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VINCIT A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR–IN–CHIEF Daniel Cormier, a mixed martial artist and former Olympic wrestler, was chosen for the Vincit cover. In his interview on page 14, you will learn of the life challenges and set backs he faced only to rocket into the ‘Top Ten’ Heavyweight rankings. Daniel has been a pro MMA fighter for only two years and already has the opportunity to fight for the Strikeforce Grand Prix Championship in early 2012. We salute Daniel Cormier for all that he has overcame and for all he will accomplish in the coming years ahead.


VINCIT TEAM Sharon Sanghera, Editor-in-Chief Sonny Sidhu, Creative Art Director Ernesto Maestas, Managing Director Dr. Abdollah Nejad, Public Relations Andrew Moy, Journalist/Writer Edge Brown, Journalist/Writer Tommy Ruiz, Journalist/Writer Carey Rockland, Journalist/Writer Cody Fielding, Journalist/Writer Wesley Buckingham, Photographer Jeff Spirer, Photographer Sean Viray, photographer To advertise in Vincit magazine please email

CONTRIBUTORS Ernesto Maestas, writer Mark Mian, writer Alexis Mian, writer Medwin Mina, writer Andrew Moy, writer Jeff Spirer, photographer Danny Nolan, photographer Justin Price, photographer Steven Dominguez, photographer Janet Dominguez, photographer



















photograph by Jeff Spirer & Danny Nolan

NOVEMBER.DECEMBER.2011 cover photograph by Jeff Spirer & Danny Nolan

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You Fight Like You Eat What To Eat...

[Part 2]

A lot has been written about what to eat, and there are plenty of conflicting opinions about it. Our purpose with this article is not to have the final word on the matter; it’s simply to give you a practical plan that is efficient, effective, and sustainable. This dietary approach is what we use ourselves, and what we recommend to our students as a starting point. It is more practical than academic.

Written by: Mark & Alexis Mian grains and breads, are more filling, but contain fewer vital nutrients. Also, more highly-processed foods can impair your digestion, which can in turn lead to a number of negative health effects, the least of which are bloating and feeling sluggish. There’s a reason grains are used to fatten cows.

The main idea is simple: to eat as our early human ancestors did, before the advent of agriculture and food processing. This means eating fresh, natural foods and avoiding (or at least minimizing) human-made, processed foods. That latter category includes not only packaged “junk” foods, but even whole grains, which require processing, soaking, and cooking to be made digestible. For this reason, the Hunter-Gatherer diet is relatively high in protein and fat, and low in carbohydrates. Most of the carbs in this diet will come from fruits and vegetables. Let’s take a closer look at what foods we include in these macronutrient categories of protein, carbs, and fat. Good protein sources are meats (including red meat, game, poultry), eggs & dairy, seafood, nuts, seeds, legumes (beans), and protein supplements (i.e., protein powder or bars). Fats come from incidental amounts found in your protein sources,especially in red meats, nuts & seeds. In addition to these, it’s good to add some unsaturated fats to your meals: avocados & unrefined oils, like extra virgin olive oil and flax seed oil. Ideally your carbohydrates come from fresh fruits & vegetables. Depending upon your activity level and your body type, you may want to add more carbohydrate-dense foods, such as legumes (beans) and the “seed grains”: quinoa, millet, buckwheat, and amaranth. Many people benefit from having some beans and grains in the diet as they first transition into this way of eating, but later feel great without them. You have to listen to your body on this one, and monitor your hunger and energy levels. With this way of eating, there’s a focus on nutrient density – maximizing nutrition and minimizing any negative burdens on your system. For example, vegetables don’t have a lot of calories, but they’re heavy on nutrition: vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc. Processed foods, including


One adjustment you may have to make as you transition to this diet is that in order to get enough carbs from fruits & vegetables, and to feel satiated without grains, you have to eat way more of them. Instead of having a small amount of salad or vegetable as a side dish, vegetables become the foundation of your meals. Same thing with fruit, which is an ideal snack between meals – don’t be shy, eat a lot of it. One apple won’t go very far; have two or three, and try having some nuts or seeds with them. You might have half a watermelon, or a whole smaller melon such as cantaloupe. Go ahead and fill yourself up on it. Putting Meals Together Start with a foundation of raw or lightly-cooked vegetables, and remember - a large quantity, like a large bowl of salad or an entire bunch of greens, broccoli, or head of cauliflower. To this base of vegetables, add your protein source. Then top it off with additional healthy fats, like nuts, seeds, avocado, or a dressing made with olive or flax oil. Nuts and seeds are especially good, if you can tolerate them, because they add protein to the meal as well as fat.

