UCW Heatwave Coverage

July 4, 2008

We were fortunate enough to have awesome MMA reporter Christina Sears of Jaguar Media there covering the show, as well as the guys from Cage Play. Check out the posts.

Full in-depth coverage at www.ChristinaSears.com

Play-by-play at www.CagePlay.com


Scott Radley of the Hamilton Spectator did a feature story on me, and got some video done training with Adam Morden at Steel City Crossfit. Check it out!

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Cage Play Interview

June 23, 2008

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We are less than a week away from UCW’s “Heatwave” and in the main event UFC Vet Alberto Crane is taking on Canada’s Simon Marini. Simon was gracious enough to take a few minutes out of his busy training schedule.

1) For those who don’t know who you are, tell us a bit about yourself. Where you are from, and how many matches you’ve had.

I’m born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. I’ve only been fighting for a little over a year now, but have been training in BJJ for the last 4 years. I’ve had 3 amateur, and 5 professional fights.

2) What does a typical week of training entail for you?

A day of fight conditioning and functional strength with my coach Adam Morden from Steel City Crossfit, rotated with a day of powerlifting. Taking 1 day off a week.

training with my coach and good friend Bryan Edge at cutting edge martial arts every night and mornings on the weekend. There we cover everything: BJJ, Wrestling, Boxing, Kickboxing, and MMA.

I also look to fit in extra training wherever possible. I’ll make trips out to various other clubs to get some work in with different guys, keep things fresh.

3) This fight is taking place at 155 pounds, what weight do you walk around at, and how is the weight cut for you?

After my last fight I got up to 193lbs. It was my first time fighting at 155 and so I knew I could gain a lot of mass, so combined with my strength and power training I was strictly adhering to my strength coach’s “all of it” diet… In which whenever I asked what I could eat he’d simply reply “all of it” haha

After getting back into the swing of things though my weight dropped easily back down to 180. I’ve been dieting for the last couple of weeks and am currently sitting at 170lbs.

Crane wanted a catch-weight of 160 for this fight as well. So I’m golden right now, this last 10lbs will be a piece of cake, pretty much all water weight.

4) Do you think you will be stronger than Alberto?

I KNOW I will be stronger than Alberto. I don’t want to sound cocky, but I will definitely be the stronger and better conditioned fighter entering into the cage that night.

5) He is a master BJJ competitor with some high level MMA experience, how do you plan on taking that advantage away from him?

He’s got to get me to the ground first. And I’ve seen his takedown ability, and it’s quite lacking. I’m going to make him hurt before, during and after every takedown attempt

Of course I’m not so stupid as to think we won’t end up on the ground at some point either. We’ve trained A LOT on submission defense and ground control.

6) He has improved his striking, and almost knocked out Pelligrino with a high kick. How do you plan to take him apart standing?

I’m very confident in my ability to destroy any advantage he may or may not have.

My striking has come a long way as well, it’s been the biggest part of my training for my last few fights.

My coaches and I sat down and dissected his striking skills, and we got a good game plan put together.

7) Winning this fight should really put you on the radar at 155. Where do you want to take your fight career.

All the way to the top of course. I can’t wait till I get to fight top level lightweights, that’s when this will REALLY get fun. Throwing down with guys like Sean Sherk, Nick Diaz, BJ Penn, Roger Huerta, etc. That will be awesome.

As far as organizations go, I want to be treated properly. Just like any athlete, I want to find a league that takes care of it’s talent, and somewhere that I can find some solid knowledgeable fans .

8) You don’t feel Alberto Crane is a top level Lightweight? He’s only lost twice in the UFC?

haha Yeah true. His only losses are against great guys in the UFC, but I still look at him as more of an amazing BJJ guy, not an amazing mixed martial artist.

9) We’ll this is your biggest fight to date, and we wish you luck. We’ll be there covering the event and look forward to your first Main Event!

Thanks. And to the fans, just be sure to remember the name, cause Simon Marini is going to be putting on some kickass fights in the future, fights you won’t want to miss!

Article featured on myself by Christina Sears of Jaguar Media.

