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Making the Cut – Week 2

Corn and Brats
No carbs no dairy, definitely not low fat though
This is the kind of stuff that makes it into my office all week

Okay, lets be honest. I didn’t go into making the cut thinking it would be easy, and honestly I haven’t started training yet, so it’s only going to get harder. But let me put this out there, my “friends” and co-workers suck! Okay let me explain. My roommate thinks it’s cool to keep ice cream in the freezer, which makes me want some, but I can deal with that. I get worse when last week I think a co-worker had a birthday everyday, and for some reason BIRTHDAY= shit I can’t eat, whether it be cookies or cupcakes or ice cream. Then to pile on I got invited to my friends party over the weekend, I told her I would show with one caveat, she had to have something there I could eat, that turned out to be a cheese tray with some salami on it. SALAMI! that’s the best you could do? But I will say she did have some bomb bacon wrapped asparagus that was nearly gone when I got there. Needless to say I spent my evening drinking diet soda, yeah I know but this low carb thing makes me tires all the time, and eating the salami she so generously left for me. She’ll probably read this and I hope she knows I’m just kidding, but honestly this I have found is what I see everywhere I go.

Apple pie
My roommate decided to make apple pie this weekend, yet another thing not on my diet

This week has really been a week of making good decisions, order the widow maker burger with no bun but cheat and not take the cheese off, or go with the salmon and steamed green beans. I believe I made the harder, more healthy choice, each and every time. Cooking at home has become easier, as I’ve found a few things that I can eat regularly that aren’t terrible for me. I’ve been throwing away a ton of egg yolks though, even though my roommate gives me crap about it. But I do it because nothing scares me more about this challenge than failing, and that is not something I am willing to do. I will admit I think I went over on carbs and calories once last week, those damn nuts get me every time. But I made up for it, I didn’t eat for like 48hrs while I was sick.

The end of week 2 is almost upon me. I will say having this one day every couple of weeks to indulge makes it easier to stay clean in the meantime. Saturday I will be having a Large Reese’s Blizzard and maybe a slice or 2 of pizza. I’m going to try not to over indulge, but I’m really looking forward to it. I’m hoping week three to start some strength training, and upping my cardio but I’ll leave that up to the boss Grey Hat Justin Weaver.

I’m also thinking of tossing a recipe that I like each week, onto the blog, maybe help you find some new joys, I would love you guys and gals to send me some too.

Until Next time – Nate

PS below are my week 2 pics, for some reason people seem to want to see the progress ūüėČ

Nate Week 2
Nate Week 2

Meet Deron Carlis


This weeks meet a fighter we bring you Deron Carlis or “The Pharoah”. ¬†He fights out of Jason High and L.C. Davis’s American Top Team HD, in Lenexa, KS a suburb of Kansas City. ¬†Deron is 2-0 as a professional fighter after going 6-3 as an amateur. ¬†We talk to him about what it means to have the new affiliation with American Top Team, what it’s like to transition to the pro ranks, what the state of pro fighting in KC is like, what it means to train under great athletes like L.C. Davis and Jason High, and he also gives us a little insight on his first weight cut, hopefully Jason High doesn’t follow us too closely.

Prospect Profile: Mansour Barnaoui


The lightweight division in MMA has long been heralded as the deepest and most talent rich.  One of the best prospects in that division is Mansour Barnaoui.  The French fighter is just 21-years old, but has managed to put Mansour Barnaouitogether an impressive resume that is certainly piquing the interest of the top MMA promotions in the world. Holding a career mark of 11-2, his lone losses have come at the hands of current UFC fighter Kevin Lee and MMA Sun another elite lightweight prospect, Islam Makhachev. In his last two fights he finished UFC veterans Curt Warburton and Colin Fletcher en route to the BAMMA lightweight title.  He has championship belts in both France and England.  Yes, he is young, but this skateboarding enthusiast is perhaps one of the best prospects in MMA.

