With UFC 182 on deck, Fury Jury continues to evolve

12/19/2014 3:23 AM - Devo

MYLES JURY UFC 182.jpgOnly a few weeks to go, and Myles Jury puts his 15-0 record on the line against his toughest opponent to date, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone at UFC's big New Year's Pay-per-view on January 3, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Jury is focused, determined, and a man on a mission to climb the ladder en route to a title shot in the UFC's Lightweight division. The GM's Perspective was able to speak with Jury, one of the best fighters in the world today, about his preparation for his upcoming bout. We also to continue to learn about another Jury, a fighter that continues to give back to the community and focuses on self-improvement and personal development. 

The GM’s Perspective: Things have got quite intense since the last time we talked. In less than a month you take on Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the co-main event in Las Vegas at UFC 182, their big New Year’s show. The fight you are currently in training for is obviously in direct correlation to your victory, but what else has changed since your dominant 92-second victory against Takanori Gomi?

Myles Jury: Honestly, nothing. I’ve been doing the same thing I’ve always been doing: training, working on getting better in all areas, and working on becoming the best fighter I can be.

GMs: Was the stunning finish a surprise or another way you have proven to the MMA world that you are the one of the best upcoming and all-round fighters in the game today?

MJ: I always like to leave an element of surprise in the fight. I never like to go in there and say I’m going to win this way or that way. I knew I could finish Gomi like that, but the sheer magnitude of winning the fight in such a dramatic way goes along with showing that I’m one of the best fighters, if not the best fighter in the world.

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GMs: To get ready for a fighter like Cerrone, who’s been on quite a win streak as of late, do you focus on his fighting skills and what he brings to the table, or do you focus squarely on what you need to improve on?

MJ: It depends. When it’s farther on from the fight I focus on getting better. As the fight gets closer we try to get sparring partners who can become familiar with that Cowboy Cerrone look, getting rounds in, grappling, sparring, and all the good stuff. I try to fight Donald Cerrone 100 plus times before I actually have to go in there and fight him in the cage.

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GMs: How much does reviewing fight tapes play in to your preparation and strategy?

MJ: My coach and me will watch the fight footage. My other coaches will watch them as well and determine what they want to take out of it. Personally, I don’t really watch too much fight footage. I don’t really worry too much about what that guy is gonna do. I try to focus on myself. Obviously I’m not blind to fight footage. I like to at least, watch it once and see what he’s working with. After that I concentrate on me and getting better.

GMs: Is Cerrone your toughest opponent to date? Why haven’t been people been able to stop him?

MJ: On paper he’s my toughest opponent to date. He’s tough, very durable, and a well-rounded fighter.

GMs: Re: training, do you work with the same team every camp, and do you ever try to bring in fighters that resemble the style of your current opponent?

MJ: I do both. I work with Alliance MMA and many of the same coaches. At the same time, I bring in sparring partners and different guys for different looks that are similar to my opponent.

GMs: Away from the ring, you are very active on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. There aren’t many people like you who take the time out of their schedule to connect with the fans. Many people self-promote or use questionable shock tactics (ie. talking trash) to get what they want. How and why do use this vehicle instead of getting involved in concepts that might make you climb the ladder faster, but hurt your image at the same time?

MJ: I feel that in the long run, people will respect somebody that does their fighting in the cage a lot more than somebody that talks about it. At the end of the day, I don’t like wasting time. I want to make the most out of each day, and I feel like I’m too old to be bickering with people on social tools like that. I’m 26 years old and it reminds me of high school. I didn’t get in to this sport to talk and act. I would’ve have went to the WWE if I wanted to do that. That’s why I do to my talking in the cage.

Like when we talked last time, I want Team Fury and Fury Jiu Jitsu to be a positive outlet. When I follow people on Twitter, I like the positive stuff and the good brain food. All the drama doesn’t get you anywhere.

GMs: Again, that shows people the type of person you are, your character, and what you stand for.

MJ: It’s simple. In society there’s a lot of negativity. The UFC is entertainment, but I feel like it’s as real as it gets and it’s something I feel close to.

GMs: You are working with YESS (Youth Emergency Services & Shelter) and your team at Dee Zee Truck Accessories. Can you give a brief overview of YESS and the support you are providing for them?

