Monday, January 08, 2007

Playing catch up again...

It has been a while since my last post and I apologize. I will try and post about every 2 weeks now.
First, I want to say thank you to everyone that has sent me emails of encouragment. I really do enjoy getting them and I think I've been able to reply to everyone of them. MMA really does have the best fans.
I also want to thank my sponsors. The newest one being www.ufcjunkie.com. It is a great website that they update very regularly to keep everyone informed of what is going on in the UFC and MMA in general. Since signing with them I have gotten a lot of positive feedback from regular visitors to their site, which only makes me more excited than I already was to be part of the team. Also, Full Contact Fighter (www.fcfighter.com) has continued to support me, providing me with any training and workout gear that I need, as well as my gear for my upcoming fight.
We are approaching 2 weeks out from the fight and I couldn't be more excited. What a great opportunity for me to step into the UFC and straight into the main event!! My training has been going great. I just got back from a training camp at the Damage Inc. gym in Indianapolis where I spent most of my time improving my boxing with the help of Wes Ramey. I may keep this fight on our feet, we'll see. Either way, I have gained a lot more confidence in my hands.
My strength and conditioning are also right where I want them. I will not get tired during this fight at all.
Other than that, Missy is doing great. She has really taken to being a mom and doing a great job at it. Marcus is wonderful, almost 6 months old now and about to crawl anyday. They grow up so fast.
Take Care.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Signed with the UFC...

Well, I finally get to let you know what the big announcment is....I have signed a 3 fight deal with the UFC (www.ufc.com). The contract was signed just over a month ago, but the UFC has to be the ones to make it public.
They are not wasting anytime bringing me along. My first fight will be against The Ultimate Fighter Season 2 winner Rashad Evans (12-0). On paper, he appears to be a heavy favorite. Rashad is undefeated and has a lot of experience in the Octagon. However, I am not training as hard as I am to further his carreer and have no intentions on taking a back seat to him or losing this fight. I believe this will be a very good fight for the fans.
My training has been going great. I am still at a stage in my carreer where I am improving and changing things everytime I workout.
I have so many people to thank for helping me secure this contract, that I am not going to go into right now. Just know that your help is not going unnoticed.
I will do my best to update my blog with my progress, so please keep checking back.
The Next Level.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Fight Fest Oct. 20

I traveled to Cleveland, Oh on October 20 for a fight on the Fight Fest card. I always have a good time at the Fight Fest shows. The promotor Corey Fischer always takes really good care of the athletes and this time was no exception. We weighed in Thursday evening and had to do an interview for the prodcast of this show. The weigh ins went smoothly and I am starting to enjoy doing interviews. It was great after making weight, having my friend Jeremy Zemach drive down from Michigan and going to dinner.
The day of a fight is always uneventful. I like to lay around the room and watch movies. Usually, Troy, Boondock Saints, and Gladiator.
At 5:30 we walked over to the arena for medical checks and the refs meeting. I was excited to see the biggest cage that I have ever fought in, not to mention the floor of it was a wrestling mat.
The fight started and we circled eachother. Hershberger threw 2 puches and I was able to corner him on our feet. He took a shot at my legs for the takedown, I was able to sprawl and spin behind him. From there, I threw and landed several punches to his head that forced him to tap out, moving my record to 9-1. If you live in Ohio and have cable, check your listings for Sports Time Ohio and the show Fight Fest. They have been airing it every couple days.
I currently have no fights scheduled, my managment is "officially" in talks with a very high up MMA organization and we hope to be able to make an announcment within the next 2 weeks.
I will make sure to keep everyone updated.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Legends of Fighting...

I am the new Light Heavyweight Champion of Legends of Fighting. I won by submission over 5-1 Bobby Martinez at 1:16 of the first round. I don't know how or when it happened, but I seem to have become more of a jiu jitsu fighter than a ground n pound guy. I am still early in my carreer so we'll see how it all plays out. Before I get going here, I have to thank my managment team, Damage Incorporated. Mike Camp and Scott McCorkle are the man!!!! They put on one of the most enjoyable, fan friendly fights that I have ever participated in. I also want to thank my friends, Brandy Albright and Adam Vaughn for getting some people together and heading to Indy to watch me fight. They should be in charge of after parties for these fights.
My trainers had me more than ready to go, Rex Holman, Josh Williams, Marc Cofer, BJ Hedger, and my brother Danny, and all the guys at Jorge Gurgel's MMA Academy in Middletown, Oh.
My managment is now in talks with a very prominant MMA promotion and I promise to keep everyone updated. I have only been fighting for less than a year, but big things are about to happen and I appreciate all the support and kind emails that I recieve.
Other than that, things are going great. My wife, Missy has really taken to motherhood and has become a GREAT mom. Marcus is getting bigger by the day (they grow up so fast). Although, I don't know what I would do without my in-laws, they have helped so much that "thank you" just doesen't seem like enough.
My next fight is this coming Friday the 20th of October at the Mosonic Temple in Cleveland, Ohio. It is another Fight Fest card that is part of the tv series and tournament. You can watch it every Sunday night at 10pm on Sports Time Ohio (basic cable).

