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Interviews News - Page 40

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DANA WHITE TALKS UFC & BUD LIGHT
(mmaweekly.com)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Thursday afternoon, UFC president Dana White along with Tony Ponture, vice president, global media and sports marketing for Anheuser-Busch, announced a new three-year deal between the fight promotion and Bud Light, making it the major sponsor for the organization going forward. White expressed his excitement about the new deal with Bud Light. “Not only did we get and land a blue chip sponsor, we landed the biggest. The biggest sponsor in sports, period,” he stated. “Not only are these guys the biggest and the best at what they do in their industry, but they’re the biggest and the best marketers in the world. We’re not talking the United States. We’re talking the world. When I say these guys are No. 1, No. 2 is far behind them.”
Submitted Feb 28, 2008 7:55PM by SmileR - 9 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Frank Trigg’s Fight Breakdown: Anderson Silva vs. Dan Henderson, Part II
(mmajunkie.com)
Henderson wins the wrestling. Anderson wins the striking. Henderson wins the guard pass. Silva wins the guard. Motion of feet is won by Silva. Harder head is won by Henderson. Silva wins cardio if the past is correct. Henderson is a bigger bully. I still got Henderson. Who you got?
Submitted Feb 28, 2008 7:48PM by SmileR - 22 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
 
UFC® Press Conference Special Announcement
UFC® President Dana White will be making a major announcement at the UFC® 82 PRIDE OF A CHAMPION pre-fight press conference in Columbus, Ohio. UFC.COM will feature the official announcement at 1pm EST. Look for video highlights of the press conference featuring Dana White, along with a special guest, making the announcement later in the day.
Submitted Feb 28, 2008 12:46AM by RMFG_187 - 33 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
The Assassin’ Returns on April 2nd
(ufc.com)
With two spectacular wins over Keith Jardine and Alessio Sakara, Houston Alexander was the breakout star of 2007. Now, after suffering the first loss of his UFC career last November to Thiago Silva, ‘The Assassin’ is on the comeback trail and he will look to get back in the win column on April 2nd when he takes on James Irvin on Spike TV’s latest UFC Fight Night card.
Submitted Feb 25, 2008 1:41AM by RMFG_187 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Diego Sanchez -The Gift & The Curse
(ufc.com)
Talk to the “Nightmare”, Diego Sanchez, and you’ve entered a dialogue with raw unfettered determination wrapped inside a New Mexican mixed martial artist. It seeps into every statement that Diego makes, small or large, and keeps you alert, for you don’t know how optimistic you will rise with him.
Submitted Feb 23, 2008 11:31PM by RMFG_187 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
Luigi Fioravanti: From Iraq to the Octagon
(ufc.com)
For most fighters, entering the UFC Octagon to face a fierce opponent is the hardest thing they’ll have to do in their lives. Within a few seconds they face their adversary’s full arsenal: punches, kicks, elbows, throws, arm bars, knee locks, triangle chokes, guillotine chokes, and so on. It sounds pretty bad, and tough to most, unless you’re welterweight Luigi Fioravanti. You see, when instead of punches and kicks and elbows, you have bullets and bombs coming at you, the sport of mixed martial arts becomes a very tranquil walk in the park.
Submitted Feb 22, 2008 10:56AM by RMFG_187 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Cro Cop Overly Trustful of the Japanese, Wants to Fight Fedor on New Year’s Eve
(cagepotato.com)

