Jamie Varner Talks UFC 173, Call of Duty, King Mo and James Krause
Former WEC lightweight champion and UFC veteran Jamie Varner recently talked with PunchDrunkGamer.com about his upcoming fight Saturday night at UFC 173 against James Krause, his new gym Impact MMA, Call of Duty, King Mo’s meltdown and short notice fights. Enjoy!
PDG: The UFC lightweight division is pretty stacked at the moment; what are thoughts on the division and the guys at the top that your are hunting down?
Jamie Varner - It is very competitive and I would have to say it is the most competitive division in the UFC right now. In my opinion the top two guys in all of the UFC right now are Renan Barao and Jose Aldo and there is such a huge gap between those guys and the other guys in their divisions. Then you look at the lightweights – Anthony Pettis, Ben Henderson and Gilbert Melendez and you have five super talented fighters that you may only see once in a lifetime. So that is my top five and three of them are in the super competitive lightweight division and I feel like I should be right up there in the top ten and that is one reason that I am going to stop taking fights on short notice.
Chris Holdsworth Interview - Talks UFC 173, PS4 and Ludwig's Departure
PDG: Speaking of that UFC 173 main card, one of your teammates, TJ Dillashaw is facing the UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao. What do you think of that match-up?
Chris Holdsworth: I think it is a great match-up and I think TJ has the best chance to win the belt out of all of the top contenders at 135lbs right now. Obviously I train with the guy, I know where he is at mentally and physically and I think he is going to win the belt. It is going to be a great fight, Barao’s record speaks for itself, he is undefeated in his last 32 fights, so he is definitely the man right now and he will be going in there the champ. TJ is going to have to use all skills to take the belt and it is great to experience to see what he is going through heading up to this fight. He was originally expected to face Takeya Mizugaki but after Chris Weidman got hurt and they had to move his fight, TJ gets a shot now. Before they announced it I was wondering now who is going to headline this card? Will it be a big draw for the rest of the card? Then I wake up one morning and I hear TJ Dillashaw is fighting for the title. He is a good friend of mine and he deserves this opportunity.
PDG: Other big news has recently surfaced regarding your fight team, Team Alpha Male; Duane “Bang” Ludwig has announced that he will be leaving your team to open up his own gym/training center in Colorado. Do have any notions on what you will do when he leaves? Will you stay in Sacramento or make the move to Colorado?
Chris Holdsworth: Yeah it sucks to see Duane leave, just because he is a great role model for me and he has been such a great coach. I got love for the guy. We spent a lot of time learning the Bang Muay Thai system, so it sucks that he is leaving and then we will be getting a new coach and stuff like that. But you have to do what is best for you and makes you happy and for him a big part of that is his family. I still plan on working with Duane and I want to keep him around in my life and my career. I am definitely staying out here in Sacramento but if I get the chance to go train with him in Colorado or have him take a trip out here, that is definitely going to happen.
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I think some of those guys will be re-locating to Denver.
Johny Hendricks Interview – UFC 171, Call of Duty and TRT
The #1 ranked UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks recently took some time to talk with PunchDrunkGamer about his upcoming fight at UFC 171 against Robbie Lawler, the recent ban on TRT, medical marijuana, Call of Duty and more. Enjoy!
PDG: When they were letting fighters use TRT, the commissions were still treating medical marijuana and recreational use of marijuana like a performance enhancing drug (PED). What is your opinion on that and should fighters be able to use medical marijuana?
Johny Hendricks: Here is the thing, marijuana is still illegal in how many states, 50 out of 52! So your sitting there and knowing that it is illegal basically everywhere and so I look at that situation a little bit differently. I don’t know all of the facts about it but I do know that for one thing it can help you stay relaxed and calm. So that could give a fighter an edge going into a fight because if you were stressed, you could smoke a little bit, calm down and potentially give you an advantage going into the Octagon because you could have the mindset of “well I am not to worried about this fight”. Whereas your opponent could be really stressed out and it could cause him to make a mistake that costs him the fight. That brings us back to the TRT issue, what does it do to your body? Does it make 18 again?
Daniel Cormier Talks Wrestling Etiquette, UFC Future and the 2014 US Freestyle World Cup
Cormier says Hendricks was the "Most Hated Wrestler in College" but that he will beat Lawler and also talks about his UFC 170 fight plus who his next opponent will be.
Daniel Cormier, a two-time Olympian in men’s freestyle wrestling and an undefeated star with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, will serve as the Honorary Captain of the 2014 U.S. Freestyle World Cup Team. The Official Radio Partner of PunchDrunkGamer, Takedown Radio recently caught up with Cormier for this exclusive video interview, enjoy!
Ovince St Preux Shoots on UFC 171, Nikita Krylov and MMA Current Events
Ovince St Preux Shoots on UFC 171, Nikita Krylov and MMA Current Events
PDG: Onto some recent events in MMA. Gilbert Melendez got a new deal after tempting free agency. During that whole ordeal Bellator got a little attention out of it because they were the next option for him. How much do you think Bellator is actually competition to the UFC?
OSP: As of right now, not really. They do have a lot of good fighters. But as of right now, no. There are always going to be other organizations out there. The thing is, if Bellator was to sign Gilbert then the 155 weight class would have been stacked. But at the same time, the UFC knows how to make good business decisions. That is why every year they are the number one organization in the world. I am blessed to be fighting for them too. At the end of the day, that is why they have to do what they do.
PDG: Speaking of other recent events, what are your thoughts on the banning of TRT?
OSP: Honestly, with TRT and stuff, I don’t get in to it. I am training myself to be the best that I can. I just leave that alone. I don’t need it in my system, I don’t need anything like that. They say I can’t take it, so I don’t take it. That is point blank. If it is bad and they say it is so, then it is bad. There are plenty of supplements out there that always come out that are supposed to be the next best thing. Everybody says, “Ok, I am using it.” The next couple of months down the road, it gets banned. Every single year there is a new supplement that is introduced and then banned. This is going to continue to happen within sports. But at the same time, I know what to take and what not to take.
Georges St-Pierre wants to 'attack the system'
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre had quite the interview with Michael Landsberg of TSN's Off The Record. When the discussion quickly steered towards his concerns over an expanding culture of performance enhancing drug use in MMA, St-Pierre says he isn't interested in a witch hunt. Although he refuses to name names, St-Pierre believes he's faced at least a few opponents using some sort of steroid.
"I can not answer this question, but there [are] a lot of people on drugs," says St-Pierre. "I'm never sure 100%. The reason is I don't want to accuse any individual. If you accuse one individual 20 others will arrive. What I want to attack? I want to attack the system. I don't want to attack the individual. People have to understand, I don't want to attack the UFC. I'm one of the guys that stands for the sport, stands for the UFC. I want to do that to help the brand, help the sport. I'm one of the guys that fights for the legitimacy of my sport...
Dana White: 'I used to beat the living s--t out of Tito Ortiz'
Dana White might be (mostly) done with the boxing business, but that doesn't mean he doesn't still love the sport. White treated the media on Wednesday to a screening of his new boxing reality show 'The Fighters', which will air on the Discovery Channel on January 23rd. After the screening, however, White took questions from the media and addressed an old incident with former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz.