Tuesday, September 7, professional mixed martial arts fighter and Shine fights lightweight grand prix competitor James Warfield (15-6) boarded Delta Airlines flight DL5395 from Detroit, Michigan to Wichita, Kansas. He expected to fly down that night, wake up, and go weigh-in, well rested for his shot at Shine Fights gold. Instead, he and corner man Pat O’Malley (13-8) ended up driving from Madison, Wisconsin to Newkirk, Oklahoma to make the fights. Now James goes into Shine Fights having missed a valuable night of rest prior to the fights. Why? According to the US Air Marshals that removed James and his corner man from the flight, no reason. According to former UFC fighter and Minnesota BAR attorney “The Goat” Nick Thompson (38-11-1), it’s a matter of discrimination based on James’ race and appearance.
This week for the MMA Gospel Technique of the Week, we come to the conclusion of our first three attack arch. Ed Perdomo will now demonstrate how stringing multiple basic submission attempts together maximizes the effectiveness of even the most simple and easily defended techniques. Johnny Rodriguez began this series sitting back in a solid base inside of Ed’s guard, ready to pass or pound his way to victory. Now, after defending first an arm bar attempt then a triangle switch, we see that his base has been disrupted and the control of his balance is firmly in the hands of his opponent. This scissor sweep is one of the most easily defended sweeps, but after the two previous attacks have weakened his base, Johnny has almost no chance of stopping it.