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!!!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

My Brother, My Friend....

The problem with death, is that it is so final and too often comes with no warning. There is no writing on the wall. There is no list anywhere that you can check to see when your time is up. And, no matter your religion, your God won't tell you when He's bringing you home. This past week, I lost my 17 year old brother in law in a horrible swimming accident. Jered Pyles was everyones definition of a great kid. It is human nature in death, to make that person's life seem better than it was. To make them out to be a better person then they actually were. Save one. Jered was a kid that you didn't have to do that for. He was every bit as good, honest, friendly, faithful, talented, and pure as everyone spoke of this past week. His parents will never learn otherwise.
I could sit at this computer all day and write out everything that Jered had going for him. Why God should have taken a billion other people before him. However, I don't want to do that. I am not looking for more sympathy for this family...we are the lucky ones. We knew him best. We loved him and he loved us, as well as Alli.
I am not a very religous person, but the Pyles family makes me believe. I have a wife that I do not deserve, so I know there is someone watching down. His families stength is trully the most powerful thing I have ever seen and I don't think that anyone but God could have given them this type of power. My brother Matt flew in from San Diego to be with the family, my other brother Danny was there for me from the second I found out and it kills me to say this, but I think there were times that we were getting strength from Jered's parents. They seem so fixed on the good and there was a lot of it. I imagine that if I am able to raise my boy half as good as Jered turned out, I would be proud as well.
I find comfort in the belief that God brought Jered home to be with Him and it was obvious to all those who knew him why God wanted him. I cry for selfish reasons. I know that I am going to miss him till the day I die, but until the day I die, I will be thankful for knowing and loving him.
--Rest easy my brother, we finished it for you. Enjoy your new wings.