KCMMA interviews Aaron Derrow before his fight with Dave Burrow on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
KCMMA: How did you get in to the sport? The progression from traditional martial arts to where you are now in MMA?
Derrow: My brother wanted to try judo out one day, so we visited a local judo/bjj club out in Blue Springs. Once we started grappling I fell in love with it. It has been a healthy addiction ever since. I started Judo and BJJ with the mind set of wanting to do MMA. So, I never developed the traditional martial arts mind set. I was always thinking of a way I could apply what I learned to a MMA fight.
KCMMA: What's your favorite strike/submission to use in any fight?
DERROW: Whatever wins the fight (he laughs), but I like heel hooks the most. I think they are the most damaging.
KCMMA: Who inspires you today? Who has been your biggest inspiration in the past?
DERROW: Everyone that has inspired me, or people I have looked up to in the past has taught me one common thing. Dont rely on other people for inspiration and motivation, YOU have to find it with in yourself.
KCMMA: Can you tell us about your fight camp preparing for this fight?
DERROW: My camps always go great, I had over a month to prepare for this fight. Im always in great shape for fight day. It consist of tons of sparring, and tons of grappling with top notch fighters. My team at Grindhouse always gets me ready for competition.
KCMMA: What does it mean for you to be a fighter?
DERROW: It's the life I chose. It's a huge part of me. I'm so thankful to be physically blessed to be able to do this. I plan on competing until I physically can't.
KCMMA: How do you handle negative perceptions of the sport?
DERROW: This used to be a problem for me. I used to care way to much about what people said, or thought about me. You have to realize people are going to be negative regardless of what you do or what you accomplish.
I know this guy from church and he comes up to me and says "I don't know how you do MMA. It seems so barbaric to me" This guy is really out of shape and massively overweight, so I say to him "I don't see how you can let yourself get so out of shape and overweight, then come sit in a pew, and worship Jesus, that kind of seems barbaric to me"
What you perceive to be true becomes your reality. I honestly don't care if someone doesn't like my sport. But the second someone starts telling me of things they perceive to be wrong that involve me, I'm going to tell them things I perceive wrong about them. That's how I handle negative perceptions about my sport
KCMMA: Being a veteran, how have you seen the perception of MMA change?
DERROW: Wow! I am a veteran (he laughs), I forget how many fights I have had. For starters, MMA has become socially acceptable. It's become mainstream. Every farm town has a local MMA team now and, in my opinion, that's awesome. It shows the growth and success of the sport. You still have a lot of people who are ignorant to the fact that it IS just a sport. They confuse an MMA fight with a street fight. They just don't realize the vast differences between the two.
KCMMA: What holes do you see in your opponents game? Where do you think he is strong?
DERROW: Honestly, I don't know much about my opponent. From what I've seen, it seems like he likes to grapple. I'm not worried about anyone out-grappling me in a fight, or out-fighting me in a fight (he grins).
KCMMA: If you had to say there was one thing that separates you from every other fighter in your division, what would it be?
DERROW: I don't realize when Im getting my ass beat, I can just keep moving forward (chuckle). My ability to stay humble and to truly appreciate all of the blessings and opportunities in my life.
KCMMA: Who would be your dream fight? Is there anyone out there famous that you think you would want to fight?
DERROW: Whoever the current UFC champion is. That's not a dream. It's my goal.
KCMMA: What do you want to be remembered for at the end of your career?
DERROW: Win, lose, or draw - I gave 110% effort. There are so many uncontrollable factors in life. You can't control the judges opinion; you can't control whether you're sick or not that day; you can't control whether or not someone you love has breast cancer; but the one thing you can control is the amount of effort you put into something.
BLAST FROM THE PAST when Brazillian Jiu Jitsu fighter Aaron Derrow takes on UFC Star, Rich Clementi at Titan Fighting Challenge. Watch until the very end for an unbelievable comeback by Derrow that many proclaim as the biggest comeback in Kansas City MMA History.
True Fan Fight Results--Tradition, Glory, Honor 9-13-2013
Justin Young vs. Gerado Vallero (155) Young wins via 1st round RNC
Rick Lee vs. Josh Coleman (170) Lee wins via 1st Round TKO
Travis Smith vs. Austen Bulston (205) Austen wins via 1st rd tap to strikes
Tim Radford NO-SHOWED for his fight against Tony Borden
Tony Borden vs. Austen Payne (135) 3 round war split decision victory for Austen Payne KCMMA.com FOTN HONORS
Ryan Baker vs. Joel Harris (155) 3 rd split decision victory for Joel Harris
Mariah Adam vs. Sam Camacho (155) Camacho with the win via RNC in 1st round.
Jessica Brown vs. Julie Russell (135) Russell with the win via 2nd Rd. TKO
Robert Russell vs. Henry Brewer (155) Russell with win via 1st rd TKO
Chance Camacho vs. Andrew Borden (140) Grappling. Borden with win via 3 rd Decision
JR. Dawson vs. Jarred Merrick (155) Dawson with win via 3 round Decision Victory
Gary Westphall vs. Curt Johnson (185) Westphall with win via 1st round RNC Submission
Chris Tharp vs. Kevin Brown (185) Brown with win via 3 rd decision
Travis Ford vs. Matthew Fueston (155) Travis Ford with win via 2nd Round Submission.
Blue Corner Rd. 22 Battle of The Belts 9-13-2003
Shawn Boone vs. Michael Heckert. Shawn Boone NO SHOWED TO HIS SCHEDULED FIGHT
Reace Young vs. Josh Spencer (145). Young with win via 2nd rd submission via triangle
Holly Torrez vs. Pinky Busby (140) Torrez with Decision Win
Eric Davis vs. Joe Harris (185) Eric Davis wins via TKO in the 1st
Charles Brown vs, Jordan Doolin- Charles Brown wins via TKO in the 2nd
George Chandler vs. Joaquin Buckley Buckley win via Decision KCMMA.com FOTN HONORS (VIDEO BY KC NEUTRAL CORNER AND BETHANY GREYCAT)
Andrew Tyson vs.Izzy Ortiz-Tyson wins via 1st round RNC
CJ Hunter vs. Kyleb Collins-CJ wins via 1st round armbar submission
Dustin Fischer vs. Trey Johnson- Dustin Fischer wins via Armbar submission in the 2nd.
Chad Williams vs. Jeremiah Denson- Jeremiah with win via Armbar decision in 1st round
Joe Estrada vs. James London- Estrada wins
Chance Thackston vs. Bernard Thomas- Thomas wins via 5 round Decision
Yesterday, I went to the hospital to visit my old teammate, friend, and someone I completely admire in Jacob Combs. He has been there since his fight on Saturday night. Why? Check this video out. (Special thx to KC Neutral Corner and videographer Bethany Greycat for this video).
In the first 15 seconds he takes a devastating kick to the jaw while shooting a double leg and it breaks. After a huge slam, and ground and pound, dominating his opponent positionally, his corner, Derek Bohi, makes a tough call to stop this fight and end Jacob's undefeated streak. This is a little disappointing considering Jacob won the round, and this was such a fun fight to watch, but a selfless call by his cornermen!!
However, this goes to show you that you may win a round, but not the fight; props to his opponent for his vicious hands and legs! Adam D'Angelo is no doubt, the best striker in the amateur HW class around the area.
Now, what you may not know from the video is the whole round, Jacob was choking down blood barely able to breath from the injury inside of his mouth. He has a pretty bad cut too, but "that was no big deal", he says. Yesterday, he had reconstructive surgery yesterday on his jaw with plates and screws. What is the 1st thing he asked the doctor? "Can I fight again?"
Who does this? A true fighter does!! This is why I love this sport. Some will understand, some won't. It's really that simple. Thx to Jacob and Adam for literally the best HW match-up 1st round of action I think I have ever seen.
Invictus Fighting Challenge Results
170lbs Dakota Dunn vs Alex Cochrane-
Dakota Dunn with the Unanimous Decision Victory in a bloody crazy ridiculous mess from these warriors.
170lbs Apollo Brown vs Michael Espinosa- Wow crazy perfect Tko victory by Michael Espinosa over Apollo Brown in the 1st rd.
145lbs Daron McCant vs Keenan Mosby- Look out for McCant, very talented. 2nd round submission Victory, rear-naked choke.
205lbs James Ernest vs Joseph Woodard- Submission Victory, 35 seconds of round one, Rear-Naked Choke.
225lbs Chris Flores vs Kevin Woltkamp- Woltkamp with the tko...1st rd
155lbs Francisco Carrasco vs Joe Canfield- Canfield with 2nd Round RNC Submission Victory.
145lbs Chuka Willis vs Justin Pritchett Contention Fight-Chuka Willis with win due to Tap Out due to strikes in the 2nd round.
155lbs John Ford vs Dominic Cantu Title- Ford with the win. 2nd round armbar.
Hvy. Adam D’Angelo vs Jacob Combs Title- Corner stoppage after first round with Victory to Adam D'Angelo
135lbs Demetrius Wilson vs Billy Benz Title Defense-Unanimous Decision Victory to Billy Benz
THIS UPCOMING WEEKEND FIGHT CARDS!!
TRUE FIGHT FAN: Tradition, Honor, Glory. THIS FRIDAY NIGHT at Whiskey Tango (FREE) Get your tickets from KCMMA.com, your favorite fighter, or other participating locations.
MAIN EVENT: Travis T-rowdy Ford Mma vs. Matthew Fueston (155) MMA
Co-Main Event: Kevin Chamelio Salamandor Brown
vs. Chris Tharp (170) MMA
Jr Dawson vs. Jarred Michael Merrick (145) MMA
Chance Camacho vs. Andrew Borden (135) Grap
Gary Westphal Jr. vs. Joey Fisher (170) MMA
Henry Brewer vs. Robert Russell (155) KB
Joel Harris vs. Ryan Baker (155) MMA
Tim Radford vs. Tony Borden (135) MMA
Travis Smith vs. Austen Bulston (205) MMA
Rick ___ vs. Josh Coleman (170) MMA
Geraldo vs. Justin Young (155) MMA
Julie Russell vs. Jessica Brown (135) KB
Jordan Casterline vs. Curt Johnson(185) Grap
Sam Camacho vs. Storme Burkemper (120) KB
Mariah Adame vs. Brittany Whitley (155) KB
BLUE CORNER FRIDAY NIGHT at VOODOO Lounge, Harrah's Casino.
155lb Title Fight : Bernard Thomas* vs Chance Thackston* (5 rounds)
135lb Title Fight : James London* vs Joe Estrada* (5 rounds)
170lb Chad Williams* vs Jeremiah Denson* (5 rounds)
145lb Title Fight : Cjay Hunter* vs Kyleb Collins (5 rounds)
185lb Title Fight : Trey Johnson* vs Dustin Fischer* (5 rounds)
150lb Andrew Tyson* vs Izzy Ortiz*
155lb Charles Brown* vs Jordan Doolin*
185lb Joe Harris* vs Eric Davis*
140lb Pinky Busby* vs Holly Torrez*
170lb Joaquin Buckley* vs George Chandler*
145lb Justin Ferris* vs Josh Spencer*
170lb Shawn Boone* vs ????
Dennis Hallman vs. Dan Hornbuckle
Hornbuckle, a Bellator Vet at 24-5 with a great submission game as a brown belt in Brazillian Jiu Jitsu will be taking on UFC Vet, Dennis Hallman who brings with a massive 51-14 record with an extensive wrestling pedigree.
Dustin Phillips vs. Kevin Croom-Both these fighters are from the Kansas/Missouri area, but have traveled the country getting the best MMA training that can be found. Croom trains out of Alberque, New Mexico with Greg Jackson while Phillips trains out of Las Vegas. Both of these guys bring the noise with wiry but power-filled crazy small guy mma.
Alex White vs. Roy Babcock- Alex is 6-0 while Babcock is 7-1. These guys are insane high-level and looking to make their mark on their way to The Big Show.
