(Instead of bringing a knife to a gunfight against Couture, Toney’s bringing an unarmed combat instructor)
If you caught the UFC 118 countdown show last night, you were introduced to James Toney’s new trainer, Kenpo karate black belt and hand to hand combat instructor Trevor Sherman.
I was kind of taken aback since the last I had heard Toney was working with the beloved former plaintiff of a CP court case, Juanito Ibarra.
It turns out Ibarra and Toney parted company back in May, and since we can’t afford to defend another frivilous lawsuit after paying for new CP smart cars for Ben and I, we’ll say it was Ibarra’s choice to leave and just leave it at that. It’s not hard to believe, since he’s never been a difficult person to deal with in the past.
In case you missed the show, Sherman teaches empty hand combat to various U.S. government agencies including the FBI.
What struck me as odd was the fact that he referred to submissions as "Brazilian locks" on the show and he said that he has shown Toney how to avoid them.
Really? After only a few months work? I’ve been training jiu-jitsu for a year or two and I still can’t avoid all of those Brazilian’s locks.
If you aren’t convinced that Sherman, who admits to never having trained an MMA fighter for a bout before is qualified, check out this demo reel from his American Kenpo Karate team and then say he isn’t a bad mo’fo:
(Video courtesy YouTube/AmericanKenpoKarate)
All I know is after watching that clip, Randy is in trouble if they hand James a rubber knife during the bout or if they have a choreographed move competition.