Flight to Fight: Thai Boxing in Thailand Ep. 3 – Tossed Cookies

Check out the third episode of Bloody Elbow’s original series, where Eddie Mercado struggles with the climate as he trains at Tiger Muay Thai. Welcome to the third episode of Flight to Fight: Thai Boxing in Thailand! Watch Bloody Elbow’s …

Check out the third episode of Bloody Elbow’s original series, where Eddie Mercado struggles with the climate as he trains at Tiger Muay Thai.

Welcome to the third episode of Flight to Fight: Thai Boxing in Thailand! Watch Bloody Elbow’s own Eddie Mercado, yours truly, travel around the globe to Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand to train and fight.

In episode 1, I said my goodbyes back in the U.S. before hopping on the plane. In episode 2, I took the longest flight of my life before checking into Tiger Muay Thai.

In this installment, I finally see what it feels like to train Muay Thai in Thailand.

Heads up, I wasn’t ready.

The audience can view me grinding in the sweltering heat and humidity as I get acclimated to the taxing climate. Despite Krav Maga instructor Alex from episode 2 encouraging me with a series of ‘c’mon Eddies,’ I still tossed my cookies during sparring. After that, I head out to a store to find some essentials, without being able to read any labels, and then it’s back to Tiger for grueling training session number two.

This video series is presented by OddsShark, and also made possible by Spartyka Nation, Tiger Muay Thai, Diego Bispo Academy and Harvey Grasse Muay Thai, as well as MASF Supplements, as well as others.

Be sure to be on the lookout for episode four, where I receive a life hack to beat the heat from UFC lightweight James Vick. Then, I find out if it actually works in my next training session. Spoiler alert… I hurl… again.

The plan:

  • Travel to Phuket, Thailand
  • Train at Tiger Muay Thai
  • See the sights & hear the sounds of Phuket
  • Experience the Thai culture
  • Compete in Muay Thai fight
  • Spend New Years in Tokyo
  • Travel back to the U.S.A.

Why?

  • I spend so much time covering combat sports that I feel like putting myself through a camp, and competing in an actual fight, will give me a better understanding of what living that life is like. Training is one thing, competing is another. What better place to Thai Box than Thailand?
  • I want to show people that they don’t have to want to be a UFC champion to compete in combat sports. You can just be a regular dude, like me, and go to a place like Tiger Muay Thai, learn some skills, and live out your dream.
  • I want to prove that excuses are lame and if you want something bad enough, then you owe it to yourself to go after it with gusto.
  • I don’t want to be old and gray, sitting around wondering what if. I’d rather be old and gray watching the Flight to Fight video series with no regrets, reminiscing on my time in Thailand.
  • Bruh, it’s Phuket, Thailand.

Why not? (Excuses):

  • None.

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Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler Rebooked For March’s UFC 235

Ben Askren tried to save UFC 233 at the last minute, but it didn’t work out. However, his anticipated UFC debut against Robbie Lawler has been rescheduled for a later date. The UFC confirmed today that Askren will now fight Lawler at March 2’s UFC 235 from Las Vegas. The two were originally scheduled to […]

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Ben Askren tried to save UFC 233 at the last minute, but it didn’t work out. However, his anticipated UFC debut against Robbie Lawler has been rescheduled for a later date.

The UFC confirmed today that Askren will now fight Lawler at March 2’s UFC 235 from Las Vegas. The two were originally scheduled to fight at January 26’s UFC 233 from Anaheim, California. The fight was briefly left without a home when the UFC cancelled that event yesterday. 

Askren has been making noise in the MMA space ever since he was traded to the UFC for former flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. He’s called out the majority of the UFC welterweight division since, inciting a feverish anticipation for his UFC debut. The undefeated former ONE champion has long been discussed as one of the greatest competitors to never fight in the Octagon, and now he has his chance.

Former UFC champion Lawler has been out of action since a decision loss to Rafael dos Anjos in December 2017. He seriously injured his knee in the fight. “Ruthless” reportedly needed some more time to face Askren, so the rebooking could help him out in that regard. Lawler has lost two of his last three fights in the UFC.

But he maintained a historic run in the talented UFC 170-pound division before that. He beat Rory MacDonald, Carlos Condit, Johny Hendricks, Jake Ellenberger, and others to complete a late-career run to the UFC title.