Chance ReCountre vs. Jason Witt- Witt is 2-0 while Recountre is 1-0 in their professional careers after long experienced amateur careers. Both are well rounded. Look for a tough fight here. They are both known for their finishes, so don't blink. This one will end violently.
Bobby Cooper vs. Codale Ford- Classic Striker vs. Grappler. Cooper has very high-level striking and great takedown defense. Look for Cooper to want to keep this standing. Ford will look for the takedown quickly.
Henry Chionuma vs. Derek Holly- This is Henry's professional debut after a successful amateur career. Holly is 1-1 against two super-tough opponents. Their pedigrees, on the surface may look similar. Both are great wrestlers and great grapplers. Derek Holly sports a black belt in American Jiu Jitsu, but is more than likely far behind in the grappling department to Brazillian Jiu Jitsu Purple belt, Henry Chionuma. For Holly to win, he will need to use his wrestling to defend the takedown. Being on the ground with Henry is a bad idea for him. Look for a submission win in the 1st round from one of these two fighters.
Jeremy Smith vs. Zach Nolan- 1-0 Jeremy Smith will face off against professional (I can't find an accurate record for him) Zach Nolan. Zach has excellent wrestling and some power while Smith is very well rounded. Look for a submission win in this fight.
Kate Mackison Garrens vs. Leiloni Stewart
Steven Graham vs. Anthony Loyla
Marques Jackson vs. Jesse Jones
Trey Johnson vs. DeAlan Hicks
Do venues get better? The Historic Union Station in Kansas City is all set for this Friday to host professional mixed-martial arts. Titan is pulling no punches in its return from a brief hiatus in promoting televised professional cards in Kansas City to bring the best talent from around the area.
Don't miss these fights live. However, if you can't make it to the event, Titan Fighting Championship will be on AXS TV.
Top of the Food Chain! Monsters, They Hit Hard, and Rarely do their fights go the distance. KOs are prevalent. "Speed and grace" are words not usually used to describe them by MMA Writers, but "Fierce", "Powerful", "One-Punch KO" are used often. Although most "tough guys" in the world are the bigger guys, HW's in the cage are not seen nearly as often as the smaller guys. Why?
One theory might go like this: A big guy's ego can't take what it takes to be a HW fighter. They are way used to others backing down from them. They are rarely challenged on the streets. Their egos can't take getting choked out on a regular basis by their 160lb BJJ Professor. Their egos can't take getting punched over and over by the faster smaller guy in sparring while only getting to land a few. Sure the punch has more power, their chokes are brutal when they get to pull one off, but when sparring as a big guy, you can't go all out for fear of hurting someone. Its the simple truth.
Sure, the 125er deserves huge respect for getting in that cage environment, but does he really have the same chance of getting seriously injured as the 250lbers? For a HW to get in there with another HW that wants nothing more than to KYTFO, is nothing more than courageous. Every time that cage door shuts, he is in disbelief that he could lose, but
he also knows the risks, and they can be big, and GREATLY HUMBLING. The KO's are real. They are the kind that literally turn lights out while their eyes are open with that blank stare that says "ABSOLUTELY NOONE IS HOME"!!
In all of MMA, besides for the big time fights, and main events, everyone wants to watch the big guys throw down. Who is really at The Top of The Top of That Food Chain? The next few months will answer some of these questions around Kansas City.
First off, professional HW Fighters Derek Bohi and Kirk Grinlinton will face off against
each other at KCFA 7 on August 3rd. Both of these big dudes are coming off some big losses and are looking for some retribution. I love it when 2 very talented fighters are on a comeback attempt against each other. It makes for War as both of them WANT THIS BAD!!
Lastly, at Invictus FIghting Championships, on September 7th, two undefeated Amateur HW's will be facing each other across an octagon. These guys have yet to taste defeat in 9 fights between them. Classic Striker vs. Wrestler match-up that has the makings of a fotn award. 5-0 Jacob Combs vs. 4-0 Adam D'Angelo. I promise, these are some big guy match-ups you will want to be there for. Mark these dates off on your calendars and SUPPORT LOCAL MMA!!
JACOB COMBS (5-0) VS ADAM D'ANGELO (4-0)
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