Interviews

April 3rd 2009

TapouT: Moving on after Mask

TapouT is an iconic - if not the iconic - brand of mixed martial arts casual wear that is familiar to fans of the sport around the world. In recent months, the brand found itself taking on a high-profile position as a major sponsor of the UFC, while sales of its products rocketed. But tragedy struck earlier this month when co-founder Charles 'Mask' Lewis died in a...
March 27th 2009

Ed Soares on Anderson, Machida and Nogueira

Ed Soares manages a number of top fighters, including Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva and Antonio Nogueira. Fighters Only got some time with him recently to ask what is on the cards for these fighters... Fighters Only: Lyoto is finally getting his title shot at UFC 98. Some people believe his elusive style held him back for a while. Has he been told by the UFC to be...
March 23rd 2009

Exclusive: BJ Penn talks Florian, training and motivation

With the NSAC hearing apparently something of an anti-climax, UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn talked to Fighters Only about his next fight, a summer showdown with Kenny Florian.Fighters Only: How do you rate Kenny Florian as a contender?He is a good fighter, he has got a lot of wins and a good win streak going. He is a complete fighter, he has got good Muay Thai,...
March 20th 2009

Chuck training harder than ever, says Villefort

Danillo Villefort (pictured) has been helping Chuck Liddell prepare for his fight with Mauricio Shogun at UFC 97. This week he took a break on making arrangements for the opening of his academy in Miami to talk about the training with Chuck Liddell.Villefort spoke to Wesley Moura of leading Brazilian MMA site Brasil Combate, who have provided this translation...
March 18th 2009

BJ Penn talks about NSAC 'Greasegate' hearing

BJ Penn granted an extended interview to Fighters Only yesterday following his hearing in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding allegations that St. Pierre had grease applied to his torso at their UFC 94 fight.Fighters Only: What did you make of the commission hearing?I didn’t know what to expect going into any of this stuff. Its hard to say...
March 16th 2009

Wanderlei Silva on Rich Franklin and dropping to middleweight

When Wanderlei Silva was in the UK recently, Fighters Only managed to drop in on his seminar at London Fight Factory and get a few words with him. Often described as one of the nicest people in the MMA game (outside the ring of course!), Wand more than lived up to his reputation. He sat down with us for a long chat and a very revealing interview. The full interview...
February 27th 2009

Dan Hardy on Marcus Davis and making a statement

Dan Hardy stopped Rory Markham at 1:09 of the first round in their clash at UFC 95. Before the dust had even settled, he and Marcus Davis began taking potshots at each other via the MMA media. Fighters Only spoke with Hardy this week to find out more…Fighters Only: A bit of a war of words has started between you and Marcus Davis. How did that come...
February 25th 2009

Diego Sanchez talks Penn and Florian

After his win over Joe Stevenson at UFC 95, Deigo Sanchez sat down with Fighters Only to reveal why he wants a title shot against BJ Penn right away, plus how he thinks a Kenny Florian rematch would go.  Fighters Only: Can you give us your thoughts on how tonight’s fight went? Do you feel you made a good showing in your first lightweight bout?Well...