On non-financial reasons for parting ways with the UFC: “I was in full training and wanted to compete in March. However, the UFC couldn’t find me an opponent that fast and I didn’t want to stop my preparations and start all over again for a match in May. Besides I was HUNGRY for a fight and nervous (anxious) like a dog…I asked for a rematch with Gonzaga but that was not possible because he lost to Werdum. Then I asked for Kongo but that wasn’t possible either.” On business practices that will eventually screw him: “Although I didn’t sign any contract [with DREAM] we came to an agreement for 3 fights in March, June and September. I never had written contracts with the Japanese because we have always done business by oral agreement.” On returning to the UFC: “I’m going to go back to the UFC without a doubt…The date of return depends on a possible fight with Fedor. The fight should take place on 31st December if Fedor accepts. If that fails I’ll be back in the UFC by the end of this year.” On his “psychological crisis”: “I lost that killer instinct. I lost 5kg (10lb) before the fight with Kongo, I had a hard time wanting to train and on the day of the fight I thought to myself: Why do I even need this, why am I fighting a guy I have never seen before. I was fed up with it all.” On diplomacy: “I have managed to come to terms with Dana and I’m thankful for his cooperation and understanding.”
Submitted Feb 21, 2008 6:24PM by juanez13 - 27 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
What's Tickling Mark DellaGrotte's Toes
(sherdog.com)
That first night, as Mark DellaGrotte lay in the floor on a rice mat, trying to sleep and wondering what he was doing on the other side of the planet, he realized that the creatures brushing by his feet were rats. Rats and other things. There was no door to the too-small room in which he was packed with 13 others. Anything could scurry in from the 98-degree night. DellaGrotte himself, for instance. Twenty-four and traveling the world. Had never left the country, then on a plane and off a plane and into the sweltering dark of a different continent. How, again, did he get here?
Submitted Feb 20, 2008 11:46PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Fight Camp / Team, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
Dana White: Tank Abbott UFC Hall of Fame future inductee
(mmamania.com)

“I think the whole thing was a farce [the EliteXC promotion]. I love Tank. I have nothing but respect for him; he’s always been good to me. But I don’t want to see that again…. Tank Abbott absolutely will be in our Hall of Fame.”
UFC President Dana White comments on the recent spectacle that was Kimbo Slice vs. Tank Abbott at the EliteXC: “Street Certified” show on February 16 from the BankUnited Center in Miami, Fla. He also reveals that he has a seat waiting for Abbott once he decides to hang up the gloves. That would mean Abbott would be enshrined alongside Octagon pioneers such as Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, Dan Severn, Ken Shamrock and soon-to-be inductee, Mark Coleman.
Submitted Feb 20, 2008 5:19PM by juanez13 - 48 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Bj and GSP for fight of the century!
(mmaweekly.com)
“Georges still has to get past Matt Serra though. I think if Georges can get past Matt Serra and I know I’m going to get past Sean Sherk, we could have some kind of really huge fight there. I’m talking about a fight of the century type of fight, but Matt Serra’s no joke, you know? I hope to god this happens!!! I'd give the fight to GSP though... but it'd be a war! Anyway here's the rest of the interview if you want a
Submitted Feb 20, 2008 1:04PM by SmileR - 20 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Mir Calls Fedor's Fights 'More of a Carnival'
(sports.aol.com)
I agree with what he's saying here to a point but how can a guy who Fedor beat twice be called the best i the world? But how can Fedor be called the best in the world if he's not fighting top competition?! Dam it why can't fighters and MMA companies just get along!? Anyway here's the first And the full interview Mir just seams like a cool guy, and i don't think he means to offend anyone if you read the full interview.
Submitted Feb 20, 2008 12:51PM by SmileR - 52 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Wanderlei Silva Writes About Possible Move to Middleweight (actual possibility)
While Wanderlei Silva (31-8-1 MMA, 1-3 UFC) confirms that he’s met with UFC officials about a potential fight with UFC light heavyweight Keith Jardine (13-3-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC), the former PRIDE champion is also considering a move to middleweight. In addition to being one of the UFC’s smaller light heavyweights, Silva is considering a move to middleweight because he wants a rematch with Dan Henderson (22-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC) — especially if Henderson defeats UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva (20-4 MMA, 5-0 UFC) at next month’s UFC 82 event.

