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    Bullshido Alert: Warrior Island

    Hi all,

    Bullshit of Frank-Duxian proportions is about to raise its eery head again, according to this report by the guys at Cagepotato:

    The video channel on youtube, a tale of sadness.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/GlobalProvingGround



    The guy referred to as "Dr Douchebag" in the article is Dr. Jim Stoppani:




    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/jim-stoppani.htm

    Jim Stoppani received his doctorate in exercise physiology with a minor in biochemistry from the University of Connecticut. Following graduation, he served as a postdoctoral research fellow in the prestigious John B. Pierce Laboratory and Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Yale University School of Medicine, where he investigated the effects of exercise and diet on gene regulation in muscle tissue.

    He was awarded the Gatorade Beginning Investigator in Exercise Science Award in 2002 by the American Physiological Society for his groundbreaking research. Currently, he serves as senior science editor for Muscle & Fitness, Muscle & Fitness Hers and Flex magazines, is the host of the popular online training and nutrition video series Muscle & Fitness Raw!, as seen at www.muscleandfitness.com and runs his own fitness website www.jimstoppani.com.

    He has written thousands of articles on exercise, nutrition and health and is author of Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength (Human Kinetics, 2006), co-author of the New York Times Bestseller, LL Cool J's Platinum 360 Diet and Lifestyle (Rodale, 2010), co-author of the book Stronger Arms & Upper Body (Human Kinetics, 2008), and co-author of the chapter "Nutritional Needs of Strength/Power Athletes" in the textbook Essentials of Sports Nutrition and Supplements (Humana Press, 2008). Dr. Stoppani is the creator of the Platinum 360 Diet as found in the book, LL Cool J's Platinum 360 Diet and Lifestyle (Rodale, 2010) and creator of the diet program found in the book, Mario Lopez's Knockout Fitness (Rodale, 2008).

    Dr. Stoppani has been the personal nutrition and health consultant for numerous celebrity clients, such as LL Cool J, Dr. Dre, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and Mario Lopez, and has appeared on the NBC television show Extra as an Extra LifeChanger and as a science expert on the Spike television shows Jesse James is a Dead Man and MANswers.

    He can be contacted at [email protected].
    His credentials, while not matching with his internet persona, seem easily testable.



    Now, the video that sets the guys at CP off is this one, and, yeah, in my opinion it's rather bizarre:



    If this is a joke, FUCK THEM. If this is for real, still, very, very debatable IMO. Also, I'd be interested to know who the wacko with the black gi and the fantasy belt is.


    Another guy giving a rather weird statement is this google-proof gentleman holding what appear to be two championship belts:




    ...And to make this well-rounded, this gentleman here, another doctor, with a boasting curriculum:




    http://mission101media.com/harlemkarate/?page_id=14


    Now, apart from what CP have mentioned already, I am mostly interested in whether this "GPG" has any sort of legitimacy (in the sense of being a real TV show, etc) to it, or, if it's really just another fraud by people who ride the NHB/MMA train, now that they cannot ride the ninja/krotty train any more.

    Thanks,

    Rafe
    www.childsplaycharity.org

    #2
    By Hextor! I forgot to insert the link to the original article!

    http://www.cagepotato.com/the-next-b...arrior-island/
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      #3
      Somebody identifying himself as "James Jefferson President CEO Global Proving Ground" posted a response to the article in CP's comment section:

      http://www.cagepotato.com/the-next-b...arrior-island/

      (Same link as above.)

      JamesUrPt- September 29, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Well you may want to re post your comments after speaking with me since you have now offended Relson Gracie Ron Van Clief and Dan Severn all owners of Global Proving Ground. The smaller guy running through the jungle is Grand Master Relson Gracie you may of heard his name before I am sure a large portion of your fans and followers respect the Gracie family and now that you have insulted him and his new show I will forward this posting to him in Hawaii. You hand picked a few of the tryout video's to put on your page and I am sure if you would of spent some more time going through the video's or click the You Tube Button to show the top voted video's but we are leaving this voting up to the fans. There are many quality MMA fighters and martial artists involved in the process and only true quality fighters will go to Warrior Island to represent all martial arts. You can call me on the phone directly to discuss the project at 609-923-2663 any time. The same people that build the original UFC are behind this and you will enjoy it and be proud. Your comments are your opinion and you are entitled but try not to give opinions without all of the facts, Global Proving Ground is trying to make an impact on all people, beginners, Pro's, special needs, families. See Martial Arts is for everyone at all levels it is about Respect, Honor and helping each other to get better. Again I would rethink your comments and post until you get all of the info about what we are putting together and the Global Proving Ground Fighter Association will be providing discount insurance, legal and accounting and education for Martial Artists and Fighters all over the world why that would bother you I am not sure but it is not mandatory. Best Regard, James Jefferson President CEO Global Proving Ground http://www.GlobalProvingGround.com


