First Mention on sherdog.com

July 23, 2007

Thanks to the awesomeness that is Shawn Tompkins, my training partner Matt Ferraro and I have been mentioned in a Sherdog article.

Now anybody that’s not a big fan of MMA would not only not find this to be a pretty kickass thing, but also have no idea what Sherdog is haha. So check out the link, then kill some more time checking out the rest of the site, it’s good stuff!

http://www.sherdog.com/new s/articles.asp?n_id=8366

And here’s the Snipit of just Shawn’s interview:

Shawn Tompkins (Pictures) speaks

Shawn Tompkins (Pictures) may just be the busiest man in mixed martial arts, but that didn’t stop the acclaimed trainer from London, Ontario, from taking time out of his schedule to let Sherdog.com in on the goings-on of his tight knit group of fighters.

Right now he’s finishing up the LA Anacondas training camp at Extreme Couture in Las Vegas, where the his IFL team is preparing for the semi-finals in a weeks time.

Tompkins said that he’s found a replacement for Chris Horodecki (Pictures), who is out due to a broken hand he suffered in his bout with Shad Lierley (Pictures). It will be Adam DiSabato from Ohio. DiSabato attended Ohio State University where he is enshrined in the OSU wrestling hall of fame. He is also a very accomplished amateur boxer.

Another injury to his team will force Jay Hieron (Pictures) to sit out with either a rib separation or a fracture, and Tompkins is especially proud that Chris Clements (Pictures) from his own Team Tompkins in London will be stepping in to fill the void.

“Chris was the last fighter to be cut from the upcoming welterweight season of The Ultimate Fighter television show, and he was a little disappointed about that,” said Tompkins.

As was reported last week, David Loiseau (Pictures) and Steve Claveau (Pictures) are starting up their own Quebec-based MMA show called the XR Challenge.

“I’m so excited that they’re starting up an organization,” said Tompkins, “because I know the two of them very well and I respect the two of them very much, and Team Tompkins will definitely be a part of their shows.

“I’ve known those two guys for years and I trust them immensely because I know they’re in it for the sport and the fighters themselves.”

Shawn said that he has a handful of guys who he has in mind for that show, including Aaron Tregear (Pictures), James Haourt (Pictures), Andy Ross and Aaron Basso. He also has a list of maybe four or five others that are ready to make their first appearances.

Speaking of Ross and Basso, first the pair will be making the trek south with Team Joslin members Matt Ferraro and Simon Marini to Island Lake, Illinois to participate in XFO 19 on Aug. 11. This event will be part of the third annual “Outdoor War” at Sideouts Bar and Grill and promises to be a raucous time.

As for the two Tompkins mainstays Sam Stout (Pictures) and Mark Hominick (Pictures), Stout is busy in training to get ready for his TKO lightweight title defense against Martin Grandmont (Pictures) at TKO 30 on Sep. 28.

Mark Hominick (Pictures) will be traveling to Tokyo, Japan, where he will be competing in Shoot Boxing on July 28, and is just waiting for the call on who he’s going to fight in the WEC.

Perhaps Tompkins most high-profile charge, multiple-PRIDE FC title holder Dan Henderson (Pictures) is going strong in his preparation to meet Quinton Jackson (Pictures) at UFC 75 in London, England, and as far as Tompkins is aware, at stake will be Jackson’s UFC belt only, not Henderson’s.

Another wrestler turned MMA-er, Kevin Randleman (Pictures) is also spending some time with Tompkins lately, presumably getting ready for whatever he has next. Tompkins said that he is currently doing two-a-days and is a pleasure to train.

The last time MM-Eh! caught up with Shawn was just prior to Kimbo Slice’s MMA debut against Ray Mercer. So how did Tompkins feel Kimbo did in his victory?

“Oh man, unbelievable!” he said.

“If you watch that fight, everything he did was exactly what we trained for him to do. That to me is a testament to how good of a student he is, and how good he’ll be in the future.”

Tompkins added that Kimbo has signed with him and Bas Rutten (Pictures) and they are now his main trainers, and he is a few weeks away from preparing for his bout with Tank Abbott.

As with any busy person, sometimes they need to prioritize, and that’s exactly what Tompkins has done. Although still the head striking coach of Team Quest Temecula, right now he’s at Extreme Couture’s in Vegas where he is finishing up camp for the LA Anaconda’s and that’s where he’s going to make his base for the rest of the year.

To finish our conversation, Shawn told the incredible story of George Abdallah. George is a 16-year old kid from London, Ontario who Shawn has been training for three years, and this lucky kid is spending his summer vacation in with Tompkins in Vegas.

“This kid is probably one of the best Thai boxers I’ve ever trained, and his MMA is going to be amazing — he’s definitely going to be the next Chris Horodecki (Pictures),” preached the proud coach.

Strong words of endorsement from the man who helped Horodecki become the undefeated sensation he is today.

“He was in Hollywood with me last week at Freddie Roach’s gym with pro boxers like Manny Pacquiao and Oscar de la Hoya, and for the rest of the month he’ll be in Las Vegas where he’s already been on the floor with Tyson Griffin (Pictures), Mike Pyle (Pictures), and Forrest Griffin (Pictures) — guys like that.

“Wouldn’t that have been great when you were sixteen?” Tompkins taunted?

Yes, indeed it would have been.

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