My Interview with UFC Fighter John Makdessi

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1. Where did your nickname of “The Bull” come from?

The nickname ‘bull’ was my sister who came up with it . One of my kickboxing fights she came with a poster calling me the Bull and everyone after started to call me the Bull. Also I’m born in May so being a Taurus also was the reason. And because of my fighting style being aggressive most of my fights …

 

 2. What made you want to make the transition from Kickboxing and Karate to the sport of MMA?
 My first goal was to become a professional kick boxer in Montreal but at that time kickboxing wasn’t as big as Mma so that’s how I decided to take a shot learning new arts and changing my style and adapting to the Mma sport. Also at that time I used to watch Pride and a fighter mirko cro cop was one of my favorites and inspiration…
 3. When you first got the call to join the UFC, what was running through your mind?
When I got the call of coarse I was thrilled and honored to be able to fight for my legacy and make a career out of a life of doing martial arts.
4. For those unfamiliar with your fighting style, give a quick rundown of what a John Makdessi fight looks like.
My goal is to have no style kind of. Being able to mix all the disciplines I learned through out my years. Able to mix it up into my own way of fighting. And that’s what separates me and makes me exciting fighter because I’m very unpredictable … Applying teakwondo , karate shotokan , kickboxing , kyokushin, Muay Thai , boxing , jujitsu , wrestling …. And I’m always learning new arts like judo and sambo…..
5. You have enjoyed very good success in your time in the UFC, who has been your toughest opponent to date?
My toughest opponent I don’t believe I have one all my fights were tough in there own way each fight brings a challenge so they we’re all tough ….
6. What has been your career highlight so far?
I believe coming from 2 losses and than facing a big name like Sam stout was a great honor to fight him and was for me to prove to myself if I got what it takes to become a champion one day…
7. You were victorious via 1st round KO in your last fight. Tell the fans who is on your radar as someone who you would like to fight.
I trained very well preparing myself for my last fight. I got a great team and I’m happy with the progression the lightweight division is stacked . So there are many great fighters I just want to prove myself and get a shot at the title doesn’t matter who they put in front of me.
8. Describe for us what an average day during your training camp consists of?
I’m very consistent in my training I’m always training getting better staying sharp. But close to a fight it gets more intense and specific to the game  a lot of skill work and technic and sparring …. I usually train 6x a day twice a day depending on what I’m focusing on…
9. All fighters are different in terms of what they do in the days/weeks after a fight, what do you do?
After the fight I go back home and rest a little and spend time With my family I got 2 brothers and a sister and my parents so I just enjoy the time with them and my girl friend …
10. If you had to pick a favourite athlete and sport (other than your own) what would they be?
Basketball Mj Michael Jordan was one of my favorites growing up watching the bulls play…..
11. There has been an influx of Canadian talent coming into MMA in the last little bit, what do you think means to our country as a whole?
I think the government should focus more on the athletes , Canadian athletes are amazing to the country and believe we need more support … For all sports not just hockey… It’s very rough and demanding what we do and people don’t really know how much it takes to be a athlete ….
12. You are one of the most prominent fighters who trains at the famous Tristar gym in Montreal, as well as some other high profile and skilled fighters such as Georges St. Pierre, Rory Macdonald and many more. What does it mean for you as a fighter and as a person to be surrounded with that kind of talent?
It means a lot to me able to test my skills and work along side  fighters like them and it makes me more motivated to train harder than everyone and keep getting better ….
13. Anything else you would like to say to your fans and our readers?
I want to thank all my fans and my family for the support even back In Lebanon I got a lot of family and fans being a decedent from Lebanon my parents moved to Canada when I was born. Big thanks to all my sponsors and fearthefighter check it out great brand me being the inspiration behind FTF and my brother and the whole team working at the brand making it one of the biggest in the world.  You can follow me @johnmakdessimma on twitter

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And Fb fan page john the bull makdessi check out also my website www.johnthebull.com

 

 

 

Big thanks to John for the smooth and prompt interview process!

Multipower interview with Nick Chapman

Nick1.       Thanks for joining us today Nick, commiserations on your defeat to Carl Kinslow, what are your recollections of the fight?

 

Hi guys thanks for having me. Where do I start!? I am obviously very disappointed with the outcome as I was dominating the fight until the choke. I worked very hard in preparation for the fight and I was more powerful, fitter and technically better than I’ve ever been but I just made a silly mistake. I felt invincible, I remember thinking this guy is going to get smashed as I was landing decent shots from the top and he couldn’t cope. My ‘confidence’ took over and I placed my head in a stupid position and handed him his only option which was a guillotine.

