Like a lot of martial arts fans, 21-year-old Eben “The Big O” Oroz grew up idolizing legendary actor Bruce Lee in movies like Enter The Dragon and Fists of Fury. So much so, he set out to become a professional fighter himself.
“My goal was to try and apply Lee’s Jeet Kune Do system to mixed martial arts fighting,” says the Floridian featherweight (4-1). “But first, I had to learn Jeet Kune Do,” (which translates to “the way of the intercepting fist”).
Enter Sifu instructor Richie Carrion, founder of JKD-Extreme Martial Arts Academy, in West Palm Beach, Florida.
“He started by teaching me one of Lee’s most important combat principles,” says Oroz. “Namely, that simple done right has no counter.”
Photo: David M Singer, MMA on Tap
This past Saturday was BodogFight’s first event in the United States. I took the trip to Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, NJ to check it out.
If you’ve tuned into BodogFight on Ion Television, you know it goes through a full round of production before airing. Many camera angles, splashy backgrounds and a full round of editing.
I wondered how this event would be live. Ten fights in one night. A good-sized card taking place with no chance for edits or MTV-style cuts.