MJ: There are children and youth that have been brought up in tough environments and have been involved with drugs and/or alcohol. DeeZee and me are teaming up and taking the donations from everybody and the full 100% of it goes to YESS. It tries to put the kids in a safer environment and a good shelter. We want help them get out of that hard aspect of life that they have been given and try to help them out as much as possible.

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GMs: I love the fact that you are very active outside of the ring. You have Jury Jiu Jitsu; your own style of MMA that focuses on all styles, but also improves your personal well being. It must take extreme focus and determination to stay the course. There are so many temptations, but you are focused, centered and determined to give back to the community. What drives you to be that guy?

MJ: You said it right there: Focus. At the end of the day, no one is perfect. I’m far from perfect and I make mistakes myself. At the end of the day, my conscious effort and focus is to be a positive outlet. Whether it’s with Jury Jiu Jitsu or with my actions day in, day out, it’s like the old saying “you get out what you put in”. I like living a positive life and a life that stands for something. At Jury Jiu Jitsu seminars or helping students in private lessons, that’s what I always try to preach.

GMs: Recently you posted a picture of your “new present” a GTO. You’ve talked a lot about your involvement with Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, a business that helps people reach their financial dreams and invest in their future. It’s got to be comforting knowing that you’re preparing for a life after fighting instead of waiting till the last minute?

MJ: When I got in to the sport I had to stay on couches, making $20 stretch each day and basically fighting for free, I know what its like to come up and not really have anything. When I got to the UFC, my main focus was to educate myself and grow more accustomed to banking and finances. Everything I get goes towards investing for my future. I feel that over the last six fights I have done a real good job at that. I’ve really set myself up and given myself a head start for my future. By no means am I satisfied, but I feel like I have things in place that will pan out in the future and in the present for me.

There comes a time in life where you can’t always work and plan. You need to live in the moment a little bit. You need to reward yourself for all the hard work you’ve been doing and the sacrifices you made. That’s what happened with my present. I’ve always wanted a muscle car and of course, cars are some of the worst investments you can make. Unfortunately, you don’t always get back what you put in with it, but from a little kid’s standpoint, it’s definitely a dream come true. I got my 1970 GTO and I’m looking forward getting it rebuilt and getting it to where I want it to be. 

To learn more about Myles “The Fury” Jury, please check out his website and Jury Jiu Jitsu at Juryjj.com. You can also following him on Twitterfacebook, and Instagram.

For more inquiries, please contact his manager, Ryan Hass, Founder of Evolution Agents

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's PerspectiveHe is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and FacebookHis full bio can be seen here. 

 

 

 

 

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Miners, an MVP, and a World Series worthy manager

12/14/2014 12:14 PM - Devo

Sussex gets a name

The newest Can-Am league team, looking to begin play in May of 2015, has officially been named. Welcome the Sussex County Miners. According to the Can-Am Leaguewebsite, The Miners will play their first game at Sussex County Stadium on Memorial Day.

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Jays sign 2013 IL MVP Chris Colabello

It's not the biggest deal the Toronto Blue Jays have ever completed, but the signing of 2013 International League MVP, Chris Colabello is no-lose situation. It appears Justin Smoak is going to be the Jays starting first baseman, though Colabello could provide some much needed competition. Colabello is a veteran of seven independent leagueseasons, and finally got his shot when he signed with the Minnesota Twins in 2011. He put together sparkling numbers in Double A and Triple A leading to an IL MVP and Rookie of the Year award after batting .352 with 24 home runs and 76 RBI in 2013. He was in the starting line-up for the Twins in 2014 and got off to a magnificent start until an injury derailed his season. He's again looking to make an impact. There's no doubt he can, his resume proves it.

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World Series Champion to manager Riversharks 

Chris Widger, best known for his time as catcher with the Montreal Expos in the late 90's, has been named manager of the Camden Riversharks, this according to aRiversharks press release. The past two seasons Widger has been the pitching coach. The promotion is obviously something that means the world to him. "I am excited to be managing the Riversharks, a home team for me, but more importantly, a team who gave me a chance to play and resurrect my career at a time when I was nearly out of baseball. I am looking forward to getting the Riversharks back to competing with anyone in our league and giving our fans a quality team to root for each and every game." Widger, a veteran of 10 MLB seasons, was a member of the 2005 Chicago White Sox team that swept the Houston Astros 4-0 enroute to their third World Series title.

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Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's PerspectiveHe is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and FacebookHis full bio can be seen here.  

