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Welcome to the 4th installment of The Diamond Move of The Week.

This week, professional MMA fighter James Blair joins us from the American Top Team gym in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. James is a 5-0 Flyweight fighter originally from Hawaii.

Check him out on twitter @JamesBlair125 and see his Move Of The Week right here:

 

This week's Diamond Move of The Week is being taught by recently retired, 25-14 UFC fighter Brad Pickett. The former Cage Rage British Featherweight Champion fights out of London, England and competed as a bantamweight in the UFC earning himself (5) Fights of the Night, (1) Knockout of the Night and (1) Submission of the Night.

Check him out on twitter @One_Punch and see his Move Of The Week here:

 

For this week's Diamond Move of The Week, we bring you up and coming pro fighter Brendan Allen. Brendan fights out of Clementi's Gladiator Academy in Slidell, LA. He's currently 7-1 and is fighting June 23rd in Houston Texas.

Watch below as Brendan shares his favorite technique from a triangle finish. Notice Rich Clementi messing with him as Brendan introduces his move...

 

Welcome to the Diamond Move of The Week!

Each week, Diamond MMA will feature a new pro athlete, who has joined the Diamond team to teach you how to do their favorite MMA technique. Check back every Tuesday to see them in action and learn as they walk you through step by step.

This week's episode features Rich Clementi. Clementi has fought for the UFC, Bellator, King of the Cage, Titan FC, and more.  He was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 4 and now owns Clementi's Gladiator Academy in Slidell, LA.

Rich is proud to kick off Diamond MMA's Move of The Week Series. Check out his favorite move here:

This month for our Fighter Spotlight we've got an interview with Dustin Ortiz. 

 

 

Craig Diamond: Where did you grow up? 

Dustin Ortiz: I was born in Indiana where times were very hard and where I learned a lot of street smarts. I then moved to Tennessee in the 2nd or 3rd grade and I call that home! 

CD: What were you like in High School? 

DO: In high school, I was just another kid trying to get by without getting into too much trouble..

CD: What is the best part of being a pro fighter? 

DO: The best part for me is living a life that very few people get to experience and sharing it with everyone in hopes to inspire or motivate the person that can make a difference. 

CD: What inspires you? 

DO: Being different & Listening to others that have been through so much but have made it for themselves and everyone around them. 

CD: What do you want to be when you grow up? 

DO: Happy

CD: What advice would you give your younger self?

DO: Be more wide open 

CD: What bands are you listening to these days?

DO: I don't listen to music if at all necessary

CD: What have you learned about yourself since becoming a pro fighter?

DO: I can truly do and get whatever I want out of this life

CD: If you could rule the world for a day, what changes would you make?

DO: Everyone's eyes would be open to their dreams to see if that's truly what they want in life

CD: If you could travel to any moment in history or the future, what would it be?

DO: Johnny Cash live show at Folsom Prison 

CD: If you could wake up tomorrow morning in the body of someone else, who would you pick and what would you do?

DO: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and I would do whatever the hell I wanted lol

CD: Have you ever been hit in the groin? 

DO: Too many damn times.

 

Thank you to Dustin for chatting with us for this month's Fighter Spotlight. 

You can find him on Facebook here, Instagram here, and on Twitter here. We can't wait for our next conversation, if you have suggestions of who you'd like to see on the Fighter Spotlight please let us know! 

 

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This month we did a quick interview with Gerald Meerschaert. Enjoy below:

 

Craig Diamond: How did you first get into mixed martial arts?

Gerald Meerschaert: Found out there was a gym in the next town over, tried it one night and never looked back.

CD: Where did you grow up?

GM: A couple different places in Racine, WI and the bulk of it on a horse farm just outside Franksville, WI.

CD: What were you like in High School?

GM: The only extra curricular activity I was in was jazz band, other than that pretty normal kid.

CD: What is the best part of being a pro fighter?

GM: I get to do what I love for a living and help my teammates at the same time.

CD: What do you want to be when you grow up?

GM: When I was young I wanted to be a paleontologist.

CD: What is the most interesting thing about you that you’ve never shared in an interview?

GM: My first car was a '62 Ford Farlane.

CD: What advice would you give your younger self?

GM: Take your time, your record means a lot so don't start fighting until you have a complete skill set.

CD: If you could rule the world for a day, what changes would you make?

GM: Actively begin switching to a 0% carbon emissions society. It's completely possible it's just a matter of doing it.

CD: If you could travel to any moment in history or the future, what would it be?

GML My death, if you know when you die you can take way more risk up to that point.

CD: Have you ever been hit in the groin?

GM: Yes, before I wore a diamond cup it was the worst pain imaginable, now I just laugh it off.

CD: What advice would you give someone just starting out in this sport?  

GM: Take your time!

