Jury KO's Gomi in 92 seconds, puts UFC on high-alert

09/25/2014 6:57 AM - Devo

Myles Jury 9.jpg Myles "Fury" Jury defeated Takanori "Fireball" Gomi to improve his UFC record to a sparkling 6-0.

After the fight, long-standing UFC commentator, Mike Goldberg said, "They call him the future, he might be the now". Coming from Goldberg, a UFC staple who has seen everything, that is quite the endorsement. 

UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt vs. Nelson, took place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan last Saturday. It was the first time the UFC has been there since UFC on FUEL TV 8.

The 12-fight card, featured live on UFC Fight Pass, saw Miesha Tate continue her trek up the ladder to a potential third fight with Ronda Rousey and Johnny "Hollywood" Case won his UFC debut, picking up a $50,000 bonus in the process. Mark Hunt and Roy "Big Country" Nelson headlined a colossal battle between two men who can throw fists with the best of them. Hunt emerged victorious, knocking out Nelson for the first time in his UFC career.

The Jury Jiu Jitsu founder squared off against against the legendary Gomi in the biggest fight of his career. It didn't take long for "The Fury" to put the rest of the lightweight division on notice. He is a force to be reckoned with after a stunning 92-second knockout, and now sits with a 15-0 record and a perfect 6-0 in the UFC. Twelve of his 15 professional fights have ended in submission or knockout.

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The sky is only the limit for Jury. He's tackled every obstacle in his way and has defeated every opponent the UFC puts in front of him thus far, including Michael Johnson and Diego Sanchez. 

Taking every challenge as a learning experience is nothing new for Jury, who has been training for this moment for over the past ten years. The details of his determination and grit are very evident. Look at his first appearance on The Ultimate Fighter 13. He tore his ACL, leaving him unable to compete for the next year. Instead of thinking negatively, he turned it into a positive. He trained, rehabilitated, and returned a year later to submit Chris Saunders on The Ultimate 15 Finale. Only a select few have the ability to do that and comeback with such a vengeance.

Take Dominick Cruz for example. Look at the persistence and commitment he has shown over the last two years to get back in the Octagon. Cruz has not lost a fight since 2008, and was the reigning Bantamweight Champion until a torn ACL in 2012 derailed an outstanding career, for the time being. He's undergone two ACL surgeries and is scheduled to return September 27 against Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso.

Jury is an inspiration, not only to aspiring MMA fighters, but also to athletes and people in general. He is an example of someone having a dream and not taking no for an answer. Over ten years of training has led to this point. Currently Jury is ranked 8th in the lightweight rankings and is primed to break in to the upper echelon of fighters to get that opportunity at a title shot.

The 92-seconds it took to finish the Gomi was only the beginning for one of the most exciting and inspirational faces the fight game has ever seen. 

How does Jury feel about his performance?

"Fighting a legend like Gomi was a great moment for me and one I will never forget."

What's next for Jury?

"What's next? Just getting better as a martial artist and seeing what comes up."

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 onTwitter and facebookHis full bio can be seen here.

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Best of the Best, D-Backs and Bling

09/24/2014 5:14 AM - Devo

DEVONTEEPLEINDYPERSPECTIVE.jpgHaymarket: The Best of the Best...again

The best playing field in the American Association, for the ninth consecutive season, goes to Haymarket Park. The home of the Lincoln Salt Dogs is witness to one of the greatest independent baseball playing surfaces around. Josh Klute, the Athletic Turf Manager since 2006, has helped bring the field to where it is today after years and years of work. The playing field was also named "the ballpark ‘Baseball Field of the Year’ in the College/University division by the Sports Turf Management Association in 2007", according to an American Association press release.

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Moskovits signs with D-Backs

Danny Moskovits became the second Can-Am Leaguer to sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks this week. Moskovits, who played his college ball at Harvard, has impressed many in his first professional season. In eight games with the Quebec Capitales, he went 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA, while striking out 24 in 29 innings. According to the Can-Am League, he is the fourth player signed by a MLB organization this year.

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Champions

The Santa Fe Fuego are your 2014 Pecos League Champions. And what better to show it off than to bust out the bling. The Fuego have released the Championship rings. Not too shabby if I might say.

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Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He 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 facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Pace of Play Initiative releases results

09/18/2014 4:36 AM - Devo

pace-of-play.jpgThe Pace of Play initiative has released the results of the first 30 days, this according to an Atlantic League press release.

The POP panel consists of some of the greatest baseball minds the game has ever seen: Tal Smith, Roland Hemond, Pat Gillick, Joe Klein, Cecil Cooper, Bud Harrelson, and Sparky Lyle. I even had a chance to speak with Smith earlier this year, inquiring as to what the group was looking for. Was it strictly shortening the length of games, keeping the fans happy, or both? It seems like a pretty simple scenario, but one that has to be implemented very carefully as not to disrupt the integrity of the game.

