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!
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Every once in a while, a friend or customer fires us an article that even we can’t read without flinching.
A few weeks back it was this one. A rugby player, Haydn Peacock, had to get 11 stitches in his penis after a particularly brutal tackle.
We haven’t specifically marketed our athletic cups and jockstraps to rugby players—of all the sports our design team’s done including baseball, football and, of course, various martial arts, we’ve never played rugby.
Given this injury, which can’t be the first groin injury in the sport, would rugby players like to try out our gear?
According to another article, coaches would rather see their players wear a cup than wind up missing games. But, Peacock, who plays for the French team AS Carcassonne, counters that protective gear interferes with his ability to run.
(Read the full article here)
Of course, we disagree with anyone who says groin protection gets in the way. Maybe back in the days of stretched out cotton jocks and thin plastic cups, but our gear is so far beyond that we’re sure that it would hold up to any sport, no matter how rough, even rugby.
(As usual, we’d like to hear your stories! Any Diamond MMA loving rugby players out there? Hit us up.)
Not that we’re taking credit for catcher Tim Federowicz’s home run a few weeks back, but the Cubs player did Tweet us this:
“Thanks @diamondmma for the new sliders. Wore them in the game yesterday, we won and I hit a homer. Better believe I'm wearing them again”
Plus a picture!
Taylor Davis is also more than happy with his gear, tweeting:
“loving the new protection system. This thing feels great. All baseball players should be checking them out.”There are three games scheduled this weekend and we’re excited to see if our gear appears (not on live TV or anything, we get that jockstraps and athletic cups need to be dealt with a bit discretely sometimes) as the Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers, the San Francisco Giants and the Seattle Mariners!
March Madness has started and the NBA playoffs are just around the corner. Which means it’s time to ask the question: why don’t basketball players wear athletic cups?
The answer, according to Dr. Stephen Strup, the chief of urology at the University of Kentucky, is comfort. Strup, quoted in this ESPN article says it comes down to comfort.
As usual, we disagree with the no-cup ‘cause “it’s not that big of a deal.” Almost very season a basketball player is out for more than a few minute—like Manu Ginobili, who took a knee to the groin and needed surgery. It took a month of recovery before he was back in the game.
But given the culture of it’s-not-comfortable that’s so much a part of basketball, we clearly need a great ball player or two to give our gear a try. Someone who’s willing to lose the groin protection stance for a game, or part of a game, and try some real groin protection.
Suggestions on who we should hit up? Someone who’s tired of getting hit in the nuts with no protective gear in play? Let us know! Email, Facebook, Tweet— you know the drill. So, let us know who you think’s tired of getting drilled in the down under, and willing to give our gear a shot!
Remember those marketing videos we were talking about? In the spirit of spring training, and former MLB catcher John Baker saying such great things about us, we dove into our vaults to see if we had an appropriate video.
So far, no footage of someone swinging a bat at our athletic cup, or at someone fully covered with our innovative, effective, groin protection system.
But, we did find this one. And, yes, that is a metal pipe.
If we’re missing something, and one of you enthusiasts has great footage of a bat, or ball, to protected balls, let us know! We love to see our gear protecting athletes in all sports.
With spring training in full swing, it’s a great time to remember that Diamond’s jockstraps and athletic cups work for all athletes, including baseball players.
In fact, last fall we sent our groin protection system to former MLB catcher John Baker, who’s now with the Chicago Cubs as a baseball operations assistant.
Since leaving the field, and joining the management team, Baker’s been training jiu-jitsu. He loves it.
In some ways, he says, jiu-jitsu requires the same mental skills as pro-baseball, “you have to let go of pride and focus on technique.”
He also shared that jiu-jitsu, both rolling and hanging out with his training partners, has given him an outlet for his competitive drive.
When he rolls he uses Diamond’s system, but maintains that his nuts were in a lot more danger when he was a catcher. According to Baker, catchers catch it in the cup on a daily basis.
Which is why he’s telling everyone who plays baseball to gear up with Diamond’s athletic gear.
We couldn’t agree more.
Thanks, John, for taking the time to talk to us and share your experience with our gear!
When we first launched Diamond MMA, we put together a series of marketing videos guaranteed to prove that we’d designed a groin protection system that beat the old school “jockstrap plus plastic athletic cup” competition hands down.
So, as the controversy continues about whether or not Ken Shamrock’s TKO loss to Royce Gracie in the first round of Bellator 149 was due to nut shot, instead of weighing in, we’re moving forward with our campaign to make sure that every athlete has the best possible protection for his package.
Starting by re-launching our videos here:
If watching us slam our cup with a sledgehammer doesn’t convince you that we’ve built a better cup, we invite you to order one and give it a try.
“Diamond MMA is so confident in our product that we offer you a lifetime guarantee on your athletic cup. If you have any issues with it you can contact us and we will send you out a new one free of charge!” (You can buy the cup here.)
It’s uncomfortable to watch anyone take one on, near, next to, or directly on top of a cup. But when it’s a much-anticipated fight, between two veterans in the sport, and a nut shot ends the fight, that’s not just painful, it’s painfully disappointing.
“A hematoma, bleeding inside the scrotum, we want to avoid that.” Says Mark T. Wichman, M.D., who specializes in orthopaedic sports medicine and is team doctor for the Milwaukee Admirals, a professional hockey team."
(For more about hockey injuries, see our FB post about a recent slap shot to the nuts)
What do you think? Is free balling okay under some circumstances or do you gear up every time?
Check out the full article and let us know what you think!