 

We want to say thank you to Gerald for chatting with us! 

You can find him on Instagram here and on Twitter here. We can't wait for our next conversation, if you have suggestions of who you'd like to see on the Fighter Spotlight please let us know! 

Welcome to our new monthly series, our Diamond MMA Fighter Spotlight! Each month we will be profiling a different fighter who protects with Diamond MMA and getting to know them just a little bit better. So without further ado, here is our interview with Tyler!

Craig Diamond: How did you first get into mixed martial arts?

Tyler Diamond: I first got into MMA because some local, older fighters invited me to the gym to train after noticing how tough I was on the wrestling mat. From my sophomore summer on, any free time I had was spent in the gym training.

CD: Where did you grow up? 

TD: I grew up in the great town of Oroville, CA.

CD: What were you like in High School?

TD: In high school I really didn't care about anything other than accomplishing my goals in wrestling and doing well on the football field. Looking back, I wish I would have tried to enjoy the ride more which is one of my main goals as an athlete now.

CD: What is the best part of being a pro fighter?

TD: To me, the best part about being a pro fighter is the fact that I get to compete in such an amazing sport, post-college. I love being a pro fighter & the flexibility of my schedule that comes with it.

CD: What is the worst part of being a pro fighter?

TD: The worst part about being a pro fighter is the lack of financial stability I have. I'm constantly looking for innovative ways to make money to be able to stay afloat in between fights.

CD: What do you want to be when you grow up?

TD: What do I want to be when I grow up? This is a funny question for me being 25 now, but I actually still don't feel 'grown up'. Besides being a successful MMA fighter, I'd like to get into residential real estate & own a few business's.

CD: What advice would you give your younger self?

TD: If I was to give my younger self advice, I'd tell myself to not put so much pressure on myself, socialize as much as you possibly can, & enjoy the ride.

CD: Have you ever been hit in the groin?

TD: I've been kicked in the groin so many times it isn't even funny. Joseph Benavidez got me so hard I vowed to never not wear a cup in sparring again!

CD: What advice would you give someone just starting out in this sport?

TD: For someone just starting out in the sport, I'd tell them to work hard, stay positive, fully engulf themselves into the proper lifestyle one must lead when competing in MMA and get on the wrestling mat as much as they possibly can.

 

We want to say a huge thank you to Tyler for taking the time to share a little more about himself with us! You can find him on Facebook here and on Twitter here. We can't wait for our next conversation, if you have suggestions of who you'd like to see on the Fighter Spotlight please let us know! 

 

 

My name is Tyler Diamond & I'm a 25 year old professional MMA fighter out of Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, California. I currently have a record of 5 wins with 0 losses. 4 of those wins coming by way of KO & TKO. I wrestled from when I was 11 years old till I graduated college. I wrestled at North Dakota State, a division 1 program & fought amateur MMA while competing in wrestling. I got my first fight back in 2009 a couple weeks after graduating high school. I went to a local show to corner a friend & on an hour notice found myself getting ready to fight in gym shorts & with my cup in upside down. I went out there & beat the guy up so badly that it was called by the doctor after the first round. Right then & there I was hooked on fighting & over the course of my career have put myself in the right places & done the right things along the way in order to be as successful as I possibly can be. I'm a true believer in getting out what you put in so I pride myself on being one of the hardest workers anyone will ever meet. As I've gotten older, I've become more aware on not only how to train hard but how to train smart & things I need to do in order to protect myself so that I can have a long fruitful career. Along this route I've discovered Diamond MMA cups. The company first caught my attention due to the name & also the fact that big named guys who I train with daily wear Diamond MMA. Guys such as Urijah Faber, Andre Fili & Cody Garbrandt. I decided to try out their product for myself, especially since I've never worn cups or jockstraps during training which often times when injuries to the groin occur. After one shot too many I wore the product & it's been a game changer. Not only is it a great looking cup & jockstrap but the comfort it provides while protecting the goods is unparralled. I'm very happy I got myself the necessary  hardware I've always needed while training & for all my future bouts. Thank you, Diamond MMA!

 

Please send your Diamond MMA stories to info@diamondmma.com for a chance to be featured on our blog and social media and potentially win a Diamond MMA Prize Pack! 

UFC Fighter Tony "El Cucuy" Ferguson learned a very tough lesson recently. As Tony explained, he was about to do some grappling and decided that he didn't want to bother putting on any groin protection. After all, how often are you going to get hit in the junk when you're grappling? As if the universe was trying to punish him for his carelessness, that very day Tony got tagged in the goodies.

"El Cucuy" knows not to tempt fate again and here he is showing just how grateful and happy he is to be protected by the best, Diamond! May the rest of the world take heed of Tony's story and avoid the same painful lesson. Thanks, Tony!
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