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Diamond MMA - News by Craig Diamond - 2w ago
Hey Diamond dogs! @spilledbagofice here with a quick recap of some of the highlights of 
UFC 238: Cejudo vs Moraes! The UFC was back in Diamond MMA's home turf of Chicago and that meant that the patron saint of safe balls, our own Craig Diamond, was out and about making sure that all the fighters were protected. Tony Ferguson, Marlon Moraes. Popov, Lamas and Kattar all got hooked up with Diamond gear. We didn't see Cowboy or Wineland but they've both been known to protect themselves with Diamonds so hopefully their goods were all good.
Speaking of Wineland and Popov, they were throwing heat! Usually when you exclaim, "No way this is going to a decision!" It goes to a decision. Not this time. Popov looked every bit the promising prospect and Eddie Wineland looked as good as ever - finding his timing and range in the second round and landing a vicious KO. Not to mention that sweet mustache he's rocking. Ian "Uncle Creepy" McCall would be proud. 
 
Ricardo Lamas looked on point and yet Calvin Kattar, the guy not a lot of casual fans have heard of, looked even better! Kattar's pressure and accuracy culminating in an  impressive 1st round KO of the UFC/WEC veteran Lamas! Now at 19-3, I have a feeling this dude is gonna be moving on up to the main card. 
Alexa Grasso and Aljamain Sterling both scored solid decision wins against tough opponents. 
 
Usually Diamond MMA wouldn't mention a women's fight in regard to groin protection but an errant knee from Tatiana Suarez hit Nina Ansaroff right in the... "ouchie hello there!" Is groin protection in the future for female combat sport athletes? A flatter version of a cup? I dunno. Is there a market? I'm no groin protection specialist. Who knows? Craig could be the pioneer.

Let's jump up to what could be considered the two co-main events as they were such awesome match-ups. How damn great are Cowboy & T-Fergs? Cowboy has been on a complete tear lately but Tony really started picking him apart in the second. He was just in the zone. It was as amazing and exciting a fight as we hoped -until unfortunately Cowboy's swollen-shut eye caused the stoppage. Tony said that he's down to run that one back again. I think we're all down to watch that again... and again. 
 
Yes, Jessica Eye wore a bulletproof vest with "Bulletproof" written in big letters on it during the weigh-ins - a play on Valentina Shevchenko's nickname "Bullet"- and sure bulletproof vests don't protect your head and okay, somewhat ironically, Valentina won via brutal head-kick knockout but... Yeah, I don't really have a point there. Just Shevchenko is scary and fun to watch. 
 
Main event! We have yet another Champ-Champ as Henry Cejudo scored the 3rd rd KO to win the UFC Bantamweight Belt to add to his Flyweight one. Moraes turned in an impressive and competitive 1st round using his reach and range well but then the tide really started to turn towards Cejudo who, despite being a Olympian wrestler, began to use Muay Thai style clinch work reminiscent of Anderson Silva vs Rich Franklin. Henry was feeding Marlon what was definitely well above the recommended daily allowance of knees to the dome. Say what you will about Henry Cejodo's dorky weigh-in shenanigans, he beat the seemingly unbeatable Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson and the then Bantamweight Champ TJ Dillashaw to defend his flyweight title. These are the kind of impressive victories that get you in the conversation about pound-for-pound rankings and, if he keeps it up, GOATs.
'Til next time, fight fans... Keep your goodies protected! 
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Nearly two weeks ago, Amir Khan and Terence Crawford entered the eminent ring at Madison Square Garden for their moment of glory, and the conclusion was anything but dignified or desirable.

 

Crawford, determined to defend his welterweight title, knocked Khan to the mat in round one and by all accounts dominated the following two rounds. Khan seemed to muster a second wind in the fourth and fifth rounds, exchanging blows and landing punches, but then came the disappointment.

 

In the beginning of the sixth round Crawford came in with a left uppercut that resulted in a (presumably) accidental low-blow. Khan hunched over in pain and was given the allotted five minutes to recover, but ultimately Khan’s trainer, Virgil Hunter, said his fighter could not continue and Crawford maintained his title on a TKO.

 

There’s been plenty of debate in the media and online about whether the low-blow actually hit Khan in the “meat and two veg”, if Khan technically quit (which Khan disputes), and whether Khan “threw” the fight to save himself embarrassment. Regardless, both fighters and fans left the showdown disappointed. That is because groin injuries and protection are STILL a very real issue in combat sports. The fact that the WBO has low-blow recovery times, and the ref enacted it, is testament to how serious these injuries can be and how many fighters are not equipped with proper protection. Even if a fighter were to be struck in the lower hip flexor muscles, if they are not wearing proper protection this could easily cause their cup and groin protection to shift and result in further injury to the fighter.

