|I got the body frame from Stephan Bonnar's.|
UFC fighter Brandon “The Truth” Vera thinks Alaska center Samigue Eman can be a mixed martial arts fighter!
After seeing the 6’9 Alaska Aces behemoth in action against the Barangay Ginebra Kings last November 23, the former World Extreme Championship 13 Heavyweight Tournament winner exclaimed that the former University of Mindanao standout is ready to go head-to-head via MMA.
This is not the exact words he said but if I can remember it correctly, he said...
“The Number 33. Ang laki-laki niya.”
Yes, he really said that.
But here’s the thing though – I’m not really a fan of big people doing little men.
Wait, that didn’t come out right.
Let me organize my thoughts.
Sam Eman’s body type resembles that of Yao Ming. He will have a wicked reach but it also gives the enemy a lot of avenues to hurt Eman. I cringe at the thought of Yao getting mounted by Chuck Liddell or hell... Brock Lesnar. Developing muscle mass will help but it will destroy a fighter’s mobility. This is why when pro wrestlers like Lesnar, Dave Batista, and Bill Goldberg tried real-life MMA, they had to un-tighten their juiced-up frames. Check out Lesnar’s former WWE frame to his current UFC setup and you’ll see a big difference. Also, the bigger they are – the harder they fall. If Eman can’t fall well, then certainly he will be in a disadvantage in the ground and pound where wrestlers flourish and one-dimensional fighters falter.
Jon “Bones” Jones is a genetic freak. Even if he has the body of a Yao Ming... or a Sam Eman, he is too mobile, quick, and creative to mount offense to distress his opponents.
But really, even if Eman is unafraid to force his way under the basket, can we really see the gentle giant do well in MMA? Maybe if this was Homer Se, Alex Crisano, Beau Belga, and Shopinas’ piranha Ogie Menor. Eman is too nice for me. I would rather have Sam Eman have the drive to improve his minutes and averages than see him pull off an armbar or attempt a takedown.
I think he needs to show people that he is a second overall pick for a reason.
Eman is currently wrestling with his basketball fate. While getting picked by Brandon Vera is a compliment, the thing he needs to axe kick, kimura, and superman punch is hoop obscurity.