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.

Nick Strickland and his goal to bring MMA to Africa

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I had the pleasure of having a short interview with Nick Strickland about his mission to bring MMA to Africa. And here it is:

KH: Tell us a little bit about and how you gained an interest in helping bring MMA to Africa?

NS: My name is Nick Strickland, I’m originally from Zimbabwe. I now live in the United Kingdom and have done for past 5 years. Being an African and growing up there I know first hand the difficulties and hardships people go through day to day. This project will secure jobs and help the future of mma in Africa and world wild! I wanna take what I love to the place I love.

KH: What made you decide to bring your ideas to fruition and begin actively lobbying for your cause?

NS: hard work pays off! And me just sitting on my backside id be like every other person who wants to do some good! I’m firm believer in that.

KH: How long have you been pursuing this goal?

NS: Been at it just over a year.

KH: What things do you hope to achieve by your mission to bring MMA to Africa?

NS: Like I said before, it’s all about creating jobs and securing the beautiful sport!

KH: Finally, where can people go to find you and help/support your efforts?

NS: You can find me on my twitter ( @nickstrickland3 ) my NEW website www.bringittoafrica.com and check out YouTube.com/BringittoAfrica

 

I’d like to thank NIck for a great interview and for all hes done for MMA as a sport. Go check him out, this is a great cause!

Witness A Side of Dana White Few Have Seen Before

The Voice Versus Dana White is the most personal and candid episode of the series yet. From the first question, Dana opened and gave an extremely candid, personal and revealing interview the likes of which he has never done before. To see such a powerful and feared businessman talk about his family with such passion — and provide exclusive footage of his children never seen before — makes this episode of The Voice Versus a must watch and something truly special.

Here’s a clip from the upcoming episode:

Make sure you tune in tomorrow:

The Voice Versus … Dana White
Friday, May 17, 10ET/7PT
Exclusively on AXS TV

XYIENCE Asks Fans, “Do You Have the Power to Win?” In National Promotion

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XYIENCE Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, kicks off its nationwide contest Do You Have the Power to Win? on May 1st, 2013. The two-part program runs through September 1st. The first component is an in-store promotion that offers consumers the chance to win XYIENCE and UFC prize packages instantly. Contestants who are 18 years of age or older can text a keyword to a number available on XYIENCE point of sale at select retailers in the United States. Hundreds of instant winners will receive prizes including XYIENCE and UFC apparel, UFC punching bags, DVDs of past UFC fights and pay-per-view gift cards for upcoming UFC fights, and more.

During the same contest period, XYIENCE will host four one-month promotions on Facebook. Each month, consumers who are at least 18 years of age can register and track their Xenergy purchases by inputting the can’s code. Multiple purchases are rewarded with prizes such as XYIENCE apparel and free cases of Xenergy.

Consumers can find a local Xenergy retailer using XYIENCE’s new online retail locator at www.xyience.com. Facebook and text-to-win contest entries will be entered into the Do You Have the Power to Win? drawing from which six winners will be selected randomly to receive the following:

Grand Prize: XYIENCE VIP Las Vegas Weekend with UFC Legend Chuck Liddell

Five grand-prize winners will receive a weekend for two in Las Vegas, including round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and a night on the town with UFC legend Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell. The winners and their guests will be chauffeured by limousine and will enjoy an evening with Liddell.

Runner-Up Prize: Las Vegas Fitness Frenzy with UFC Fighter Krzysztof Soszynski

One lucky winner will receive a weekend for two in Las Vegas, including round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and the opportunity to get fit with UFC fighter Krzysztof “The Polish Experiment” Soszynski. In addition to being an esteemed athlete, Soszynski trains a host of professional athletes and creates nutrition plans for some of the top athletes in the UFC. The winner and a guest will train with Soszynski and receive a personal nutritional consultation, as well as take home a supply of XYIENCE supplements and Xenergy beverages.

Xenergy is the fastest growing of the top-10 energy drink brands. The promotion coincides with the rollout of XYIENCE’s new non-carbonated beverages, Xenergy + Hydration, Xenergy + Tea and Xenergy + Lemonade. Like all Xenergy energy beverages, the Xenergy + line beverages have zero calories and are sugar-free. Xenergy + Hydration is caffeine free though it is energized with B vitamins and electrolytes.

King of The Ring – By Nexersys

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PRESS RELEASE: Texas based company Nexersys is leading a fitness and gaming revolution with the launch of their “King of the Ring” Kickstarter campaign. The cutting edge fitness company hopes to raise $150,000 by May 11, 2013 to begin production of their boxing video game, “King of the Ring.” This is the first arcade game that puts gamers into a virtual fighting ring and allows them to test their boxing and MMA skills by throwing real strikes and making contact with a real target. Gamers can say goodbye to the mundane button pushing of past fighting games and say hello to throwing strikes with their fists, elbows and knees.

“King of the Ring” not only tests gamers’ virtual fighting skills – but also connects gamers to a virtual community in which they compete for boxing titles worldwide.
Contributors to the Kickstarter project can gain rewards ranging from up to 40,000+ free game play credits for up to two years, personal avatar creation, their very own arcade game unit, or logo placement in the game.

We’re excited to announce the development our arcade game, “King of the Ring,” by launching a crowd funding campaign through Kickstarter,” said Terry G. Jones CEO, Nexersys. “We introduced innovative technology into the fitness space and we’re doing the same in the arcade space. Gamers will be blown away with the ability to physically get into the game.”

Nexersys has already proven their fitness machines to be successful in the exercise market, and now due to popular demand from its customers, created an unparalleled arcade product. They’ve partnered with Betson Enterprises, the largest distributor of coin-operated amusement games and vending and CGBot, a digital media development studio who has extensive experience in video game production and has worked on many acclaimed projects.

Be sure to follow them on Twitter @nexersys. Visit the Kickstarter page for more information and to join the movement and help with their development:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nexersys/king-of-the-ring-0

Combine Cardio with Weight Training for Optimum Fitness

One of the most fundamental mistakes that people make with their fitness regime is omitting either the cardio, or weight training element.

A combination of gym myths, misunderstandings and lack of knowledge, mean that many people dismiss these workouts based on what they perceive is most suited to their personal goals.

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But the truth is that a mixture of both forms of exercise is a MUST for the optimum workout.

Common misconceptions, such as ‘weight training will make me bulky’ and ‘running burns muscle’, often deter gym-goes from embracing both forms of exercise. So, let’s dispel the myths.

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