PRESS RELEASE: Urijah Faber and Phil Davis Launch Promotional Platform for Amateur Fighters

PRESS RELEASE: mma draft; MMADraft.com

mma draft Urijah FabarSACRAMENTO, Calif. (March 11, 2013)Urijah Faber and Phil Davis are proud to announce the official launch of MMADraft.com, a platform created for martial artists by martial artists to generate opportunities and exposure for combat sports athletes at the amateur level. Backed by pros that know what it takes to get ahead in the competitive world of mixed martial arts, MMADraft.com provides amateur athletes with valuable tools and resources to help them excel in every aspect of their fight career.

As seasoned veterans, Urijah Faber and Phil Davis know all too well how difficult it is to stand out amongst the sea of fierce competitors in the sport of MMA. As the sport evolves and the talent pool continues to grow, it is becoming increasingly difficult for skilled amateur fighters to get noticed and to identify what path is the most constructive to reach their goals. Recognizing this, Faber and Davis created MMADraft.com, a platform to help amateurs in the sport get an edge on the competition.

According to Urijah Faber, “Thousands of athletes from diverse backgrounds transition into MMA every year. To make it in this sport you have to stand out, not only as a skilled athlete but as a marketable brand. At MMA Draft we give amateur fighters the tools to achieve this. We also have an established network of MMA scouts that are constantly on the lookout for stand out talent.”

Phil Davis had this to add, “MMADraft.com is definitely THE place to be if you’re an up-and-coming amateur martial artist. Not only do we provide amateur fighters with a high-profile marketing platform and forums where they can build a fan base, we give them access to advice from pros that have been where they’re at and know how to get them to the next level.”

One of the most exciting and beneficial aspects of MMADraft.com is the exposure it generates for its athletes. Members of the MMA Draft team utilize their resources in the professional world of MMA to give back to the army of young amateur athletes that are forming its future. By sponsoring active A-list professional fighters, utilizing social networks and capitalizing on national media connections, MMA Draft drives attention to the site and its users.

Amateur martial artists of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to create a profile on www.MMADraft.com. The site is FREE to join and participating amateur athletes can upload photos and videos, document notable career achievements and more! The MMA Draft database also stores event results from Pankration, Submission Grappling, Wrestling and other sports that may lead to a career in martial arts.
The MMA Draft website also offers a variety of resources to parents, prospects and amateur MMA fans, from educational content to amateur event information. For more information, please visit www.MMADraft.com.

About MMA Draft:
MMA Draft was created for martial artists by martial artists to generate opportunities and exposure for combat sports athletes at the amateur level. It is the most comprehensive “Amateur” promotional platform of its kind and was formed by Urijah Faber and Phil Davis, accomplished MMA pros that know exactly what it takes to make it in the competitive world of mixed martial arts. MMADraft.com provides amateur fighters with a high-profile platform to showcase their skills, interactive forums to build a fan following, tips from industry pros and other valuable career resources. MMADraft.com is also a go-to source for managers, sponsors and promoters looking for talent.

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Open Casting Call to be Held for Combat Sports Athletes in Myrtle Beach for Reality Show [Press Release]

PRESS RELEASE: July 23, 2012

Myrtle Beach, SC – Global Proving Ground (GPG), a new revolutionary platform that enables combat sports athletes to showcase their skills on a global level, announced today that additional casting calls will be held both in the U.S. and abroad for the GPG related reality show project. All experienced fighters with a combat sports background are welcome. The next open casting call will take place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on July 26, at Carolina Forest Martial Arts.

The first open casting call for this exciting reality show project, hosted by the MMA & Sports Expo ‘Show of Strength’ in Atlantic City, exceeded the creator’s expectations. The casting call drew many elite fighters from a variety of martial arts backgrounds. Hollywood producer/director Ben Perry, who has worked with many A-list celebrities including Chuck Norris and Clint Eastwood, filmed each fighter’s official try-out video.

According to James Jefferson, CEO and Co-Founder of Global Proving Ground, “The first open casting call was a great success. We are happy to announce that additional casting calls will be held in various locations around the globe. During the open casting calls elite combat sports athletes will be filmed by experienced producers, ensuring that each fighter’s reality show try out video is of the highest quality.”

During each open casting call, reality show hopefuls will be required to demonstrate their fighting skills and tell the world why fight fans should vote them onto the show. Fan votes will determine the final cast for this very exciting Hollywood TV project!

