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New Fedor interview
(sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp)
As translated by a Sherdogger: Happy New Year, Fedor! I imagine that you've started 2008 feeling good. Yes. I'm feeling very good (smile) After your fight yesterday, it looked like you were more delighted than usual. Was this a special victory for you? It was. Actually, friends of mine came all the way from Russia to support me. During the fight I heard them cheering, so that probably explains my facial expression. Were there any particular reasons why your friends came to Japan to watch you fight this time? It wasn't really that I invited them. They said they wanted to come. I see. They wanted to see you fight in Japan at least once. I think so. They had never been to Japan before. I think watching the fights live in person got their adrenaline going. I think it was their first time to see you greeted by the fans with such a warm welcome in such a huge arena. Did they mention their thoughts after the fight? They were surprised to see such a large crowd cheering and felt a sense of pride. (smile) It seemed that you received louder cheers this time than usual. Did you sense that? Yes I felt it. That kind of support and that kind of arena atmosphere - that's why I came back to Japan. It makes me happy. So, as long as that kind of support is there, will you continue to fight in Japan? Certainly. (smile) Can you give us your impressions on the fight with Hong Man Choi? He's such a huge and powerful fighter. He's the biggest and strongest fighter I've ever faced. In that sense, I couldn't match up with him in the strength department so I was taken down. But I was confident that I could win with technique, and was able to beat him with a joint lock. So was Choi stronger than you expected? No I wouldn't say more than I expected. Before the fight, I calmly analyze analyze the opponent so I never underestimate him. Because of that I almost never get surprised or panic. But when I went to take him down, I was surprised when he went for the takedown himself. I thought he would keep it standing. I was surprised to see you get taken down twice. But if the ropes weren't there on the second takedown, I would have taken him down. He was leaning against the rope to defend the takedown. What did you think of Choi's ground and pound? You didn't get hit much but your face is a bit swollen. My face isn't swollen from the punches. It's from my face rubbing the canvas. So he particularly didn't have any effective offense.. No he didn't. Like I said before, he is huge and powerful and was a difficult opponent. But he didn't have an effective attack. When you got him in an armbar the first time, was he able to escape because his arms are so long that you couldn't get the leverage? Actually, the first armbar was in deep. I heard his arm pop a couple of times. But when he lifted me, my position changed a bit and lost the angle. I didn't think I could finish him and didn't want to use any unnecessary energy so I let go. I didn't want to make the same mistake the second time, so I made sure it (armbar) was tight.
Submitted Jan 12, 2008 6:06AM by Manfred - 1 comment
Filed under: M-1 Global, Interviews
 
Thiago Silva Interview
(tatame.com)
Interview with Thiago Silva, he talks about finding a camp in the United States, his thoughts on his former teamates shogun and wandy, and announces that he will be facing Rashad in May.
Submitted Jan 11, 2008 5:20PM by duggy - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, Fight Camp / Team
 
Kenny Florian Confirms April 2 Fight with Joe Lauzon
(mmajunkie.com)
Kenny Florian (7-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC), “The Ultimate Fighter 1” middleweight runner-up who parlayed the TV appearance into a top contender’s standing in the UFC’s lightweight division, has confirmed he’ll next fight Joe Lauzon (16-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 13 on April 2.
Submitted Jan 11, 2008 4:09PM by juanez13 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Davis' change led to success
(sports.yahoo.com)
It didn't take too many occurrences of signing for a $15,000 purse and walking home with just $5,000 to sour Marcus Davis on professional boxing. He was, he says proudly, a fighter all his life and he was going to find a way to fight one way or another. But boxing was making him a miserable person and the man known as “The Irish Hand Grenade” finally had gotten fed up. "I just had so many issues and problems, with management and other things, and I was in and out of court so much with all of that," Davis said. "I pretty much got tired of the dirty aspect of boxing. I'd get half — or less — of what I was promised (in a purse). I wasn't getting the fights I wanted. Things weren't going in the direction I wanted. "After a while, I couldn't stomach it any more. It was making me sick. Literally. I had to get away from it."
Submitted Jan 11, 2008 3:51PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, Other Combat Sports, The Ultimate Fighter
 
