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Old 10-05-2007, 11:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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BAS Interview! He's a Penn Fan!!

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This is actually a great read. He also talks about Pride fighters and why they haven't transitioned well.

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PT: You've seen so much fighting in so many different countries and so many different organizations. So what's your take on the quality of fighting in today's game? Guys used to train in specific disciplines since they were real young. They'd have trained for like 15 plus years before even thinking of fighting professionally. Now you have fighters that train for a year in BJJ, maybe spend a bit of time boxing and now they're fighting in some show after only a bit of real MMA training. What's your opinion of the quality of the sport right now?

BR: You know, I think the quality of fighting is right up there. Look at it this way though. You have a guy like Chuck Liddell who wins all his fights with striking, never submits a guy. Then you have someone like Tito Ortiz, who always wants to take you down. Guys that fight now will try and fight you using their strength. It happens in almost every fight now. I think you have some really great fighters right now, but I'm not sure guys are training enough for those situations that they don't want to be in. That's why I like a guy like BJ Penn so much. He can finish a guy in any situation. He can stand with a guy. He can submit you on the ground. The best fighters today are the ones that can adapt to any situation in a fight. Most guys now win fights the same way over-and-over. They're winning by KO or submission, never one and then the other. I like a guy that is winning fights in any situation. I want to see arm bars, knee bars, guillotine chokes, outside heel hooks, inside heel hooks, triangle chokes, reversals and then it's the same with the knockouts too. It want to see knees to the body, high kicks to the face, knees to the face, right straights to the body, low kicks, shots to the liver and so on. That's what a true martial artist does. Jon Fitch is another guy that's really impressed me with his game on the ground and standing. That guy is all over the place! There's a few in the sport that have spent the time to allow them to fight in any situation, but not many.
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