When the UFC calls Cain Velasquez the baddest man on the planet, it's not just promotional hype. Velasquez was a two-time All-American wrestler for the ASU Sun Devils and a junior college national champion wrestler. He's the reigning heavyweight champion (11-1) and the first time he fought "Bigfoot" Silva (18-4), he blooded and beat him before the first round ended. It's hard not to remember that before their rematch at UFC 160 this weekend, but Silva knocked out Alistair Overeem something fierce and wants to even the score against Velasquez. May the best big man win. Should be a great night in the octagon.
Gilbert Melendez fought for the UFC lightweight title, going five rounds with champion Benson Henderson in April. He came up short in a close contest and Henderson tied the octagon's record three title defenses in the division. Melendez has avenged two out of three career losses (Henderson is the only fighter with one up on him).
James Head is a tough as nails welterweight fighting this weekend in New Jersey at UFC 159. On the undercard of Jon Jones-Chael Sonnen light heavyweight championship fight, the Oklahoma native meets Nick Catone in the Jersey wrestler's backyard.
John Moraga has two finishes since coming to the UFC at 125 pounds. That was enough to get a title shot. Little guys may not tip heavy on the scales, but we know they are pound-for-pound when it comes to heart, athleticism, technique and all the elements that make MMA enjoyable. Just like teammate UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, John Moraga of John Crouch BJJ is a Diamond protected fighter.
Tonight Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen battle it out in the main event of what should be a fun card in Vegas for the TUF 17 Finale. On the undercard, TUF 17 semi-finalist middleweight Josh Samman fights grappler/rapper Kevin Casey and Bart Palaszewski fights Cole Miller at 145-pounds. Samman and Palaszewski will be wearing Diamond MMA in the octagon tonight to protect their groin and avoid any of those pesky 5-minute recovery periods after taking a stray low kick to the nuts. Samman fell short in the TUF tournament to Kevin Gastelum, will be looking for his first UFC win, and Palaszewski tries to bring a win back to Curran MMA.
We at Diamond pride ourselves on our premium groin protection cup. Built into a compression short jock, we offer a complete safety system for the most valuable of your...Diamonds, for all athletes, from mixed martial arts fighters, boxers, baseball players, and any other sport where a low blow can halt the action and make spectators squirm.
As athletes transition off the basketball court and onto the golf course for retirement, it's important to remember just how tough these guys really are. One of our favorite examples is Charles Oakley. He is one of the top 20 all-time players when it comes to activity with over 1,000 games played. That's a tough ass career for the former all-star to be battling on the boards with the likes of Horace Grant and Charles Barkley. Oakley famously played for the Knicks, but he also balled for the Bulls, Raptors, Rockets and Wizards. He was the player happy in the trenches, an enforcer on the basketball court and a hardcore power forward.
The Cleveland Indians didn't get to the win yesterday versus the Yankees, but Diamond was pleased to be on the baseball diamond with Indians 2nd baseman Jason Kipnis. He tried out our Diamond cup for the first time and liked it so much, he plans on using it the rest of the year.
We here at Diamond MMA were impressed with Ireland's Conor McGregor's knockout at UFC on Fuel 9 in Stockholm, Sweden this weekend. Brad Pickett represented England in a great 15 minutes versus American/Alliance MMA's Mike Easton. Both guys took home 60 grand in bonus money for performing. It was a lot of fun to watch.
Not really, but Diamond (@DiamondMMA) reached out to one of MMA's most prominent figures, "Big" John McCarthy, and he likes our design and feel. He's just been lucky enough to avoid a nut shot so far. Once he does get hit down there while wearing Diamond, he'll realize the product's full protective potential. We are honored that a man who's spent his entire career protecting professional athletes would enjoy our safety gear!