Tim Pinney: MMA's Newest Octagon Star

Todd Seyler@toddseylerContributor IFebruary 26, 2011

Reality Fighting Mohegan Sun February 26, 2011
Reality Fighting Mohegan Sun February 26, 2011

"The most hated man in MMA," Tim Pinney, is competing as the co-main event this Saturday, February 26, at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.

At 5'10", 170 pounds, Pinney competes in the highly competitive welterweight division.  With a professional MMA record of 5-2-1, including three submission victories, Pinney will look to add another win in the Reality Fighting promotion.

I recently spoke with Pinney regarding his huge match-up this weekend versus the hard-hitting Brett Oteri.

Wrestling in middle school and then high school, Tim Pinney parlayed his grappling background into a long-term judo discipline.

"My judo training included Japanese jiu-jitsu training as well," Tim said.  "I combined the American kick-boxing with my judo skills and was eventually convinced by friends to compete inside the Octagon.  When I stepped foot inside the cage, I knew that ultimate fighting was for me."

Pinney trained with the Carlson Gracie jiu-jitsu team in Fairfield, Connecticut, and has locked in two submission victories by heel hooks during his short professional career.

"Fighters train to keep their arms in and to protect their necks from chokes, but the legs are typically free," Pinney explained.  "So I go for the heel hooks when the opening is there."

While his fourth venue for the Reality Fighting promotion, this is Tim Pinney's first fight in front of such a large crowd. The match is expected to draw close to 7,000 fans on Saturday night and will be simulcast nationwide by GoFightLive.tv.

Pinney is extremely excited to compete near his hometown in front of his family and friends on such a big stage.

"Reality Fighting has been really good to me," Tim said.  "They treat me and the fans well.  The fights run smoothly and I am excited to be in the co-main event this weekend."

Opposing Pinney will be Brett Oteri, a former bodybuilder with great physical strength and excellent take-downs. Pinney believes that Oteri's strengths and desire to fight on the ground play into his own jiu-jitsu strategy.

"One of my biggest strengths is my jiu-jitsu," Tim explained. "I can fight off of my back." Oteri's drive for a take-down will open up submission chances for Pinney's experienced submission talents.

Always an exciting fighter, Tim Pinney not only competes for a victory, but fights to entertain the fans as well.

With his long-term goal of joining the likes of Jon Jones, The Lauzon Brothers and the other UFC fighters out of this rich MMA locale, Pinney is focused on continuing to improve inside the Octagon.  He is hoping someday for the call from UFC match-maker Joe Silva.

Good luck, Tim, in your contest this weekend.  Keep training hard and that call from Joe Silva will come soon enough.

You can view "The most hated man in MMA" Tim Pinney's match-up versus Brett Oteri at the Mohegan Sun on February 25, 2011 at: www.gofightlive.tv/fight/MMA/Reality_Fighting_Mohegan_Sun/947

You can also view the fights and many more contests worldwide at www.gofightlive.tv

Enjoy the fights.

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Todd Seyler

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