Gideon Ray: "This should make for an interesting fight"
Gideon Ray talks about his upcoming fight with John Alessio.
On his long career and what motivates him...
"Like you said, Iíve been in this game for a long, long time. I did Taekwondo competitively for 16 years; Olympic style, not the point stuff. And then Iíve been competing in MMA now for 11 years. Can you believe that? What keeps me motivated man is the philosophical aspect of martial arts. You know, when we were children man, we looked up to the fables, maybe not fables, but stories about the martial arts masters that traveled across the globe and they fought the toughest people in the area and stuff like that. I got a lot of things that keeps me motivated man. I have a beautiful wife that keeps me motivated and a lot of people around me that keeps me motivated. Nobody ever pushes me to do anything, but motivation is life and living life to its fullest."
On John Alessio and their upcoming fight...
"John Alessio deserves respect because heís been in the game for a long time and has fought a lot of tough competitors. It is a complete honor for me to be offered such a challenge."
"John Alessio is so well-rounded, we have to be prepared for everything. Whatever he decides to bring, I know heís going to bring his A-game. This should make for an interesting fight for the fans and it will be a wonderful challenge for me, being the warrior that I am, and it should be a great challenge for him also."
"They can expect the usual. Gideon is unpredictable most of the time. I wonít say flashy, but I like to do some things that are unorthodox and unpredictable. It kind of goes as it happens and happens as it goes in my fights."
His thoughts on Evan Tanner...
"I had the opportunity to meet Evan Tanner man and I think it was UFC 51 and we fought on that same card. I tell you what man, he was a very nice guy, very humble and he was also one of those people where I really used to enjoy his fights. Win, lose or draw, that guy fought with his heart. He was kind of the embodiment of what he believed in at that time and I tell you what, anybody that has been a real fan or a competitive in the MMA business, I think the day that we got that news of that unfortunate incident of what happened to Evan Tanner, that put a damper on everybodyís day. I was in the gym today and ďPurple HazeĒ came on by Jimmy Hendrix and the first person I thought about was Evan Tanner because he came out to that song for his last couple of bouts. His death has affected me as Iím sure it has affected others. The only thing that we could do in respect of his memory and respect for the sport is to keep it a classy sport and just keep doing our best. If he left anything here for anybody to learn from is itís not whether you win or lose, but to just do your best. Iíve never seen him go into a fight and dog it. Whether it was in his favor or not, he went in there and tried his hardest and gave it his best and thatís exactly what I intend on doing on October 11th!"
More about the fight, his career and some other stuff in the full interview: