Joseph “Crush” Corneroli XFC Debut 2-22-13

Joseph and the Team Pitch Black folks

Joseph and the Team Pitch Black folks

I recently had the opportunity to interview Joseph “Crush” Corneroli who has his XFC debut on February 22, 2013 in Charlotte, NC. This debut has been six months in the making. Joseph is a welterweight with an MMA record of 8-1.

MMABeats: What is like training at Upstate Karate, with what are in my opinion some of the best fighters in the world ?  

Joseph: It is awesome! The sparring is very high level. When you are training with UFC fighters it is going to be at a high level. Two of my training partners are UFC fighters, Stephen “Wonderboy”  Thompson and Josh Janousek. The trainers are always pushing for me to give my very best and that keeps me progressing and improving.

MMABeats: What is your Martial Arts background ?

Joseph: Seven years ago I started training in kickboxing at Upstate Karate and 4.5 years ago I started training in BJJ  and MMA and training with Team Pitch Black. And 4 months after that i had my first MMA fight.

MMABeats: Are you an instructor at Upstate Karate or just training with Team Pitch Black ?

Joseph: I am an instructor, I teach Kempo Karate and adult and kids BJJ. I generally teach 5-6 classes a day. When you are an instructor you are showing others the techniques and by doing that you are more aware of what you have to do to get the move right, it makes you a better fighter and instructor.

MMABeats: I have heard that this fight had been previously scheduled. How does it feel to finally get this fight scheduled and know you are finally getting to make your debut ?

Joseph: It is nice to know I am finally going to get to fight. My opponent Ricky Rainey is a good striker and athletic but his only advantage will  be his reach. I feel like it is a good matchup.

MMABeats: What is on your Ipod that you like to  listen to while you are working out?

Joseph: All  kinds of music is on my Ipod. It isn’t necessarily work out music but I enjoy all kinds of music.

MMABeats: What do you do for fun?

Joseph: I enjoy hunting and camping and hiking and spending time outdoors. I also really enjoy spending time with my family.

MMABeats: What are some of the goals you have for your future in MMA ?

Joseph: To take it as far as I can and fight the best and become the best PERIOD !

MMABeats: What advice would you give to young people wanting to start training and fighting in MMA ?

Joseph: Find a good school or gym. Do research on the instructors and find the very best instructors you can find that will help you reach the goals you have for yourself.  Check out their martial arts pedigree. Also be willing yo work hard and have dedication and a solid work ethic. If you do not show up to practice do nt expect to see positive results.

 Thank you for your time Joseph!  I can not wait to watch you fight next week on AxsTv.


Wrestling Dropped from 2020 Olympics

When I heard that wrestling was going to be dropped from the 2020 Olympics I took the opportunity to send a tweet to Matt Lindland, who is the coach  of the 2016 US Greco Roman wrestling team, asking him what his thoughts on wrestling being dropped from the Olympics. He referred me to his website and gave me permission to repost his entry/response on his website.

Here is the repost.

Wrestling dropped from 2020 Olympics

Are you fucking kidding me the IOC votes to drop wrestling from the Olympic games Feb 12 2013? What the hell is this all about?

I apologize for my delayed response. I heard the news about 12 hours ago when I spoke with my wife from Cuba, where I am at right now as a wrestling coach for the US Greco-roman wrestling team. This year I was selected as the coach for the 2013 US Greco-Roman world team. I am in Cuba right now coaching a group of wrestlers in a big international wrestling tournament. All these wrestlers I am coaching here are Olympic hopefuls for 2016 games and many of them young enough to consider 2020.

The IOC decision to drop wrestling from the Olympic games comes as a surprise, and is an incredibly poor decision for many reasons.

The IOC’s decision comes as a shock to the world and goes against the Olympic spirit. The sport of wrestling was in the original ancient games and was important enough to be included in the first modern Olympic games.

