Interviews

October 24th 2008

Roan Jucao

Fighters Only: How do you feel fighting for the UFC? Boy, it's great! UFC has a large structure. It's like a dream that I've reached. The feeling of stepping in that cage is indefinable. Fighters Only: You come off two losses in a row - Kevin Burns and Ryo Chonan. How do you feel about this critical moment? I was too upset versus Burns. I had a lot of problems...
October 22nd 2008

Krzysztof Soszynski talks TUF 8, Junie Browning and more

Coming from Poland by way of Canada and California, light-heavyweight Krzysztof Soszynski is currently starring in Season Eight of The Ultimate Fighter, the UFC's reality show which acts as a recruiting ground for new talent. Fighters Only: Your record is 15-8-1, which makes you quite experienced for a guy appearing on TUF. How did you come to be on the show?It...
October 20th 2008

Thales Leites

Thales Leites was supposed to fight Croatia's Goran Reljic at UFC 90 this weekend. But Reljic pulled out last week and Drew McFedries has been drafted in on two weeks' notice. Fighters Only correspondents in Brazil caught up with Leites to get his thoughts on the change of opponent.What is your opinion of McFedries as an opponent?I think he is a dangerous...
October 18th 2008

Shane Carwin

You’re fighting UFC debutant Neil Wain tonight. What is it like to be fighting an opponent you now nothing about?  I guess all those smaller shows that I have been were like that. On those smaller shows you often don’t know anything about your opponent before you fight him. Do you try and get hold of as much information as you can, or do you...
October 18th 2008

Terry Etim

You’re facing Sam Stout tonight; how has your training camp been?  Good, I went out to Cobrai Kai and trained with Marc Laimon for a month and then came back to the UK and I’ve had seven weeks to prepare.   Stout has a well-respected stand-up game, have you been concentrating on your striking?  My opponent is more of a striker but...
October 18th 2008

Akihiro Gono

Entertaining Japanese welterweight Akihiro Gono faces hometown favourite Dan Hardy at UFC 89 tonight. Western media have rarely been able to interview Gono, a veteran of PRIDE FC, but luckily he has excellent English so we sat down earlier for a chat.  Is this your first time in England? Yes, first time in England, I’m very excited to be fighting in...
October 17th 2008

Keith Jardine on Vera, Wanderlei and Rashad-Griffin

Fighters Only: Is it fair to say you are one of the more unorthodox fighters in the UFC?   Yeah, people look at my fights and they think they see holes in my style, things that aren’t traditional. Fighters Only: What are the benefits of your unusual style?  You can’t pickup my timing. It’s real hard for them to do, and hopefully by...
October 16th 2008

Brandon Vera on fighting Keith Jardine

How are you finding the weight cut now you have dropped to light-heavyweight? There is no weight cut this time. I was 203 yesterday. The first time I cut like twenty, thirty pounds in three weeks. It was easy cutting the weight but then after the first round they said ‘Break’ and I was so tired, I was like, ‘What the hell?!’ This time...
October 14th 2008

Dan Hardy: 5 Quick Questions

On arranging his UFC debut with matchmaker Joe Silva: He basically said, if there is anybody you really want to fight let give me a little list and I will see what I can do. But all I said to him was “I’m not bothered, I just don’t want an ‘easy’ fight”. I wanted to be in with someone where a win is going to put me on the map...
October 14th 2008

Mauricio Veio (Shogun and Ninja's coach)

Shogun’s coach Mauricio Veio was at Chute Boxe before leaving to join Shogun and Ninja at their new gym, Universidade da Luta (University of Fighting) earlier this year. Aside from the Rua borthers, he also has talented lightweight Andre Amade on the team, and Wanderlei Silva trains with UDL when he is in Brazil. How are the preparations for Shogun vs....

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