Jordan Breen works to inject the trendy panorama of MMA with components from its golden age.
Breen has an essential stamp on the historical past of MMA, from his work with Sherdog to his time commentating for Strikeforce. As an editorial author with Bloody Elbow, Breen brings an encyclopedic data of the game and eclectic persona. Breen’s involvement with this publication got here at an essential intersection of his life. Breen in contrast it to Ingres’s Violin.
“Ingres was a reasonably profitable French composer, I imagine, within the 18th century. By all means, he was an honest composer [but] he by no means made cash being a composer. In his off time he began doing watercolor artwork. For years, nobody knew he did watercolor artwork,” Breen stated on the penultimate episode of The Insiders Season 1. “The thought of Ingres’s Violin is the concept perhaps the factor that you’re greatest at isn’t the factor that you simply’re most achieved for. I took that to coronary heart.”
“I attempted to determine, ‘What’s my violin?’ Is the MMA media what I’m simply designed to do? In a means, I assumed it was foolish as a result of, I prefer to assume I’m not your common bear, like Yogi. I fell into this as a result of it was a ardour,” Breen continued. “I wasn’t groomed from day one to be an MMA journalist or author or something like that. I acquired a possibility once I was a teen, which was a dream come true, and I devoted the subsequent decade-plus to it.”
The longtime combined martial arts fanatic has skilled nearly each side of MMA media at totally different ranges.
“I’d prefer to assume I’m a Jack of all trades, however I believe I discovered what folks reply to essentially the most and what will get the payments paid. It’s editorial writing,” he stated. “Doing editorial writing, there’s at all times the query of, ‘Is there going to be a squeeze on you?’ Do now we have monetary backers which are additionally in mattress with UFC or Bellator. You’ll be able to’t say this and you’ll’t say that. That’s one thing I at all times cherished about Bloody Elbow. For me, Bloody Elbow is the one remaining weblog. That seems like a diss to lots of people, particularly in a journalistic sense, however I imply it in the easiest way attainable.”
“I do know for a truth that just about each one who decides on this sport, whether or not it’s somebody from UFC, Bellator, ONE Championship, Rizin, individuals who work for athletic commissions, they learn Bloody Elbow daily. Each f—king day,” Breen asserted. “I don’t assume it’s the one supply of fine editorial writing, but it surely feels for me just like the final bastion of MMA editorial writing the place folks can simply be sincere. Individuals can argue within the feedback and no matter, however these commenters are at all times the individuals who come again and browse daily. To me, that appears like what I grew up with and that’s the ideation of what I nonetheless need the game to be. What makes it essentially the most fulfilling for me.”