Here are some examples of this type of meal: 1. Large Garden Salad

Chicken Breast Avocado & olive oil/vinegar dressing (apple cider & balsamic vinegars are best)

2. Sautéed spinach with sunflower seeds

Scrambled Eggs with side of avocado

3. Lean Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry

with olive oil & tamari (soy sauce)

If you decide to add denser carbohydrate-rich foods like grains or beans, you have two options. You can either add a very small amount on the side of your protein meals, or you can have a larger quantity as a separate meal with vegetables, but no protein. This is because proteins and starches digest differently, and if you eat a significant quantity of both, the digestion of both can be impaired. It doesn’t matter what you’re eating if you aren’t able to properly digest it and assimilate the nutrients. There is an entire complex school of thought around food combining for optimal digestion, but here are the bare facts you need to know: Eat protein foods with vegetables and fats. Eat starchy carbs (including the starchier vegetables, like potatoes) with vegetables and fats. But avoid combining proteins and starches together (yes, the “meat and potatoes” diet is particularly bad for digestion). Lastly, eat fruit by itself – have a few nuts or seeds with it, if anything – and definitely do not combine fruit with meat.

and goals, among other things. At AlterCenter, we go through a process with our athletes to help them figure out what’s optimal for their bodies and their individual training schedules. The following is just an example of what a day’s intake could look like, using the meal examples listed.

Morning Shake:

Vegetarian Protein Powder, Coconut or Rice Milk Workout 1: Conditioning Breakfast: Eggs & Spinach Snack: 3 Apples with Almond Butter Lunch: Beef & Broccoli Workout 2: Combat Training Recovery Shake: Whey Protein, Maltodextrin, Coconut or Rice Milk Dinner: Chicken Breast & Salad Snack: Whole Cantaloupe

This way of eating is simple. The biggest obstacle to following this type of diet is that it requires planning. The easiest foods to come by during the course of your day are the unhealthy ones: packaged, processed, full of sugar and sodium and devoid of nutrition. If you’re already hungry when you start looking for something to eat, you are likely to make easy choices, not the best choices. So plan ahead. Start by laying out 3 days’ worth of menus. Try to plan a variety of foods within the three-day period, and see if you can avoid repeating any particular food, other than the basic staples. You can repeat this 3-day cycle until you get the hang of it, and then start to rotate in some new options. By having a variety of fruits and vegetables, you’re getting a good spread of vitamins and minerals. By varying your protein sources, you know you’re getting a good balance of amino acids. If you’re away from home for long stretches of time, working all day and then heading straight to the gym, you need a good way to carry your food with you. So far one of the best things we’ve seen for organizing your day’s food is the “6 Pack Bag” ( It has containers and storage areas for meals, snacks, shakes, supplements, and ice packs. But you don’t need special gear; you just need to plan ahead, and take the time to get your food together before you leave for the day. It’s impossible to lay out one menu plan that will work for everyone – it’s too personal, and depends upon your body type, activity level,



5-ROUND MMA WORKOUT CIRCUIT Written by Medwin Mina


The first round is your basic Sprinting High Intensity Interval Training. For rounds 2 – 5, you do the circuit (pictures provided) with 1 minute of rest between each 5-minute round. The amount of repetitions done per exercise of the circuit is annotated next to the name of the exercise depending on your fitness level. ROUND #1: Treadmill High Intensity Interval Training MINUTE 1: MINUTES 2–5:






Minute #1: Bench/Box Burpees If your gym has a plyometric box, use an appropriate height according to your level of fitness, if not use a bench. Start by performing a sprawl then drive your knees to your chest with your heels on the ground and immediately hop onto your box/bench. Finish by hopping back down then repeat.


