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Melvin Manhoef: I don’t do the ground game
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
What appeared to be a somewhat Melvin Manhoef recently sat down to speak about his New Year Eve showdown with Kazuo Misaki. The pair will face off during the DREAM/Sengoku/K-1 promoted New Years event, “Dynamite!! 2009” on December 31, which will air live on HDNet.
Submitted Dec 29, 2009 8:27PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 2 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Bas Rutten ‘Living Mixed Martial Arts Part III’
(punchdrunkgamer.com)
Once a year, PDG talks with Legendary Fighter and Analyst “El Guapo” Bas Rutten and asks him questions regarding the world of mixed martial arts and what his personal opinions are in regards to the year of fighting in review. The following is Part III of a great series of interviews involving the former King of Pancrase, the host of HDNet’s Inside MMA, the former UFC Heavyweight Champion and the man well regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists to enter a cage or ring.

PDG: So do you think the fans will ever get to see Josh Barnett fight Fedor Emelianenko? Bas Rutten: I don't think it is going to happen and if it happens it will be in Japan. I think that Josh is going to have a very difficult time getting another fight in the United States. Who is going to take the risk to promote that fight with the liabilities from his past that he would bring if he was put into a main event again. It's like the actors that get banged up on drugs and alcohol; they become liabilities and can cause a whole movie production to go down the drain. So you see them less and less involved in the industry because nobody wants to work with them. It's a shame.
Submitted Dec 29, 2009 5:15AM by nwowolfpack - 0 comments
Filed under: Interviews, UFC, MMA Personalities, General MMA
 
Rich Franklin's wife, Beth Franklin, graces the pages of Men's Fitness
(fightclubhouse.com)
Beth Franklin, wife of Rich Franklin, does a pictorial for Men's Fitness magazine, and answers questions on what it's like to be the wife of a fighter, among other things. Check it out!
Submitted Dec 22, 2009 1:55PM by BrutalKnockOut - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
Bellator champ Hector Lombard: "I want Dan Henderson" in Strikeforce
(mmajunkie.com)
With the recent revelation that UFC import Dan Henderson (25-7) will fight for Strikeforce at an as-yet-unannounced April event on CBS, speculation immediately turned to whom the dual-weight class star would be fighting. While initial reports have suggested that Strikeforce middleweight champ Jake Shields is a likely first step, another MMA title-holder has volunteered for the contest, as well. Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard (22-2-1) told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he's itching for the chance to prove himself on the big stage.
Submitted Dec 16, 2009 4:27PM by emfleek - 9 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Interviews
 
Scott Coker talks Henderson's three fights, Overeem, Aoki, more
(fightclubhouse.com)
Scott Coker touches on a bunch of hot topics as talks about possible fights for Henderson, Overeem returning, and more!
Submitted Dec 11, 2009 6:18PM by BrutalKnockOut - 16 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, Dream, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
'Last Emperor' on RT: Fedor Emelianenko's exclusive interview
(youtube.com)
Fedor Emelianenko and the sweater in a 10 min interview with Russia Today.
Submitted Nov 26, 2009 10:25AM by crushedbacon - 1 comment
Filed under: Interviews
 
Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos: "I imagine myself" in the UFC
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
While common sense told Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos to finish up her studies in Brazil to pursue a career in physical education, her famed trainer, Rafael Cordeiro of the Chute Boxe Academy, told her otherwise. Why bother wasting your time on all of that college stuff, when you should be busting heads for a living? That was Cordeiro’s take on things, and Santos is thanking him for the advice in the present day as the feared knockout specialist currently sits on the top of the female mixed martial arts mountain as the reigning Strikeforce women’s 145 pound champion. “I was in college, Physics Education, and I trained, but Master Rafael (Cordeiro) said that he thought it was better if I stopped the fight because the top training of Chute Boxe was in the morning and I could only train in the afternoon or in the night,” explained Cyborg in a conversation with Tatame.com. “He said, “I think it’s better if you stop this college… If you graduate you’ll teach, but on Muay Thai you can teach too and you’ll dedicate more“. I stopped the college, my mom wanted to kill me, but I followed a dream and thank God I was happy.”
Submitted Nov 13, 2009 4:29PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 6 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
DeRay Davis: "It's a slap in the face"
(fightclubhouse.com)
Strikeforce fighter DeRay Davis talks about his canceled fight with Mark Miller at last weekend's Strikeforce: 'Fedor vs. Rogers'.
Submitted Nov 13, 2009 1:12PM by BrutalKnockOut - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
We're All Human: Fedor Critiques Rogers Fight
(sherdog.com)
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 by Sherdog.com Staff Those lucky enough to attend the Paradise Warrior Retreat Center luncheon Sunday in Hoffman Estates, Ill., following Saturday’s Strikeforce/M-1 Global “Fedor vs. Rogers” got a real treat. Fedor Emelianenko watched his seven-minute bout with Brett Rogers for the first time and broke down his thoughts on his performance through his interpreter. Here are some highlights:
Submitted Nov 12, 2009 9:01AM by AchillesHeel - 12 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, Interviews
 
