Ulysses Gomez Talks With JiuJitsuSweep.com

Mixed martial arts has been a staple in our everyday lives as much now as a legitimate sport as say baseball or basketball, but as violent a sport as hockey or football, complete with a governing body and diehard fans , all with a touch of finesse and sportsmanship. Unlike boxing where animosity runs rampant, mixed martial arts has a certain camaraderie that can only be found in professions like law enforcement and the military. It takes a certain kind of person to be able to separate emotions from pain, rage against level-headedness and an overall calm demeanor.

The transition from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to mixed martial arts may seem to be a familiar one for some people and as foreign as another language to others, but one thing that remains no matter  what, the two coincide as one in the same.

As a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu , Ulysses Gomez is no stranger to having a sports oriented family , with a brother who competed in the World Cup in South Africa representing the United States , he understands the need for having a strong work ethic to advance his career in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and more importantly in the ever growing sport of mixed martial arts.

With impressive wins at NAGA, IGJJF, Grapplers Quest and other grappling tournaments, Ulysses made the transition to MMA in the 125lb division , winning the flyweight belt for Tachi Palace Fight Promotions.

JiuJitsuSweep.com caught up with Ulysses Gomez to find out what has been going on with his training, his mixed martial arts career and his life in general.

Due to his strict training regiment he only had time to answer a few questions.

 

JiuJitsuSweep.com:

Well Ulysses it looks like you are well on your way to rising in the ranks of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you have an impressive grappling pedigree with so many tournaments won, who awarded you your brown belt and where do you train?

 

Ulysses Gomez:

Brown belt under Simpson Go, Cobra Kai Jiu Jitsu and Xtreme Couture.

 

JiuJitsuSweep.com:

Very nice ! Training at Cobra Kai must be a blast, and i’m guessing Xtreme Couture is where you get your wrestling training in. Getting back to grappling, how has Jiu Jitsu benefited you?

 

Ulysses Gomez:

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gave me everything i have , my car, my house, even my girlfriend Nena , i met her at the gym.

 

JiuJitsuSweep.com:

That’s interesting, i guess it can be said that love finds you no matter what or where, i’m glad you have had such great success in life, our Mexican community needs more positive influences like yourself  and your brother Hercules.  And speaking of positive influences Ulysses, what kind of advice would you give someone looking to get into grappling and Mixed Martial Arts, heading down the same path as a successful fighter and grappler?

 

Ulysses Gomez:

Don’t learn from your mistakes, learn from other peoples mistakes.

 

JiuJitsuSweep.com:

Great advice Ulysses! It goes to show that we can learn from other peoples mistakes so we don’t make those same choices whether on the mat or in real life.  We know Mixed Martial Arts was bred out of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu , but lately we have been seeing wrestlers successful in the sport, being a fighter yourself and also coming from a grappling background,  do you feel that MMA is moving away from BJJ , or are they going in the same direction and can coexist?

Ulysses Gomez:

It all depends on the fighter. Alot of people play “anti-jiujitsu” they sit and wait,  its really difficult to submit someone from the closed guard nowadays, possible but still difficult. Everyone knows everything now so the best way to catch someone is in transitions off of a scramble. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu  is still around in MMA though.

 

JiuJitsuSweep.com:

Thats what we love to hear!  As much as possible we try and promote our ever growing sport, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, because of the finesse in techniques and because it is a ” thinking man’s ” sport , much like chess you have to be ahead of your opponent and use strategy to pull out a win. Training at Cobra Kai Jiu Jitsu, do you still train with the gi?

 

Ulysses Gomez:

Yeah i train in the gi, but not as much when i have a fight coming up. It’s hard because i have to do so many other things like strength & conditioning, boxing, wrestling, etc.

 

JiuJitsuSweep.com:

Well as long as you are still actively training in Jiu Jitsu , that is whats important. And we can understand having to train in other disciplines it’s what is needed to be a successful fighter, it was the vision of Rolls Gracie before his untimely death , to cross train in other martial arts to become a well rounded fighter. And it looks like you are well on your way to great things, we wish you continued success and hope to see more of you in the future.

 

We would like to thank Ulysses Gomez for taking time out of his busy schedule to talk with us, he can be found updating his blog at The Ulysses Gomez Experiment and training for his title run at Tachi Palace Fight Promotions. Also be sure to check out UselessGomez.com for more information on his upcoming fights!

 

Fight Hard Finish Strong!