Born and raised on the east coast of Canada, I've been in journalism since I was 17. I was paid for my first written article then, and the whole thing kind of snowballed.
From there I went on to get involved in television and radio, serving as an interviewer and color commentator in the QMJHL for a couple of seasons. I took a job as Media Relations Director for the St. John's Fog Devils at 20, which I did until the team moved to Montreal.
Hockey was my first passion in writing, but since the implementation of the "new" NHL in 2005 I've lost interest. The sport is too focused on pandering to non-hockey fans and complaining about parts of the game that have been around for a hundred years but look bad on network TV and need to go as a result. Gone are the days where guys chased a rubber disc around and it was entertaining because it just was, and those are the days I long for.
My other passion has been martial arts, and the rise of MMA has given more of an outlet to cover the sport. I remember watching UFC 4 with my dad when I was a kid and being fascinated by it. Couple that with growing up in an era where Jean-Claude Van Damme was still relevant and a new Mortal Kombat game was out every year, and martial arts has been influential to me for a long time. I've spent time training Taekwon Do, Jeet Kune Do, a little bit of Muay Thai and boxing, and currently train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Pedro Sauer as part of his Canadian team.
I've hooked up with Bleacher Report in hopes of giving people opinions on MMA that are conveyed intelligently and don't come from a guy in a Tapout shirt on a webcam. I hope, if you're reading what I write, it entertains you enough to keep coming back, whether you agree with me or not.
Big fan of your writing. Your piece on "Fighters who are their own worst enemies" was fantastic.
Anyways, I saw a piece pretty similar to yours about athletes who got their comeuppance for being too cocky, and thought I'd share it with you.
Keep up the good work.
Hey Matthew. Thanks for doing the Monday MMA shift for UFC 140 with me! I think we rocked it.
Matthew, just need your 50 fighters... I'll do the rest -