Only one guy showed up to the kickboxing sparring session last night at the new school I went too. This guy is Russian(Lithuania I believe). Hes had 7 (6-1) under ground Russian no holds barred, vale tudo fights. Hardcore is the wrong word for this guy. He is a kickboxer, Combat Sambo, and MMA guy. About 190, a bit shorter than me. We are going to start with some kickboxing, but in open finger MMA sparring gloves. About 50-60% so its enough to hurt but not enough to break the other person. I opened with a jab/back leg leg kick. He slipped the jab, caught my leg and nailed me with an overhand right to the chin. I saw stars. He asked me if that was to hard, or if I was ok. Well, you see, I don't back down. So we start back and I fake a low kick and hit the supreman punch, nailed him with it, he plants his feet and clocks me with a right straight that sent me staggering, then followed with a right leg high kick to the head. Again with the stars. Every exchange after that went the same way, IF I hit him, he always got the better exchange, but I didn't want to go out like a total bitch, I wanted to at least get a few exchanges in where I won them. He kept asking if I wanted to soften up the punches but nope, I DON'T BACK DOWN. In fact, lets turn it up a notch. He is tearing me up with leg kicks and head kicks. His punches were fucking accurate and crisp. We did 2 rounds like that. The next round we go full MMA. I think maybe I can get the take down and show why BJJ is better than Sambo. I learned something new that night. I don't know if BJJ is actually > Sambo, but HIS sambo is defiantly better than my BJJ. So the MMA round starts, I fake the take down, Jab(grazes him) and shoot for a hard double leg. He sprawls back, I stand up to drive. He knees me and somehow hip tosses me(WTF?!) and we go down hard with him in sidemount. The beating progresses until he just stops and stands back up. Repeat the stand up destruction, but this time add in Sambo throws to me getting the crap kicked out of me. Got caught in leg locks I didn't know existed. So today I've got some bruising around my eye, my nose is swollen, I can't open my jaw all the way, both my elbows are swollen and hurt VERY bad, lower back is sore and bruised, bruises down my leg, right knee is jacked, and my right ankle is swollen and I can't really put weight on it. Go me. Fuck you ego, fuck you.