After taking a week of for some sorely-needed rest and relaxation, The FightWorks Podcast returns with a full head of steam! This week on the show we hear from UFC fighter Ryan Jensen, who will be taking on Brazilian jiu-jitsu superstar Demian Maia on October 20th at UFC 77: Hostile Territory. Jensen lost in his recent UFC debut to Thales Leites by armbar and we will hear how he plans on preventing that from happening again.
Kyle Maynard has caught the attention of many in 2007. Maynard is a congenital amputee. He has no legs, and his arms stop at the elbow. Every time you hear his name mentioned, the word “inspirational” appears shortly thereafter, as Maynard has competed in wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu and is making an effort to compete in mixed martial arts. The Georgia State Athletic Commission has denied him permission and he’s looking elsewhere to follow his dream of competing in MMA.
We’ll also hear from Brian Cimins, the president of the New Jersey-based BJJ and grappling tournament promotion Grapplers Quest. Grapplers Quest. As we reported on Friday, Grapplers Quest recently learned that their event planned for November in Philadelphia was cancelled as MMA is not permitted in the state of Pennsylvania currently. Despite there having been other such competitions in the state as recently as this year, the commission felt that Brazilian jiu-jitsu and submission grappling, because they make use of submission holds, fall into the same category as mixed martial arts and ruled that the Grapplers Quest event was not permitted. Although Grapplers Quest has now secured a new site across the border in New Jersey, there are some curious details about why this event was cancelled. Listen in to find out the story!