The Secret Blogger: Say ‘mean mug’ 

Written by ‘Steven Johns’ *

I believe the year is 2017, I believe that almost every MMA/BJJ fan and fighter knows that the best fighters don’t all look like scary psychopaths, yet I can’t understand why there are so many dumb looking coaches and fighters still pulling the Steven Seagal ‘tough guy’ face in pictures?

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A tribute to Brett McDermott, The Spartan

 

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Words by Beccy Davies

Images by Marc Moggridge

As Brett recently announced his retirement, the team at Addicted.OTR thought it quite fitting to pay a small tribute to this quiet, humble fighter who happened to hit any opponent with a strike likened to a ten-tonne truck. As both Marc and I have had the pleasure of working with Brett on BAMMA, we know how he doesn’t like a fuss, so we shall make a small one, just this once.

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The Secret Blogger: My Dad can beat up your Dad…

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Written by ‘Steven Johns’ *

“My dad (coach) can beat up your dad(coach)…..”

Is it just me or do 99% of people associated with combat sports claim to have the best training/coach/gym going? I’ve lost count of how many people name drop their coach only for me to think, “who the f-ck is that?” 

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The Machine 2.0: Fight hard, learn more, grow strong

16388868_10212262534906458_184340695_oThe Freeman name is legendary in MMA. Everyone knows who Ian “The Machine” Freeman is, what he has accomplished, and how he worked damned hard for it; but what some people may not know is there is now a female ‘Machine’ in the shape of his daughter Kennedy. She’s a fighter in her own right. She’s slowly making hard waves on the female fight scene. She is a fighter I have had my eye on for some time and really enjoy watching, and with a pedigree like hers there is no doubt that this young lady is going to rock her division in style. I was lucky enough to get some time with the very talented Kennedy Freeman.

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The Secret Blogger: Judges are pr*cks!

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Written by ‘Steven Johns’ *

I’m going to keep this short because it is clear that in this beautiful, surprising, wondrous world we live in that there are far more important things to be upset about; but what the f*ck is wrong with MMA judges?

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The Secret Blogger: Points are for pussies

Written by ‘Steven Johns’ *

In recent times there has been a growing trend in submission grappling for ‘submission only’ tournaments. Due to the ever growing popularity of EBI (Eddie Bravo Invitational), the rule set is being used by more and more events resulting in mixed reactions. 

Why anybody would object to ‘sub only’ is beyond baffling. I guess it would be the same people who derive satisfaction from ‘points wins’ and the same people who claim ‘world title’ victories via ‘advantage points’ or technicalities like being the only competitor in the division. 

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Ref’s eye view: AJ Jeffrey

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Earlier this year we ran a feature on some of the unspoken heroes of the cage; the men and women without whom no show could go on; the referees. We’ve resurrected this theme and have spoken to one of the new kids on the block, AJ Jeffrey. If you’ve not met AJ in the past, you will undoubtedly do so soon as he is one of the true up-and-comers in the profession. Ladies and gents, here’s AJ:

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