The guillotine is usually easy to defend, but instead I decided to pull out of it. This was my second mistake as it forced the guillotine in tighter. I should have placed my head on the mat and defended by holding his wrist and moving to the side. I did try to move to the side after I tried to pull my head free but the cage wall was in my way. I defend that choke every day in training but just did the wrong thing by trying to pull my head out.

 

I’m relatively inexperienced compared to the guys I am fighting and need to keep working on certain areas of my game I am undeterred and back training harder than ever.

 

2.       Did you go to ground in excitement of trying to finish the fight early or do you think you would of gone to ground no matter what?

 

I did the right thing by going to ground, it was the game plan that we had worked on for weeks, I just foolishly offered him my head and handed him a title. Even though he got the submission, I do believe in my ground game and when I’m thinking properly it’s much better than his.

 

 3.       It was great to see you shake hands with Kinslow after the bout especially as there seemed to be a bit of bad blood before the fight?

 

I will always shake the hand of my opponent after the fight whatever the outcome. There was never any bad blood, I have the utmost respect for Carl, he is a really nice guy. I just need to zone out before fights and I like to hype it up a bit. I find all the pre-fight banter fun.

4.       Is there anything you regret about the fight?

 

Placing my head in a position to offer up a guillotine and not working the proper defence. We live and we learn.

 

5.       Good stuff, so are you OK to tell us about how you got into MMA? Was there any particular part of MMA that you started from (Kickboxing/Judo etc)?

 

I just love to fight. I’ve been fighting all my life. Ever since I was a young boy I enjoyed fighting. It was a natural progression and an environment that I could channel my aggression without being arrested.

 

 6.       And your first loss was against Jimi Manuwa, what happened in the fight?

 

Yeah and it was for the same title. I got caught with a knee and it cut me. The ref stopped the fight. Again, I need more experience I feel. But hey, who doesn’t lose to Jimi!?

 

7.       And you mentioned that your next fight is on the 8th March, is there anyone in particular that you’d like to fight?

 

I wanted to get straight back in and fight November but something arose which prevented me from doing that. I am working on getting back to title contention as that’s my goal so whoever gets me there the quickest. I’m not too sure who it will be yet.

 

8.       Other than your bout in March, what are your plans for 2014?

 

2014 is set to be an awesome year. I am a very busy guy, I never sit still. I am launching two new Fight Science Gyms, one in Leeds and the other in Walton on Thames. I will be training intensely to improve my chances of gaining that title. I will be taking a short holiday and cramming in anything positive and constructive around all of that wherever I can.

 

9.       What’s been your career highlight so far?

 

I don’t have a single highlight moment as such but I can tell you that my loyal army of supporters and well-wishers is the single most amazing thing I have ever experienced in my life. I don’t know what I have done to deserve such an awesome level of support, but it is truly humbling. I feel honoured to have each and every one of them behind me.

  1. 10.   Do you have any advice for people who want to get into MMA?

If you want to get into MMA then just do it. Don’t wait until your fitness is up, don’t wait until you feel ready don’t make excuses not to begin just jump straight in. It’s a life changing sport and if you’re serious and want to do it for the right reasons then you will never look back.

 

I would like to thanks Mulipower Professional, Muscle and Fitness, All About Guildford and Nexersys for their support and backing. I would also like to thank Sarah my girlfriend for putting up with all the stresses that come with fight preparation and for being such an awesome level of support and last but by no means least the Headhunter Army. Thanks you everyone, I will be back and we will win that title.,

 

Big thanks and credit goes out to Multipower Professional for this great interview with Nick!

 

BAMMA 13 Jimmy Wallhead Preview

rsz_jimmy-46_1Here is a great video of Jimmy Wallhead ahead of his BAMMA 13 fight against Eddy Ellis on Saturday. Enjoy!

Interview with BAMMA Superstar Jimmy Wallhead

 

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1. When did you get into the sport of MMA and what made you decide to turn professional?

 

I got into MMA by chance really. I went and watched a show in Nottingham about 10 years ago. I  met a promoter, and got offered a fight on my previous judo credentials. I took the fight just because I was a fan of the sport, I thought, “why not?”.  My first fight was pro luckily.

 

2. How are you feeling ahead of your fight on September 14th and what do you think of your opponent Eddy Ellis?

 

I’m feeling really good, I had a good, long 12-week camp, so I’m ready and raring to go. I’ve got a tough test in the form of Eddy, he’s a good well-rounded opponent, but I’m really looking forward to it.