 

Ultimately, we will never know what Khan’s motives were in saying he could not go on, or, what he felt from that blow. What we do know is that as fans, groin stoppage is not what we come to fights to see. The disappointing outcome of a match between two respected fighters, an olympian and a champion, is a reminder that wearing proper groin protection not only can make-or-break a fighter, but can also make-or-break the fight.

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It’s important to start this by saying, UFC fans, we hear you. It’s a bit of a strange time for the company. Between complaining about CM Punk being on the PPV over professional athletes who deserve their shot and talking about “how much the company has changed since WME took over,” there’s been a lot of debate about the direction of the company.

For many, the recent stunt in the cage involving Brock Lesnar and Daniel Cormier seemed to be a bit over the top — with a number of fans saying the company has gone “too WWE” for their tastes.

Which is silly, considering most of the marketing and use of narratives are ripped directly out of the playbook pioneered by Vince McMahon, but I digress. The feedback from disgruntled fans seems to be that the company’s direction seems fake or so ridiculously out of the realm of what fans might consider to be acceptable. Consider the shove seen round the world:

UFC 226: Daniel Cormier and Brock Lesnar Octagon Interviews - YouTube

Yep, that’s it. And don’t get me wrong, it’s ridiculously silly. But Daniel Cormier won the “Blottery” (that’s what I’m calling it, so just go with it).

UFC President Dana White says the fight will happen. USADA says, “it will, but def not before January.” And yet, there are still some fans who aren’t quite convinced this is a fight worth their time.

With that, I come to you today with a simple appeal: for once, can we just have some fun?

I’m not going to sit here and argue about the validity of Lesnar’s title shot against the new two-division champ. He famously failed a drug test in his last bout against Mark Hunt and didn’t remotely seem to offer so much of an apology. White didn’t help matters much when he basically said “meh” in response to hard questions about Lesnar’s fast pass to the title shot.

Dana White on Brock Lesnar Returning and Steroid Testing (UFC 226 Post) - YouTube


However, at UFC 226, the next two fighters that seemed to be in line for a Heavyweight title shot pretty much rendered themselves irrelevant with one of the most boring fights in UFC history (which is a shame, considering that both Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou have put on stellar performances in the past).

No, Lesnar’s shot is firmly in line with the company’s “to hell with the rankings, let’s put on huge fights for the sake of putting on huge fights” philosophy.

It doesn’t seem right that a dude who would get popped for steroids should be rushed to the front of the line, but this was Daniel Cormier’s reaction when Dana White said the winner of the fight between DC and Stipe Miocic would get Lesnar at a press conference earlier this year:

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Here’s the thing, DC is the most elated about this news because he’s set to be in what promises to be a huge PPV draw. Cormier has famously said that he intends to retire in March, coinciding with his 40th birthday. With that timeline, we are looking at two to three more fights at most (in the most optimistic timeline possible).

It also helps that DC is a giant pro wrestling fan and now gets the opportunity to test the waters for any future pro wrestling appearances (don’t be surprised if it happens, folks).

So, if DC is clearly stoked about this news, why can’t the rest of the MMA community get behind it?

Daniel Cormier visits the UFC Tonight set | INTERVIEW | UFC TONIGHT - YouTube


Let’s consider the facts:

Many UFC fans like to point out how the PPV numbers are dwindling and how the ratings continue to decline. That’s a fair criticism; however, it’s also somewhat diluted by the fact that all major sports have experienced declines in their base numbers. While the UFC was widely criticized for the use of stop-loss stars like CM Punk (who have no business in the cage) to try and drum up interests in their events, Lesnar is a former UFC Heavyweight champion. At the very least, that and his NCAA wrestling pedigree should at least open up a curiosity factor on how the match might go.

That brings me to my second contention: MMA fighters who have wrestling backgrounds love to talk about that when they get on a microphone. There’s an inherent competitive vibe between college wrestlers who commonly drop the use of the words “D1” and their win-loss records on the microphone that does make you wonder how two dominant beasts in their fields would look in the cage.

Finally, DC has earned the right to call the shots on his way out. Sure, the Lesnar and DC fight has spectacle written all over it, but Cormier has put in his time as a diligent company man, succumbing only to Jon Jones on two occasions in his otherwise flawless UFC career. He’s served as an ambassador, commentator, and analyst for the company, often saying he never fully felt he got the respect that he deserved in the cage.

Which is strange when you consider the following names on the man’s resume:

Anthony Johnson. Anderson Silva. Alexander Gustafsson. Dan Henderson. Roy Nelson. Frank Mir. Josh Barnett.