Jefferson had this to add, “Fighters that can’t make it out to one of our open casting calls will still have a chance to make it on the show. Fighters will have the opportunity to submit a reality show try-out video through Global Proving Ground (GPG), a new revolutionary platform where fighters of all disciplines can showcase their skills to promoters, match-makers, sponsors and producers. Full details on GPG will be announced this week, so stay tuned!”

ALL experienced fighters with a combat sports background are encouraged to try out for the reality show. The show’s creator is seeking elite fighters from all over the world. Fighters of all disciplines are welcome; MMA, Kung Fu, Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Muay Thai, Boxing, K-1 and many others.

The casting call in Myrtle Beach will take place this Thursday, July 26, 2012 at Carolina Forest Martial Arts in the Forest Crossing Shopping Center (4999 Carolina Forest Blvd. Unit-15.) Filming of reality show hopefuls will take place from 10am to 3pm and from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Training gear will be available for fighter use during filming. Coaches are welcome to attend.

About Global Proving Ground (GPG):
Global Proving Ground (GPG) is the ideal platform for fighters of all martial arts disciplines to showcase their skills on a global level. It is THE place for promoters, sponsors, television producers, match makers and fight managers to discover new elite fight talent. GPG offers skilled combat sports athletes of all disciplines useful tools to help showcase their skills and advance their careers. It is also a place for fans to show support for their favorite amateur and professional fighters. Full details on the GPG platform will be announced soon!

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“I’ve never had an easy fight.” A few words with Jarret Jones. Interview by: sPidA

Jarret Jones, TX MMA Fighter A few words with Jarret Jones post his June 30th fight in Odessa,Texas . “Americas Most Wanted” a 24/ Seven entertainment event,taking place at the Far West Event Center (5850 West University Blvd #200, Odessa,Texas 79764) Great card with 10 bouts of what  promises to be a great night of Mixed Martial Arts action. For ticket info: 432-580-7979

sPidA : Since going Pro , you have fought some of the top guys in Texas Mixed Martial Arts , what ever got you into competing in Mixed Martial Arts?

Jarret: Yeah ive definatly fought some of the top welterweights and lightweights in texas since I turned pro in 2008. Some have went my way and others not, but I can honestly say I’ve never had a “easy fight”. I’ve always been an athlete and competed in many sports, I was raised to be football player, just like alot of guys who grew up in odessa. Which carried over to my agressive athleticism. So those years following graduation I was really looking for some kind of competition outlet and lifting weights at the local gym wasnt gonna fill that drive. When I came across fighting I was hooked from the beginning. The self discipline, intense training, and competition was what I had been looking for….and I soon found out that I was better at choking someone than trying to knock them out. (or maybe just enjoyed it more) So I really focused on BJJ from the beginning.

sPidA: Tell us ,what Team do you re-present and what gyms do you crosstrain in?

Jarret: I train at West Texas MMA in Midland,TX. I’ve been with these guys since the beginning and have watched thier school grow just as my fighting carrer has grown over the years. In that time I’ve went from white belt to currently purple and one day black all from my west texas brasa instructors kc whindam, jack burcham, and Jamie Lara. While the jiu-jitsu has aways been great there was not many mma fighters in the odessa/midland area when I began so I seeked out a place where I could train with some top level professional fighters. I found this place at octagon MMA in DFW. These guys have always welcomed me as part of the team and I spent many hours on the road traveling back and forth to octagon for training. Dallas is 6 hours from my home but the help that coach sayif saud and all the octagon fight team made all worth it. Octagon trains like professionals and as a team all the time and you can see by our team record last year that this method works. Coach sayif really cares about his guys and puts in the extra work for each individual.

sPidA: With over 10 Pro Mixed Martial Arts competions, have you set goals for yourself for this year? (2012)

Jarret: This is the question where I always say something like ” I’m going undefeated” or “this is my year” but, as I learned in the past that just puts more pressure on me. Honestly my goal is to do what im doing right now. Doing what I love, and doing pretty good at it. Of coarse as a fighter my goals are to be in a big time show like BELLATOR or the UFC because that’s the top and a chance to prove your a champion. But right now I’m just loving life and loving fighting. I’ve recently been able to quit my day job and can really focus on my training and my sleeping which is something I use to not get much of. I feel complete as a fighter and now I can just push myself as hard as I can everyday so that good things will happen.

sPidA: Having looked up your fighting stats I noticed you have won most of your fights by submission, do you prefer the ground game or is this mostly after feeling out your opponent that you decide to take the fight to the ground?