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Corpus Christi Fight Fest...

Finally winning again!!! It has been a very long 2 months, having my last fight be a loss. I would say that my loss to David Heath has bothered me more than anyother loss, in anyother competittion. But, I would also say that I learned more from and used that loss better than anyother loss.
I have to thank all the people that helped prepare me for this fight. My managment team, Damage Inc., specifically Mike Camp. All the athletes at Jorge Gurgel's MMA Academy in Middletown, Ohio and of course the mainstays of Buckeye MMA, Josh Williams, Rex Holman, Marc Cofer, BJ Hedger, and my brother Danny. Danny doesn't get enough credit for getting me where I belong, when I belong there on these trips.
We flew into Corpus Christi, Texas on Thursday afternoon. I had some weight to cut, so we ran up and down the ocean front. Friday morning, I still had a few pounds to go...nothing a quick trip up and down the coast line couldn't get off. Weigh-ins went smooth, I weighed in at 204.5, my opponent Lucas Lopes, a Brazilian from American Top Team weighed in at 202. I was surprised to see that he is all of 6' 4", which I figured could cause problems coming from a Jiu-Jitsu brown belt. Danny and I figured that this was just the test I needed at this point in my carreer.
We got to the arena at about 4:30 on Saturday, a full 3.5 hours before the fighting began. I can't blame these promotors for wanting the athletes there early, they need to know if someone isn't going to show up. It wasn't all bad though, we did get to watch the hour long concert by Quiet Riot, which was better than I thought it would be.
When I went back to my dressing room to begin my preperation I found out that my opponent was better than the 6-6 record I was told, he was actually 25-6. A big difference, but I would have still taken the fight, so it didn't matter at that point.
My warm up went great and it was time to fight. My game plan was to test his stand up. I have gotten very confident on my feet, however when we started to approach eachother and he threw a flying knee at my head that landed, I decided I had to make him pay and rather than try and reach his head, which would be difficult given his height, I would take him down and pound him out. I scored the takedown and had to quickly defend an arm bar and triangle choke, I did but was still stuck in his guard. Good thing I had spent a lot of time training there. I probably landed 50-75 elbows and punches to his head, but he seemed to be doing just enough to keep the ref from stopping it. The round ended with me on top.
The 2nd round started with him kicking, obviously trying to keep me off his legs. I got the takedown about 45 seconds in to the round. I continued to throw elbows from inside his guard. After about a minute of that, the ref stopped the fight and took a point away from me, saying that I punched him in the back of the head and stood us back up. I took him down again and this time passed his guard and got to side mount. He was facing away from me, but I thought I would go for a keylock anyway, I locked it in real tight, his elbow started popping and he tapped. It always feels good to beat a Jiu-Jitsu guy at their own game. I am very happy to rebound from my loss and move on.
After the fight, my brother and I ended up at Mulligans Pub on Chapparelle St. I have to say the owners, Amos and Ryan are two of the coolest guys I have met on any of these trips. Huge fight fans and very friendly. I hope I fight there again, just so I can go hang out with those guys. If you are ever in Corpus, don't forget Mulligans Pub and tell them Sean sent you.
Up next for Team Salmon...the Legends of Fighting Title this Friday night in Indianapolis, Indiana. I have several friends from Ohio making the trip and look forward to a fun night of fighting. I will have an update after that fight as well.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Catching Up....