      And later:

      JamesUrPt- September 29, 2012 at 11:01 am

      For us to be ethical we are allowing everyone to enter their won video. The fans will vote for the best real fighters and the Grand Masters will not allow anyone on the Island that is not able to defend themselves but if someone gets enough votes to go but is not good enough the Masters of the Island will bring them as a guest to sit fight side during the fights. The Top 16 Fighters Worldwide will fight for $500,000.00 and we have real good fighters who have fought in the UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce, Dream, Olympics and more. We have other projects, tv shows and movies the tryout videos are for Martial Artists to promote what they do and why they do it. I am sure Dan Severn is going to be happy with your comments about "the TODD" who is a member of his Michigan Sports Camp and trains every day to be a better person. Look deep inside yourself and ask yourself if you had Down Syndrom would you feel better about yourself if someone asked you to participate in this or told you that you could not. Shame on all of you. Oh and for the Record Sumo Fighters would destroy most MMA Fighters pretty fast. Martial Arts has many forms and styles. Give us a chance Global Proving Ground and Warrior Island are still forming and will make all of your proud and inspire you.

      Followed later by:

      JamesUrPt- September 29, 2012 at 11:18 am
      Here is that guy you insulted Relson Gracie in your opening remarks
      http://youtu.be/EIvkXdD2L8w

      Here are some of the Top Rated Tryout Video's watch these and then tell me if you think we do not have good fighters involved....
      http://youtu.be/ywYEziL6Q38
      http://youtu.be/6vHFGaKozEI
      http://youtu.be/1Kz0AdSRG2o
      http://youtu.be/8Aw-FjuluJ0
      http://youtu.be/N-zZR10n8M8
      http://youtu.be/i2M9cz42ASk
      http://youtu.be/wvOB0oR1JX4
      http://youtu.be/WEX6e0GIqgY
      http://youtu.be/S044_3tooiA




      Punctuation, writing style, and GRAMMAR are telling enough about how professional this guy really is, IMO.
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        #4
        So, according to GPG's website, these are the people running the company:

        http://www.globalprovingground.com/staff.html

        STAFF

        James Jefferson
        Chief Executive Officer
        [email protected]

        Steve Tornabene
        Chief Operating Officer
        [email protected]

        Chris Sheridan
        Chief Financial Officer
        [email protected]

        David Haislip
        Executive Vice President/Director of Operations
        [email protected]

        Barbara Nowacki
        Merchandising Department
        [email protected]

        Ben Perry
        International Investor Relations
        [email protected]

        Stanley Day
        Director of Fighter Development
        [email protected]

        Melissa Ingram
        VP of Public Relations/Marketing
        [email protected]

        Doug Foulkes
        VP of Capture Management
        [email protected]

        Sean Ashanti
        Director of Gaming
        [email protected]


        Their contact address is given as:

        http://www.globalprovingground.com/contactus.html

        Global Proving Ground, Inc.
        1133 Broadway, Suite 706
        New York, NY 10010
        Does this ring any bells for anybody?
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          #5
          Originally posted by Hiro Protagonist View Post
          Punctuation, writing style, and GRAMMAR are telling enough about how professional this guy really is, IMO.
          Perhaps Dr. Stoppani should be the one representing them, as he is a professional writer among other things.
          If you start getting e-mail from Relson Gracie, Ron VanClief, and Dan Severen, that may or may not be validation of a sort.

          I thought I spelled it wrong, but as I said I'm a mechanic not an English professor.

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            #6
            I honestly don't take those endorsements too seriously, given that nobody of the people mentioned seems to be actually involved with the company's management.

            All the people in endorsing GPG in those videos have in common that they are relatively cheap to hire as advertisers. So, their statements might not represent the company's point of view, nor is their involvement an indicator of quality - in my opinion.


            As I said, I am more interested in finding out if this is a scam, or not. - Not by Mr Stoppani, or any of the MA luminaries mentioned, but by the company. - So, what are they? A MMA promotion? A TV production company? If so, where will their series be broadcast? ...And so on. :)

            Might be kind of a moot point, but after all, singling out the baddies is our mission statement.
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              #7
              This is almost like something from efukt or 4chan.. retarded and semi retarded people battling it out.. just throw in a winner fucks the looser rule and suddenly they will get a wide audience.

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                #8


                So, I can confirm that the person in the black gi is indeed Mr James Jefferson, the CEO of GPG.

