The Fight Nerd had a chance to interview Bellator MMA lightweight contender, Michael Chandler, at a recent press event in NYC.
In part two of this interview, Chandler talks about the recent change in power when Bjorn Rebney left Bellator MMA and was replaced by former Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, and what he would like to see Coker change and do differently in this role.
Chandler also tells us if he has any plans to ever return to amateur wrestling or if he will stay in MMA for good, and we ask him if the money was as good in wrestling as it was in MMA whether he would have stayed in the wrestling scene. Plus, we ask the age-old question – does Michael Chandler have a nickname?
If you missed part one of this interview, head to this link here to see why Chandler wants a rematch with Will Brooks first and not Eddie Alvarez.
The Fight Nerd caught up with Bellator MMA light heavyweight Tito Ortiz at a recent press event in New York City, and Tito had plenty to say!
In part two of this interview, Tito gives us his thoughts on the UFC’s idea of giving uniforms to their fighters, if he has any plans to return to TNA Wrestling and whether or not he thinks that TNA will survive if Spike TV does not renew their contract, and how he squares up against Bellator MMA LHW champ Emanuel Newton.
Ortiz also comments on the trend of fighters using TRT and getting TRT exemptions, and how random drug testing should be used more in the sport, and gives us some old school MMA stories about “Tank” Abbott and Tito’s first fight in the UFC.
If you missed part one of this interview, head to this link here to check out what Tito had to say to critics of his Shlemenko fight and why he does not want to fight King Mo.
Bellator MMA lightweight champion Will Brooks spoke with The Fight Nerd earlier this week at the Bellator MMA Press Event in New York City about his newly won title and what is ahead for him in the promotion.
Brooks tells us about his excitement in becoming the champ and defeating Michael Chandler en route to get that interim title (and how fast it all happened), and comments on Eddie Alvarez saying that his belt is just a trophy and is not the real thing. Brooks also talks about plans to unify his title with Alvarez, but is unsure what is going with Eddie and whether or not he will stay in the company.
Plus, Will discusses the recent change in power at Bellator MMA with Bjorn Rebney exiting the company and Scott Coker taking over, and tells us a bit more about his personal struggles coming up in the world that helped drive him to succeed and keep moving forward.
The Fight Nerd got some time with Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran at a recent Bellator MMA Press event, where we talked about how his injury has been healing up and how his upcoming rematch against Patricio Pitbull in September for Curran’s title at Bellator MMA 123. We discuss the history between these two fighters, as well as how their Twitter war has been heating up the feud between these two more than Curran’s trilogy with Daniel Straus. We also talk about any potential plans for a fight with Frodo Khasbulaev, and his thoughts on Bjorn Rebney leaving Bellator and Scott Coker coming in to take over his role, and what changes Curran would like to see Coker implement in this new era for Bellator MMA.
The Fight Nerd got some time with “King Mo”, Muhammed Lawal, at a recent Bellator MMA Press event, where we discussed his thoughts on his next fight at Bellator 123 against Tom Deblass in Connecticut. Of course, you can not have an interview with King Mo these days without rehashing his thoughts on the fight against Quinton Jackson from Bellator 120, if he still wants a rematch with “Rampage” and what it will take to finally end their feud. Plus, does King Mo have any interest in fighting Tito Ortiz?
We also talk about the recent power change in Bellator MMA, which saw Bjorn Rebney suddenly leave the company and former Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker come in to replace him. King Mo gives his less than positive thoughts on Bjorn (not quite as harshly worded as his diatribe after the events of Bellator 120, but still pretty strong against the guy) and what he wants to see happen with Coker in charge, and we also discuss his current role in TNA Wrestling, and what the future for the company will be if Spike does not renew their TV contract.
The Fight Nerd had a chance to talk with Quinton Jackson at a recent Bellator MMA press event at Dave & Buster’s in New York City, and he had plenty to say in typical Rampage fashion.