 

Pro baseball returns to Niagara

12/12/2014 1:19 AM - Devo

East Coast Baseball League.jpgIt's exciting, very exciting. For the first time in over a decade, professional baseball is returning to the Niagara Region.

The East Coast Baseball League, the newest independent league on the block, is looking to begin play in 2015. With the extensive baseball knowledge of Colin Cummins, a former independent league player in the late 1990's and owner of Red Eye Sports Management and Commissioner Shawn Whiteley, they are looking to bring the game back to an area once known as a hotbed for local and professional baseball.

According to the league's website, the league is looking to have four teams play a 48-60 game schedule. Playoffs will see 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3 in the semi-finals, with the two winners advancing to the ECBL Championship. 

Currently, the league is busy getting things in order for a 2015 start, including, officially announcing a fourth franchise located in Watertown New York. The other three franchises are located in Niagara (Wild), Waterloo (Whiskey Jacks), and Newburgh (Newts). 

As an added bonus, The GM's Perspective will be speaking with ECBL League Director, Cummins to get a more in-depth outline of the league's objectives and how its existence came to be.

Stay tuned. 

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's PerspectiveHe is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and FacebookHis full bio can be seen here.  

Cyber Tracks CEO is living the dream and bringing Punk to the masses

12/10/2014 9:00 AM - Devo

CyberTracksFacebookIcon.jpgAaron Abeyta or "El Hefe" as he is affectionately known to his fans, has been in the punk band NOFX for over 20 years. With his wife Jennifer Abeyta aka "Mrs. Hefe", they are the founders of Cyber Tracks, a Los Angeles based record label.

Over the past three years, the Abeyta's have been building Cyber Tracks in to a formidable label with strong deep-rooted punk influences. With a roster that showcases some of the best talent the punk scene has over the past quarter century (Counterpunch, Implants, Margate, Ten Foot Pole, This Legend, Warner Drive) the sky is the limit.

I was fortunate to speak with Cyber Tracks CEO, Jennifer Abeyta who explains the inner working of running a business, how the music industry has evolved, and what's in store for Cyber Tracks and the punk genre.

The GM's Perspective: What was the motivation to start your own label?

Jennifer Abeyta: The idea really came out of left field for us. We never actually sat down together and said "Hey Honey, let's start a record label!" When we started our company, we didn't even intend on it being a "record label." Aaron was producing and mixing a lot of unsigned bands, who would then take his end product and ask us to try to help them shop for a record deal. We started thinking, "why don't we just complete the job and release the music ourselves?" We always had the means and the connections, and eventually, it took the band Margate to really give us that push. They loved the idea of us forming a company and releasing their album and they actually helped assist us in setting up the company in a way that would be fair for both parties. We got to listen to their needs and wants, and we were able to build our structure around that.

GMs: Now that Cyber Tracks is gaining traction and popularity, what is the biggest struggle you’ve found since you started the label?

JA: Ha Ha, I hate to say it, but: getting people to BUY the album! Companies like Spotify have made it really difficult for us to move units. We invest all this money and time into a band, release a killer album, and then some "other entity" gets to make a ton of profit and steals all our business by streaming it for free. It's basically like, "Hey Spotify, here, let me just hand you this album that I invested so much money on, and months of my time, so that you can pay me .004 percent of the profit that you're making billions off of (collectively)." Am I supposed to lose tens of thousands of dollars at some other corporation's gain? Most of my recent releases each have over 200,000 streams, and the monetary return from Spotify is a joke. Imagine if those streams were album sales!? I am reconsidering including Spotify in my future releases, due to the lack of return. There have been recent debates about this (mostly from the Superstar perspective) who have stated "who cares if people pay/don't pay for your music, just go play shows!" ...that's a wonderful outlook in a perfect world, but what about people (and small businesses) like me? What about struggling DIY bands? Who's going to pay for a producer, and marketing, and printing and pressing, publicity, a music video, etc, if there is no return on that investment?

GMs: How difficult is it to manage a record label while your husband is still performing all over the world with NOFX, one of the best known punk bands in the last 25 years?

JA: Honestly, a lot depends on the bands. My bands are pretty easy to work with and are gentle on me. The less difficult the bands are, the less stressful my job is. Some days I'm juggling so many things at once, it's like I'm doing eight people's jobs. I'm also very hands on with raising my Son, he's my main priority, first and foremost. I multi-task a lot, I stay up late every night working, or on international phone meetings till 1 or 2am sometimes, then I wake up at 6:30 every morning to take my kiddo to school. It can be difficult, but I push forward every day, no matter how little sleep I've had.

