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

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.

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International Fight League veteran Krzysztof Soszynski will meet Marcus Hicks in the featured bout at Ultimate Cage Wars 11 “Hell in the Cage” on Friday, April 11 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Soszynski (14-8-1) has won back-to-back fights by disqualification. Based out of Team Quest, he holds victories against former TKO champion Icho Larenas and UFC veteran Dan Christison. Hicks (8-9) has won three of his last four fights, and only one of his 17 career bouts has been left to the judges.

UCW 11 “Hell in the Cage”
Friday, April 11
Winnipeg Convention Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Marcus Hicks
Simon Marini vs. Lindsey Hawks
Joey Ayotte vs. Missy Parks
Rory McDonell vs. Kevin Manderson
Ryan Bawn vs. Cory Grant
Matt Dayboll vs. Adam Dowds
Justin Knox vs. Dino Camire
Sam Pascuzzi vs. Isaias Alvarado

New Sponsorship Deals

March 24, 2008

I am happy to announce that I will be representing a few new sponsors.

Brass Knuckle Therapy

Awesome clothing line designed with the most extreme people in mind. Really sick looking threads, must see wears here people!

Throwdown Industries

Any time, Any place. That says it all. Throwdown offers some of the best MMA fight gear on the market, and some kickass street wear as well. Not to mention they even provide energy drinks to keep your ass up and flying well past your fight, and into the clubs!

Physical Development Nutrition Shoppe

Burlington’s number one place for all your Fitness and Nutrition needs. Top of the line supplements at unbeatable prices, with the proper knowledge to back everything up. Check out their new online store and forums!

New sponsorship inquires are always welcome!

We’re Up and Run’n!

March 22, 2008

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Holy sweet mother of god! Who woulda thunk it? Simon “The Canadian Legend” Marini has finally made it onto the world famous internet.

This site will be host to all the news and updates regarding my fighting, coaching/teaching, and personal training careers. In addition I’ll try to keep things interesting, giving you guys a reason to keep coming back and checking things out. Don’t forget to get onto that ‘Facebook’ thing everybody’s talking about and join my group Simon Marini – MMA Fighter. Thanks for all your help, encouragement, and support.

There is no better way to die, than to die in the midst of a battle, fighting to the very end……like a man.
– Enson Inoue

Keeping up with the times, I’ll be blog’n it up; trying to maintain a rabid dog like blog-pace, so stay tuned!

You keep put’n out the love, I’ll keep put’n out the hurt!