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By: Christina Sears


The Winnipeg Convention Centre will be on fire June 27 as the UCW presents their next event “Heat Wave”.

The main event will be in the 155 pound division with Simon Marini and UFC vet Alberto Crane.

Crane is a well known Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter who has finished seven of his eight wins by submission. His only losses being against Kurt Pellegrino and Roger Huerta in the UFC. Crane hasn’t fought since his last bout in January of 2008.

Simon Marini of Dundas Ontario has only been fighting professionally since August of 2007. He is the man who will be fighting Alberto Crane in the main event. He holds a professional mixed martial arts record of 4-1 inside the cage, finishing three of his four wins by submission.

At twenty-two years old this fight at UCW 12 will be his first time being in the main event.

“Really, I don’t think of myself as a big-time main event fighter. Totally pumped that I am though, I’m treating it like any other fight,” he says.

When Marini isn’t working as a personal trainer at Phoenix Fitness in Dundas, he’s training at Cutting Edge Martial Arts with his coach Bryan Edge. There Marini works on his jiu jitsu, wrestling, boxing, and MMA.

“I don’t think I could ever find a better coach than I have there in Bryan Edge,” Marini says.

But mixed martial arts have progressed so much over a short period of time. Knowing your stuff just isn’t enough to win a fight. Strength and conditioning is a huge part of being a professional fighter.

In between training sessions at Cutting Edge, Simon is doing his strength and conditioning with Adam Morden at Steel City Crossfit.

“The things they put me through there are worse (both physically and mentally) than anything I would come up against in a fight. The training is so brutal, and I love it,” he says.

Bryan Edge, owner of Cutting Edge MMA says that when he first heard that Simon had a chance to fight Alberto Crane he wanted him to jump at this fight.

“It’s a great test for him; I think he will do very well. I believe they (the UCW) matched Alberto with Simon because they want to see where Simon’s skills are and see if he really is as good as he has showed in previous events” says Edge.

Marini does admit that he’s never fought someone with such a high level of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu before, but has been working a lot on his submission defense and top control.

“Alberto is going to have to rip his arm off or choke his ass out if he’s going to win. Simon is going to be tough to catch,” says Edge.

The odds are stacked against this young fighter from Dundas but his coach Bryan Edge feels that win or lose he sees Simon getting a title shot in the UCW, or in some other event and he will keep fighting tough opponents like Alberto Crane. Edge says this is a good fight for Simon because no one will expect him to win.

For ticket information on Ultimate Cage Wars 12 check out www.ultimagecagewars.com

Crossfit Toal

June 3, 2008

Saturday May 31st the Crossfit Total was held across the country. I was able to compete at our area’s event located at Steel City Crossfit

Here are my lift numbers:

Squat – 315 lbs

Strict Press – 180 lbs

Deadlift – 405 lbs

I can’t wait to do it again! Gonna shatter those numbers! For the results of everybody that competed at Steel City Crossfit, as well as the numbers pulled in from people all throughout the crossfit community be sure to check out www.crossfithamilton.com and www.crossfit.com

MMA Digest Interview

May 19, 2008

“5 Questions: Canadian Lightweight Simon Marini”

How’d you get into MMA?

I first got interested in MMA when I walked past an old UFC video at the rental place. I think it was Ultimate Ultimate 2. Watched it like 5 times over that weekend and fell in love. At that point I was still a short fat kid (laughs). but I started working on that immediately! (laughing)

You’ve fought 5 times in about 8 months, do you prefer staying quite active?

I just love fighting. I actually turned down 3 other fights I could’ve had because my coach wanted to see me get more training in between fights. Now that I’ve gotten a bit more experience I’m aiming to fight every couple of months; that way I can get a few weeks of training on everything and anything I may need to work on, plus a solid training camp for my next opponent, and still get in 6 fights a year.

How have you developed as a fighter during that 8 month period?

I can’t believe the difference from 8 months ago. I would love to fight myself back then, I would just tool myself. (laughs). Most of the changes that have come haven’t been from fighting either, it’s all from my training. The fights have given me plenty of experience, but that more came in the way of perfecting my weight cutting by trial and error, getting out nerves by learning better ways to relax, getting my post-weigh-in diet down to a science, things like that.

