Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The former heavyweight champ talks about his mental preparation for his fight versus Shane Carwin, and a possible bout versus Brock Lesnar.
By Drew Phillips
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Mir is unlike most fighters. He understands the value of the mental game. He spoke about his respect for Diego Sanchez after the BJ Penn fight, for Sanchez’s willingness to keep fighting even though it was obvious to most he was not going to win. “It’s not in every situation that you are going to come out a winner. How many people go into a fight saying ‘forget it, I don’t care if I’m going to get my a$@ beat.’”
Frank Mir pointed out, however, that it takes more than intensity and strength to win. He shared some of his philosophy with us. There is a Samurai proverb of two Samurais that met at a river bank. The first shows his strength by jumping the width of the river. The other shows his intelligence by walking a short distance to a man with a boat and pays him to take him safely across. The lesson, according to Mir, “Don’t spend your life trying to find something that you could buy for a nickel.”
So many fighters spend so much time training for strength in an attempt to compensate for their mental game. Frank Mir compared these fighters to a lumberjack who breaks their axe and out of frustration starts pounding on the tree with a sledge hammer. It may eventually bring the tree down, but why not find a sharp rock that can actually cut into it?
Every chance Mir has to get into Brock Lesnar’s head, he will do it. That is why he wants to do his best to destroy every opponent he faces until he can face his rival and reclaim his title. Right now, the only one in his way is Shane Carwin.
UFC 111 will be another opportunity for Frank Mir to show what he is capable of. If he has another showing like that against Cheick Kongo, it will send another strong message to Lesnar.
The fight will be held on March 27, 2010 at the
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
On the Super-D course the car gap at the end of the first run and the drop-in from the Boy Scout onto Skyline for the second run were the obstacles. We were totally impressed with how big so many racers went. After all was said and done Erik Nelson from Flagstaff, AZ threw a nice table over the car gap and was the only rider to take air into the nasty, off-camber entrance to Skyline.
Erik finished the race in 3rd in the Pro class. The the rest of the podium belonged to Bootleg local Scott Johnson and Sedona's Chewy Aitken. You can see the rest of the results at BluefirePictures.
The downhill race was held 12/20 and was intense. The talent pool was deep and the course was technical. Pros made their way down Poop Shoot on the second run, which was one of the sponsored Skeletal Metal features. The other was the 10 foot roller at the top of the course.
Every competitor really put it on the line and the Skeletal Medal winner was St. George, UT's Logan Binggeli. Logan crossed it up as much as he could on the 10 foot roller and had the smoothest run down Poop Shoot of the day.
Worthy of mention however, is Troy D'Elia. Troy threw a mind blowing air off the second rock section of Poop Shoot. I actually lost my mind watching him barrel down the upper section and then air out the bottom section before heading into the tight turn at the bottom. Went sent Troy home with the Skeletal Metal Rolling Skull Tee in recognition of his awesome run down Poop Shoot.
Logan came in 3rd and missed 2nd by only 2 seconds. The rest of the podium was rounded out with David KlaasenVanOorschot (David K) in first and Mitch Ropelato in second. You can get full results at www.bluefirepictures.com.
You can see Skeletal Metal's photos at www.skeletalmetal.com/ScreaminSantaResults.html.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Frank Mir is getting ready to make a statement at UFC 107 on 12/12/09. He had a lot to say about the upcoming match during the Countdown show 12/9/09.
This will be a UFC to remember. Frank Mir has a lot to prove after a devastating loss to Brock Lesnar at UFC 100. However, having been to one of Mir's workouts at the Philippi Sports Institute there is no doubt Cheick Kongo is not going to be fighting the same Frank Mir that was at UFC 100.
According to Mark Philippi, Frank Mir has added about 25 lbs. His workouts have been brutal with an emphasis on building muscle for fighting endurance and power. Mir's leg workouts have built a solid platform to strike from and his upper body has never looked stronger.
If you didn't catch the countdown show, check it out here.
You can catch our video from one for Mir's workout sessions on Youtube.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Here are the details:
Date: Dec. 19th - 20th
Location: Bootleg Canyon, Boulder City, NV
Super-D (Saturday, Dec. 19th)
Downhill (Sunday, Dec. 20th).
Both events will be a two run format. Each run will be down a different course. One course will be smooth and flowing and the other will be technical and rough. Best combined time wins.
Practice: Dec. 18th, Unofficial practice day. Shuttle will be ready to carry Super-D (SD) and Downhill (DH) racers for $20 all day.
Entry Fee: $60 one race / $110 both races
Open Entry Fee: $75 one race / $130 both races
Skeletal Metal Award- We will give the "Skeletal Medal" to the participant who "Shows Their Mettle" on selected terrain features on the courses.
Friday, Dec. 18, 2009:
Unofficial all-day shuttle for SD & DH, $20
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009:
7am- SD & DH Registration Opens
11am- SD Registration Ends
11am- SD Practice Ends
11:30 am- SD Race Begins
Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009:
8am- DH Registration Opens
10am- Registration Ends
10 am- Practice Ends
10:30am- DH Race Begins
1st Run- Boy Scout to Girl Scout to connector trail to Middle Lakeview out to DIVA
2nd Run- Skyline to East leg down the switchbacks across to Girlscout connector to Lower Lakeview out to DIVA
1st Run- Snakeback to Sidewinder to the Horseshoe and down to DIVA
2nd Run- Armageddon to Poop Chute, Steve Peat- out to DIVA
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
We had a great weekend at Skeletal Metal. First the BMX Team flew to Orlando for the final stop of the Dew Tour, the PlayStation Pro. TJ Ellis, Anthony Napolitan, Cam White, and Cory Nastazio all had a good showing. Nate Berkheimer was injured in practice and was not able to participate in the rest of the event.
Meanwhile back in the Las Vegas area we were at the BT Bittersweet Downhill and Super-D put on by Johnson Rock Hard Presents. This was the first annual event in honor of Brent Thomson, one of the original trail blazers at Bootleg Canyon. Brent Thomson passed away of a heart attack earlier this year. He was a great advocate for mountain biking in Southern Nevada.
Skeletal Metal was proud to support the event, and appreciate all of the work that Francine Johnson put in to make the event a success. There were a variety of amatuers and professionals at the event. The courses truely highlighted what makes Bootleg Canyon such a great place to ride.
We honored a racer in both the Super-D and Downhill categories for going hard, even if they didn't make it to the podium. Waylon Smith took home a ReconRing and ReconBracelet gift set to recognize his sprint on foot down the course to get to the top of the speed trap where he made a go for the top speed record for the day on the Super-D course.
Jackie Harmony took home the Skeletal Metal award for Downhill in recognition for setting the fastest course time for women and the second fastest top speed on the course. She was awarded a ReconRing THIN and ReconBracelet THIN gift set.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The finals definitely showed how strong everyone on the tour is. Cam White had three good runs with a couple strong 720's, 360 tailwhips, and a couple nice backflip variations. Cam finished the night in 4th.
TJ Ellis put together some of the sickest runs of the evening including a front-flip tailwhip that sent the audience and all the other pros into a frenzy. TJ finished the night in 2nd. Ryan Nyquist put together three solid technical runs to put him in 1st.
Check out video of the prelims and finals at www.skeletalmetal.com