All guys he’s beaten, many of whom are held in high regard from fight fans around the world. Despite the best efforts from Yoel Romero in the past few days, you really can’t say DC has ducked the top fighters in his field.

Moreover, for a guy who is truly concerned about the legacy he will leave in the cage, Cormier has a unique challenge that comes with a number of uncertain outcomes. Despite his many layoffs in the UFC, Lesnar is still a giant with a solid wrestling background. If he gets on top of DC, it would be a very difficult evening for the champ-champ.

Yet, for all the unpredictability in the fight world, there are very few downsides for DC in taking this fight. He has all the tools he needs to win this fight; in addition to his own wrestling pedigree, he’s proven he’s got KO power, he can go championship rounds, and he’s even got another heavyweight champ on his team in Cain Velasquez who previously bested Lesnar at (arguably) the peak of his UFC career.


I get there are die-hards who will wonder why folks like Curtis Blaydes or Gustafsson (or hell, even Romero) don’t get their fair shake at either one of the titles held by Cormier, but I also find it hard to criticize the UFC for low PPVs and ratings when they’re clearly trying to put together the fights that energize a base that seems to be evaporating.

And you’d be hard-pressed to find another draw other than a certain enigmatic Irishman who holds more PPV records than Lesnar who might fit the bill for bringing people back to the sport.

Moreover, it’s an opportunity for those fighters who win undercard status on the Blottery. For the athletes, you’re looking at the most eyeballs the company will have on it in the past two, maybe three years. And for the fans, here’s the chance to help those fighters get paid with the views those fighters would need to later carry cards without the assistance of those “giant spectacle fights” that eschew the rankings.

And if nothing else convinces you of the true mixture appeal of the fun of this fight, allow me to show you Cormier’s utilization of one of the best competitive phases in all of pro wrestling: “If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’.”

UFC 210 Weigh in CHEAT Daniel Cormier grabs two towels to make weight - YouTube

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Devin Powell experienced every fighter's worst nightmare when he was training with Joe Lauzon and took a knee to the groin, rupturing his testicle. Powell wasn't wearing his cup while training, and we think he's definitely learned his lesson on this one. We're sure that he'll be wearing his Diamond MMA cup for every training session in the future. We definitely give props to Devin for how well he's been dealing with the injury and how he's using humor to get through it. Devin was recently on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and they chatted about his injury. Check out the interview below: 

Devin Powell Discusses Ruptured Testicle and Diamond MMA on MMA Hour Podcast - YouTube

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We have been getting requests for years to make our popular Diamond MMA compression jock system in youth sizing. We now can happily announce that it is available in youth sizes M-XL with a youth cup available as well. We have been hearing great feedback from our first youth customers. Here are a few kind words from some of our early purchasers: 
"My son got his first pair of Diamond MMA compression shorts with cup. He loves them. Cups are not normally comfortable, but he seems to love his Diamond Cup. I have a pair myself, so I feel great that I am protecting my son with the best in the business."
" My 8 year old son no longer puts up a fight to wear his cup. A comfortable combination for the lad."
Groin protection is important in all sports, and especially for youth athletes this is a big deal. Groin injuries during youth sports can cause long-term issues with health and reproduction, and Diamond MMA's goal is to prevent those injuries from happening in the first place. The quad-strap design keeps the cup in place to ensure complete protection and comfort, no more fights to get your son to wear his cup. Protect the future generations with the Diamond MMA Youth line. As with all of our other products, we offer 100% satisfaction guaranteed on our youth line. 
Use the code DMMAYOUTH for 10% off of any Diamond MMA Youth products. We are sure your son will love his new groin protection and how comfortable it is. Quantities are limited as the product is handmade, so order now! Orders are fulfilled on a first come, first served basis. 
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March Madness has started and the NBA playoffs are just around the corner. Which means it’s time to ask the question: why don’t basketball players wear athletic cups?

The answer, according to Dr. Stephen Strup, the chief of urology at the University of Kentucky, is comfort.  Strup, quoted in this ESPN article says it comes down to comfort.

“Granted, such injuries could likely be prevented by wearing a cup, but NBA players don't wear them. Even Dr. Stephen Strup, the chief of urology at the University of Kentucky, doesn't recommend them. In over 20 years of practice, Strup has treated a few basketball-related injuries in the hoop-crazy state. But as a former small forward for Division III's DePauw University basketball team, Dr. Strup knows firsthand how immobilizing and uncomfortable a protective cup can be on the court.
"There isn't enough of an issue to wear a cup," Dr. Strup says. "It's hard to generate enough pressure for major injuries to occur in basketball. You see the guys go out, they're uncomfortable and they can't function a little bit, but usually they're back in a few minutes." 

