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Can The Internet Be Trusted to Make Important Career Decisions For Young MMA Fighters?

Recently Fight Magazine launched a contest on their website where they choose an amateur or low-level pro fighter and send him off to Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas for some personal training time with Shawn Tompkins (naturally the lucky winner will live in Shawn’s “fighter house” while he’s there, presumably playing a lot of Xbox with Chris Horodecki).  They’ve narrowed it down to four finalists and are opening it up for a reader vote to choose the winner.  

Looking at the video entries and the resumes, it seems like there’s one guy who could probably do the most with a week at Xtreme Couture, and it’s Drew Dober.  Dude is 6-0 as a pro and is 20 years old, which only serves to remind us that a) our lives are wasting away, and b) this sport is going to change drastically when kids who have been doing MMA since they were fourteen begin to take over.


Dober’s youth and promise make him seem like the best choice.  But if we’ve learned anything about the way the internet works, it’s that there is no justice to be found.  Usually it’s just people screwing with each other and acting as a series of independently-operating agents of chaos, which is why we have a sneaking feeling that this guy might win:

Weird mustache?  Check.  Ability to make you feel kind of awkward just by talking?  Check.  Fish tank in the background?  Major check.

We’re not saying it would be a travesty if this guy won, and we certainly respect his enthusiasm, but we also don’t think it will be the start of a storied career as a heavyweight for Wyatt Earp up there if he shows up at Xtreme Couture ready to spar with Ray Sefo. 

That’s why we’re voting for Drew, who actually seems legit.  We’ll also be paying close attention to how this pans out just so we know whether the internet can really be trusted to make important decisions in the future.  If it can’t, we don’t even want to think about what that means for our investments in all those Nigerian diamond mines we keep getting emails about.  

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phaderlanx- June 28, 2009 at 9:06 am
@Derly

His name is Hiroya. I trained with him at kaewsamrit in bangkok. He turned 16 while i was there, and lives/goes to school in thailand.. Me and two other farang took him out to a ping pong show in the patpong area and had to get him aviators and a hat because the japo tourists would recognize him... true story/

also Drew is legit, Ive seen him fight (Am Muay thai) several times... very sharp on the feet
Chri534.- June 27, 2009 at 1:32 am
...relax, I only did one.
Chri534.- June 27, 2009 at 1:31 am
hahaha, so many pedophilia jokes to be made from the comments.

In all seriousness, yeah it's gonna be crazy in a couple years when the talent level explodes even more than it has/is for the last couple years.

I just hope I get that wrestling coach job at the middle school so I can keep a few of the boys after and give them some "special" jui-jitsu workous....
Chri534.- June 27, 2009 at 1:27 am
Way to bring in the creepy ArmFarmer.
Studlee- June 26, 2009 at 5:32 pm
I've seen Drew train and fight live several times.

He's the real deal.
Derly- June 26, 2009 at 5:23 pm
Since this seems to be more about young guys having potential, what about that 16 year old Japanese kid who fights on K-1 cards? He always fights guys that look his age, but they only reason they are on the card is because he is the one fighting them.
Mdollas- June 26, 2009 at 12:57 pm
The club I train at has "Power Kids" which is 6-12 years old Freestyle Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing, and its packed full of kids, but how many of them will follow through who knows, I rolled against a 13 year old who had just made the transition to the adult classes, and has been doing jiu-jitsu since he was 6 lol if not for him being so small I woulda been in trouble, really technically advanced for his age.
831 Son- June 26, 2009 at 11:44 am
Yea same here ArmFarmer. I recently saw a 8 year old who trained muay thai and looked like a mini Anderson Silva. But yeah its people like Lyoto Machida that get born into fighting and shit that are gonna be the gods of MMA.
ArmFarmer- June 26, 2009 at 11:41 am
14? I've seen kids competting in wrestling and bjj at like 5 or 6 years old. Those are the ones that are gonna be nasty. I'm pretty sure sherk and kos started wrestling around that age, just imagine if they'd been doing bjj in the off season.
Mdollas- June 26, 2009 at 11:10 am
Yeah its gunna be crazy when the young guns take over. Rory MacDonald from Kelowna B.C. , 19 years goin on 20, Current King of the Cage light weight champion of Canada, and Current King of the Cage Lightweight champion of the world. Started at 15 first pro fight at 16 and with 1 fight left on his KOTC contract look for him in the UFC.
Akilleez- June 26, 2009 at 10:56 am
The 2nd guy is obviously trying to replicate a samurai master.
Derly- June 26, 2009 at 10:48 am
Drew Dober's record may be 6-0, but his opponents have a combined 2-8 record, with only one breaking even at 2-2. So maybe that equals potential but I'm not sure.
MyFightWiffaCheeto- June 26, 2009 at 10:42 am
Jared Carle = Creepy Uncle.
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