I don’t have hard data on it, but from what I’ve seen and heard, many in the MMA media (from outlets big and small alike) have spent some time experiencing the martial arts from a practitioner’s perspective.
Elias Cepada comes to mind, who currently covers MMA for Yahoo! Sports. Cepada described himself an “occasional presence” at a Chicago jiu-jitsu academy as he wrote for MMA websites like Inside Fighting and Cage Potato — and he wasn’t happy with it. So he stepped his training up, and eventually competed in several amateur MMA bouts in the US and Canada. He chronicled the experience in a series of articles.
New York Times Bestselling Author Matthew Polly, of course, wrote a book about his one-fight MMA career, Tapped Out. We spoke about the book last year.
Last night, MMA journalist Spencer Lazara of MMAinterviews.tv and others, took to the cage to fight at the Tuf’N’Uff event at Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas — and it was memorable to say the least.
Check out the video, as Lazara’s opponent, Sir Mosely, goes for an odd fake when Lazara lands a right hand knockout for the ages.