Jarret: All my professional wins are by submission and I would love to finish my career like that one day. I love jiu-jitsu, so I want to get them on the ground but I spend a lot of time working my standup so I’m comfortable there too. I’m not to much of a wrestler but thank goodness we fight in a cage, you can only sprawl and run away so much before I’m gonna get my arms or legs wrapped around you and it’s time to take a nap.

sPidA: With more promotions coming out in the DFW area, is this the perfect time for OCTAGON MMA to rise above and showcase there skills?

Jarret: Yes , OCTAGON MMA   is a gym with a awesome team and coach. If your a fighter or want to be a fighter this is the gym to go to in DFW area.

sPidA: Your coming off an unfortunate loss to an opponet you had already fought and defeated, How has this affected your mindset if any?

Jarret: Unfortunate loss is right, to tell you the truth that fight still keeps me up some nights. Not to take anything away from Brandon but I’m a better fighter than that guy as I had already proved the first time we fought in 2009. I was like you said, on a win streak but I made a mistake and it cost me a win but the sport is very unexpected. Doesn’t matter how the fight has played out, what round it is, or who the better fighter is your always one second away from a win or a loss. The more you realize that the more your see the urgency of getting the win as fast as possible. With that being said, I hope to get that rubber match with Brandon sometime in the future.

sPidA: Mixed Martial Arts is very time consuming, from training and getting prepared, what are some of the things you dislike about the sport? (If any)

Jarret:  The one thing that I dislike about fighting is that it keeps me from entering more BJJ tournaments. It seems every time theres a good tourny coming up I’m preparing for a fight. Its hard to do both when you risk an injury everytime you compete but I know I’ll be competing in BJJ all my life so I do what I can for now. I try to make all the local ones in my area and the IBJJF in Dallas. Even if im not competing in bjj tournaments I’ve got a gi on 4-5 times a week  and I’m training my ass off to help myself and help all my team mates at West Texas MMA. Ive recently started focusing more on judo. Both of my instructors are black belts in judo and I avoided the sport for 6 years now because it hurts so bad. I’d rather take kicks to the face all day than be on the wrong end of a judo throw but it has helped my game and gives me another goal in life to shoot for. So maybe judo tournaments are in my near future.
sPidA: Whats worst, Nerves while cornering a team mate or before your own fights? How do you deal with them?

Jarret: I gotta go with nerves before my own fights  but im pretty calm before I walk out these days.I know I’ve put in the work. Nerves and anger get in your head and make you forget your game plan. This is the charachteristic of a true professional, ready to go to war and confident in his skills. I would say the worst part is about right now, 4 weeks out. I think so much about the fight that sometimes lose sense of the rest of the world. All that really matters is my training to win this fight. Sometimes I”ll start my drive to the gym and start thinking about my fight. Going over scenarios in my head, picturing the win, imagining my hand being raised and  1/2 an hour later without any recollection of the drive I’m sitting in front of my gym with hands gripped and knuckles tight on the steering wheel, my heart is racing, forehead already sweating but I use that energy to go inside and just bust ass to make it a reality.

sPida: If you were given an opt to come out as a character in a video game (other than the UFC) which one would it be and why?

Jarret: Ha! I have to admit im not much of a video game guy. That stuff turns your brain to bologne but I remember playing Mortal Kombat as a kid. Scorpion is pretty awesome. I wouldnt have to judo if I had that cool thing that shot out of my hand. “Get over here”

sPidA:  LoL That would be pretty cool! Thank you for your time man, any last words bro before we wrap this up?

Jarret: Yeah for sure, I have to thank my awesome wife for supporting me to shoot for my dreams. Its a pretty crazy idea thinking you can make a living through training and fighting but with her support I can do anything. Thanks to all of my instructors and team mates at west texas mma for putting me through tough rounds everyday. Every one else who has helped me prepare, Brad Barnes & Bruno Bastos over at Rhino BJJ, Coach sayif at Octagon MMA, traininerydag partner Clay Hantz. Fabian butler w/ 24/7 entertainment for all the awesome local shows. And finally all my athletes at Basin CrossFit. You guys come in everyday and let me yell at you and put you through fitness hell and its making my dreams come true. Anyone in the Odessa/midland area I welcome you to my gym Basin CrossFit most awesome and motivating group of people youll ever workout with. www.basincrossfit.com Thanks for the opportunity sPidA!