Brandy L. Simms is an award-winning sports journalist who has covered professional, college and high school sports in the DMV for 20 years including the Washington Redskins and Washington Mystics. He’s written for SLAM, Dime Magazine and Express publications. He captured first place honors in the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association 2006 Editorial Contest for a sports column entitled “Remembering Len Bias.”
During his career, Simms has covered and interviewed countless NFL, NBA and college coaches and players including Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Carmelo Anthony, Steve Francis, Darnell Dockett, Eddie George, Jon Gruden, Norv Turner, Jim Caldwell, Steve Spurrier, Bobby Bowden, Ralph Friedgen, Gary Williams, Bill Self and others.
Sergio de Bari (born November 20, 1986) is a Professional Mixed Martial Artist, that competes at Featherweight (145 Lbs) and is currently signed with Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) the no. 1 Regional MMA Promotion in the U.S. with a 1-1 Professional record previously unbeaten as an Amateur Champion (5-0-1).
Growing up he was always undersized compared to other kids his age so participation in team sports wasn’t an easy thing for him. He began wrestling at the age of 13 because it was the one sport where his size didn’t matter. Instantly, he fell in love with the training and competition aspect of wrestling, he knew right away this would be his passion. After high school he wasn’t able to attend a university where there was a wrestling program and knowing where his passion lied he decided shortly after that school wasn’t for him. He turned to the work force and after a few years of that he began to miss that feeling of being competitive. During this time he began to regularly watch televised Mixed Martial Arts (UFC) events and became a fan of the sport. Knowing that wrestling at a high level without the right resources would be impossible, he turned his sights towards MMA.
Soon after he began entering grappling tournaments and realized that wrestling alone wouldn’t be enough to make it through tougher competition. After a short trial and error period he walked into Silver Fox BJJ (Saddle Brook, NJ) where he enrolled as a student and began spending all his time and energy towards training and competing in MMA. After years of training with one of the world’s foremost Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu associations (Team Renzo Gracie) he achieved the rank of Black Belt under World Class instructor, Renzo Gracie Black Belt Karel “Silver Fox” Pravec. During this time he also trains his Striking at the elite North Jersey Muay Thai gym (Lodi, NJ). In order to continue honing all aspects of his MMA game he also trains his wrestling at Edge Wrestling (Hoboken, NJ) where you can often find an abundance of other professional fighters, many of which are on the UFC roster. To supplement his training he also works with strength and conditioning coach (Power Lifting World Champion) Nick “the Iron Lion” Martire.
Before competing in MMA, he spent his time competing in grappling tournaments, winning multiple titles (even as recently as this year in a submission only event as the lightest competitor in the division). Stylistically, very aggressive and submission oriented, he is always looking to finish fights which have led to most of his wins in both MMA and BJJ competitions to be won by submission.
During his time off the mat, he spends his days working as a carpenter. Juggling fighting which is a full time 24 hour job and his full time 8 hours a day, doing various aspects of construction. Although working a physically demanding job he still makes to the time to train several times a day.
Tammy Brawner represents history as she is only the 10th female in history to ever play for the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. Tammy is not only a phenomenal athlete but she is also a model, actress, and advocate for education.
Brawner, an Oakland, CA native obtained her MBA in Global Business Management with the hopes of inspiring others to understand that it’s not about where you come from but rather where you are headed. She believes in not only inspiring people in general, but, especially young girls, all over the world.
She is certainly making her presence felt as she travels all over the world as the lone female on the court. The internationally known athlete is only scraping the surface of her career and she has already had impacted many across the world.
Special Guest: Professional Basketball Player David Kyles
David Kyles born Dec. 7, 1989 in Dallas, Texas is a combo guard who has played at the top levels of basketball since he was 8 years old. He attended Justin F. Kimball high school in Dallas, listed as one of the best High School Basketball Schools in America. Winners of Back to Back State Championships in Texas where David was ranked as 1 of the Top 4 Guards in the state in 2008. In the fall of 2008, Kyles continued his higher education and basketball at Wichita State University, where he had a stellar college career, recording 75 three pointers which ranks second on the WSU season chart, before graduating with his degree.
Currently David Kyles is in his third season in Euro Basketball and is the 2014-2015 Cyprus League All Star & Cyprus Cup Champion Combo Guard for the professional basketball club, Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia Basketball Team which is based in Engomi, Cyprus, an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. He has also played professionally in Czech Republic and Slovakia.