UFC 235 is expected to also feature the long-awaited return of fan-favorite Nick Diaz as well. The Stockton, Calif.-based striker will face veteran Jorge Masvidal at the event. 

No main event has been announced for UFC 235 as of this writing.

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Cain Velasquez Teases MMA Return On Social Media

It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen Cain Velasquez compete in the Octagon. The former UFC heavyweight champ last fought when he dominated Travis Browne to open the main card of July 2016’s UFC 200. Since then, he was scheduled to rematch fellow former champion Fabricio Werdum. A highly-publicized interview where Velasquez admitted how […]

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It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen Cain Velasquez compete in the Octagon.

The former UFC heavyweight champ last fought when he dominated Travis Browne to open the main card of July 2016’s UFC 200. Since then, he was scheduled to rematch fellow former champion Fabricio Werdum. A highly-publicized interview where Velasquez admitted how serious his ongoing back injuries were lead to him being removed from that fight.

And we haven’t seen him since, putting his fighting future in serious doubt as he ages. There’s no doubt Velasquez is one of the best heavyweights of all-time. He could have been the outright best if serious injuries had not sapped much of his prime years. It’s appeared that fans may never see the former champ in action again, but that may not be the case after all due to a recent social media post.

Velasquez posted a video of him hitting the bags in slo-motion this week with what looked like some sort of countdown:

Finally Back?

Nothing has been confirmed or even rumored for Velasquez’ return. Any comeback by the fan-favorite would be an obviously welcome addition to the UFC heavyweight division. 

Throwing a wrench into any potential comeback from Velasquez is the fact that his good friend and longtime teammate Daniel Cormier is the current UFC heavyweight champion. They’ve repeatedly stated they would never fight each other. Building off of ‘DC’s’ claims that Velasquez routinely beats him in training, and you have an interesting dynamic.

As always, it’s going to be about Velasquez’ health. Years of grinding as a collegiate wrestler in addition to AKA’s notoriously tough MMA training have left his body broken and worn down. He won’t give up, however. If he could somehow stay healthy, he would be an instant top contender in the division.

Are you excited to see Velasquez potentially step back into the Octagon?

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How, When To Buy Tickets For UFC Brooklyn

With the UFC 233 pay-per-view (PPV) dead in the water, a handful of existing match ups are heading to the promotion’s ESPN+ debut, scheduled for Sat., Jan. 19, 2019 inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Chief among them is the flyw…

With the UFC 233 pay-per-view (PPV) dead in the water, a handful of existing match ups are heading to the promotion’s ESPN+ debut, scheduled for Sat., Jan. 19, 2019 inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Chief among them is the flyweight title fight pitting newly-crowned 125-pound kingpin, Henry Cejudo, opposite current bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw. Their five-round showdown will be contested for “The Messenger’s” division title.

Wanna go see it live?

That will require tickets, made available to UFC Fight Club members on Wednesday (Dec. 12), subscribers to the UFC Newsletter today (Dec. 13), and the general public on Friday (Dec. 14). Tickets are priced at $200, $150, $120, $100 and $90 (not including those bullshit fees).

Seats will also be available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com, as well as the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center on Saturday (Dec. 15) at noon. Tickets are limited to eight (8) per bot person.

To see who else is fighting at UFC on ESPN+ 1 click here.

UFC on FOX Was A Success, But ESPN Can Take MMA To Next Level

It’s hard to believe the UFC’s run with FOX is almost done, over seven years after it started. Back in 2011, the UFC signed a deal with FOX that was expected to help take the sport of mixed martial arts to the next level. The promotion gave…

It’s hard to believe the UFC’s run with FOX is almost done, over seven years after it started. Back in 2011, the UFC signed a deal with FOX that was expected to help take the sport of mixed martial arts to the next level. The promotion gave FOX a huge fight right out of the […]

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ONE Championship Bringing MMA to B/R Live and TNT

One of the largest fighting promotions in the world has found a broadcasting home in the United States. Turner Sports has reached a three-year partnership with ONE Championship to distribute its live event coverage…

One of the largest fighting promotions in the world has found a broadcasting home in the United States. Turner Sports has reached a three-year partnership with ONE Championship to distribute its live event coverage…