I was originally an equestrian athlete from the time I was two years old till I reached high school. I was riding every day. I started competing in equestrian events when I was in third grade. By the time I reached the eighth grade I was the best show jumper in my state.

My riding coach was an Olympian and I was inspired to be an Olympian, then I was told I could not take my chosen sport to the next level because of the expenses of competing at the next level. More training, better horses, equipment and travel were not in my family’s budget. I had taken my sport to the highest level we could afford.

Equestrian eventing is an elite sport only for the wealthiest and the elite. This sport and other sports keep the competition level down by pricing 99% of the population out of the sport. How many third world countries like Cuba and many others even have equestrian athletes? It makes me laugh to think of a riding facility here or in most of the countries I wrestled in. Do some research and see the price tag of the animals alone that are Olympic caliber, this is a sport that only the wealthiest and most elite can even have a chance at. During the Sydney games the US equestrian athletes wouldn’t even stay in the Olympic village. They needed their own hotel at the Ritz Carlton.

When I reached high school, freshman boys were required to train wrestling as part of the P.E. curriculum. I found wrestling was a good sport for a 98-pound freshman whose only athletic experience was on horseback.

Wrestling is a sport that does not discriminate based on size or social economic class. Wrestling is a sport that anyone from anywhere in the world can compete in.

The men that I competed with and against are some of the greatest individuals I have ever met. The sport of wrestling requires an incredible amount of passion. Wrestling teaches so many lessons that have helped me in life. How to focus on a goal, work hard, stay dedicated overcome obstacles. The sport has helped me and so many others build character and fortitude.
These are the qualities that will help wrestlers to work hard and unify to save our sport. These men and women who wrestle know how to fight and that’s what we are going to have to do to save our great sport.

I pray that the IOC leadership pulls their heads out of their asses so they can hear the voices of the people that have benefitted from the great sport of wrestling.

I vow to join with my brothers and sister in wrestling to fight this decision and keep wrestling in the Olympics. Lets not sell out one style, if we lose either Greco or Freestyle the other style will be next.

Matt Lindland

Read more here and please sign the petition.

Thank you Coach Matt for allowing me to repost this on my blog.





Ryan Couture Heading to the UFC

Ryan Couture Heading to the UFC.

Ryan Couture Heading to the UFC

One of my favorite people in MMA to interview is Ryan Couture. I was really excited at the opportunity to watch his fight against KJ Noons on Showtime. It had to be one of the best fights I had watched in a long time. Ryan is a tough as nails guy with a heart the size of Texas. I had the privilege of interviewing Ryan after his fight with KJ And here is what he had to say.

MMABeats: How long is your medical suspension?

Ryan: Acodring to the paperwork there is no suspension but after round two i would have thought it would have been at least 30 days.

MMABeats: KJ Noons has called you out for a rematch. If given  that opportunity would you take a rematch with him?

Ryan: I would take a rematch, but i will fight whoever the UFC sets up for me to fight.

MMABeats: What are your thoughts on moving to the UFC? Do you think it will be a big adjustment for you to make that move??

Ryan: The game and game plan will be the same. The biggest difference is the octagon is bigger and more room to fight.

MMABeats: What are some of your goals heading into the UFC ?
Ryan: I just want to continue to improve and win fights and to work my way into title contention.  The talent pool is about to get a lot deeper so I’m excited for the challenge ahead of me.

MMABeats: What words of wisdom would you have for a person wanting to become a pro MMA fighter ?
Ryan: Fall in love with training.  As long as you’re working hard and improving at every opportunity, the rest will fall into place.
MMABeats: What do you do 1st thing when you wake up?

Ryan: First thing when I wake up I typically take my supplements, eat a banana and head to the gym

MMABeats: At the end of the day what makes you look back and now it was a successful day ?
Ryan: At the end of the day, I can sleep well and feel successful as long as I know I gave my all in the training room.
I would like to thank Ryan for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer these few questions.