Book you tickets now ladies and gentlemen for the highly anticipated UFC 173 between Brian Deegan and Dan Henderson. The fight is scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 1, 2015. Ok, I hope by now you realize I am completely messing with you all, but that doesn't mean Deegan and the Metal Mulisha aren't into MMA.
Brian Deegan has been into MMA for as long as I can remember. At the original Mulisha Compound, Deegan had a fight gym in his guesthouse and it was put to good use by the Mulisha team. Back in his racing days, Deegan trained with Mark "The Bear" Smith, who is one big ass human being and a heck of a MMA fighter. Don't think for one second that Deegan wasn't perfecting his fight skills in between motos.
Deegan has big plans for the Metal Mulisha in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts fighting. When he saw the opportunity to sponsor fighters in the sport he's followed for quite some time, he took it. The Metal Mulisha Fight Team has been hand picked just like the dominant FMX team, and features the most hardcore fighters in the sport. The Mulisha wasted little time in signing top names such as Dan Henderson and Renato "Babalu" Sobral. Henderson is the only fighter in MMA history to hold the belt in two separate weight divisions at the same time and represented the USA in the 92 and 96 Summer Olympics. Sobral boasts an MMA record of 32-7 and is the current Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion. Expect to see the same domination from the Fight Team that the FMX Team has displayed for years.
One of the biggest advantages of working with Deegan and the Mulisha is that he sponsors what he does. Sure, it is nice to have some big wig with deep pockets throwing money at an athlete, but you won't find the dedication and camaraderie that the Mulisha Team offers. "Being in the ring and doing backflips brings solidity to the team," says Deegan. You won't find that with the other sponsors.
While FMX and MMA look completely different to the untrained eye, they are actually quite similar. Both sports are fast paced, adrenaline pumping, and hard hitting. Sure, the MMA guys take a lot more punches, but I doubt they would want to have to hit the eject button off a jump like every FMX rider has been forced to do in their career. Any way you cut it, the athletes in both sports have some serious balls and are some of the toughest men on the planet.
Deegan enjoys training in the fight gym when he isn't riding his bike. "There is no better work out," says Deegan. It offers exceptional cross training for FMX because you have to be extremely aggressive and use all of your muscles to concur your opponent. He now regularly trains with Cory at the Fight Lab and Dan Henderson at Team Quest.
"The Ryan Scheckler Celebrity Fight event really got me pumped up to fight. If I can find another action sports athlete in my weight class that trains, I am down to fight." says Deegan. So now comes the real question - is anyone ready and willing to jump in the ring with Deegan? Don't let the photos of him and Henderson fool you. He is very skilled and ready to go! If you want to challenge Deegan, or find out more information on both Mulisha teams, visit metalmulisha.com.