Interviews

May 31st 2009

Tom Blackledge/Jamie Taylor seminar part one

On a sunny Sunday afternoon I found myself along with 29 other people making my way to a top secret location for a seminar with one of the UK’s top no – gi grapplers Tom Blackledge. In reality though, I was making my way local club (Team Akurei) for a charity seminar with Tom. The seminar was for Jamie Taylor who has had some terrible news about his...
May 31st 2009

Tom Blackledge/Jamie Taylor seminar part two

So the seminar got underway with the usual warm up making sure we had a slight sweat on and all our joints warm. To be honest at this point I would just like to say that Tom looked nothing like what I had expected. Since everyone always speaks about him in such high regard about how much experience he has of the game I thought he would be older!The warm up finished...
May 28th 2009

Scott Smith talks about fighting Nick Diaz

Scott Smith faces Nick Diaz on June 6th when Strikeforce takes its show to St. Louis. The event will be broadcast live on SHOWTIME and will be headlined by a fight between Robbie Lawler and Jake Shields.Q: Can you give us your thoughts on fighting Nick Diaz on the June 6th Strikeforce event?Scott Smith: “I’ve been real fortunate the past year to be given...
May 23rd 2009

The Big Hit at the Art of War

Kelvin 'The Big Hit' Fitial (18-7-2) comes from an island called Saipan in the Pacific Ocean. Part of a larger group called the Mariana Islands, Saipan is home to about 60,000 people and is one of three inhabited islands in the 14-island territory.Just fifteen miles by seven, Fitial's home island of Saipan is, at first glance, an unlikely place to find heavyweight...
May 20th 2009

Marc Dellagrotte talks Florian, Mir, Davis

Marc Dellagrotte is the head of Sityodtong USA, a Muay Thai and MMA gym based in Boston. Among his fighters are Kenny Florian and Marcus Davis, and he recently began working with Frank Mir and Forrest Griffin.Fighters Only: Sawadee, Kru Dellagrotte! Thanks for talking to us. What are you up to at the moment?I’m at Striking Unlimited here, Ken Hohn’s place...
May 19th 2009

Dana explains why he wants Chuck Liddell to retire

Fighters Only: You’ve repeatedly said Liddell’s fight with Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua was his last ever. Do you think it was a fitting finale to his career?When he started fighting, those guys were swinging, toe to toe, banging out, the crowd's going crazy I just looked at him and smiled… that’s my boy, he's going in and doing it the...
May 15th 2009

TUF 9: Damarques Johnson doesn't really hate Mike Bisping

Damarques Johnson is a competitor for Team USA on the current season of The Ultimate Fighter.Fighters Only: So what have you been up to since filming finished?I've just been training really. I haven't been super busy, just been doing a lot of training really.Fighters Only: So you're maintaining that intensity from the show?Of course! There's only one way to train...
May 13th 2009

Machida talks title belts and making karate great again

Lyoto Machida stands for a new era in MMA. The time of strategy and technique has arrived to the sport and the old school tough guys have to improve their game or step out. UFC president Dana White hasn’t hidden his admiration for the karateka, who some fans point to as the future best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, the successor to Anderson...
May 12th 2009

Filho on Wand, DREAM and being short for a light-heavyweight

The MMA scenario has changed like the weather. Old-time enemies have stated their respect for each other as never imagined before. After Wanderlei and Arona put a full stop to their former rivalry, it is now time Wanderlei and Paulo Filho to do the same.The May issue of Tatame contains an interview with Paulo Filho, who recently refused Rudimar Fedrigo's invitation...

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