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Ryan Jimmo’s ‘Big Deal Blog’ Number Eight: Cost vs. Reward at Crunch Time and Digging for Dinosaurs

(Jimmo is a full-time fighter and part-time Matthew McConaughey stunt double.)

Undefeated in the past four years, at 13-1 Ryan Jimmo is one of Canada’s most promising MMA prospects. The Big Deal is in the thick of training camp for a championship bout with fellow Canadian Dwayne Lewis at MFC 28 — a fight has deservingly named one of this month’s 10 Tussles Worth Watching — on February 25 in Edmonton Alberta and has graciously offered to write about his preparations for the biggest fight of his career, via a weekly training blog published every week leading up to the fight right here at


10 days left!!!!

Fight time is looming very close. The final preparations are being put into place, small mistakes are being corrected and game plans are being polished.

I’ve been keeping a close eye on my weight the last few days. It’s been fluctuating between 225 to 228 pounds and I suspect it to be around 222-223 by the weekend. Less than 20 pounds should make for a rather simple and painless cut. I expect to be around 230 in the ring on February 25.

The last two weeks prior to a fight are a hectic time with training, interviews and people wanting tickets. You also have to factor in the fact that your body is worn down from a lot of training and more prone to injuries at this time. Taking care of any previous injuries is also on the agenda at this point. Nothing sours a fight more than if you’re in the ring feeling less than 100%. All the “go-hard-retard” mentality has to take a back seat in the final weeks to ensure you’re at peak performance come fight time.

Intensity is still required , but you have to pick and choose where to put it. I have a little system I use that is based on risk versus reward numbers.

If an activity has a benefit of 9 but a risk factor of 8, then at a reward of 1 it’s probably not an activity that’s optimal in the last few weeks before a fight. You need to find training methods that have a benefit of at least 7.5 with a risk factor of 4 or less. These kinds of numbers make more sense at this stage in the game. Most of the work is done and you’re not going to have some sort of miraculous improvements this close to the fight, so why risk an injury? That’s not to say improvements CAN’T happen, just that they will come in smaller increments.

Discovering your skill and potential is kind of like being a paleontologist and digging up dinosaur fossils. The fossils(skill and potential) are there, but first we have to find where they’re buried and then you have to dig them up. We start by clearing away large chunks of dirt and rock at first until eventually we are dusting away fine grains of sand and dust with a delicate brush.

There’s a reason were called mixed marital artist: Were artists, and we show the world our sculptures in the ring or the cage. Our visions are not just our views on fighting, but also how we see ourselves and the world around us.

I think it’s very important for fighters and people involved in the sport to be good diplomats of MMA. Let’s face it, mixed martial arts is still in its infancy and considered a fledgling sport when compared to other major sports like baseball, football, basketball and hockey. If anyone involved in any of those sports behaved like some MMA practitioners and people in our industry have been known to, they would be fined and suspended. It’s almost like we’re still the little brother and have to misbehave to get attention. On the other hand, sometimes people like watching a train wreck, so it gains us attention.

It’s nearly impossible to force our mainstream growth to increase any more than it is, but I’m hoping as we continue to progress, we’ll grow out of the “teen” years and begin to behave like adults, so to speak. This is something that has to happen as a group, or a large portion of the group to sway public opinion and switch our growth in a new direction. I think people like GSP, Randy Couture and few others are beginning to tilt the scales in a positive direction as far as portraying MMA in a positive image and setting a new standard for behavior for us as athletes and representatives of the sport. Lets just hope it continues.

“We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true, rather than what feels good.” -Carl Sagan

Ryan “The Big Deal” Jimmo

*Be sure to listen to Ryan on Friday’s edition of The Bum Rush Radio Show.

