Photo Courtesy of Combates AmericasJoey “The Real Deal” Rodriguez Looks to Make Himself and Mixed Striking Arts into a Household Name Josh Davis April 16, 2015 Events, News, Spotlight, UFC There are many fighters that mainstream fight fans have never heard of for numerous reasons, but largely because they have not had the opportunity to fight in a big show and show the world their skills. One could say some of the best fighters in the world are ones that nobody even knows about and honestly, I wouldn’t disagree with that. That is one of the many reasons why I, along with most of the staff at The MMA Corner, enjoy watching smaller shows and watching fighters that nobody knows of — because that is when you truly see some of the best fights this sports has to offer. With that said, fight fans this weekend have the opportunity to witness history as there is a new promotion debuting their style of fighting this weekend. Yes, you read that right. I said there is a new promotion debuting a new kind of event this weekend. Now this promotion isn’t really a new promotion, but most of the MMA world probably has not heard of Mixed Striking Championship. After this weekend you will, because they are launching the next big thing in combat sports, “Mixed Striking Arts.” This is not MMA or kickboxing or boxing, but rather a mix of every form of combat fighting known to man with the exclusion of jiu-jitsu and wrestling. Mixed Striking Arts has its own set of rules, its own gloves, and its own scoring system and will feature all styles of stand-up fighting — but the rules exclude any takedowns or ground fighting. Mixed Striking Arts, which again is brought to the world by Mixed Striking Championship, is designed to give the fans the most exciting aspect of the fight game, and that is highlight real knockouts. Now don’t get me wrong, I love jiu-jitsu and all aspects of ground fighting, but I will admit it is not always the most exciting thing in the world. While I have seen some insane submissions in the fight game, I have also seen some submissions that honestly were quite boring. Rarely do you ever see a knockout that you can call boring and that is what MSA is trying to do, bring fans excitement, bring fans the best stand-up fighters in the world and most importantly, bring fans exciting KO’s. It is not just fight fans that should be taking notice, but fighters as well. MSC is not some flash in the pan promotion that doesn’t know what they are doing; they have been around for a while and they have spent extensive time and resources to make this a legitimate sport and if things work out, this could give fight fans an entire new platform of combat sports. The MMA Corner was able to track down one of Mixed Striking Championship’s fighters, Joey “The Real Deal Rodriguez” to get his thoughts on the sport and what it has to offer. Now I know many of you are thinking that this is a new promotion with a new type of event and they will be using horrible fighters that nobody has never heard of. Well, if you haven’t heard of Joey Rodriguez I suggest that you go to YouTube and look him up . . . or you could watch this kid fight this weekend and see what he is all about. “Honestly this event is perfect for me. I am stand and bang kind of guy, I like to lace them up and give the people what they really want to see. Not two guys hugging or laying on the floor and stuff like that, but two guys going at it, going to war. Those are the kind of fights that I love to be in. I love to stand and bang and trade with people and in this event they said it was all that so I was one of the first ones to sign up and volunteer.” Rodriguez told The MMA Corner. It will be interesting to see how these fights will play out with different rules and different regulations and equipment, but Joey thinks that the new style of gloves that fighters will be wearing will change the game, “First, I think that if Dave Zues could have used 4 ounce or five ounce gloves he would have done it, but I think the commission mandated the 8 ounce gloves, but these new gloves are state of the art, they are going to change the game. The fingers are a little bit longer, the thumbs are covered so there will be fewer eye pokes, it’s a great looking glove, it feels good and will be great on my opponents chin.” In my mind, one of the best things about smaller events and new upstart fighting leagues, is that most of the fighters know very little about their opponent. They do not have the ability to find fight footage of their opponent and study them for weeks and strategize. Instead they are forced to go out and fight and prove that their style, that their skills, are better and honestly it allows fans to see fighting in its purest form and this Saturday when Joey Rodriguez takes on Murc Jones. “I really don’t know much about him, I feel that he is a tough guy, a tough opponent and I am not taking him lightly or looking past him. I’m taking him very seriously, he has a lot of power in his punches, but at the same time I have a lot of power in my punches and I have never been scared of throwing leather with anybody and this is going to be a great fight. I was originally supposed to fight this guy named Jose Cortez but he pulled for whatever reason and Murc stepped up. This guy, Murc Jones, I don’t much about him but I know he took this fight, I know he has a tough chin, so it is going to be a great fight and I am looking forward to showcasing my skills on Saturday night.” Regardless of how this fight plays out, Mixed Striking Championship 1 should be an excellent event and a promotion that all fight fans should keep an eye one. Mixed Striking Championship 1 will take place on Saturday April 18th, live from the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, Florida and will be aired live on Go Fight Live.