What were your thoughts on your last fight? (triangle choke win 2 weeks ago)

I thought it went great. I really wanted the knockout, much like any fighter I suppose. And I was so close as well, if was the first time I really got to stand and trade in a fight. Eventually instinct took over and when the opportunity for a takedown came I took it without thinking and went for the submission right away. It was my first pro fight at 155, and I couldn’t have been happier with my performance.

What are some of your goals in the sport?

I want to become the most feared fighter ever to step into a cage, ring, anything. I want people to pick to fight Anderson Silva over me, that kind of scary. Becoming a legend would be phenomenal.

Ultimate Cage Wars XI

April 15, 2008

By: Christina Sears

The crowd filled the Winnipeg Convention Centre ready to watch a night packed with high caliber fights, and that’s exactly what they got.

The 185-pound weight division would kick off the night, coming down the ramp was Sam Pascuzzi his opponent Isaias Alvarado following soon behind him. But it was only seconds before Alvarado who fights out of Team Quest finished this bout in 15 seconds of the first round winning by knock out.

The U.C.W originally had scheduled ten fights for the night, but due to fighters fighting on unsanctioned events they were suspended and denied their fighting license for six months. The commission says that this is going to be a warning across Canada to those fighters who make the decision to fight on those types of cards.

Simon Marini was one of the fighters who had a last minute opponent change due to his original opponent Lindsey Hawks had to pull out due to his six month suspension. “My opponent changed a couple times. First from a muay thai guy to a slugger, then possibly to an all-round guy, then to someone I had knew nothing about,” says Marini But an opponent change was the last thing on Marini’s mind, it didn’t matter who he fought just as long as he had a fight. “It sucks training so hard and sticking to a hard diet only to end up not fighting,” he says. Matthew Veley stepped in, to take on Marini in the 155-pound division. As soon as the bell rang it was go time, neither of the fighters interested in touching gloves. Both fighters exchanging some punches Marini landing some hard right hands. On two occasions Veley and Marini were clinched up against the cage, forcing the referee to break it up. At one point Veley looked to almost have a guillotine choke locked but Marini slipped out managing to get into a good position to slap on a triangle choke winning the bout in three minutes of the first round.

Curtis DeMarce a fighter who isn’t new to the MMA game started his MMA career at the young age of 17. Mike Seeger gave DeMarce a warm welcome to the cage winning by TKO in two minutes of the first round in his first professional fight. “I made poor decisions in the past because I used to have a manager that just set up fights for me to lose,” says DeMarce. DeMarce was set to fight Matt Dayboll who fights out of Dayboll BJJ in Port Colborne Ontario. “I knew he was young it was his first fight and I knew his ground was his only game and my ground matches his so did not need to worry,” says DeMarce.

Dayboll started off strong in the first round managing to take down DeMarce not once but twice within in the first few minutes of the round. While on the ground Dayboll did a good job feeding DeMarce a punishment with his knees. But it wasn’t long before DeMarce broke the arm bar submission attempt by Dayboll throwing down some hard punches that bloodied up the face of Matt Dayboll taking them into the second round. The second round went to DeMarce he managed to get a good strong position pinning Dayboll against the cage and unleashing a number of hard punches ending the fight in the second round in 43 seconds by TKO, welcoming Matt Dayboll to the world of MMA.

Ryan Bawn and Cory Grant both making their professional MMA debut fighting in the 150-pound weight division. Bawn and Grant came out firing some good exchanges but with Grants wrestling background it was only minutes before he took Bawn to the mat. “Well I knew after the first takedown I was going have problems keeping the fight standing so I was hoping to work submissions,” says Bawn. While on the ground Grant sets up for an arm bar trying to soften his opponent up by throwing some punches and hammer fists down on Bawn’s face. Bawn manages to get back to his feet but Grant went for yet another takedown, the impact of Bawn hitting the mat rumbled throughout the convention centre. On the ground Grant begins to pound Bawn towards the end of the second round.

