A basketball player with a wicked jump shot or an announcer with superb play-by-play action commentary—neither of these talents are possible without some form of development in skills and knowledge at one’s preferred occupation. In mixed martial arts, one must not only master techniques in various sectors, but also strategically configure these components en route to becoming the complete fighter.

Training out of Sportslab MMA, Cory Vom Baur is amongst the many fighters going through this process. An ambitious competitor with a remarkable work ethic, Vom Baur views improving every aspect of his game as essential in his evolution in the sport.

Vom Baur’s fighting style is an integrating mix in combat strategy. This understanding of merging techniques has given this fighter a major advantage over his opponents on the ground and in the stand-up. Before his days as a mixed martial artist, Vom Baur’s fight tactics originated from his years of studies as a wrestler. From his childhood to the high echelon of the NCAA ranks, the vast experience not only gave Vom Baur a great edge in the art of grappling, but also a strong mental capacity for handling challenge in any competitive sport.

Vom Baur (Ernie Sapiro/Cage Sport)

“Wrestling really helps individuals mentally. As I grew up, I was expected to go to practice every day at 5:00,” Vom Baur told The MMA Corner in an exclusive interview. “This helps me to train in a different way that many other people do. I have based my whole life around my workout times. It is nothing new for me to go to practice while balancing out everything else I have in my life.”

With Vom Baur’s interest in the field of combat sports, mixed martial arts seemed like a natural fit to transition into for taking this collegiate wrestler’s athletic abilities to the next level. At his beginning stages, Vom Baur learned quickly that in order to become a great fighter you have to be a well-rounded one. With his wrestling talents already recognized, Vom Baur soon began focus on mastering and learning striking techniques. His commitment in honing those skills to his game would result in an increase in speed, reflex and endurance useful for attacking his foe aggressively with punches and kicks.

But, of course, anything can happen in a fight. This unexpected element boosts the possibility of the battle taking its way to the ground domain. Takedowns, pins and clinches are something Vom Baur has been exceptionally well at executing in competition. Nevertheless, there is always room for advancement, even when analyzing a fighter’s best qualities. Once Vom Baur’s instructors added submission moves to his arsenal, it created a new wave of possibilities in handling and controlling many scenarios on the canvas. It’s a strategy that has been implemented to perfection, as most of Vom Baur’s fights has ended by submission victory.

“I focus on all aspects of my game. I am still pretty new to the whole MMA thing [and] every day I learn in this sport,” he said. “I learn a new technique, a new way to train, or even something else that can help me in the sport in some indirect way. This sport is so dynamic that it is easy to continue to grow.”

Vom Baur (top) controls his opponent (Ernie Sapiro/Cage Sport)

Trial and error always comes with any focused work, and training as a MMA fighter is no exception. Weakness is something Vom Baur stumbles upon quite often in his progression, based on the type of opponent he has to contend with. However, making up for this flaw, he works endlessly at fixing those weak areas while also working on his strengths in hopes of exposing chinks in the armor of his opponent.

“My strength or weaknesses just simply depend on my opponent. If I was fighting Floyd Mayweather, then my weakness would be my boxing and my strength would be my submissions,” Vom Baur explained. “On the other hand, if I was fighting one of the Gracies, then my strength would be my stand-up. Instead, I place a focus on always improving in all areas of MMA and exposing my opponent’s weaknesses.”

When viewing how Vom Baur applies this knowledge in his fights, it is easy to see that he has an understanding of what it takes to come out with the victory in an intense match-up. Vom Baur’s athletic prowess, combined with his outlook on fighting and sole aim for growth, has allowed him to perform at his best, which has earned him an unblemished record of 6-0 as an amateur and current 6-2 track standing as a pro.

“If I win or lose, I look to improve,” Vom Baur admitted. “I like to better myself in everything that I do. However, I do not get down on myself for not being where I want to be, where people expect or think I should be, or anything like that. I enjoy the present and work to get better in the future.”

Displaying a major growth in maturity, Cory Vom Baur has all the necessary tools to one day becoming a great fighter in this sport. Not too focused on UFC limelight opportunities, Vom Baur appreciates the personal benefits that this game has given him. Whether it’s dominating the opposition or learning techniques, the message is clear: enjoying this fun expressive lifestyle is what keeps Vom Baur hungry for more in his journey to enlightenment in the mixed martial arts world.

Cory would like to thank Sportslab MMA: “I have some of the best coaches in the nation out there, and such a wide array of terrific work out partners. I truly believe that it is the best gym in the Northwest.” He would also like to thank WUSU Clothing and Apparel and Dirty Boxer, who keep him supplied with the latest MMA clothing and training gear.

Top Photo: Cory Vom Baur (R) throws a kick (Ernie Sapiro/Cage Sport)

About The Author

Monta Wiley
Staff Writer

Monta Wiley is an aspiring sports journalist that has covered the world of MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has been a regular contributor to US Combat Sports. Monta has a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Administration from California State University-Los Angeles. Outside of his writing, you can find Monta at the gym honing his BJJ technique.