M-1 exec Jerry Millen: Fedor Emelianenko will fight Brock Lesnar for free
(mmajunkie.com)
"If these guys in the UFC truly wanted to fight Fedor, they'd find a way," Millen recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "Come to his training camp. Come to Stary Oskol, and we'll do three, five-minute rounds in the ring or the cage. We'll do it for fun. "If you really want to fight him for competition, and it's not about the money for the guys in the UFC, then tell Brock Lesnar to jump his ass on a plane, take a train, and come to Stary Oskol. If these guys really want to fight Fedor, then come to Stary Oskol and lets get it on there for no money."
Submitted Nov 11, 2009 12:20AM by jae_1833 - 14 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Josh Neer’s Manager Effectively Illustrates the Problem With Josh Neer
(cagepotato.com)
Unfortunately Josh was matched up with fighters that wanted to take him down and lay on him to grind out a victory. If you are going to take Josh down then at least try to finish him, just don’t lay on him and hold him down. Most fighters are not going to want to stand and bang with Josh, and they just want to play it safe, hold him down, and get the win. Josh wants to put on exciting fights, and there is nothing more frustrating to Josh than not to put on an exciting fight for the fans. Right now we have a few offers from different organizations that want to sign Josh immediately so we are just weighing our options, and going with the best opportunity for Josh. Josh will be back in the UFC after he wins a few fights outside the UFC. We appreciate all the support Josh’s fans have given him.
Submitted Nov 2, 2009 9:55PM by RhythmAndStyle - 14 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Pat Barry Talks About The Day He Cashed His $120K Check
(middleeasy.com)
It wasn't until Tuesday when I got back home that I got a knock on the door, a special delivery for me. I opened it up and when I saw it, I was like, 'What the...' They weren't joking man they seriously sent me a check for $120,000. ...funny guy. Everyone likes him.
Submitted Nov 2, 2009 10:36AM by scoozna - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Good Things To Come For Ryan Bader
(mmajunkie.com)
Undefeated UFC light heavyweight Ryan Bader (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) continues to improve with each performance in the octagon, and his UFC 104 win over Eric Schafer (11-4-2 MMA, 3-3 UFC) was no exception. But while "The Ultimate Fighter 8" winner's wrestling prowess and physical tools are an obvious asset, Bader recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) his mind may finally be catching up with his body. "I felt this time I got in there, and I was relaxed," Bader said. "I think it's a good sign if I continue to do that in my next fight. I think this fight allowed me to turn a corner in my career." If Bader was feeling nervous before his previous wins over Carmelo Marrero or Vinny Magalhaes, it hardly showed. But the Arizona Combat Sports product said there was a definite difference in his mental state during his most recent contest.
Submitted Oct 31, 2009 4:26PM by RhythmAndStyle - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Rozanne Modafferi Gets Her Chance To Strike
(mmaweekly.com)
Patiently awaiting her opportunity to step into the Strikeforce cage, Roxanne Modafferi will finally get her chance, albeit on only nine days notice, as she faces Marloes Coenen in a fight that could determine the number one contender for Cris “Cyborg” Santos’ 145-pound women's title. A veteran of several top promotions, such as GCM and Hook 'N' Shoot, Modafferi brings a ton of experience into her second fight with Coenen. Modafferi defeated the Dutch fighter by split decision in mid-2007. Working with manager, Shu Hirata, Modafferi has spent the majority of her time in Japan, but now looks to conquer American women's MMA.
Submitted Oct 31, 2009 4:16PM by RhythmAndStyle - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, Interviews
 