"Over the course of time, our baseball interests, like so many people in the game, have noticed and have become concerned with the games running exceedingly long. It’s fine if it’s a long game and it’s interesting, but there’s an awful lot of dead time that’s crept into our game. It’s something that we thought we could examine and initiate some ideas that would speed up the pace of the game and make it even more interesting and more attractive to the fans."

It's an interesting concept. And after reviewing the results, the changes have made a significant difference. Three measures were reviewed over the course of the last 30 days.

1.  Time of Game:

•             August 1-September 1:  2 hours, 53 minutes

•             2013 season:  3 hours, 2 minutes

2.  8.5 and 9 inning games played in 2 hours, 30 minutes or less:

•             August 1-September 1:  22%

•             2013 season:  8%

3.  8.5 and 9 inning games lasting 3 hours or more:

•             August 1-September 1: 26%

•             2013 season:  42%

A reduction of nine minutes per game doesn't seem like much, but over the course of a game, it most surely does. The Atlantic League might just have a legitimate system for speeding up the game. If these numbers continue to show a downward trend, there's no doubt the other independent leagues as well as affiliated leagues should consider adopting these rules. If it works here it might just work elsewhere.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He 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 facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

UFC's Eddie "Truck" Gordon is an inspiration to those that dare to dream

09/16/2014 4:55 AM - Devo

Eddie Truck Gordon.jpegSo you wanna be a UFC fighter?

That's what Eddie "Truck" Gordon wanted. He had a dream, but a dream that required sacrifice. Gordon has a family, a full-time job and all the responsibilities that comes with being an adult. But what motivates someone to leave the stability behind and pursue something with no guarantees?

Gordon had the unwavering belief in himself and his abilities that he could become on one of the UFC's best. The journey culminated with a victory on The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale. The win not only showcases his talent, but also shows that when you have a dream, stay motivated, and have the support of friends and family, anything is possible.

The GM's Perspective: For those readers who aren't familiar with your story, you are a graduate of Forhdam University with a double major, have a family (three kids), and was working a full-time job when you decided to start Mixed Martial Arts.

What was the reaction of you family and friends when you decided this was what you wanted to do?

Eddie Truck Gordon: Everybody thought I was crazy. At first when I told some of my friends that I wanted to pursue this career, they were asking why in the world would I ever do that? Who wants to get locked in a cage and get hit for a living? I was comfortable, had a good job, good education, why pursue that? It was hard to tell people that when you have a dream and a passion that you want to fulfill it. If it doesn’t work out I could always get a 9-5 and go to work everyday, but I’m not always going to be young enough to pursue this. I didn’t want to live with any regrets. That’s why I said lets do this and I went all out.

Now, my family and some of those friends who were skeptical are some of my biggest supporters.

GMs: Mixed Martial Arts, is not for everyone. Who got you involved in the sport?

ETG: It’s a two-part story. Literally, I was watching a UFC Pay Per View at a friend’s house and I was thinking that I could really do this. They were obviously skeptical and thought I was just another guy talking trash in front of the TV. We ended up going to UFC 101 and watched it live. I absolutely fell I love with it. Oddly enough, it was Anderson Silva v. Forrest Griffin, and literally, I was watching with a different eye. I knew I could do this. It was awesome.

Sure enough, that same week I ran into my high school friend, Chris Weidman, who happens to be the current UFC Middleweight Champion. We were high school buddies growing up and we wrestled together. We were shooting the breeze and I was asking him what he’s up to? He told me to come down to the gym and give it a shot. He thought I would be good at it and thought I would like it. I went down there, and he sort of took me under his wing. The rest is history.

GMs: Really a great story. You started training when you were around 300 pounds, now you’re down to 185?

ETG: I joke around, but martial changed my life. Not only physically, but mentally.

After playing collegiate football, I pursued it professionally. When you’re playing football you have girth, you have size. Not everyone can walk around the world at 300 pounds. By doing Mixed Martial Arts, the weight drastically started to come off.

It’s a lifestyle change; eating better working out and taking care of my mind as well as my body. It added years to my life.

GMs: Most think MMA is just “fighting”, but it’s a discipline and a way of life. Look at you for example. Roughly a 120 pound weight loss, your lifestyle changed, and you’re healthier. People don’t see that, they see the violence.

ETG: Without a doubt! At first, that’s what I told my mom. She would see the highlights with the blood and everything, but of course that’s what they’re going to show. It’s exciting. It’s Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, wrestling, and all the martial arts together that make it so beautiful.

Realistically, I played football, but watching it now, I can’t imagine how those guys handle that physical toll on their body.

GMs: Knowing this was a career changer, what has been the most difficult thing for you since this all started?

ETG: Probably just the security. When you got a 9-5 and you get up and you work, you have that steady paycheck coming in. If this doesn’t work out, it’s back to the drawing board. I have mouths to feed, but I was very very passionate and dedicated. If I’m going to do this, I’m will make sure I will give it my all.