3. Repetitions: Beginners: 6 Intermediate: 8 Advanced: 10





Minute #2: Overhead Rotating Medicine Ball Slams If your gym has a Dynamax med ball, this is preferable. If using a typical “bouncy� type of medicine ball, watch the rebound to avoid injuries if the ball bounces too high into your face. Hold the ball waist high. Hop up with the ball and as you hop rotate the ball to your right until it is over your head and slam the ball on the way down. Complete 8 reps to your right and 8 reps to your left. Finish in less than a minute and use the remaining time as rest period and transition time to your next exercise.

Repetitions: 8 LEFT 8 RIGHT





Minute #3: Australian Pull Up Use the Squat Rack and line up a bar about hip height. Lay under the bar with your palms grabbing the bar with an underhand grip, with your chest lined up under the bar, supine plank intact, straight legs, waist straight, core engaged, pull yourself towards the bar hold for two seconds in the up position and slowly lower yourself back to your starting position.

Repetitions: Beginners: 8 Intermediate: 10 Advanced: 15



Minute #4: Stability Ball Hip Press If you use a stability ball, place your heels on top of the ball, legs straight, back straight and hips off the floor while you lie on the ground. Bend your knees and drive your hips in the air, until there is a straight line between your knees, hips and shoulders and the ball rolls underneath your entire foot. Roll back out and repeat.

Repetitions: Beginners: 8 Intermediate: 10 Advanced: 15




Minute #5: Plank (Robot) Push-up on Bosu ball, stability ball or TRX straps Start on plank position, hands on the floor directly underneath your shoulders. With your back straight, avoid bending at the waist, drop to your right elbow, then drop to your left elbow until you are in your forearm plank. From your forearm plank, place your right hand on the floor and back up onto your left hand until you are back in your full plank position. Make this exercise challenging to your core by place your feet on top of a Bosu or stability ball



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This information is for general information only, for more information on these exercisess please check with a professional certified trainer and training advice from your own doctor or any other health care professional. These exercises are recommendations only and are performed at your own risk. If you feel any discomfort during exercise, stop immediately.

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Daniel Cormier Written by Ernesto Maestas Photography by Jeff Spirer and Danny Nolan


he term ‘meteoric-rise’ is the only way to describe Daniel Cormier’s Mixed Martial Art’s career to date. To be 9-0 just 2 years and 2 months into his formal MMA career and an upcoming fight against Josh Barnett for the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix title is impressive to say the least. The real training and journey started a bit over 20 years ago in Lafayette, Louisiana with 3 state titles at Northside High School. He then left Cajun country for Colby Community College in Colby Kansas to again be a standout and won 2 junior college national championships before finishing up at wrestling powerhouse Oklahoma State. Daniel’s quest for wrestling greatness saw him take 4th place at the 2004 Athens (Greece) Olympics and captain the 2008 Beijing (China) Olympics where he was not able to compete because of kidney failure. Cormier’s emotional rollercoaster ride is one that would have broken most. He experienced the highs of a successful wrestling career but abysmal lows from the loss of his father and daughter. You could hardly blame him if he were to walk around day after day with a frown. Instead, he’s the type of person that has an infectious laugh and keeps everyone around him entertained. The resilient 32-year old made the tough choice to leave middle America to pursue a career change at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) in San Jose, California. This leap of faith seems to have been a smart choice. The storied academy has molded yet another wrestler into a Top 10 Heavyweight contender. With Cain Velasquez and the rest of the AKA crew as his daily training partners there is no telling how far Cormier can go. You can guarantee that Daniel will approach his training with focus, tenacity, an open mind, determination and laughter. How long have you been at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA)? I moved here from Stillwater, Oklahoma in August of 2009. I graduated from Oklahoma State in 2001 and was the volunteer and club coach there (OSU) for 8 years before I came here. I was still pretty busy trying to make the Olympic team as well. I spoke to DeWayne Zinkin in July 2009 then came out here (AKA) for a week to try out. The last week of August, I came back to AKA for a quick training camp and fought on September 25, 2009 after about a month of training. Bob (Cook) believed I could compete at that level and I believe in Bob. If he tells me to do something – I’ll do it. And we didn’t have as good a relationship then as we do now. I was excited. First of all, I was excited to make some money (laughing). How do you like living in California? I like it. Everything you can imagine is here in California. For instance, I don’t go far for physical therapy, to get massages, … everything is right here on the corner. California is the place where everyone comes for opportunity. And we’re doing the same thing here (at AKA). We’re blessed with this great facility with everything here as well.