                Compare the pictures:

                http://www.naturalbodybuildingevents...Jefferson.html



                He also promotes a number of bodybuilding shows, according to the link above:

                http://www.naturalbodybuildingevents...Jefferson.html

                Promoter Name James B. Jefferson M.E.S. C.P.T. C.S.N.

                Show(s) Promoted

                8th Annual South Jersey Natural Physique, Figure and Bikini
                August 29th 2009
                Atlantic City Convention Center
                Atlantic City, NJ 08055
                www.SouthJerseyExpo.com

                1st Annual Atlantic City Natural Pro Mr. and Ms. NJ
                August 30th 2009
                Atlantic City Convention Center
                Atlantic City, NJ 08055
                www.SouthJerseyExpo.com

                3rd Annual Philly Natural Physique, Figure and Bikini
                January 9th, 2010
                Valley Forge Convention Center
                King of Prussia PA
                www.PhillyExpo.info

                1st Annual Philly Natural Pro Mr. and Ms. Philadelphia
                January 10th 2010
                Valley Forge Convention Center
                King of Prussia PA
                www.PhillyExpo.info

                What the your contact info and website for your show(s)?

                James B. Jefferson
                (609) 923-2663
                www.SouthJerseyExpo.com and www.PhillyExpo.info
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                  #9
                  Here, Mr Jefferson's personal page:

                  http://www.jamesyourpersonaltrainer.com/



                  Here, his youtube channel:

                  https://www.youtube.com/user/MMAsportsExpo/


                  He also refers to a MMA "show", which probably solves the mystery of where the "Warrior Island" stuff is going to end.

                  This is Mr Jameson's other website, broadcasting an MMA-themed videocast that, again is - somehow - associated with the rest of "all that other stuff he does". Not to be too mean, but with people like this, I usually wonder whether their companies are even legit.

                  http://www.msxn.tv/mediaPortal/playe...b_oem_id=28200

                  Like, in their video player, they have clips from "Human Weapon". I doubt that the History Channel gave its permission to them to host their videos. Not trying to put Mr Jefferson into a corner, but honestly, nothing he does seems particularly legal, professional, or, for that matter, smart.
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                    #10
                    Here's the trailer that cagepotato was talking about initially:

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                      #11
                      BTW, I don't have the time to go through all the sources myself, but if you guys want to help me with some close reading, that would be rad.

                      So far, some points from (supposedly) Mr Jefferson's response on cagepotato, as quoted above:

                      Relson Gracie Ron Van Clief and Dan Severn all owners of Global Proving Ground
                      Probably I am misunderstanding something here, but would the owners of the company not needed to be listed somewhere? - Like, in the staff section quoted above, no such names appear.

                      Also, for the record, the address given above, 1133 Broadway, Suite 706, NY, seems to either be a shared office, or some sort of placeholder, because the address is claimed by a couple of other companies as well, but that might simply be because the office rooms have changed owners a lot.


                      the Global Proving Ground Fighter Association will be providing discount insurance, legal and accounting and education for Martial Artists and Fighters all over the world
                      So, GPG is a "fighter association", not a promotion?

                      These are the services they offer to their members, according to their website:

                      http://www.globalprovingground.com/fighterbenefits.html

                      GPG Association Benefits:

                      • Members can change or update their video submissions or submit multiple videos.

                      • GPG association fighters will receive valuable media training from marketing experts. Training will include tips on social media networking, how to self-promote, how to land and perfect interviews, how to use GPG video submissions for fight career advancement, and more!

                      • Fighters will receive guidance and training in the martial arts through online videos, newsletters, webinars and in-person seminars from Masters on Warrior Island.

                      • Member can have their tryout video professionally edited by GPG for only $75. (Cost for non-GPG members is $150.)

                      • GPG Members will be sent a "VOTE for me" GPG T-shirt with a QR code that takes people to that members voting page.

                      • Members receive discounts on top notch training gear. (Gi's, Gloves, Pads, etc.)

                      • GPG Association yearly membership fee is $100

                      • A secure Pay Pal option will be available for fan donations to any fighter(s) they choose.

                      Benefits are always being added. Presently we are offering thousands of dollars in value for only $100
                      ------------------------------------------------------



                      The Top 16 Fighters Worldwide will fight for $500,000.00 and we have real good fighters who have fought in the UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce, Dream, Olympics and more
                      Who? Names, please.


                      I am sure Dan Severn is going to be happy with your comments about "the TODD" who is a member of his Michigan Sports Camp and trains every day to be a better person.
                      Can anybody contact Mr Severn (I think somebody here used to train with him, or something), and ask him if this is factually true?

                      Like, ALL Mr Jefferson said about him so far?


