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It’s midway through the day as I sit down in my hotel room to write this.

In about 3 hours, one of my fighters Ryan Dickson will be weighing in for the Havoc FC MMA event.

He is well prepared, in great shape and very excited to scrap tomorrow night!

We ended up sleeping in a bit this morning after last night’s long flight to Calgary and a one hour drive from there to Red Deer, Alberta. I really didn’t do too much today: I had some lunch at Mucho Burrito and then rode the exercise bike  here in the hotel gym –which is a really nice gym!– for an hour or so.

I’ll post more tonight after the weigh-ins…


Ryan Cutting Weight and Talking on the Phone


My side of the room is already a mess!



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Here”s a video taken from the crowd of Ryan Dickson”s win over Chris St. Jean at the Score Fighting Series in Hamilton, casino online Ontario.

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We’re sitting in the hotel after last night’s Flawless Fighting event here in Chicago, Illinois.

Everything went really well and Ryan was able to take his pro-record to three wins, no losses –9-0 overall, all finishes, no decisions– with a first round victory over a tough opponent in Jason Graves. After several striking exchanges, Jason threw a body kick  which Ryan caught immediately. Throwing his opponent to the ground Ryan followed up by quickly moving into the 1/2 guard position. Soon after, Ryan passed to mount and forced his opponent to turn his back to him which opened up the opportunity to attack with a choke. After a few seconds of Ryan squeezing, Jason tapped out to a very tight rear naked choke.

We were starving after the fight –we hadn’t eaten since noon– so one of the local guys here Dave –great guy!– was nice enough to take us over to get our first taste of Chicago style pizza. It was awesome! After tearing through the crazy filling dinner we hit up a local bar for the after fight party. At the party we met many great people there and I had a chance to spend some time talking with my good friend Ray Flores as well which was cool

Halfway through the night, my man Shonie Carter showed up. An awesome guy with a crazy amount of energy and flare, Shonie was pretty damn funny! He was also in really good shape and seemed to have bulked up a  bit.

A big group of us headed back to our hotel by shuttle at around 1am and that was about it for the night.

In a few minutes Ryan and I will be heading to the airport for the trip home…

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Just sitting here hanging out in the hotel room with Ryan Dickson. Tomorrow he’ll do battle with local fighter Jason Graves at the Flawless Fighting Championships. He’s done all of his homework in the gym and is in great shape so we’re both very excited for fight time.

We arrived yesterday by plane –from Buffalo– and spent a few hours sitting around our hotel watching T.V before getting some sleep; Not much else happened other than that.

This morning we got up early to search out a place where we could find a scale and a sauna to cut the extra weight that Ryan had to lose before the event weigh-ins.

With a few hours to kill midway through the day we squeezed in watching a movie as well –“The Watch” which was pretty damn funny– at a nearby theater. It only costed us seven bucks! That was a pretty good deal did compared to Canadian movie prices.

After returning to our hotel we chilled out for a bit before jumping onto a shuttle to head to an MMA gym in downtown Chicago for the weigh-ins. Ryan’s opponent weighed in almost five pounds over –totally unprofessional move by him– but we’ve agreed to fight regardless.

I’m about to close up the laptop and lie down to get some sleep. That is after I finish kicking my wife’s butt at online scrabble. I’m up by a few points with only a few turns left and I never beat her so wish me luck!

Thanks to our many great sponsors S.S.T Hamilton, Tapout Training Center – Burlington, Show-No-Love Fightwear, Thunder Tribe Energy Shot, Trenchless Utilities, Tattz & Company, Endzone Bar & Grill, JR Financial and FightZone Hamilton.

@*($…I’m back and just wanted to let you know my wife beat me by 2 points!

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Congratulations to Team Joslin (Hamilton) competitors Joey Martin and Dolan Walker on their success at the Junior Combat Classic – Provincial Grappling Championships.

Joey took home two provincial titles by taking the gold medal in 2 divisions and Dolan fought hard for the Silver Medal.

Great to see all of their hard work on the mats pay off!

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Coming off a win in his professional debut –in the first round by armlock–, Ryan Dickson (@rydmma) has been steadily building his MMA skills and fighting record over the last few years. He has faced a some very tough competitors throughout his amateur career and has remained undefeated with a 6-0 record (all finishes).

His next fight will be very soon. I`ll post more info once everything is confirmed.

Here`s a recent television segment aired on CH Television about Ryan and his recent success inside the cage:


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I just want to congratulate one of our team’s fighters, Ryan Dickson on his win this weekend over a tough Brett Biederman. He did a fantastic job inside the cage!

Ryan trained hard for this one!

During the fight, Ryan used a solid mix of striking, wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to win what was his professional MMA debut by armlock in the very first round.

6-0 as an amateur  –all finishes/no decisions– (and an XCC welterweight championship belt) Ryan has been steadily building into the strong force that he has become inside the cage.

Thanks to the rest of the Joslin team that helped him get ready for this fight and to everyone who came out to cheer him on. We could hear you all from the cage that’s for sure!

Also special thanks to the many great sponsors that got behind us –>

Ancaster Dental
Tegs Tools
S.S.T (Sports Specific Training)
Trenchless Utility Equipment

Next up…some BJJ tourneys and more MMA fights in September.

Here’s a couple clips from weigh-in and warmup

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Early this morning I got back after a fun night in Port Huron Michigan.

A small crew of us –Kevin, Mike, Antonio, and I–headed down with our fighter Steve Bingham and his family to the Border Wars mixed martial arts event.

Steve, who was going into the fight with a 4-1 amateur record, fought in the main event against undefeated (3-0) fighter, George Abdallah from Adrenalin Training Center in London, Ontario.

Watching some of George’s previous fights, we had a strong feeling that he would try to attempt to use a thai style clinch in an attempt to knee Steve in the body and face. He had done exactly that really well in his previous victories.

We drilled many counters to that type of clinch and it definately paid off. Steve showed some good composure throughout the fight, landing some crisp strikes and reacted like a friggin Ninja to catch the armlock submission after only 32 seconds.

Here’s the fight vid…

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I just came across the video of the championship MMA fight between Ryan Dickson and Jason Meisel at the XCC in Michigan.

Man, I was super excited to see Ryan win the belt! He had trained so hard for the fight and did absolutely everything he had to do in the gym to prepare for a tough battle that night.

His opponent, Jason, was also 5-0 coming into this fight and showed solid skills and great composure during the action which made for a excellent match-up between the two fighters. It was a very fun fight to watch that’s for sure.

Here’s the video of the entire fight:

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MMA Fight Night!

It was a long drive –over 4 hours– from Hamilton, Ontario to the MMA event venue in Flint, Michigan but we managed to arrive long before the fights were to begin.

A buddy of mine, Kris, who also trains with us –a BJJ purple belt–, ended up driving while Ryan and me rode along as passengers.  Our other fighter Steve Bingham traveled with some members of his family.

Hoping to head home right after the fights, it would have been great if our fights were early on in the line-up but that was far from the case. Out of a total 29 amateur MMA fights, we were fights numbers 23 and 28.  We didn’t get out of there until well past midnight.

The fights went really well. Both Steve and Ryan each earned another “win” on their record with perfectly executed arm locks. Ryan landed his submission early in the very first round –45 seconds in I believe– and Steve slapped his on with 1 minute remaining in a three round war. His opponent was tough! After surviving repeated triangle attacks and landing some strikes in the process, he was forced to tap out when Steve locked on an ultra tight and powerful arm lock.

Here’s a video with some highlights from the night…

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