José Aldo focused on Mike Brown
(tatame.com)
“My expectations are the best as possible, I’m training a lot to make an excellent fight”, Aldo said. “My fans can expect the best of me and I’ll represent Brazil very well. I’m studying his strong sides, he has a good Wrestling and standing up he’s dangerous. I don’t see an specific place that I could win, so I’m preparing well in all the ways, emphasizing the stand up and the ground and training a little of Wrestling too. I’m 100% ready to any situation and the audience can expect a good fight“.
Submitted Oct 31, 2009 4:04PM by RhythmAndStyle - 2 comments
Filed under: WEC, Interviews
 
Wanderlei: “Shogun is the new champion”
(tatame.com)
“I said that Shogun would win and he won, we can’t discuss that. He fought in a smart way with Lyoto, it was a big fight. Lyoto gave some knee blows and some punches, but hasn’t that strength that Shogun had on the fight, let’s say... He’s the new champion“, Silva pointed..that's also a video in the link
Submitted Oct 31, 2009 4:02PM by RhythmAndStyle - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
For Kimbo Slice, It's All About the Fight
(mmaweekly.com)
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson was famous before signing on for the Spike TV reality show “The Ultimate Fighter.” He headlined fight cards on CBS and was paid high-end money for a mixed martial arts athlete. He had little to gain from going on TUF outside of respect and an opportunity to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. “It was a good experience,” Kimbo told TapouT Radio about his reality television experience. “It was an amazing sacrifice for me.” With the addition of Kimbo, The Ultimate Fighter 10 has seen record ratings. During his bout with Roy Nelson on episode three of this season 6.1 million viewers tuned in to see Nelson defeat Ferguson by TKO in the second round. Kimbo attributes his popularity to fans being able to relate to him.
Submitted Oct 27, 2009 10:02AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Bas, Miletich & More talk Shogun v Machida
(punchdrunkgamer.com)

Bas Rutten – “Its going to be a great fight! Shogun is the better striker (hands), kicking wise I think he has the same skills as Machida he might kick harder though plus he has those crazy knees. Shogun is wilder than Machida, Machida is great at staying outside the opponents distance and countering the attacks that are thrown at him. The trick to beating Machida is to let him attack you and counter him, since he's a counter fighter you will take that away from him. Machida is more accurate then Shogun with his strikes but Shogun has a wider arsenal of strikes. Difficult one to predict, from what I hear from EVERYBODY who trains with Machida, they can't touch him. If he plays that game (thank God for 5 rounds) and counters the strikes from Shogun, he wins the fight. If one of those crazy combinations from Shogun comes through though, he will win. No prediction from me, I just break down the fights, I suck at predictions! Godspeed and party on!”
Submitted Oct 23, 2009 2:22AM by nwowolfpack - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews, General MMA
 
After "dark days" of career, UFC 104's Shogun Rua doesn't care what you think
(mmajunkie.com)
LOS ANGELES – For a man who not too long ago was widely considered the best light heavyweight fighter in the world, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (18-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) isn't being given much of a chance in his UFC title bout with current champ Lyoto Machida (15-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC). But as the all-Brazilian main event of Saturday's "UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun" pay-per-view card nears, Rua has a simple message for those who may doubt him: Don't believe the hype. "I don't care really about the criticism and all that talk," Rua told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) through his manager, Eduardo Alonso. "Whatever people want to say, they're entitled to their opinions. It's a matter of me taking care of what I say and what I do and showing my work."
Submitted Oct 22, 2009 3:03PM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
'TUF 8' Winner Ryan Bader Aims to Dictate Fight vs. Experienced Eric Schafer
(mma.fanhouse.com)
The Ultimate Fighter 8 winner Ryan Bader says his keys to beating Eric "Red" Schafer at UFC 104 is to dictate the fight and avoid Schafer's experienced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu game. Bader, one of the many wrestler-turned-MMA fighters out of the Arizona Combat Sports camp in Tempe, recently spoke with FanHouse as he looks to improve his undefeated MMA and UFC records to 11-0 and 3-0, respectively, on Nov. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Ray Hui: This is your third straight UFC opponent whose specialty is grappling, but Schafer is probably the most well-rounded. Ryan Bader: Eliot [Marshall] was pretty well-rounded also. He has some decent standup so I'd say Eliot was probably the most well-rounded as far as striking and jiu-jitsu, but what Eric Schafer brings to the table is experience, being in the big shows with guys like [Michael] Bisping, [Stephan] Bonnar and Houston Alexander and what not. He's been around the game so he definitely has that advantage.
Submitted Oct 20, 2009 8:31AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
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