In the second part of this interview, we discuss Rampage’s short-lived career in TNA Wrestling and why we did not see much of him there (or ever see him actually wrestle). A very sleepy Jackson also talks about his continuing plans to get in the ring and pro wrestle, what happened with his “Street Soldier” comic and what he wants to do with it, how he feels about his portrayal on his Spike TV reality show “#Rampage4Real”, and the general multi-platform plan that Viacom had for Rampage when he first signed the deal with the company and how it has not panned out much since then.
If you want to check out Rampage’s comic, you can get the special edition of Street Soldier (with the first four issues of the book) at this link here for $6.
The Fight Nerd spoke with Tito Ortiz at a Bellator MMA Press Event in NYC, and gave us his thoughts on a variety of topics in the fight world.
In part one of this two-part interview, “The People’s Champ” gives us a little insight on his lawsuit with John Ibarra (as much as he is allowed to tell us without getting himself into any trouble), and talks about his comeback fight against Alexander Shlemenko and the negative criticism he took while fighting a natural middleweight in a light-heavyweight bout.
Ortiz also tells us that he still wants to fight Rampage and that he thinks Rampage definitively beat King Mo in their match at Bellator 120, and why he has zero interest in fighting King Mo. Plus, Tito talks about Bjorn Rebney’s departure from the promotion and what he hopes Scott Coker will do to make Bellator a better place for fans and fighters alike, and who he would like to see Bellator pick up to add to their growing roster.
“Losing the close split-decision to Alvarez doesn’t sting as bad as losing to Will Brooks.” – Michael Chandler
The Fight Nerd had a chance to interview Bellator MMA lightweight contender, Michael Chandler, at a recent press event in NYC, where we talked about fighting, fighting, and more fighting!
Chandler updates us on his back injury and when fans will see him back in the cage again, and tells us that he wants to fight Will Brooks again under better circumstances for another shot at the belt. The former champ also talks about if Brooks surprised him at all in their title fight, and if he watched the fight again yet.
The big news from this interview is that Chandler is not as interested in fighting Eddie Alvarez as much right now, and wants the rematch with Brooks more! Chandler says he still wants Eddie, but since no one knows what is up with his contract – including Chandler.
The Fight Nerd caught up with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at a recent Bellator MMA event, and he had plenty to say about current events in the combat sports world. In the first part of this interview,we talked a bit about his fight with King Mo and if he wants a rematch, as well as if the two could ever bury the hatchet once and for all. We also discuss whether a fight with Tito Ortiz is still in the cards for Bellator fans, and if he has his eyes set on any other opponents in the promotion.
Rampage also talks about how he heard about the news that Bjorn Rebney was done with Bellator and was replaced with former Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, and reveals that Bjorn did not live up to his end of the bargain when it came to certain big things, and what Rampage hopes Coker can accomplish in his new role in the company.
In 1993, the UFC held their first event in Denver, Colorado, planting the seeds for an entire sport to begin growing out of this barely legal event. The mastermind behind the concept was Art Davie, who held onto an idea for years until he was finally able to turn it into a reality. Davie has just released a book explaining the history of the first UFC and all of the tumultuous events leading up to it, and I had a chance to chat with him about damn near everything!
In the second episode of this two-part series, Davie discusses some of the fighters that he was trying to get to compete at UFC 1, including Tae Kwon Do Olympian Herb Perez, Shoot fighter Bart Vale, K-1 kickboxer Peter Aerts, and many others that will surely shock and surprise you (hint – pro wrestlers and more Olympians).
Davie also reminisces on how UFC commentators Jeff Blatnick and Don “The Dragon” WIlson were looking to fight in the UFC and why it never happened (even though Wilson talked extensively about it during many old UFC events), and the tale of Chuck Norris and how he almost became involved with the very first UFC event, and what went wrong.
If you want to check out Art Davie’s new autobiography and uncensored tell-all about the first UFC event, head over to this link here to pick up “Is This Legal?: The Inside Story of The First UFC from the Man Who Created It”. It comes with The Fight Nerd seal of approval as a must-have for MMA history fans!