 

3. What would you say your toughest fight to date has been?

 

I really can’t think of one that stands out, there have been quite a few tough ones, so I can’t really pick one.

 

4. Who is your dream fight?

 

I haven’t really thought about it, but I suppose I’d have to say GSP because he’s the champion at my weight at the minute.

 

5. For those unfamiliar with your style, give us a rundown of how Jimmy Wallhead fights?

 

When I’m fighting at my best I’m explosive, with aggressive striking, a good all-round game and I try not to leave anything behind really, for the fans.

 

6. Care to give us a brief outline of your weekly training and eating program?

 

Roughly I train twice a day throughout the week covering striking, jiu-jitsu, wrestling and strength and conditioning.

 

7. Do you have to cut for a fight?

Yeah I started my camp at around 91/92kg and I fight at 77. It’s a hard, long slog but well worth it come fight night.

 

8. Anyone else on your radar that you would like to fight next?

No, not at all. Unless someone has annoyed me, I’ve never really gone around calling people out. My dream fight would be GSP as he is the Champion in my weight class.

 

9. Anything else you would like to say to our readers/your fans?

Tune in and watch BAMMA ‘13, it’s going be a great show it’s a great card. Just tune in and don’t miss out!

 

Jimmy Wallhead uses Multipower Sportsfood, for sports nutrition tailored to your individual needs, please visit www.multipower.com

Carlos Condit once again shows he still belongs within the welterweight elite.

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UFC Fight Night 27 took place last night and was headlined by a fight that saw former title challenger Carlos Condit in a rematch vs Martin Kampmann.

After a good first round by Kampmann, Condit came back and took control of the fight, en route to a 4th Round TKO.

 

Other results of the card are as follows:

Rafael dos Anjos def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision
Kevin Gastelum def. Brian Melancon via submission (rear-naked choke)
Court McGee def. Robert Whittaker via split decision
Takeya Mizugaki def. Erik Perez via split decision
Brad Tavares def. Bubba McDaniel via unanimous decision

 

Dylan Andrews def. Papy Abedi via third-round TKO
Brandon Thatch def. Justin Edwards via first-round TKO
Darren Elkins def. Hatsu Hioki via unanimous decision
Jason High def. James Head via submission (guillotine)
Zak Cummings def. Ben Alloway via submission (D’Arce choke)
Roger Bowling vs. Abel Trujillo declared a no-contest (unintentional foul)

Speaking with Soa. An interview with “The Hulk”.

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Here is my interview with Soa “The Hulk” Palelei before his upcoming fight at UFC 164 vs. Nikita Krylov.

KH: How do you feel ahead of your UFC 164 fight against Nikita Krylov? How is the training camp going?

SP: I feel good, fresh and ready to rumble, training has been going great and im excited to be back.

KH: What do you think of Krylov as a fighter?

SP: Hes a great fighter and i look forward to trading with him, i have nothing but respect for him.

KH:  Give us a day in the life of “The Hulk” during training camp, do you have any special routines of rituals?

SP:  Wow where do i start, as much as my team tries to organize my days it always changes up with last minute media and appearances, i get up and do a 6am training session head home have breakfast cause we all know what happens when the hulk gets hungry, 11am sparring session, media stuff lunch strength and conditioning 4:30pm and 6:30pm kick boxing and boxing sparring i then head home and i eat and crash lol

KH: How do you feel about the amount of Australians/New Zelanders that have been gaining popularity in the octagon such as Mark Hunt, James Te Huna and Anthony Perosh, are you personal friends with these men?

SP: These guys are all warriors and i see them all as brothers we laugh together we at times train together and most importantly eat together hahaha. its great that there are australians and islanders in the ufc and we can all help each other out were all great athletes and we work together

KH: How upset were you when your fight with Stipe Miocic was cancelled?

SP:  It was more disappointment to have trained that hard and cut weight and not be able to fight however i still went to canada and was able to be amongst it all so that was good to get the feeling back i believe that everything happen for a reason and it wasnt meant to be i will make the most of this opportunity now at ufc164.

KH: How do you keep yourself motivated after something like that happens?

SP: Im always positive theres no time to be negative it wasnt meant to be and i keep on the hustle cause that is just wat the hulk does he hustles all day everyday.

KH: How much would it mean for you to pick up this win and finally get that UFC win and establish yourself as a force in the Heavyweight division?

SP:  It would be great to get a win and be able to show everyone who the real hulk is, i will go in there and do my absolute best at the end of the night well see what happens.

KH: What can you offer fans of the Heavyweight divison that may be unfamiliar with your work?