What do you miss about living in a small town? Just that feel where everyone knows everyone. Where ever I went everyone knew me from wrestling. I miss my little bubble and I miss my house, my dogs. I miss that feel of the small town community. You have a bbq and everyone comes to hang out. I think back and think ‘Oh My God’ every Wednesday we would have “Rock Band Wednesday” with me and my friends (laughing). We would drink beer and play “Rock Band” on Wednesdays. Those little things are what you miss. You don’t recognize those things until you’re away from them. How did you reconstruct the wrestling program at AKA? I was given an opportunity and put in a situation where I could actually make some changes and there were only a few that needed to be made. We already had the guys but we weren’t wrestling very much. Javier (Mendez) gave me a chance to start teaching and helping the guys out. I started implementing my thoughts and beliefs and the guys bought in 100%. I taught the way I was taught by John Smith and I have come along and I know how it relates to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and now it’s more MMA-based wrestling. What has been the most difficult part about your transition from wrestling to MMA? Striking! Hands down.. striking! You go from grabbing guys’ legs while wrestling and not worrying about anything and the finish is the most important thing in the world. In MMA, your opponent is punching and elbowing you. No question about it – the striking. When you were at Oklahoma State earning your Sociology Degree what did you plan to do as a career? Wrestling and coaching wrestling. Even as I competed in my 2 Olympic (Wrestling) cycles I figured once I was done I would coach wrestling. High level wrestlers coach wrestling. You go to some college and coach – that’s just the way it is. Natural progression. Which fighters (past and present) are you a fan of? (Other than your teammates) I’m a huge fan of Chuck Liddell. I’ve had the chance to meet him since DeWayne Zinkin manages him. He’s a great guy – funny and good times. In the present, I respect Georges St. Pierre and Jon Jones. I think Georges is the most well-rounded guy in the world and best pound-for-pound. Tremendous amount of respect for him for what he does for the sport. He understands that winning is what’s most important. How do you feel the adversity you’ve faced with the loss of loved one’s (father, daughter, …) affect who you are as a person today? Stronger. It made me a lot stronger and more driven than I’ve ever been. I always feel that I represent my family – living or dead – when I compete. So I have to compete at a higher level to not let anyone down. When I set my sights on a goal I do my best to attain it. I think going through the dark times helps you see how truly blessed you are to be doing what I’m doing. I’m lucky to be doing this for a living. I could be sitting in an office 9-5.. and I did that. I’m telling you – it sucks. I’m blessed. It’s made me stronger. VINCIT | NOVEMBER.DECEMBER 2011


You are probably the most accomplished wrestler to ever fight in a major MMA promotion. What is it about your wrestling background that will propel you to the top of the heavyweight rankings? I do think that I will eventually be a champion in one of the two big organizations (Strikeforce or UFC). I give a lot of my credit to my wrestling background. Not only because I will be able to take almost anyone down but because of the ability to work hard. The ability to grind at someone. Most times when you have two guys (fighters) grinding it out the other guy is going to break before the wrestler. I have a feeling within myself that at some point I’m going to be a champion of one of the major organizations. I can be the Strikeforce Heavyweight champion within the next 4 months after only 2 years of fighting. That’s insane. Again, I’m blessed. How do you feel about stepping in to fight this next level of proven fighters like Josh Barnett? When I was wrestling and watching the UFC I saw Josh Barnett. When I saw the match-ups (for Strikeforce Grand Prix) I said to myself Josh Barnett is the toughest match-up because of his skill set. He can wrestle with the catch-wrestling, the stand-up and he was the UFC champion and has around 40 fights. I feel honored and privileged to be fighting guys like that. With that being said, I’ve had a million matches, a thousand matches and competitions and to me it’s not a fight but competition. If I thought to myself I was going to fight this dude I would be so tired in the first 20 seconds of the fight. It’s a competition for me to do something competitively and that’s what I like doing. I love competing. I play computer games to death because I always want to compete at something (laughing). Have you thought about what you would like to do once you’re done with MMA? I will probably go back and coach wrestling. Like we said earlier, it’s a natural progression for elite wrestlers to become coaches. I love being around this sport and I am now starting to love being around MMA. Maybe I’ll coach wrestling or maybe I’ll coach MMA wrestling somewhere. Would you ever open your own gym? That’s another opportunity. You have to find the right place though in order for it to be successful. You have to be in the right place and of course California is one of those areas. I’d like to open a gym and train some pro fighters. Hopefully, I can attain the skills from Javier Mendez and Bob Cook and others that train jiu jitsu to go out and start a team and feel confident coaching those guys and getting them into the UFC and Strikeforce. I want complete fighters not specialists. Do you have any hobbies or volunteering outside of your fight training? I coach kids here at AKA 3 nights a week. I like to read and play video games. But what I do most is spend time with my kid and my girlfriend. I have a little boy and my girlfriend is pregnant with our second kid. Spending time with my family.


