With only four bouts in his professional MMA career, Sergio Pettis is scheduled to fight for the third time this year on June 15th when he squares off against Tom McKenna.
It’s not often that we get to hear true sentiment from athletes. Original thoughts are not always what “the business” wants it’s participants to put out there. How many times have we heard a Shaquille O’Neal interview where all he would rattle off was that he “wanted to play within himself”, he just wanted to “come out and play his game” and just wanted to “help the team”? Most pro athletes keep their heads down chasing that fame and fortune, sometimes to their own detriment.
Imagine being only 50 years old and a Corporate Executive in the Casino industry? Would you coast along the rest of your life and be perfectly happy knowing you hold a great position and the title of Vice President? Would you take the risk of leaving your job in order to start your own fight promotion in hopes that a sport you love, catches on in the US?
Joe Schilling has been in the fight game since he was 17 years old. His devastating knockout of highly touted Muay Thai fighter Kaoklai Kaennorsing catapulted him into stardom in the Muay Thai scene. Schilling is hoping his rise to fame can help thrust the sport into the American spotlight, with the help of Lion Fight Promotions. Looking to avenge a highly controversial loss to Marcus Simon which you can see here, Schilling hopes to settle the score with Simon, once and for all.
Efrain Escudero Gives His Thoughts on the UFC in Mexico, Training with Bendo and Seth Baczynksi Fighting Drunk.
Whether or not you feel Efrain Escudero should have been released during his first UFC run is up to you. To Escudero it wasn’t personal, it was just business.
In the first part of 2010 Pascal Krauss could be found atop many “Top Prospects” list and with a 9-0 record and all of his wins coming by way of submission or knockout, the young 22 year-old German appeared to be a sure lock as the best fighter to not fight inside the octagon. Then in August 2010 he signed with the UFC and shortly after made his debut, in his home country of Germany versus Mark Scanlon. The fight earned both fighters “Fight of The Night” bonuses with Krauss coming out victorious via unanimous decision.
“An overnight sensation” is a saying often used in sports to describe an athlete that has come out of relatively nowhere to bust onto the scene literally overnight. Think Jon Jones after he submitted Jake O’Brien at UFC 100 or Ronda Rousey’s Strikeforce debut against Sarah D’alelio. After the quarterfinal round of the lightweight tournament at Bellator 62, you can add the name Lloyd Woodard to that list.
As the trainer, manager, and godfather of the “Scrap Pack”, Cesar Gracie is never one to hold back his opinion. In this interview, Cesar delves deeper into the controversial decision Nick Diaz suffered against Carlos Condit. Gracie also gives his thoughts on how judging can destroy the sport of MMA, as well as, offering his opinion on how it can be fixed and whether or not we will ever see Nick Diaz on reality TV.