Fight Master Bellator: Choosing Between MMA’s Top Coaches
by Bryanna Fissori
Coaches are often underrated and underappreciated in the fight game. There are relatively few whose names are readily recognizable by the average fan, yet it is undeniable that a good coach can make or break a fight career. Among those few MMA household names stand four “cream of the crop” combat sport masterminds, known for their ability to build champions: Joe Warren, Frank Shamrock, Randy Couture and Greg Jackson.
Using a similar platform to that of the hit television singing competition “The Voice,” Bellator has created a reality series in which 32 welterweight fighters will compete and have the opportunity to choose their coach. Just as each fighter’s style is different, so are their needs in order to improve, grow and get into the fall 2013 Bellator Tournament with the award of $100,000 on the line. This is the focus of the show, which takes on a “TUF” like format once the coaches are chosen. Each of the four coaches brings something unique to the table.
Frank Shamrock: In an era where most “MMA fighters” came into the cage with one game, plan revolving around one specific discipline, Shamrock was one of the few competitors to bring a well-rounded approach to the game. Shamrock also has a wealth of knowledge and experience in using technique to prevail when obstacles such as size come into play.
Joe Warren: For anyone looking to improve or capitalize on their ground game, Joe Warren is the man to see. He is an experience wrestler and has found ways to optimize those skills specifically for MMA. He has Bellator tournament experience and he is confident under pressure.
Randy Couture: He is Randy Couture! A former champion in two weight classes, Couture is an intelligent fighter, who studies and understands his opponents. He has come up against virtually every type of fighter in his long and successful tenure in the cage. He is also the owner and operator of Xtreme Couture, which has produced some great fighters.
Greg Jackon: When the words “Best MMA Coach” are spoken, the name Greg Jackson is usually in the same sentence. Jackson has a track record of not only producing successful “fighters,” but successful “champions.” He trains some of the best and makes them better. Whatever wisdom he is dishing out must be legit. He is nicknamed “Yoda” for a reason.
For those lucky enough to have to make that decision, it will not be an easy one. The show premiers this Wednesday, June 19 at 10/9c on Spike.
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*Side Note: I think I would go with Greg Jackson even though Randy Couture would be hard to pass up. I think his “Yoda” tendencies may be similar to my coach who I ofter refer to as “Mr. Miyagi.”
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