“There will be a fight of Anderson Silva against Dan Henderson that will be a great fight, and if Dan Henderson wins it, I don’t think twice about lowering my weight to fight him,” Silva wrote (and translated from Portuguese to English). “Everybody is talking about Jardine, but nothing has been made official,” Silva wrote. “I think it would be a good opponent because his style matches with mine, and certainly, no one would be a better choice to be my next opponent.“

Submitted Feb 19, 2008 9:46PM by juanez13 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Mirko Cro Cop discusses possible DREAM opponents and eventual return to UFC (Video)
(mmamania.com)

“… Dream will have fighters such as Fedor, Kharitonov, Hunt, Barnett, K-1 guys, Sefo, Lebanner, possibly Peter Aerts, so it is possible that there will be very tough competition … there’s no reason or talk about retiring. I will surely fight for few more years. I have a great motivation and I’ve dedicated myself only to that. Everyone should be on their guard for me and especially those 2 guys I lost to [Gabriel Gonzaga and Cheick Kongo
Submitted Feb 17, 2008 4:36PM by juanez13 - 8 comments
Filed under: Interviews, Other MMA Organizations
 
Boetsch Talks Hamill and New Deal with UFC
(mmaweekly.com)
Stepping up on short notice is sure to be the calling card for Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight Tim Boetsch, who will again stand in for an injured fighter as he takes on Matt Hamill at UFC Fight Night on April 2 in Broomfield, Colo. Though he is replacing Stephan Bonnar, the Pennsylvania-based fighter is looking forward to having more time to get ready for his return to the Octagon. “I’m trying to figure out what to do with all the time,” said Boetsch with a laugh about having more time to prepare for this fight than his last time out. It seems UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has the fighter’s number on speed dial, as this is the second time he will step up for the promotion and Boetsch is fine with that arrangement. “I’ll be ready to fight whenever and wherever they need me,” he stated. “Somebody gets hurt or drops out, I think my name’s close to the top of the list of people they want to call.”
Submitted Feb 17, 2008 8:19AM by grappler0000 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Matt Hamill talks about being deaf, Bisping and his fight with Bonnar
(mmafightline.com)
He looks like a cool guy and hasn't got any thing bad to say about Bisping. Anyway heres the Fightline.com: Can you explain to people that don't know, a little bit about being a deaf fighter? Hamill: I have been deaf since birth so I don't know any different, if I could hear or not. I think being deaf does allow me to concentrate on my matches and fights. In the ring all I see is the person in front of me. No other distractions whatsoever get in the way.
Submitted Feb 11, 2008 9:12AM by SmileR - 12 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Dana White say's Fedor IS top 5
(tsn.ca)
In this interview Dana talks about how he isn't the face of UFC and how he thinks the fighters get a lot more attention than him. Its a cool interview so i thought i'd share it. Here's the
Submitted Feb 10, 2008 2:10PM by SmileR - 28 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Dana White on "Off the Record" Transcript
(fightline.com)
Dana White was on TSN's Off The Record with Michael Landsberg on Thursday's show. While he only participated in the "next question" segment, he still had some interesting things to say. Here is a transcript of the interview: If you seen the show, this is from the segment called "Next Question" where it a rapid fire question and answer format
Submitted Feb 10, 2008 4:18AM by Manfred - 13 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
New Igor Vovchanchyn interview
(russianmma.com)

Question: What are you doing at the moment? Will you agree to return to a few fights if asked? Igor Vovchanchyn: I am a businessman. I won't return. Sometimes I want to, but I'm already 35. And above all I have injuries. I can't punch with my right hand at all: I have three pins in the elbow. And additional one in the left. Soon I will go to the nose surgery because I can't breath in the usual manner. Therefore there is no sense of me coming back.
Had no idea he was that messed up. He was awesome to watch
Submitted Feb 9, 2008 10:32PM by Manfred - 5 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Nogueira's trainer: Sylvia Cheated
(mmafightline.com)
Luiz Alves, the muy thai trainer for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, was recently interviewed by the Brazilian news site tatame.com and has made some interesting remarks concerning “Big Nog’s” recent victory over Tim Sylvia. Alvez made the claim during his interview that “the Americans” were using baby cream which would not become slippery until it came in contact with sweat If his claims are valid it will be interesting to see what course of action the UFC will take to punish this sort of behavior, or to prevent this sort of foul from being committed in the future.
Submitted Feb 7, 2008 11:44PM by Manfred - 33 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, Miscellaneous
 
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