The message below is corny but necessary, so please bear with me.
First, I just wanted to wish everyone in the States a Happy Thanksgiving!
If you’re doing any kind of driving today, please be extra careful because not everyone on the roads will be sober.
Second, I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank a lot of people.
Why am I doing this publicly? Because I’m really bad at thanking people. I’ve got a lot to be thankful for this year and there are a lot of people who are responsible for it and I want them to know.
There are so many people I need to thank that are responsible for the content and readership of this site. People such as Mauro Ranallo and John Pollock of Fight Network Radio, who have allowed me to come on their site and promote the ProElite.com and 5 Oz. name; “Mr. Sunshine” Steve Cofield from Fox Sports Radio and ESPN Radio in Vegas who has allowed me to be a guest on his show numerous times; all the people at ProElite.com who have been nothing but cool since day one; the crew at FIGHT! for allowing me to write for a kickass MMA magazine; my editor at CBSSports.com, Denny Burkholder, who has been incredibly patient in regards to my affiliations and wacky schedule; Jared Weiner and all the instructors at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu United who train my wife and my son and allow me to come in every once in a while to learn some new stuff; anyone I’ve ever asked for a quote from for a magazine or Internet article or an Inside the Cage Radio interview such as Stephen Quadros and Paul Lazenby; and all of the other people I am sure I left out. If I did, I’m sorry!
There’s also all the executives, PR people, managers, commentators, agents, and fighters who pick up the phone when I call and give me the time of day to let me know what’s really going on. Unfortunately, I can’t thank them publicly because it wouldn’t be right to name them. I just appreciate the fact that I now work in a sport where the people on the inside don’t treat me like I’m beneath them.
Thanks to all the sites out there such as MMAjunkie.com, FightLinker.com, BloodyElbow.com, FightOpinion.com, MMANews.com, JarryPark.com and many others who link to us and throw traffic our way when we report something. I have no problems publicly admitting that I check those sites out every day.
I’d also like to thank the staff here at 5 Oz. who I rarely ever thank. The look and feel of this site has grown exponentially and that has been primarily the work of Matt Cava (with some design help from Derek Bess and Kris Karkoski of UFC Daily) who handles the operations of this site. Without Matt, who knows where’d this site would be? And I’d like to thank our writers. Adam Morgan, Sam Cupitt, Matt Kaplan, Ben Fowlkes, and Gary Herman, thank you guys so much for coming on board!
I also want to thank our first paid sponsor, Ranger Up Military Apparel at RangerUp.com. We’ll be telling you more about them soon.
The people I want to thank the most are the daily readers of this site who are allowing us to grow and also the fighters who risk their livelihoods every day in order to make our lives a lot less mundane.