IS THERE ANYONE YOU WOULD LIKE TO THANK? I’d like to thank my management team, Zinkin Entertainment, they’ve done a great job on my career so far. “Crazy” Bob Cook, Javier Mendez, American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), all my teammates, all my sponsors, TrauMMA Combat Apparel, Clinch Gear, Korse Energy and of course my family. Obviously, they’ve stuck with me through thick and thin and that’s it. Pretty much everyone around me has been on Team Cormier from the beginning. I’ve had a lot people that have supported me and helped me to get to the point where I’m at right now. I can’t come into the gym every day without knowing that I have that strong strong structure behind me. They push me every day and am forever grateful for it. I’m not the only one on this journey and a lot of people take a part in it.


Holly Lynn VINCIT GIRL OF THE MONTH photography by Justin Price

photography by Justin Price| NOVEMBER.DECEMBER | SEPTEMBER.OCTOBER2011 2011 18 VINCIT

Meet Miss Holly Lynn. The 28 year old bombshell from Alabama is blessed with Russian, Cherokee Indian, Irish, English & French heritage. From all accounts this is one sexy southern bell who aspires to one day be in the penthouse. She has been modeling for six years now and loves to be in fornt of the camera. She went to school for HR management but quickly gave that up for a chance to make modeling her dream and has not looked back ever since. Holly is an outdoors girls and loves hiking and camping. She is not looking to settle down anytime soon as she wants to travel the world. Holly describes herself as outgoing, loyal and critical, that‘s why she is always trying to make her next photoshoot her best yet. VINCIT || NOVEMBER.DECEMBER NOVEMBER.DECEMBER 2011 2011 VINCIT



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Boxing 2011

(A Look Back)


Written by Andrew Moy

ith the popularity of MMA in the mainstream, and the UFC having an event every two weeks, most people are quick to say “boxing is dead”. In the words of former world champion and trainer of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Roger Mayweather would say “most people don’t know shit about boxing”. When people hear or talk about boxing, two names come to mind; Manny “Pacman” Pacquaio and Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Outside of the two stars most other elite boxers are unknown to the general public. With 2011 heading towards the end, many young, hungry, talented boxers are ready to take on the challenge to rise to the ranks and become the next boxing star. With that said, let’s take a look back at some of 2011’s memorable and exciting fights.

February 19, 2011 – Nonito Donaire vs. Fernando Montiel Going into just his second fight at Bantamweight, Donaire took on the #1 Bantamweight in the world in Fernando Montiel. It took Donaire less than two rounds to take care of business. The quickness and power of Donaire was too much for Montiel as Donaire landed a crushing counter left hook that sent Montiel to the canvas with his legs twitching. Donaire walked away with the WBC and WBO Bantamweight titles and took the #1 status in that division. March 12, 2011 – Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga.The brash, trash talking Ricardo Mayorga is one who never backs down from a fight, challenging WBA Champion Miguel Cotto.


Throughout the bout Mayorga would talk to Cotto trying to throw Cotto off his game plan. In the end, Cotto ended the fight with a punch so hard in the 12th round, he made Mayorga thing he injured his arm in an exchange. After watching replays, nothing showed signs of any contact that would have backed up Mayorga’s defense of an injured arm. April 9th 2011 – Marcos Maidana vs. Eric MoralesHaving battled in an exciting 12 round war against Amir Khan in December 2010 to lose by a close decision, Marcos Maidana took on future Hall of Famer Eric Morales for the interim WBA World light welterweight title. Maidana would shut Morales eye immediately in the first round. Fighting with one good eye and noth-

