About the author


Gumby is the co-founder of OntheMat.com back in 1997 with Scotty Nelson.


Strikeforce LIVE play by Play

By Gumby / November 22, 2008

Coming to you from the San Jose Arena HP Pavilion at San Jose Friday, November 21, 2008 – 7:30PM (Prelims at 6:00PM) Zakary Bucia vs Adam Steel 3×3 rounds 155 pounds Zakary represents Kung Fu. You don’t hear that so often in MMA anymore. Adam Steele is also making his debut and is listed as […]



By Gumby / October 23, 2008

Full results are available at http://www.strongvon.com/sv/html/tournament/Tournament_57/results/Summary.htm The 13th edition of the US Open attracted a record setting 776 competitors to Santa Cruz this year. “This year was our biggest event,” tournament promoter Claudio Franca told me, “last year was our previous biggest event. Next year, I may have to find a new venue!” I am […]


Strikeforce Young Guns III

By Gumby / September 16, 2008

It’s been said by more than a few well-connected sources that Strikeforce is a show with a successful business model and deserves to be mentioned among the big promotions in North America. Photos by David “Canada” McLeod It’s been said by more than a few well-connected sources that Strikeforce is a show with a successful […]


Southwest Submission Grappling Challenge Video

By Gumby / August 14, 2008

Much more to come, we are uploading everything we shot! Much more video to come! WE are uploading everything we shot from this event. Nearly four hours of footage total!  Southwest Submission Grappling Challenge 7-12-08 Results Overall Team Award 1st Place – Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 2nd Place – Westside JJ 3rd Place – […]


Antonio Braga Neto – Seminar Video

By Gumby / July 31, 2008

Paul Schreiner set up this seminar with Antonio Braga Neto at Cung Le’s gym in San Jose, California. Current Mundial super heavyweight black belt champion Antonio Braga Neto has relocated to Northern California and is for opportunities to both train and fight. Following the tradition of many top Brazilian Competitors, he is currently calling the […]


Strikeforce – Melendez vs. Thomson Play-By-Play

By Gumby / June 28, 2008

Coming to you live from the San Jose Arena Sorry to start this late. I actually got here in time and wound up sitting down and chatting with Paul Schriener and Marcelo Garcia. Marcelo is in town for a seminar, as I understand it it’s nt to late to sign up. More on that conversation […]


Gumby’s Blog is Back

By Gumby / June 24, 2008

Gumby is posting to his original blog again! http://www.onthemat.com/gumby/ It’s been awhile since I’ve done any writing in this space. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, I’m lazy and after spending most of my time updating the regular site (www.onthemat.com duh) I don’t have a lot in the creative gas tank by […]


USA Olympic Trials: Wrestling and Judo

By Gumby / June 20, 2008

The Trials will be broadcast this weekend on MSNBC. Be sure to check your local listings. Although the Olympics come every four years, athletes spend a lifetime preparing for their chance to represent their country. For athletes in the disciplines of both wrestling (Freestyle and Greco-Roman) as well as Judo, the last stop on the […]


OTM Back up

By Gumby / June 2, 2008

I’m sure you’ve noticed the site has been down a few days. Our server center (The Planet) actually had an explosion on site and was forced to power down. Thankfully no one was hurt, and our server wasn’t harmed, but the DNS router (which points visitors to our site) was taken out. Everything should be […]


America’s Cup Results and Photos

By Gumby / May 20, 2008

It was a rather satisfying feeling as I began to contemplate just how much the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu scene has grown, especially in my corner of the world. I was sitting in Los Gatos High School, chatting with my friend and recent southern California transplant Karim and he asked me who the players and significant […]

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