<div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=454274" target="_blank"> Phoenix Jones drew on Iron Sheik to win </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=454274" ><img class="photo" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=80&q=75&x=116&y=173&w=310&h=165&ro=0&s=ben-fodor-phoenix-jones.jpg" /></a> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div> <p>Ben Fodor is best known as Phoenix Jones, leader of the Rain City Superhero Movement. The Seattle, Washington citizen patrol group dress up as superheroes; Jones says the costumes are the best way to prevent getting mistaken for a criminal by the police. Jones says all members have either a military or MMA background.</p>
The World Series of Fighting signed Fodor, then a 6-0-1 pro, with high expectations, and a matching contract. However, Fodor underwhelmed in his league debut, losing to Emmanuel Walo in April.
“Ali came to me and said, ‘Look, we’re paying you a lot of money. You didn’t win the first one. If you don’t win this one, we’re not going to cut you, but you’re going to have to take along break before you come back,'” said Fodor. “I was like, ‘So basically, I need to win this fight or my career is on a lot of trouble.'”
Early in the fight, it looked like Fodor's career was in a lot of trouble, as he got rocked early. However, when the fight hit the ground, Fodor turned it around, and he gives some credit to The Iron Sheik.
“It was such a mix of things,” said Fodor after the win. “At the time of it, I was thinking, ‘Am I seriously going to get the neck scissors right now? I’m going to get him with a pro wrestling Iron Sheik. I’m going to do it.'”
“I love pro wrestling; I do it on the side. It’s an old-school pro-wrestling move, but it works really well with the kimura. So you’re hitting the kimura, and if the guy tries to roll to the left to block himself, your leg ends up one leg on the front and one leg on the back of his neck. It blocks out the carotid arteries, and you can shut him down.
“But normally when you’re squeezing, a person will turn back up, and you’ll end up with the kimura. I had the kimura in so tight he couldn’t turn. Then I saw that maybe he wasn’t going to quit, so I hit him in the stomach, and he let the air out. And when he went (gasp), I clamped it again, and then I knew he was in trouble. Once you let the air out, you can’t fight a choke with no air.”
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