As the bell rang for both fighters to go into their corners to get cleaned up before what looked to be another round all of a sudden the match was over with Cory Grant winning by TKO in the second round. Little did everyone know, Ryan Bawn threw in the towel at the end of the second round. “I called the fight because of a problem with my sight. I had some sort of allergy to the sauna and by the third round I couldn’t see the other side of the ring. I don’t normally fight at 150 so I think the amount of time in the sauna must have dried out my eyes or something,” says Bawn “Its not worth for me to continue a fight without being able to defend myself properly. Saying this I want to take nothing away from Cory because he would have taken the judges victory if the fight wasn’t stopped before the end of the third,” he added.

Another fight that had the audience glued to the cage was in the 170-pound division. Dino Camire fighting out of Bison Wrestling and Justin Knox from DayBoll BJJ got a standing ovation after their bout. From start to finish they were all over each other both landing some hard punches. Once on the ground Camire tries to avoid Knox’s heavy hands by rolling to his back but Knox capitalizes by getting his hooks in and starts applying a rear naked choke. With things not looking good for Camire, he manages to roll into an arm bar winning the bout in the first round. The energy from this fight and the performance in the cage with these two fighters could easily made them possible candidates for fight of the night.

This valuable information was taken and revised from the

“Grappler’s Guide to Sport Nutrition” by John Berardi and Micheal Fry

1. Feed every 2-3 hours

Smaller meals, and more often, no more “3 square meals a day”. Don’t think of eating ‘snacks’ or ‘meals’ think of it as a ‘feeding opportunity’, a time in which you can get all the nutrition in that you require (not just a portion of what you need, some of EVERYTHING)

2. Ingest complete lean protein with feeding opportunity.

By ensuring you consume complete lean protein with each feeding you will be maximally stimulating your metabolism.

3. Ingest vegetables (and sometimes fruit) with feeding opportunity.

This will aid in balancing the acids that are taken in from the protein and carbohydrates that you consume. 1-2 servings of veggies with every feeding.

4. Reserve ‘other’ carbs for mainly after exercise.

Consume any non-fruit/vegetable carbs only during and immediately after exercise. Your body’s carb tolerance is best during and within a couple hours after exercise.

5. Eat healthy fats daily.

30% of your diet should come from fats. Try to get a combination or the 3 main types of fat. 1/3 saturated, 1/3 monounsaturated, 1/3 polyunsaturated. Consider taking a fish oil supplement (1-2 capsules 3 times a day).

6. Most calorie-containing drinks (aside from workout nutrition) should be eliminated.

Fruit juice, soda, and other sugary beverages should be eliminated from the diet. Many people think fruit juice is ok, when in most cases is only slightly better than sodas, and certainly does not substitute for actual fruits/vegetables. Drink water instead, and plenty of it.

7. Eat whole foods instead of supplements whenever possible.

Most food intake should come from whole food sources. Liquid nutrition or bars are useful at certain times, however nothing can come close to what whole natural unprocessed foods can offer.

8. Eat as wide a variety of food as possible.

Most of us eat in a very habitual manner. Find healthy alternatives to the foods you habitually eat. Choose a variety of different protein sources, as well as varying your fruits and vegetables.

9. Plan ahead and plan feedings in advance.

You should come up with food preparation strategies. This will help to keep away cheating due to lack of time or a need for convenience. This may be as easy as waking up 30 minutes earlier, or preparing tomorrow’s feedings tonight.

10. Plan to break the rules 10% of the time.

Your diet doesn’t have to be perfect 100% of the time. Actually it’s important to have feedings that don’t follow the rules. The difference between 100% and 90% of a persons diet (going by these habits) is negligible. As for WHAT 10% is… If you’re eating 6 times a day, 7 days a week, that’s 42 feedings a week. 10% of 42 is approximately 4, thus you may have 4 ‘imperfect’ feedings a week. These ‘imperfect’ feeding opportunities include breaking any 1 of the habits, as well as missing a feeding opportunity (so don’t waste your 10% on skipping a meal!).