SP: Im explosive and theres always more tricks up my sleve, i will continue to keep all my fans happy and will do them all proud.

KH:  How did you begin to gain an interest in MMA and did you ever dream you would have the chance to fight in the premier organization in the world?

SP: It started with boxing as a young kid and then we moved onto the other aspects of mma and then i just wanted to keep at it and do it professionally i have a passion for mma and this is something to keeps me going even through the long road to get back into the ufc my passion for the sport kept me going

KH: Lastly, anything else you would like to say to your fans or our readers ahead of your fight on August 31st?

SP: thank you for this and your time thank my sponsors Mackboots, Southern Crossfit, Osbourne Park Chrysler Jeep and Dodge, My Urban Swagga, iMINCO, SkinX, Muscle Meals Direct, Topshelf Supplements, Adidas Combat Sports, GreenHOUS, TKL Holdings, Exquisite Dentistry & Innovative Hair Loss Solutions. My family for their support, my team and all the fans youre amazing much love Hulk.

 

Big thanks to Soa and Nidia for their time!

 

 

My Interview with TUF competitor and UFC featherweight Steven

UFC-Steven-Siler-640x480-GettyImagesBelow is my interview with UFC featherweight Steven Siler, enjoy! Questions will be abbreviated with KH while Steven’s answers will be SS.

 

KH: First of all, congratulations on a huge win against a former champion in Mike Brown! Were you at all surprised in the way the fight went down?

SS: Ya of course I was, I was going in expecting a 15 min fight or a sub but was fortunate enough to get a quick KO.

KH: How was your training camp/preparation for the fight and what was your game plan going into the fight?

SS: Oddly enough it wasn’t a very good training camp I was more focused on moving into my new house and dealing with personal stuff but was lucky enough that all changed a week or two before the fight.

KH: Would you say this win over Mike Brown is the biggest and most fulfilling victory of your career?

SS: As of right now it is, but I plan on being able to say that after every victory.

KH: Do you have any special plans now that the fight is over?

SS: Ya put a yard into my new house!

KH:  As MMA fans everywhere know, you were a cast member of TUF Bisping vs Miller. Give us your thoughts on that experience as a whole and how it changed you as a fighter?

SS:  It was definitely a mental test I wish I did better at, but I’m the kind of fighter that needs to be happy when I fight and my family and friends are the ones that make me happy so it’s a lot easier fighting out of the house then it was in the house.

KH: What do you think of your former coach, Jason Miller, and his much publicized legal troubles of the past little while, did you see anything that would have foreshadowed this behavior while on the show?

SS: He is a crazy one for sure but that is just who he is.

KH: Give us a day in the life of Steven Siler during training camp while preparing for a fight, any special routines or rituals that you have?

SS: Waking up around 11ish eating and hanging out till 1 then spar and drill, then go eat and relax till 730 then either grapple or condition, then come home eat dinner and do it all over again the next day.

KH: How did you gain an interest and MMA and what made you decide to fight professionally?

SS: My bests friend who was twice my size went and trained at the chute box in brazil and came back and started beating me up so I figured if I could take a beating from him why not try from someone my own size and get paid for it and eventually fell in love with it.

KH: Who is your dream fight?

SS: Of course jose Aldo or whoever is champ when the time is right

KH: What’s next for Steven Siler inside the octagon?

SS: Hopefully another fight before years end.

KH: Anything else you would like yo say to your fans and our readers?

SS: Follow me on twitter @stevesiler and thanks to my sponsors va mortgage, genox, bravo fruits, and fear the fighter.

 

I’d like to thank Steven for a great and smooth interview process and be sure to follow him on twitter, he has a great future ahead of him in this sport!

 

 

 

Former Ultimate Fighter Coach Jason “Mayhem” Miller arrested for Domestic Violence

jason-millerEarly in the morning on August 11th/2013, Former UFC fighter Jason Miller was arrested Orange County, California.

Originally it was reported that the charge in front of him was attempted burglary, but that was incorrect. The official charge is domestic violence 273.5 PC . No specifics have been released as to what exactly caused him to be arrested at this moment.

This is not the first time that “Mayhem” has run into trouble with the law. He was arrested on August 6th/2011 for an alleged assault on his sister when he put her in a headlock and refused to let go amongst some roughousing at a party.

He was again arrested on August 13th/2012 for suspicion of burglary charges after he broke into a church. The charges were later dropped at the wishes of the churches pastor.

It is safe to say that August has not been the best month for Miller, but we wish the best for “Mayhem” and his family.

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