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Tyler “Yogi” Hinton – My Story

I grew up in the city of Baltimore, Maryland where I wrestled the majority of my life. I grew up in a gang infested area so my dad got me involved into the sport of wrestling, trying to keep me from becoming a victim of the streets and I can honestly say,  I worked out a lot.

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I became a five time state Placer for my Junior team and in High School and became a three time placer for Carver Vo-Tech’s as their first wrestling champ. I enrolled at Northwest Kansas Technical College and graduated 2 years later with an Associate Degree in Graphic Design.

 

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I was a National Championship qualifier and also earned Academic All-American honors. I then transferred to Ottawa University to continue my education and also to wrestle for their new wrestling program. While at Ottawa University I earned the schools first wrestling all-American Honors and finished as 2x all-American and was a national finalist in the NAIA National tournament which was aired on ESPN3 live.

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After graduating college I felt like there was more for me to do so some of my friends convinced me to get into MMA and that’s where my life began. A friend of mine brought me to this gym called Torture Training Center where I meet a man name Carlos Flores, and I could never forget the words he told me after the first day of training, “ I don’t want to waste my time, you can make more money at circle K than to become a MMA fighter”.  I told him to give me a shot and promised to train every day giving it 100%.

So then he trained me along with the other coaches OB, Nick Soto, David Encinas and Ralph villa and it was also where I meet Shannon Ritch and learned about the art of Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing and Boxing.

Not only do I train my butt off  but I also teach a wrestling class at my gym teaching kids the discipline and training necessary to become a good wrestler.  I also go the extra mile to teach kids with disabilities on how to train in wrestling.  Not only is this a fun thing to do, it’s also gives me an opportunity to give back to the sport that helped me get to where I am am today.

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I’m 1-0 in my amateur MMA career, I took Silver in the International Invitational Open Tournament in Phoenix; became an Arizona State Champ in Blue Belt Division and received Gold (Blue Belt) and Silver (expert) in NAGA in Maryland and this is only the beginning!

I can’t wait to put on a show for Diamond World Fights’ MMA Mega Mayhem Event on October 5th at the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware.

Shannon “The Cannon” Ritch – My Story

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If you’re a MMA Fan and haven’t heard the name Shannon “The Cannon” Ritch, you might want to get out of the house more often. Recently featured in ESPN The Magazine, and HBO documentary being filmed now also having fought for just about every event in the sport, THE CANNON is a true modern-day gladiator

In a sport where most fighters are part timers who work during the day and train at night, Shannon Ritch has managed to earn a living for nearly two decades as a full-time gladiator. But in true gladiator fashion, he has done it with a sheer force of will, fighting sometimes two or three times in a night, much less a month, and virtually never turning down an opponent regardless of size.

That is one of the reasons he is nearing an “official” fight count of 220 professional fights. Day in and day out for nearly 27 years “The Cannon” has pulled on the MMA gloves, climbed into cages, rings, and barroom floors in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia and fought a string of opponents that included many with names he couldn’t even pronounce, much less speak to. The question of “how” he does it, however, it is not nearly as important as “why” he does it.

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Ritch’s fight record paints a picture of a man who literally ducks no one. He’ll take just about any match he’s offered, whether it’s in a village in Brazil, a Bullring in Mexico, or a clearing in a Thailand jungle. From the pristine white ring at Pride 11 in Osaka, Japan, where he fought Sakuraba in the main event before 90,000 thousand of Japanese fans and millions more on television, to the heart of Moscow, where he won a Russian cage fighting belt, “The Cannon” just keeps on firing.

He has taken pit fights for cash where the ring was formed by the headlights of parked cars driven by men with gold teeth in their mouth, guns in their waistbands, and cash in their hands. “There was one event,” Ritch recalls, “in a broken down Bullring just South of the Border. I had to wait until the chickens fought, then the dogs, and then I got to fight.

The safest part of the night was the actual fight, even though you didn’t know if the guy you fought would outweigh you by 40 or 50 pounds. But that was the least of my worries. In a case like that you’re more concerned about whether they’ll shoot you if you win just to avoid paying your salary.” Then amazingly enough, Ritch laughs. “But I had a good time and I got most of my money. So I went back the next weekend and did it again.”

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In a sport now filled with prima donnas who’ll refuse to fight if their opponents outweigh them by two or three pounds, Ritch is a promoter’s dream: easy to deal with, not particular about who he fights, unconcerned about his opponent’s record, and willing to take a match on a moment’s notice. 

The Cannon is from Coolidge, Arizona where he grew up on a farm, wrestled all through high school and became a professional Kickboxer. Learning Karate as a child, adding wrestling, then BJJ “The Cannon” has used what he knew to become a Professional MMA fighter. since 1991 when he had his 1st professional MMA fight.

“The Cannon” has more international MMA fights than any other fighter in the WORLD. He will fight anyone, anywhere, anytime. At age 48 he will be one of the oldest active professional MMA  fighters when he fights his next fight, October 5th for Diamond World Fights Heavyweight World Title. 

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He is also a former U.S. Army soldier. Spending time with the 4th infantry. After he left the military he has been doing private security all over. He spent time in Iraq with one of the biggest private security company’s as a bodyguard for the United States Ambassador John Negroponte, among other top official’s.  

The Cannon also now donates his time working with active military with a group called “American 300 Tour” it’s like a USO Tour but they hit the smaller bases and give soldiers an opportunity to meet one on one. When The Cannon isn’t doing that he is teaching CQC / CQB defensive tactics , weapon take ways to military, SWATT, police, FBI, and CIA. He also owns a Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu school in Glendale Arizona, training tomorrow’s champions today.  Cannonbjj.net 

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