Barnaoui is a fighter that really is worth paying attention to as he has the potential to be a force in the MMA world for years to come. Mansour does not have a traditional martial arts background, but did start training in MMA at 15-years old. ¬†We put a lot of stock into fighter’s age in correlation to their potential. ¬†While Mansour did not begin training wrestling of BJJ at infancy, he began training in aspects of the sport at 15, which means his MMA base is MMA. ¬†Mansour has shown a very solid all around game. ¬†His striking is really good, and he throws a solid flying knee with accuracy. He has shown a willingness to stand and trade, and when he does he really seems to get the best of the exchanges. ¬†¬†He has good power in his punches. ¬† He has also shown good submissions ability. ¬†Seven of his eleven wins have come via submission. ¬†When he fought Colin Fletcher he not only showed good submission defense, but he showed great transitions. ¬†He transitions from side control, to the back with ease. ¬†He also locked up a very nice body triangle, trapping the leg of Fletcher a la B.J. Penn. ¬†He is big and strong for the lightweight category and will continue to get bigger as well. ¬†Another thing I like about “Tarzan” is that he throws very powerful punches from over top of the clinch position. ¬†I think he still has a lot of room to improve in the wrestling department. ¬†In order to improve that aspect of his game he may need to train some in the U.S. or even in Russia. ¬†He also puts himself in a bad position too often. ¬†Opponents haven’t been able to really capitalize on this, but they might be able to at ¬†a higher level, so he needs to watch himself with submissions.¬†He does great in most exchanges, but we have seen him get clipped a few times too. ¬†He will need to be a little more guarded against higher level competition.

I would expect the UFC to target someone like Barnaoui very soon. ¬†UFC has shown desire to break into mainland Europe, and Mansour may be the best prospect in Western Europe. ¬†Also, UFC has talked much about it’s global plans. ¬†Barnoui is not only fighting out of France, but he is of Tunisian decent. ¬†One would think that would add to his appeal from the UFC. ¬†This is a guy that if you watch, you will become a fan of. ¬†I think the UFC would make a mistake not signing this guy sooner rather than later. ¬†Barnoui is scheduled to fight Michael Brightmon at BAMMA 16 on Spetember 13th. The rumor is, a win there could get the BAMMA lightweight champion a UFC offer. ¬†Could we see Barnaoui become the first European UFC champion? ¬†Well, we are a long way from that, but he is certainly one to watch.

California or Bust!


[dropcap]I[/dropcap]¬†am Sacramento bound. I have known for a long time that in order to perform like an elite athlete, I was going to have to train with elite athletes on their level. I’m confident as a professional MMA fighter. But I know if I don‚Äôt take a chance now, to train on that higher level, I will stay an average fighter for the rest of my career. That is not at all what I want. For me it‚Äôs like not studying, taking the SAT, getting a 450 and having going to trade school. I have made poor decisions like that in my life thus far and for me it is time to be smart about something. I am very passionate about my career in MMA.ryan 7 I know everyone here in Nebraska is questioning, why California? Why not Omaha, Denver, or Kansas city? Well, growing up I wasn’t raised with a ton of money, bills were paid but for most kids vacationing with their family was more common than the few trips we took to bordering states and Texas to see family. Going to places like Hawaii, California or Florida was a wishful daydream. So not to offend the guys and gals at Premier, Glory, or any of the other top gyms in the Midwest but being sheltered has made me curious. I want to broaden my horizons and see the country, and eventually the world. And I think starting a professional career under Team Alpha Male must be, by far, the best thing for me for attaining my dreams and goals. I like that most of T.A.M. guys were part of the evolution of the lighter weight classes And maybe even share a bit of a Napoleon complex with me. ūüôā So I threw the idea at my best friend Delfino Benitez, another aspiring pro MMA Fighter and he loved it! We are now applying for apartments and jobs and are hopefully set to depart on the 27th of September if all goes as planned with finances. I believe I can be the best fighter in the world and I can’t thank my support group enough for believing in me. Thank you MMA Futures especially for helping us amateurs get exposure, can’t express how much it means. Help me pursue my dream, my story is far from over.

The Dedication


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Dynasty Combat Sports: The Dedication

September 5, Omaha, NE

The Dedication


The premier promotion in Nebraska is back in it’s hometown of Omaha Nebraska for Dynasty Combat Sports: The Dedication. ¬†Be sure to come watch at some of your favorite fighters enter the cage to prove who is the best. ¬†The event is special to the Nebraska MMA family and is dedicated to the memory of long time supporter Will Stanton. ¬†In his memory they will be donating $1 from every ticket sold to Nebraska Youth Suicide Prevention. ¬†So be sure to click the link above for your tickets, and always support your favorite fighter by selecting them.

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