                      Look deep inside yourself and ask yourself if you had Down Syndrom would you feel better about yourself if someone asked you to participate in this or told you that you could not.
                      So, let me get this straight, he is seriously considering pitting the mentally disabled wrestler against a pro- or amateur-pro fighter of the corresponding weight class?!

                      Oh and for the Record Sumo Fighters would destroy most MMA Fighters pretty fast.
                      :OpenMouth:
                      Last edited by Hiro Protagonist; 9/30/2012 8:09am, .
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                        #12
                        Mr Jefferson on Bloodyelbow:

                        http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/11/1...erview-ufc-mma

                        What if there were a reality show set up in the fashion of an old kung fu movie? Maybe it's like Enter the Dragon, but you have to get voted onto the island, and in order to get off of it, you have to be the last man standing. All the glory, fame and prestige is yours, not to mention a $500k grand prize. To the victor go the spoils. That concept is actually the brainchild of James Jefferson, CEO of Global Proving Ground. I recently had a chance to speak with James, and got some insight on his innovative reality series, Warrior Island.

                        Warrior Island came from the love that I had from a little movie called Enter the Dragon, and as a martial artist myself, I wanted to do something a little bit different. We brought together the original brain trust that were involved with the UFC. Our director, Ben Perry, is one of the original UFC announcers, and is actually a black belt under the Gracie family. Dan Severn is the original UFC champion, and is one of the masters on the island.

                        We wanted to figure out was working for reality TV, and show mixed martial arts in a different way. We wanted to get the fan integration, so took what has already proven successful with American Idol, and let fans vote the fighters from around the world onto the island. We took the social networking, Facebook and Youtube, which is obviously working, and then we wanted to have it on an island, like Survivor, which has been very successful. As I said earlier, I'm a major junkie for the old martial arts movies, so we have the black dragon with us, Ron Van Clief, who was the original commissioner of the UFC.

                        The outpouring of fighters signing on with us started out very slow, but now we're getting the likes of Eric Prindle, James McSweeney. We're getting high level veterans from Bellator and the UFC that are jumping on board. I think people are getting sick and tired of seeing a bunch of people in a house, crying on each other's shoulders. They want to see something interesting. We're going to train these fighters old school, on an island, with rudimentary stones and pulleys, like in the movie Kickboxer. The fans can be interactive while all this is going on, and then these guys are going to fight. It's going to be knock em down, no holds barred rules, back to the days when Dan Severn was with the UFC.

                        We're going to shoot the pilot this winter, and that pilot will be about two weeks of footage on the island. From there, we plan on doing two seasons per year, and the fighters will be there for about a month each season. They are paid very well while they're there, because it's all SAG (Screen Actor's Guild) due to being a Hollywood project. They'll get room, board, travel , plus a nice salary while there. Even the losers get paid from the fights. The overall winner not only gets an amazing prize, but also gets a contract in the Global Proving Ground Fight League, which is another unique concept in MMA.

                        We're going to have fights on six continents. We're not competing with anybody. We're going to have three main card events on existing promotions. For example, we're launching in Branson, MO on November 17th on the Midwest Ultimate Cagefighting card. We'll have lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight bout on that card. Our whole production crew will be coming in to film it. We're taking a small to mid-level promotion, and bringing in the same powers that be that built the UFC. We've upgraded it to a full PPV event. That card stays in existence under it's own ownership and management, but jumps up three or four levels in production. There will be quality fighters, better production, HD cameras; a crew of 25 people will be coming in to run everything. We don't want to compete with anybody. We want to enhance other promotions. It's all in the spirit of martial arts, with honor and respect.

                        Jefferson says they have private investors backing this project, as well as sponsors. While most promotions do exclusive deals with their sponsors, GPG will do one off deals to keep viable options open. He stressed the fact that smaller companies that have been locked out of the UFC due to the hefty sponsor tax will have a stable home with his company, at no cost. Whatever deals they work out with the fighters is theirs exclusively, with no interference or interaction from the promotion. In a landscape where we're seeing one organization after another fold up, it will be interesting to see how this one fares. The concept is unique, and their willingness to cooperate with other organizations just might be the ingredient to their longevity and success.
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                          #13
                          I don't know if this is of any use to you, but Roy Von Clief just posted a Warrior Island/ global proving grounds blurb on his facebook page. Relson Gracie does seem to be involved.
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                          Dipshit

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                            #14
                            Didn't dissect the earlier text; this is the gist of what I found in one evening of reading through the ocean of data.

                            Might just be my error, but the guy seems fishy, and a creep.

                            Originally posted by Hiro Protagonist View Post
                            Not trying to put Mr Jefferson into a corner, but honestly, nothing he does seems particularly legal, professional, or, for that matter, smart.
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