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!
Diamond MMA's Alex Coriano hit a night time roll with 155-pound champ Gilbert Melendez and TUF 5 winner Nate Diaz. Coriano wrestled at Purdue and designs our cups to keep fighter jewel's safe on fight night, whether they are on FOX in title fights like these guys or wearing thai shorts or wrestling singlets.
Denny Prokopos is usually good for a laugh. The young grappler is Eddie Bravo's first black belt in the 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu system and the head instructor at 10th Planet San Francisco. He also grapples with MMA champions Gilbert Melendez and Jake Shields too. As a world champion submission fighter, we were pleased to hear from Denny on Twitter that he likes our Diamond cup's protective ability and that, like us, he has a sense of humor about it.
Diamond cups are 100% BJJ approved. Some of the most common jocks and cups on the market include Shock Doctor, Ace, and McArthur to name a few. These brands do a decent job, but not the best. I have used many different types of jocks, cups and compression shorts in my 11 years of BJJ and none of them come even close to Diamond. The technology is brilliant and they fit without any of the common hassles, such as looseness, irritation, pinching of you know what, and changing shape.
So a couple months ago I made a thread asking why the Diamond MMA compression shorts were $110.00 when the Jaco compression shorts were only $49.00. All of the compression shorts in the UG store were in the ballpark of $49.00 or cheaper and the Diamond MMA compression shorts were more than twice the price. I hadn’t even heard of the Diamond MMA shorts before. I asked for some reviews from anyone who had them and several people said they were great but most of the posters thought that $110.00 was a ridiculous price for what seemed like regular old compression shorts.
Well the powers that be over at the Diamond MMA HQ got wind of my sarcastic ass thread and Craig Diamond (the Kirik of Diamond MMA) hit me up on Twitter to offer me a free pair of the shorts in exchange for an honest review that I’d post on the UG. Well honesty is my numero uno policy and my balls are my numero uno priority, thus my review is born.
How did you get into martial arts and what was the main thing that hooked you?
I grew up wrestling and competed at the Division 1 and international freestyle levels. After moving to California 10 years ago, I decided to take a break from competition to start working full time as a designer. I quickly missed being on the mat so I started coaching part time mostly to stay in shape and give back to the great sport of wrestling. That’s when I started meeting BJJ grapplers and MMA fighters who would come into the room looking to improve their take downs which influenced me to start training MMA. It’s the ultimate form of competition.