GMs: A) Knowing the punk has never really been mainstream, how do you continue to get the fans excited about a genre of music that has a niche fan base? B) Accessibility to music (file sharing, downloading, iTunes) has changed the industry. Did that even enter your mind when you started thinking about the label and whether it could be successful? I'm not sure how much that has financially affected performers over the last five/ten years?

JA: A.) I grew up listening to punk. Being so personally attached to this genre that I love and know so much, really helps when jumping into the deep-end of this so called "dying scene." I believe there is still a big market and demand for punk, and pop-punk. My goal is to revive what's been kinda stagnant for the last decade, yet do it in a more refined up-to-date way (ie: top quality professional recordings, etc). When you have some of the hottest punk bands from the 90's coming back and releasing albums after such a long dry run, the fans get really excited.

B) You've already heard my rant about the streaming platforms. iTunes however is not so much my enemy. For an iTunes album purchase, I actually make more on that sale than I would on a sale of that same physical unit to a distributor at wholesale ...and in addition, I didn't have to order stock, touch product, package, ship, etc. iTunes is effortless, it runs itself and you get a royalty check quarterly. It's simple and less work for me, and it pays higher than my physical distributors. I personally have not purchased a physical CD in years, I've always enjoyed the convenience of iTunes.

GMs: Do you find other bands are inquiring more, asking about your label and the benefits, considering that you tripled your clientele over last year?

JA: Definitely. It's a little overwhelming, but I am so extremely thankful, honored, and flattered at the amount of support and interest we are receiving. I'm getting so many calls nowadays from bands we know, asking if we'd sign them. Jokingly, I recently told someone "get in line." I wish I could sign everyone I love, and release them all! I'm thinking it might be time to hire a small staff.

GMs: Do you find it a benefit that you and your husband have been apart of the scene for so long? Now that you are the label, do you hold some additional credibility when dealing with bands from a management standpoint?

JA: Let's be real here, my husband's name alone is mostly where our credibility came from since day 1 ...which, I am very grateful for. This really helped when starting Cyber Tracks. However, I'd like to believe that we've pretty much proven ourselves as a good company by now, and hopefully Cyber Tracks can kinda carry its own weight from here on out.

GMs: When it comes to the structuring of contracts and finances, how do you determine who gets what, and who is entitled to what? (ie... Does the label get a certain percentage brought in from a concert/tour/record sales, and who draws up these contracts?) What about merchandise sales? If the bands are on tour with NOFX, does that affect the financial breakdown even further?

JA: I have a wonderful entertainment lawyer who handles all the label contracts for me. We don't take any money from the bands' tour pay, merch sales, or publishing. We only profit from, and deal with sales of units from the album we released ...which we split that profit 50% with the band. Our goal is to make sure that neither party makes more than each other in this department (the label doesn't make more than the band and the band doesn't make more than the label). If one of our bands gets on a NOFX tour, they make their guarantee each night and it's completely theirs. Most bands will use this money to help with their road expenses and getting to the next town.

GMs: Some members of your current label are also members of other bands. How much does that affect the scheduling of tours and dates amongst the core group and also when NOFX brings your bands on tour to gain more visibility?

JA: It can sometimes be a damper on scheduling and such, but it's never been anything we haven't been able to work around. A lot of times, quite a few of our guys do what they call "double duty," where they'll play two sets back to back in different bands. It actually works out kinda great!

GMs: Obviously Cyber Tracks has a tonne of support. The fans are diehard and the music is what will always bring them back. Where do you see Cyber Tracks in the next five years, and do you see it branching out from punk into other genres?

JA: Everyone asks me this! I don't really have an answer for what's to come in the future. I'm just riding this crazy wave called life. I'm putting everything I can into this business because I believe in myself, I believe in my bands, and I believe in music. Music has been my main interest my entire life, and it has guided me to where I'm at now ...let's see where it continues to take us!

Thank you to Mrs. Abeyta for her time in completing this interview. I wish you, Aaron, the label, and the bands nothing but success going forward.

To learn more about Cyber Tracks, please visit their website, and follow them on Twitter and facebook.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's PerspectiveHe is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and FacebookHis full bio can be seen here.  

 

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