Blending Boxing into MMA

By Personal trainer and Boxing coach, Scott Neal

When blending boxing into MMA, it really isn’t no different then blending other styles of fighting. In Mixed Martial arts, a fighter learns many styles of fighting such as Muay Thai, Karate, Ju Jitsu, wrestling..ect and also boxing. The beauty of blending styles is that each fighters gets take take a little of everything and fit it into their MMA game. Implementing boxing is no different. There are aspects of boxing that just doesn’t really fit into the MMA, and then there are things that work really well. One of the things I find that MMA fighters tweak from boxing to MMA is the stance for example. the boxer usually stands less squared up, not much of his body exposed, plus to also get his right hand ( assuming he or she is in a conventional stance ) more motion and punching power. The MMA fighter squares up slightly to have the ability to throw leg kicks on command and more efficient. On the other hand, both MMA fighters and boxers can use the same fighting range. What works the best from boxing into MMA simply is MASTERING THE BASICS and CUTTING OUT THE FAT ( eliminating unnecessary movements). Long range boxing works the best using basic boxing. Close range usually ends up into clinching or dirty boxing. Master the basics then add some fine tuning tools like feinting and other deceptive moves. Even with the difference in fighting gloves, the defense is slightly different. Fighting with 4 ounce gloves, the margin of error shrinks. In boxing, the hands do not have to be as high as in MMA…Mastering the basics, find out what works for YOU, fine tuning, tweaking, loving the fight game and being passionate in your craft are the keys in blending.

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Wilkins Santiago Headlines at the Steel City Storm Boxing Event

Wilkins Santiago Headlines the Steel City Storm Pro and Am boxing show Saturday Oct 6 th, 2012 at the Soccer plex on 4397 leavitt rd Lorain Ohio. With a pro record of 6-0 and also coming out with victories over tough Paul Mpendo and Alondo Swain from Jersey, Santiago prepares to blow into his home town and sweep another win running his winning streak to 7-0.

Wilkins Santiago Professional Record:

Date          Lb    Opponent           Lb      W-L-D      location                                                                                         Result

2012-05-19  155  Paul Mpendo    155     7-8            La Villa Banquet,       Cleveland,   Ohio   Untited States                                  WUD 6 6

2012-04-27  157½  Alando Swain   157½    5-1-0       Resorts Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States     W UD 6 6

2011-11-12   154    M.Thompkins   152½    5-5-1       La Villa Banquet Center, Cleveland, Ohio, United States                   W UD 6 6

2011-05-14   160   Russ Niggemyer 161     2-1-0       St. Lucy Hall, Campbell, Ohio, United States                                   W UD 4 4

2010-08-20   157   Matt Keglovic     152     1-1-0       Nautica In The Flats, Cleveland, Ohio, United States                         W TKO 2 4

2010-04-24   160½ Torrence King   163½   1-6-0       Soccer Sports Complex, North Olmsted, Ohio, United States            W UD 4 4

Featured bouts are Decorated Amateur champion and now 2-0 as a pro, Antonio Nieves from Cleveland Ohio vs TBA.  Also on the fight card is Dante Moore 8-0-2 looking for his ninth win as he tries to climb the pro ranks.

 For presale tickets and support Wilkins, inbox Director of TRUassassin  Scott neal or Wilkins Santiago on facebook. Or tickets available at the door

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Fighter’s Ultimate Sacrifices. Are you ready?

By Scott Neal

Fighter’s ultimate sacrifice.. are you prepared? are you ready?  A young kid steps into the gym for the first time. He learns, trains, pours sweat, blood and tears for years trying to master his craft. He is determined to win. He trades play time for hard work gym time. For him, gym time IS play time.. Over time this young kid develops into a young man with skills and talent, all he wants to win and win big.

It’s time. This young man is 20 yrs old now. He is a decorated amateur champion. Managers want him, big promoters him. This young amateur champion’s future looks brilliant with a chance to join one of the biggest promoters in the game with a lucrative contract in the future and train with the best professionals in the game. life is good, but with one exception and maybe the biggest ultimate sacrifice in his life. This young man has a fiance and a child on the way. With training camp 1500 miles away, the young fighter’s fiance is unwilling to pack up and leave 1500 miles away from her friends and loved ones.

With big opportunities 1500 miles away, what does the young fighter do? Does he pack up and leave his family behind to chase his dreams? This Is one of the ultimate sacrifices a fighter faces if he wants to become champion. Becoming a champion comes with not only hard work and dedication, but sacrificing loved ones.

Ok lets fast forward. This young man followed his dream, put in 16 yrs and became 3 time world champion. He has money, fame but he is missing one important thing. Through his journey becoming a 3 time champion, sacrifices were made along the way. Now after the end of his career, his wife is distant, His kids barley know him and even some cases resent him.

In many cases this becomes a reality but I imagine not in all. Becoming a champion is a hell of a thing. Your fight career (if you want to become champion)  has to be top priority. It comes before girlfriends, fiances, wives, even your kids. Its a hard cold fact but with a heart of a champion comes with choices and sacrifices of a champion.

Young amateurs should realize what it really takes to become champion and to make wise decisions early so that the ones down the are not as tough.

Ultimate question… are you ready to be a champion?

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Boxing applied in MMA (fighting on angles)

Boxing strategy on angles applied to MMA

Boxing off angles applied in MMA are the same as classical boxing. The difference would be that the size of the gloves, and the incorporation of kicks, knees, elbows, and clinching.
With these elements, the strategies can change.
One example of attacking using the angles would be:
stepping in with your combination to the head (your opponent using the smaller MMA glove, creating different opportunities for clean body shots with his high guard) pivoting around taking his counter attack away from him, while you’re ripping your combination to the body and head all from the angle.
Landing punches on the angle gives you a higher chance of the knock out.
Its the punch you don’t see coming that hurts you the most!

Snippet from the book “Sweet Science applied in Mma”

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TRUassassin Fight Gear and Apparel Sponsors Kontack Magazine and World Boxing News

   TRUassassin Fight Gear and Apparel grows again

In our effort to expand our presence in the ultra competitive market in MMA and Boxing fight gear and apparel, we have teamed up with the Global boxing publishing site World Boxing News and the one stop fight magazine KontacKmag. “It is an honor to be able to work with one of the top MMA and boxing news sites online today,” stated Scott Neal, President & CEO TRUassassin Fight Gear and Apparel “The month of August was already shaping up to be the best in company history thanks to top level regional MMA  and boxing events, but with the ads on World Boxing News and Kontackmag we will get more national exposure than ever before.”

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The Mental Edge

The Mental Edge:

Act Tough- break rapport with your opponents.

Visualize- Before your bouts, picture your self throwing your combinations with precise accuracy, visualize your techniques applied perfectly and with speed, ect. Do not visualize the outcome!

Programming- Feed your mind a positive messages such as “This is what I love to do! This is what I do!”

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