Brandon Vera On His Fight With Tim Sylivia: "I’m ashamed to have been a part of it."
(mmafightline.com)
Brandon Vera has seemingly flown under the radar since his unanimous decision loss to Tim Sylvia at UFC 77. Vera revealed after the fight that he broke his hand in the very first exchange of the fight and had to adjust his game plan. MMAWeekly had the oppertunity to sit down with the rising heavyweight star to discuss the fight and his future. Vera On Breaking His Hand In The Fight: My thumb got caught and pulled back like a banana. I held my breath and pulled it real hard and it didn’t go back in. I finished the first round, went back to my coaches, who were like ‘(expletive) your left hand, you don’t need it! Use your right hand.’ I was like cool, I won’t use my left hand. I wanted to punch Tim so hard.I should have just kept touching and moving, instead of trying to light him up early. He started hitting me; I couldn’t hit him back. I started throwing short elbows to try and catch him on his way in. I sucked. That was one of the most boring fights ever. I’m ashamed to have been a part of it.
Submitted Jan 11, 2008 3:05PM by grappler0000 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
White has UFC as dominant MMA force
(msn.foxsports.com)
You blow your nose with a Kleenex, you Xerox a document. Sure, there are plenty of tissue makers and even more companies producing copy machines, but Kleenex and Xerox achieved the unthinkable — the brand name supplanted the product. UFC president Dana White would love to see that develop with his company in 2008. He's close to achieving the feat. Many casual fans and non-mixed martial arts media newcomers often tag the entire sport "UFC." Gary Shaw of Elite XC knows there's a lot at stake this year. He would like to see UFC go the way of America Online. AOL was a juggernaut in the late '90s until the dreaded C-word — competition — reared its ugly head.
Submitted Jan 11, 2008 11:47AM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, EliteXC, Interviews
 
New Cung Le Interview
(punchdrunkgamer.com)
New Cung Le Interview courtesy of NWOwolfpack at Punchdrunkgamer
Submitted Jan 11, 2008 3:59AM by hippysmacker - 4 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, Interviews
 
In depth interview with Randy
(punchdrunkgamer.com)
I know many are fed up with Randy and the situation between him and the UFC, but I thought this was a very good interview and Randy touches on a lot of subjects I haven't heard him talk about before. Its a bit long but a good read. ---------------------------------------------------------------- PDG: You began your career as a wrestler and stepped into mixed martial arts when there really wasn’t much to it. Since then it has become the fastest growing sport in the world, and you have become a legend. What is it like for you to be known worldwide and be considered one of the greats of the sport? Randy: I don’t really think about it, I’m still the same person that I’ve always been. I just kind of do what I do – I like to train in the gym and I like to work with these fighters and I like to fight. I kind of entered this sport on a whim from the wrestling world because it looked intriguing and I saw some other wrestlers doing it and the whole thing kind of just took on a whole life of its own. There have been a lot of sacrifices. The travel and the time away from family, the celebrity [status], and the demands of this professional sport cost me a marriage. I feel very blessed now to have Kim in my life. My current wife – the love that she has and the support that she has, is amazing. Together we have taken it to another level. But it’s a little overwhelming to be recognized everywhere you go sometimes. I’ve been stopped in airports, stopped in the grocery store… it doesn’t really matter. It’s just overwhelming at times, but when you think about it it is also kind of cool. The fans are fantastic and they just have a genuine passion and love for the sport – as do I, so we share that. So it’s not bad at all.
Submitted Jan 6, 2008 2:44AM by Bemin - 6 comments
Filed under: Interviews, UFC
 
UFC Co-Owner Lorenzo Fertitta Speaks with Yahoo! Sports
(sports.yahoo.com)
Lorenzo Fertitta bought the UFC along with his older brother, Frank, and his long-time friend, Dana White, in 2001 because he fell in love with mixed martial arts. In 2000, White convinced the Fertittas, who were running the successful Station Casinos in Las Vegas, to fly to Louisiana to watch a UFC show. They got hooked instantly and a few months later, wound up purchasing the company. As the seventh anniversary of the Fertittas' purchase of the UFC approaches on Jan. 15, Lorenzo Fertitta sat down with Yahoo! Sports to talk about the company's success, the growth of mixed martial arts and his thoughts on White's performance as UFC president. His thoughts about the UFC 78 PPV are especially interesting.
Submitted Jan 4, 2008 9:14AM by ohiostate1016 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Fabricio Werdum Interview
(punchdrunkgamer.com)
Talks about training for gonzaga, his fight with arlovski, if he'd fight his former training partner crocop, and the rua brothers leaving chuteboxe.
Submitted Jan 4, 2008 2:10AM by duggy - 4 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Q&A With Lorenzo Fertitta
(sports.yahoo.com)
As the seventh anniversary of the Fertittas' purchase of the UFC approaches on Jan. 15, Lorenzo Fertitta sat down with Yahoo! Sports to talk about the company's success, the growth of mixed martial arts and his thoughts on Dana White's performance as UFC president.
Submitted Jan 3, 2008 9:39AM by DCRage - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Floyd Mayweather Sr. Interview on Floyd Jr. doing MMA
(fighthype.com)
Great Interview, he drops the f-bomb about twenty times, but he gets his point across about what he thinks will happen to his son in MMA. Here's a small quote: "All of this he talking about right now, this martial arts s***, I’m telling you, he about to get broke the f*** up right now. I’m telling you, he could forget all of that stuff being cute and how you supposed to hit somebody with a check hook. Man, them motherf*****’s going to take that check hook motherf***er and squeeze your guts out. I’m just being real with you man."
Submitted Jan 2, 2008 5:01PM by duggy - 22 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, Interviews
 
