The 2011 G2 Summit weekend was about as diverse and exciting as MMA gets. For those of you unfamiliar with G2 Summit it is a series of MMA Seminars, networking opportunities, and MMA competition all with the common focus of women’s MMA.
For me the G2/July4th weekend started out on Thursday with weigh-ins for Tuff N Uff: The Future Stars of MMA. The weigh-ins were held poolside at Hooters Hotel and Casino which made the process feel a little more like a vacation but still tons of energy from all the fighters.
Friday I opened up for Michele “Diablita” Gutierrez and Tony “The Freak” Fryklund for their Boxing for MMA seminar at Throwdown Gym. Michele asked me to stop by and do a training hand wrap demo and I was more than happy to be a part of the seminar. After everyone arrived I gave the ladies a quick overview of the anatomy of the hand and some of my experiences as a Cutman dealing with injured hands. After that I went through a full training hand wrap demo and everyone followed along and looked great by the time we were finished. Thankfully I had the best MMA photographer in town Joe Pic available to make it and get some incredible shots of the seminar.
One thing that made the seminar have an extra buzz to it was the presence of a CNN film crew with reporter Amber Lyons taking part in the seminar and getting to know more about women in MMA. They were filming the G2 Summit weekend and interviewing several fighters, coaches, and several other people in order to get a good amount of footage for their special on Women’s MMA.
The women who attended Michele and Tony’s Seminar had a great time and were all raving about the quality of instruction they received. It was very fulfilling getting to meet so many enthusiastic fighters who soaked up the information like a sponge.
By the time the seminar was over I just had enough time to stop by my favorite restaurant in Vegas, Pin Kaow to grab some food before I headed over to Cox Pavilion for Tuff N Uff.
Tuff N Uff was extremely high energy as it always is but this time there were six Championship Belts on the line so the crowd really got to have a good time. The CNN crew was on hand to meet with some of the women fighting for the belts that night including Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke and Autumn Richardson as they battled for the Featherweight Title.
There were a few stars in the locker rooms helping their fighters out like UFC Star Frank Mir in the corner of John Gettle and Strikeforce Heavyweight standout Fabricio Werdum in the corner of Kaiyana Rain. Other notable MMA trainers working that night included Renzo Asparria, Shawn Tompkins, Ron Frazier, and may more. Also in attendance was Randy “The Natural” Couture for the inaugural Tuff N Uff “Randy Couture Heavyweight Title Belt “
I was very flattered to have a long list of sign-ups for my hand wraps, seeing how passionate the fighters were to have me get them ready is amazing. I sincerely apologize to anyone who’s hands I did not get a chance to wrap, I will make sure that I wrap you next time, again I apologize.
After the night was finally over I headed home to get some much needed rest because CNN had asked me to do an interview with them the following day and I wanted to be at my best.
I met up with Michele Gutierrez at Throwdown around 10:30am and helped her and the CNN crew get all the footage they needed for that day, then it was tie for my interview. The interview seemed very natural and it felt like a normal conversation with a friend. Amber Lyons was a great interviewer and she asked me some very insightful questions. Amber and the crew made me feel at ease so it was easy to just talk and not feel any pressure. Thank you guys so much for the opportunity!
Later that night I went with my girlfriend to an official G2 Summit UFC 132 viewing party at Lagasse Stadium at the Palazzo Hotel and Casino. Lagasse Stadium is an amazing sports bar meets ultra-lounge hangout and as I would expect from Emeril Lagasse the food was incredible! The UFC viewing party was hosted by three notable women’s MMA fighters including Strikeforce Champion Cris Cyborg, Michele Gutierrez, and Kim Couture who made everyone feel welcome at the event.
To close out the weekend several of the G2 attendees came to Azure Luxury Pool at the Palazzo hosted by Kim Couture where we sat in an amazing cabana with a misting system, air conditioning, very comfortable lounge furniture, and a very attentive and professional staff who constantly replaced our ice chest of Fiji water and brought us some incredibly tasty food. It was an incredible experience and my girlfriend and I thanked everyone for the over the top hospitality we received. We got some sun and had some laughs while we listened to the great DJ and had an awesome time, it truly was the perfect end to the G2 weekend.
Adrian “Tenacity” Rosenbusch, Cutman™
“Keeping Fighters in the Fight”™