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Branden Chevrefils – Grey Hat Spotlight

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Humble, soft-spoken, almost reticent at times, Grey Hat Welterweight Branden Chevrefils is not a archetypal MMA fighter; neither brash, nor cocky, he is thoughtful and gracious, appearing far more mature than his 21 years lead on.

However, after taking one look at his ability and well-defined abs, it is clear that Branden has been training at a level most do not touch.

“Being able to fight to the end,” comments Chevrefils, “that’s what makes a good fighter.”

Now on deployment in the U.S. Military, Branden Chevrefils persevered, committing himself to MMA. Through hard work, training, and sheer determination, he continues to up his fight game, and eventually will find success in the MMA cage upon his return.

Amassing an 8-1-0 mixed martial arts record against some of the Midwest and U.S. military, top MMA talent, including VFC’s Karhramon Dekhkanov. Chevrefils started fighting at age 17 and was the winner of Gladiator Fighting Association Welterweight title.

Chevrefils is noted for his fast and unorthodox fighting style, an unpredictable right hand, and, as he puts it, a “never-say-die attitude,” Branden is not one to rest on his past victories. Aware that his peers are also rapidly improving and raising their games, he is constantly searching for ways to remain one step ahead of the pack.

Focused on his three session per day workout regimen, in addition to his military training, Branden Chevrefils summons motivation from his friends and family in Kansas and abroad. A tenacious fighter inside the cage, he is fueled by the spirit of his team in Manhattan and Fort Riley Kansas.

“I am driven and I am not even close to where I want to be; the best,” Branden admits. “MMA has given me great opportunities and has changed my life. I want to be the best in the world”

We are proud to announce that Branden will be writing a (yet to be named) blog right here on MMA Futures while on deployment in the middle east!

Making the Cut – Week 3

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Well, here we are again, another week down.  I’m going to do this a little differently this week. I’ll give you my rundown, and then I have some tips.

Lets start with my week:  Last week I was sicker than I thought; Thursday, I actually slept my entire day away and thought I might have pneumonia but hey, I survived.  Getting sick has actually set me back a little bit as today was the 1st time I got out and exercised in over a week.  I celebrated my 1st cheat day and over did it. Once I figured it out,  turns out I had almost 4000 calories that day, damn! If what I am told is correct, it shouldn’t matter as my body will just pass the stuff its not used too.  Now that I’ve gotten through the 1st couple of weeks it’s time to change my diet a little. After dropping right around 12lbs in 2 weeks, Im still on low carb but adding in low fat. Next week will be a real challenge as I’ll be giving up artificial sweeteners, which translates to no soda and no caffeine after my coffee in the morning.  Next week will also be the beginning of strength training. I’m told the best way to loose weight at this point is to convert my fat to muscle. Justin Weaver, who is doing my strength and conditioning plan, describes the idea of building muscle early like this. [pullquote] “A car with more horsepower burns more gasoline, and that’s how the body works, the more muscle, horsepower, you have the more calories, fuel, you burn while doing nothing.” [/pullquote]

 

Okay now on to a couple of tips-Eggs1_1

 

1) I found it simply amazing how much removing the yolks from eggs can change the dietary substance of the egg.  The yolks are great, but simply removing it makes the incredible edible egg so much healthier, and I’m always after simple solutions to things I already like.

 

2225236730 Orange Peel Medium Serving Bowl_300dpi2) One of my biggest issues with diet is over eating, I had a friend of mine bring me a great little idea, and it was simple. He placed a bowl in front of me and told me “I don’t care what you put in here, but you can only eat what fits in this bowl. You can refill it every 3 hours not before.”  The idea here is this allows the stomach to shrink, same idea a gastric bypass, but done naturally.

Meet a Fighter – James Krause

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James Krause, well what can you say about this guy? This man is smart and driven and the true definition of what it takes to be a great athlete.  He’s invested his winnings very wisely in a gym that has all the potential to be one of the if not the best gym in the midwest. He also puts his team and his fans first.  In this interview, James talks with us about Glory MMA, gives some advice to up and coming athletes and touches on UFC 178 and what he thinks of the card and his upcoming fight.  Oh and GOMI!

The Dream Catcher

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Goal… What does the word goal mean to you? According to Webster it means, “The object of a person’s ambition or efforts; an aim or desired result, the destination of a journey.” Is this how you personally would interpret the term goal, or does it mean the pursuit of your dream? Are you a goal setter, or one who fly’s by the seat of your pants? I am a very goal orientated person.  Each day I set a goal. Sometimes small short term and sometimes big long term but each day I want to be better than the day before.  goal 1 (3) Women’s Mixed Marital Arts (WMMA) has changed the way I look at my goals. Most of my long term goals involve WMMA. With one of my main long term goals, being able to fight on national television. I aspire to being on an Invicta Fighting Championship fight card. Invicta is an all Pro female fight series dedicated to providing female athletes with a major platform to showcase their skills on a consistent basis.  Invicta was founded in 2012.  Even though the promotion is new to the mma scene, Invicta has established itself and has now teamed up with UFC Fight Pass. It has become a nationally televised event. I would would consider fighting on an Invicta card an extreme accomplishment and a privilege. goal 4This is my goal in pursuit of my dream.  In order to fight on an Invicta card, I work each and every day, knowing day in and day out I become one step closer to achieving my goal. Now that I have shared one of my goals with you, do you have your goals or dreams mapped out? If not I advise sitting down and writing your short term/long term goals out and put them where they are visible daily and question yourself if you are on the right track to accomplishing your goals. Setting and achieving goals is one thing you as an individual, can accomplish yourself, in pursuit of your dreams!

Zach Hughes vs Spencer Risch

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Zach Hughs vs Spencer Risch – In this weeks fight of the week we bring you a fight between Zach Hughes and Spencer Risch, this was a #1 contender fight for the DC 170 Amateur Title.  Many thought this fight was done in the 1st round but a great turn around in the second makes it go the other direction.  Enjoy.

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