Anything I put my mind to I feel like I can achieve. That’s the mindset I went in with. I never once thought about failing. I knew it was just a matter of time before I was in the UFC and at the highest level.

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GMs: A lot of the athletes I have spoken with recently and in the past such as Chris Herren, R.A. Dickey, Brett Favre, and Myles Jury, all the same mindset. You’re winners and you’re going to succeed.

ETG: So many times, we as people, cut ourselves short. If you can’t visually see it before you visually have it, you’re short-changing yourself. That’s what makes kids so great. Being around my kids is the best. There goals and their dreams are so big and so lofty, they don’t know any better. They think that whatever they put their mind to they’re going to get. As you get older you sort of lose that innocence, which is scary. We can definitely learn from kids.

GMs: The training that you endure to last 15 or 25 minutes in the cage is mind-blowing. Did you have to completely revamp your lifestyle to be able to endure such difficult training?

ETG: You are pushing at a high level for 15-25 minutes straight. Football on the other hand, you get five to seven seconds of real work followed by a 30 second break in between. It’s completely different cardio. I thought I was in great shape for football, but not for MMA.

For me it was a culmination, not just the physical aspect, but also the whole mental side. In college we would eat food late a night not really paying attention to what we were putting in our bodies. It was whatever was convenient and calories, calories, and more calories. Now, there’s a big difference when there’s a weight class and a weight limit. You have to measure out your food and make sure you’re eating the right proportions. Like you said, it not only changed my mental approach, but also my way of living.

GMs: You've come along way since your early fighting days. What is the main difference between the smaller shows you were working on your way up and the UFC?

ETG: It’s more technique; the guys are more technically sound. There aren’t easy fights and you can’t pick and choose. Everybody at this level is a high-level athlete.

The UFC is so unbelievably organized. The have everything down to the second like a well-oiled machine. They have been doing this for a while and are extremely successful at what they do. It’s the fastest growing sport in the world and one of the biggest companies. They have it down to a science, which is great for a fighter because you don’t have to stress about the little things. From top to bottom, the UFC is a world-class organization. More importantly, I’m happy to be here and ready to stay.

GMs: You won The Ultimate Fighter 19. What was the feeling like when, after all that training, you were finally on top of the mountain?

ETG: It was one of the best feelings, aside from the days when my kids were born. It almost seemed like it was meant to be. From my teammate Chris Weidman, who got me into the sport, defended his belt the night before. It was like everything came full circle. My mother wasn’t able to go to Vegas when I first fought to get in the house, but she was able to be there this time along with my girlfriend and my kids. Many of my supporters (approximately 50) flew in for that trip.

When that bell rang, and I was finally victorious, I told my kids that I had a goal/mission and if you’re willing to sacrifice, you can achieve your goals no matter what. To be able to teach them that at a young age is priceless. It’s not just me saying it, but showing it to them.

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GMs: I have attached the Newsday video that chronicles your life two months up to the TUF finale. Is there anything you want to say to your supporters, who have without a doubt, been with you through the thick and thin?

ETG: I want to let them know that I truly appreciate it. When things are going great you get a lot of new “friends” and new people jumping on the bandwagon. The good thing for me is the same people who were cheering for me when I was a junior high school kid are the same people that I’m still surrounded by.

I live in the same town where I went to middle school and high school; my kids go to the same school I went to. It’s tight-knit community, and I feel like it’s not that I am successful, but my teammates are successful, and the people who supported me through this have shared in all the success. The most gratifying feeling is that we did it together. It wasn’t all me.

It’s not just the fighter in the cage that gets all the accolades, and it’s not just the fighter who willed himself to that point. It’s one person locked in the cage, but it’s possible because of many people. From my mom watching the kids when I had to train, to some of my friends, who also have kids, split time babysitting and having play dates so I could get my work in. Literally, it was a team effort.

GMs: What's next for Truck Gordon? Where do you see yourself when fighting is finished: Ambassador for the sport, coach, mentor, or leaving it in the rearview?

ETG: I’m a business major and have a marketing background. I’m a people person and I love to help. I would love to stay involved in the sport for years to come, but when I’m done in the cage I would love to get involved in broadcasting. Being able to explain the sport to those who that aren’t educated on it would be fulfilling.

More importantly, I would also love to be able to do something in my hometown. It wouldn’t be a Boys & Girls Club, but something very similar. It would have an after school program set up for kids where they can improve in the area of athletics, but have a homework center where they can come and do their homework. It can help set them on the right path at a young age. Once they’re alone they can make the right decisions, ultimately showing them that if you put your mind to it, and if you have structure in your life, anything is possible. I think sports are very important for kids. It teaches them how to work with people, make goals, and follow through with it.

To learn more about Eddie "Truck' Gordon please check out his website. You can also following him on Twitter and facebook.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He 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 facebook. His full bio can be seen here.