As usual, we disagree with the no-cup ‘cause “it’s not that big of a deal.”  Almost every season a basketball player is out for more than a few minute—like Manu Ginobili, who took a knee to the groin and needed surgery. It took a month of recovery before he was back in the game.

But given the culture of it’s-not-comfortable that’s so much a part of basketball, we clearly need a great ball player or two to give our gear a try.  Someone who’s willing to lose the groin protection stance for a game, or part of a game, and try some real groin protection.

Suggestions on who we should hit up? Someone who’s tired of getting hit in the nuts with no protective gear in play?  Let us know! Email, Facebook, Tweet— you know the drill. So, let us know who you think’s tired of getting drilled in the down under, and willing to give our gear a shot!

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Remember those marketing videos we were talking about?  In the spirit of spring training, and former MLB catcher John Baker saying such great things about us, we dove into our vaults to see if we had an appropriate video.

 

So far, no footage of someone swinging a bat at our athletic cup, or at someone fully covered with our innovative, effective, groin protection system.

 

But, we did find this one.  And, yes, that is a metal pipe.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iL53LnG_GR0

 

If we’re missing something, and one of you enthusiasts has great footage of a bat, or ball, to protected balls, let us know! We love to see our gear protecting athletes in all sports.
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Cubs Operations Assistant Loves Our Groin Protection System and is Telling the World—at Least the World of Baseball

With spring training in full swing, it’s a great time to remember that Diamond’s jockstraps and athletic cups work for all athletes, including baseball players.

 

In fact, last fall we sent our groin protection system to former MLB catcher John Baker, who’s now with the Chicago Cubs as a baseball operations assistant.

 

He can’t say enough about the gear—and all of it’s good.  In addition to the props he gives us on Twitter he went on record in this article on mixedmartialarts.com.

 

Since leaving the field, and joining the management team, Baker’s been training jiu-jitsu.  He loves it.  

 

In some ways, he says, jiu-jitsu requires the same mental skills as pro-baseball, “you have to let go of pride and focus on technique.”

 

He also shared that jiu-jitsu, both rolling and hanging out with his training partners, has given him an outlet for his competitive drive.

 

When he rolls he uses Diamond’s system, but maintains that his nuts were in a lot more danger when he was a catcher.  According to Baker, catchers catch it in the cup on a daily basis.

 

Which is why he’s telling everyone who plays baseball to gear up with Diamond’s athletic gear.

 

We couldn’t agree more.

 

Thanks, John, for taking the time to talk to us and share your experience with our gear!

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It's Fights like Shamrock Verses Gracie the Make Us Want to Get Our Gear to Everyone

 

When we first launched Diamond MMA, we put together a series of marketing videos guaranteed to prove that we’d designed a groin protection system that beat the old school “jockstrap plus plastic athletic cup” competition hands down.

 

So, as the controversy continues about whether or not Ken Shamrock’s TKO loss to Royce Gracie in the first round of Bellator 149 was due to nut shot, instead of weighing in, we’re moving forward with our campaign to make sure that every athlete has the best possible protection for his package.

 

Starting by re-launching our videos here:

Diamond MMA Athletic Cup vs. Sledgehammer - YouTube

 

If watching us slam our cup with a sledgehammer doesn’t convince you that we’ve built a better cup, we invite you to order one and give it a try.

 

“Diamond MMA is so confident in our product that we offer you a lifetime guarantee on your athletic cup. If you have any issues with it you can contact us and we will send you out a new one free of charge!” (You can buy the cup here.)

 

It’s uncomfortable to watch anyone take one on, near, next to, or directly on top of a cup.  But when it’s a much-anticipated fight, between two veterans in the sport, and a nut shot ends the fight, that’s not just painful, it’s painfully disappointing.

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Great Article About Diamond MMA's Game Changing Groin Protection System
The journey of Diamond MMA as a company, our gear, and the history of jockstraps are all part of an article recently posted on mixedmartialarts.com.

"Craig Diamond believes that his company, Diamond MMA, has designed the best athletic cup ever. And he’s got the balls to put his own testicles on the line to prove it."

The thing is, we couldn't take part in a piece touting the benefits of our gear without making sure that guys know why they need great groin protection.

"Which brings us to actual injuries. Things that are more than pain, and may indicate major damage, like bruising.

“A hematoma, bleeding inside the scrotum, we want to avoid that.” Says Mark T. Wichman, M.D., who specializes in orthopaedic sports medicine and is team doctor for the Milwaukee Admirals, a professional hockey team."

(For more about hockey injuries, see our FB post about a recent slap shot to the nuts)

What do you think?  Is free balling okay under some circumstances or do you gear up every time?

Check out the full article and let us know what you think!

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