Huffman blitzes first opponent |

Huffman blitzes first opponent

Jeff CaspersenGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
SPT battlequest 4 PI 4-22-07

By taking the ring for his first mixed martial arts (MMA) fight in Eagle Saturday night, Parachute’s Raymond Huffman lived his dream.Well, almost. His ultimate dream is pro fighting career, but his BattleQuest 6 Shootout annihilation of 190-pound foe Mike Swanson was still everything he hoped it’d be.

“It was that and more, man,” Huffman said of his amateur debut at Eagle River Center. “It was short, but it was that and more. It was awesome.”Huffman made quick work of Swanson in his undercard bout, winning in roughly 30 seconds by unfurling a barrage of punches and a “couple knees to the body.””It was just a big blur,” he said. “Quick, really.”After holding back in training sessions under Patrick Carmichael at Art of Defense, a Glenwood Springs martial arts studio, Huffman relished letting go when it counted.

“It was like having a street fight, times 20 or 30,” he said. “Maybe getting in the ring was a chance for me to let it out. (Patrick’s) always cracking at me for using too much strength (in practice). In the ring, I let that go. Maybe that was a good thing he had done that.”It’s hard to believe that only moments before Huffman was a nervous wreck.”I just couldn’t be still I was so nervous,” he recalled. “I didn’t think I could do it. There was too much adrenaline. The nerves were going. It was probably worse than doing anything like jumping out of an airplane.”

Huffman began training under Carmichael – a former professional MMA fighter – a few months back with the aim of landing a fight. A background in jujitsu, wrestling and football – not to mention his sheer strength – were of definite aid to the 31-year-old, who hopes for a better-matched bout the next time he jumps in the ring.”This one was good,” Huffman said. “At least I didn’t go in there and get tore up, but I hope the next one is maybe a little better.”An evenly matched fight would permit Huffman the opportunity to work on strategy, something he didn’t really have a chance to do on Saturday.”I didn’t get to look at any replays or nothing, but I’m sure mine was pretty much street fighting, not real technical,” he said. “If it had lasted a little longer, I might have resorted to technique a little more.”

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