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mat84- February 19, 2011 at 2:17 pm
fans suck i could not agree more with you man
fans suck- February 17, 2011 at 11:17 am
This guy isn't writing to get a pulitzer prize. If you are at all interested in MMA talent and not just on the top 5 bandwagon you should be watching guys like Jimmo. Every website has the same losers slamming fighters and each other. Must be some kind of "I feel inadequate club"...sounds exclusive. Here's an idea; go back to playing video games and picking your nose in your mothers basement. Only a loser could possibly want to invest so much time being negative. Try getting out from behind your computer and training so you can appreciate what any fighter invests. See ya losers and good luck on the fight Jimmo! Cagepotato you really have screen these tards it ruins an otherwise great website.
mayden- February 17, 2011 at 10:43 am
I enjoy reading Ryan's blog because I am from the same home town aas him and remember him as a little kid growing up. If I wasnt interested, i probably wouldn't read his blog. I am certain I wouldn'd read it, put negative comments about how horrible it was and then keep coming back to it. Guess I just don't have that kind of time to waste.
Smitty- February 17, 2011 at 7:24 am
First Caps lock C.Sample........I can't wait for the return of Tuf Guy. I'm about ready to get my Curt Cobain on!!
Smitty- February 17, 2011 at 7:22 am
@ Curtis Sample
And oh what pain it is.......
donfryesmustache- February 17, 2011 at 7:13 am
@ Turd, Marqaurdt would still outblog him, lol :-). @ballkick, take your ball & go home, & by ball I mean your one testicle as the other ripped itself from your screaming scrotum due to the levels of douchiness found within your body. It's now living a happy life in a pawnshop on the top shelf
El Famous Burrito- February 17, 2011 at 5:42 am
Where's the journalistic integrity?

I demand that CP do a scientific, double-blind study as to how hard retards can actually go before posting this kind of hearsay!
Curtis Sample- February 17, 2011 at 4:55 am
Fuck All y'all bitches I"m Back! The original CP bad boy! Get ready for the pain!
Canadian MMA is weak besides GSP- February 17, 2011 at 4:53 am
Who cares Canadian MMA is weak besides GSP. And he only only fights just enough to win.
mat84- February 17, 2011 at 4:31 am
i read these articles every week ballkick seems like he is an angry fat peice of shit good luck jimmo rep canada
Fatbellyfrank- February 17, 2011 at 2:33 am
Is there a time frame on getting the logins fixed?
karmaatemydouche- February 17, 2011 at 1:17 am
Rex kwan doe.....suckas
karmas.a douche- February 17, 2011 at 1:13 am
Rex kwan doe.......sukas
karmas.a douche- February 17, 2011 at 1:06 am
karmas.a douche- February 17, 2011 at 12:53 am
My coaches call me kip, and they agree I'm an mma master! Kip out!
TheFuckingBest- February 16, 2011 at 11:50 pm
I'll comment on this blog, for obvious reasons
AssClown- February 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm
Well I'd really love to see this Jimmo guy blow up and be a contender in the UFC in the future, or would you just rather wait until a guy is holding a strap before you get interested.

Ballkick I'm sure you'd be right there hanging on this guy's nuts beside the balled up piece of fruit of the loom, and crusted pre cum.
Dead Space II- February 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm
I think this article would make a person go insane.
Smitty- February 16, 2011 at 7:24 pm
^ You and everyone else can post all they want, but Ballkick is exactly right. This is the dumbest series of articles ever on this to the war machine blogs. I wish big deal good luck in his fight, but his blog is big deal.
Tai-Pan- February 16, 2011 at 7:16 pm
I did not read the article and only posted this to prove Ballkick wrong. 11 posts.
bob reilly can tongue punch my fart box- February 16, 2011 at 7:15 pm
Hey Ryan. Good luck and Edmonton is the Winnipeg of Alberta
Martinez V Zimmer II- February 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm
@employee monitoring - I think he means Paul Harris
employee monitoring- February 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm
Good post. I also love sports. Btw, who is Palhares???
Martinez V Zimmer II- February 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm
If that's the original HAL then OBI needs to come back for sure.
Ryan Jimmo is the poor mans Bonnar- February 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm
Ryan Jimmo is the poor mans Bonnar