Lets get down to business... a lot has happened since my last update. I lost my last fight, I changed managment, I am training out of a new gym, and my wife and I had a baby.
First, I lost my last fight by armbar. It is a very hard thing for me to admitt. Up untill that point, I honestly believed that I would never lose a fight. I wish I could tell you I had a lot on my mind, I wish I could tell you that I was sick or injured, but I can't. I was prepared to fight and win. I came out and scored the takedown, I landed inside of his guard and played lazy...according to my game plan. He went for the armbar (which I wanted), instead of being patient and working through it, I stood straight up and made it tighter...forcing me to tap. Again, I wish I could tell you that this was a position that I was uncomfortable with, but I have trained for this situation many times and made a very big mistake. David Heath won the fight because he was better prepared. He has since been called up to the UFC and I have been told to win a few more. I can only hope to move on to bigger and better things or pray for a rematch. However, I do want to wish David goodluck in his UFC debut. You earned it David.
Secondly, I changed managment teams. I moved from Gary Marino to Damage Incorporated. However, I would like to start out by saying that this was nothing personal, it was purely a business decision. Gary Marino is an outstanding individual and a great manager, he is honest, hard working, and a good friend. Damage Incorporated was able to offer me and my family a solid future, great training facilities, and full time attention. I am very proud to associate myself with Damage Incorporated. I would also like to say that, if my son Marcus came to me and told me that he wanted to fight and needed a manager...there are only 2 people that I would let him talk to, Damage Incorporated and Gary Marino.
Because of Damage Incorporated, I was able to give my training situation an upgrade. I am now working out 2-3 times a week in Middletown, Ohio at Jorge Gurgel's MMA Academy. Working out with Jorge, Rich Franklin, Mike Patt, Dustin Hazelett, and BJ Hedger, as well as staying with Rex Holman and Josh Williams has turned me into a 100% different fighter. And, above all that Damage Inc. has an amazing facility in Indianapolis with wrestling, boxing, and jiu jitsu coaches. Honestly, there is no excuse for me to ever lose again.
That moves me to the greatest day of my life. My son was born on July 19, 2006. He was a healthy 7.6lbs and 19.8in. long. His name is Marcus Lee Salmon, my wife and I named him after my best friend Marcus David Forster. Never have I been so proud. My best friend Marcus passed away in 1997, but there hasn't been a day go by that I havn't thought of him. Marcus was the most loyal, hardest working, toughest, most dependable friend anyone could hope to have. I only pray that my son grows up in his foot steps.
Other than that, Missy is recovering nicely from the easiest labor that I have ever heard of and we are adjust quite well to our new lifestyle. It does make it a lot easier that Missy's family is so close. I do have to thank Rick, Kerry, Lindsey, Tori, and huncle Jeb (for watching over us), for making it a lot easier on us. I don't know what we would do without you guys, I love you all. Marcus however, was not so lucky...HE LOOKS JUST LIKE ME!!!! So, I have taken it upon myself to teach him some very dependable pick up lines for the girls. After all, I did marry above my head, so I am hoping that it pays off for him as well.

Monday, June 19, 2006

"Untamed 5" write up...

Team Salmon had another successful weekend. I moved my record to 5-0 with a win by referee stoppage at 1:27 of the first round. Overall, this turned out to be a very enjoyable weekend. My awesome manager Gary flew my brother and I into Boston on Thursday. I was able to meet one of the organizers of the show, Mike Varner right when we got to the hotel. Mike is a great guy and seems to know exactly what MMA fans look for in a show. I weighed in that night, with no trouble and got to bed early. I woke up and had lunch at the hotel with Gary, his nephew (who's band "Zion" was performing at the show), my brother, and Felix (the owner of Cage Fury, www.cagefuryfighting.com). I went back to the room and relaxed, until it was time for the medical checks. Right after "medicals", Danny and I began our warm up. I like to get a good hard warm up before I fight, I like to be catching my second wind when I fight.
The fight went exactly like I planned. I was fighting a former professional boxer, so I knew I wanted to take it to the ground. I quickly got the takedown, tied up both his arms, and punched him in the head until the ref stopped it. After the fight, I went back to the room and got cleaned up.
When I returned to the show, Gary had ring side seats for my brother and I. This is where things got a little crazy. The main event for the show was a title fight, in my weight class. Before that fight got started Mike Varner asked me, if I would accept a title fight against the winner. Gary and I agreed that we would. Right after Pat Schultz was given his belt, Mike anounced that I would like to fight him and called me into the ring. This was not planned and it is not my style to "call out" another athlete. I had no choice and did it as respectfully as I could... I thanked the fans for coming out, congratulated Pat on his win, and kindly told him that I wanted his belt. He is a tough fighter and I would like to fight him. As of this time, my challenge has not been accepted, I'll keep you updated.
Untamed is one of the best promotions that I have fought for, they really know how to take care of their athletes and create a show that the fans can really get into. I would also like to say that Massachusetts has some of the most knowledgeable fans there is. I will fight for "Untamed" anytime and can't wait to return to Massachusetts.
I have to thank my training partners for getting me ready...Rex Holman, Josh Williams, Freddy Parish, my brother Danny, and my manager Gary Marino. You cannot make it in this business without surrounding yourself with good people.
Up next for Team Salmon....I will be making an appearance at the Cage Fury show in Atlantic City on June 30, after that...I fight for the Reality Fighting (www.realityfighting.tv) Light Heavyweight Title on August 5, then I fight for the XFO (www.x-fighting.tv) Light Heavyweight Title on August 19. Big things are heading our way!!! It is a great time to be part of Team Salmon!!!