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The Next Step: I Fight In The Cage At 205 lbs. Against Jeff Holcomb

November 3rd, 2012 by Joshua Scott Beranis

Across the board it is being called a bad idea. So most everyone has suggested this not be the plan of action for me. Against the good advice of those who have been doing this professionally, and those who are familiar with the sport to degrees much higher than my own, I will be fighting Jeff Holcomb on December 1 at The Point Casino.

I just don’t feel like I can give the reader everything they are looking for in MMA journalism unless I start taking bigger risks, and modify my schedule (much to my expense) to fit with the lifestyle of someone who takes this sport very seriously, and  has entered the cage themselves.

The regiment has already begun. I am dieting, exercising, and seeking further light in the realm of MMA as far as training and technique. What I am doing is not something anyone should do, especially having minimal training, and going up against a former pro who has agreed to fight an amateur bout to help me get a taste of the sport’s reality.

If I am going to take a risk, I might as well risk everything. Besides, the blog is suffering from the constraint of a rigid and unpredictable work schedule, and writing is the only thing that has kept me sane during these hard times. It is time.

So watch your local MMA writer pull a sort of impractical publicity stunt, not just with the aim of promoting himself, but with the aim of getting hands on experience which will shape future coverage of MMA.

 

10 Responses to “The Next Step: I Fight In The Cage At 205 lbs. Against Jeff Holcomb”

  1. cstark Says:

    Josh, this is George Plimptonesque. Update this baby. Let us know how training’s going. I wanna be in the front row for this. Hook me up with a pass, brother. I’m in your corner. Rougheart, fight on!!!!

  2. Joshua Scott Beranis Says:

    You’ll be a corner then. You’re covered.

  3. Jim Beranis Says:

    Have you been working the bags? Sounds like a good idea to me, don’t hold anything back!

  4. Gary Beranis Says:

    Have you got a good cut man?

  5. Joshua Scott Beranis Says:

    Don’t worry Papa. This is safer than it looks. Safer by far than boxing, considering that once your out your out..

  6. Joshua Scott Beranis Says:

    I’ve been working on my breath with striking. My biggest concern is running out of gas and being taken after tiring.

  7. Gary Beranis Says:

    You could pull the “rope a dope” like Ali….you know, lean against the ropes and let him tire out pummeling you. Then when you sense he’s exhausted unleash a fierce assault of your own. It might work

  8. Gary Beranis Says:

    Or I guess, in your case, lean against the cage

  9. Gary Beranis Says:

    They don’t lock the cage after you enter, do they? If one of you is badly injured will there be quick medical response?

  10. Joshua Scott Beranis Says:

    Yes Papa. Very quick medical response. Rope-a-dope in MMA is a bit more complicated than in boxing. Grappling/wrestling, kicking, fists, everything is allowed. Getting up against the cage would be a disaster for me.

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