ing but heart, Morales would outbox Maidana in the middle rounds. Knowing he would have to finish strong in order to win the fight, Maidana gave it his all in the final two rounds to walk away with a majority decision April 9th 2011 – Robert Guerrero vs. Michael Katsidis This is a fight that’s got “war” written all over it with the styles of these two warriors. Guerrero would need a win to propel him into the next level, as Katsidis needed a win to keep him in along with the elites in the world. With heavy exchanges throughout the fight, Guerrero would end up getting the better shots in. As the fight went on, Guerrero began to take control and was able to finish the fight with a unanimous decision win. April 16th 2011 – Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz In a fight of the year candidate, Berto and Ortiz pulled no punches in an action packed 12 round fight. From the beginning of the bout, nothing buy heavy leather were being traded. Going into the sixth round, both men went down. As both fighters were again trading punches, Berto turns and crack Oritz right on the jaw that put him flat on his back. With many critics questioning Ortiz’s heart, Ortiz managed to get up on wobbly legs to continue. Berto would go for the kill as Ortiz would retreat. With 10 seconds left in the round Ortiz would land a left that put Berto on his back. To here Emmanuel Stewart say “oh my god” tells you a whole lot of how the bout was going. In the end, Ortiz would battle his way to a unanimous victory and the WBC welterweight title giving Berto his first loss as a professional. May 14th 2011 – Andre Ward vs. Arthur Abraham 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward is riding on a great streak taking on all the top super middleweights in Showtime’s Super 6 World Boxing Classic and winning. Ward took on the heavy handed Armenian, Arthur Abraham. Ward would outbox the tough Armenian for the whole 12 rounds of the bout in what was his most impressive performance. May 21st 2011 – Bernard Hopkins vs. Jean Pascal History was made on this night in an action packed bout with a clever veteran versus a much younger, strong fighter. Pascal, 28 defended his title against the much older Hopkins who is 46. Boxing since the late 80’s and having over 55 professional bouts, Hopkins showed the young lion how it’s done as he outboxed Pascal and used every trick in the book. Hopkins won by unanimous decision along with being added into the record books as the oldest fighter to win a major world title. June 15th 2011 – Pawel Wolak vs. Delvin Rodriguez ESPN had a very successful season of Friday Night Fights. One notable fight was the one between Wolak and Rodriguez. The styles of the fighters made for an entertaining 12 round war. Wolak would put constant pressure on Rodriguez, as Rodriguez had much success countering the very aggressive Wolak. After the 12 rounds of non stop action, the judges saw the bout as a majority draw. September 3rd 2011 – Andre Berto vs. Jan Zaveck After receiving his first professional loss, Andre Berto was anxious to get back into the ring to redeem himself as he chal-

lenged Jan Zaveck of Slovenia for Zavecks IBF Welterweight title. Having relocating his training camp to Northern California, Berto looked to get a fresh start and to prove that he is the top welterweight out there. Berto started strong with blistering hand speed combinations to Zaveck’s head and body. Zaveck found success with his over hand right throughout the rounds, but Berto’s speed and power was too much as it caused several cuts to Zaveck’s eyes. In the end, the doctor had no choice but to stop the bout due to the cuts and Berto once again became the welterweight champion. September 17th 2011 – Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz After a 16 month layoff, Floyd Mayweather will once again step back into the ring as he challenges Victor Ortiz for Ortiz’s WBC Welterweight title. With so much hype and trauma from HBO’s 24/7, there was much anticipation for the bout. From the beginning of the bout, it was quite obvious that Mayweather had the upper hand in speed as he was landing his lead right hand at will and was able to avoid many or Ortiz’s punches. Ortiz would eventually get flustered and in a desperate act, lunged his head forward into Mayweather’s mouth. Referee Joe Cortiz deducted a point for the foul. As the bout resumed, Ortiz went to touch gloves with Mayweather, and immediately after touching gloves, Mayweather hits Ortiz with a left hook, followed by a right cross that put Ortiz down and out for the count. Though most people thought it was a controversial win for Mayweather, it was legal, and Mayweather walked the away the WBC champion. With a few more exciting match ups to end the year in what has been an exciting 2011 of boxing, 2012 will be sure to start off with a bang. Boxing is indeed not dead, but on the rise with so many talented young stars and crafty veterans. The sweet science is here to stay. VINCIT | NOVEMBER.DECEMBER 2011


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