UP to get him ready for a Title Shot and I beat him within six rounds. It was a big upset at the time

Second part which is a true story.

I was so mad at the UFC because of the way I thought they embarrassed and used me so I wanted nothing to do with them. But one night, I was at a Restaurant in Downtown St. Louis with a Lawyer who I trained, and Evander Holyfield who I boxed in the amateurs with.

We were all eating with our dates and two guys walk by and shout, “Art ‘One Glove’ Jimmerson!” Then they go, “Wow! Evander ‘Real Deal’ Holyfield!” I thought what you’d call me??? “One Glove”? They looked at Evander and said, Mr Holyfield, no disrespect sir, but can we please get a Photo with, “One Glove”! We’re huge UFC Fans! Ha ha!

That’s when I knew MMA was on its way up! Lol

AS: Incredible story, Was Evander upset?

ART: No, Evander is such a Class Act! When he was here in L.A. I brought him by the UFC GYM and everybody went Crazy!

Holyfield gym 2

AS: Must be crazy to still get recognised?

ART: What’s crazy is when I meet people and they, “TWEET” they met me! Lol

Chuck Fan    Hendo fan   Rogan Fan

AS: Do you have a favourite current MMA fighter?

ART: My new favourite Fighter is Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm. Man, I love the way she utilises her Boxing skills with her kicks! Holly’s learned the secret of staying out of clinches and how to get out of submission holds! Her Boxing skills are awesome!

AS: Can you give us a win prediction for what will likely be the biggest fight of the year: McGregor vs Aldo.

ART: Man, that’s a tough one! Ha ha. Both guys are strong and great fighters! I’ll say this, the fighter who uses all his tools, (Striking, Grappling, Kicks etc.) in the fight will be the Victor! Ha ha!

AS: Finally, Campbell Maclaren, the first executive producer for the UFC, went on record as saying that the reason you wore the now famous “One Glove” was to ensure that the referee could see you tap if the fight ever got to that point. However, you have been recorded as saying it was so you could protect your hand for future boxing bouts. Can you clarify why you decided to wear the single glove?

ART: NOT TRUE!!!

I don’t know where Campbell got that from! Man, I felt sorry for Royce!
I’m knocking out guys with boxing gloves on! What would I do with my bare fists?! Ha ha.

I wore the “One Glove” because I had a potential upcoming fight with World Boxing Champion, “Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns!


AS: Art, It’s been an absolute pleasure speaking to you and on behalf of MMA Latest and our readers I thank you for your time.

CONCLUSION

Art Jimmerson and his “One Glove” are now weaved into the fabric of MMA History. Art himself is a very religious Christian man attributing his strength in his faith back to a massive heart attack in 2009 where his heart actually stopped and he believes it’s only due to the grace of God he’s alive today. Every email we shared is adorned with another quote from the Bible and he takes joy in spreading the “good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ”. He has gained so many great life experiences on the back of UFC 1 but looking back, nothing could have prepared him for what happened on that now iconic day of November 12, 1993, and how his life and Martial Arts would change forever.

(Photos courtesy of Art Jimmerson)

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Michael Page Not Focusing on Opponent Ahead of Boxing Debut

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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.

Credit – michaelpagemvp – Instagram

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.

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Exclusive: Alex Lohore “Didn’t Know” Who Richard Kiely Was Before BAMMA 32 Booking

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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.

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.

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.

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Exclusive: Andrey Koreshkov eyeing fight with Rory MacDonald

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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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