Machida talks strategy for Soko
graciemag.com
GRACIEMAG.com : What will be your strategy to face the explosive and strong Sokoudjou? Lyoto : I am a strategist. I will compensate his strength with my technique. I am prepared for everything, if he wants to take it to the ground, I am prepared. It will be 3 rounds, the first 2 minutes will be the hardest, so I will have to hold back a little, because he cannot keep the explosion for the whole 3 rounds.
Submitted Dec 28, 2007 4:26PM by loller90278 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Liddell Aiming for Knockout at UFC 79
(sherdog.com)
Greg Savage caught up with former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell (Pictures) to discuss his long-awaited clash with Wanderlei Silva (Pictures) this weekend at UFC 79. In this exclusive free preview of Sherdog Insider, "The Iceman" talks about the fight he has waited years for and how he feels it will unfold.
Submitted Dec 28, 2007 4:05PM by TNunley - 0 comments
Filed under: Interviews, UFC
 
1 On 1 with UFC Star Mark Bocek
(bloodyknux.com)
Read on as Amedeo Vidaic catches up with Canadian BJJ and UFC Star Mark Bocek. Mark talks about his thoughts on the Upcoming UFC 79 card, his preparations for his bout against Doug Evans and much more... Read on
Submitted Dec 27, 2007 9:03PM by elgigante - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Sokoudjou Set for UFC Debut (Video interview)
(sherdog.com)
Sherdog.com's Greg Savage recently sat down with Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, who makes his Octagon debut this weekend at UFC 79 against undefeated light heavyweight Lyoto Machida
Submitted Dec 27, 2007 5:21AM by Bemin - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
M-1 Global President Monte Cox On Fedor-Couture Fight And Much More
(mmafightline.com)
M-1 Global President and CEO Monte Cox recently sat down with Brigham's Blog to discuss a number of issues including Fedor's upcoming fight in Japan, the possibility of Fedor vs. Couture being made, and the future of M-1 Global.
Submitted Dec 26, 2007 12:20PM by madmarck - 2 comments
Filed under: M-1 Global, Interviews
 
Silva On Ruas Leaving Chute Boxe
(mmanews.com)
The Brazilian magazine TATAME has published comments from UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva on his former Chute Boxe teammates, Mauricio & Murilo Rua, leaving Chute Boxe. He offers the Ruas help if they need it and is also somewhat critical towards his former camp.
Submitted Dec 22, 2007 9:08AM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: Fight Camp / Team, Interviews
 
And yet another "Big" John McCarthy interview
(mmanews.com)
This one is pretty extensive and touches on a lot of subjects so I thought I would post it too. Really good to hear that The Fight Network should be comming to combat sport fans in the States soon. I can't say enough about this channel. Chris Howie of MMANews.com: This is Chris Howie with MMANews.com and today I am speaking with former UFC head referee and the newest addition to the Fight Network team, "Big" John McCarthy. How are you today John? "Big" John McCarthy: I'm doing good. Just spending a few days here in Toronto. MMANews.com: How are you liking the city? "Big" John McCarthy: Well, they lied to me and said it never snowed here.
Submitted Dec 19, 2007 11:21PM by Bemin - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Big John Interview
(sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
After so many times of imploring mixed martial arts fighters, "Let's Get it On," John McCarthy sought trademark protection on the phrase. For more than a decade, "Big John," was the UFC's choice referee, a figure often referred to as the "Octagon's ninth side." After more than 500 bouts that trace the UFC's evolution, McCarthy retired -- sort of -- last week. Now he'll be getting it on for The Fight Network, North's America's only all-combat sports channel. He recently sat down with SI.com
Submitted Dec 19, 2007 2:25PM by cmill21 - 4 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
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